On October 31, 2014 Phish shocked and awed fans both on hand at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas and around the world via live webcast by unveiling their interpretation of the 1964 Disney album of sound effects, Chilling, Thrilling Sounds Of The Haunted House. The “musical costume” came as the second set at the band’s first Sin City performance since 2004, yet Chilling, Thrilling was far from a cover set.
As we noted that night, Phish created and performed a score of their own as they added original grooves to the soundtrack of Chilling, Thrilling Sounds Of The Haunted House. For the second year in a row, they made Halloween about showing the strength of their own music rather than honoring someone else. The theatrical, art-rock set also saw the stage setup like a graveyard with dancers roaming around throughout. Phish took their Halloween tradition to a new dimension on October 31, 2014 by creating and performing the perfect, spooky soundtrack for the occasion that melded all of their influences, while still donning a musical costume of sorts.
Just one year prior Phish had played a very different set of original debuts as their musical costume on Halloween 2013 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. The Wingsuit set featured material that would form the base of the group’s next studio album, Fuego which came out in 2014. Many fans were not pleased to go from expecting to hear a cover album to hearing originals in 2013, yet the reaction was extremely different in 2014.
Here’s a look at how Twitter responded to the Chilling, Thrilling night in Las Vegas:
Fans Had No Idea What To Expect, Including Me
Kudos To Phish & Crew For Keeping Secrets Well
Just As Doors Opened We Had Our First Look At The Playbill
We Also Saw The Crazy Stage Design For The First Time
Lots Of Wikipedia Searches Were Made For Chilling, Thrilling
Fans Didn’t Know What To Make Of It
Shortly Into The Set It Was Clear This Was No Wingsuit
Aaron “Neddy” Stein Sure Liked The Show
Scott “Bizarchive” Marks Kept Those Who Couldn’t Watch Informed
Mr. Miner Loved It!
Thankfully, They Did
And Thankfully, The Tradition Didn’t Die
Harris Wittels (RIP) Was On Hand
The Encore Was Unfamiliar To Many
But Not This Guy
I Kinda Went A Little Nuts In My Euphoria About How Good It Was
More Positive Reactions
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