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Phish Performs Unrecorded New Album During Halloween Show; Abe Vigoda Appears Onstage in Wombat Costume

Image courtesy of TheFunStar.com (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of TheFunStar.com (via ABC News Radio)

Phish had a couple of special surprises for fans who attended their annual Halloween concert in Atlantic City, NJ. The band, which normally covers a classic album during one of their sets, treated fans to every single cut they plan to put out on their follow-up to 2009's Joy .

According to Jambands.com , the band handed out their traditional Phishbill magazine at the concert, which revealed the title of their next studio album, Wingsuit , along with a full track list. That forthcoming album, which has yet to be recorded, is expected to feature 12 tracks. Rolling Stone reports the Phishbill contained a statement in which the group explained that they decided to premiere the new cuts live so fans could experience them in their rawest form.

"Music is a spiritual language," wrote the band. "The songs always change so much as soon as we play them together with all of you. Playing these songs tonight is a way that we can get them dirty and mess them up a little before we record them. And the live energy of a Phish audience will be directly involved in the making of our new album, as we all celebrate 30 years together."

In addition to the new music, the band kept their annual Halloween tradition going by having someone in costume appear onstage with them, but this year, that costume contained an unexpected celebrity. 

According to Hypervocal.com , during the performance of “Wombat,” a Wingsuit track whose lyrics feature a reference to actor Abe Vigoda , a man in a wombat suit came out and danced on stage with four back-up dancers.  When the song ended, frontman Trey Anastasio told the crowd that Vigoda himself was actually in the wombat costume.  Sure enough, after a quick body double switch, the man in the wombat suit came back on stage and revealed himself to be none other than the 92-year-old Godfather and Barney Miller star.

A release date for Wingsuit has yet to be released. Here is the track list:

“The Line”
“Waiting All Night”
“Devotion to a Dream
“Amidst the Peals of Laughter”
“You Never Know”

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