Walking into the theatre at The Bridge I knew I was in for a once in a lifetime cinema experience. Within the first few seconds of the lights going down as the opening notes of “AC/DC Bag” blasted in surround sound, multiple fans took the chance to light up. You sure as hell didn’t see that during Alice in Wonderland 3D– Well at least I didn’t.
The final section focused on the band performing songs from their Halloween Costume – Exile on Main Street by The Rolling Stones. The first song is one that has been in the Phish catalog for years “Loving Cup.” Backed by a three piece horn section and singing sensations Saundra Williams & Sharon Jones, I know I am not the only fan who feels this was hands down the greatest Cup the band has ever played. From there we got the Fishman led “Happy” before wrapping up with “Shine A Light” and “Soul Survivor.”
For many the highlight of Festival 8 was the Halloween night encore of “Suzy Greenberg.” Only a fool would have left this out of the film. Heck, just like it was the highlight of Festival 8, Suzy is the hands down highlight of the entire 2 hour and 20 minute 3D concert event. The final song of the festival was also the final song of the film. With guitarist Trey Anastasio looking all goofy, the band blew the roof off the theatre with a hard rocking “Tweezer Reprise.” Then just like that, it was over. Scary how fast two hours and twenty minutes can fly by.
I will be honest, I did expect a lot more from the 3D. I thought we surely would see glowsticks jump out at us, lights up in our face and perhaps 8 shaped donuts fly at us. However, we just got mic stands that protruded and the occasional balloon. I had also hoped for more behind the scenes/phans/campground footage, but perhaps we will get those in the eventual DVD release. The film both looks and sounds great, and the fact I got to boogie down in a movie theatre to the music of my favorite band is an experience I won’t soon forget. So if you missed Festival 8, or perhaps just want to relive the weekend one more time, do not miss Phish 3D when it opens nationwide on April 30th.
Spoiler Alert – Film Set List Below The Photo:
Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan
Back On The Train
The Curtain With
Shine A Light