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The news came after the doors to the venue opened and fans were handed the traditional “Phishbill.” After examining the set list, speculation among fans ended, as they were now able to experience the new material that Phish has been working on for some time.
The Phishbill says that band will be breaking from tradition by debuting “a bunch of material from our new album, which we begin recording in three days.” The program also featured a couple of parody ads, including one for “Woo X: The first and only dermal patch clinically proven to subdue the woo” and “Gordon’s House of Scarves & Drills,” in accordance with the quirky and ridiculous tone that Phish is known for.
This new direction equally outraged and thrilled long time Phish fans.
Since 1994, Phish has made a tradition during six Halloween shows of performing a complete cover album between two full sets of their own material. At this year’s Halloween show in Atlantic City, New Jersey they did something a little different. Instead, they played a set of unrecorded music from their upcoming album, under the working title Wingsuit, which will draw largely from the material they debuted during their Halloween set. The bold move of playing unrecorded and unknown material at such an established event really shows the assuredness the band has developed over 30 years.