Phish is planning to retire the original song “AC/DC Bag” at the end of their 2014 Summer Tour, sources have reported. Ending a 28-year run with the band, “AC/DC Bag” has been a staple of many Phish shows, but for now, the song will take its show on the road one last time.
There have been rumors in recent tours of the declining health of Mr. Palmer, mixed with unconfirmed reports of six weeks of execution times booked for Vancouver this spring. Confirmed reasons were cited by Trey in a letter to fans:
“Last Friday night, I got together with Mike, Page and Fish to talk openly about the strong feelings I’ve been having that AC/DC Bag has run its course and that we should end it now while it’s still on a high note. We don’t want the song to become a first set caricature of itself, or worse yet, a nostalgia tune. By the end of the meeting, we realized that after almost twenty-eight years playing AC/DC Bag together, we were faced with the opportunity to graciously step away in unison, as a group, united against ever playing AC/DC Bag again.
So Dick’s will be the final AC/DC Bag performance. We are proud and thrilled that it will be at Dick’s. We hope you will all enjoy our Bag at Dick’s.”
Fans have so far been stunned by the news, with fans scrambling to save up for Hawaii New Years Eve run, and now knowing there will be no Hawaiian Bag later this year. “They’ll play it again, one day. You don’t just stop playing a song!” said an unnamed vet who had seen a reported 125 Bags in his day. Said someone walking by just then, “Dabs.”
Phish fans needn’t worry – they can catch “AC/DC Bag” in the first set of every few shows this summer, a chant of “We Love Bag at Dicks” on August 31, followed by a rebound relationship with “Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan” and, once a year, the Boise Bag.