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. jdub Says:

    Just watched the Ken Burns baseball thingy. Loved the attention the Sox got. All those images of Fenway Pahk make me miss the baseball obsession of my youth. Used to watch just about every Sox game. This year I saw a total of maybe 3 innings. Someone once suggested if the Sox won a World Series then fans would no longer be interested. I’m afraid that has happened to me. Or maybe it’s my disgust at my generation of players. But I guess they were using amphetamines and other drugs all along. Love the game, dislike the greed and nonesense that is so prevalent. Maybe I should get into hockey.

  2. Selector J Says:

    Remember that Dirty Projectors interview that was linked here not long ago that mentioned Phish?


    ::hangs head in shame::

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

    speak of baseball….. Kenny FUCKIN’ Powers is back, playing ball in Mexico!

  4. She Divides Says:

    T3 – that’s awesome about the CDT in the 10th inning. I’m looking forward to watching that and phish music is just one more plus. Some people in my office met Ken Burns and said he was prettyy cool!

    great night – work dinner event with 4 drinks and crazy speakers….doesn’t get much better than that!

  5. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    post Ken Burns on wgbh (easily the best pbs station I have ever had at my disposal) they are promoting an upcoming show that looks really promising. a film crew followed the big apple circus around for a year. Along with the normal stuff they brought a a high speed camera. looks like the imagery of acrobatics and other nifty things will be quite stunning.

  6. She Divides Says:

    @ stup – I’ll be at 10/10.
    the meet up spread sheet was recently updated with a broomfield tab, but I don’t think anything has been planned yet.
    It would be fun if it works out for people to get together!

  7. jdub Says:

    @Selector, something tells me Dave from Dirty Project has only heard some studio albums from Phish. Saying their music is not very good is a bit ignorant. He’d be better off saying it is not his cup of tea.

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

    Big up yourself Selecta’!

    ::in my best jamaican accent voice::

    U gotta have a really skewed perspective of beauty to think phish’s music is terrible… I mean Its not everyone’s cup of tea but it is phenomenal composition-wise and to say that is just like dissing masters like Zappa, who is also an acquired taste but is a master composer, granted a lot of his material is terrible (imo) but thats not the case with phish.

  9. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I read the second part with the accent still turned on.

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

    @ Divides
    Im there, but for realz lets meet up that day somewhere, im tired of wondering
    if the dude next to me posts on miners at shows. Lets put an end to it!

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

    nice T3PO!!! how did that work put for ya mon! 🙂

  12. yematt Says:

    very excited for the broom shows! not familiar at all with the area, been to colorado once but would love to meet up with some people on here. I’ll be in boulder during the day but will be at the venue early to find a ticket.

  13. jdub Says:

    Curious to know how long the lines to get into Broomfield will be? I suppose a meetup would have to occur a little earlier in the day than normal. One of our CO crew will have to pick a spot. I am a free man Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. So anything will work for me.

    Just heard some songs from Dirty Projector, now that is terrible music to my ears. But your YMMV.

  14. Selector J Says:

    “I read the second part with the accent still turned on.”

    me, too.

    Here’s my patois take on the situation:

    De man deh cyaan say him like Phish even if him do a likkle. Dutty Projectuhs dem haffi keep boTh feet pon de hipster line deh or dem ah get nuff fee-gotten awready. Dem hipster bwoys nah haff nah patience fi dat, seen?

  15. yematt Says:

    i would imagine that people are going to get in line early for the GA shows to find their sweet spot inside. at least that’s my plan if i have my ticket ahead of time. i just hope to actually be inside at this point though.

  16. She Divides Says:

    it would be great to meet up in CO! Totally defer to those in residence on meet up recommendations.

    yematt- I hadn’t thought about timing for going in, but you’re right – with a GA show, people may want to head in earlier.

  17. yematt Says:

    i saw that mountain sun was mentioned on the meet up sheet. one of the few places i stumbled into while wandering pearl st. one day. would be a very cool place to host a BB meet up.

    @ she – just a guess about the GA, i know i’m going to want a floor spot. never been on the floor for an indoor show.

  18. Aquaman Says:

    @Sel-hec-tah Jaye

    Yoo duh mahke a mahn laff oot loud heeya!!

    -Aqua “Rasta”-

    : breaks character :

    Riddle me this about Island patois:

    How come if a rasta said the word ‘hair’ it’s always pronounced without the benefit of the ‘h’ and it comes of ‘air’. Yet, when you go to the snorkling reef and you want to help that same rasta secure the boat he will tell you to throw what in the water?

    If you said ‘hanchor’, you’d be correct. Never ‘anchor’.

  19. jdub Says:

    I would like to get a floor spot but don’t want to wait in line all day. Maybe I’ll hire some migrant workers to wait for me.

  20. angryjoggerz Says:

    fire pon dem.

  21. halcyon Says:

    Southern Sun (Mtn. Sun’s sister) is closer to Broomfield by a few minutes (easier access to 36 south). There are other stops along the way that can serve as a meetup in Louisville, Westminster, even Broomfield.

    Access to Broomfield was easy at Furthur. Parked in the parking garage, walked around the lot, and went on in. Easy as pie. Then again who knows what security crew they will have that night and whether they want to search everyone coming in. I think there is a restaurant or two next to the venue as well.

    Just don’t drink and drive!

    I won’t be able to make any preshow meetup on Sunday as I am working that day and then driving straight down (3hrs), but will be keepin an eye out at the lots / garage / venue.

  22. KWL Says:

    broomfield peeps:

    put your email on the meet up sheet, we’ll circulate a mass email at some point so we all have each other’s cell #s… i assume i’ll be kickin it with other BBers for all 3 days/nights, so… cells will be easy to keep in touch once the madness begins

  23. halcyon Says:

    If I remember correctly, Broomfield has large floor, and one section around the floor of seating. Not a bad seat in the house. Unless someone proceeds to trip and dump their beer all over you.

  24. KWL Says:

    just got done with my last board meeting at the land rights council. bittersweet.

  25. halcyon Says:

    straight forward seating


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