A 13-minute single, a new album, a buzzy Bonnaroo: Phish are officially back like they never left. Among other things, that means it’s time to get ready for the first Phish festival since 2004. The band announced today that Festival 8 is going down this Oct. 30-Nov. 1 at Indio, Calif.’s Empire Polo Club, best known as the enormous field where Coachella and Stagecoach happen every spring.
You might have noticed that Halloween falls smack in the middle of those dates. Sure enough, Phish is planning on using the second night of Festival 8 to continue their All Hallows’ Eve tradition of performing a classic album by another band in full. Previous “musical costume” celebrations have involved Phish taking on the Beatles’ White Album (check out the first two songs from that 1994 show below), the Who’s Quadrophenia, Talking Heads’ Remain in Light, and the Velvet Underground’s Loaded.
So which album do you think Phish should cover this Halloween? I’ve heard suggestions around the Music Mix office including Metallica’s Master of Puppets, which would indubitably rawk. Personally, I would like to see them jam out on Radiohead’s OK Computer. I’m sure there are Phish fans reading this who have even better suggestions. Have at it! And be sure to let us know whether you’re thinking about going to Festival 8 this fall.
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