Phish Invents A Band & Album To Cover On Halloween 2018 In Las Vegas: Photos & Audio
Phish donned a musical costume on Halloween for the 10th time since 1994 last night. The band’s three-set Halloween concert at the MGM Grand Garden Arena featured a cover of an album that only existed in the minds of Phish. Photographer Paul Citone was on hand in Vegas and his photos from the show as well as an audience recording featuring Phish’s performance of í rokk by fictional Scandinavian outfit Kasvot Växt can be found below.
On April Fool’s Day each year, JamBase shares a list of pranks Phish has pulled off over the course of their history. The list has a new addition. Here’s how I described the hoax/musical costume:
The familiar saying of “trick or treat” should be revised as “trick and treat” for what Phish pulled off in Sin City. A Playbill was distributed to fans entering the venue heralding a musical costume of í rokk by a Scandinavian outfit called Kasvot Växt, which they claimed translated to “Faceplant Into Rock” in English. Phish created an intricate backstory for Kasvot Växt that included pages on All Music, Perfect Sound Forever and WFMU as well as an essay within the Playbill containing quotes from the members of Phish. While internet sleuths eventually pieced together the prank, few had any clue of what was in store for the second set. The resulting performance was an ambitious suite of original Phish music played in the style of an ’80s prog-rock band yet still had elements of the Vermont-birthed quartet’s distinctive sound. In addition, production elements included an all-white stage and incredibly cool cubes that hung above the stage and moved around the venue.
A full recap of Wednesday night’s marathon concert is available here. Official audio of the entire show can be obtained via LivePhish.com. Check out audio of last night’s second set as well as Paul Citone’s photos: