Phish will cover the Rolling Stones’ famed 1972 release Exile On Main Street this evening as party of its Halloween tradition of covering another artist’s album in its entirety. The band broke the news by handing out a series of “Phishbill” programs to fans as they entered the venue area of the band’s Festival 8 site Saturday afternoon. Sharon Jones, the lead singer of the Dap-Kings, will sing backup with the group. In addition, Dave Guy (trumpet), David Smith (trombone), Tony Jarvis (sax guitar) and Saundra Williams (vocals) will support the group during its set.
Phish fans should be familiar with the Stones’ double LP, as the band has covered the album’s ninth track, “Loving Cup,” since the 1990s. The Phishbill comes complete with an essay on Exile on Main Street written by rock scribe David Fricke, fake advertisements for David Bowie with UB40 shows at Miami, Fl’s American Airlines Arena from December 28-31 (where Phish is rumored to play this New Year’s Eve) and Time Turns Elastic Sweatpants, and humorous band bios (and who doesn’t love the sweet vocals on Page “Mc” Connell). In an elaborate Who’s Who in the Crew section, the band also jokes that Tour Manager Richard Glasgow “currently owns stock in Ticketmaster, TicketsNow, eBay, Stubhub, MusicToday and Craigslist” (no wonder Phish tickets sell out so quickly).