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Published: 2013/11/23

Nectar’s to Celebrate Phish’s 30th Anniversary

Nectar’s in Burlington, VT will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Phish with a special performance on Monday, December 2. Clint Bierman (guitar), Peter Day (bass), Sean Preece (drums) and Leon Campos (keyboards) will team up to perform the music of the iconic jamband.

Bierman and Day play in The Grift and Honeywell, while Preece and Campos are both longtime veterans of Honky Tonk Tuesdays and members of Greyspoke. All four of them play together in instrumental horn funk outfit The Necessary Means, Beatles tribute group Tomorrow Never Knows and more. The quartet have also been covering Phish for a few years.


There are 44 comments associated with this post

TCinNYC November 23, 2013, 15:51:27

30 years! What a ride. I loved that round bar in Nectars.

Eli November 23, 2013, 17:19:27

Bierman and Day play in the GRIFT

LovethyPhish November 24, 2013, 02:54:41

Wouldn’t be awesome if they paid us back for Atlantic City most of all and a really rough 2013, and came and played a three set show with a real album cover in the middle. Somewhere in there they will tell us half the songs on Wangsuit were fake and made up during soundcheck as an alter ego Block Party cover band. After 21 years a fan, after this year is one of the only times I can say they owe us a little better for such dedication and acceptance of their art. The DWD from Reading is awesome so is the Tahoe Tweezer, but the sloppiness and weak set writing was far more prevalent in 2013. Dicks 2012 actually sounds like a whole different band. So pay us back at Nectars Trey, I will give you a cliff bar since I have paid for over a hundred shows.

btown brglr November 24, 2013, 07:09:24

Yeah, I remember back when these guys use to really rock! 2012 wasnt it? Now its straight rocking chair stuff
only a geezer could love. YukYuk.
Phish. What a blessing. We never see you in btown any more, cmon back.

Ed November 24, 2013, 08:04:30

The above comments are so stupid. This was the best year of ph since 2000. Your opinion is wrong. You should listen to hampton, and all the experimental shows from this year. Imbeciles

me November 24, 2013, 09:23:32

The only thing Phish owes you is a kick in the balls for being such a douche! Seriously, whether you like what Phish is doing or not, they owe no one ANYTHING... likely the best 30 years any band has ever delivered its fans and instead of being thankful, some feel they are “owed”... Over 70 minutes of new material delivered in 12 songs and that isn’t acceptable… Maybe they’ve gone to another level and cracked the musical code and written songs that makes haters leave the scene so the rest of us don’t have to deal with those who feel they are entitled… but you have one thing right, I’m older and, off the top of my head, I think that Wingsuit, Fuego, Wombat, 555 and Winterqueen are all solid songs… great for this older guy… been believing in the band since 1991 and other than Trey’s drug problem, they haven’t let me down yet (Well, maybe “Let Me Lie” but no one is perfect ^) They aren’t perfect but they give 110 all the time, even if they fall sometimes… guess that’s not good enough for a person as perfect as you!

Tellsemlikeismellsem!!!! November 24, 2013, 12:48:25

I’m gonna agree with Me and Ed. LovethyPhish can eat a fat man-dick on that comment…. I crushed 2013 and it was amazing doing so with the best rock n roll band thats ever been in the industry…. AC was far from a let-down… Anyone that doesn’t like the halloween set should kick rocks. Phish is the most creative entity in the live music industry and far from the cover band that a lot of you flapjacks expect. Sorry you didn’t get your “album” that you wanted. Go see Furthur if you want a cover band. Sorry it rained a shitstorm on all your east coast summer shows at shitty huge venues… -not the bands fault…. Sorry for the thirty six minutes of tweezer bliss right before going into Tela in Tahoe… Sorry you were too broke to make it to the Best Coast to see the band in a GOOD venue… But most of all, sorry you are such a self centered prick that you insult a band that on their worst night, is better than anything else out there… And you apparently “love” them? I’m mad thankful for this band to still be around and crushing shit like they do 30 years after starting…. If you can’t enjoy this shit, maybe the Disco Triscuits, widespread slapdick or Soundcheck Section 4 are more your jam, and you should stay the fuck away from the spaceship I’m riding, called Phish! No other 4 musicians will ever touch what these guys do with a 10 foot pole. Personal thank you to the band for introducing me to all my best friends on the planet and my amazing wife!!! Wing suit will def go down in Phishstory and was stoked to be a part of it!!!

