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. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    didn’t they rip on Oasis in the Harpua from the 1996 NYE run? I seem to remember Marshall coming out to sing the “theme music in hell” after poster and harpua opened up a vortex to hell with their fighting.

  2. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    @Completely – Which Paradigms did you go with? I run Monitor 11 v.5’s out of the front, CC-290 Center and 390 rears. The only non Paradigm in my system is the Klipsch digital reference sub, although I am thinking of upgrading that, I think a 15 can really give me the punch I need on the lowend. Where did you find the matrix from the Fox, is it lossless? I’ll have to look for the MK41 source, by and large the MK41’s have been great all tour.

  3. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    Allright, just started downloading the 4 channel schoeps, DFC, front row balcony source from the Fox, it has to sound better than the Neuman source. From what I have heard, the OTS was in a corner and most of the tix were resold to non-tapers, thus making it exceptionally loud, and a poor place to tape.

  4. sumodie Says:

    Aha! WI, WA, and NC all just bit the dust (~6:02pm EST)……….

  5. sumodie Says:

    eaten by ants no less……..this is too funny. Are those ants from Indio?

  6. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    gee, what a way to go. taken out by red ants…

  7. sumodie Says:


    Lossless Fox matrix here:

  8. sumodie Says:

    Umm, if you do a little googling, apparently the Coachella Valley has a bit of problem with fire ants……..

  9. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    @sumodie – Thanks!

  10. larrybirdflu Says:

    dylan would be very cool. blood on the tracks would be excellent. not sure they could pull of doing desire because their is a lot of violin all over that album. though i would love to see the boys do isis.

  11. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    pleeeease no bob dylan covers

  12. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    and they won’t cover an album by a band they don’t like (oasis)

  13. Frankie Says:

    Halloween’s gonna be…

    Neil Young’s Time Fades Away!

    L.A.! Uptight! City in the smog…
    Don’t you wish that you could be here too…

  14. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    @Dancing Fool – You gotta be crazy if you don’t want to hear a great band cover Dylan.

  15. Frondoot Says:

    Whoever had the idea about pavement, thats awesome! i would love to hear them do crooked rain(even though i wont be there). also a neil young album, which i think is doubtful, would be awesome. uncle neil is my hero.

    maybe im just ignorant, but why would/does anyone want to hear phish cover appetite for destruction? to me it makes absolutely no sense, but then again i dont care for gnr at all.

    what if they did wilco, yankee hotel? laugh out loud

  16. Frondoot Says:

    ^^^ that looks bad. that wasnt to insult wilco, i love wilco. i just read all the talk of modern classics and thought of some really modern classics they might do. i tried radiohead but none of their albums stick out to me as something phish would cover…maybe hail to the thief?

  17. cottle Says:

    Regarding the Fox tapes:
    The Busman source is the cleanest one I’ve found so far…it smokes the Neumann version or any of the Schoeps versions. A $500 pair of mics can pull a sweet tape if given good conditions.

  18. Frankie Says:

    Oh well, the red ants just ate Washington State…

  19. Walfredo Says:

    Yeah- GN’R? Quite frankly- none of the previous have been at all novelties… Now the shows had some novelty moments- Fish naked etc… But the albums themselves are all historic, epic music that obviously influenced the band immensely. I love appetitie- but Phish playing that would be pretty silly… Very LA though. How about The Doors? Mother, I want to cook you breakfast, I want to borrow the car…

  20. whole tour! Says:

    There is a long history of dylan covers and phish stretching back to a trey solo acoustic version of “story of the hurricane” from the early 80’s. “Quinn the Eskimo” was played as early as 86. The “you ain’t goin’ nowhere” from camden 03 is a one off that gets a lot, and i mean alot of play around here.

  21. Stupendous Says:

    GNR Appetite wouldnt go to well with the sober attitude would it?
    Mr Brownstone?? with phish one can never say never but seems like a far strech…can’t imagine GNR influencing the boys too much although it was a kick ass album… I could see Neil Young, they already cover some neil tunes….
    But really the showstopper would be The Doors….A psychedelic circus out in the desert of California….if i had to guess they would go with more of an obscure album like “The Soft Parade”, an album im not too familiar with but seems to have a funkier feel than any other Doors album, it also has a lot of songs that dont come to mind when one thinks the Doors…not to mention the return of Henrietta Fishman Singing Touch Me!….It brings to mind The MIA NYE run where they did LA Woman (the song) I am the lizard king…..I can do Anything!
    That being said im popping the soft parade in and giving it a close listen…peace!

  22. kb Says:

    the doors makes a lot of sense to me. musically, it’s pretty straight forward blues. trey is liking how they are playing the blues these days(see billboard interview). also, the keyboard element is perfect for page obviously. the bass lines are very simple and repetitive. mike would tear them up. and trey/fish obviously can handle the rest. the doors(any album) would be the best possible cover in my book. i think it stands out because of the keyboard element. it’s what got me into phish. generally, keyboards are an after thought in rock.

  23. JahVolunteer Says:

    No GNR, no doors. The soft parade is a terrible album. I say this as someone who grewup with GNR and the doors were the first band I was into in a psychedelic sense. If Gail Zappa would let them, “one size fits all” would be the best Socal album choice. San Ber’dino! but seriously folks you won’t be able to guess it. When they did Loaded it was out of left field and this one will be too… it is the Phish afterall. How about a Brian Eno album like “here comes the warm jets”? Now that would be cool

  24. Uberchef Says:

    The ants…tres Indiana Jones!

    Anyone know where/what the jam they have looped on there is from?

  25. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    “@Dancing Fool – You gotta be crazy if you don’t want to hear a great band cover Dylan.”

    lol, that’s the thing, i’ve heard it sooo many times, (byrds, grateful dead, etc)… dylan’s one of my favourite musical artists

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