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. albert walker Says:

    Agreed 420, the Chinese consumer has showed pretty strong data lately (how much is government fed stimulus?)
    Their auto sales have been ridiculous.
    Once we lose the ability to produce goods cheaply and buy them from a country that buys all our debt, watch out!

    30 year bond will jump 1000 bps in a heartbeat and are economy as we know it will just crater
    Soros has been saying we will have Zimbabwe level inflation within the next 10 years, scary shit.

  2. Mr.Miner Says:

    “I heart Van Halen. Not ironically. Up thru Diver Down without reservation, 1984 with reservation, though Hot For Teacher is a classic tune. Early Eddie Van Halen riffs are actually underrated IMO – people think of him as just the first technical showoff tapping guy to make it big, but he played with a ton of funky feel and swing. Great get-you-pumped, make you feel young music.”

    ^ Amen. VH was my first favorite band (after Duran Duran in the early 80s!)

  3. albert walker Says:

    my fault, I got stuck in this boring shit again

    bloomberg off

    back to phish

  4. Mitch Says:

    did anyone else notice the pic for the ticket exchange board has mclovins fake id?? thats great.

  5. Mr. Completely Says:

    word Miner! nice!

    my wife’s a huge Halen fan too…she got to see the reunion tour with Dave, loved it, and she’s a picky, hardcore metal/hard rock girl

  6. albert walker Says:

    Eddie’s guitar tone is the worst though
    Trey would have to use that over processed, eighties ass, signature VH tone to kill it right

  7. msbjivein Says:

    Pardon my ignorance…..I’ve never been a big VH fan. I always heard that they Hated the Dead and Covered “Dancing in the Streets” outta spite….I was told that you could buy “Grateful Dead Suck” T shirts at their shows….
    I hope I was miss informed. I was told this yrs and yrs ago…..Anyone else hear anything like this???

  8. msbjivein Says:

    WoooHooo a 4:20 est post!!!!

  9. Mr.Miner Says:

    I also saw the reunion tour with my brother in San Jose. Dosed. Loved it!

  10. Mr.Miner Says:

    “Eddie’s guitar tone is the worst though
    Trey would have to use that over processed, eighties ass, signature VH tone to kill it right”

    ^ come now. that tone was groundbreaking and remember, he played in the 70s and 80s….no knocking Eddie – he is a pimp through and through

  11. albert walker Says:

    Ground breaking for about a year, until that whole era of music was left for dead to never return

    All those inventions were just coming out so people dug them, but imagine busting out that tone in a band now-a-days
    I’m not totally dissing on the Halen, but Eddie’s tone has got to go

    I dig the VH saw them a few times in the day, don’t get me wrong

  12. msbjivein Says:

    Jerry could take Eddie anyday of the week!!

  13. ColonelJoy Says:

    Many worse tones than Eddie’s…..Typical Albert Opinion:)

  14. ColonelJoy Says:

    Well, Dancin’ was not a Dead song, so if VH was covering it out of spite, they were spiteful to some R&B folks….

    Haggar actually jammed with Jerry many times while he was in VH…you can see a video of Haggar and Jerry on you tube….

  15. albert walker Says:

    name one

  16. Mr.Miner Says:

    here’s one :

  17. Bapslap Says:

    Eh, can’t dig on the VH. Their assholery comes out in their music. Certainly an influential band, just not my kinda wank. To each their own.

  18. beepaphone Says:

    As far as tone, I’ve never liked the shrillness of the Umphrey’s cats.
    maybe it’s still objectively “good” but sounds like piss to me…i dunno.
    Dig some of their stuff but man…….COOL IT DOWN!

  19. Mr. Completely Says:

    I dunno about the GD hatred thing and don’t really care. The Dead are easy to hate if you catch em from the wrong angle.

    I don’t really want to hear anyone else sound like Eddie. It’s such a specific sound that anyone else doing it is just a rip. And yeah, they were only influential in one big increment – the hard rock world had to absorb that blow, it spawned a bunch of lame imitators, and everyone else was on to the next thing. Same level of influence as Metallica.

    The difference is, Van Halen is AWESOME BABY YEAHHHHHH!!!! Even besides Eddie, Dave had one of the best hard rock voices ever, great phrasing, and great attitude. And don’t overlook the vocal harmonies! How many other hard rock bands have been able to sing like that? I’ll tell you how many: zero. That’s how many.

    If you’ve never played with this site before, I will now ruin the rest of your afternoon:

  20. ColonelJoy Says:

    Yeah, too bad the video cuts off before the epic

    I can’t Drive 55>Dark Star

  21. msbjivein Says:

    Yeah, I know Dancin isn’t a Dead original. I was just told this years ago and really never heard different til just now. It was probably some Dead hater who told me this. I don’t see how you could HATE the dead………Oh well thanks for clearing that up for me.

  22. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I love the other guitarist in that video rocking the sweet mullet

  23. thecobber Says:

    Hey Phish Phans, check out this new blog – – I write about cool music, always trying to explore things I’ve never heard before. So you’ll definitely learn something new. Thanks!

  24. ColonelJoy Says:

    I’m dissapointed by most guitar tones….don’t like Herrings…Umphs….don’t like predictable tones

  25. VTsnowboarder802 Says:

    for those who had success w/ ticketbastard this morning, any tips? gotta be at it bright and early tomorrow…

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