Daily Archive

November 2, 2009

Festival 8: Phish @ Festival 8 Coverage Summary [Hidden Track]

Festival 8: The Setlists From All Eight Phish Festival 8 Sets [Hidden Track]

Phish: 10/31/2009 Most of the Acoustic Set [VQ: B, AQ: B+]

Festival 8: Phish Follow Halloween Show With First Acoustic Set [Rolling Stone]

Phish: 11/01/2009 LivePhish SBD Indio, CA

Festival 8: Review – Phish @ Empire Polo Club [Los Angeles Times]

Indeed, the band’s first night rarely disappointed, with the 26-year veteran delving into its back catalog to render favorites such as “Prince Caspian,” “Wolfman’s Brother,” and “Down With Disease,” with a rubbery danceability — the Polo Field at times looking like a fluorescent wave of bobbing heads, twirling glow sticks and flailing limbs.

The following afternoon, the band ripped through cuts from its ’90s songbook (typically considered its studio zenith), a thank-you of sorts to longtime fans willing to weather the vicissitudes of a storied saga filled with acrimony, addiction and sundry inconsistencies.

Phish: 10/31/2009 Shake Your Hips [VQ: B, AQ: B+]


Festival 8: Photos From Phish Festival [New Times]

Phish: 10/31/2009 Loving Cup [VQ: A-, AQ: B+]


Phish: 10/31/2009 Suzy Greenberg [VQ: B-, AQ: B+]


Festival 8: Phunky Females Go Phishin [Desert Sun]

Phish: 10/31/2009 Turd On The Run [VQ: B+, AQ: B+]


Phish: 11/01/2009 Schoeps CCM4v’s Indio, CA

Phish: 10/31/2009 Loving Cup [VQ: B-, AQ: B-]


Festival 8: Best Tweets of the Weekend [Google Spreadsheet]

Phish: 10/31/2009 Shine A Light [VQ: B, AQ: B+]


Festival 8: Acoustic Set Hooks Phans [Desert Sun]

On a hot fall afternoon, Phish warmed their fans’ hearts with a mellow set of music and a side of doughnuts.

The band performed its first acoustic set at any of its eight solo music festivals during the past two decades. And that was one of several firsts for the Vermont jam band.

Phish: 10/31/2009 Soul Survivor [VQ: B, AQ: B+]


Festival 8: Band Hopes to Do It Again [Desert Sun]

Before the band’s last encore of the festival, lead singer/guitarist Trey Anastasio made sure to thank the crowd for a “wonderful weekend.” He even had a list of shout-outs.

“I just wanted to make a point that it takes a whole mountain of people to make something like this happen,” Anastasio said. “I hope we can do it again.”

And though Deitrich and many others were sad to see Festival 8 come to an end — with an encore of “Tweezer Reprise,” they seemed all content with simply having the memories .

At least until the next concert.

Phish: 10/31/2009 Loving Cup [VQ: B, AQ: B]


Festival 8: Review – Phish Acoustic Set @ Festival 8 [Hidden Track]

The set started with three songs that were staples of Anastasio’s solo acoustic performances -Water In The Sky, Back On The Train and Brian and Robert. Each sounded as if they were written to be played unplugged and early on it was clear the band had spent a considerable amount of time rehearsing. Invisible, a song off Phish bassist’s Mike Gordon Sixty Six Steps release with acoustic guitar legend Leo Kottke, followed with Mike taking the lead vocals as he does on the album.

Festival 8: Shine A Light – Night Two Review [Jambands]

So it is fitting that Phish decided to cover the Rolling Stones’ famed double LP Exile on Main Street,a classic rock opus built from a Phishy DNA of blues riffs, country honky-tonk, funky soul and guitar-heavy rock and roll, at a time when the band is actively revisiting and its own canon and reevaluating its legacy.

Festival 8: Phish Covers Stones’ Exile [UPI]

Festival 8: Phish Plays First Acoustic Set, Covers Exile [Spinner]

Games: Phish – The Crossword Experience [Relix]