April 4, 2000 |
Dana Giacchetto, the boyish New York City money manager renowned for his ability to ingratiate himself with such young stars as Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck and Hollywood power broker Michael Ovitz, was charged Monday with three criminal counts for allegedly stealing at least $6 million of his clients' funds.
November 2, 2009 |
Besides the Rolling Stones, U2 and Bruce Springsteen, it's hard to think of many rock acts that could crowd the Empire Polo Club in Indio for a three-day festival featuring no supporting acts or other live entertainment. But the legendary Vermont jam titan Phish has long operated outside the realm of normalcy, with a rabid fan base closer to addicted acolytes than casual admirers. When long-gestating message board rumors were finally confirmed months ago, Phish fanatics instantly began making preparations to trek to the site of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, where the band held its eighth festival -- the first in five years.
July 12, 2001 |
Phish fans had to be let down easy. For them it was more than a band. It was a calling, a community, its concerts a gathering of nomadic multitudes, a place to sing along or dance the hippie shake. Phish couldn't just break up. So a surprise announcement late last year declared that Phish was merely taking a hiatus from the blend of rock, jazz and folk that spearheaded the '90s "jam band" movement.
January 2, 2003 |
"Is this like anything you've ever seen?" asked Jake Steinberg, 20, a college student from California. Steinberg was just one of the small army of Phish fans who flew here in hopes of scoring tickets and getting inside Madison Square Garden on New Year's Eve to see the band's first live show since its hiatus about two years ago.
September 17, 1999 |
Phish and its fans travel the land marked with a tie-dyed bull's-eye inherited from the granddaddy of all hippie bands, the Grateful Dead. Phish's phenomenon is a replay of the hippie caravan that followed the Dead. Turning concert venues and surrounding areas into urban campgrounds and street bazaars, the Deadheads wore out their welcome in city after city in the late 1980s and early 1990s, making it difficult for the band to find places to play. Irvine was one of them.
September 17, 1999 |
For readers unaware of its music or its history, the gist of Phish is this: It is the relatively young band that picked up where the Grateful Dead left off. There are many obvious parallels. Still, it isn't fair simply to write Phish off as the most convenient sanctuary for neo-hippies disenfranchised when the 1995 death of Jerry Garcia did in the Dead after a 30-year run.