Phish has an understated approach to showmanship? We are talking about the same band that road in on a giant hot dog and has used trampolines, correct?This is an interesting point. When it comes to stagecraft I tend to think of Phish collectively as...Type A hippies, you might say. They seem to approach their pranks and bits of 'showmanship' the way they do their compositions and jams, meticulously planning and then absolutely letting go. Think of this year's NYE prank -- Trey and Mike in flying harnesses, jamming away, weirdly not making a big deal of it while they're up there. Smiling like they're just two middle-aged guys playing music, who happen to be swinging on wires above Madison Square Garden instead of in a garage. Composing almost algebraically, then improvising with attentive abandon -- 'rigorously irresponsible,' a phrase I like.
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