This has to be one of the coolest live music-sports crossover moments in recent memory. Phish is kicking off their summer tour with a two-night stint at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis.
On Wednesday, the St. Louis Blues won their very first Stanley Cup, sending the a giddy hometown crowd into pandemonium when guitarist Trey Anastasio teased Laura Branigan’s “Gloria” in “Run Like An Antelope.”
A banger that went platinum in 1982, “Gloria” has been the team’s unofficial official victory anthem this year, playing in the Blues’ locker roomer during their historic comeback from last place in January to Stanley Cup champions. The team and entire city of St. Louis has adapted it during the Blues run in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
“We got together with some friends and watched the game with a bunch of Philly guys who grew up there,” Edmundson told stlouisblues.com. “They had a DJ in the bar and whenever there was a commercial break, they would crank the tunes and all these guys from Philly would get up and start dancing around. They played this song Gloria a couple of times, and this one guy looked at the DJ and said ‘keep playing Gloria!‘, so they kept playing it. Everyone would get up and start singing and dancing. We just sat back and watched it happen. Right there we decided we should play the song after our wins. We won the next game, we got a shutout, so we just kept on playing it.”
The victory anthem stuck.
During the set break, you could hear the crowd erupt when the Blues officially won the Cup.
To kick off the second set in St. Louis, just moments after the Blues hoisted Lord Stanley’s Cup, Phish opened with “Gloria” in all its (short) glory…
The HQ video is available here:
After Gloria, Phish kicked it to a rapturous, moderately-jammed out “Loving Cup” – Get it?
What a badass moment in St. Louis. Congrats to the Blues!