, attached to 2014-10-31

Review by davidtaus

davidtaus (Full review is at https://medium.com/the-phish-from-vermont/the-very-long-fuse-a9af353bb9f0 )

The Very Long Fuse: On Phish, Halloween, and tracing something back to its source.

Halloween is rich, fertile ground for crazy and big things. Phans know this, of course: Halloween (along with New Year’s Eve and the annual End-Of-Summer-Festival) represents one point in the three holy days of the Phish calendar. These are the moments when expectations rise and big things — no, Big Things happen, things like world premieres, pranks and gags, morning acoustic sets. Things like unannounced sets, stage antics, tricks and treats. This is where Garden parties, udderballs, giant flying hot dogs, time machines, cannonballs, gardens of infinite pleasantries, Clifford balls, and cheesecake become the stuff of legend. These are the moments when Phans break out in cold sweats in anticipation of telling their boss/partner/dogsitter/kids they need to go do this thing. This is where Phans make serious sacrifices in other parts of their lives to be There, wherever There happens to be that particular year. Because they know Big Things are going to happen.

So this is the backdrop to it all. In Fair Las Vegas, where we lay our scene...



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