Phish Got Chilling and Thrilling for Halloween

MGM Grand Garden Arena, Oct 31-Nov. 2

PHISH Halloween 2014 at MGM Grand  in Las Vegas, NV

Photo by Erik Kabik/ ErikKabik.com

It was the first time Phish had returned to Las Vegas in almost 10 years and the first time back on the Las Vegas Strip since 1996. To say the shows were highly anticipated is an understatement. Tickets to all three nights sold out within an hour. But the most coveted ticket was the Halloween concert, where Phish has traditionally performed three sets. For the middle set, they usually don a musical costume, i.e., they cover a full album of another artist. Past “costumes” include the Beatles’ White Album, The Who’s Quadrophenia and The Talking Heads’ Remain in Light.

This time, they took a creative leap and performed Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House, which was produced in 1964 by Walt Disney Studios. Phish played their own original instrumentals and jams over the album’s spooky narration and sound effects … while dressed as zombies. An elaborate haunted house and monstrous performers completed the experience.

It was a courageous and risky choice. And it seemed to work. The entire venue was on its feet—dancing, singing along and cheering. There is little waning from Phish fans, and they stayed right there, engaged with the band, hanging on note for note throughout extended instrumental improvisations, almost coaxing the jam out of the band through the journey of each song. ★★★★★

Photos by Erik Kabik/ ErikKabik.com

The Setlists:

October 31
Set 1:
Buried Alive
Ghost
Scent of a Mule
Sample in a Jar
Reba
46 Days
Big Black Furry Creature From Mars
Lawn Boy
Saw It Again
Tube
Wolfman’s Brother

Set 2: (Cover of Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House)
The Haunted House
The Very Long Fuse
The Dogs
Timber
Your Pet Cat
Shipwreck
The Unsafe Bridge
The Chinese Water Torture
The Birds
Martian Monster

Set 3:
Punch You In the Eye
Golden Age
Tweezer
Heavy Things
Guyute
Sand
Tweezer Reprise
Encore:
Is This What You Wanted
Frankenstein

November 1
Set 1:
Fuego
My Soul
Back on the Train
555
Dog Faced Boy
Fuck Your Face
Horn
Frankie Says
My Friend, My Friend
Roses Are Free
Roggae
Birds of a Feather
Wingsuit

Set 2:
Possum
Crosseyed and Painless
Light
Lengthwise
Twist
Wading in the Velvet Sea
Harry Hood
Golgi Apparatus
Backwards Down the Number Line
Encore:
Waiting All Night
Sing Monica
The Star-Spangled Banner

November 2
Set 1:
Runaway Jim
Foam
Mexican Cousin
Ocelot
Sugar Shack
A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing
Halfway to the Moon
Bathtub Gin
Free
Walls of the Cave

Set 2:
Chalk Dust Torture
Piper
Theme From the Bottom
Wombat
David Bowie
The Line
You Enjoy Myself
Encore:
The Moma Dance
Slave to the Traffic Light

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