Returning From The Desert

Festival 8 (A.Lansing)

Festival 8 (A.Lansing)

I just got out of the festival where I was relying on a communal, camp wireless card the entire weekend. Gotta deal with the RV and drive up north tomorrow, and I should be getting back to regular posting by later this week. And boy is there a lot to say! Sunday’s night’s show easily vaulted to the top shelf of 3.0 offerings with a second set chock-full of chunky dance grooves and a whole lot more. We will be looking at Phish’s eighth festival from all sorts of angles…when I get home!

592 Responses to “Returning From The Desert”

  1. Mr.Miner Says:

    there were no pot busts….unless they were LARGE amounts

  2. fat bastard Says:

    miner make sure you check out that voopa video of tweezer reprise too…awesome

  3. fromthetub Says:

    Miner – I emailed you some photos as well. I’ll also post them to the Facebook page…

  4. butter Says:

    @Mr. Miner – Welcome Home!!!
    thanks for everything you do for this community. I got to meet 2 more kind folks from this board. (Marshall and Halcyon)

  5. Mitch Says:

    Welcome back Miner!

    no way this fan base didnt know about a late night performance.

    I would like to see vids of this borealis. People usually up that stuff to youtube the same night. c’mon folks. bring your A game and help us stranded at home out.

  6. Leo Weaver Says:

    Thanks again to all you guys who’ve posted your photos…I’ve enjoyed looking thru them. It’s really helped to complete the picture my mind painted while listening from the couch.

    @neemor… “in great part due to the fact that my original β€˜crew’ has completely disbanded and has no interest any longer or means to go see shows anymore.
    It’s very sad, but with that end comes new beginnings and what a better group of people to see shows with and spend time with than people who love the band as much as I do?”

    Exactly…I did the Hampton shows with one old tour buddy, but he didn’t do any of summer even after I badgered him about it. Saw MPP with another buddy, but I got the feeling he was there more for the party this time around. Couple of other buddies talked a big game after Hampton, but each backed out of various shows including RR and Gorge (dumbasses). It’s been really nice to find a new group of friends to share the phish experience with and the folks I’ve met from here have all been good people. Looking forward to meeting more of you guys and seeing a few shows together. Funny thing is my wife, who doesn’t get it, supports my habit here because she knows how much I enjoy it (she does get interested in some of the discussions here). Can’t say it enough…thank you Mr. Miner.

    I listened to most of the acoustic set this evening…I think it might be my personal highlight because of its uniqueness and seeming intamacy. I was really excited about it when they announced because of that fact…and they didn’t disappoint – AT ALL. I noticed it while listening Sunday, but it was even more evident on relisten – Page taking the lead in so many instances was GREAT. He really got to show off his talent in a setting that’s more conducive for his piano to stand out and take center stage. It was also a great example of Trey’s evolution as a musician due to his experience with the symphonies IMO. I’m not sure I’ll ever get enough of those versions of Curtain With, Army of One, and MrGrupp.

    We’ve talked a little about whether or not Exile might have a lasting effect…listening to Undermind today (which SMOKES BTW), there’s a little bluesyness in a few of trey’s licks. I noticed it in Free last night as well. Could we see a more soulful Big Red in the future? Someone posted earlier today re: undermind = dirty NOLA funk or something. party time is also very NOLA funk and Meters-y. Is their funk going from Space ot more of a Soul/Blues based funk? Will be interesting to watch this fall. MSG…fingers crossed…

  7. sumodie Says:

    How did staying off site for F8 work out?

    Just wondering if those who opted for hotels/condos were happy with their decision. Was traffic an issue?

  8. ThePigSong Says:

    That was quite the amazing fest. I’m reading a lot more negativity on this board than usual, the green board actually seems more positive. We had a great time, and my first reaction is that they really brought heat all weekend.
    I can’t wait for Miners posts because there is no way my brain can handle sifting through 4K posts over the weekend of highlights/pictures/videos/reactions to the music.
    I really wanted to meet up with some of these peeps, but as it goes with most festivals I didn’t seem to have a second to spare, and that’s averaging 3-4 hours of sleep everynight.
    phew, I’m still trying to work some festival antics out of my brain, and Indio dust out of my lungs. Overall an amazing weekend, a true game-changer for me and most of my crew.

  9. ThePigSong Says:

    also can anyone point to the preferred source for the weekend? are the soundboards worth it?

  10. Prince Nabby Says:

    Hi Pig: Maybe I’m coming at it from a different angle than you, but having read every post today, I haven’t noticed a demonstrable uptick in negativity today. On the contrary, the consensus seems to be that 8 was a success on just about every level; that the band has truly recovered its mojo; that there are hints of great musical evolution; that Exile might be the best musical costume to date; and that the site, the weather, the lights, and the vibe were perfect. Did I miss something? I don’t think so! Thrilled to hear that the Green Board is exhibiting some positivity (for a change) but you couldn’t get me lurk there for a king’s ransom. I think I’ll continue to hang my hat here and dig, what to me at least, seems like a very affirmative vibe . . .

  11. Leo Weaver Says:

    ^what Nabby said…

    @pig, it’s been almost exclusively positive here…couple of negative nancys and debbie downers, but those have been few and far between

  12. ThePigSong Says:

    haha alright a BIG THANKS Nabby!

    I just spot checked a very small amount and must have hit a few rough areas, or just totally mis-interpreted.

