Thursday, December 17, 2009

Burlington Free Press: Phish subject of new biography by Rolling Stone contributor

Keeping track of the number of books about Phish is like keeping track of the number of songs by the Vermont-born band — there’s probably a definitive number, but hardly anyone knows it. None of those books, however, has been a full biography, until this month’s release of the aptly titled “Phish: The Biography,” written by Rolling Stone contributor Parke Puterbaugh.

The 318-page book, based on more than a decade of exclusive interviews with the band members, covers the beginnings of Phish, the band’s rise to massive concert-scene popularity through the 1990s and the role drugs played in the foursome’s 2004 breakup. Puterbaugh also has an exclusive July interview with guitarist Trey Anastasio about his solo career, the re-formed band’s new album, “Joy,” and Anastasio’s highly publicized drug arrest and recent recovery. Hot Tours ~ Miley Cyrus, Phish, Wisin & Yandel

Miley Cyrus sits atop the latest Top Tours ranking as she completed the North American leg of her 2009 world tour with sold out concerts in Southeastern U.S. markets. Miami's American Airlines Arena hosted the tour on Dec. 2, producing the highest gross and attendance totals among the last six American shows reported by tour promoter AEG Live. The pop star drew 15,819 fans to the Miami venue, grossing $1,098,931. Sold out arena shows in Charlotte, Nashville, Columbia (S.C.), Atlanta and Tampa led up to the Miami closer. L.A. pop band Metro Station, co-fronted by Miley's brother Trace Cyrus, provided support for the tour's North American leg.

Phish lands at No. 2 on the Hot Tours list with totals reported from the group's brief fall tour that kicked off on Nov. 18 at Detroit's Cobo Arena. Promoter Live Nation also reported box office totals from the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati (Nov. 20-21) and the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia (Nov. 24-25). The band plans to close out the year with four concerts at American Airlines Arena in Miami on Dec. 28-31.

Reggaeton duo Wisin & Yandel is the third highest grossing act among this week's Hot Tours with totals reported from four shows at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot in the San Juan district of Hato Rey (Dec. 4-7). Natives of Puerto Rico, the duo sold over 50,000 tickets at the 18,500-seat arena during the four-night run. Wisin & Yandel were winners at the 2009 Billboard Latin Music Awards last April with the trophy for Latin Rhythm Album of the Year, Duo or Group, for their release "Wisin Vs. Yandel: Los Extraterrestres." The album also won the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Latin Urban Album.

Rank Artist/Event
Total Gross
Show Dates
Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)

Nov. 24-Dec. 2
Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte (1/1)
Sommet Center, Nashville (1/1)
Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, S.C. (1/1)
Philips Arena, Atlanta (1/1)
St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa (1/1)
American Airlines Arena, Miami (1/1)
90,351 (90,351)

Nov. 18-25
Cobo Arena, Detroit (1/0)
U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati (2/0)
Wachovia Center, Philadelphia (2/0)
78,131 (84,021)

Dec. 4-7
Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico (4/0)
50,033 (52,168)

Nov. 15-21
Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas (1/1)
Amway Arena, Orlando (1/1)
Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico (1/0)
27,182 (30,360)

Nov. 17-19
United Palace, New York (3/1)
9,621 (9,960)

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