Mr. Rosenberg (AC/DC), phantastic review of last night's event! It was rather surprising to stumble upon fellow phans who I met and re-met at different venues along the way. Last night certainly lifted my spirits and set the course for Vegas. I'd also like to give an honorary "shout out" to STU, YANNI and RYAN for making their celebrity appearances last night! And now for my two cents on the Phish signing at Tower Records, AN ENCOUNTER WITH PHISH As I approached the counter where I was graced by four musicians (along with Tom Marshall and possibly Carini) my creative ideas for good questions that had been floating through my mind were swept away by the emotion that was creeping in and taking control. I realized that I (along with the hundreds of people who came out) had created in my mind an idealistic almost super-human persona for those four guys, and as I approached them I didn't know what to expect. So there I was, standing eye to eye with Trey! I don't think you fully realize the magnitude of this moment until it's all over. So here it is once again...EYE to EYE with TREY! Let that sink in a bit. It was only a few seconds of his time that was being devoted to me. But what a great feeling it was. A bit selfish, yes, but extremely satisfying. Afterall, I race around this country (and many of you - the world) to be graced with the sounds he strums from his guitar. We make him out to be this incredible being, not necessarily human, but as you see him up close outside of his typical setting, with no instrument in hand, you realize he's a normal dude who is having the time of his life doing what he loves best. There's nothing g-d like about him. Although you could certainly argue his presence is felt. And he is definitely a bit more BURNT SIENA than he appears onstage. Go Trey! On to Fishman. Typical Fishman, standing around drinking a Corona in the middle of Tower Records. I've never met him before but I feel like I know him. Didn't say much. But he didn't need to. He seemed to understand what the moment meant for the phans as they passed through with their books, cameras, and new album. As one observant phan noted, "Bob Weaver has some LARGE wrists." Next up, Cactus Gordon! The Cactus was very enthrawled by the female in front of me. She was a bit more "smooth" in her approach towards the band. Apparently she's a med-student who was trying to convince them about bringing a medical team on tour, in case of serious illness or injury. The band welcomed the idea and maintained brief conversation. Mike and Fishman seemed excited about having a cute, 25 year old blond, soon to be doctor on tour. Wouldn't you? Needless to say, I was toast as far as striking some kind of intriguing conversation with the Cactus. A simple hello, great to meet ya is all that was said! On to the Chairman of the Boards! It's ironic; Up to this moment I felt he was the guy who I knew the least. Think about it...Fishman speaks for himself. We all know he's the prankster of the bunch. Trey and Mike, you develop a sense of character for, because you just do! But Page, I could never pin down Page. So meeting Page was most exciting for me. By far the "warmest" of the bunch. Page and I shook hands and exchanged some phriendly words. You could tell he was really having a good time. It was so nice to converse with a guy you spend countless hours talking about, following, and creating memories that last a lifetime. I said my farewell with a "see ya in Vegas!" and as I shuffled past the crowd, I realized the best part. To walk away, knowing that I do have something in common with these guys, and so do you all, for that matter. When I'm fifty and look back on the best of times, I will be reflecting on moments I spent with Phish and friends, as they will too. That my phriends, is PRICELESS! "After all, it's not an experience if they can't bring someone along!" Makisupa P.S. Hazer - Consider this your review!