Just Because November 24, 2013, 13:14:38

Just because some of you are 2.0 plus fans as we call them and you “rocked” 2013 doesn’t save the band from things like Chicago, Rochester, Glenn Falls and the sloppiness of Hartford. Aren’t any of you concerned about how sloppy Trey was this year. The dude is right 2013 is nothing great and Dicks 2012 blows away anything in 2013 as do many runs in 2010 and 2011. I’m trying to be nice for the 2.0 plus fans and avoid saying shows 2000 and before. Pretty much anything in 2000 even is better than almost EVERY show in 2013 if you actually listen. This was a horrendous year for the band. I actually only know people who have seen the band since 03 that thought this year was good. I know there are a few vets that needed something to justify their year as well, but most of my peeps are honest. Wingsuit is just garbage that typifies a very sloppy year for the band. Then again people on here think Hartford was good? Did you hear that Fluffhead by chance? I’m referring to the entire thing, b/c the whole song is one giant problem. It’s very reminiscent of 03 04 when they just left it be on the shelf because it was to much to learn and practice. If you didn’t notice that Carini became the main jam horse this year (aside from a couple big one off jams). Is it merely coincidental that this is by far their easiest non composed song? Remember 03 Pipers? 3 or 4 mins of a pretty easy song and into a jam. The SPAC piper being the exception, but Piper to is one of their easiest songs. Are you sick of having a lumpy head instead of jamming out a monster David Bowie or YEM where trey actually goes into a monster solo before the vocal jam? I am because it is to predictable now. The only non predictable thing they did this year was a total flop in AC. If you were there you know and if you liked it you are saying that to defend your purchase of tickets and feel like you need to. I went to the last 6 shows of the tour, so maybe I just haven’t seen the big shows that “you guys crushed in 2013.” Then again I go to Phish shows so they can crush it and I can enjoy it, but getting more crushed helps you miss the flubs so that must help.

Not a newb November 24, 2013, 14:21:21

Been seeing PH since 92, let’s be honest with ourselves. This year as a whole was not as good as last, nor the year before. And for you youngans, 94, 96, 97, 98, & 99 were outstanding years. There are plenty of places to grab shows from these years, go get ‘em and compare for yourself. Being at a show is great fun, but one must seperate the fact that they were actually present, from it being great because they were present. See,‘Touch Heads’. I too used to think that every Grayeful Dead show that I personally witnessed in the early to mid 90’s was the absolute best. Then, the Internet came along with so many wonderful downloads, and it proved me wrong. It’s hard to be subjective, but try it. It’s real. Still love going, won’t stop and don’t hate, just able to separate the good, from the bad, and the outright ugly.

King Rhino November 24, 2013, 14:50:24


Tellsemlikeismellsem!!!! November 24, 2013, 15:13:13

Ill be the first to admit 3rd night bill graham and dicks 12 was better than any shows I saw this year but as a whole, Phish rocks. It doesn’t mean this year sucked at all. I loved being treated to wingsuit aside from that queer “peels of laughter” song. People need to drop the negativity. The bands on 30 years. Not every year is as good as the last but the gems in there are a good reminder why we do Phish. If u are expecting a blowout show every night and gonna bitch online if you don’t get it, then stop going!! I’ve been seeing this band since 96 and the first four years I was probably too young to appreciate how dope it was and didn’t have anything to compare it to…. So fucking what? I’m not bitching about how much better the recordings of shows I don’t even remember were than the shows I’m seeing now. I like the newbs more than half of you veterans because at least they have a better attitude about shit. There will never be another band like Phish and someday they will be gone … and for good… Quit bitching and start boogying more and maybe the band will start playing better as a result!!!

Phreedom November 24, 2013, 16:25:33

I think it is pretty lame to read all these comments from people who claim to be “Phish fans.” If you were actually a phish fan, you thank them for continuing to produce quality tunes for our and their enjoyment. If you didn’t enjoy AC, and thought that most of 2013 wasn’t worthy of your time, then why are you even paying attention. Move on. There are plenty of other “awesome” bands out there….go jump on their bandwagon. I, myself, appreciate their willingness to find ways to enjoy what they are doing for themselves. I will always be on the Phish “bandwagon” and will forever be grateful for what they do…

joey November 24, 2013, 17:44:55

Pearl Jam blows these dopes off the stage!!!!!

