Is UM cursed? If so, what caused it?
While the past 13 months have been tough for everyone, does it not seem to you that Umphrey’s has had some rougher times than most? Major stream issues. Shows getting moved. Drummers catching Covid. Not being able to cancel Detroit. Moving stream dates and having to compete with the biscuits AND PPPP. NFTs. Has UM done something to anger the jam gods? While some of you may deny the existence of said gods, I think they have become cursed. I can tell you exactly when, too.
12/30/2019. A day that will live on as the beginning of the end for the loyal fans of the “jam” band Umphrey’s McGee. Things seem to be going good at first. The band is playing an improv set, despite finding a way to reduce the actual improv in the set even further by sticking ~4 minutes of composition in. Kyle Hollingsworth is sitting in and the dual keyboard attack of Joel CUMmins and Kyle is hitting all the right keys (heh). Watching the video, you can see it start to happen. Frowns, turns of neck, checks of the watch. Then the unthinkable…
The band forces Kyle off the stage to jump back into a composed song in an “improv” set. The jamgods abhor scenes like this. And thus everything that followed was set in motion to punish the band. It’s over now. Hop on the Goose train while you can so you can say “they were better in 2021” 10 years from now.
So phish just announced normal shows July through October. Is Umphrey’s going to do normal shows? Or would they want to save themselves some embarrassment of not selling anything out ever again and just keep doing pod shows forever?