Interviews: Tom Marshall Gathers Steam Pt. 1 and Pt. 2 [Jambands/Relix]

TM: (laughs) Well, it’s funny. I have recently seen some stuff on line from young kids, young fans, first time fans, and they get on Phantasy Tour, and a lot of them write good things about Phish lyrics. It has always been my style to be a little bit ambiguous, not the most obvious thing that you would think about, or think what a song is about. If that is what people like about Phish—normally, it is the jamming, the unpredictable nature of live shows, but, the lyrics are part of it. I’m noticing that first time fans are getting it. I think that’s great. I see a lot of “What Are Your Favorite Lyrics?” threads from users I don’t recognize on Phantasy Tour. You know, every now and then, I’ll check them out.

The place has gotten a little negative for me, and it is always the people who stay home, who don’t go to the shows. They see it on paper, and they tear it apart like “oh, this was a terrible show,” and they weren’t even there. Whatever. I’m so not worried about that. And neither is the band, I’ll have you know. In fact, of the four band members, the only one who ever might have a chance of ever getting on Phantasy Tour, I would think, is Mike. For almost six or seven years, Trey doesn’t get online and doesn’t read reviews at all. Do the math.

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