Phish “Save the Date” Halloween Festival Update: Pinball Wizard Style

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Phish put up another update to their “Save the Date” Halloween Festival map in the style of a pinball machine, with the pinball knocking out five more states in the quest to the truth on where this festival is going to take place. There was some discussion around how the California animation was spent hovering over the United States just waiting to come down again, but I’m not sure that was ever true and really called out as bullshit as quickly as it needed to be. The flash animation had actually stopped, and now that “hovering” California is completely gone from the map. Knowing just a little about how Flash works, I’m not surprised by this at all.

So where’s this festival going to be? Some are saying it’s still Indio, CA, some are calling Dateland, AZ the would-be spot, and others are now calling for Big Cypress and Texas as other would-be spots, all of which are not yet eliminated from the map (except for California). What do you guys think?

Just for fun, I thought I’d upload some tunes in the pinball spirit. Here’s something to listen to while you drop a comment on what you think about this whole process.

Disco Biscuits – “Pinball Wizard” (Live with Scott Metzger) [mp3]

I feel that fans are like, pissed about this now or something. I tend to think this is “classic” Phish and I’m loving every second of it. Which camp are you in?

  • @musicmatterseth

    Georgetown, TX.

    • Bryan P.

      Correct. Been saying it for months. It will be in Texas… It was all explained here:

      “Bryan P Jul 12, 09 at 10:42 am
      Have to stick with my original guess for Texas. The only basis for this was a splash page they had on their site a few months ago, where they started an animation with a huge globe that zoomed into what was eventually a field in Texas. I could obviously be wrong, but that’s my guess.”

  • @musicmatterseth

    Georgetown, TX.

    • Bryan P.

      Correct. Been saying it for months. It will be in Texas… It was all explained here:

      “Bryan P Jul 12, 09 at 10:42 am
      Have to stick with my original guess for Texas. The only basis for this was a splash page they had on their site a few months ago, where they started an animation with a huge globe that zoomed into what was eventually a field in Texas. I could obviously be wrong, but that’s my guess.”

  • nbflowers

    Glad to have you back.

    Frankly, I am loving this. Granted I did not reserve hotel room or tickets, but it is a fun way to announce a festival in classic Phish fashion. My guess is announcement will probably be timed with a few days before re-start of summer tour.

  • nbflowers

    Glad to have you back.

    Frankly, I am loving this. Granted I did not reserve hotel room or tickets, but it is a fun way to announce a festival in classic Phish fashion. My guess is announcement will probably be timed with a few days before re-start of summer tour.

  • d.c. smith

    Sorry CA folks, but I was pretty psyched to see Cali eliminated. Not that it might not come flying back down on the ballons that pulled it up. I know they’ve ignored West Coast as far as festivals. But fact is, they’ve ignored everywhere except East Coast. So maybe it’s time for a midwest-fest so that no one in the country has to go 5000 miles to get there.

    Might be the biggest phish-fest ever. :)

  • d.c. smith

    Sorry CA folks, but I was pretty psyched to see Cali eliminated. Not that it might not come flying back down on the ballons that pulled it up. I know they’ve ignored West Coast as far as festivals. But fact is, they’ve ignored everywhere except East Coast. So maybe it’s time for a midwest-fest so that no one in the country has to go 5000 miles to get there.

    Might be the biggest phish-fest ever. :)

  • Jermaine

    Its going to be a air base in the south.Somewhere they never played before.I wonder how much land is at that burning man thing in AZ???

  • Jermaine

    Its going to be a air base in the south.Somewhere they never played before.I wonder how much land is at that burning man thing in AZ???

  • nelsorp

    i think its quite funny actually. i wasn’t really excited about a california fest, mainly because of the travel involved. a flight, then a drive in a rental car. last time i did that was coventry, and look how well that turned out. i do think it has to be somewhere in the south, because of weather. panic is playing austin for halloween. not that they wouldn’t still play texas, but i don’t see that happening. the south has pretty much never received the love, other than big cypress. plus the flippers are inverted, and the left flipper is clearly pointing to dateland. i like the suspense, keep it coming.

