Free Phish: Band Giving Away Downloads of Virginia Reunion Shows

March 4, 2009 4:37 PM ET

It's one of the most anticipated reunion concerts in years, and even if you weren't able to score tickets to any of Phish's three concerts at the Hampton Coliseum in Virginia this weekend, you'll still be able to hear the show. And no, you won't have to barter with some guy selling tapes in the parking lot: Phish will offer free next-day downloads of all three of their Hampton shows as luxurious 256kbps MP3s on their livephish.com Website.

"We really wanted to show our gratitude to all the Phish fans for their support and the overwhelming response they've had to these shows. It's going to be an amazing celebration and we only wish everybody could be there," Trey Anastasio said in a press release. The downloads will only be available for a limited time, so sign up at livephish.com to get updates when the shows are posted. Additionally, Phish will offer FLAC quality recordings of the Hampton shows for $12.95 per night, or fans can drop $23 for a three-disc recording of each concert.

According to the press release, "The band is bringing in a recording truck to capture the concerts and each multi-track recording will be professionally mixed onsite," as opposed to previous livephish.com offerings which "have been matrix recordings — the soundboard feed combined with audience microphones."

As we've reported earlier, Phish will also headline the Friday and Sunday night shows at Bonnaroo, and the group's undying fanbase was also responsible for single-handedly crashing that new Live Nation ticketing service. Rock Daily will be in Virginia for this weekend's run of Phish shows, so keep it here this weekend for our post-show review (To be filed as soon as we finish those parking lot grilled cheeses and veggie burritos).

Related Stories:

Phish Fans Furious As Live Nation Fails First Major Ticketing Test
Video: Phish Performs "Fluffhead" At Clifford Ball
Phish and Springsteen Set to Headline Bonnaroo 2009

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Money For Nothing”

Dire Straits | 1984

Mark Knopfler wrote this song with Sting, and it wasn’t without controversy. The Dire Straits frontman's original lyric used the word “faggot” to describe a singer who got their “money for nothing and their chicks for free.” Even though the slur was edited out in many versions, the band, and Knopfler, still took plenty of criticism for the term. “I got an objection from the editor of a gay newspaper in London--he actually said it was below the belt,” Knopfler told Rolling Stone. Still, "Money For Nothing," undoubtedly augmented by its innovative early computer-animated video, stayed at Number One for three weeks.

More Song Stories entries »