Trick or Treat?

6.12.09 Bonnaroo Late Night (J.Kravitz)

6.12.09 Bonnaroo Late Night (J.Kravitz)

One simple flash animation and the entire community was whipped into a frenzy.  Leave it to Phish to fuck with us until the end, and if my supposition is right, that is exactly what they are doing.  Yesterday, on, the Save the Date map saw California lifted off the map by hot air balloons- supposedly meaning the Halloween festival will not be in Indio, CA- the location that everyone and their mother assumed it would be.  Due to all of the hype and anticipation, Indio hotels have been booked for weeks and some fans have even gone as far as purchasing plane tickets to southern California!  (Questionable decision making in my book.) But with the airlift of California off Phish’s animated map, everything was thrown into question, and the Phish community turned into an all-out freak scene.

The Mystery

The Mystery

It took no time at all for rumors to begin circulating about the festival’s “real ” location, Datelan Army Airfield outside of Yuma, AZ.  These rumors spread like wildfire on message boards and Facebook, and before long, people had RVs on lock-down in Phoenix and Tucson for the festival in the middle of the desert.  It made sense- an old military airfield out in the middle of nowhere- much like their former festival sites, and it still fit in with the heavily rumored fall dates that start in the southwest and move up the west coast.  Leave it to Phish fans- the most obsessive sub-genre of people on this planet- to get to the bottom of this.



All of a sudden, plans were changed.  Whether it was Arizona, New Mexico Georgia, or Vegas- all ideas tossed around the web- it wasn’t gonna’ be Indio. Or was it?  To be honest, my initial thought was that Phish was pulling a prank on us.  But that thought didn’t stop me from booking 30 footers out of Phoenix and Tuscon just in case!  But there had been too much talk about Indio; locals had confirmed the plans, there were all the semantic correlations with the suffering date crop of  the region, people in the organization freely talked about it at Alpine Valley- and all of a sudden it fell through?  It just didn’t feel right.

My first thought was that because the animated California never got destroyed, pillaged, or blackened- like the other eliminated states- it would somehow survive.  Possible clue number two- the design on the balloons had arrows pointing up and down- “What goes up, must come down!”- of course.  At the end of all this, when all the other states are gone, California would float back down and be presented as the official site.  That’s what I thought, but who really knew?  I could definitely picture the band members and Flash animators laughing their asses off as they watched the community spin into a tizzy over the newly-created mystery.

California Hovering Out of Plain Sight

California Hovering Out of Plain Sight

And then later in the day, it was discovered that California wasn’t gone at all, it was in Canada!  If you held down the command button and pressed “+,” the animation zoomed out showing California-very much intact- hovering over the lower 48.  It was brought up that it might just be a fault of the Flash animation, but come on!  If they wanted to take California off the map, they would have- bottom line.  Theories, obsession, mystery, hype, adrenaline….this is all part of the Phish game too, and five years later, it was funny to be in the midst of another full-on freak scene!  Some things never change.

6.14.09 (J.Kravitz)

6.14.09 (J.Kravitz)

Once people saw California hovering over the country, the consensus seemed to shift back to a festival in Indio, but the mystery is still out there to be solved.  Regardless of where Halloween ends up- and I’m 99% sure it will be in Indio- it’s great to see Phish’s prankster spirit alive and well in 2009.  Taking their fans on a mental scavenger hunt to find the next site, and boosting their heart rates for a while, the organization shook things up on Monday, making the normally mundane start of the week far more exciting.

It’s so great to have Phish back- not only for the music- but for the sheer excitement they bring to everyday life.  Nothing else could have caused such a hectic, yet positive, stir in all of our lives yesterday, and that just speaks to the power of it all.  Reason number 1001 why the world is a better place with a happy and healthy Phish around.  But keep those reservations- wherever you may have them- because who knows what the next twist will bring!

See you in southern California! Probably.


Phish Thoughts Jam of the Day!

Winged music noteWith the new Flash audio player, I thought that I’d add a new feature to the site!  Every day I will feature one standout jam to listen to, separate from the day’s post.  Sometimes I’ll write a paragraph, sometimes a sentence, but there will always be some quality Phish to listen to every day!  You will always be able to download the selection by clicking the orange song header. Enjoy!

12.30.95 Harry Hood


Simply put, this changed my life.



10.11.95 Compton Terrace Tempe, AZ < TORRENT

10.11.95 Compton Terrace Tempe, AZ < MEGAUPLOAD

1995-10-11gnRumors spread faster than a California wildfire that the Halloween scene was shifting to Arizona- and it still might!  Here is one show that Phish did play in Arizona back in the Fall of ’95.  A sparsely populated affair that served as my wife’s first, Phish brought out a great second set featuring the rare “Mike’s > McGrupp > Weekapaug”, a hot second set “Gin,” and a bust-out in “Crossroads.”  I love the ’95 Phish, and this one gets glanced over most of the time.

