Phish Concludes Four Sold-Out Sphere Performances—Dead & Company Up Next

Phish concludes sold out sphere residency
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Phish has concluded its sold-out, four night run at the Las Vegas Sphere, with each show featuring completely unique set lists and visuals. Who’s next?

The four-night residency follows a highly successful U2 residency, with Phish bringing their distinctive style to the experience. 68 different songs were performed across the four shows, made crystal clear by more than 1,600 permanent speakers and 300 mobile speaker modules that use 3D audio beamforming and wave field synthesis technology to spread sound inside the Sphere.

Each night Phish played to a backing of spectacular custom visuals, overseen by co-creative directors Abigail Rosen Holmes and Moment Factory’s Jean-Baptiste Hardoin. The inventive animations and graphics were manipulated in real-time, allowing for breathtaking imagery to soar in tandem with the music played on-stage. For the event, Phish’s Trey Anastasio created special original entrance music for the Sphere’s atrium and hallways.

Now that U2 and Phish have concluded their successful Las Vegas Sphere residencies—who’s next? Deadheads rejoice; the Grateful Dead spin-off band Dead & Company will take command of the Sphere for 24 shows this summer.

Dead & Company feature Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann joined by John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti. The group will play 24 shows from May 16 to July 13—a surprise after the band said they played their final tour in 2023. “There are other ways to make sure the music never stops. And it’s gonna be a ball,” the announcement reads.

U2, Phish, and Dead & Company are managed by music industry heavy-weight Irving Azoff’s Full Stop Management, so the follow-up isn’t too surprising. It will be interesting to see the band leverages the unique aspects of the Vegas Sphere to create an experience for Deadheads to hold dear well into the future.

“these shows will utilize Sphere’s next-generation technologies, including the world’s highest resolution LED displays that wraps up, over, and around the audience,” Dead & Company said about the upcoming shows.