Five Reasons…

… why Festival 8 will be one of the greatest Phish experiences of all-time.


1. Holiday + Festival = Huge Phish

AJ Masthay Festival 8 Print (Unofficial)

AJ Mathsay Festival 8 Print

Combining one of the high-holy days of the Phish calendar, with their unparalleled festival tradition, the band has created an unparalleled atmosphere around Indio. The only other holiday festival was Big Cypress, and we all know how that turned out. The merging of two of Phish’s greatest rites has everyone on the edge of their seat, awaiting to see how the Halloween theme is infused throughout the vast playground of dreams. Phish festivals are among the greatest memories of all of our lives, and now, in 2009, we are about to create another weekend that will live with us eternally. No travelling or driving around necessary, no hassle or concern; all Phish, all the time, amidst a gargantuan psychedelic carnival. And the music – festival-sized Phish jams growling from speaker towers built to blow us away – all while having as much space as we’ve ever dreamt of for all of our friends to throw down; forget about it. There’s not a feeling in the world like it. And its about to happen again.


2. Three Days

festival8-caNever has a Phish event lasted so long; not Big Cypress, not The Clifford Ball, and not Amy’s Farm. Three days and eight sets equals an unprecedented event in the band’s history. Whereas every festival but Big Cypress has occurred within a tour, Phish and their organization have had months to prepare, rehearse, and conceive of every imaginable detail for this week’s stand-alone event. Each Phish weekend of lore seemed like a flash – a psychedelic dream that ended too soon. But this time, tack on another day – then add the day before the music where everyone sets up camp – and we’ve got ourselves a four-day Phish freak scene! The ability to be in one place with your crew and relax all together, instead of jumping in separate cars and chasing highways all night long is priceless. This laid-back scenario will certainly create endless sessions of carefree chillage, where the only concern will be when the next set starts. For four days we will live a dream.


3. The Weather

sunshineAnd for those four days, the weather will be divine. While every other festival took place in the unpredictable weather of the northeastern summer, southern California in October couldn’t be more opposite. With day after day of cloudless sunshine, the Palm Springs area is the place people go to guarantee themselves a sunny vacation. This blissful detail cannot be underestimated when reflecting on the camp-wrecking downpour at The Great Went and the 100-degree temperatures at Oswego. With temperatures predicted to range between 90 and 50, and no foreseeable precipitation, both the days and nights in the desert will be delectable.


4. The Album Mystery

Huey Lewis Is Dead - Or Is He?The band has hyped their Halloween mystery more than ever before, making everyone a musical detective over the past month with their own theories and reasoning. The mystery has drawn in the entire community, creating unparalleled excitement and anticipation, and a huge set-up for a prank if you ask me. Campground names have leaked, albums continue to be killed, and everyone is wrapped up in a guessing game – just how Phish wanted it. Known for toying with their fans in more ways than one, this time they have everyone, hook, line and sinker. It will be intriguing to discover how the answer unfolds; and to see if the band uses their first show as a platform for musical allusion and illusion. Instead of “Trick or Treat,” what ever happens in Indio will certainly be a “Trick and a Treat.” And I can’t freakin’ wait to get there!


5. The Acoustic Set

phish_hdrBreakfast with Phish; glazed eight-shaped donuts, coffee and a fresh California harvest will make this early affair one to remember. Whether up all night or arising for a morning serenade, Phish’s Sunday morning greeting promises to hold more than a few surprises. They have been working on and rehearsing the acoustic set, according to their own website, thus one can believe it will be more than a string of bluegrass songs. Having never done this before, this “full-length” acoustic set will represent new musical ground for the band. An intimate set on a grand scale; the juxtaposition should be interesting. If Phish is ever going to break out the Gamehendge saga again, this could be the time to do it.


Jam of the Day: Festival Week

Wolfman’s > Simple” 8.16.97 II


A classic segment from The Great Went.



