Thursday, March 25, 2010

Phish3D Press Coverage

Hmm. Can you think of any reason why the fans of a popular jam band might enjoy the experience of seeing their favorite musicians in a movie presented in 3-D? Off the top of our heads, we couldn’t, but we’re still reasonably certain that a new 3-D film featuring Phish will find its audience.

On April 20th, fans in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Washington, D.C., Raleigh and, of course, Phish’s native Burlington, Vermont, will be the first to experience Phish 3D, with a rollout to other markets starting April 30th. Phish 3D will only be in theaters for one week.

The film will mark Phish’s first time on the big screen since 2004, when the band offered a live simulcast of their Coventry Festival — the group’s final show before taking a five-year break.

While it seems a little juvenile to hold the screenings on 4/20, c’mon—Phish is a stoner’s band, man, and the mix of their tunes, a 3-D stage show, and nine cities worth of pot consumers all coming together in nine small rooms… it’s either the coolest pot holiday ever, or the Republicans have finally found a way to herd together a large chunk of today’s drug culture/ population for “reeducation.” Cue really paranoid conspiracy theory, man – and bring the Cheetos.

As we first reported in October, Phish’s Festival 8 was filmed in 3D for a theatrical release and we finally have the details on just when we can catch Phish 3D. The film will run in theaters nationwide for one week starting on Friday, April 30. The movie will run just over two hours in total.

Two-hour feature, presented by Action 3D Prods. in association with AEG's Network Live division and Cinedigm Digital Cinema, will receive preview screenings April 20 in nine U.S. markets: Boston; Chicago; Denver; Houston; Los Angeles; New York; Burlington, Vt.; Raleigh/Durham, N.C.; and Washington, D.C.

Footage is drawn from the long-running jam band's three-day fest, held in October at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif., siteof the annual Coachella and Stagecoach fests. Pic will feature material culled from Phish's Halloween "musical costume" cover performance of the Rolling Stones' "Exile on Main St.," plus excerpts from band's first-ever full-length acoustic set.

We don’t like stereotypes or easy jokes any more than you do. And for what it’s worth, we totally rock out to Phish on some of our more relaxed days in the office. But sometimes it just becomes impossible to avoid.
The 3-D Phish movie is coming to theaters soon. When you ask? Why, April 20 of course (full screenings start April 30). Doesn’t something else usually take place on that day? We used to know. We’re pretty sure we even wrote it in our calendar. But then we got stoned and lost our calendar. Such is life.

The trailer looks like it will be an incredible experience for any fan looking to get up close with the band during extended versions of "Suzy Greenberg." But it doesn't give away any clues as to what form the 3D effects will take. Will it just be in-your-face guitar solos, or will they go out of their way to take advantage of the technology? No matter what, here are the songs that will sound (and look) best in 3D.

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Video: The Muppets "Back on the Train" Featuring Phish

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Phish 3D, filmed at Festival 8 - the band’s three-day festival which took place on October 30th, 31st and November 1st at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California - will be in theatres nationwide in 3D on April 30th. The band performed 8 sets over the course of the weekend, including a special Acoustic Set on Sunday afternoon. Keeping the tradition of past Halloween shows, they donned a musical costume on Halloween night, covering The Rolling Stones’ album Exile On Main Street.

PHISH 3D - IN THEATERS APRIL 30TH from Phish on Vimeo.

Check out HiddenTrack for all the info on the pre-screenings

Video: "Back On The Train" Phish 12.16.1999 Raleigh, NC ~ Reynolds Coliseum


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