Festival 8: Phish Plays Halloween Set to 40,000 + [Desert Sun]

The band’s publicist Erin Cooney said at least 40,000 people attended the event at the Empire Polo Club in Indio and a large percentage of them showed up in costumes as elaborate as a team mascot or as simple as a box over shoulders.

The Vermont-based quartet celebrated the holiday with “a musical costume,” teasing Phish fans with the opening strains of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” before segueing into a video remix of the 99 albums it had hinted at performing on its Web site. They then launched into the Rolling Stones’ classic 1972 double album, “Exile On Main St.,” supplemented by a horn section.

Many of the young Phish fans hadn’t heard of “Exile” before the 7:30 p.m. set.

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