Moments In A Box: Night Three MSG (+1)

When the dust finally settles at the end of tour, we are left with vibrant memories and indelible inspiration that help power us through everyday. These times often take the form of exploratory musical passages, but at other times, these frozen moments are born from songs or Phishy occurrences. Today, let’s take a look back at the final two nights of fall, and four unique occurrences that continued to sow the seed within our souls.


“Scents and Subtle Sounds” – 12.4 II, MSG

12.4.09 (G.Lucas)

12.4.09 (G.Lucas)

As the band stepped on stage for their final set at MSG, one could already envision the inevitable “Rock and Roll” opener; Phish tends to highlight their most successful pieces of the year at its conclusion. The Velvet Underground cover would certainly arrive, but not before the band shocked the arena with the return of their post-hiatus opus, “Scents and Subtle Sounds.” Brought back to life without the fantasy-like narrative introduction – just as we left the song in 2004 – the band unveiled its first-ever indoor rendition. Following the previous nights’ “Light,” and “Disease > Piper,” conventional wisdom said that we were in for an extended adventure. Although the band decided to keep the song within its surreal confines, its mere reintroduction was cause for great celebration. “Scents” provided two defining jams in the post-hiatus era, both set in Camden’s E Center about a year apart, and reaching stratospheric realms of psychedelia. With their “retirement” in 2004, Phish lopped off this song’s destiny for greatness. But when the song dropped, a tsunami of dopamine flooded my brain, blissed out that we were again merging with this mystical tale. Now, back on scene, Phish is ready to continue “Scents'”cosmic flight. The prodigal song that leaped directly into the upper echelon of the band’s offerings with its debut in 2003, has finally returned for further spiritual treks. A huge win for all.



“You Enjoy Myself” – 12.4 II, MSG

(Sticker by Griggs)

(Sticker by Jiggs)

A certain symbiotic relationship exists between Madison Square Garden and “You Enjoy Myself” that always makes for a tasty treat. Tracing the song’s legacy in the building, Phish dropped all-time classic versions of “YEM” to close the third set of 1995’s legendary New Years’ Eve, and to punctuate two standout second sets on 12.29 in 1997 and 1998. All three of these versions hold a significant place in Phish lore, thus when the band opened the door to their timeless piece on 12.4 to close the MSG run, a palpable excitement bubbled to the surface of the arena. Nailing the composed half, when the band kicked into the funk, the place nearly exploded. Bouncing up and down in unison with Mike and Trey’s trampoline acrobatics, The Garden overflowed with energy by the time the jam dropped. Delving into a collaborative exercise in groove, Phish ended their three-night party with another top-notch version (though it can’t rightfully be grouped with the aforementioned triumvirate.) Trey locked into to a series of rhythm licks and delicate staccato lines, dancing his notes around Mikes swarming bass lines, Page’s piano melodies, and Fish’s swanky beats. Smoothly moving from rhythm playing to soloing, Trey transitioned the band into a fierce build, bringing the show – and stand – to a passionate peak.



“Shine A Light” 12.4 E, MSG

12.4.09 (G.Lucas)

12.4.09 (G.Lucas)

After six sets at The Garden, Phish had thrown down most all of their major songs, thus when they came out for their final encore, nobody quite knew what to expect. As Trey stepped to the mic for a final time in New York City and emotionally crooned the opening line to “Shine A Light,” it became abundantly clear that they couldn’t have selected a better song. The southern gospel that brought the band’s “Exile” set to a sublime peak in Indio unified the massive arena in a collective glow. Carrying profound lyrical weight at this stage of the game, “Shine A Light” could fit as the theme of Phish’s modern era. A glorious piece of music, “Shine A Light” will provide more than a few tear-jerking moments before all is said and done. The words speak for themselves –

May the good Lord shine a light on you,
Make every song you sing your favorite tune.
May the good Lord shine a light on you,
Warm like the evening sun.



“Antelope” – 12.5 II, Charlottesville

12.5.09 (G.Lucas)

12.5.09 (G.Lucas)

At the conclusion of Charlottesville’s smoking tour closer, Phish punctuated their final set with a classic dose of hilarity. As the band brought an intense “Antelope” to a head, Trey infused the final chorus with a humorous an allusion to a super-skilled stage-streaker that darted around the band in his birthday suit during the first set. Unable to be quickly caught, said streaker almost made the band stop “Yamar,” as Trey backed away from a naked hug, and Mike reacted with a near-halt to his thumping. Making this R-rated scene all the more absurd, this guy had a shocking ability to avoid stage security for a good while, using amps and speakers as picks while running around the stage like the Tasmanian Devil. As Trey set the gearshift to high, he spontaneously busted out the final lyrics, “You’ve got to run like a naked guy, out of control!” The band joined the comedic chorus in old-school, zany fashion, putting the finishing touch on a standout show, and tour, with collective laughter. Although the guy wasn’t around to see his ripple effect on the show, he will forever remember his night in jail with this recording.



Jam of the Day:

Rock and Roll > Ghost > If I Could” 11.21 II


This sequence provided the improvisational highlight of Phish’s final set in Cincinnati.



12.4.09 Madison Square Garden, NYC, NY < Megaupload



I: Heavy Things, Possum, Wilson, Kill Devil Falls, Glide, 46 Days, Bouncing Around the Room, Reba, Dinner and a Movie, Guyute, Maze, First Tube

II: Scents and Subtle Sounds, Rock and Roll > Seven Below > Twist, Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, You Enjoy Myself

E: Shine a Light

Source: Sennheiser MD441U > Edirol R4Pro @ 24/88.2

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789 Responses to “Moments In A Box: Night Three MSG (+1)”

  1. sumodie Says:

    @robear: staying at clay hotel on espinola way. a small budget hotel that i discovered for the 2003 shows.

