Halloween In the Desert?

6.16.09 The Fox (B.Kisida)

6.16.09 The Fox (B.Kisida)

2009 just keeps getting better!  As we anxiously await the second leg of summer tour- with the return to Red Rocks, The Gorge, and so many classic venues- Phish has completely diverted everyone’s attention by announcing a three-day, Phish-only, Halloween festival- presumably at Empire Polo Fields in Indio, Ca.  The California desert outside of Palm Springs, after the hot season and surrounded by mountains, will provide an idyllic setting for the longest festival of the band’s career.  While there has been no “official” announcement of its location, all reliable sources are pointing to Indio- site of the annual Coachella festival in Southern California.  For all of those treks made to the easternmost tip of Maine, this time, the circus will come left for the first-ever west coast Phishfest.

The Great Went

The Great Went

For those who thought Bonnaroo marked the end of Phish festivals as we knew them, here is your response.  With reports of eight sets over three days, Phish is upping the ante with their most extensive celebration to date.  Needless to say, the Phish festival has returned!  We will finally reenter those vibrant playgrounds of lore, that hold musical possibilities as vast as the sky above them.  Unlike Bonnaroo, there will be no sitting through lackluster hip-hop sets awaiting our musical adventures- 72 hours of all Phish, all the time!

6.16.09 (B.Kisida)

6.16.09 (B.Kisida)

Whether it takes the form of a huge jam, an innovative art installation, a carnival ride, or a post-show dance party, Phishy energy will overflow at the most anticipated event since the band’s comeback.  With at least another summer leg before traveling to Indio, the band’s playing come Halloween will likely have evolved to far deeper places.  Take these factors and place them in the outskirts of the desert, and we’ve got the recipe for a sublime psychedelic experience.

The Great Went (D.Clinch)

The Great Went (D.Clinch)

Beyond the ideal specifics of the weekend, the spirit of the Phish festival will once again descend upon us.  A care-free plane where nothing matters except fun, friends, and Phish, we will once again step foot into a super-sized dream where wishes do come true.  Combining the vast surroundings, the overwhelmingly friendly vibes, and festival infrastructures that out-did any, some of the most surreal moments of the band’s career have come at their larger-than-life festivals.  The Clifford Ball, The Great Went, Lemonwheel, Oswego, Big Cypress, IT, Coventry, and now….Halloween ’09- the greatest tradition has been revived.

6.16.09 (B.Kisida)

6.16.09 (B.Kisida)

Stuffed somewhere in the middle of those eight sets, Phish, by all assumptions, will don their first musical costume since Vegas ’98, when they nailed their second-set cover of Loaded.  A rite that was absent for the band’s final years, Phish will reignite one of their most-loved customs in their first year back.  Though we can postulate forever on which album they will choose, the band has had a knack for picking out gems we would have never considered (e.g. Remain In Light and Loaded). The answer to this question will unfold under the desert stars only four months from now.

Indio, CA

Indio, CA

The presumed locale of this year’s party will create a completely divergent feel to the many weekends in the Northeast.  With the weather likely to cooperate, a stunning geography, and a diluted east coast mania, this may be the most blissful experience yet.  We will build ourselves a small Phish city to live in for three days straight – west coast style.  And if staying on site isn’t your thing- though for Phish festivals it’s the general m.o.- there are luxury rentals aplenty only miles away.  To make everything even better, the band has finally chosen an “admit-all” site for one of their super-hyped holiday shows, and tickets won’t be a stress on anyone.

As the calendar is about to turn to July, and we are busy finalizing our plans for the end of summer, we have yet another shining moment waiting in the distance.  With Phish back in our lives, everything has taken on a whole new contour with shows upon shows coming up and plenty of new music to listen to in the meantime.  Circle October 29th through November 1st on your calendars now, because this is one you won’t want to miss.  Reviving two of their most time-honored traditions in one fell swoop, these won’t be your average Phish shows- that much is guaranteed.

Trick or Treat?



6.10.2009 Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, TN < TORRENT LINK

6.10.2009 Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, TN < SENDSPACE LINK


Official Knoxville Poster

In the largest indoor venue in their history, with a capacity of over 24,000, Phish threw down a powerful show on campus at the University of Tennessee.  The second set versions of “Bowie,” Reba,” and “Hood” are all show highlights.

I: Runaway Jim, Punch You in the Eye, Ocelot, Foam, Train Song, Undermind, Mike’s Song > I am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, The Squirming Coil, Character Zero

II: Get Back on the Train, Waves > A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing > David Bowie, Army of One, Reba, Hello My Baby, Julius,  Cavern, Harry Hood

E: Frankenstein

Source:  Schoeps CCM 4 Lg (ORTF) > Sonosax SX-M2 > Sound Devices 702 (24/48)- Taper: Dennis Tyler

(Remember, if you absolutely can’t torrent, hit me up with an email explaining your situation for a direct link)

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243 Responses to “Halloween In the Desert?”

