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Phish 3D, a concert documentary from their 2009 Halloween festival in Indio, CA, will be shown at the Citadel Mall IMAX Stadium 16 (not in IMAX format, just RealD 3D) during its one-week national release starting April 30th.
I first saw Phish at the tender age of 16. I was an aspiring musician, and loved what I had heard of one of their albums. Needless to say, my young mind was completely blown. Addiction set in. All I wanted to do was see them again. And again. And again. And wear patchwork pants. They became the center of my musical world.
Later, I went to school, got a big-boy job, and found out there was loads of other great music out there. Meanwhile, they broke up, Trey went to rehab, and now they are back firing on all cylinders. Which is great for me. I saw their first show back at Hampton Coliseum last year. I still love the old tunes and think they are close to the top of their game again in terms of improv, and I'll catch a couple of shows this Summer. But this time around, a little more removed from it all, I can join in the fun of giggling at the some of their often hilarious phanbase.
Their Halloween festival last year, held at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, CA (site of the annual Coachella Festival) was a pretty epic affair in Phishdom. First Halloween festival. Their eighth festival overall. First all-acoustic set. The return of their "musical costume" concept, where they play another band's album in its entirety on Halloween, this time the Stones' "Exile on Main Street." And, to the surprise of attendees, the subject of their first 3D feature film.
Expect 2.5 hours of Phish, mainly concert footage. Expect to hear some inspired improvisation from a finally healthy and re-energized band. Expect to hear Sharon Jones belt out Loving Cup like you've never heard it belted out before. Expect 3D dreadlocks and glowsticks to fly in your face, and don't be surprised if they turn out to be real.
But seriously kids, leave the glowsticks at home. And don't dance in the aisles. They go on tour in 2 months, save your whiteboy boogie for the real thing.