On Wednesday night, when rumors surfaced that Phish would cover an “obscure album from 1981,” some jumped to conclusions that they would play Mark of the Mole by The Residents while others placed their bets on My Life in the Bush of Ghosts by Brian Eno and David Byrne and Rush‘s Moving Pictures. Some classic thrill seekers continued the tradition of wishful thinking by suggesting Led Zepplin’s Physical Graffiti, or even the Allman Brothers Band’s, Eat a Peach. When the playbill was given to the first attendees, everyone at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and on social media was buzzing about the ultra-obscure Scandanavian prog-rock hidden gem, í Rokk by Kasvot Växt.
Upon further speculation and criticism, some members of the vast Phish community discovered that the entire album was a hoax. The sketchiness of the whole “Swedish Phish” concept began once researchers and phistorians couldn’t find much information about the album. Anywhere. Conclusions were made that Phish had orchestrated one of the biggest pranks in the band’s 35-year-career by fabricating the false links and album cover themselves, and they did just that. Phish knocked it out of the park as they pulled off this stunt, executing the 10 new songs with precision and confidence.
Over the weekend, Phish shared two pro-shot videos of “Say It To Me S.A.N.T.O.S.” and “The Final Hurrah” from their Kasvot Växt set for everyone to relive over and over again. Take 15 minutes and remember what space smells like from Phish’s mind-blowing Halloween set.
Phish – “Say It To Me S.A.N.T.O.S”
Phish – “The Final Hurrah”
Next up for Phish is their four-night New Year’s run at Madison Square Garden.
Setlist: Phish | MGM Grand Garden Arena | Las Vegas, NV | 10/31/2018
SET 1: Buried Alive > Ghost > Crazy Sometimes > Free, More, Halley’s Comet > Ocelot > Theme From the Bottom, First Tube
SET 2: Turtle in the Clouds, Stray Dog, Everything is Hollow, We Are Come to Outlive Our Brains, Say it to Me S.A.N.T.O.S., The Final Hurrah, Play by Play, Death Don’t Hurt Very Long, Cool Amber and Mercury, Passing Through
SET 3: Set Your Soul Free > Tweezer > A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing > Backwards Down the Number Line > Meatstick, Bug > Run Like an Antelope
ENCORE: Loving Cup > Tweezer Reprise