An Acoustic Set ?

festival8-caIn an unexpected twist, Phish announced yesterday that one of their Festival 8 sets will be an acoustic affair. At the “crack of noon” on Sunday, Phish will perform a their first “full length” acoustic set to a combined flock of early risers and those still reveling from the night before.  Following the darkness of Halloween night, Phish will balance things out with a light afternoon offering. With the virtually-guaranteed weather of Indio, this set should be a laid-back way to kick off the last day of the festival.  And yes, coffee and donuts will be served.

To be honest, my first reaction to the announcement was -“Wow, that sucks!”  And while I would still rather hear a straight up Phish set any day of the week, I’ve begun to think this may be something special.  First, off – it’s not gonna be Trey solo on a stool – the watered-down sing-along experience most of us are used to.  Second, I don’t think Phish would unplug just to unplug, they must have a concept of what form this set will take.  Third, I’ve seen over hundreds of electric Phish sets, and zero acoustic, so the pure novelty of the experience will make it worth the while. Sunday morning Phish – coffee and spliffs – sounds good to me.

Acoutsic Mini-Set '96 (J.M.Richter)

Acoutsic Mini-Set '96 (J.M.Richter)

One immediately wonders what music they will play during this set at high noon. The Bridge School Benefit shows in October 1998 – apparently not qualifying as “full-length sets”- saw the band play many of their standard tunes in the acoustic setting.  Their sets got rave reviews and were highlighted by a first-night “Harry Hood > Helpless” with Neil Young. And during Summer ’96,Phish used acoustic mini-sets to showcase some of “Billy Breathes” songs. This time, left to their own devices, Phish will craft an afternoon that will most likely be quite memorable. Much like the unexpected “Harry Hood” at Shoreline 11 years ago, I’m sure Phish will pull out more than a few surprises in their afternoon escapade. I can’t see them dedicating an entire set of their festival to something that won’t be great; they haven’t done that in their previous seven festivals, why start now? But it will have to be some pretty damn good acoustic playing to sit in for an “full-length”set of electric Phish; these guys aren’t the Grateful Dead after all.

But bring it on – the only rule is it begins after all. With seven other electric sets throughout the weekend, and many more to come, we can all chill for a bit with our favorite band on the outskirts of the California desert. If Phish is feeling it, everything should work out. And with so many other sets surrounding this afternoon oasis, I don’t think we’ll be leaving Indio lacking any improv.


The entire Festival 8 Schedule is as follows:

FRIDAY (10/30)
4:00PM Concert field opens
7:30PM Set I
10:00PM Set II

SATURDAY (10/31)
12:00PM Concert field opens
3:00PM Set I
7:30PM The Halloween Set
10:00PM Set III

SUNDAY (11/01)
10:00AM Concert field opens
12:00PM Acoustic Set
5:30PM Set II
8:30PM Set III

From With lush green fields and palm trees, and surrounded by vistas of California’s majestic Santa Rosa mountains, the festival site is simply breathtaking. The band will play eight sets over the course of three days, and as with all past Phish festivals, fans will enjoy on-site camping, numerous attractions and art installations throughout the weekend.

Winged music note=====

Jams of the Day:

Harry Hood > Helpless” 10.17.98


The acoustic highlight from The Bridge School Benefit.

AC/DC Bag > Ghost” 11.7.98 II


This combo from UIC is one of the enduring highlights of Fall ’98. Did you really think I would leave you hanging with an acoustic Jam of the Day?



9.25.00 Sandstone Pavilion, Bonner Springs, KS < Torrent

9.25.00 Sandstone Pavilion, Bonner Springs, KS < Megaupload

Unofficial Poster

Unofficial Poster

Today is the nine year anniversary of one of the coldest outdoor shows in memory.  The end of September in Kansas- whew!  Steam rose from dancing bodies as Phish pumped through the piercing air.  Opening the show with “Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey” for the first time since Halloween of ’94, the show took off into a rather large first set with a “Disease” and a “Tweezer.”  The second set brought the anthems of “Mike’s Groove” and “Hood.”  All in all – a solid show.

I: Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey, Down with Disease, Lizards, Tweezer, Back on The Train, Water in the Sky, Bug, Julius

II: Gotta Jibboo, Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Axilla, Harry Hood, Funky Bitch

E: Boogie On Reggae Woman, Driver, Tweezer Reprise

Source: Neumann KM184’s


10.17 & 10.18.1998 – Bridge School Benefit < Torrent

10.17 & 10.18.1998 – Bridge School Benefit < Megaupload

DSC_0061-752349Some acoustic Phish to get prepared for the upcoming acoustic set.

Setlists are here.

Source: Schoeps CCM4

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278 Responses to “An Acoustic Set ?”

  1. AintNoTele Says:

    AW: Mr C said it right: “total visual field replacement”. Visual shifts occur like the room flipping upside down or being cut diagonally and slowly sliding down (like a katana cut watermelon!). I’ve had “matrix vision” before seeing the particles in the wall, those just happened to be the same that made up my arm and the rest of the world. That was a great feeling, the universe felt so large yet so connected. I imagine with the publicity salvia is receiving combined with its potency, it wont be legal for much longer…

  2. albert walker Says:

    sound like DMT which I love

  3. shpongleyez Says:

    Homer stretch episode is insanity peppers of something something queztltanango. Made up.

    Ayahuasca is made of several plants, some of which make up the MAOI, which allow the DMT (the other parts of the admixture) to be taken orally and not metabolized by stomach acids.

    Salvia is a parlor trick compared to the awe-inspiring DMT.

    DMT is the truth.

