Season One of this groundbreaking music documentary, Long May They Run, will focus on the band Phish, and how they are among only a handful of artists who have sold out stadiums for decades, redefined the bond between artist and fans, influenced a way of life, and innovated an entire industry along the way. Hosted by music journalist Dean Budnick, LMTR tells the story of a band, their fans, and the journey that made them one of the most successful touring bands of all time. Long May They Run is a production of C13Originals, a division of Cadence13.
The group anticipated today’s direct fan engagement not only through newsletters but also via on-stage chess matches, a “secret language” of special musical cues and a “Big Ball Jam” that allowed the audience to play the band. Phish’s ability to bounce between styles and don a variety of musical Halloween costumes mirrored a new generation of listeners who rebuffed traditional genre limitations in their personal playlists. While the idea of an eight-hour set to welcome the new millennium might sound exhausting, the business model that facilitated the pilgrimage of nearly 100,000 faithful to a Florida Indian Reservation to witness the spectacle remains a blueprint model of festival business success. The group’s management and support team consists of outliers and innovators whose work continues to resonate throughout the live entertainment industry. With over 50 interviews, season one of LMTR will shed light on a band who helped to pioneer an entire industry on many impactful and important levels, doing it their way.