Phish to Release Live In Utica
As heavily rumored, Phish will officially release its October 20, 2010 performance at Utica, NY’s Utica Memorial Auditorium on May 17. Live In Utica will capture the entire performance on a two-DVD/two-CD Box Set. The night was particularly memorable thanks to a series of playful “Guyute” teases that doted the show’s setlist.
The band explains:
Utica was the smallest venue on Phish’s 2010 Fall Tour [capacity: 5,500] and the atmosphere was charged with electricity. One clever fan even went so far as to craft a ‘Guyutica’ sign that no doubt helped shape the night’s events. Live In Utica presents three hours of Phish in an intimate venue with an inspired audience that returned the energy at every turn. A new camera mounted at the front-of-house position accentuated the light show in a way never before featured on a live, indoor Phish DVD. The nearly three hours of music in this DVD/CD set was recorded with 64 channels of digital multi-track and mixed and mastered, appearing on the DVDs in 5.1 Dolby surround and full-resolution, uncompressed PCM stereo. The video was shot with 8 cameras (16:9 widescreen), recorded and post-edited in High Definition.
Trey Anastasio fostered an association with Utica through a performance at the Memorial Auditorium with Oysterhead in 2001 and a show at the venue with his solo band in 2005 (where Anastasio sported an I Love Utica shirt). After building up to the 2005 performance with a countdown on his homepage, Anastasio marked the show by inviting out both Mike Gordon and Jon Fishman for a few songs. The guitarist also delivered a memorable show at the nearby Stanley Performing Arts Center in 2002 where the crowd moved the building so much that pieces of plaster fell from the ceiling.
Fans who pre-order Live In Utica will receive Phish: I-90s, a free bonus CD compilation featuring archival material compiled by Phish Archivist Kevin Shapiro. This collection of highlights follows the band as it moved through venues along the I-90 New York Thruway throughout the past 20 years.