I: Stash, The Old Home Place, Cavern, The Divided Sky, If I Could, Fog That Surrounds, Acoustic Army, Julius, Sample in a Jar

II: Possum, Bathtub Gin, Mound, Mike’s Song > McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters > Weekapaug Groove > Llama, Suzy Greenberg > Crossroads, Hello Ma Baby, A Day in the Life

E: Chalk Dust Torture

Source: unknown (possibly Tascam PE125 > DAP1) fob?

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170 Responses to “Trick or Treat?”

  1. Walfredo Says:

    California is officially gone off of the map… Not to say it can’t come back- but it is officially gone from view.

    Texas, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, Arizona all still in play. I’m starting to buy into the theory- this is not going to be at Indio.

  2. Stupendous Says:

    Georgia’s gone!!!

  3. El Duderino Says:

    Pinball Action!!! I Love Me Some Pinball

  4. sarah Says:

    haha Miner, when is the Phish community NOT a freak show? I mean that as a compliment of course.

    Rumors on Twitter speak of the festival taking place at an air force base on the border of Maryland and Denver…

    Just curious, does anyone know what’s with Phish playing a lot of military/air force bases? Not that I buy into them, and not that it would stop me anyway, but is there veracity to the conspiracy theories of govt mind control @ phish shows?

  5. chitownshanty Says:

    Wow does Trey take that 12/30/95 Harry Hood for a ride.

    Totally 100% Orgasmic.
    Excellent Band Fusion.
    4 or 5 Fantastic Climaxes.
    Totally Full of Heavy Emotion.

    Thanks Miner.

    The Flash Player Rocks.

  6. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    that is definitely Fishman in his viking helmet on the pinball…

    I had resigned myself that this was going to be in CA. Now I have no idea! I love it!!

  7. Walfredo Says:

    Type III- no question the map has gotten more attention since Cali got yanked… If that was the goal- mission accomplished. No one was talking about the map day to day- when everyone thought they knew the venue was set…

  8. Pencilneck Says:

    Phish seem to have mastered the art of tension building, via more vehicles than simply music.

  9. butter Says:

    my friend’s, friend is friends with the owner of the polo fields (site of the Coachella music fest) he said all contracts are signed and its def in Indio.

  10. sumodie Says:

    Yesterday Cali was plausible as it hung above the states, but it’s gone now….I no longer believe in Indio.

    I don’t think Cali will come floating back either -that would appear to go against the rules of the game.

    Vegas is my first guess once more, with Arizona a distant second.

    And the rumor that the locale will be announced before RR seems very likely (Monday July 27?).

  11. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    while I’d like to know that people in the know know, I also know that I enjoy the not knowing. You know?

  12. chitownshanty Says:

    Know I don’t No. LOL.

    Cali is definitely out though.

    Wherever it will be….I look forward to it!

  13. whole tour! Says:

    is that a pinball machine with slot machine noises in the background???
    smells like v-v-v-v-VEGAS!

    i also read that the sam boyd silver bowl is mysteriously vacant for the two week period that extends into halloween weekend. Not saying it’s 100%, but vegas seems like a heavy candidate along with Dateland army base in arizona and as long as florida is still on the map one can;t rule out big cypress.

  14. sumodie Says:

    All the online musings (and grumblings) are pretty amusing too.

    I hope the band is hearing about all of our crazy guessing game antics!

  15. Chalkdustin Says:

    The suspense is killing me!

  16. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    if anybody is looking for a fantastic old school show with which to wile away the night, might I recommend 4-16-92? Anaconda Theater in Santa Barbara, CA. The Mike’s in the 2nd set will put you on the right course.

  17. whole tour! Says:

    4-16-92 is a classic for sure!
    That whole show is great.

  18. butter Says:

    Phish festivals have all had camping at them. If Vegas is plausible , does that mean camping will be in the Sam Boyd Silver Bowl parking lot? I’ll be stayin at the Mirage but isn’t camping a concern?

  19. whole tour! Says:

    FWIW….vegoose was billed as a “festival.” I’m not sure if they had camping or not?

  20. chitownshanty Says:

    Plenty of campgrounds around Vegas, My Friend.

    See you at the Mirage!!

  21. butter Says:

    @whole tour— vegoose did not offer camping , and yes it was a “festival”, but not a Phish festival, not to say Phish couldn’t change the program. There has been on site camping at every Phish Festival, no?

  22. whole tour! Says:


  23. Mr.Miner Says:

    SET 1 OF the Camden Remaster:

  24. llamlee Says:

    I’m so happy that people can finally accept that know one has any f*ing idea where the festival is going to be accept the band and close associates. I think its funny to hear the whole – my friend’s friend said the show is definitely gonna be in indio. no one knows, its gonna be a great surprise. loved the hood of the day. SC still alive!

  25. Mugician Says:

    Can anybody recommend a killer 93 show for me? One that isn’t a LivePhish release?

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