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. Mr.Miner Says:

    ticket board will be up and running by the end of the day

  2. Neemor Says:

    Side note:
    While checking out youtube, I found Trey doing accoustic ‘Snowflakes in the Sand’
    Anyone remember this song?
    I remember hearing it plyed back in the day, but forgot how beautiful it was.

  3. Neemor Says:

    Thx Miner.

  4. KWL Says:

    word Mr C if I have any room left on the credit card tomorrow I might try to scoop some shows I’m not going to just to help out people here

  5. HarryHood Says:

    KWL, you’ve got mail!

  6. HarryHood Says:


    My e-mail is BoireC at

  7. ThePigSong Says:

    Sending all my extra good vibes @ the Colonel. I should have two extra Cumberland floors if your in need, if not any other takers pipe up.

  8. ThePigSong Says:

    ThePigSong at gmail

  9. Neemor Says:

    Piping up

  10. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    yo VT,

    let me know if you make out on Portland tomorrow. We are going to try for more as well to make sure everyone is taken care of so there’s a good chance of ending up with those birthday tickets for you. Do you need one or two? I’m up on the facebook page or at b_crossen of the hotmail variety.

  11. Robear Says:

    phuck the world. So sorry Colonel, my heart sank a bit this morning, reading your news. ‘When one door is closed, many others will open’ I’ve had a channel opened your way from the start of this Feight talk. I’ll leave it open throughout the fest. and send emails, pics.

    On a more positive note, if you (Colonel) are heading to Portland or MSG, I’m quite sure I can get you in. Hang tough, brother.

  12. sumodie Says:

    @PigSong: Would luv a cumby extra -have other shows for possible trade if need be. In Mass, can meet in Maine too (home state)

    johnnyvanswims YAHOO {dot} com

  13. sumodie Says:

    Whew, that site blows. However, for the first time in a million years, I got thru to their automated phone system (800-303-8368) at 12:30.

    Lo and behold, not only did I get 2 Fri (Section 129 Q), I got 2 Sat too (Sect 243 K), AND I didn’t get kicked off.

    Whole transaction took at least 15 minutes. Keep trying!!!!

  14. Little Buddy Says:

    Much love, Colonel! You don’t deserve this. Hang in there.

  15. bl68300 Says:

    BK email me…i think i can make it work!

  16. bl68300 Says:

  17. VTsnowboarder802 Says:

    TypeIII & KWL or , as you may have seen portland is my b-day, and one way or another I’ll be there. If y’all or anyone else can help out with a pair for the wifie and I (grandparents will be doing their first babysitting stint YEAH!!!), i would be forever grateful, and would do my best to return the favor. My whole crew struck out on portland, plus it’s my hometown, so I have no worries about getting more than necessary – but to start I need a pair to get in the door. 😀

    the board is good peeps.

  18. Mr.Miner Says:


    Linked on upper right of home page

  19. VTsnowboarder802 Says:

    pigsong – sumodie spoke first, but if that doesn’t work, see my above post about birthday and babysitting. scott needs a pair for CCCC (would LOVE floor)
    vtsnowboarder802 at hotmail dot com

  20. BTB Says:

    Got 4 to Albany on Saturday night!!!! WOOT!

  21. Mr. Completely Says:

    never heard Snowflakes in the Sand before. great song. thanks for the link.

  22. joe Says:


    I may have an extra Thursday MSG (side to behind stage sec 218). I got 2 through the lottery and am 50/50 about going pending a time off request and my girlfriend’s time off request. Would 100% not go too if I could just score Portland via trade or onsale tomorrow. I really only need to check in with the band in person once pr twice a tour these days for financial and brain cell reasons.
    Not sure if you are interested in such seats, or wait and see scenarios. I also figure that a man with your clout can probably find something better.

  23. sumodie Says:

    Hey folks, I did well enough today with onsales and will likely have extras for Albany and MSG. However, right now my priority is a Portland floor or two. But rest assured I’ll be sure to dump anything at cost to folks here.

    Keep trying, especially at -that’s one slow system. As much as I hate the evil TM, the system worked way better.

  24. posternutbag Says:

    I arrive at the ticketmaster location 20 minutes early, only to find 6 middle aged women in jean jackets already in line… Why did Taylor Swift tickets have to go on sale at the same time?!?

    O for my life at going through ticketmaster…

    Have a Thursday MSG from Phish tickets, need Wed & Fri. Miracle anyone?

  25. MakisupaSecurity Says:

    scored a lower section aisle seat for 2nd night of Albany!

    Might need a room to cra$h in though!

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