Any band with a fan base as devoted and computer-savvy as Phish is going to generate lots of online rumors. A new rumor (as is usually the case, with no confirmed source) circulating throughout the Internet claims that 2013, which is Phish’s 30th anniversary as a group, will mark the final year of Phish producing, or playing music.
A posting on the Phish fan site pleasemehavenoregrets.com says current rumors that Phish “will call it quits” after 2013 are “picking at some very fresh scars,” presumably left from the band’s two previous hiatuses – the short-lived 2000-2002 break and longer 2004-2008 stoppage that many thought marked the end of the band.
2012 was such a banner year for Phish that the idea of them playing just one more year, their 30th nonetheless, and then walking off into the sunset is just so incomprehensible,” the posting states. “When it’s working as well as it is now, why stop? It boggles the mind.”
A thread on the Phish fan forum Phantasytour.com shows a high degree of skepticism about Phish “riding off into the sunset” after 2013. Although some posters cite factors such as McConnell’s new child, various non-Phish projects by band members, and even the golf theme of the most recent New Year’s Eve show (with golf being associated with retirement), the majority dismiss it as one more Internet rumor. Until something more concrete comes along to substantiate this speculation, Phish fans are probably safe in looking ahead to more upcoming shows in the year 2014.