The Final 8 ?

WARNING! :: This post contains spoilers about the set-up of Festival 8!

Picture 1As Indio is less than a week away, a leaked copy of an overall schematic for Festival 8 titled “Battle Plan” hit the internet this week, uncovering some potentially revealing details about The Halloween Set. In the festival site, there are eight campgrounds, each named after one of the potential musical costumes. Conventional wisdom would say that these campground names will be the final eight albums left alive. The campground names are:

Exile on Main Street (Rolling Stones)
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (Genesis)
Hunky Dory (David Bowie)
Electric Ladyland (Jimi Hendrix)
Purple Rain (Prince)
Kid A (Radiohead)
Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (King Crimson)
Oracular Spectacular (MGMT, Rumored, not visible on map)

6.6.09 (G.Lucas)

6.6.09 (G.Lucas)

Now there are multiple ways to interpret this information. The first, and most obvious, way to make sense of these campground names is that Phish will play one of these eight albums. In this scenario, all other albums should be “killed off” by the time we head into Indio. Maybe there will be a process of elimination at the festival to get down to the last album alive, maybe we’ll get “Phishbills” as we walk in on the 31st and maybe the band will just get on stage and begin one of these records – who knows?

The second going theory is that there is a secret 100th album that has been “murdering” all the other records in the gallery. In this hypothesis, the entire elimination process has been a decoy, and Phish will solve the “Who Dun It?” mystery by playing the “murdering” suspect – widely conjectured to be The Rolling Stones’ appropriately named “Let It Bleed.” This scenario would certainly fit Phish’s prankster spirit and provide the “Trick” in the holiday’s “Trick or Treat” tradition.

6.4.09 (W.Rogell)

6.4.09 (W.Rogell)

A third way of looking at the leak of these campground names is to call their bluff; this could be all bunk information to mislead us to the very end. Everyone will listen to these eight albums at their campsites to make sure they are familiar with them, and then Phish will come on stage and play “Thriller” or “Ziggy Stardust,” or something different altogether. I certainly wouldn’t put it past the band to have led us on a month-long wild-goose chase while they sat behind the scenes and laughed while rehearsing something else.

phishpumpkin-300x240It’s hard to believe that the band will conclude this album elimination game without any twists or turns – this is Phish after all. With the spirit of Halloween trickery in the air, and with a band known to fuck with their fan base, the only thing to expect is the unexpected. I, personally, believe there is a missing piece that has yet to be revealed.

A bit about the potential Final 8. Noticeably absent from the campground titles is many fans’ favorite, “Ziggy Stardust.” Again, these name may have no predictive value whatsoever, but if they do, the band has opted for “Hunky Dory,” a more mellow, lyrically-based Bowie album that wouldn’t seem to fit for a Halloween blowout. “Larks ‘ Tongues” has awesome potential, though I suspect it would lose the interest of many fans not familiar with King Crimson. Radiohead? MGMT? They just don’t seem to fit, but could push the band in completely different directions. If this really is the final eight, it leads me to think they will play “Exile” “Electric Ladyland” or “Purple Rain.” But, again, who knows?! The questions  and theories will continue to flow until the answer is revealed, and, in the meantime, all we can do is keep guessing!


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Jam of the Day:

Mike’s > Weekapaug” 12.7.95 II


The stellar end to a monumental show in Niagara Falls during December ’95.



10.28.94 Galliard Auditorium, Charleston, SC < Torrent

10.28.94 Galliard Auditorium, Charleston, SC < Megaupload

11.29.03 (C.Raig)

11.29.03 (C.Raig)

Back in 1994, the band was on the road leading up to Halloween, and this night this night in South Carolina marked their second-to-last show before they debuted The White Album. Along the path of a momentum-building tour, this show was no exception. The second set sequence of  “2001 > Bowie > Manteca > Bowie” highlights a well-played show. PS : The Audio Archive is well on its way!

I: I Didn’t Know, Llama, Guelah Papyrus, Scent of a Mule, Stash, Glide, Axilla (Part II), All Things Reconsidered, Sample in a Jar, Carolina

II: Also Sprach Zarathustra > David Bowie -> Manteca -> David Bowie, The Lizards, Peaches en Regalia, Rift, Lifeboy, Chalk Dust Torture, The Old Home Place*, Nellie Kane*, Foreplay/Long Time

E: Fee, Highway to Hell


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456 Responses to “The Final 8 ?”

  1. joe Says:

    also thanks for the party time youtube link posted earlier. Anyone ever get their box?

  2. VTsnowboarder802 Says:

    anyone need a single albany friday?

  3. VTsnowboarder802 Says:

    nm, lost it. sorry. online ticket sales = fail

  4. BTB Says:

    Got 8 tix in total for Albany – although they are all uppers and fridays are behind the stage. Can’t complain, atleast they are face value. I might be able to deal some as the date approaches.

  5. Mr.Miner Says:

    VT i do…

  6. beepaphone Says:

    did someone say they had luck on the phone?

  7. msbjivein Says:

    The “Cashforyourextra” site is pretty killer. Already got two leads on my Cincy lower sections!!!! If your looking for tix check this….

  8. yabob Says:

    Great job at breaking this down Minor! I agree that phish must have something up there sleeve. Ziggy Stardust still seems like the perfect Halloween album for them to play. So, here’s a little nugget I found a week or so ago that supports ziggy. You know the band had to be aware of this:

    i didn’t want to post this earlier but given the band has already eliminated it I figure I’ll throw it out there. I haven’t heard others discuss this coincidence. you know phish eats up this kind of shit.

  9. VTsnowboarder802 Says:

    still trying miner. please refer to previous, i hate the internet comments.

  10. beepaphone Says:

    Def going to get on that site if I can’t score tomorrow morning

  11. BTB Says:

    FYI – I posted the CASH FOR EXTRA link on the FB site as well…

  12. beepaphone Says:

    @ BTB nice work…over 50 joined

  13. Mr.Miner Says:

    they havent killed Ziggy yet…

  14. msbjivein Says:

    Just scored 2 Section 110 Mail Order tix for each night in Cincy at “Cashforyourextra” Face value………………..
    That was very easy. the chick sent me the Mail Order conformation also which was cool……

  15. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Here’s a thought on the campsites/albums thing: if they really are pulling one of the “Final 8” albums as the the costume, doesn’t it seem odd to name a campground after it? I would think the lucky album would have a special designation (if it is even assigned to a geography). On the other hand, I hope I am parked in the campground of the album if that comes to pass. Maybe that’s where the late-night-flatbed-truck-ambient-tower-jam will occur…

  16. Mr. Completely Says:

    the late night set will be performed from a hot air balloon formed from the Burble which will lift off and float slowly over the campgrounds

  17. beepaphone Says:

    @ msb – what payment method?

  18. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    ooh, I like that, Mr. C. So many possibilities…

  19. beepaphone Says:


  20. Mr.Miner Says:

    just pulled section 100 to Friday Albany…keep trying

  21. BingosBrother Says:

    In case you don’t hate TM enough.

  22. SJC Says:

    Anyone have an extra Crowne Plaza res for 11/27?

  23. SJC Says:

    Got Friday or Sat Albany tix to trade.

  24. albert walker Says:

    I need 2 floor seats for all 3 nights MSG and each night Cinci

    Gonna probably just trade some heads for Cinci, but these MSG tix could be a bitch

  25. SOAM Says:

    I need albany’s any seat will do

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