In addition to playing the first all acoustic set in their career, Phish will play their traditional Halloween cover album set (or “musical costume” as they’ve called it) at this year’s Festival 8. Past choices have all consistently been older classic albums, such as the Beatles’ White Album, The Velvet Underground’s Loaded, and Talking Heads’ Remain in Light, but the band have added a couple newer records to the “shortlist” this year on a new teaser site.
Included among obvious choices, like Frank Zappa’s Apostrophe, Led Zeppelin’s IV, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, etc., are Arcade Fire’s Funeral, MGMT’s Oracular Spectacular, The White Stripes’ Elephant, and Radiohead’s Kid A. Phish playing Kid A? If they actually were to pull that off, I can’t wait to see a million anti-jam band rock critics’ heads explode.
I think we can cross MGMT off the list, however, as Trey Anastasio said recently that their choice “will be an album I truly love” and that he only “really liked” MGMT’s album. I propose that Phish cover Springsteen’s Born To Run and try to upstage The Boss on his cover album tour.
For the band’s full list of this year’s possible musical costumes, go thataway.