phish festival 8 playbill
it is apparently exile on main street… there’s people on the inside that have seen the playbill for tonight’s show.

there’s also an ad on the inside of the playbill for “DAVID BOWIE/UB40” at American Airlines arena over NYE — so phish is announcing NYE miami.



Exile on Main St. is the tenth studio album by English rock band The Rolling Stones. It was released as a double LP in 1972 and drew on influences from rock & roll, blues, country and soul. Initially “Exile” was greeted with lukewarm reviews, but is now widely considered among the band’s finest work and one of the defining masterpieces of the rock era.[2] In 2003, the album was ranked number 7, the band’s highest position, on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[3]

Recording began in earnest sometime near the middle of June. Bassist Bill Wyman recalls the band working all night, every night, from eight in the evening until three the following morning for the rest of the month. Wyman said of the times, “…not everyone turned up every night. This was, for me, one of the major frustrations of this whole period. For our previous two albums we had worked well and listened to producer Jimmy Miller. At Nellcôte things were very different and it took me a while to understand why…” By this time Richards had begun a daily habit of using heroin. Thousands of dollars of heroin flowed through the mansion each week in addition to a contingent of visitors that included the likes of William S. Burroughs, Terry Southern, Gram Parsons, and Marshall Chess (who was running the Stones’ new label).[5] Contrary to popular belief, Parsons does not appear on the album and was asked to leave Nellcôte in early July 1971, the result of both his obnoxious behaviour and an attempt by Richards to clean the house of drug users as the result of pressure from the French police.
Richards’ steadily growing addiction began to inhibit his ability to perform, often leading the band having to record in altered forms without every member present. A notable instance was the recording of one of Richards’ most famous songs, “Happy”. Recorded in the basement, Richards said in 1982, “‘Happy’ was something I did because I was for one time EARLY for a session. There was Bobby Keys and Jimmy Miller… We had nothing to do and had suddenly picked up the guitar and played this riff. So we cut it and it’s the record, it’s the same. We cut the original track with a baritone sax, a guitar and Jimmy Miller on drums. And the rest of it is built up over that track. It was just an afternoon jam that everybody said, ‘Wow, yeah, work on it'”.
The basic band for the Nellcôte sessions is believed to have consisted of Richards, Bobby Keys, Mick Taylor, Charlie Watts, Miller (a notable drummer in his own right who covered for an absentee Watts on the aforementioned “Happy” and “Shine a Light”),[4] and Jagger when he was available. Wyman did not like the ambience of the Richards’ villa and sat out many of the French sessions. As Wyman appeared on only eight songs of the released album, the other bass parts were played by Taylor, Richards, and, on four tracks, upright bassist Bill Plummer. Wyman noted in his memoir Stone Alone that there was a clear dichotomy between the band members who freely indulged in drugs (Richards, Miller, Keys, Taylor, engineer Andy Johns) and those who more or less abstained (Wyman, Watts, and Jagger).[5]

Track listing

All songs by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, except where noted.
Side one
“Rocks Off” – 4:32
“Rip This Joint” – 2:23
“Shake Your Hips” (Slim Harpo) – 2:59
“Casino Boogie” – 3:33
“Tumbling Dice” – 3:45
Side two
“Sweet Virginia” – 4:25
“Torn and Frayed” – 4:17
“Sweet Black Angel” – 2:54
“Loving Cup” – 4:23
Side three
“Happy” – 3:04
“Turd on the Run” – 2:37
“Ventilator Blues” (Jagger, Richards, Mick Taylor) – 3:24
“I Just Want to See His Face” – 2:52
“Let It Loose” – 5:17
Side four
“All Down the Line” – 3:49
“Stop Breaking Down” (Robert Johnson) – 4:34
“Shine a Light” – 4:14
“Soul Survivor” – 3:49

media coverage

October 31, 2009

Great article in the Palm Springs newspaper, The Desert Sun:
goood vid and pic links on the site as well.

“Festival 8 at the Empire Polo Club was a hit with Phish fans before the first note was sounded by the nation’s premier rock jam band Friday night.

The creatively lit palm trees and installation art throughout the vast expanse of green grass had fans from all over North America in awe of the eye-popping setting in Indio. The pleasant weather and relatively easy access to the polo club had concert-goers who had attended many or all of the previous seven Phish festivals east of the Mississippi gushing about “Phish Fest West.”

“This is the most beautiful place that they could have hosted this event,” said Jay Young of Las Vegas, whose hometown was Indio’s main rival for this eighth festival in 13 years. “Having been to all of them but (the 2003 It festival at the Loring Air Force Base in Maine), this place feels like this is what they were going for the past seven times.”

“This is perfect,” said Greg Boyle of Philadelphia, who attended what was then being called the last Phish festival in Coventry, Vt., in 2004. “They spent money on this.” (They said) ‘I’m going to clean the potties.’ You drove right in. Coventry was a day to get in.”

There was no official crowd estimate Friday, but Phish’s promoter, the Los Angeles-based Goldenvoice, took out a festival permit from the city of Indio for 60,000 people.

