McConnell with Phish at Red Rocks Amphitheater
July 30, 2009
|Birth name||Page Samuel McConnell|
|Also known as||The Chairman of the Boards, Leo|
May 17, 1963 |
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
|Genres||Alternative rock, rock, jazz, electronica|
|Instruments||Keyboards, piano, theremin, upright bass, drums, guitar|
|Associated acts||Phish, Vida Blue, Tenacious D, Phil Lesh and Friends, Spam Allstars, Travis, Porter Batiste Stoltz|
Each of our 900 shows so far was different – maybe that's what makes the fans come back to our gigs time and again. And that they're always part of the show. Phish concerts are a communal experience.
Every piece has its own identity which we develop by the rule 'We know no limits.' We follow the inspiration of the moment and don't worry if what we're playing is alternative, progressive or fusion rock.
I didn't have bands that I was playing with growing up, so I learned to try to adapt and play these songs that were guitar songs on the piano, and sing them.
You can't force something like that. But we have encouraged our audience, because we avoid the confrontation of regular rock concerts: us up here, you down there. Instead, we're looking for interaction.
If you can play live and support yourself, it's one of the few ways you're going to actually get paid in this business these days.
You never know where your influences are going to come from, or where you're going to find your inspiration.