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Why People Hate Golf Files: Phish Golfing On Stage

Alex Myers posts the painful details and not one, but two agonizing videos of the group Phish hitting golf balls into their New Year's Eve concert audience. There are also cutesy costumes, a golf cart and artificial turf on the stage.

Bookmark this for your six-months-to-live folder, it'll drag things out nicely.

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Trying to be Eric Stratton and Boon in Animal House?
01.2.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKevin part deux
Geoff--LOL LOL....."six month to live folder"...
01.2.2013 | Unregistered CommenterD. Romans
That is awesome!!!! I've seen/heard Ween do that once or twice but they're kinda 'out there'. I knew Phish were pretty cool to begin with...this, for me, takes em to a whole new level. 'Irie 'Irie Mon!
01.3.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnycz
Even better, after midnight, Phish concluded with the following songs: Sand, The Wedge, Fly Like an Eagle, Lawn Boy, Driver and Iron Man. All golf themed titles!
01.3.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeremy
Wouldn't this go in the "Why People Hate Phish Files"? I'll take Ween over Phish any day.
01.3.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Matre
'Even better, after midnight, Phish concluded with the following songs: Sand, The Wedge, Fly Like an Eagle, Lawn Boy, Driver and Iron Man. All golf themed titles! '

They started that set with a song called Party Time......or PAR and Tee Time...
Another song (KUNG- a rariety) mentions a 'runaway golf cart marathon' which was the inspiration for the whole thing to start.

The encore of 'Driver' was mulliganed- they started, stopped, and started it again and cover of iron man was pretty funny with the keyboardist wearing an old USS NIMITZ hat, looking much like Bob Hope in doing so.
01.3.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBob Weaver
It was a great show and Alex is clueless and on this one, so are you Geoff. The band did not hit golf balls, dancers and people in costume hit them, although quite poorly with bad swings. Rock and roll and golf have always been great partners, the show was a killer and it should have been on your bucket list. Your comments are so conservative, so scary, so close minded that I'm shocked. I watched the show with other guys who play golf and everyone thought it was a riot, lots of fun and full of surprise, just like the music which I'm sure that moron Alex knows nothing about. Name one Phish song, Alex, just one. I thought so. Triple bogey by you, DQ for that idiot Alex.
01.3.2013 | Unregistered Commenterpeter kessler
Given how litigious our society is these days, I wonder if those balls are the soft practice kind that look like real balls.
01.3.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Insulting someone who has different musical tastes than you, for not liking the same music as you -placing you in the roll of ''being right'' about what is good and what is not --well that is pretty GD boorish.

I don't care for this band, but if you do, fine. And If you want to insult my taste in music, because it is not in alignment with yours-- yawn....grow up.

The short list of my musical friends and associates, people I have done music business with, and played with, qualifies my background, and my critique as qualified, by anyone's standards. And I don't like Phish..but that does not mean I can't appreciate what they do, and it is good to some listeners.

So, you liked it--good for you.

To diss someone who doesn't- like I said, grow up.
01.3.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
I don't think anyone dissed your taste in music that I can see here, Phish is def not for everyone, for sure an acquired taste, no question. The question I think is " did the golf stuff work with the music?" I say yes.
01.3.2013 | Unregistered Commenterpeter kessler
''just like the music which I'm sure that moron Alex knows nothing about. Name one Phish song, Alex, just one. I thought so''

pete--I really don't care. I didn't say anyone dissed me. But ''Alex'' posted the stuff-- am I missing something? doesn't that mean he liked it?

And FWIW, it sure looks like band members hitting balls--- and also FWIW- I thought the whole gagwas cool--- then they started playing that 2 chord song, for who knows how long---I closed he window.

I find that Deadheads, phishers, and other fans of never ending songs usually have a couple of things in common, and I'll leave it at that. As I said, to those who like it- great. Chocolate. Vanilla, it wold be a boring world if we all liked the same thing.

Some people eaven think the world is 5000 years old, while the use fossil fuel in their Hummers, a product of millions of years of decomposition. And so it goes.

Happy New Year.
01.3.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
I want you to know while reading your posts, its like your easily identifiable voice is reading them live to me! (Or that I'm watching "When it was a Game" again for the 40th time!)

