Did Phish Cancel Christmas Concerts at New York’s Madison Square Garden? No, It’s a Hoax

December 19, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Phish didn’t cancel its four Christmas concerts at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. The The article, “The Phish Cancel New York Concerts,” claiming that the band did cancel the concerts is a hoax, on an infamous website “The National Report,” that reports fake news.

Phish has concerts scheduled for December 28 through December 31. All of the concerts are sold out.

The article claims that because of an injury to bassist Michael Gordone, Phish canceled the concerts.

As usual, details from the article are obviously made up, such as the following: “Apparently, toxic fumes emanating from the stage mustard used to decorate the giant sausage reacted to drugs that Mr. Gordone was already high on causing him to become delirious, lose balance, and plummet 30 feet to the arena floor. An emergency ambulance rushed the bass player from the scene. Onlookers were whisked away and a security detachment was deployed to cordon off the area.”

The fake news website has the following disclaimer: “National Report is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within National Report are fiction, and presumably fake news. Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental.”

So, the Phish concerts aren’t canceled.

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