Review: Phish @ Festival 8 – Acoustic Set

Another surprise was in store for concertgoers shortly after the band left the stage when they returned for the first mid-show encore in Phish history. The folks at Jam_On were so surprised they had cut away from the live feed and didn’t broadcast most of the Driver that kicked off the three-song encore. Reworked versions of Talk (transposed down at least one key) and Secret Smile followed before the quartet left the stage for good. Phish will return at approximately 5:30 local time for the first of two electric sets that will close out Festival 8.


November 1, 2009
Festival 8
Indio, CA

Water in the Sky, Back On The Train, Brian & Robert, Invisible*, Strange Design, Mountains in the Mist, The Curtain With, Army of One, Sleep Again*, My Sweet One, Let Me Lie, Bouncing Around the Room, Train Song, Wilson, McGrupp

Encore: Driver, Talk, Secret Smile

Notes: Entire set acoustic. * -first time played





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10 Responses

  1. great review. esp with the short notice Scotty.

    it would be cool to juxtapose your pic of Trey and Mike sitting down with the black and white pic of mike and trey rocking their acoustic encores in Utica on 11-11-05.

    (last time I can remember acoustic sit-downs)

  2. AMEN ON THAT! What a great show. Trey is sober and the band sounds pretty damn good after the years off. And they are paying attention to the WEST COAST! We like that out here.

  3. This acoustic set was the greatest thing I have ever seen in over 175 shows. Hard to believe we have been seeing these guys for over twenty years. It was my first show in five. I traveled all the way from Oahu to be a part of this party. The sun was blazing and so was the music. I was moved to tears. I turned around and wiped my face. Some girl looked at me and smiled. She just patted me on my back and began to cry herself. This band is a big part of all of or lives. Please keep it up boys. We need you healthy for years to come. Aloha and Mahalo.

  4. What a weekend. The boys are back & they are on fire. Perfect weather, great friends, awesome venue & phish, couldn’t be any finer.

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