Over the weekend of Aug. 25, Phish performed two benefit concerts in Saratoga Springs, New York at Broadview Stage at SPAC this weekend to raise funds for those impacted by the floods in Upstate New York and Vermont. The benefit concert raised a whopping $3.5 million.
“We are so grateful to everyone who donated their time and resources to make these benefits possible, and those that attended the shows or watched online,” Page McConnell said in a statement. “The joy in the room at these concerts was undeniable. But for the people affected by the flooding, it is an ongoing struggle. That’s why we are continuing to accept donations, raise awareness and distribute the funds.”
Both shows featured acoustic sets with Phish’s Page McConnell and Trey Anastasio. Derek Trucks then surprised guests by joining the band during their Aug. 26 performance.
The concerts were webcast live on LivePhish.com and Phish’s YouTube channel, allowing fans to donate directly to The Waterwheel Foundation’s 2023 Flood Recovery Fund. Phish donated 100 percent of proceeds from both events, including all net proceeds from ticket revenue and merchandise sales, to the foundation. The band created the Waterwheel Foundation in 1997 to oversee their various charitable efforts. Donations are continuing to be accepted from the foundation.
Among Phish’s reported dates to Pollstar’s Boxoffice include their recent seven-night run at Madison Square Garden July 28 to Aug. 5, selling a total 120,385 tickets grossing $10.4 million. In April, they played numerous multi-night runs including the Hollywood Bowl (grossing $5.1 million over the course of three nights), Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley in Berkeley, California (grossing $2.6 million with three sold-out nights) and Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, Washington (grossing $2.3 million over two nights).