Duhhhhh November 24, 2013, 18:08:56

I agree with “Not a Newb” on everything except… how could you leave out 95??? Phish Destroys America!!!! Look it up. I’m sure 2013 was awesome if you were high or are overly sentimental (or just really want to pay for four dudes’ mortgages). If you were around when it counted, are at all objective, or know the difference between inventing a genre and covering it, then you might want to hop in the Delorean and check out the 90s. Also, for the kids out there, there once was a time when Trey & company claimed to welcome the legit criticism from fans. Trey also publicly claimed that Phish did better than the Dead’s one-out-of-three ratio at the end of their career. Congrats on the anniversary Phish. I am happy you made it this far. And I hope you do eventually return to form, even if it is something new.

adks November 24, 2013, 18:49:38

@Duhhhhh…........Phish Destroys America was ’97. Phish is still playing great. They just don’t have the same sense of urgency, goofiness and urge to take it out there. They just seem to be more business now. I preferred 97, 98, 99 but the shows are still fun, just not go see them 10 times in a row fun.

duhhh = d'oh! November 24, 2013, 19:54:09

D’oh! Phish destroys America WAS 97… I was there for all for all of that, my mistake, I should have known better. Regardless, the shows and band have dramatically changed from what they once were. Remember the first glowstick war? The fans taking up the Wilson chant? The Island Tour? The very first Trey band ever? All great…. but now they need to come back with something other than kind-of-, sort-of versions in a greatest hits show, night after night.

uh oh November 25, 2013, 00:32:04

Uh oh be careful you are hurting the cool aid drinkers that think 2013 was special. Im a jaded vet and love phish. 2009 to 2012 are far better than 2013 in terms of quality playing and setlists. Do yourself a favor compare 2010 Jones Beach Fluffhead to Hartfords Fluffhead from 2013 and you tell me this band is firing on any cylinders. That said they are my favorite band, but its ok to be embarassed for the band, their sloppiness and Wingsuit. Can we just group 2013 with 2003 because its the same quality of playing. Tahoe tweezer and Reading DWD along with 10 carinis with cryptic then airy jams are about all this year had. ATLANTIC City was like getting repeatedly kicked in the face aside from a COUPLE songs total. Nobody with a reputable compass for Phish history thinks anything went on this year to be proud of.

Common Sense November 25, 2013, 01:23:56

Things the members of phish will always have more of then anyone on here
Musical Talent
Someone said if your doing something important youll have haters. Seriously if youre a jaded vet or what have you dont come to the shows listen to the past on repeat. most respectable people move forward in life same with phish. Don’t bitch about it cause its not the 90’s shit changes, were having fun and enjoy the music. Also notice they are not on drugs anymore and that makes a huge difference in playing. Yeah trey messes some shit up but he is human too and almost 50 or so and had a drug problem and that affects your mind and body. You shitbirds wouldnt have written anything close to quality of the new material even if you do think it sucks.
No one is making you stick around or listen to shows so why waste your time hating and expecting them to suck?
Seems kinda pathetic doesnt it?

1 in 3 GD ratio November 25, 2013, 01:26:02

I think Phish is maybe worse than one out of three this year. Think of AC and Chicago 3 night runs. Not a good full show in the bunch. Fun shows with a good 45 mins here or there, as I was at all of them but this is more of a 1 in 5 1993 GD ratio of good shows to mediocre shows or crap like Rochester or the three set Chicago show. IMO 1991 was where 1 in three Dead started to get tested. This year is much like 2003 in quality. 2004 ex Coventry may be better and thats terrible. Before this year I thought it was not possible to do a three night run without one enormous show. This year really hammered home that it simply doesnt work that way anymore. You get 45 mins of goodness at a good show maybe 60 if you are lucky. Even the Tahoe tweezer walked into architect >>bouncin a few tunes later in the set. AC felt oddly like Coventry at times.

