Do we have Phish songs on our iPod? No, we dont. But maybe we should. Maybe we shouldnt be the least bit jaded about getting tickets to one of their four shows this week at American Airlines Arena and entering a demographic we always thought was a little too white and a little too suburban. Isnt that association, in the end, our hangup, not Phishs? Who are we to say that improvisational rock is inferior to garage or punk or noise? And what is Phish really if not a clever machine for adopting various musical styles? How could one possibly characterize the bands music with any linguistic accuracy, and isnt that difficulty a sign of brilliance?
If you see us there Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday night, rest assured we wont be taking drugs, and if you offer us drugs, we will point you out to the authorities. Jamming we can forgive. Youth culture? Yuck. Tickets cost $50. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. every night except Thursday, when the music starts at 8.
Dec. 28-30, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., Dec. 31, 8 p.m., 2009