I'm a progressive rock fan, and Trey Antannasio inducted Genesis (the good Genesis, not the pop one) into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame a couple of years ago. He too is purportedly a Genesis fan and Phish performed Watcher of the Skies during the ceremony. It was pretty good too!
01.3.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTommy Naccarato
BTW I am with you on Deadheads. Never understood it except for their acoustic albums, which are incredible. I'm old enough that I saw 8 hour shows, yes 8, that the dead did in the sixties and early seventies and then after that Jerry took too many drugs at the same time. They were boring shows, long pointless jams and leaving the stage to sniff drugs. But Phish are tight, they are not improvising, every note is rehearsed, every fan knows the notes that are coming. Funny, we watched on tv and the room was all golfers and rockers and everyone normally would have hated the golf thing they did, but for some reason it worked for everyone, horrible swings or not. Phish is not for everyone, the songs are not accessible and they can really get in your face. But Trey can play. Barely in my top 10 after Jimi ( who I saw many times) Jimmy, Eric, George, Keith, Dave Mason, Dave Davies, Pete, Jorma, Don Felder, that I can think of.
01.3.2013 | Unregistered Commenterpeter kessler
One other thing. Alex is a friend of mine and I was giving him a hard time, that wasn't clear in my post. Sorry about that.
01.3.2013 | Unregistered Commenterpeter kessler
Dave Mason is still touring: the man has tone, right there with Clapton on it.
01.3.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
The lead on Look at you, look at me on Alone Together, one of the best albums ever, is in my top 5 or maybe even top 3. Jimi on All along the watchtower studio version, jimmy on stairway live from the song remains the same, are the other two.
01.3.2013 | Unregistered Commenterpeter kessler
I have never heard of them before, but if they can play "Watcher of the skies", I'm game!
01.3.2013 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
''Phish is an American rock band noted for its musical improvisation, extended jams, exploration of music across genres, and an adoring fan base.''

'' Rolling Stone stated that the band helped to "...spawn a new wave of bands oriented around group improvisation and superextended grooves."

They jam- I have no problem with that- it is the length of the songs, and honestly- I just don't care for a lot of their music. But again-- I can see how it has an appeal to some.

Wow- favorite leads---a whole new fun area of conversation- I saw Led Z twice in the early 70's and one night Page was on fire, and one nite he was hot and cold....

fave leads off the top of my head include Badge, Maybe I'm Amazed, Sultans of Swing, you've ruined my day...:)
01.3.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
I still say they don't jam, every Phish nut says, " ok here comes the lead that's so fast it's unreal or I love this next part." Don't get me wrong, you can see the bands I like, it's just that Trey's playing can be divine.
Yes on Sultans, Maybe and Badge, especially Sultans. Yeah Jimmy could be the best and the most sloppy, depending on the combo of drugs and booze.
01.3.2013 | Unregistered Commenterpeter kessler
''Yeah Jimmy could be the best and the most sloppy, depending on the combo of drugs and booze.''

I think that applies to all of us.

As an aside- Robert Plant lives in my old neighborhood, in Austin. Life continues to be weird.

I'll take your word on the Phishers-I have never been to one of their concerts.

This fave solo thing has got me going- it is an amazing solo to begin with that demands repeating, virtually note for note. Lots of good ones t draw from, but some just rise to the top.
01.3.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
In golf thin to win, but in this situation, fat to avoid lawsuit.
01.3.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Now digger, you are not too tolerant of those who adopt a different method of putting than those you prefer and endorse -- perfectly legal methods of putting I might add ;0)
01.3.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Get off my lawn!
01.3.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Digs ~ Since you just cleaned the lawn, somewhat my specialty, try this all-time solo on for size.
01.3.2013 | Unregistered CommenterWinston Wolfe
Thanks, Winston.
01.3.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLudell Hogwaller
So kessler and digger, when you guys generalize about deadheads, specifically what is it that you are thinking?
01.3.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Winston- Steve brings it. Awesome post!

I saw him playing with Frank Zappa at the Houston Music Hall way back a while. He played a song or 2 on the burned up Hendrix Strat that Zappa owned, and I just flipped seeing that guitar.

He was on some semi-short lived late nite music show, and his young teenage daughter sang a nifty pop song with Steve- really cool if you like good pop songs, and I do. ''Pure Pop For Now People'' as Nick Lowe-downed it.

That instrumental you posted was *awesome*, and I can't help being reminded of Jeff Beck's ''Because We've ended as Lovers''.

Thanks for the treat, I'm sure you are familiar with Eric Johnson, and he is another master of the Stratocaster, and puts out amazing music when he is not being so anal that he can't get a tune finished, even though it is.
01.3.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Great rock and roll band enjoying a great game by having a little fun...amen!!!
My friend~*~*~* dee THE eff `~*~*~*~

I think there are a lot of 1)stoned 2)air guitar players grooving.-- the 2 things I alluded to. Most could not finger an ''A'' with a weeks instruction.

