Phish Halloween cartoon indicates Sci-Fi Soldier Performance

Read the origin story of Sci-Fi Soldier in preparation for ‘Get More Down.’

By Scott Bernstein October 31, 2021 18:49 PDT

Phish fans entering the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas tonight got cartoons heralding a performance of Sci-Fi Soldier’s Get more down as their musical costume for Halloween. The band resumes the tradition of wearing a musical costume for their second set on Halloween, which this year comes as the final show at a four-night stand in Las Vegas and by Fall Tour 2021.

It looks like Sci-Fi Soldier’s Get more down is a suite with 12 new originals similar to Kasvot Växt in 2018. The cartoon consists of 14 pages, including the inside front and back covers, which tell the origin story of the Sci-Fi Soldier. Both Kasvot Växt set and guitarist Trey Anastasio’s “Harpua” story from Saturday night are referred to. A poster designed by Johnny Dombrowski was surprisingly released tonight and put up for sale at merch stands.

The comic comes after the quartet first started releasing “Phishbills” in 1996, when they covered Talking Heads’ iconic 1980 album Stay in the light at The Omni in Atlanta and have been distributing their versions of Playbills at every Halloween concert since. While the quartet loves to screw with their followers, Phish has in the past been true to the “musical costume” profiled in every Phishbill.

Phish began the musical costume trend on October 31, 1994; when they covered The Beatles’ White album at the Glens Falls Civic Center in Glens Falls, New York. Fans voted for the election that year, as they did on Halloween 1995 for a performance Quadrophenia by The Who at Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois. As mentioned, the first Phishbill heralded Stay in the light takes place at The Omni on October 31, 1996. Phish then donned the musical costume of The Velvet Undergrounds Loaded in Las Vegas’ Thomas & Mack Center.

It would take 11 years for the next Phish Halloween concert, which took place at the band’s Festival 8 event in Indio, California. The four trains on The Rolling Stones’ Exile on the main street on Halloween 2009 with horns and backing vocalists. Phish then covered a live album for the first and only time on October 31, 2010 with a performance of Little Feat’s Waiting for Columbus at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. The tradition underwent a major change for the next musical costume at Halloween 2013 in Boardwalk Hall. This time, Phish showed off their next studio album by premiering 12 originals, most of which would be shown on theirs Fire LP the following year.

Phish then created songs based on Disney Fearful, exciting sounds of the haunted house sound effects album debuted at Halloween 2014 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. The same place where the band performs tonight also hosted the latest cover of the entire album when Phish played David Bowies The rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust and the spiders from Mars at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Halloween 2016. Two years later, the group invented Kasvot Växt, a band that is said to have originated in Scandinavia as part of an extensive prank. Phish played in stone on October 31, 2018 – a collection of 10 new originals.

Watch tonight’s concert via a livestream or tune in to SiriusXM’s Phish Radio for a simulcast.

Read the whole cartoon here.

Get more down Tracklist

  1. Knuckle Bone Broth Avenue
  2. Get more down
  3. Eggs In A Hole
  4. Thanksgiving
  5. Clear this mind
  6. The 9th dice
  7. Outer inner reach
  8. Do not doubt me
  9. The settlement
  10. Something that lives here
  11. Hylen
  12. I’m in Miami

Formerly Phish musical costumes

  • 1994 – The Beatles – White album
  • 1995 – The Who – Quadrophenia
  • 1996 – Talking Heads – Stay in the light
  • 1998 – Velvet Underground – Loaded
  • 2009 – The Rolling Stones – Exile on the main street
  • 2010 – Small business – Waiting for Columbus
  • 2013 – Phish – Vine suit
  • 2014 – Phish / Disney – Fearful, exciting sounds of the haunted house
  • 2016 – David Bowie – The rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust and the spiders from Mars
  • 2018 – Phish / Face Plant – in stone

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