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. msbjivein Says:

    Beep, Paypal……………..Was Easy as shit!! I had a couple people contact me about Cincy tix. I chose the best ones out of the two. I wish I would’ve known about this place over the summer………..

  2. m00nshake Says:

    Neemor or any of my buddies here at phishthoughts, i will definitely keep you in mind (have to talk it over with my friend first) i will have two extra for wed and two for fri msg. you can email me at moonshake123 at gmail dot com

  3. fat bastard Says:

    AW and other chi peeps -goin to karl denson tomorrow with a good crew @ double door. dont know if thats your style but should be good.

  4. Chuck D Says:

    So there are about 30 albums left, 7 of which will be camp site names (i’m not buying into MGMT). I dont think they’ll single out one of the camp sites as “better than the others” by picking that album. Therefore, the winning album is likely one of the other 23 discs (or its not a part of the 99 discs). I also think it would be odd for an artist to have one in the final 7 and the winning disc, so that eliminates a few of the doubles.

    Using this logic would leave a few possibilities that are more likely than others. I would propose that LZ I and Apostrophe are then the front runners…

    Man is this a huge time sink of speculation. It’s all so worthless really… but its been great for getting me listening to non-phish and it eats time from my work day. ~w00t, 1 week away~

  5. sumodie Says:

    did someone say they had luck on the phone?

    @beepaphone: I did, both Albany thru automated Took me completely by surprise.

  6. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    BTB, I have a couple of questions about the facebook page:

    1) If I were to try to post the daily setlists up there, what do you think is the best way? I tried copying and pasting to the wall but got a big fat denial (probably too long?) Any thoughts?

    2) I don’t want to presume anything, but it may be a good idea to add “Robear’s Oasis” as an upcoming event. Details about location can be added when he sets up, but at least interested folk can know who to look for.

  7. bhizzle Says:

    Hope everyone was blessed by the Ticket God today and got what they wanted. See you all in the ‘Cuse!

    @KWL – I hope either you’re wrong about the Tusk being closed on Sunady or you’re right about them making it a special ocassion.

    Miner thanks for sharing that second murder mystery theory. That’s cool. I’ve never loved being fucked with so much and I’m not even going.

  8. bhizzle Says:

    Just received this email from

    “Dear Valued Customer-

    You are receiving this email because you pre-ordered the Joy Box from Phish Dry Goods. As you are probably aware, we have experienced some production delays beyond our control, and the product is not yet available to ship to pre-order customers. We want to thank you for your patience and understanding. This manufacturing process has proved to be quite complicated, but we do think that it will be worth the wait. Barring any more delays, we should begin shipping during the first week of November.

    As thanks for your patience with this situation, we are including a promo code below for your next purchase from Phish Dry Goods. This code is good for 10% off your next order. The code is valid until 3/31/10 and is good for one use only. “

  9. Kenny Powers Says:

    @ Mr. C,

    thanks for the tips re: boomers and what have you. words of wisdom, Lloyd, words…of… wisdom (get that reference anyone?).

  10. Mitch Says:

    wheres the code? haha jk I got that email too

  11. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Lloyd’s wiggin’, man, Lloyd’s wiggin’!

  12. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    Lloyd: Women. Can’t live with them, can’t live without them. Jack: Words of wisdom, Lloyd, my man. Words of wisdom

  13. Mr.Miner Says:

    ^ ok. i have no idea…what are you guys talking about…

  14. Mr. Completely Says:

    worth sitting through the ad if you haven’t seen it. the kicker starts around 2:15

    “just remember you’re a living organism on this planet…do you have any Allman Brothers?”

  15. bhizzle Says:


    it was captured in my original sweep in the copy and paste process, but I was all………uh…..

    don’t ge me wrong. i really do like all you peeps (wink)

  16. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    from the Shining Mr. Miner.

  17. Mr.Miner Says:

    looking for Tues / Wed MSG….200s at worst….

  18. Mr.Miner Says:

    @ Jay…ahhhh. In the bar

  19. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    whoops. I threw in a “Say Anything” Lloyd quote there. My bad!

  20. fat bastard Says:

    van halen dead. killed by col mustard with the knife in the library.

  21. Bapslap Says:

    Woo hoo, no more Van Halen!

  22. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Phish had already done the best Van Halen written song on that album anyway.

  23. Chuck D Says:

    The only Lloyd i know is Lloyd Christmas. Big gulps, eh? Welp, see ya later.

  24. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    There’s also Lloyd from Entourage. I love the way Ari shits on him. Pretty funny stuff. Apparently the character for Ari is based on Rahm Emmanuel’s brother.

  25. albert walker Says:

    I thought Trey adding tapping and wammy bar techniques to his arsenal of licks was a given

    too bad, no Halen

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