On the heels of Joy and a sold-out reunion tour, Phish have announced their fall live dates, which kick off just over two weeks after the jam quartet perform their three-night Festival 8 in Indio, California. The new trek launches November 18th at Detroit's Cobo Arena and journeys throughout the Northeast, including a three-night stand at New York's Madison Square Garden on December 2nd through 4th. The current dates only travel as far south Charlottesville, Virginia, on December 5th, so we'd expect some more dates in the coming weeks. Will Phish perform another New Year's Ever blowout? We'll find out soon enough.
Meanwhile, as Rolling Stone reported, Phish continue to kill off album covers at their Festival 8 page as they count down to their "musical costuming" on Halloween, when the band will perform another artist's album in its entirety. The last album standing in the gallery will be the band's pick for the October 31st show. The Rolling Stone favorite, Prince's Purple Rain, remains unscathed, as does the dark horse, MGMT's Oracular Spectacular. However, one eagle-eyed RS commenter named "Sinbad" brought something interesting to our attention in our last post: "On Springsteen's album cover Born to Run [at the Festival 8 shooting gallery], Bruce's normal Fender Telecaster is replaced by Trey's Languedoc Guitar."
Lo and behold, he's right, the guitars have been swapped. Is this a major clue or a red herring? As another reader just pointed out, some other album covers have been tampered with: Tom Petty is shown wearing a Phish tee on the Damn the Torpedoes cover, it's Phish inside the Hello Nasty sardine can instead of the Beastie Boys, and other little nods to Phishdom that we'll let you seek out.
Both Phish and Springsteen headlined this year's Bonnaroo Festival, with Springsteen joining Phish onstage during the last night of the fest. Together, they played three songs — "Glory Days," "Bobby Jean" and "Mustang Sally" — but nothing off Born to Run. Bruce has been playing Born to Run in its entirety lately, so maybe Phish will follow suit? The plot continues to thicken.
While you make sense of this whole Halloween mystery, check out Phish's fall dates below:
Oct. 30 - Indio, CA @ Festival 8
Oct. 31 - Indio, CA @ Festival 8
Nov. 1 - Indio, CA @ Festival 8
Nov. 18 - Detroit, MI @ Cobo Arena
Nov. 20 - Cincinnati, OH @ U.S. Bank Arena
Nov. 21 - Cincinnati, OH @ U.S. Bank Arena
Nov. 22 - Syracuse, NY @ War Memorial
Nov. 24 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Center
Nov. 25 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Center
Nov. 27 - Albany, NY @ Times Union Center
Nov. 28 - Albany, NY @ Times Union Center
Nov. 29 - Portland, ME @ Cumberland County Civic Center
Dec. 2 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Dec. 3 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Dec. 4 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Dec. 5 - Charlottesville, VA @ John Paul Jones Arena
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