The quartet took the stage about 7:45 p.m. with smiles on their faces and glowing palm trees shining behind them like a painting. They opened with “Party Time” and teased the 200-yard-deep crowd with instrumental improvisations that threatened but never quite launched into one of their signature jams.

“Chalk Dust Torture” was the first song to feature extended instrumentals from guitarist Trey Anastasio, bassist Mike Gordon, keyboard player Page McConnell and drummer Jon Fishman. It is the same song that opened the first Phish festival — the Clifford Ball in Plattsburgh, N.Y. — in 1996.

Phish prides itself on never playing the same song twice in a festival and never using a concert tour to promote a new CD. But “Stealing Time from the Faulty Plan” from their latest album, “Joy,” was as warmly received as their classics.

Even people who hadn’t been to a Phish festival enjoyed this one.

“It’s amazing, a great setting,” said Piper Bowman of Los Angeles.

But the Phish fans who traveled great distances and had seen the band many times sang the most significant praises.

“Forget the air force bases,” said Laura Severance of Seattle, a veteran of more than 60 Phish shows. “This is perfect.”

As of 6:30 p.m., there were 12 drug-related arrests at the event, according to Indio Police Department spokesman Ben Guitron, who declined to offer a crowd estimate but said things were going smoothly.

Festival 8 continues today with the concert field opening at noon and Phish’s first set at 3 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., the group will perform its “musical costume” — a Halloween tradition of covering another artist’s classic album. Phish’s final set of the day is slated for 10 p.m.

Photo dump

October 31, 2009

Phish festival 8 photo dump

good morning!

October 31, 2009

wow. what a great time last night.

the concert grounds are perfect. the grass is dry and soft, the art instalations are sick and the amount of vending and food is awesome. There was a guy lighting off paper hot-air balloons (you know, the kind where yoy light a candlein a paper bag and it flies away), and after the thing got airborne a few of us started screaming about poor Falcon up in the balooon.

the setlist was okay last night, but we have all said that those are the typ[e of songs you want to hear the first night of a festival — it’s not like i want them to come out and blow their load the first set.

that said, the second set was pretty much nasty.

oct. 30, 2009
Indio, CA

set one
chalkdust torute
moma dance (mike sounds good)
Stealing time
I didn’t know
poor heart
beauty of a broken heart
time turns elastic

Set II
dwd >
wolfman’s brother > NASTY JAM >
piper >
joy >

e:Character Zero

highlights were moma dance, stash jam, cavern (got the lyrics right), PYITE, wolfman’s jam, bowie and hood. theres this crazy flying balloon thing that changes lights to the musc that was flying around during hood that was pretty mind blowing. I’ll do a picture dump here in a second.

we’re chilling at the house now for a bit, listening to last night’s show and watching college football. a bit of pool time is in order, but we’re heading over to the festival ground around 1:30 in full costume. I promise more updates from the fest today, including the lot quote of the day.

i’m still calling for exile on main st, though it seems the rumor of an undisclosed album being the alum that is ‘killing’ the other albums ( and is the album they will play (possibly michael jackson’s ‘off the wall’)


on the green

October 30, 2009

of a golf course, that is…

we’ve all landed here in laquinta CA, just a few miles down the road from the polo grounds. nice contrast to the last few days in denver… im looking at blue skies, flowers and fucking BUMBLEBEES. got the pool heating up though, it gets chilly at night.

we have a few hours before we head over there — for the meantime, we are chilling by our pool by the 9th hole of some TPA golf course where the golf carts have AC units on top of them. must get hot as balls here.

anyway, we are headed over to the fest around 3 p.m. cali time. i’ll have more then.


California love

October 30, 2009

Lots of room in the campgrounds. Ran into cort and cam. With JT right now, grabbed a beer with him. Chilling now. In electric ladyland.

Palm springs

October 30, 2009

Made it in about 45 mins late. In palm springs by 1125 and chilling at the little hotel we rented for the night before checking into our house.

Flew first class. Very nice. I could get used to it. Up tomorrow and off to the festy

In the airport…

October 29, 2009

Waiting to board our flight out if this winter tundra. Looks like Erin and I are going to be cruising first class. Sweet willy left his check-bag at home and had to haul ass back to get it. They are gonna make the flight tho. Derek, Liz, nik and Brian are flying frontier and are delayed an hour.

I’m watching the massive snow melt machine on the runway and hoping everyone else in Team Awesome makes their flights.

Two feet of snow, flghts cancelled allday, friends are sacking up and driving out to Indio….

But I’m holding tight in the cut and still set to board a first-class flight to John Wayne airport At 645 with Sweet Willy, his wife and now Dukemesh Jason has gotten a seat on our flight after his was cancelled thismorning.

Behold the power of phish.

More on-the-road updates from here on out. Keep checking back….

oh, and the costumes look FUCKING RAD!


three more days….

