What’s Up With Halloween?

"Loving Cup" 10.31.09 (G.Lucas)

With a haunted gallery of 99 possible cover albums and a wild-goose chase with the infamous “Save the Date” map, Phish put together elaborate guessing-games for their fans to hype up Halloween 2009. This year, we have heard nothing at all. The silence around Halloween – the band has made no official announcement as to their intent for the show – has caused some people to question whether Phish will be covering an album at all. With a similar ticket time as the other two Atlantic City shows and billed as a “very special Halloween show,” fans have been left to their own devices to figure out what Halloween will bring.

Halloween 1996

Conventional wisdom – and tradition – dictates that Phish will cover an album during the show’s second set. With nothing stated to the contrary, one would assume business as usual. In addition to fun and mystery, last year’s fanfare around Festival 8 was – in large part – a marketing campaign to get east coasters to Indio. But it was also an aberration. Aside from the fan balloting in 1994 and 1995, the band didn’t made a lot of noise about their Halloween plans in the past, and with a $3 price increase to pre-order the show on LivePhish, the band has all-but confirmed a three-setter. Thus far, fans have stuck with more classic rock hypotheses for Phish’s likely musical costume with Led Zeppelin’s “Physical Graffiti” leading the charge. Will Phish stick to their path of covering classics, or might they step to a more contemporary record as suggested by several of last year’s finalists? Might they take a stab at the long-time fan favorite, “Thriller,” test the rock and roll fantasy of “Ziggy Stardust,” or honor New Jersey’s native son with “Born to Run?” Would they really try to play Radiohead as rumored was the orginal plan for Indio? The questions abound, but there have been no clues leaked as to the answers.

Halloween 1995

As Fall Tour mail order tickets trickled in over the past couple days, fans began to wonder if the ornate ticket designs – each representing a different Phish song – could be a clue to an alternate Halloween plan. Of six venue-specific designs, four depict Gamehendge-based songs – “Llama,” “Mockingbird,” “Sloth,” and “Punch You In the Eye” – prompting some to theorize that Phish would play Trey’s hallowed musical fable on Halloween…until the last two tickets were discovered to be “Ocelot” and “Dog-Faced Boy.” Others saw an animal theme aside from “Punch” and followed that clue to Pink Floyd’s “Animals.” But having already covered Dark Side during Fall ’98, a repeat artist seems highly unlikely. Like sleuths looking for a needle in a haystack, fans tried to pull any clue from the ticket layout, but, in all likelihood, there are none there.

Per usual, Phish has their fans guessing what is coming next, and that is part of the fun of Halloween. The band has clearly kept their plan under wraps and things will likely remain that way until we walk into Boardwalk Hall on October 31st. And that’s how it should be. While last year’s album elimination brought a lot of fun and the introduction to droves of new music, the essence of Halloween is the unknown – trick or treat? Between now and then, fans will continue to guess what album will fill the second set of October 31st – but if things follow past patterns, Phish will likely surprise us all. “Houses of the Holy?” “Electric Ladyland?” “The Band?” “Lark’s Tongue In Aspic?” “Greetings From Asbury Park?” “Hot Rats?” Your guess is as good as mine…


Jam of the Day:

Free” 12.15.99 II

A stellar ’99 “Free” from Washington, DC that featuring a segment of Trey on keyboard that works masterfully.




10.10.1994 Palace Theatre Louisville, KY < Torrent asap

10.10.1994 Palace Theatre Louisville, KY < Megaupload

The Palace - Louisville, KY

I: Sample in a Jar, The Divided Sky, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Sparkle, Stash, Guyute, The Old Home Place*, Ginseng Sullivan*, Nellie Kane*, Chalk Dust Torture

II: Golgi Apparatus, Maze, Esther, Tweezer, Fee > Rift, Down with Disease, Hold Your Head Up > Love You > Hold Your Head Up, Slave to the Traffic Light

E: Foreplay/Long Time*, Tweezer Reprise

* w/ Steve Cooley on banjo

Source: AKG 460 (likely)

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606 Responses to “What’s Up With Halloween?”

  1. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Good to know. Thanks. only took about 5 minutes to pull, lots of seeders.

    Gonna give it a spin.

  2. DukeOfLizards Says:

    “ha! “gimlour” looks like a Tolkien character name.”

    And David Gilmour looks kind of like a Tolkien character.

