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

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243 Responses to “Halloween In the Desert?”

  1. Mr. Completely Says:

    Deer Creek > Alpine 2 > Knoxville > Asheville > Camden > Alpine 1


    I just don’t understand why we should be required to convince you? Believe whatever you want.

    That being said, here’s how it works.

    A very few people actually know exactly what’s going on. When the time is right, they let the word out to a slightly larger group of people who have shown they can be trusted to A) not leak info widely before the time is right and B) not say who they heard it from.

    Then, as things progress, that second circle of people begins to make things known to the rest of us. How do you tell who is legit? By comparing past results. When someone has been right a lot, they’re probably right again.

    The key point here being that no one who really DOES have access wants to blow their access by saying who their source is.

    So you can either believe it or not. No one is under any obligation to convince you. This isn’t an experimental review board.

    Plus as I mentioned if you’re gonna camp it hardly matters where it is. Only matters if you need hotel reservations.

  2. whole tour! Says:

    it’s an award to cherish.

  3. Robear Says:

    Butter, you hit the nail on the head. Can’t wait to see all you long lost friends again. We’ll share in the Cali groove like never before! Look for a tall thin guy giving out melons and cantaloupe!

  4. Steve Says:

    Just was looking for some additional insight. No looking to blow anyone’s cover. No worries Mr. Completely.

  5. Mr. Completely Says:

    @Prince it’s not just speculation or theory, though. I don’t have any idea where Miner gets his information from, but I know several people with varying degrees of connection to the band or management, and they all are saying it’s Coachella. I’ve just learned over time that when they all agree, it’s probably real.

    “Once is happenstance, twice is circumstance, three times is enemy action” -Auric Goldfinger

    They could all be wrong. It could be a disinformation campaign by the band for whatever reason. Last I heard the contracts weren’t signed, so that could all fall through. It could end up being somewhere else – it’s not set in stone til they sell the tickets.

    But I made hotel reservations and why not? You can cancel and lose nothing.

  6. Steve Says:

    If you will it dude……….

  7. sumodie Says:

    @Steve: it’s all good…..I hear you about the cost/time/distance thing -but don’t give up hope for coming out to treat or treat cali style.

    While no one has proof, there’s not much outright fake posting here, plus if you do a little web research, there’s a lot of credible sounding folks all pointing fingers towards Indio. But you’re right, nothing’s real till phish.com says so.

    Speaking of which, while it seems phish.com observed a day of rest yesterday, I’m thinking we’ll be back on track to lose another state today b/t 5-6pm EST.

  8. Mr. Completely Says:

    I hear you Steve, I agree it’s a little frustrating to not really know – but since hotel reservations are 100% refundable I consider what we have to be actionable information 😮

  9. whole tour! Says:

    although it’s uncertain on if i can afford to go out to cali for this fest, i can assure everyone that great things will happen there. The last time we had PHISH + Holiday (NYE) + Festival it =’ed the super badest shit ever in the history of music.

  10. sumodie Says:

    @Steve: now look at board luv comin your way 🙂

  11. Steve Says:

    ebbs and flows baby!

  12. Walfredo Says:

    The fact that these two wonderful traditions are being combined is in insane- on the west coast no less?

    Some folks seem to have some real inside information- the whole “8 sets of music” line I keep hearing from credible sources sounds very insider. THat is not intuitive- I would guess either 9 sets (all 3 setters like previous 2-day festivals) or 7 sets (only Halloween 3 sets like previous Halloween runs)… 8-sets actually leads me to believe that you might an extended set ala Cypress- where the “2” set night happened to have 10 hours of music.

  13. Mr. Completely Says:

    Miner – FWIW I’m getting errors accessing the site today, 500 ISE’s, but always loads after

    @Walfredo, agree it’s not the expected number. Maybe 2 normal sets per day + 1 cover set + 1 late night?

    Tho I love the idea of them waking us up in the middle of the night with a cover set.