October 27, 2009

And I’ll be in sunny southern California.

we’re down to 20 albums on the list:

Still Alive:

David Bowie – Hunky Dory
David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust
Frank Zappa – Apostrophe
Genesis – The Lambs Lie Down On Broadway
Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland
King Crimson – Larks’ Tongues In Aspic
Led Zeppelin – I
MGMT – Oracle Spectacular
Michael Jackson – Thiller
Pink Floyd – The Wall
Prince – Purple Rain
Radiohead – Kid A
Rolling Stones – Exile
Springsteen – Born To Run
Television – Marquee Moon
Van Morrison – Astral Weeks
Yes – The Yes Album

Dead albums:

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers– Damn The Torpedoes
Medeski, Martin & Wood – Shack Man
Huey Lewis And The News – Sports
Talking Heads – Fear Of Music
Leonard Cohen – I’m Your Man
Velvet Underground And Nico
Who – Who’s Next
Beatles – Rubber Soul
Ween – White Pepper
White Stripes – Elephant
Primus – Sailing The Seas Of Cheese
Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
Allman Brothers Band – Eat A Peach
Manu Chao – Clandestino
Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
Eagles – Hotel California
Roots – Phronology
Tom Waits – Rain Dogs
Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack
Jane’s Addiction – Ritual de Lo Habitual
fIREHOSE – flyin’ the flannel
X – Los Angeles
Peter Gabriel – So
Bob Seger – Against The Wind
David Bowie – Scary Monsters
Elvis Costello – This Year’s Model
Bob Dylan And The Band – The Basement Tapes
Neil Young – Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Duran Duran – Rio
Michael McDonald – If That’s What It Takes
Pink Floyd – Meddle
John Lennon – Plastic Ono Band
Pork Tornado – Pork Tornado
Queen – A Night At The Opera
Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Arcade Fire – Funeral
Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes
Hall & Oates – Private Eyes
Ramones – Ramones
ZZ Top – Tres Hombes
Credence Clearwater Rivival – Green River
Aerosmith – Toys In The Attic
Led Zeppelin – IV (Zoso)
Grateful Dead – American Beauty
Devo – Freedom of Choice
Eric Clapton – 461 Ocean Blvd
U2 – Joshua Tree
Journey – Escape
Pearl Jam – 10
Doors – The Doors
Rush – Moving Pictures
LOVE – Forever Changes
Guns & Roses – Appetite For Destruction
Beastie Boys – Hello Nasty
KI$$ – Alive II
Bob Dylan – Blood On the Tracks
Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced?
Blind Faith – Blind Faith
Pixies – Come On Pilgrim
Band – The Band (Brown Album)
Metallica – Master Of Puppets
Frank Zappa – Hot Rats
Miles Davis – A Tribute To Jack Johnson
Rage Against The Machine – Evil Empire
Police – Ghost In The Machine
Curtis Mayfield – Superfly Soundtrack
Steely Dan – Pretzel Logic
Neil Young – Tonight’s The Night
Van Halen – Van Halen
Brian Eno – Before And After Science
Clash – London Calling
Jonathan Richmond and The Modern Lovers – The Modern Lovers
Nirvana – Nevermind
Black Sabbath – Paranoid
Boston – Boston
AC/DC – Back In Black
Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers
Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
T.Rex – Electric Warrior
Chicago Transit Authority
Minutemen – Double Nickels On The Dime

I still think it’s going to be Exile on Main St. — complete with horn section and female backup singers.

in other Fest8 news, Indio police are hoping to see pigs fly:

ndio police are encouraging attendees at this weekend’s Phish Festival 8 to refrain from smoking marijuana to have a good time.

Police aren’t disclosing their methods but said they will be on the lookout for anyone caught doing drugs during the three-day event at the Empire Polo Club in Indio.

Samuel Martin, who writes at, does not dispute that Phish fans tend to smoke marijuana at concerts just as the Grateful Dead’s Deadheads.

“Yeah, there’s going to be a lot of it,” he said. “(But) it’s not like there’s going to be a truckload of drug addicts coming to town.”

Violators may face a $100 to $500 fine and/or up to a year in Riverside County jail.

“The bottom line is just don’t do it,” Indio police spokesman Ben Guitron said. “Don’t make it a memorable experience in the county jail.”

The polo grounds have hosted numerous multi-day music events with their share of arrests.

Sixty-nine people were arrested during this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, and there were 22 arrests at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival.

Martin said he does not believe Phish’s mellow fans are likely to cause trouble.

“Fans don’t go out of their way to stand on top of Volkswagen buses and wave bags of weed,” Martin said. “It’s not going to be that extreme, but they are carefree.”

San Bernardino County sheriff’s officials issued similar warnings to attendees at this past weekend’s Cypress Hill Smokeout Festival in San Bernardino, which celebrated marijuana legalization and its therapeutic uses.

Aside from detecting the smell of marijuana in the air, officials were “pleasantly surprised” that there were no arrests made, department spokeswoman Jodi Miller said.

“There was a fight on Saturday, and the crowd basically took care of it,” she said.