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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Winged music note=====

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. Danny B Says:

    People are still pulling wed. MSG’s keep trying !!!!!

    Colonel…..Best wishes man, hope everything is ok……

    Tickets will be easier to score after Fest 8, people will blow a lot of cash out in california and maybe decide that they can’t hit up as many fall shows as they would like. Things will settle down, and fans will start to trade or sell to other fans. MSG will still be a tough ticket, but not like Hampton or Red Rocks.

  2. fromthetub Says:

    Hey guys, I ended up with 4 extra MSGs for Wednesday. They are up high (409), but will sell them for face + fees. We’ll be sitting up high as well — a friend pulled the same section at the same time.

    I got through right away and pulled floors, but the two minute timer ran out on me like it did for Mitch. Sigh.

  3. Chuck D Says:

    I am so pumped for trippin face and watching those light/art installations all night. I can not wait. I am going to sleep until my flight leaves on thursday morning. (I always wanted to do that the week before xmas when I was a kid. Sleeping makes time go faaaast!)

  4. Neemor Says:

    Work computer+not agile enough to get tickets.
    Shut out again.
    Is this serious?
    Maybe I’m not meant to be at these shows…

  5. Little Buddy Says:

    I can’t even get onto to website fro albany tickets. Site not found? WTF?

  6. Neemor Says:

    I’ll take an extra for Weds.

  7. sumodie Says:

    gotta be persistent -pulled a Thurs single section 419 at 11:39

  8. KWL Says:

    @sumodie, I’ll see you back there on Wed, got section 216 in mail order

  9. Pence Says:

    scored 1 sec. 105 row C seat 7 friday MSG Dec 4th…sittin pretty!

  10. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    @Col. – I am truly sorry to hear that. As Mr. C and I were discussing earlier, at the end of the day, family is the most important thing. I wish you the best and I know we all look forward to seeing you further on down the road, under better circumstances too.

  11. Frankie Says:

    One 3rd tier dead center MSG thursday for your friday!!

  12. fat bastard Says:

    “keep whats important and know who’s yoyr friend”

  13. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    @joe – its a well established fact that 64.3% of all statistics are made up on the spot.

  14. snigglebeach Says:

    ticketbastard actually sold seats to regular folks???

    Anyone get a decent seat, or did they save those for themselves??

    Also any predictions on this site? looks like 3 minutes to get all your mailing and Credit card info entered. Is this site ready???

  15. fat bastard Says:

    I hate when I type wrong and its posted for eternity.

  16. c0wfunk Says:

    hope everyone’s ticket morning went well

    wncw just announced moe. as headliner for the christmas jam. also mentioned trombone shorty, jackie green, col bruce, and a few others.

  17. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Ticket Advice:

    Eventhough the show indicates there are no more tickets available in .25 minutes, it does not necessarily mean that the show is sold out. There are various ticket blocks that most shows have on their capacity.

    What does that mean to you, you ask? If you are persistent and keep trying back between now and the show you may be lucky enough to get in a block release. Or you could try calling the local market TM number and ask.

    Try calling about the same time of the original on sale and on the same day of the weekand/or Friday noon local TM server time or shortly thereafter.


  18. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    fat b,
    the intrawebs never forget…

  19. Robear Says:

    doH! I fell back asleep and missed the MSG tix. I did make one failed attempt. My ‘re-captcha’ words were: “replace opiates”


  20. cottle Says:

    @ Cowfunk:

    Are tickets for Christmas Jam on sale now?
    Is it two days again this year?

  21. c0wfunk Says:

    hm .. ani difranco too I think (they are playing songs from the headliners right now I believe)

  22. c0wfunk Says:

    I think just 1 day – that was an anniversary thing for the 2 days I think. tickets go on presale I think today
    not sure when public onsale is.

  23. c0wfunk Says:

    i think

  24. snigglebeach Says:

    Anyone know anything or ever ordered tickets before on this Tickets dot com site??? Looks awfully unprofessional.

    Only 3 minutes to enter all your info.

  25. Neemor Says:

    Or maybe some of the extras that have been swept up will be distributed on certain boards and I might get in the door after all?

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