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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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. Mr. Completely Says:

    sco is just about the only “real jazz” guitar player whose tone I really like – otherwise it’s all that sing-songy choirboy sound. love jazz, love guitar, for the most part not together.

    Not counting some avant players. Marc Ribot pwns faces. What a badass.

  2. msbjivein Says:

    Yeah, I think that’s it. All I know is when I’ve seen him live he would play a riff then hit the pedal and it would play it backwards while he just stood there holding his guitar….sic!!!

  3. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    beep – saw that tour. One of the best with scofield I saw was out in Maryland, it was Medeski, Scofield, Stublefield, and Wood. Apparently Billy had some family even going on that weekend or something and they brought in Clyde Stubblefield from James Brown’s band to play drums. Fun weekend.

    It was a festival in Maryland and me and my bro were out there for my cousin’s wedding. So, we went to the rehearsal dinner, than out to festival to see leftover salmon and others, then woke up early, went to hotel to shower, went to wedding, went to reception, uncle gave us like 2 cases of wine that he had to buy but didn’t get drunk (it got drunk at festival!) and saw MSSW that night.

    Another funny part of that weekend: my brother and I had set up our tent and were chilling out drinking some beer, enjoying mother nature, etc. We are watching these teenagers next to us trying to set up one of the old school canvas tents with cross-poles, etc. They had no idea. Apparently they had borrowed it from one of their parents and had decided to drop lucy before pitching their tent. After laughing at them quietly for 20 minutes or so, my brother and I offered to help them out. Dude kicked us down a 10-strip to put up his tent, took all of 5 minutes for my brother and I. Easiest score ever!

  4. msbjivein Says:

    Peace Guys. Have a Good weekend!! Good Luck Tomorrow w/ tix!!

  5. Mr. Completely Says:

    some great stories from you today GP420

  6. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    After over 20 years of going to shows of some kind, I have tons of stories. My first concert ever was CSN (I think Young skipped the tour) in 1986, I was 11 or 12. My parents didn’t want to go, so they sent me with my parish priest. Dude got hammered! After that, they figured I was fine on my own, so geniuses that they are, they dropped me off, at age 13, at the Hoosier Dome to see Pink Floyd. They had to have been clueless as to what was going to go down that night.

  7. albert walker Says:

    jazz tone= scott henderson

    Herring kind of stole his
    the whole tube driven small fender and strat thing

  8. JZ Says:

    That Sco pedal is called a Boomerang.

  9. albert walker Says:

    Rock = Brian May, best tone hands down

    him and his dad made the guitar from hand like the fuckin natural and shit

    considering this is IMO the perfect rock tone you can see why I don’t dig the is that a synth or a guitar tone Eddie rocked

    like I said I dig Halen, just not that guitar tone

  10. albert walker Says:

    like mr C said Duane is def up there
    simply beautiful

  11. voopa Says:

    Mike Stern has a great tone too. Very underrated.

    Mr. C, I have that hippie crap shirt too! Since ’98.

  12. albert walker Says:

    DiMieloa’s electric tone is pretty slick also
    Driven Les Paul very similar to un-compressed Trey

  13. Mr. Completely Says:

    some people are geniunely offended by the hippie crap cartman shirt. esp. at Oregon Country Fair. double esp. since I cut my hair

  14. Mugician Says:

    People take themselves too seriously. I used to “be” a hippie, and now it’s my favorite thing to do – make fun of them.

  15. gavinsdad Says:

    AW pegging the clean and mean tone (diMi and B.May) both great…but have “eat a peach” on as i’m writing this and Duane and Dickie…christ…both beautiful tones….pure JOY.

    dating myself: summer of 81. going into 7th grade. parents made me choose between VH’s fair warning tour and Rush’s Moving Pictures tour at Oakland Coliseum (when i was young i grew up in danville, CA). I chose VH and the rest is history. still remember the plexiglass stool DLR sat on for “ice cream man”. Can also remember how let down i was by Diver Down. By the time 1984 came out I was neck deep in hardcore.

    no public onsale for me. keep your friends close i guess.

  16. Mugician Says:

    Oh boy… is there some tone-talk going on in here?

  17. Mugician Says:

    Eeek. Danville blows. No offense.

  18. Mugician Says:

    What I really meant to say is that I hate Danville.

  19. gavinsdad Says:


    heh…my mom used to call it blandsville. no worries…left in 8th grade for, dare i say it? new jersey. ripping skateboarder outta danville…Wade Speyer…used to ride for Think in SF…google him. best thing outta Danville for sure.

  20. Mugician Says:

    Hahaha. My friend calls Palo Alto (I grew up in Menlo Park…) Shallow Alto. Yuk. I really hate the way the places I grew up in have turned out.

    Anybody familiar with Menlo Park/Palo Alto area?

  21. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    we used to call Syracuse Soreexcuse

  22. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    Tone love for me is:

    Trey first then Jerry though that is such a tough call. Loving Trey’s tone now.

  23. albert walker Says:

    I love the strat through the cranked Fender twin tone jerry was rockin in the early 70’s

    no pedals just overdriven amp, real nice

  24. Mugician Says:

    SRV anyone? I love that man’s tone. I love Jerry’s 70s tone, and Gilmour really gets me going. Scofield shreds it up, and I absolutely love his tone, though it was difficult to get into at first – definitely an acquired taste.

    … But in the end, Trey’s new tone takes the cake by far. I love it.

    Then again, I really don’t listen to that many electric guitarists. Most of my listening is jazz and acoustic stuff.

  25. Mitch Says:

    I just got my dog a rubber football with a hole in the middle. I wedged some peanut butter in that bad boy and tossed it across the room. My dog hasnt been back for 5 mins. His tongue is gonna be tired when that stuff is gone. He just wont give up on it, even tho its so hard to get.

    How bad is peanut butter for a dog? Can I do this regularly when leaving the house for a few hours?

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