Phish Reunites, But Will Their Tour Be Green?
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After splitting up in 2004, Phish is reuniting for a trio of concerts next spring. The prolific jam band will play March 6-8 at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia, with additional 2009 touring announcements to follow. Guitarist/vocalist Trey Anastasio, bassist Mike Gordon, keyboardist Page McConnell and drummer Jon Fishman haven't played together since 2004.
Aside from being one of TreeHugger readers' favorite bands, Phish is notable on the green scene for their tasty partnership with Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream -- Phish Food. One of the "Top 10 Flavors," Phish joined Jerry Garcia and Dave Matthews as musicians who have inspired ice cream flavors; according to a Phish statement on the Ben & Jerry's website, "Our share of proceeds from this pint sale goes toward environmental efforts in Vermont’s Lake Champlain Watershed."
When it comes to the actual forthcoming tour, though, we'll have to wait and see if they can build up some more green cred. Phish would do well to emulate some of these green touring ideas from other successful bands.
With green tours, outspoken climate change activism, and even telecommuting across the pond for TV appearances, Radiohead is leading the way for many green bands. They've even thrown their weight around a bit, pushing festivals where they play to go green. Many bands, including Phish, can probably learn a lot from these guys.
They can probably learn some lessons from Live Earth, the "largest global entertainment event in history". While there was much speculation about how green the event would be, most reviews were mixed (and Bob Geldof was not a fan at all). The takeaway: it's tough to scale up green efforts at a multi-location festival, and it's easy to look like you're greenwashing if you can't pull it off.
The green touring beat goes on, with Pearl Jam, Barenaked Ladies, Gomez, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and more, all adding some green flavor to their tours. Will Phish add themselves to the list? With 5,842,798 tickets sold to 475 previous shows, there'll certainly be some folks there to witness it. Advance tickets can be requested through their site until October 8, and tickets go on sale to the public on Saturday, October 18th. ::Phish via ::BillboardMore green tours and musiciansBest Foot Forward for Radiohead to Reduce Their Ecological Footprint When on TourRadiohead Telecommute To Play Conan, Saving CO2Radiohead's Thom Yorke Asks For Bigger, Binding CO2 CutsBarenaked Ladies' Green TourPearl Jam Announces Carbon Portfolio StrategyClif Bar Launches Green Notes ProgramThese Rock and Rollers Are Carbon NeutralSonic Fabric Recycles PhishMore reading on Live EarthAl Gore Announces Live Earth ConcertBob Geldof Slams Live EarthMadonna Writes New Song for Live Earth ConcertHow Green Will Live Earth Be?Survey: Will Live Earth Hurt the Planet More than Help?Live Earth Live : London