Phish : At the Roxy

phish_at_the_roxy.jpgSet to coincide with the announcement of their return to the touring highway, At The Roxy is a dizzying display of Phish during the incubating months before the arena period in the group’s history. Just one year after their appearance at the H.O.R.D.E. festival, Phish embarked on a three night journey in Atlanta that solidified the ensemble’s reputation, and eventually led to their dominance as a top grossing national act.

The unique chemistry that has existed among Trey Anastasio, Jon Fishman, Page McConnell and Mike Gordon is on full display on "Split Open and Melt" and the bombastic pairing of "David Bowie" with Led Zeppelin’s "Moby Dick." Special guests abound, including a rare appearance made by Gene Simmons. And, guitarist Jimmy Herring adds spunk and verve to the Argent cover "Hold Your Head Up" as well as the loose limbed jams, "Funky Bitch" and "My Sweet One."

At the Roxy serves as a primer for Phish’s upcoming Spring ’09 jaunt, providing a document of the improvisational heroes’ glorious musical ups and downs. It is sustained, fascinating listening material that rewards with particularly satisfying takes on "Mike’s Song" and "Weekapaug Groove."   

At the Roxy is out now on Jemp Records.