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. sumodie Says:

    @Halcyon: Never been to Syracuse. The more it sinks in, the more I think I’m definitely going. Hard to pass up a ~9000 person phish show that’s only a few hours away nowadays. Looks like I’m not behind the stage either as I first thought -got Section 12 which is the upper concourse facing the stage. I can nosebleed in this venue 🙂

  2. HarryHood Says:

    Anyone have any luck with Syracuse? No dice here. Tried to score two and got the nice disclaimer about 30 seconds after they went onsale. Fuckin Ticketbastard. How does an arena that size sell out in 30 seconds???

  3. beepaphone Says:

    Thanks GP
    to each his own though…sober shows are great too…by sober I mean herb and whiskey of course.

  4. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    charlotteville sold out looks like

  5. HarryHood Says:

    “By sober I mean herb and whiskey of course”

    ^ classic

  6. Kenny Powers Says:

    “by sober I mean herb and whiskey of course.”

    ahahahahaha! spoken like a true head.

  7. KWL Says:

    got 4 floor for syracuse.

    at 10:01 eastern I was looking at a screen that said no tickets available.

    Kept trying.

    At 10:34 I had 4 on the floor.

    Not sure if any of my crew scored–if so, extras will come here first.

  8. HarryHood Says:


    Can I get 2 of those??? Please??? haha

  9. Kenny Powers Says:

    @ KWL, wow nice score!

    “at 10:01 eastern I was looking at a screen that said no tickets available.

    Kept trying.

    At 10:34 I had 4 on the floor.”

    i think that happens alot. server gets jammed, people quit, then the pipes are clear.

  10. KWL Says:

    can’t believe it…. hometown show…

    persistence pays off I guess

  11. BTB Says:

    I’m shooting for friday MSG’s at 11am – If i get any I’ll hook it up

  12. beepaphone Says:

    @ KWL any techniques to let us in on? MSG in 10 minutes

  13. sumodie Says:

    yes persistence does pay off – I got my syracuse single at 10:12 after getting the sold out note at 10:02

    round two up next

  14. Mitch Says:


    Im at work on a huge screen so i dont have to scroll and we have MAD BANDCAKE!! CMON SECTION 3 MSG FRIDAY!!!

  15. Cortez The Killer Says:

    you guys using ticketmaster or livenation for MSG on sale?

  16. KWL Says:

    no tips, just keep trying I guess… people are bound to let tickets go, credit cards rejected, etc etc

  17. sumodie Says:

    I’m using TM for MSG

  18. halcyon Says:

    good luck everybody

    no whammies!

  19. Mr.Miner Says:

    anyone have an exta SYR floor?

  20. Ocelot42 Says:

    Okay, listening to MGMT right now and I don’t get it. They’re not bad, per se, but they’re nothing that would catch my ear on the radio. Pretty standard pop with a touch of old disco is how I would describe it.

  21. beepaphone Says:

    i’m sick of defending MGMT
    I give up
    you all win

  22. beepaphone Says:

    my dying breaths

  23. Ocelot42 Says:

    I’m not saying they’re bad, Beeb. I’m just not sure what Phish heard that earned them the honour of a spot on the 99. (Also, I may not have caught your thoughts, depending on the time/days they were posted.) I listened to Kid A and didn’t particularly enjoy that either. However, I did hear why others would consider it to be above the fray, so to speak, musically. Covering MGMT would certainly turn the fest into an outright dance party, but that was never what I really like Phish for either, so that’s why this album isn’t lighting my fire.

  24. albert walker Says:

    no MSG for me scalpers here we come

    the MGMT just reminds me of the production on those Flaming Lips records like Yoshimi
    the whole low-fi hip-hop, techno dance pop

    not a big fan of either but I actually probably like the Lips records slightly more interesting

  25. Ocelot42 Says:

    Going back to track four now for a more careful listen.

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