AC HANDBILL November 25, 2013, 01:51:30

Getting the AC handbill was deja vu. The same feeling as I had during the Coventry Glide. When set two started and my whole section realized it wasnt a gag, even though they teased us with a jumbo tron film at GF, I looked around and we communally felt like we did during the Coventry Wading in the Velvet Sea. I always have fun, but not having the ability to be critical after being so dedicated for so long wouldn’t be fair. I tell it how I see it. AND HOLY CRAP I JUST HEARD THE HARTFORD FLUFFHEAD???!?!?!?!?

COMMON SENSE November 25, 2013, 01:58:49

Bro have some self respect. I hope you are happier and have more fun than Mike did when the The Hells Angels caught him photoing a minor in a shed at Phil and Friends. You hopefully are respected more than that or when Trey got pulled over on smack. These guys dont ride Unicorns and sleigh dragons from majestic mountain passes. They are dudes and some are really messed up dudes.

Fred November 25, 2013, 02:31:49

All of you suck!

jayremmy November 25, 2013, 06:14:02

If you find yourself thinking that Phish or any other band owes you something, it’s time to move on to other things.

it doesn't matter November 25, 2013, 10:09:14

I’m with Fred!

Tim November 25, 2013, 10:12:30

Once again, a long laundry list of disgruntled Phish phans wax poetic about what is wrong with ‘their’ band. Funny, but you never see this sort of nonsense from the deadheads, spreadheads, or cheeseheads. Very telling….

Hiram November 25, 2013, 11:00:38

Anyone complaining about a show, specific show, that they didn’t hear what they wanted or they complain about a whole run. .. . need to stop. Every show is a unique experience that should be treated as such. I WISH I COULD HAVE BEEN at Atlantic City. They played the show of the tour, Halloween night, they treated the entire crowd to a ‘NEVER BEEN SEEN BEFORE’ experience. They will never play that album together again. Think before you speak. You are going to come to love some of those song and you’ll never hear them in one show again. Please stop *itching, or stop coming to shows. I love every experience I get to see. If it is ‘your band’ you’d would thank them every night. In the words of Abraham Lincoln, “LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, SHUT UP AND COLOR, AND ENJOY THE RIDE.”

Really? November 25, 2013, 13:17:50

@ anyone surprised there are disgruntled fans, or the guy who said Deadheads don’t do this. REALLY??? This is completely normal for fans of anything. Take a look at people calling Phil a “cover band.” Or, maybe the Deadheads have mellowed since the originals are over 70! And, why not think Phish owes the phans something. Don’t we give them money in exchange for… something???????

Phish is Mother Theresa November 25, 2013, 13:21:07

If you think Phish owes you something, you suck. Phish is a 100% charity endeavor and never charge for their recordings, concerts, webcasts, or anything.

GratefulJO November 25, 2013, 15:23:09

You’re only you be you cause you’re the only one. Put you’re Wingsuit on people.

no question November 26, 2013, 01:04:24

There is no question 2013 is comaprable to 2003 and 2004 in quality of playing and certainly one of the bands worst years. There is no reasoned person who can say otherwise after objective review of the soundboards. Still fun and great but that is the undeniable truth. Yeah and Wingsuit, next.

dontfeedthetrolls November 26, 2013, 04:26:21

Who lotta dumb up in here!

SOLARGARLIC November 26, 2013, 10:50:44

Phish doesn’t owe anybody anything. 2013 was a great year for the band. phish has bent over backwards for their phans. Trey is lucky to be alive and were lucky they still create great music.

Dave November 26, 2013, 11:27:00

2013 was a great year for Phish. Sure…it’s not the 90s…but certainly the best year since the comeback.