  14. bearito Says:

    Indio, CA – October
    Average High Temp – 92 degrees
    Average Low Temp – 62 degrees

    Great Phestival Weather!!!

  15. Walfredo Says:

    My only concern about this festival- is that I was actually planning to be in SoCal that weekend anyway to see my Ducks play at USC. The game is nationally televised on ABC at the coveted 5 pm primetime slot… Which means- it completely overlaps w/ Phish…

    I’ll be okay- at least there is TiVo. GO DUCKS!!!

  16. Mr. Completely Says:

    slingbox, dawg – stream that bitch to ur iPhone

    what u don’t have an iPhone? or a slingbox?

    uh me either nm

  17. bearito Says:


  18. the serpent deflector Says:

    Let’s be the Dharma Initiative, I call Sawyer, or should I say LaFluer…

  19. jon_hansen Says:

    They’re going to cover Dylan and the Band’s Basement Tapes. Trey has alluded to this in the past…

  20. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    @Completely – I agree with you about Deer Creek being the hottest show of the tour. I just finished listening to the ccm4 source of Alpine 2 and was underwhelmed, the sound quality is excellent, but the only jam that I thought was particularly inspired was the Piper. And that jam didn’t compare to the Tweezer > 2001 from Deer Creek, much less the Twist (which I think was the jam of the night). Has anybody found a good sounding audience source from the Fox? The Neuman source I have sounds like ass and the audience is crazy loud in it too. I just upgraded my second night bonnaroo with an FOB MK 41 that sounds insanely good. That leaves only the Fox with a crappy source.

    By the way Completely, did you get those Paradigms? I love mine.

  21. jon_hansen Says:

    Honestly, I think a great album for this version of Phish to rock straight up would be Oasis’ “What’s the Story (Morning Glory)?”

  22. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    I was thinking about them covering a Dylan album. They have never really played much Dylan, I think I saw them do The Mighty Quinn once, but never regularly. They could rip Desire, or my outside pick, Oh Mercy, which is just brilliant. Of course, the obvious choice would be Blood on the Tracks, but I don’t think anybody, including Dylan, wants to remember all the lyrics to Lilly, Rosemary, and the Jack of Hearts….Oh well, only 1 week until I see Dylan again!

  23. Walfredo Says:

    Streambox to an Iphone sounds a little above my head. I plan to be in a happy and blissful place out in that field. I will probably check the score on espn.com at some point though- I’m semi-evolved.

    I just did some checking and I’m completely wrong about the game too- my plans are to go to UCLA game on Oct. 10th- the Ducks play USC at Autzen in Eugene Halloween night- still nationally televised at 5 pm but I have made no plans to be there at this point… That makes me feel better- maybe 2 SoCal trips this October?

  24. Mr. Completely Says:

    @GuitarPicker420! – I did end up with the Paradigms. I brought home a pair of Totems first and they sounded very very beautiful but weren’t full enough for the room. I brought em back and swapped em for the Paradigms and couldn’t be more pleased. For the money that’s a mighty fine speaker. They sound good quiet, they sound great real loud, and they treat all genres pretty equally – big booms for hiphop, clear tones for bluegrass, great clarity for horns and voices, etc. Every day I turn them up a little louder…

    For the Fox I’m rocking the matrix made with mk41 aud source. The straight aud is probably a good one. The Camden mk41v FOB is fantastic btw.

    I call Desmond.

  25. Mr. Completely Says:

    @guitarpicker – “but I don’t think anybody, including Dylan, wants to remember all the lyrics to Lilly, Rosemary, and the Jack of Hearts…”

    I saw Robert Hunter perform that song all the way through flawlessly. Well, it was flawed in that he can’t really sing. But he got he words right.

    I’ve heard from a few singers that story songs are much easier to remember ’cause they’re linear.

    Great song – but from that album I’d be most stoked to hear “Idiot Wind” – not cause its the best song, but just cause its so hysterically cruel.

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