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. Completely Says:

    I did, @yematt, the funny thing was I spun it on the same day Miner did his jam ID contest and the whole thing blurred together, I have no memory of which was what – I’d take that as a compliment cause it was all pretty fun to listen to

  2. yematt Says:

    hope thats the case @ sumodie and filled up with too many brims 😉

    being up close at portsmouth was a lot of fun. retreated to the lawn for set break and guzzled water/layed on the grass. got kind of dehydrated but was good to go after the water. i went straight back to the front though during the first song, the energy seemed to be night and day there. first tube about did me in.

  3. Mr. Completely Says:

    “Mike Kang says:

    I wish these guys from phantasytour would just be quiet. I have taken dookey from them for so long and I am tired of it. They say bad stuff about me and it upsets the other people in my band. I wish the Dirty Projectors were playing the broomfield benefit with my band instead of those over-the-hill losers and their “phans”. We were going to have a good time hula hooping and spinning all night and now they get to play last. It just isn’t fair.”

    I swear – PT is the 4chan of the music world. They’re embarrassing for the most part, but when they get going, they can be absolutely hilarious.

  4. KWL Says:

    i scoff at those who invoke their mother’s awkward signing of text messages to put down another

    viva la revolucion!

    – kw ‘foot soldier in aqua’s army’ l –

  5. yematt Says:

    haha, thanks @ C for giving it a listen, glad you enjoyed it. strange how miner posted his trivia quiz the day that i had just finished my mix the night before. probably should’ve waited to drop it a few days later.

    i am biased because i made it, but i jam out to it everyday!

  6. yematt Says:

    “We were going to have a good time hula hooping and spinning all night and now they get to play last”

    does that mean phish gets there own set? i missed that if thats the case.

  7. yematt Says:

    edit of my earlier post: not* filled up with too many brims

  8. Mr. Completely Says:

    ~~~~~~ this is a regularly recurring BB public service announcement from the desk of Mr. Completely ~~~~~~

    anyone who is a fan of things that don’t suck and hasn’t seen “A Different Kind of Blue” should do so ASAP


    its FOURTEEN MOTHERFUCKING DOLLARS and it will pwn your face and you might learn something too.

    here’s a taste: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgnQJhTRx_s

    it leaves a smoking crater of my mind.

  9. Mr. Completely Says:

    @yematt are you doubting the information you got my secondhand pasting in a comment from a phantasytour troll on a random blog post?!?!?!?! for shame!

  10. Mr. Completely Says:

    btw the groove at about 3:20 of the above video is the nasty nasty

  11. Mr. Completely Says:

    i bet that groove sounds exactly like what it felt like to have sex with Betty Davis while freebasing 8-balls

  12. Mr. Completely Says:

    Tiny Tim was the performer immediately before Miles at that festival http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MV0O2Y9xto4



  13. yematt Says:

    bom bom bom deeba bom.

    love that bass line in that video! simple but awesome

    this is nice.

    14 MF dollars eh? i’ve been spending a lot of money that i shouldnt be spending. this will fit that trend pretty well.

  14. Mr. Completely Says:

    …and no, I did not in fact do anything tonight but smoke weed and watch music DVDs with the volume cranked, thx for asking

  15. Mr. Completely Says:

    the DVD has the full set of music plus a pretty brilliant and interesting documentary about Miles’ electric period and the various reactions to it

    it really is worth checking out

  16. yematt Says:

    for shame on me! how dare i not trust the greenboard source


  17. Mr. Completely Says:

    btw I meant this betty davis http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNcohPUr1PI not bette davis http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4U5HxooQi58 just in case you were unclear

  18. yematt Says:

    i bet that groove sounds exactly like what it felt like to have sex with Betty Davis while freebasing 8-balls


  19. yematt Says:


    i am amazed by what youtube has to offer on a daily basis.

  20. joe Says:

    while listening to tip-toe through the tulips.

    Betty Davis and Tiny Tim on the board tonight. where am I?

  21. ChefBradford Says:

    Mr C, when you endorse something as worth owning, and then proceed to FULL CAPS cuss it up, I know I need to check it out

    proceeding to checkout—now

  22. Mr. Completely Says:

    somehow that bette davis joke led me into a great series of Django Reinhardt links

    didn’t see that coming

  23. Mr. Completely Says:

    I pimp that video every 6 months or so here

    it’s good to have recurring themes

    peace y’all, goodnight

  24. ChefBradford Says:

    And Miles will be delivered to my door sometime next week, sweet

  25. Mr. Completely Says:

    just as Miles Davis was the coolest man on earth in 1970, so was Django Reinhardt in 1939.


    django’s solo starts around 2:10

    there’s no decent quality live video of him playing any of the really fast stuff, at least that I’ve found, but that is a sweet tune and it does have one of his patented speed runs at 2:53 to give you an idea what he was really about

    ok really done now, later

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