Lizzy November 26, 2013, 22:35:48

the contemporary critical discussions on many artists, and their work, with new contributors often appearing in “blog” format. It continues to be true that those whose contributions are among the most valuable to the discussion, and especially those considered to be one of the major critical voices of discussion by its community, are quick admit the limits and weaknesses in their submission, careful about generalizing even with good circumstantial evidence. They don’t negatively criticize their subjects even if they are dead, they give more credit to the creators they discuss, while developing a tentative and carefully constructed,/ supported commentary,giving counterarguments to their position that may be valuable, contextualizing their points within the critical discussion and leaving conclusions open-ended. But most of all their LOVE and appreciation of the artist’s endeavors, are never far from their mind, and are capable of reminding readers of the great awe inspiring accomplishments of their subject. If there are elements in a piece, performance or period that they feel were not their best, the laudable qualities aren’t discussed, the challenges involved generally then particularly, citing the talent and dedication required to carry it out, and then citing the excellence of certain technical aspects and or cumulative effects from preferred pieces/performances, and the added impressiveness of achieving this more than once, and near impossibility of sustaining at all, adding that they’re one of the few to do so, with few exceptions, the X element-show-performance, may not have quite been up to the level of( x from preferred era. Rumors are treated as such, and admitted personal issues or struggles are only mentioned without assuming anything, and keeping the focus on how the problems that such an issue would present should be appreciated as just the tip of the iceberg, as having an asundry set of considerations that we don’t pretend to understand fully, only venturing that one would be all the more impressed with the artist, and perhaps the credit for the courage and responsibility it takes to share any struggle, and it shouldn’t be rewarded by people trying to quantify, or criticize, or generalize as the only thing can say is their life is riddled with known and unknown stresses, the known being innumerable, and any coping mechanism that millions upon billions are defeated by, and those that pull out of it must struggle daily, it should only be appreciated that the stresses combined with the inherent difficulties of substances make it unreasonable to think that it could be avoided, plus the added difficulties from several avenues we know of would make it harder to quit and sustain. Finally the only other definite is that we ourselves are the source of some of the stresses, and continue to be an added burden, and that this is true today and will continue to have affects that are endured by the artists that are clear and many more outside our ability to guess, both of which get compounded by each-other. The dedication, selflessness, and compassion and strength can only come from love and caring about people who are often undeserving and even cruel. So think about how it would feel, and the conflicts that they face, and remember that are just those known to us, and many come from us Oh, and critical analyzes like those I described are often about those like Homer, who are dead, not people actively sacrificing and enduring issues that we can’t imagine, who’ve already been damaged by giving all for their fans and music, this makes their successes more appreciated, and deserving of admiration. The critics are discussing finer points of works, and any lack or discrepancies that may be tempting to call less impressive, not on par with the genius of other parts, likely appears so due our own poor, weak, or limited understanding of some aspect. The insights into a persons personal life and the effect on their work are presented as possibilities and its often quite true that what was thought 50, 40 or even 10-1 years ago, to be weak points in Homeric Epics, are now shown to have seemed that way because of our limited scope of representations from the era. That said, we’re a blog for fans, not for critics with an objective interest, and discussing only those who are icons of the past, if they’re current artists they’d never dare to presume the stuff I’ve seen here and act like their level of experience made their impressions not just illusions, or mirages created by human need to feel that they have reached a status where they can say they’ve figured it all out, or at least have debunked all the most important stuff to the big picture and can start using just what they know and the evidence currently available to make conclusions, and are not still laboring under misconceptions. The people whose theories have had any success lately are those who incorporate the great limitations we have, and imagine that the picture is largely still far beyond our comprehension.
Still they are tentative, and flinging opinions about living and performing artists, seems wrong to me, and sad that they who put our needs first, are so thoughtlessly treated, I think they’re only praise deserving and given credit as having otherworldly talent, skill, and creative collaboration. Thanks.

chris November 30, 2013, 15:13:07

wow! Loved phish by chance when I was 19 in 96 97 98
moved to colorado and found cheeze in 06 , all made more sense to me… never looked back.

Dankb December 2, 2013, 11:00:08

Lovethyphish = clown AC was great. They don’t need pay us back for anything. 2013 was great. They don’t need to pay us back for anything.

IjustYEM'd December 2, 2013, 17:13:31

Whoever said Phish owes them and all the other crap in that post, They don’t owe you anything!!!! You are a jackass. You are way past, this has all been wonderful but now I’m on my way…. Bye!!!!! See ya!!! Find another band. More dance room for us. 17 years Phish and love the band more each year. Happy 30th!

Cosmic December 2, 2013, 20:52:11

Some of you are just a bunch of cork-sniffing douches. Oh, the ’95 version of whatever was so much tighter than the ’13 blah blah blah. Phish is still at it after 30 years. Some of you need to lay off the pills and booze before the show and just try to enjoy the music instead of constantly chasing some jam dragon. Just sayin’....