For me, Pink Floyd sets the thinking man's riff.

Now the thing about Dead guys that cements the deal was, in the mid 80's I was staying with some friends in Basalt, a few miles down the road from Aspen. Everyone was too Jack Danieled from the nite before to get going, and I was ready to hit Ajax, so I'm out at the busstop, and this dude stops and says -hey for a couple bucks gas money, hop in, and get there instead of freezing standing there another 25 minutes---so I'm in...

Mid 60's Chevy and a 100 pound long haired mix laying on the seat, and now in my bath for 3 months and wet snow odor.....and here it is....some 8 track or thereabouts live version of ''Ripple'' was on the 5x7 the entire trip in to Aspen....La da da dee da---la da dee dee doo doo.... ~*~*~*~*~and that is a dead head forever embroidered in my mind*~~~~~~~~**~**~

(I own a '64 Chevy pickup now, so maybe some good came of that ride)
01.3.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Yes, and there will never be another Zappa either.

Clapton wasn't beneath playing an intro for Frank when needed.
01.3.2013 | Unregistered CommenterWinston Wolfe
Funny stuff digger. Did ya ever own a pygmy pony or a pair of zircon encrusted tweezers? Betcha that guy in the Chevy paid up for dog food that didn't have a speck of cereal in it ;0) Nothing but the best you know.... Don't forget to floss!
01.3.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
No, but I have reprimered my right front fender before a date.
01.3.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Love everything on your list of leads, digs, but may I inquire about your take on my two favourites: "Reelin' in the years" and "Peaches en Regalia" (whatever is the lead on that one...), both of which were recorded well before I was born, but anyway? Great to see Shackheads have more than one thing in common!
01.4.2013 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye

Check this out...Vai talks about Zappa

Hawkeye- Since the entire Zappa song is an instrumental, I'm not sure what you are referring to as ''the solo''....There are guitars, a clarinet, and synths at work thruout. It is not one of my faves, but that doesn't make it bad.

Steely Dan. ...awesome solo--it goes with the song. I read somewhere that Jimmy Page said it is his favorite guitar solo! I'd listen to him over me!
01.4.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Yes on Steely Dan and Walter Becker solo, and Hotel California with Felder and Walsh.
And Dave Mason on Shouldn't Have Took More Than You Gave. No on Steve Vai.
01.4.2013 | Unregistered Commenterpeter kessler
I can't believe I'm correcting Peter Kessler, but the "Reelin'" solo was played by session hotshot Elliott Randall, not Walter Becker (who's still one of the most underrated guitarists of all time).
And digs, on "Regalia" I'm referring to the acoustic part where he doubles with the flute. Acoustic solos are as a whole underrated - for further proof see Stephen Stills' amazing lead on "Bluebird" (which I forgot in my previous post!).
01.4.2013 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
How right you are, Hawkeye, about Elliott and Walter. Do you think Becker wrote the solo like he did for sure on albums like Aja even when he didn't play the lead? - they would have different guys come in and play it and pick their fave. You dug deep for Bluebird.
01.4.2013 | Unregistered Commenterpeter kessler
10-4 on Elliott Randall- and it was on a Strat- though to me it has that 335 distortion edge- shows what pedals and amps can do.

Hawk- I'll go back and give a listen.

And Peter, as to you question about it being written out, I have a friend who might be able to find out, but he is in Europe right now. I have heard horror stories about playing on Steely Dan stuff, as well as Paul Simon ''collaborations'' -one album in particular -where a couple of my friends just plain got pissed talking about it ( the Simon project) Not stuff for a blog, more for a few Bocks and some nachos.

I'll ask about the SD/Randall deal, but it could be months.

All have a great weekend!

The Vai inerviews about Zappa are GREAT, especially the first one.
01.4.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
One more thing-- the acoustic riff in ''Oh Well'' is just awesome- one of my favorite songs and albums. Anyone in to early Fleetwood Mac...''Blood on the Floor'', some crazy shit.
01.4.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Hmmm...lots of music posts...Digs apparently lived a full life, I'll just live vicariously thru his posts and leave with of my favorite bands (aside from the Ween and other college stuff, also rediscovered DrivinNCryin the past month in an old CD case lying around)

IMO The Home and Native Land's best export:
01.6.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz

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