12.5.97 CSU Convocation Center, Cleveland, OH < Torrent

12.5.97 CSU Convocation Center, Cleveland, OH < Megaup.

phish-power-95While crafting the upcoming audio archive, I found this to be the only show from Fall ’97 not posted on this site. A tremendous first set and an out of the ordinary second set kicked off a memorable midwestern run during the second half of tour. Highlights include “Ghost,” “Jim > My Friend,” Stash,” “Julius,” and “Slave.”

I: Ghost > Wilson, Funky Bitch, Black-Eyed Katy, Sparkle, Runaway Jim > My Friend, My Friend, Ginseng Sullivan, Limb By Limb, Character Zero

II: Stash, Bouncing Around the Room, Julius*> Slave to the Traffic Light* > The Lizards, Loving Cup, Chalk Dust Torture

E: Bold As Love


Source: Schoeps cmc621 > Sonosax > sv255

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456 Responses to “Five Reasons…”

  1. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    bummer. YBR was a secret pleasure pick.

  2. Mr. Completely Says:

    You just got chocolate in my peanut butter.


    I knew then that if a goal were worthwhile, I could overcome anything to make it happen.
    To this point in my life, that has been complete bullshit, but it sounds nice!
    Oh, well.


    ie. pulling smoke through a tube of glass = work


    you fuckers are killing it this morning, too much

    glad you all like the shirts, enjoy the grass

    “bluegrass, newgrass, jamgrass – it makes no difference to me as long as it’s grass and it’s smokin'” – Pete Rowan

  3. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    nice “Odd Couple” tease in JOTD

  4. Neemor Says:

    neemors boss: “Look, the reason I called you in here today has to do with your recent work performance.”
    neemor: “Can I just stop you right there….?”
    nb: “Let me just finish….I mean we didn’t hire you to fuck off on the computer all day….”
    n: “Let ME finish……you think I NEED this shitty job, Dirk….I mean, look…I’ve got priorities and shit. I’ve got to make sure I nail down tickets to MSG and the Quad C. Even as much as a dick as you are, I’m sure you must GET that….”
    nb: “Dick? Did you just call me a dick?”
    n: “If the show fits Dirk (not his real name), if the shoe fits. Now take this job and shove it directly up your silver-spoon chewing ass…..”
    nb: “You know what, neemor (not my real name) I admire your spunk. How’s about a raise, sport?”
    n: “It’s about time, Dirk. It’s about fucking time. Oh, and I need to take off the 29th through December 5th. And maybe 11/27, too. Just keep the calendar open, jackass.”
    nb: “You’re awesome, neemor. I’m going to name my first son after you.”
    n: “Keep it real, Dirk.”

  5. Mr. Completely Says:

    amusingly, as usual when making a big mix, I spent so much time listening to the songs in the last week that now that it’s done I’m totally burned out on acoustic music…but I’ll come back to it in a month or so and it’ll be ready

    this weekend’s going to be all phish all the time, so…hmmm…back to Africa for today I think

    Hey, speaking of Phish this weekend

    no spoilers are great, I love them

    but y’all are going to be getting these micro SD cards with the shows on them right?

    Now it would be wrong of me to solicit a piratical upload of said music…I would never do such a thing…but, you know…


  6. Neemor Says:

    My music today:
    10/9/89 Dead, Hampton Coliseum, billed as the ‘Warlocks’.
    First Dark Star in Five years.
    First Attics in 17.
    Good, good stuff.

  7. Smiler Says:

    I love to read how much practice they are putting into the festival. I am jealous of all attending. I will be in Ga with my three kids checking setlists and waiting for downloads.

  8. Neemor Says:

    Mr C.
    I wish I knew what a ‘micro SD card’ was and where I could get one.

  9. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Mr. C,

    I’ll try to get them up if I can. I’ll have the laptop rocking all weekend so it should work out. I need to set up a mediafire profile though, so let me make that happen first… oh, and the timing may be directly related to my state of mind after said show.

