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

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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

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243 Responses to “Halloween In the Desert?”

  1. whole tour! Says:

    what if they covered “swamp music” by lynard skynard?

  2. old dude Says:

    if we’re talking poorly spelled bands, why not Def Leppard?
    I could see Mike gettin in to ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’.

  3. whole tour! Says:

    10/31/2009: MEATLOAF ‘BAT OUT OF HELL’………mark it dude!

  4. whole tour! Says:

    if they do cover def leppard…then to be fair, fishman has to play it with one arm tied behind his back. lol

  5. whole tour! Says:

    pour some > sugar shack > on me

  6. whole tour! Says:

    10/31/2009: SCORPIONS “wind of change” LP

  7. whole tour! Says:

    encore: Motley Crue “Dr. Feelgood” (page on keytar, trey on 5 necked guitar, gordon on flame bass, fishman on flipping drums w/ roll cage)

    *Dr. Feelgood was teased on 7-25-2003 in charlotte during the “drowned jam”

  8. SOAM Says:

    swamp swamp swamp music–

  9. nonoyolker Says:

    I like the Terror Twilight call from before. Slanted and Enchanted or Crooked Rain may be more plausible. Either which way, Pavement fucking rules! Love the hear Trey murder the solo in Stop Breathing

  10. Steve Says:

    No one has offered up any credible evidence of why it would be in Indio, CA. Please enlighten me.

  11. whole tour! Says:

    Credible evidence: when you call hotels in indio, you can only book for all three days because the band phish is playing (what a manager of one hotel told my buddy when he called to reserve rooms.)

  12. Walfredo Says:

    Phish will play layla+ assorted lovesongs by Derek and the dominoes. Trey will play Clapton guitar parts and Derek Trucks will sit in for the set to help some of the Greg Allman parts. It is going to be sick! Little Wing will be off the chain. Bell-bottom blues- it’s going to be epic.

  13. halcyon Says:

    Pavement would be fun, Trey has professed his admiration for them over the years, I remember seeing Pavement in San Fran years ago and they were poking fun of new fans seeing them because of trey.

  14. whole tour! Says:

    “layla” was played with seth yvacone during the november 1998 centrum run!

  15. bearito Says:

    I’m guessing the costume will throw us all an unexpected curve-ball. Sure we can envision numerous albums that correspond with the Phish, but in the wake of Phish 3.0, it’s all water in the sky for now. They will probably do something they know they can pull off. It could be an instrumental album: for example, The Meters – Look-a-Py-Py for all we know. Classic or progressive. What about the possibility of multiple costumes?

  16. Walfredo Says:

    It’s my favorite album front to back. It definitely meets that “classic” album standard Phish has professed to require of a Halloween pick- where not a single song is a throwaway.

    I know the Clapton and Duane Allman guitar interplay is a big part of why the album is great- but every song opens up live- and can go any direction they’d like it to. I would love to hear Phish’s version of Nobody Knows you When you’re down and out- which could have some special meaning to Trey given recent events… Claptons SG sound and tone on that album- phrasing- everything = rock Trey. It is an undeniable extremely strong influence on his jamming- especially in the more straight ahead rock context of Phish’s catalog. It would be freaking epic- great vocals/harmonies etc…

  17. Harpua Says:

    “…and Derek Trucks will sit in for the set to help some of the Greg(**) Allman parts”


  18. Mr.Miner Says:

    @ Steve- Because that’s where it is buddy. Everybody knows.

  19. whole tour! Says:

    president duane elahando herbert walker mountain dew camacho

  20. Walfredo Says:

    Sorry I was posting with my Iphone no thought check- think I mentioned Duane in the post after- of course it was Duane you are 1000% correct.

    It gets my vote- it also has a real LA sort of vibe to it… I’m telling you- its going to be bad ass-

  21. voopa Says:

    LA vibe?

  22. Albert Walker Says:

    Thank god, no TEXAS

  23. nonoyolker Says:

    Modern Classic – Melancholy and the Infinite Sadness

    Its fits with the double album concept of the first two costumes and they are fans (see the killer Rhinoceros from DC ’98)

    Layla would be ridiculous.

  24. whole tour! Says:

    isn’t ‘LA vibe’ a sex shop off of melrose?

  25. Mr. Completely Says:

    also “Keep on Growing” one of the best songs on there, and one or two others, don’t even have Duane on ’em.

    a reasonable guess.

    @Steve – believe it if you need it. I just keep track of which people end up being right a lot. About a week ago, every single one of those people started telling me “coachella” so I went with it.

    As long as you want to camp it doesn’t matter where it is, though. Only matters if you need reservations.

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