Quite the Site

10/30 1:29 am

Indio Sunset (A.Lansing)

Indio Sunset (A.Lansing)

As people continue to trickle into Festival 8, this site is shaping up to be quite the host for a weekend of Phish. Speckled with palm trees and carpeted with soft grass, the lush desert surroundings of California provide a completely different vibe than past Northeast weekends. The Empire Polo Grounds boasts a walk-ability that creates an atmosphere of over-sized intimacy very different from the endless airforce bases of lore. With campgrounds – all named, as expected, for eight remaining albums – within a 10-15 minute walk of the concert grounds, the entire festival feels a bit more within reach.

From The Archives Video Show (A.Lansing)

From The Archives Video Show (A.Lansing)

A relatively thorough search greeted everyone at the gate; but no harm no foul. Getting in and setting up, I was busy watching the Yankees tie the World Series while The Bunny broadcast Phish’s soundcheck. Through word of mouth, the band broke out a few new songs off Party Time, highlighted by a ten-minute jam of “Liquid Time.” Look forward for that one coming up this weekend! The evening was highlighted by video “From the Archives” show at The Overlook, the central part of Festival 8 with multiple bars, food stands, and tented areas. Featuring amazing Halloween footage from all of Phish’s past musical costumes, fans congregated, danced, smoked, and drank while watching the massive video screen. When the video mix broke into an unknown “Tube” followed by a “Tube Reprise” we soon realized we were seeing exclusive footage of 11.2.98. When the “Tube” jam ended, the video spliced into the beginning of Dark Side of the Moon, and proceeded to play highlights from the memorable performance. After the Utah portion ended, it had grown freakin’ cold and I headed back to the RV to listen to Shapiro’s archives show on The Bunny, which so far had unleashed two of my favorite jams ever in re-upped SBD quality – the Cypress “Split” and the Winston-Salem “Bathtub Gin!” That’s all for now, the festival calls.

10/30 11:13 am

Just wakin’ up to a gorgeous Indio day. The sun in shining bright and coffee tastes good as we prepare for day one of the weekend. California’ Dreamin…

2:37 pm

Got the turntables set up, and have been enjoying a daytime Phish set spun by myself and various others. Highlights included the the “Rebas” from The Gorge in ’98 and Laguna Seca ’94, the Barcelona ’98 “Tweezer,” Lemonwheel’s “Ghost” and assorted other summer funk. The vibe here is beyond chill once you are through the gates, and the weather seems to be coming through perfectly. Got a chance to hear “Liquid Time;” definitely carries the sound of a new Trey song, and certainly has a wide open door to psychedelic improvisation. The band really took it out during soundcheck, and we are looking forward to what they will do come gametime. I would expect we’ll be hearing this song in a few hours from the stage. Still no real clue as to the Halloween album. Have given up thinking about it since we arrived and set up camp. Desert mountains, palm trees and Phish. Life is good.

6:01 am 10.31

A phenomenal start to the weekend. A deep-dive into a first-set “Stash” provided the improvisational moment of the set after an explosive beginning of “Party Time,” “Chalk Dust.” The second set offered a high powered festival-sized Phish sequence, highlighted by “Disease > Caspian > Wolfman’s.” The “Wolfman’s” had a distinct point when it moved from groove to Halloween music, summoning the spirits of the night before All-Hallowed’s Eve.

1:11 pm

Exile! They are handing out Phishbills on site. With singer Sharon Jones – let’s see about this one.

2,037 Responses to “Quite the Site”

  1. JP Says:

    fishman is right on.

    i luv this band.

  2. JP Says:

    heartbreaking is true

    they have already redeemed, gorge 8.7 for me personally.

    yeah Trey

  3. Mr. Completely Says:

    incredible interviews, wow, they’re keeping it REAL

  4. Matso Says:

    I’ve been absent from this board for a while now due to a shed load of work, but I thought I’d pipe in and wish all my fellow phishaholics a gr8 weekend!

    @Dbone – I’m also in Europe (UK), also have a puzzled wife, and will also be up listening to the internet at odd hours this weekend. Not much consolation there for you, I know, but I suppose that’s just to say: I feel your pain brother!

  5. JP Says:

    the scene rose to the occasion for sure.

    8.10.04 acdc and birds were totally hot – coventry, not so much.

    today is a day to celebrate a new era of phests. thank you sirius!

  6. HarryHood Says:

    Not only am I not at 8, but I can’t listen to Sirius at work!!! Arg. Guess I’ll have to wait till later…….

  7. Matso Says:

    Could someone summarise/paraphrase these interviews? I assume they’re on the Bunny right now? Damn – at work and can’t listen!

  8. mrfergie Says:

    Unable to stream the bunny @ work, but gettin my festi on w/ The Lemonwheel today – damn I love this band 🙂

  9. JP Says:

    Mr. C – sorry about your loss, but thank you for what you shared about the individual – awesome.

  10. beepaphone Says:

    Looks like our friend Weekapaug is still posting mad fly photos on the facebook page…you guys should check it out. Theres one of him and Fishman. Even a couple photos from sound-check…the lit trees look unreal, the site, magnificent.

  11. JP Says:

    just what you might have thought such a cool band would be thinking would be my very short summary of the interviews.

  12. JP Says:

    glad phish is showing off our beautiful left coast once again.

  13. JP Says:

    i know that summary wasn’t very helpful, sorry.

    Trey – it was hearrtbreaking

    Fishman – despite us not rising to the occasion, virtually everyone else did, and this was inspiring for the band

    Mike – we still rocked

  14. JP Says:

    does anyone know what acdc bag sirius is playing right now? shit sounds very good.

  15. beepaphone Says:

    I couldnt get the stream up for the interview…anyone have a link?

  16. joe Says:

    it’s coventry JP. Also, Trey was too fucked up mentally and physically and it really showed was part of the interview. People also made signs that made him depressed. It’s still unclear to me if Fishman had “problems” as well. It never really dawned on me that he did, but the interview hints at it a bit.

  17. joe Says:

    also they said that this was the first show that all their issues played out on stage and they couldn’t keep them in check and it affected their playing.

  18. Frankie Says:

    I believe what they are playing on Sirius right now is The Festivalography part 4: Coventry & Festival 8.

    Really dig that Bag!

  19. Mr. Completely Says:

    working on trying to get freeware stream recorder up and running

    this stream is turning out to be harder to control than Larry David’s in that last Curb episode

  20. joe Says:

    the internet is one big enabler for our phish addiction. I didn’t have a problem this full blown when I was sans computer in 1995. Now I can feed the beast 24/7

  21. beepaphone Says:

    Damn I missed that one.
    good thing for On Demand

  22. Robear Says:

    Indio Oasis is open for R&R. Inside the “larks tounge in aspic” campground in the ADA section. Located at the corner of Island St and Talking Drum Ave. By thr tower with blue lights. It’s still hard to get around but things wil change at 4pm. We are right by the stage.

  23. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    hahaha completely

    but even if you can’t get it to work the boards should be up within hours and then easy to find to download within an hour of that

  24. Prince Nabby Says:

    Hi: Is the interview going to available for download at some point? I’m sitting in my shithole Palm Springs motel going crazy . . . plus the first shuttle for Indio doesn’t even leave until 3. I deeply regret not having camped now . . .

  25. JP Says:

    average phish (coventry) is still pretty amazing, despite the issues, which i think is the moral of this story.

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