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. cottle Says:

    Long time since I last posted. Hope all are well.
    I’ve been having one of those weeks were everything has just worked out too perfectly. then this morning tickets go on sale and after some frantic mouseclicking, and no luck w/ floor seats, I wind up pulling four nosebleeds for the cville show!

    …and my week just keeps getting better. i should totally play the powerball this weekend.

    see y’all in VA!

  2. beepaphone Says:

    though while I may still argue for the legitimacy of Oracular Spectacular as an album, I’m beginning to lose my grip on any argument for Phish covering it. Would be fun, but you’re right…not the right choice.

  3. frankie Says:

    both philly nights, all msg shows and just got my 3am train ticket back to va for cville on the 5th. gonna be a sick few weeks! i don’t care if im behind the stage or in the rafters for any of these shows. Im in and thats all that counts. 6 shows in 2 weeks makes not going to f8 a bit more bearable

  4. Ocelot42 Says:

    Is it wrong that I’m getting a strong ABBA vibe from MGMT? This track is defnitely a very cool, chill vibe. Yes, I think I would enjoy a Phish cover of this song. They could do some very interesting things with it. Tubs singing perhaps?

    I can also see the comparison to the Flaming Lips. However, MGMT has none of the aspects of the Flaming Lips that annoy the crap out of me and prevent me from enjoying them.

  5. JWP_Phan Says:

    Ticketmaster for Friday MSG…Got in at 11:02, and only behind the stage, 400 level were still available. How is that right?

  6. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    fucking scalpers. tickets via the Internet is a scam.

  7. halcyon Says:

    JWP its possible….shit went fast

  8. beepaphone Says:

    keep trying peeps…like KWL said, be persistent…credit cards will be declined, spots will open, etc.

  9. ColonelJoy Says:

    Okay, I can’t do Indio…it’s confirmed. what is there to say, really….

    All I need is a C-Ville, just one….and any other charity someone wants to throw my way….I’m in a pathetic state right now….

  10. JWP_Phan Says:

    Got decent tix for Thursday MSG, at least. But no Fri. or Wed. Keeping my fingers crossed for Philly tomorrow.

  11. Ocelot42 Says:

    Dammit, Col. J. That ain’t right.

  12. voopa Says:

    Oh no! That sucks, Col. Hope the wife is OK.

  13. albert walker Says:

    Did not mean the schtick of the lips, just the production and sound of the backing tracks

    I just did some reading on MGMT and it turns out the producer did produce those Lips records I was referring to

  14. halcyon Says:

    Sorry to hear that Col. Hope you can make it to C’Ville.

  15. beepaphone Says:

    HYHU, Colonel
    Best wishes to your family

  16. Mr.Miner Says:


  17. cottle Says:

    Col. stay tuned

    one of my four is a “maybe”….you’ll know more as soon as i do.

  18. Mitch Says:

    that was a freaking mess. if anyone sits in sec 335 row k seats 6 and 7… those were my seats.

    the 2 mins ran out on me and wouldnt go any further. had 2 and lost them.

  19. Ocelot42 Says:

    Okay, Beeb, I’m not really into MGMT right now, but I can see it growing on me. A lot of these songs are really catchy. Not Phish cover material, but good on its own. It won’t be coming off of the iPod like several other of the 99 albums I’ve sampled.

  20. VTsnowboarder802 Says:

    Ticketbastard = epic fail.

    0-for-lifetime on online sales.

    Freaking out about my chances to score portlands tomorrow!

  21. KWL Says:

    best wishes colonel.

  22. fat bastard Says:

    colonel john sorry buddy, any chance you can make it to cincy?

  23. sumodie Says:

    I scored 3 MSG fridays, section 309 -had the entire order complete by 11:02.

    And just this moment (11:27) I just scored a Wed. tix, section 214 behind the stage.

  24. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Nice thoughts, Señor Miner.

    I like the concept of a complete trick. There are so many portals left untouched where this could go ultimately.

    I am moist with anticipation. MMMMMMMMOIST!!

    @KP my wife needs such white noise, apparrently my snoring doesn’t count. We’re in the RV and I got even money on the “Lady with a Fan bet”. We opted for the RV in place of othe accomodations because it is a Phish festival and we don’t want to missing anything. Most likely will though.

    Loving the JOTD!

  25. joe Says:

    serious question: What do you think the percentage of original sales (either pre-order or initial onsale) for the shows go to people who will actually use those tickets? I’ll go with 57.5%

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