Packing two separate NFL stadiums over five nights’s this summer; it is safe to say that Fare Thee Well was a raging success. From John Mayer and Katy Perry seeing their first Grateful Dead shows, to Phish keyboardist Page McConnell rocking a flat brim Mets cap, the celebration of 50 years of the Bay Area’s most successful band not named Metallica featured celebrities and #RealFans dancing to the biggest hits Jerry Garcia is no longer around to make cash off of.
While we would never mock something as sacred and special as a jam band, one of the jokes that came out of these concerts was the Let Trey Sing movement. In honor of this highly popular t-shirt, we here at The Phunion have spent hours ignoring new releases from Deafheaven and Slayer to re-listen to every note performed at Fare Thee Well. We did this to bring you a year end list because that’s what blogs do this time of year. We give to you, the top 12 songs Trey Anastasio should have been allowed to sing at Fare Thee Well.
12) Eyes of the World 6/28/15
11) Friends of the Devil 7/4/15
10) New Potato Caboose 7/3/15
9) Shakedown Street 7/4/15
8) Alligator 6/27/15
7) Terrapin Station 7/5/15
6) Unbroken Chain 7/5/15
5) Franklin’s Tower 7/3/15
4) Days Between 7/5/15
3) Mountains On The Moon 7/5/15
2) Bird Song 7/4/15
1) Box of Rain 7/3/15
Last night, I got together with Mike, Page and Fish to talk openly about the strong feelings I’ve been having that Padres need help in the bullpen and that Phish as a summer job has run its course. Once we started talking, it quickly became apparent that the other guys’ feelings, while not all the same as mine (silly American League fans), were similar in many ways — most importantly, that we all love and respect the game of baseball and the fans far too much to stand by and allow the Padres to once again finish at the bottom of the NL West. We don’t want to become caricatures of ourselves, or worse yet, a nostalgia act. By the end of the meeting, we realized that Jamie Moyer is nearly two years older than me so a career as a big league pitcher is not a crazy idea at all.
So both legs of Phish summer tour have been cancelled and we will release winter 2013 dates moments after Buck and McCarver scream strike three as Baltimore Orioles star Adam Jones whiffs for the final out of the World Series. We are proud and thrilled that it will be the first time a rock and roll star has successfully transferred from the mound to the stage. We’re also excited for the All-Star Game in July as we will be performing the “Star Spangled Banner” shortly after that dude from Housewho looks like the coach from the Pittsburgh Steelers throws out the first pitch. For the sake of clarity, I should say that this is not like the hiatus, which was our last attempt to break into the world of sports. We’re done being a summer nostalgia act. It’s been an amazing and incredible journey. We thank you all for the love and support that you’ve shown us. Now PLAY BALL!