Phish Announces ‘Dinner And A Rematch’ New Year’s Eve 1995 Livestream & Audience Chess Match

By Nate Todd Dec 26, 2020 10:54 am PST

Phish announced a special Dinner And A Rematch New Year’s Eve webcast where the band will stream their first-ever New Year’s Eve show from Madison Square Garden in 1995, 25 years to the day the show will air at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT. The Vermont quartet also announced that they will conduct a rematch of the Band and Audience’s legendary 1995 chess match series which ended in a one to one tie.

Phish.com detailed how the chess game is going to go down. Read the statement below:

We’ve teamed up with the fine folks at Chess.com to host the Band vs. Audience online chess game which will start right at the top of the show and move at a decent clip. In short, fans will have 5 minutes to move their piece (the band will have no more than that as well). At the end of 5 minutes, whichever move has the most votes is the ‘audience’ move. Stick around during the set breaks as the band joins in from their various homes, playing a few moves and providing scintillating commentary on the game.

To join the audience in voting for moves against the band, you will first need to become a member of Chess.com. It is free and you can click here to go directly to the registration page. After you verify your account by email, click here to join the official club for the audience side. We will post and send out the actual game link on 12/31.

The benefactor for Dinner And A Rematch will be The WaterWheel Foundation. The band’s own charitable arm, they founded TheWaterWheel Foundation in 1997.

Friend of the band Marissa Mullen is helping out with the dinner portion of the evening. Mullen is offering two cheese board recipes called “Olive Cheese Dreams” and “Billy Bries,” which Phish.com suggests pairing with “the bubbly of your choice” and also boasting chessboard cookies for dessert. Check out the full recipe here and watch an announcement video below giving a humorous history of the Band vs. Audience chess match series:

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