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. Twiggy Says:

    3 and 6 right?

  2. Beezee Says:

    thank you Sirius! see you all tmrw. I’ll be that angry jogger grooving alonside…

  3. PBS Says:

    Wolfmans>Piper>Joy = MVP.

  4. BrandonKayda Says:

    Goodnight everybody!

  5. Frankie Says:


  6. JP Says:

    6 ET tomorrow I think, 3 PT

  7. cincinatlanta Says:

    wow. good zero. now play yem

  8. Frankie Says:

    Everything’s at 8

  9. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    10/30/09 Set II
    Start: 10:17 PST

    Set II
    PYITE > 10:17 – 10:26 (~9 min)
    DWD > 10:26 – 10:39 (~13 min)
    Caspian* > 10:39 – 10:46 (~7 min)
    Wolfman’s > 10:46 – 10:58 (~12 min)
    Piper** > 10:58 – 11:09 (~11 min)
    Joy 11:09 – 11:14 (~5 min)
    Bowie*** 11:14 – 11:27 (~13 min)
    Hood 11:27 – 11:43 (~16 min)
    Golgi 11:43 – 11:47 (~4 min)

    Zero 11:50 – 11:58 (~8 min)

    * unfinished
    ** with vocal jam she said? old our soul?
    *** Trey said this will give you a halloween album hint

  10. joe Says:

    yeah, nice work everyone. goodnight. wish I was cruising the lot right now

  11. JP Says:

    happy almost halloween and good night

  12. Frankie Says:

    Love the Wilco…

    “I wanna lay my weary head tonight on a bed of California Stars…”

  13. JP Says:

    Hope you had a productive evening mr C!

  14. Stupendous Says:

    Good night
    Cya all tomorrow At 6 ET

  15. fishman's frock Says:

    1,650 comments! well done everyone! thank you phish. thank you sirius. and thank you mr minor.

  16. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    nice strong second set. Wolfman’s onward was very nice.

  17. Frankie Says:

    From the Archives Part 2 here

    Includes 12.2.95 Tweezer and 7.2.98 Ghost!!! Wow!

  18. Mr. Completely Says:

    @JP, all, I’ll upload in the am, should be good.

    I liked the open jamming in the middle of that set a lot

  19. JP Says:

    sweet – thanks C – a good night to all. can’t believe we get six more sets.

  20. beepaphone Says:

    Still managed to be an experience without even being there…I could ask for no more. Good show. They are ready to blow up.

  21. voopa Says:

    Hi from F8! Night 1 was a lot of fun…goodnight!

  22. sumodie Says:

    yes, twas a great kick-off. left coast vibe working its magic in indio.

  23. ThePigSong Says:

    That was a great night. The ‘hood ball jam’ wassick. We were right under the cameras all night. To everyone not on site: enjoy yourwarm house cause its cold as f*ck at night.

  24. freshtracks420 Says:

    Wowie Zowie last night was sick….glad that everyone was able to hear it on Sirius….still more to come!?! Feeling very lucky to be here!!!! Can you say lit-up palm trees…..SICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And the screens on which the video-feed of the show is being broadcast are simply beyond description!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. tela'smuff Says:

    without writing a book, i’ll just jot down my main points/highlights.

    first off, that sound quality was amazing via Sirius. What a hook-up that is!

    First set to me was very similar to much of the 1st leg summer this year. Decent high energy jams, but nothing that’s gonna deserve repeat listens. With that being said, I did feel like there were two “best of” if you will, versions of Beauty of a Broken Heart & TTE. The former was played with that Page perfect grace, but Trey also really errupted into the song, bringing out a force otherwise not found before. TTE the vocals were just so much more on point, to me, it sold me on the song. It’s clear this song is made to close 1st set, and if it is fully engaged by all 4 guys, it can in fact be a really good Phish song.

    The Chalkdust and Stash both deserve honors for exploration. That Stash finally hit the peak. Everything else set one was played very well imo, although the Poor Heart seemed like a throw away.

    Set II was of course a much different story. PYITE>Hood was the absolute shit! I even liked Fuckerpants! Actually, the transition from Disease to Fuckerpants was interesting, and the song was played with such intensity! The way they just bumped into Wolfman’s was not in the ’09 abrupt manner, but rather a slick “insert funk here” kind of way. For me, night one will be all about the end of Wolfman’s>Halloween Jam>Piper>Joy. That sickness at the end of Wolfman’s was flat out wicked! I assumed that they must have had some type of stage prop going on for that, or they were pulling a Halloween trick. It was classic Phish, the shit I LOVE about this band. The way they emerged from that wall of fear into Piper was perfect. I imagined the band arriving on a big worm saving me from the grasps of a demon in hell throwing me on the back of the worm and riding to safety. The Piper was full of energy and they really quickly slid into that, in the pocket rhythm jam, that they do so well. But that piece of magic they built into from there, if improvised (meaning not a snippet of another song) was one of the best, if not best, improvised pieces this year. Page and Trey were locked in, and it was stunning! The added lyrics, “she said she said” “save my soul, she saved my soul” if that’s what indeed was said? my theory is it was Trey speaking about his sister. Thus, Joy. I LOVE this song, I love the lyrics, I love the passion behind it, and I love the solo!
    OH, and we still got a gorgeous Bowie and Hood!!! That was a well executed, perfectly flowing 2nd set that left my jaw on the floor.

    So, my opinion? Page was the 5 star performer. He was on “IT” ala Hampton ’09. Mike and Fish were tied. Mike sounded a lot like Phil to me last night. Probably just the mix. This isn’t to suggest Trey was in any way not good last night. He raged 2nd set, and led interesting jam segments all night. He also really let Page add his musical thoughts all night. I thought as a unit, they played as well together as any show, if not more than any show yet this year. They felt inspired, in sync, and energized. Now,to be hyper critical, I could see if I paid over $1000 to get out tot he show from the East Coast, I could find reason to complain a bit about the 1st set song selection for this epic event, but I felt the playing came across well enough I would have easily reasoned with myself that this was indeed a great show.

    that’s it for now. couldn’t sleep so i thought i’d get on here.

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