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. Mugician Says:

    … and good bands with bad guitarists 😀

  2. Mugician Says:

    Hahahaha. Mitch, you’ve made my day. Don’t get me started on my dog.

  3. Chuck D Says:

    peanut butter is not as bad as you think. all natural stuff is just peanuts pretty much, and the oils will make their coats shine. like just about everything, just dont over do it 😉

  4. Mitch Says:

    Time for bourbon. bourbon, bourbon, bourbon. I like bourbon. (in an anchorman voice) Bonding time with the dog. He gets peanut butter, I get Booker’s and were both happy.

  5. Andrew Says:

    Colonel Joy you have about the same taste as myself, I love Frisell’s exploration of sounds on Unspeakable – a badass concept executed perfectly.

  6. beepaphone Says:

    Booker’s is a sign you’ve made it

    I’m still on Beam

  7. Mitch Says:

    Booker’s is a sign my company finally paid me my fitness reimbursement money. Basically I pay for my gym and they pay me back. I finally got the money and since I wasn’t counting on it, it was like a bonus so I splurged.

    I’m a makers man or beam if I’m on the Thursday before payday. Beam is the same company… Just run it through a Britta a few times and I bet it will be half as good as Booker’s. Haha

  8. Mitch Says:

    I’m waiting on my live-in girlfriend who’s in college to graduate grad school in a few years and blossom into a sugar mama. Haha I’m dreaming now.

  9. Mr.Miner Says:

    “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.”

    ^^ exactly! Michael Anthony was money on vocal harmonies….VH gets a bad rap…they were the shit

  10. Mugician Says:

    Divided Sky is such a beautiful song, and was such a great first song to see live.

  11. Mr.Miner Says:

    peanut butter is fattening, but fine for your dog 🙂

  12. Mr.Miner Says:

    Slash has a great tone -hardcore yet bluesy

  13. beepaphone Says:

    make those dreams a reality Mitch.

    Starting to realize I’m missing 8 makes me want to curl into fetal position with a tub of ice cream.

    I should have pulled the trigger when I had the chance

  14. Mugician Says:

    I know it’s not worth much, but I’ve gotta say it anyway. My tone is fucking amazing. To be perfectly blunt.

  15. beepaphone Says:

    Fender strat > fender 410 hotrod deville over here

  16. Mitch Says:

    That came out wrong. She’s going to graduate for sure. But she’s doing a job that helps people. And jobs helping people don’t make you rich. But anyway… Mmm Booker’s

  17. beepaphone Says:

    My live-in girlfriend just took the LSAT and got a 169 and will also use the amazing education she will receive for it to help people. No shame in it, just means we have to work hard too.

  18. beepaphone Says:

    lol and she’s at the liquor store procuring a handle of beam right now

  19. Mugician Says:

    Beep, I’m about to handwire myself up a Fender Deluxe Reverb. Fender amps really have a lot of potential.

  20. beepaphone Says:

    hell yeah they do…crunchy, metallic, SRV kind of tone i get when I crank it.

  21. Mugician Says:

    Peace y’all, I’m gonna head out.

  22. Leo Weaver Says:

    “jobs helping people don’t make you rich”

    ^so true…

    Alright guys…so won’t be around much the next few days. I’m on the south coast of Jamaica, planter’s punch in hand, about to go light up a big phat spliff in honor of all you kind PT folks. Wish I were gonna be able to make it to Feight, but this isn’t a bad substitute 🙂
    I’ll think of you guys while I’m here, you do the same while you’re in the desert getting your faces melted and I’m back on my couch

  23. kenny powers Says:

    Beam is my everyday mixable because i can get it for $20 a handle at the local packie. My usual go-to sipping bourbons would be Basil Hayden’s, Woodford Reserve, Knob…man, I wish I knew of more because bourbon is totally my bag, baby.

  24. kenny powers Says:

    @ beep, speaking of bourbon you should check out my “info” page on Facebook

  25. larry bird flu Says:

    Miner, i know im a little late to the party but thank you thank you thank you for highlighting one of my alltime favorite phish jams, the columbus 98 cities. i have always praised this jam as one of phish’s best, with its ridiculous band interplay, pulsating grooves, and read-icculus tension and release jams. thanks again.

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