  1. nonoyolker Says:

    Another awesome/obvious choice: Queen – A Night at the Opera. That album has everything. Only thing dampening that option is that they already busted out Bohemian at NYE ’96. Shit would be sick though.

  2. Mr. Completely Says:

    no, colonel, the sickest organ ever recorded in rock history was on the videotape my ex girlfriend made late after a show in ’91…but the shots cleared all that up, thank god

  3. ColonelJoy Says:

    Ooh, I think I’ll bypass that at the vid store, completely.

  4. Brian Says:

    I’m thinking Sports by Huey Lewis and the News

  5. snigglebeach Says:

    i know its been mentioned before but i don’t think today.

    A perfect band for Phish to cover is Yes. I am not sure which album is best. Technical, instrument, and vocal aspects all line up well.

    Also the music is just popular enough to be recognized by most, but not something overplayed, (i.e. Appetite for Destruction, or Thriller) Those would both be cool, but maybe a bit too obv.

  6. butter Says:

    you can keep on guessin, but most likely will not come up with the right cover album. When they started “Quadraphenia” nobody knew what they were playing even after they were playing it. Same with “Loaded”.
    Phish will turn us on to some old dank shit we should and will be better aquatinted with.

  7. snigglebeach Says:

    I agree Queen is also a really good fit. for same reasons i like Yes.

  8. sumodie Says:

    thanks for the billboard article link, halcyon.

    Mike in Billboard: “We ended up having those 36 days of practice before the Hampton shows, and half of those were to work on older stuff that we would be playing and the other half were to work on some potential songs for the new album” 36 days of practice, eh? -thank you!

    As Mr. Completely suggested, I’d love for the band to bring their solo acts to the festival. And I’m also rooting to hear phish bust out some Page/Mike solo stuff in August.

    Hendrix/Electric Ladyland tops my list for Ween right now. Would also be funny if they teased us by playing the first songs off of a couple different albums before digging into the real one selected.

  9. phatty mcgee Says:

    How about White Pepper? Ween at the ‘Ween show!

  10. halcyon Says:

    Full set versions of Junta or Rift! Or Both!

  11. Comrade Says:

    did i miss something or why does no one think the festival will be in Texas?

  12. nonoyolker Says:

    @Phatty – White Pepper would be sweet. Or Chocolate and Cheese. Again, that choice may be shot because of Roses being in full rotation. I like the idea of a modern classic costume. We all know Trey is a self-proclaimed “child of the 70’s” but it would be cool to see what they consider a modern classic (like White Pepper or C&C).

  13. butter Says:

    because its in indio

  14. ColonelJoy Says:


    the rumored Texas fest site was a place I believe not too far from Austin. WSP is playing Austing for Ween, so it is already spoken for….So Cal is way cooler, anyway.

  15. phatty mcgee Says:

    @nono yeah plus i dunno how HIV would go over 😉

    Throwin one more album idea out before work – Terror Twilight – definitely a modern classic in my book.

  16. sumodie Says:


    Local TX news station had piece on this in march:


  17. whole tour! Says:

    thanks for posting the knoxville show miner! i sent you an email about the ftp links becuase i can’t use bit torrent.

    Knoxville was such a great show! Something about that arena is so fucking awesome. Is it really the biggest indoor venue phish has ever played? if so then wow! They really need to play venues like this more often because it really brought out the best in everything. Where i was at, in the tapers section, everything was perfect. The lights, The sound, the people around me…it was amazing.

    I have only heard one audience copy of knoxville and the copy i heard wasn’t that good. Hopefully miner’s version is better. The sound was spot on, so i’m sure there is a bumping audience recording out there.

    If you haven’t heard this knoxville show front to back yet, it gets my highest reccomendations. They really sound so relaxed and confident. A true high point of the tour, every song is played with a nuance that was a sight to behold.

  18. voopa Says:

    I think their costume will be in honor of today’s passed celebrity:


  19. snigglebeach Says:

    I think there is validity to that that PT thread about indio being the date capital.

    Save the Date is not a suggestion. It is the name of the Festival.

    It will be date themed. we will a learn a thing or 2 about dates.

  20. Los Says:

    Ween’s white pepper would be bad ass!!! But Im still voiting for anything Hendrix!

  21. whole tour! Says:

    bad dates, indy! bad dates! – salleh, ‘raiders of the lost ark’

  22. Mr. Completely Says:

    I think sniggle is on to something.

    or maybe just on something.

    either way.

  23. whole tour! Says:

    or both! lol

  24. old dude Says:

    eating dates makes for Sticky Fingers

  25. old dude Says:

    STD festival?

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