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. Mitch Says:

    what trippy light things?

  2. Robear Says:

    lol @ Kenny Powers. My friends had the ‘Southbound and down'(?) DVD’s going last night. I had no idea what you were up to. Or is it ‘Eastbound’?

    My son has me up bright and early. The good news, I’ll be ready to take on ticketMeiser come 8 a.m. pst.

    If I score any tix for Portland > MSG, I’ll make them available here first!

  3. Kenny Powers Says:

    short but interesting article linked at Gadiel’s page regarding the issue of crappy SBDs during the 1st leg:

    here’s quote from new FOH sound guy Garry Brown:

    “During the first leg of the tour, we had been using another digital console, which in the context of the live sound of the shows had not been an issue. We came to realize that the board tapes that were released for downloads every night after the show were sounding small – there was no depth in the sound field – which completely stumped us as the shows had been sounding great.

  4. Kenny Powers Says:

    @ Robear, it’s “Eastbound”, cause he had to move back to N.C.

  5. sumodie Says:

    Does anyone leave open multiple windows when trying for online tix?

    I’ve always ever used one window to maximize my bandwidth speed, but maybe this doesn’t matter.

  6. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    @mitch – go to either the facebook group, or you can go to jamtopia and see what is claimed to be burble and borealis. They are both insane. If that is going all night, I might never go to sleep. Then again, I might never go to sleep anyway. Luckily, I have no problem sleeping on planes….

  7. Robear Says:

    Strange show. I watched the episode where Bernie Mac comes back to torture Kenny, until he catches a fastball in the eye socket.

  8. beepaphone Says:

    pretty lights installation links from yesterday

  9. BTB Says:

    I’m shooting for 4 for each night of Albany 1st – (those are all I need) – after that, I’ll try for some MSG’s and distribute them amongst Miner’s Minions at face.

  10. fat bastard Says:

    yesterdays post page 16. skyballs an sacscrapers!

  11. Pencilneck Says:

    Hmmm. Albany tix are comin from
    That’s a new one to me….

  12. Mitch Says:

    WAWAWEEWOW thats awesome!

  13. Mitch Says:

    they keep making me wanna go more and more… need to focus on work before i shut down at 11 for msg on sale

  14. Mitch Says:

    also, i didnt know there was a facebook group. i found one with 9 members and i had to request to join. is that the right one?

  15. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    Anybody know the capacity of the polo fields in Indio? Someone told me it was only 36K. That does not sound right.

  16. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    Good luck everybody on getting tickets this morning. Wish I was one of you trying.

  17. Mitch Says:

    holy freaking jeebus batman. BOREALIS!!! They are improving the quality of trips as the years pass. That thing is incredible. I’d never wanna sleep again!

  18. beepaphone Says:

    Best of luck to all of you too…shooting for extra cobos and cinncys…you all get first dibs if it happens.

  19. Mitch Says:

    morecowbell, you can buy tix and help people on the board for face

  20. Ocelot42 Says:

    If I did this right, then my name should link to the Facebook page. If I didn’t, here:

  21. Ocelot42 Says:

    Hm, I tried making the facebook page my name-clickable website, but the posts when I do that don’t show up. Weird.

  22. BTB Says:

    Mitch – FB “thank you mr. miner” and it should pop up. Easy way for MIner to collect pictures from Shows and also for us to pass around extra tickets at face value. Also, Kenny Powers is aparently an alpaca, so…yeah, alpaca’s know how to jam…

  23. Ocelot42 Says:

    Here is the Facebook page:

  24. Ocelot42 Says:

    Oddly enough, I tried making the link to that Facebook page be where clicking my name would take you, but none of the posts that I do with that actually show up.

  25. Mitch Says:

    This is the first thing I’ve actually liked about facebook. Now I can put faces to your names.

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