As a 21-year old pitcher for the Oakland A's, Vida Blue burst on to the scene in 1971, winning the American League's MVP and Cy Young awards. Flash forward to 2001, as Phish keyboardist Page McConnell forms Vida Blue, a dynamic trio with bassist Oteil Burbridge and drummer Russell Batiste. At the same time, Page launches Team Vida Blue, specializing in stock-car racing and demolition derby. In 2003, Page is introduced to The Spam Allstars, Miami's hottest Afro-Cuban DJ sextet, and they joined forces in the studio and on the road.

This DVD - a sold out show at San Francisco's legendary Fillmore - captures all of these worlds at once: the combined ten-piece ensemble onstage plus an appearance from pitcher Vida Blue as he shows up to meet the band for the first time. Tying it all together is Team Vida Blue footage - the thrills and spills of smash-up derby action and the 2004 Enduro Race from Vermont's Thunder Road racetrack.

The DVD is now available for pre-order at Phish Dry Goods. To order, go to While supplies last, everyone who orders through Phish Dry Goods will receive a bonus DVD: TEAM VIDA BLUE -- THE EARLY YEARS, a 40-minute in-depth look at Page's foray into the world of demolition derby and car racing.

The footage, set to a soundtrack of Vida Blue music, includes three consecutive years of the demolition derby at the Champlain Valley Fair in Essex Junction, VT as well as the 2004 Enduro Race at Thunder Road, a two-hundred lap race around a quarter-mile track in which almost anything goes.

Most Events Aren't Planned, Ochimini, Where's Popeyes?, Just Kissed My Baby, Russell's Tune, Electra Glide, Sheep, Little Miami, CJ3, Cars Trucks Buses, Pick Up the Pieces

BONUS TRACKS: Team Vida Blue Racing 2004, Who's Laughing Now (Los Angeles 6/4/04)

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[Published on: 11/3/04]

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