  3. voopa Says:

    Just sampled parts of SOAM from that Greek show…sounds really good! Lots of bass, but not muddy- very well defined; and it’s a little light on the high end, but it is there…nothing a little EQing won’t fix.

  4. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    whoa whoa whoa. wait just one minute.

    I have that Ken Burns 10th Inning dealio on in tha background as I’m doing other stuff and they just got to the beginning of the 2004 season. I haven’t really been paying attention, but I just caught that the background music for the little section about the yankee/sox rivalry piece is Chalkdust Torture. no joke!

  5. plord Says:

    Oh noes.

    C is losing his burner. I am losing my *ripper*. Right in the middle of the insane “no, rip everything, you have the space now” jamboree. It won’t read short (EPs, short 3rd sets) discs at all, and it takes 2-3 reloads to recognize and rip even a brand new full length album.

    This is not good.

  6. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Yngwie, of course is the king. I love him. That should be on ‘Guitar Hero,’ because it would just be unplayable

  7. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Sounds good to me. Just listened to Bag and Divided Sky though. Gonna get my bane on for the Melt.

    T3- that’s pretty, pretty cool

  8. Mitch Says:

    dude thanks for telling me that show ws on.

  9. Mitch Says:

    damon needs a beard to be hetty again. just sayin

  10. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    wait, what? was it my turn to read you the tv guide again, mitch? dang. sorry, I thought it was palmer’s turn tonight.

  11. Mr. Completely Says:

    thx for the word @voopa, I’ll pull it later. i don’t mind a little EQ as long as it’s not missing anything (spectrally speaking) and has good clarity and presence.

    I have another burner on the other laptop, but I like to keep torrents off the work machine even if they’re legal, so it’s just a little pain in the ass.


  12. DukeOfLizards Says:


    Burlington, VT shout-out just now taboot.

  13. Mr. Completely Says:

    and anyway it might be time to more or less pull the plug on making CDs anyway and just invest in HDs…if our second car had an MP3 jack I definitely would do that

    oh hey you nerds might know this

    those radio things that send mp3 to your car stereo all seem to sound like ass. what’s it cost to add a real jack to an already installed car stereo? anyone know?

  14. Selector J Says:

    “…but I just caught that the background music for the little section about the yankee/sox rivalry piece is Chalkdust Torture. no joke!”


  15. Mr. Completely Says:

    im out for awhile now but will check back later if anyone has a tip ^^^

    and no worry on the Prine, yo

    it’ll turn up one way or another

  16. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Just had a random thought. What if Phish covered one of their classic shows for Halloween, note for note. They should let the fans vote on the year though. Might be cool, or not….

  17. DukeOfLizards Says:

    10/31 Set II: Big Cypress

  18. BeantownBoy Says:

    @ T3

    I was wondering if someone else caught that Chalkdust; however, while the vocals were low it sounded like they had distorted Tryza’s voice a little as it sounded awfully low.

    But a pretty cool decision by Ken Burns, a native New Englander, to give a subtle shout out to a New England band while paying homage to the Sox breaking the curse.

  19. Foul_Domain Says:

    I like the idead of a full gamehenge set for halloween.

    So…Any BB meetups planned for Uica? My only show of tour (as of now), and would love to meet up w/ some of you folks…

  20. sumodie Says:

    those radio things that send mp3 to your car stereo all seem to sound like ass.


    what’s it cost to add a real jack to an already installed car stereo? anyone know?

    I was told (at Best Buy admittedly) that there isn’t such an add-on. I need one of these too -off to google I go

  21. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I have gone retro. I use the old tape deck thingy and plug it into my mp3 player directly.

    but as long as your car stereo has a vacant port, you can plug an mp3 adapter cord into it (in the back of the stereo) and run the cord out the front.

    like one of these ones

  22. sumodie Says:

    Aux input cables can be added to car stereos (why do I ever rely on Best Buy?) -seems like the adapters can be very car specific

    Check out this site to get a relative cost idea:


  23. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I found that exact same page too, sumo.
    my brother-in-law had a cord run from his stereo. looked weird with it sticking out of the dash, but worked perfectly!

  24. sumodie Says:

    NYE 92 matrix now up at etree:


  25. Stupendous a.k.a The Beasel Says:

    Hey Fellas!

    Any Broomfield meet ups in the works?!

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