Hi everybody and welcome to this week’s episode of Attendance Bias. I am your host, Brian Weinstein. Today’s guest is the newest co-host of the Helping Friendly Podcast, Megan Glionna. I’ve had hosts of the HFPod on before, notably RJ Bee and Brian Brinkman. The HF Pod is filled with facts and analysis, and Megan brings a lot of personality to the table. Although stats and facts are always a part of Attendance Bias, I’m in it for the personalities and the stories, so I was thrilled when Megan agreed to come on the show. For today’s episode, Megan chose to discuss Phish’s show on July 21, 1997 at the Virginia Beach Amphitheater in Virginia Beach.
A benchmark show of a legendary year in Phish’s history, the Virginia Beach show was the band’s first American show of that year, during which they introduced not only a bevy of new songs to the audience, but also their new-at-the-time cow funk sound. As you’ll hear Megan and I discuss, they didn’t crawl into the summer tour with warm up shows, but as this Virginia Beach show proves, they hit the ground running.
There’s more to it than the music, though. So let’s join Megan to talk about taking your parents to a show, coping with a recent breakup, and the high school drama club as we discuss Phish’s performance from July 21, 1997 at The Virginia Beach Amphitheater.