Phish revealed on their official site that their new album Joy will be released September 8th in a multitude of formats, including one that features a bonus album. In addition to the compact disc and double-vinyl varieties, Phish will also offer up a limited edition deluxe set called the "Joy Box," which will feature the CD plus 10 posters dedicated to each one of Joy's 10 tracks, as well as a "complete second album" called Party Time. If that wasn't enough, the Joy Box will also include a DVD featuring some of Phish's live performances from the first half of 2009, including the jam band's concerts from Boston's Fenway Park and this year's double-headlining Bonnaroo sets.
Joy in all its formats are available for pre-order now over at Phish's Dry Goods site. Phish is also offering up a package bundle which includes the Joy Box, the Joy vinyls and compact disc plus two new T-shirts for $125.99. Since the Joy Box won't be available until October, fans who pre-order the box will be able to download Joy on September 8th. As Trey Anastasio told Rolling Stone, the Steve Lillywhite-produced Joy "feels more like a live record than a lot of our live records." The album's first single will be "Backwards Down the Number Line."
As Rock Daily previously reported, having concluded their initial run of reunion tour dates, the band will next convene in Indio, California for their Festival 8, a three-night affair spanning from October 30th to November 1st. The band's show on Halloween will find the Vermont foursome resurrecting an old tradition by assuming a musical costume and performing another artist's album in its entirety. Our readers voted for Phish to take on Radiohead's OK Computer in a recent Rock List, while Rock Daily is standing by our prediction of Prince's Purple Rain. Previous albums performed by Phish on Halloween include the Talking Heads' Remain In Light, the Beatles' White Album, the Velvet Underground's Loaded and the Who's Quadrophenia.
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