WATCH PHISH COVER THE ROLLING STONES AT FESTIVAL 8
When Phish returned from a breakup in 2009, they reinstated many traditions including the
"musical costume." Started on October 31, 1994; the band would cover an album by another
artist as their second set at each Halloween show they played. The tradition kicked off
with a cover of The Beatles' White Album in 1994 and continued with takes on The
Who's Quadrophenia in 1995, Remain In Light by Talking Heads in 1996 and
Loaded by The Velvet Underground in 1998.
For their "comeback year" of 2009, Phish brought back the Halloween tradition with a new
wrinkle. This time they would play an album as part of a three-day festival. Dubbed
"Festival 8," Phish played the Polo Fields in Indio, CA - where Coachella is held each
year - on October 30 - November 1.
The band created a website filled with album covers and as the festival came near would
"kill off" covers of albums they wouldn't be performing until there were only a few left.
So it wasn't a huge surprise when fans received Playbills on October 31, 2009 indicating
Phish would perform The Rolling Stones' legendary 1972 album Exile On Main Street.
The band did a fantastic job with the double-album and were augmented by a horn section
and vocalists Sharon Jones and Saundra Williams. Incredible fan-shot video of the entire
set is available on YouTube and we present it today as Sunday Cinema:
Set 2: Rocks Off, Rip This Joint, Shake Your Hips, Casino Boogie, Tumbling Dice, Sweet
Virginia, Torn & Frayed, Sweet Black Angel, Loving Cup, Happy, Turd On The Run, Ventilator
Blues, I Just Want To See His Face, Let It Loose, All Down The Line, Stop Breaking Down,
Shine A Light, Soul Survivor