|Phish started out as students at the University of Vermont in 1983. They used to practice in the dorm lounge and make demo tapes. They played their first gig as "Blackwood Convention" in the basement of a conservative dorm. They used a hockey stick as a mic stand, played "Proud Mary" twice, "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress" once, and eventually are shut down so that a Michael Jackson tape could be played.
Well they've come a long way. The last few years Phish has sold out Madison Square Garden, Boston Fleet Center, and many other large venues. They still remain unknown to many outside the core group of fans. Perhaps because they've never had a top 40 hit. In 1997 Phish organized a two day festival in Maine and attracted 62,000 fans. Making the Phish concert (called The Great Went) the biggest city in the entire state!
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|ROCK ORACLE JERRY GARCIA DIES
LEADER OF GRATEFUL DEAD WAS ICON OF THE COUNTER CULTURE
Thursday, August 10, 1995
Page 1 Washington Post
Jerry Garcia, the guitar virtuoso whose group, the Grateful Dead, has endured for 30 years as the house band of counterculture, died of an apparent heart attack yesterday at a drug treatment center in Marin County, CA. He was 53.
Note from Bob:
(The day before when I got the news over the internet and then from dozens of friends who called I was deeply saddened. A gut wrenching feeling that the so many great times I've had at the shows watching him masterfully play his guitar had ended. The last show I saw was at an old airport field in Vermont with 90,000 fans; my friend Chip asked his girlfriend Amy to marry him at that show. It would be our last.)
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