Phish's first show in South Carolina was in Charleston in 1990 at the old Myskyn's Tavern (off of East Bay Street). Fittingly, they opened for Widespread Panic. The Vermont-foursome has rarely returned since — their last Palmetto State performance was in Greenville in 1998 — while Panic are Lowcountry stalwarts. But, after weeks of rumors, it Phish will be making a triumphant return to the Holy City, playing at the North Charleston Coliseum on Oct. 15 and 16.
The Stingrays hockey team were forced to reschedule their opening weekend due to the shows. "This is a concert that for some reason has to be on back to back nights on a Friday and Saturday," said Stingrays President Rob Concannon in a taped press conference this week. "I don't think it was done intentionally to hurt the [hockey] fans. It's been very stressful around here for the last week or two. For three days, it's been the most difficult thing I've had to deal with this job."
Lighten up, Stingrays! Technically, you are also a fish, too. Put on a polka-dot dress and come noodle dance with us.
On the heels of its successful summer outing, Phish is giving away a special sampler entitled Live Bait. The first in a series, it will feature 10 tracks from the tour's first leg, including older songs from the band's catalog. The band recorded their latest studio album, Joy, with Steve Lillywhite. It was the first non-archival release on JEMP Records, an independent record label created by the band in 2005.
Phish will launched their 2010 Fall Tour on Oct. 10 in Broomfield, Col. In a first for the band, Phish will be giving ticket buyers free mp3 copies of each gig after it happens via LivePhish.com. After the Colorado concerts, Phish will head to the East Coast for a series of dates.
An online ticket request period is currently underway at phish.portals.musictoday.com, and will end on Fri. Sept. 3 at noon. Tickets for the Coliseum shows go on sale to the general public on Fri. Sept. 10. See phish.com for more.