A pair of fantastic Phish-related videos recently surfaced. The first is a profile of the band’s Lighting Designer Chris Kuroda, a.k.a. “CK5.” In the other clip, a videographer has compiled all of the available footage of one of the most intriguing cover debuts of Phish’s current era.
Kuroda may be best known for his work with Phish, but he has also collaborated with a bevy of other acts and designed and run lights for various venues and events. One of those venues is Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The Garden has teamed with Squarespace to feature Chris in the latest installment of the “Make It Shine” video series. CK5 talks about the circumstances that led to him being hired by Phish 30 years ago. Kuroda enjoyed his first gig lighting the band that he quit college in his senior year. The LD also discusses his partnership with MSG providing lighting for in-game entertainment at various Garden events such as Knicks and Rangers games. Kuroda now has his two dream jobs. Watch the “Make It Shine” profile on Chris Kuroda featuring photos of CK5 lighting The Garden by Patrick Jordan:
On July 4, 2010 Phish did something they had never done before and as of press time had yet to do again: they covered Rage Against The Machine. Drummer Jon Fishman provided vocals on the one-time rendition of “Killing In The Name.” Phish’s Rage cover came at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park in Alpharetta, Georgia.
The quartet fit “Killing In The Name” within “Harpua.” Guitarist Trey Anastasio’s “Harpua” narration saw him describe Rage Against The Machine as one of the few other bands that “won’t bullshit you.” As such, Rage Against The Machine was named in the narration as one of protagonist Jimmy’s all-time favorite band.
Videographer ChesterCopperpot5 compiled all circulating footage of the cover into a new multi-cam video, which was premiered by Tweezburger. All told, nine video sources were used and paired with an audience recording, watch:
Phish, with Chris Kuroda on lights, kicks off Summer Tour in July.