BROOMFIELD, CO – Over 18,000 music lovers had the chance to witness the band Phish perform at the 1STBANK Center during a 3 night run of concerts earlier this month. Tickets sold out in no time flat and had fans from across the country flying to Colorado in hopes of getting a “miracle” or even paying hundreds of dollars for the chance to see Phish playing some of their best sounding shows in years.
Phish ticket sales are via lottery through the band, in hopes of keeping scalpers from getting some of the most sought after concert tickets in the country. What other bands have a lottery for the chance at buying concert tickets with no guarantees?
When people think of Jambands in the state of Colorado, local elites like Leftover Salmon, The String Cheese Incident and Yonder Mountain Strong Band are the first to come to mind. Even Georgia based Widespread Panic calls Colorado their second home. The city of Denver took notice as Mayor John Hickenlooper proudly declared Friday, June 27 2008 Widespread Panic day.
All of this was happening while Phish was taking a break from playing music..
In what seems like a short 16 month period Phish has played 8 shows in the state of Colorado. The band kicked off their return to the state with an unheard of 4 night run of concerts at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, while Widespread Panic choice to play the Mile High Music Festival for 2 nights instead of there regular slot at Red Rocks at the end of June.
Panic still holds the sell out record for Red Rocks with 31 shows, however the band is rumored to be taking a break after 2011. Maybe its time for another band, aka Phish to start knocking on the door of the Red Rocks record office.
Phish then headed back into the rocky mountains for a 2 night run of shows at the legendary town park in Telluride. Once again fans from across the globe conversed on the tiny town of Telluride to see a great run of music against the stunning ski resort backdrop.
Last but not least was the bands 3 night run of shows at the new “Jamband Capitol of Colorado” the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield. Phish wasted no time time and went for the jugular vein of the fans on the first night. During the first set hits like Funky Bitch, AC/DC Bag, NICU, The Momma Dance and Stash came out ensuring a psychedelic dance party.
The second set didn’t let up one bit Mike’s Song > Simple > Ghost > Weekapaug Groove, Fee > Makisupa Policeman > My Problem Right There* > Makisupa > Slave to the Traffic Light.
Last but not least Phish encored with a Rolling Stones cover of Loving Cup sending everyone in the building out singing in unison. It looks like the band had a statement to make, the songs were played flawlessly. To give fans hit after hit is why we pay are hard earned money to travel across the country seeing live music.
It just doesn’t get any better then this, oh wait it was a 3 night run of concerts….