  2. Neemor Says:

    Naked guy….hmmm….
    Did anyone actually see Miner at the show?
    Good jams, Miner….there were some great moments to wrap up the tour.

  3. Neemor Says:

    I’m pretty sure I did not go to school with Naked Guy, but much stranger things have happened in my life.

  4. Robear Says:

    J. Nicolas, I’m with you. That was a powerhouse evening with the Phish. My first trip to NYC!

    Monster ‘Tweezer’, too.

    YEM > Purple Rain > HYHU > Harry Hood

    Welcome to the big stage. Life’ll never be the same!

  5. Robear Says:

    Neemor, we (I) created confusion central last night. Reviewing two different shows, with the same song. Ohhhhhh, what a beautiful buzz. I don’t drink much, but I’ve been loving me some Vodka Gimlets. Vitamin C and spirits.

    So, did you hit the 10/27 show yet?

  6. Stir it with a Ladle Says:

    Have tickets gone out yet?

  7. chefbradford Says:

    I had fun after my work’s Christmas party last night, dancing around my room listening to highlights of fall tour, watching sweet HD YouTube footage, and trying not to wake up my roommates by falling into shit.

  8. Neemor Says:

    Vodka created about five years of confusion for me!
    I did not hit 10/27, not even once.
    I found that three shows in a day is my tolerance level.
    It’s next on the list, probably this afternoon or evening.

  9. Neemor Says:

    On that Antelope track @ 2:40, some dude lets out the scream that I felt for both of my Fall Antelopes…possibly losing face!
    I had no voice at that point either….

  10. sumodie Says:

    neemor: guess i got confused by one of your weekend posts. not trying to work the rumor mill 8)

  11. Neemor Says:

    Now….where’s my Gin?

  12. Neemor Says:

    Are you trying to deflect speculation that you are indeed, Naked Guy?
    I could totally see that! lol

  13. c0wfunk Says:

    a facebook status moment just made me realize – 2 friggin weeks to miami! Crazy work, & Christmas has distracted me from this fact but .. !!!!!

    last time I saw 4 nights of phish in a row – summer 00 (alpine, deercreekX3, ColumbusX2)

  14. HarryHood Says:

    The Naked Antelope is great, but I also worry that it will spawn other stage crashers. Although it ended up being a pretty harmless moment at the beginning of Ya Mar, that stunt could have really destroyed a great jam if this had happened at another point in the show. Timing is everything. I give the guy credit for having the balls to do it, but I still hope that we don’t see a trend.

  15. c0wfunk Says:

    miner – if you’re still around – do you know the name of the wordpress plugin you use for mp3s? Is it wp-audio by 1 pixel out?

  16. c0wfunk Says:

    hh I’ve had those thoughts – trey egging on naked stage jumping isn’t necessarily a good idea. It was pretty disturbing in the moment for sure..

  17. chefbradford Says:

    “You can get on the stage, but don’t let Carini get you.” “Carini’s gonna get you!”

  18. bl68300 Says:

    hey Miner, i dont think the DotD is working…or im just retarded. can any1 else confirm this?

  19. HarryHood Says:

    I prefer to leave the stunts to the band and not the audience.

  20. c0wfunk Says:

    was wondering how many posts ’til we’d get an island tour stage jumper reference 😉

    any other noted stage jumping incidents?

    a buddy of mine found himself on stage at the sci shows in austin in uhmmm 01? or so…… the story goes like this:

    buddy wanders off with some friends preshow, ends up w/ some old deadheads who are passing a vial around like it’s fresca.. buddy not knowing better drinks “enough until I could taste it” .. by all accounts way too much…

    so he does OK during the first set, though apparently is pretty deep into the pudding.. then to start off the second set, cheese starts w/ lonesome fiddle, which contains this spacey build up section that launches into a jaunty fiddle tune – at the moment of launch, my buddy Leaps onto the stage, does some dodging, apparently ends up backstage dodging security for a full 15 minutes or so. Dude is a black belt and an eagle scout and totally slipped into survival mode.

    Apparently at the time he was embroiled in some drama where he was a native american and there were these cowboys all around him persecuting him (we were in texas after all), and he saw the trees behind the stage which to him looked like the wild forest, his only escape.

    Then he hopped on stage, “met some guys” who took him to the back, at which point he slipped away and started running around.

    We pieced this all together after the show, when we couldn’t find him (we had only barely seen the stage moment, just saw his back and didn’t recognize him) , through different accounts frmo security as we were looking for him in the lots. Eventually we tracked him down at a local emergency room where he was a John Doe, the vibrations still completely swirled around him.

    After being finally caught, he was just tossed out in the lot, eventually ending up laying on the ground and taken away by paramedics.

    Dude recovered, but it took a while, and has distanced himself from the scene since.

  21. chefbradford Says:

    I’ve been waiting to see an Island Tour reference since I heard about naked guy, but I don’t think I’ve seen one. I couldn’t resist, THAT Antelope is not only smokin, but gut-bustingly hilarious (similar, from what I’ve read, to the more recent one, in those respects)

  22. Robear Says:

    Friends don’t let friends got to SCI Shows.

    Glad he recovered, Cowfunk.

  23. HarryHood Says:

    Anyone have a copy of the Doc Ellis video that you could e-mail me? I’m trying to show a friend at work and all of the sites that have it are blocked. BoireC at Hotmail dot com.

  24. chefbradford Says:

    Robear, sorry I disappeared Saturday night. I’d come in from a hellacious (sp?) work day, pretty much passed out at the computer. I did enjoy reading your theories when I woke up yesterday, though

  25. Neemor Says:

    If you drink enough to taste, it’s probably going to take a while to come back to earth!
    Jeeze Louize.
    I thought I was nuts!

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