Jam titans Phish
came up with an inventive way to celebrate Halloween in 1994, when they asked fans to vote
for an album by another artist they would cover on October 31 of that year at the Glens
Falls Civic Center. The quartet wound up tackling The Beatles' White Album in
and continued the "musical costume" tradition at each Halloween show up until last year,
when they debuted material off Fuego, a new album that comes out tomorrow,
of covering an album by another act. In a just-released NPR interview Phish keyboardist Page McConnell
hints that a new tradition may be established for future Halloween shows.
Over the past few years, it had been rumored that the members of Phish felt inhibited by
the "musical costume" tradition. Guitarist Trey Anastasio confirmed those rumors when he
told NPR's Arun Rath, "I think everybody kind of got sick of it, to be perfectly honest.
So the last couple of years it started to feel like a trap we had built." Page went on to
reveal, "I think doing our own album was a little bit of a liberating experience for me. I
kind of wonder if maybe we'll look to start a new tradition."
We'll see if the band does announce a Halloween show as part of a rumored fall tour and
what they'd have in store for this "new tradition" or if this is just another case of
Phish toying with fans.
Page and Trey also discuss the process of writing as a group, Bob Ezrin's production
skills and much more in the NPR interview.
[Published on: 6/23/14]