    It was a phenomenal weekend; I’m really glad I was off base with me initial vibe!

  13. Mitch Says:

    pull the dang trigger already. Look at it this way, you’re going to come visit your big sis anyway so why not combine it with Phish. (I do that with deer creek)

    plus we may have an extra Friday with your name on it. Gotta ask around. And that’s the hardest ticket. And I’ve heard about wed and thur too just have to ask around too.

    Cmon come rock the big apple before the wormtown jam eats through it!

  14. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    yeah, I’m not getting much negativity here either. I think people have been pointing out things they saw (pot busts, stabbing, and whatnot) but not talking bad about the experience.

    The recaps and memories are helping me to process the whole thing, as it was almost sensory overload by the time it was over.

  15. ThePigSong Says:

    did anyone catch the fire breathing robots that were in the midst of a deathmatch? I’d have to say that was my wife and my favorite exhibit of the weekend. (other than the Guys of course)

  16. butter Says:

    @sumodie – staying offsite worked great for me and my crew. we stayed at La Quinta Resort which was 4 miles away. We started off the getting to the show in a stretch limo. After talking to other hotel guests that used the shuttle it sounded much simpler. We switched to the shuttles on Saturday. The Valley Music Travel shuttles that ran were absolutely marvelous. We never had to wait at all. The drop spot was right behind the overlook and a very short walk to the stage. They ran 7 busses during peak concert going hours just for the La Quinta line.

    After the beautiful acoustic set we were able to easily get back to the hotel and have some super chill and refreshing pool time. This was the only time i went back between sets.

    I was worried that staying offsite might feel like we were “missing theh party” at times. This was far from the case. The shuttles ran 24 hours a day. On Saturday we stayed and partied into the morning on site. When it was time to leave we stumbled out of the gate completely disorientated and hopped right in a taxi that cost us 20 bucks and a quick 10 minute jaunt to make it back to our hotel. One friend put his wife on the shuttle at one point and she was the only one on the bus and it left right away and took her home.

    Their were multiple bars and restaurants that were super accommodating to us fans at La Quinta. After the show on Friday one of the bars was blasting Phish and packed with fans at 1:45am.

    Our hotel let us do whatever we wanted the whole time and loved us.

  17. jed22 Says:

    Wanted to again say Thank you for a completely new Phish experience for me this weekend. It was great to listen to the stream and enjoy what other phishaholics thought of what was going down many miles away.

  18. Leo Weaver Says:

    @Mitch…working on it man, believe me. I’m starting to feel a little better about things, so hang onto that extra for me πŸ™‚

    Oh, the marge thing is great…a little “conservative” but funny as hell πŸ˜‰

  19. joe Says:

    It looks like I picked the wrong year to take a vow of poverty. Everyone’s pictures and videos look amazing from this past weekend.
    I definitely need to get creative to make it to new year’s. Right now, my plan is hockey game outside on Jan 1st at Fenway. Swimming in the ocean after a new year’s eve show sounds a million times better.

  20. neemor Says:

    I want that guys product!

  21. KWL Says:

    tried to post this earlier so apologies if its a duplicate

    re: exile and its effects on phish/trey. I think it’s the other way around this time. Rather than pushing the band in a new direction (blues in particular), i think the choice reflects where the band (mostly trey) is at. That is, Trey has become more of a blues player in recent years. I hear blues in so many of the new songs (Stealing Time, Ocelot, Alaska). Remain in Light pushed the band in a groove-oriented direction; I think Exile reflect’s Trey’s previous move towards the blues. Playing exile will further deepen and push that new direction, but I think trey’s move to the blues came first, and choosing exile reflects (rather than precipitates) this move. Just imho.

  22. Mr.Miner Says:

    this was the most blissful festival ever. period.

    Not necc the best musical festival of all time, but no question the easiest, most laid back, and hassle free. And the band played phenomenally all three nights.

  23. KWL Says:

    definite positive vibe i’m getting, and the weekend was possibly the best phish experience i’ve had. just perfect and hard to put into words the many beautiful things that happened. Which is why Miner is so great–he will put it into words tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day…

    @Mitch: if Leo doesn’t take your extra Friday, I will!

    @Leo: if you take Mitch’s extra Friday, I quite possibly have an extra Thursday for you!

  24. sumodie Says:

    My one ‘negative’ experience at F8 was self-inflicted, but too bizarre to pass up on Halloween night. After Saturday’s epic musical adventures, I got separated from my friend ended up back at the Overlook area where the big screen was showing some horror movie I had never seen. Suffice to say I got sucked into it along with several hundred other freaks.

    I finally figured out I was watching the Rob Zombie remake of Halloween, an extremely graphic and violent flick that I was unable to stop watching. However, the whole experience was surreal, as there was a fair amount of hilarious crowd interaction going on as Michael Myers hacked his way around town.

    Afterwards back at my camp I had some creepy flashbacks that made me second guess my decision to watch the movie -lol! All in all it was another example of how one-of-a-kind F8 was -and no, I’m not recommending ‘Halloween’ the movie, unless you find yourself surrounded by palm trees, a giant glowing ferris wheel, and lots of spun fans. Then I’d say go for it. πŸ™‚

  25. Mr.Miner Says:

    there were defintely two separate parties though – the hotel one and the on-site one. We all shared the music though. Defintely didnt se MANY people over the weekend due to the dichotomy. I’ll choose site every time. just me.

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