was it for this my life I sought?
Wow. It had to happen eventually. Straight from the horse’s mouth:
Last Friday night, I got together with Mike, Page and Fish to talk openly
about the strong feelings I’ve been having that Phish has run its course and
that we should end it now while it’s still on a high note. Once we started
talking, it quickly became apparent that the other guys’ feelings, while not
all the same as mine, were similar in many ways — most importantly, that we
all love and respect Phish and the Phish audience far too much to stand by
and allow it to drag on beyond the point of vibrancy and health. We don’t
want to become caricatures of ourselves, or worse yet, a nostalgia act. By
the end of the meeting, we realized that after almost twenty-one years
together we were faced with the opportunity to graciously step away in
unison, as a group, united in our friendship and our feelings of gratitude.
So Coventry will be the final Phish show. We are proud and thrilled that it
will be in our home state of Vermont. We’re also excited for the June and
August shows, our last tour together. For the sake of clarity, I should say
that this is not like the hiatus, which was our last attempt to revitalize
ourselves. We’re done. It’s been an amazing and incredible journey. We thank
you all for the love and support that you’ve shown us.
Thanks for everything, guys. You did things musically that others would not or simply could not do. Some might add “should not” to that list. Not me. Man, did we have some fun shows…