With Halloween concert season coming up soon it seems everyone is getting geared up for their own show plans. My personal plans for Halloween 2009 include Festival 8, however, just a few years back I spent my Halloween at Vegoose in 2005, and managed to catch what turned out to be an amazing show by String Cheese Incident – complete with a nearly half hour long cover of “Thriller” before it was the cool thing to do. It seems that the band was equally happy with the results of their many Halloween shows, because they’re releasing Trick or Treat – the Best of String Cheese Incident’s Halloween shows on October 27, 2009.
It looks like the album is available for preorder on a 2-disc CD and well as a vinyl edition, and the band will also be releasing a premium edition 9-disc set for the hardcore fans. Curiously enough, the 10/29/2005 show in Las Vegas seems to have been snubbed by this release, even though it served as the band’s Halloween show that year. Take a look at the following track listing and press release and scroll down to download and preview some audience-recorded versions of the tracks that will end up on the album:
01. Land’s End
02. Walking on the Moon
03. Come Together
04. The Wedge
05. Get Down Tonight
06. Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!
07. Hot in Herre
08. War Pigs
09. Freeker by the Speaker
02. Under African Skies
04. LA Woman
05. Peace Train
06. Rock the Casbah
07. So What
08. ‘Round the Wheel
09. Restless Wind
“With the one-time constant touring machine otherwise known as The String Cheese Incident slowing their schedule considerably in recent years, fans get a chance to relive the group’s legendary “Hulaween” shows on the forthcoming live release, Trick or Treat. The two-disc release – set to hit on October 27, 2009 on CD, vinyl, and digitally – is culled from several of these epic shows by The String Cheese Incident. An expanded 9-disc deluxe box set edition of Trick or Treat, will also be available in very limited quantity.
Known to perform special concerts comprised heavily of cover tunes each Halloween, Trick or Treat offers selections from SCI performances recorded at Atlanta’s Variety Playhouse (1998), Philadelphia’s Electric Factory (1999), Portland’s State Theatre (2000), New York City (2001), Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium (2002), Sin City’s Cox Pavillion (2003), and Madison’s Exhibition Center at Alliant Energy Center.
The 9-disc limited edition box set of Trick or Treat includes seven complete sets – featuring must-hear renditions of Beatles (“Come Together”), Beastie Boys (“No Sleep Till Brooklyn”), Grateful Dead (“Shakedown Street”), KC & The Sunshine Band (“Get Down Tonight”), Queen (“We Are the Champions”), and Phish (“The Wedge”) classics, among many others. The Trick or Treat deluxe box set also features brand new artwork from Michael Everett, special commemorative mini-posters from the Hulaween shows, personalized liner notes from the band, a photo booklet by famed rock photographer C. Taylor Crothers, and plenty of special surprises.”
Take a listen to these tracks from SCI Halloween shows from the past, courtesy of archive.org:
Halloween 2001 at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY:
MP3: “No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn” (Beastie Boys Cover)
Halloween 1999 at the Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA:
MP3: “Exodus” (Bob Marley Cover)
Halloween 2004 at Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI:
MP3: “Rock The Casbah” (Clash Cover)