The days of Phish-related speculation being relegated to message boards and blogs seem to be over as local papers pick up on these rumors and run with them. We’ve got a couple of examples that popped up today. Most Phish fans are convinced that the band’s upcoming Halloween Festival will take place at one of the Polo Fields in Indio, leading many of them to book hotel rooms near the site. The Desert Sun – a local paper out of Palm Springs – published an article yesterday about the hotels in the area seeing a major increase in bookings for the nights between October 29 and November 2.
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Today, the Desert Sun ran a follow-up article indicating that Coachella concert promoter Paul Tolett was due to meet with Phish production manager Hadden Hipsley yesterday without revealing any details about what transpired between the two. Meanwhile, city officials claim they haven’t seen any contract or agreement. The Save The Date graphic on Phish.com still has plenty of States left, but it’s becoming clear which state will host the festival on October 30 through November 1.
Over on the East Coast, our friend Sam McDonald of the Daily Press – a fine journo who wrote a ton of articles about every aspect of Phish’s three-night stand at the Hampton Coliseum in March – has put together a piece about speculation that the jam maestros will return to the Mothership as part of their fall tour. McDonald even got a source to give the rumor legs…
A Hampton city government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Phish is definitely coming back this year — probably sometime in the fall.
In these harsh economic times local officials LOVE the financial shot in the arm that the Phish community can bring making a potential visit from the quartet a big story. Times have certainly changed from the days when Phish was supposedly banned from Red Rocks and other venues.