  10. fat bastard Says:

    initial house odds:

    EXILE 5/1
    HUNKY DORY 10/1
    PURPLE RAIN 20/1
    KID A 20/1
    OTHER 5/1

  11. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    okay, part I of that is done. free accounts rock. anyway, I’ll endeavor to upload the SD microdots as soon as druggingly possible…

  12. Chuck D Says:

    who’s odds are those FB?

  13. Mr. Completely Says:

    you rock, dude

    @neemor, the cards are just another of the unspeakably awesome things Phish is doing for peeps at 8

    condolences to bears fans

    congrats to yankees and saints fans

  14. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    My music today:
    10/9/89 Dead, Hampton Coliseum, billed as the ‘Warlocks’.
    First Dark Star in Five years.
    First Attics in 17.
    Good, good stuff.

    Yes indeed. That weekend was magical. Drove 13 hrs straight through the night. got Friday’s ticket at a makeshift ticket booth outside the parking lot entrance. Scored Saturday’s in the lot right before show time. Ran into the venue and hit the floor and the lights dropped. Simply amazing.

  15. Neemor Says:

    Type III,
    with my crappy work computer, only available are mp3’s and .zip formats, not .rar’s.
    (I can’t do any DOTD much to my chagrin).
    Will you accommodate this request?

  16. Mr. Completely Says:

    Jay, the strangest thing about those shows were how many tickets were available. They went onsale not long before the shows, just a couple weeks, right? And there was a huge frenzy, they got snapped up, and everyone assumed there would be no extras, so all my ticketless friends didn’t go…and tix were everywhere in the lots…I saw stacks of them on the ground…insane

    that’s a good show for a matrix, and it’s a pretty nice mix – the crowd reaction when the Dark Star hit is epic, though we knew it was coming. Attics was out of nowhere, rumors hadn’t included that one.

  17. bl68300 Says:

    if anyone has a Fri MSG anywhere lemme know, i accidentally bought a wed…but reallllly want fri, so ill trade that wed or pay cash!
    ps- very jealous of all of you going to 8! i was pretty much offered a free ticket, but would have to drive my POS cross country, and im pretty broke! So everyone be safe and have phun! the phall shall be upon soon enough!

  18. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Neemor (and others interested),

    I don’t know what format they’ll give them to us in, but I’d expect it to be mp3. I have MediaConverter on my computer so we’ll figure it out one way or another.

    Also, I promise I won’t do anything to ruin “No Spoilers” for anyone but will provide the link for those interested. Like I said, the timing is dependent on whatever else is going on after the show, but I’ll get them up as soon as I can.

    I am still trying to figure out how they are going to pull this part of the festival off but I have faith. Praise Icculus!

  19. fat bastard Says:

    my odds…just generated by my giant computer phish simulator

  20. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    @MrC – there were a lot of tix available for Friday. Sat. was a real tough ticket (I worked the lot for hours to get mine and 2 of my friends got shut out.) I don’t think tickets went on sale till that weekend and they were only available on the ground in VA (if memory serves).

  21. fat bastard Says:

    mr c- how would you play those odds?

  22. llamalee Says:

    lol @ neemor

    I’m going to feight solo and was wondering if anyone else around here going solo? flying into lax and taking the shuttle

  23. Mr. Completely Says:

    Ladyland a steal at 20:1, mgmt a sucker’s bet – those 2 seem reversed to me

    @type 3 – I’m sure they’ll be in Mp3s. If you have time/brainpower to zip them up, it makes dl-ing easier, but remember that no file can be larger than 100mb on mediafire free accounts. I use 7zip and it works fine. No worries if you just slap the files up there as they come.

  24. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Mr. C,
    I’ve got 7-Zip so I’ll probably try to do it that way. Says time/brain power to only have to upload a few times…

  25. fat bastard Says:

    ladyland……just dont see em pulling it off with style. dont think they can do justice to it.

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