  4. fromthetub Says:

    @Voopa – Hmmm, I don’t know Melissa or her sister, but perhaps know their friends. Are they staying in that house? Anyway, can’t wait for the Fest — getting close!

  5. joe Says:

    Love when homer wakes up in the sandtrap at the golf course after thinking he was in the desert…all this talk is making want to go to Indio. I’ve been ‘retired’ from pyschedelics for awhile, but might have to get back in the game after all these positive reviews. My hesitation these days is recovery time from an LSD trip takes me about 3 days to feel like my brain can function like ‘normal’ again.

  6. joe Says:

    …and I generally need my brain by day 2 of recovery.

  7. halcyon Says:

    Salvia + Miles Davis In a Silent Way —> 20 minutes of psychedelic bliss

  8. voopa Says:

    Homer: And that talking coyote was just that talking dog.

    Dog: Find your soulmate Homer!

    Homer: ?

    Dog: Woof! Woof!

    Homer: Damn straight!

    @fromthetub Melissa’s staying at that house/resort, but her sister isn’t going.

  9. Mr. Completely Says:

    @aw – I think the hard part with salvia is getting good stuff, and doing it properly so you get a real strong dose. As that website I posted shows, getting the right dosage can be a little work. At low levels it is a pretty tame experience and not comparable to DMT whatsoever.

    At higher levels it is at least in the same general category of experience. As for direct comparison – I only started trying salvia in the last few years, and I stopped doing dmt a good while ago, so I can’t really compare them clearly.

    I prefer a very strong LSD trip above all others – but next to that, the DMT experience is right up there. I didn’t stop doing it ’cause I don’t like it, quite the opposite – it’s among the strongest of allies – but because I became so concerned about possible toxicity of the chemical. Everything about the taste and smell screams “poison” to me.

    So while I don’t think a very strong salvia trip is merely a parlor trick next to dmt, I also wouldn’t argue that dmt is perhaps the superior psychedelic experience – just, maybe, not by too much when you do the salvia right, and salvia is legal (for now) and certainly seems nontoxic.

    @aw, salvia is legal in most places just ’cause they haven’t gotten around to it yet. Just a matter of time.

  10. Mr. Completely Says:

    ^^^ that next to last paragraph wasn’t clear. I mean: DMT is probably superior to salvia. But a really hefty salvia dose is close enough that it’s worth trying if you like DMT.

  11. shpongleyez Says:

    “I hope I didn’t brain my damage”

  12. shpongleyez Says:

    maybe it’s like roach and sex: not doing it right (point break reference for the uninitiated; rip patrick swayze), but i just don’t think they’re in the same neighborhood, ballpark or zip code.

    different strokes, though and all that: ymmv

  13. joe Says:

    is trey on a promotional push for 8 ticket sales? seems a few weeks late for general album promotion. I haven’t listened to the interviews, so maybe it will be clear when I hear them.

  14. Mitch Says:

    I know were talking a lot about salvia but idont think this is enough publicity to make it illegal. Haha jk

    el dude,
    email me at tickets at facemelt dot net. Wanna talk for a min.

  15. Mitch Says:

    But seriously, is it getting a lot of hype.

  16. voopa Says:

    Salvia legality

  17. fat bastard Says:

    drug addicts. Going to get BASSED. late

  18. Mr. Completely Says:

    @shponglyez – not surprised to hear that really – my friends who still do DMT are evenly split on salvia

    like I said earlier – I have never seen a drug that brings such a wide variety of responses. full spectrum from ‘lame’ to ‘freaked me out’ to ‘meh’ to ‘it was ok’ to ‘love it’ to ‘best thing ever’ – really curious that way

  19. quazi motto Says:

    acoustic!! sweet!!! definately floats well with me and the family, especially the kid. we all seem to find different connections with these guys. we are all connected. and i get reassured at different times. one love

  20. joe Says:

    just listened to the Chicago interview. Sounds like some new covers coming to the rotation too since trey already learned half of an album that they just decided won’t be getting played at halloween.

  21. Mitch Says:

    Good call Joe! I hope so. There are a good number of covers I could trade out for new ones. It’s time. Make the overplayed ones rarities.

  22. sumodie Says:

    “chemically speaking, DMT and ayahuasca are both tryptamines”

    The ayahuasca brew is primarily made from the ayahuasca vine (Banisteriopsis caapi) -the active ingredient is harmaline (also a tryptamine). Some tribes in Latin America also mix in leaves from a plant containing DMT.


    Salvia divinorum

    Wouldn’t you know it, this plant was ‘discovered’ in Oaxaca by two of the most important psychedelic researchers, Albert Hoffman (LSD) and R. Gordon Wasson (an ex-banker turned mycologist who ‘discovered’ magic mushrooms in Oaxaca).

    The active ingredient, salvinorum A, is the most potent naturally occurring psychoactive compound known to mankind.

  23. sumodie Says:

    There’s a green board rumor that Phish just signed to play the Syracuse War Memorial on November 22.

  24. sumodie Says:

    One more late comment for tonight: What about the acoustic set being a cover album too? Yesterday there was an intriguing but wishful discussion here regarding the ‘ween album being a Dead album. It got me wondering if Phish would possibly do an acoustic Dead album on Sunday, and sure enough, others over on the green board are thinking along the same lines.

    Not saying this is a ‘credible’ rumor (whatever that is) like my Syracuse comment above -just blue sky dreaming!

  25. halcyon Says:

    war memorial would be siiiick for those that attend ….

    @ Mitch…I couldn’t find the link for Cactus’s show in brooklyn…if I do, I will post the link here

    Top of the 9th…Yanks up 9-5 … Let’s finish game 1 of 3 on a postive note!

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