Daniel M. December 2, 2013, 23:05:50

seems like yesterday. Nectar’s actually closed for a year and became McHats (? 1982-ish) Nectar sold the place and then bought it back.
That was the start of our music scene in Burlington. Free music 7 nights a week and Molson on tap. A pint for $1.75. Phish just became a regular thing in the basement of Slade Hall and it was a natural progression to take it down the hill to Nectar’s. It just became natural to truck down there on a cold winters night, tuck our coats behind the stage on what would become Page’s side and turn the place into our one big living room for 3 nights once a month. I could go on and on. those were some of the best mights of my life. thank You Nectar, and thank you Phish and friends. As Lou Reed would say “ In a way you guys, where the best friends I ever had ! “

Otto December 3, 2013, 12:33:35

99 was nowhere near as good as 98 or 2000. In fact, the band didnt kick in until the Philly shows late in 99.
The Hartford show this year was not sloppy. The first set wasn’t killer but the 2nd set was serious business.
All I can say is if you don’t like Phish, don’t go. I am tired of stressing about getting tickets. See you good folk in a month. I hope the rest of yuo find another band that makes you happy.

Otto December 3, 2013, 17:08:19

Just relistened to the Slave from Hartford this year….as good as I remembered it. My second favorite version of the song (after a really subdued version they played in Albany, in 99)
But I have to make a correction to my earlier post. 99 fall tour was good. 10/7/99 was a really great and very underated show IMHO.

lb December 3, 2013, 15:59:01

Wow. After reading these comments it’s a wonder that Phish is able to sell any tickets any more. Seems like everyone’s a hater. Fools. If you didn’t dig 10/31 and 11/1, you just don’t get it IMO. Sorry. You just don’t. You may have at one time, but you are clearly letting your expectations get in the way. Comparing years and eras is a tired, tired game. I bet if we did a blind “taste” test most of the haters wouldn’t even know what year they are listening too. Why am I even writing this? Fools. I met some awesome 3.0 kids in AC that were just so excited to bear witness. They had fresh perspective. The experienced the music. They didn’t have expectations. Haters need to remember when they were like that. It’s ok to like the music. It might actually make you “cooler,” if that’s what you’re going for.

tubedss December 3, 2013, 18:13:09

Wingsuit and Fall tour was beyond amazing. I dont know what phish some of you listened to. Summer was great too.

Chris H. December 3, 2013, 23:58:20

I saw four nights of the dead in Atlanta in ’95 and one show in Tampa that year. That was it, so I know exactly what it’s like to catch an awesome band after they aren’t quite as awesome. Those shows were amazing to me then, but it was clear to anyone who listened to the band that it wasn’t ’77 or ’69 or ’72. Heck it wasn’t even ’90, but man was it good. My first Phish show was The Great Went. I saw them in every year they played (regularly) from ’97 until ’09. I missed ’10 through ’12 and saw them at the Gorge this year. That $#!^ was awesome. I was blown away by how good the band sounded. I listened to the shows again and was and still am impressed by how good they sound. I was at Coventry. I know what bad Phish sounds like. This was not it. I was also at Big Cypress. I know what amazing Phish sounds like too. This was way closer to BC than is was to Coventry. I remember talking to Fishman on the Jam Cruise (2008 I believe) and we talked about stuff (how much he enjoyed farming and we both liked raising our kids). He asked me how bad Coventry was (as I was wearing a Coventry shirt on deck that day), and I told him it was the worst Phish show ever. He was like, ‘you don’t have to dig though tapes?’ and I was like, ‘no.’ But we talked about songs that were not really finished when they stopped (this was like the first time he played anywhere in forever), songs that he (and I) wished that there was more time to explore. I told him that if they stopped playing and there were nothing left unfinished then they wouldn’t have been doing anything before they stopped, and that would just suck so much worse. So really, the message is, if you don’t like the fact that Phish put on a musical costume of themselves from the future, suck it. Really. They are out playing and making music and putting together new music and it is a beautiful thing. And it doesn’t suck. Is it the Went? Is it Big Cypress? Is it an Emotional Rescue opener at Bonner Springs? No. For me, it was the Gorge 2013. It kicked ass.

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