  • nelsorp

    i think its quite funny actually. i wasn’t really excited about a california fest, mainly because of the travel involved. a flight, then a drive in a rental car. last time i did that was coventry, and look how well that turned out. i do think it has to be somewhere in the south, because of weather. panic is playing austin for halloween. not that they wouldn’t still play texas, but i don’t see that happening. the south has pretty much never received the love, other than big cypress. plus the flippers are inverted, and the left flipper is clearly pointing to dateland. i like the suspense, keep it coming.

  • dynamo

    Jermaine~
    burning man is in the desert in nevada. plenty of desert…but it’s the desert!! lol. no water, no hook-ups. not gonna be there.

  • dynamo

    Jermaine~
    burning man is in the desert in nevada. plenty of desert…but it’s the desert!! lol. no water, no hook-ups. not gonna be there.

  • Aaron

    It’s a great thing indeed.

    And by the way… Who ever said this animations were supposed to show us where the festival would be? No one printed up any rules saying they’d eliminate states and the last one would be where the fest is. That’s the thing. For all we know, in three days the entire United States could be blacked out…

    That’s what I’m guessing. For two days, every state is gone and then bam… INDIO :)

  • Aaron

    It’s a great thing indeed.

    And by the way… Who ever said this animations were supposed to show us where the festival would be? No one printed up any rules saying they’d eliminate states and the last one would be where the fest is. That’s the thing. For all we know, in three days the entire United States could be blacked out…

    That’s what I’m guessing. For two days, every state is gone and then bam… INDIO :)

  • spasmed waiter

    I live in southern california and I was HEARTBROKEN to see the state carried off… why does this area get no love? We seriously have gotten nothing other than the shoreline show coming up which is like 7 hours away. Of course I am going to that and cant wait, but seriously does Phish have something against southern cali? Can someone please explain it to me because I don’t understand why Phish won’t play here. I feel so neglected!

  • spasmed waiter

    I live in southern california and I was HEARTBROKEN to see the state carried off… why does this area get no love? We seriously have gotten nothing other than the shoreline show coming up which is like 7 hours away. Of course I am going to that and cant wait, but seriously does Phish have something against southern cali? Can someone please explain it to me because I don’t understand why Phish won’t play here. I feel so neglected!

  • hunter

    It’s in dateland arizona, there’s an abandoned air base there and the white dot is right on top of it with the pinball flipper pointing right at it. plan on it.

  • hunter

    It’s in dateland arizona, there’s an abandoned air base there and the white dot is right on top of it with the pinball flipper pointing right at it. plan on it.

  • zorbi

    U never know with them. I won’t be able to go anyway unless its in the southeast, but hear me out on this. I want to say its cali. I am kinda agreeing with the whole “cali is still floating” idea. It makes sense with the pinball. Notice they made the ball fly up then come back down. Almost as a clue, that cali has to come back down one way or the other. Now, since big brother IS watching, they could just be feeding this whole “savior balloons” idea.u know its just like them to also one day show cali floating across again just to tease us. But then again, end up dropping it in the water. So, there’s two scenarios. A) all of these flashes were planned out beforehand, methodically. And we are reacting exactly like they want us to. B) someone from the camp is making them daily based on what we say. Personally, I think “A”. They know we analyze everything. Cali will float back by later. I don’t know if it will stay, but we will see it again.

  • zorbi

    U never know with them. I won’t be able to go anyway unless its in the southeast, but hear me out on this. I want to say its cali. I am kinda agreeing with the whole “cali is still floating” idea. It makes sense with the pinball. Notice they made the ball fly up then come back down. Almost as a clue, that cali has to come back down one way or the other. Now, since big brother IS watching, they could just be feeding this whole “savior balloons” idea.u know its just like them to also one day show cali floating across again just to tease us. But then again, end up dropping it in the water. So, there’s two scenarios. A) all of these flashes were planned out beforehand, methodically. And we are reacting exactly like they want us to. B) someone from the camp is making them daily based on what we say. Personally, I think “A”. They know we analyze everything. Cali will float back by later. I don’t know if it will stay, but we will see it again.