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. Kenny Powers Says:

    maybe i should switch my profile prom aplaca to human, since we’re doing the whole faces-to-names thing. one minute…

  2. Posterus Nutbagus Says:

    my one thought since this whole thing started was “please not kid a. please not kid a”. i still hold to that.

    the good news is that if the album IS kid a, i can distract myself by watching the world series, which i will have to do anyway because of the phillies.

    are there any other phillies fans on here? what is your plan for both watching the series AND getting down to the concert? its really going to be tough.

  3. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    @mitch – already doing that for a couple friends

  4. HarryHood Says:

    Good luck everyone! Let the ticket games begin! Ding!

  5. beepaphone Says:

    10 minutes people

  6. Pence Says:

    I think its time to let ziggy go Miner!! Hunky Dory is a better choice anyway, lol….just kidding

  7. beepaphone Says:


    Tee minus five

  8. Neemor Says:

    We’ve finally done it.
    With the leak of the map of Festival 8, we have officially crossed the line.
    Never again will we have a surprise.
    Never again will anything happen unexpectedly.
    Never again will something occur that we hadn’t created a contingency plan for.
    I’m sad this morning.
    I know I could’ve not opened the .pdf file.
    I was warned that spoilers were inside.
    That’s not the point.
    The point is that nothing is sacred anymore.
    Used to be that a PhishBill would be the only verification of the Hallowen set.
    The mystery before the set was thick as San Francisco fog.
    That’s gone now.
    Walking into the concert field at Lemonwheel was all new, a brand new space to explore and make our own, growing and changing before our eyes to what the band wanted to create.
    Now I’ve got a map of it and I’m not even going.
    We crossed a line today and it makes me sad that we can’t go back.
    There is such a thing as too much information.

  9. SOAM Says:

    What the fuck is MGMT-OR who the fuck are they-I have seen this so many times and have no idea?

    Please enlighten and no one told me what “shooting plasma” meant or is either..

    I’m not so hip so help a mother fucker out…MGMT? plasma?

  10. dyda Says:

    good luck with tickets everyone

  11. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    SOAM – you don’t “shoot” plasma. You “donate” plasma, for money. Or at least you do if you are a broke college student 😉 Its part of your blood. They stick a needle in you and then filter the plasma out and then put your blood back in with saline added.

  12. msbjivein Says:

    Nice write up Miner………..

    I think it would be killer if Phish has learned 8 Different albums. That could mean a slew of new covers getting ready for fall!!!!!!!!!!!
    Even if they don’t play the album they’ll probably play a tune or two off the other albums………..

  13. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    MGMT = newish psychadelic-pop band, they are OK, not great, but not bad either. Oracular Spectacular is the name of their album.

  14. SOAM Says:

    Neemor-I think you should save your thoughts and energy for something that matters-cause you know in the end


    There’s a festi-people camp out and get ripped and boogie on…that’s about all there is too it.-IMMFO

  15. sumodie Says:

    everything gone in less than 2 minutes -argh!

  16. msbjivein Says:

    Damn!! That was fast!

  17. sumodie Says:

    syracuse that is

  18. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    Quick question for folks familiar with Indio or the area. What is the bug situation like? Are there crazy little desert things that will eat me alive? Will regular bug spray work, do I even need to bring it?

  19. beepaphone Says:

    anyone get luck with syracuse?

  20. SOAM Says:

    People get paid to donate plasma from their blood?-phish heads blood?

    shiiiiiiiiit-that about the funniest thing I have ever heard…

    Here’s my plasma-ignore the insane concentrated levels of THC, LSD, MDMA and MGMT

  21. SOAM Says:

    pICK420-again with the bug scene…


  22. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    No doubt SOAM – like I said yesterday, I financed a great deal of Fall Tour ’94 for the Dead with plasma. Apparently people on death’s door don’t care about whats in their blood, as long as you don’t do IV stuff.

  23. Kenny Powers Says:

    the one time i skimmed Oracular, I’d say MGMT sounds heavily influenced by the Flaming Lips with a dash of Daft Punk thrown in taboot.

  24. sumodie Says:

    frak me, just scored 1 syracuse – rear stage I think

  25. halcyon Says:

    congrats sumodie!

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