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. stitchstash Says:

    “Leadville, highest town in the US” or something to that effect. It was on the hightimes 100 chart. (Don’t read the magazine so not sure of the chart name). It made a lot of people mad at the time. People became very cautious after that.

  2. stitchstash Says:

    Thanks butter. Has to be 4 then. Who shut’s down at 3?

  3. halcyon Says:

    Have you heard of the crosswalker? Legendary in Summit and Eagle counties. Probably why Leadville earned that moniker in high times. Even though it is the highest at 10,250 feet.

  4. stitchstash Says:

    It is the highest, but No, never heard of the crosswalker. Do tell.

  5. stitchstash Says:

    I feel like I’m waiting for you to tell me the story of the ghost by a campfire…..With my snuggie.

  6. stitchstash Says:

    Colorado is medical now though right? Thought our friends from Denver had their script at F8.

  7. halcyon Says:

    Haha…to make a long story short, it has been around parts of summit and eagle for the past 15-20 years. Originally from Europe, it has established roots around here. The crosswalker is low-key, and those in the know line up early and often for its appearance. Strong, sweet, yet is adaptable for personal taste and preference. Sadly, I am no longer in the know by choice, though the memories are fond and strong.

  8. KWL Says:

    it is medical, though many places are enacting laws to prevent dispensaries from opening up in their areas

  9. KWL Says:

    including where I’m at. Boo.

  10. halcyon Says:

    Yeah it is. Breck recently voted for looking the other way too.

  11. halcyon Says:

    Many places in the I 70 corridor have approved it, and have opened. Unfortunately idiots have not been discrete which have been angering those who are against it. I can understand that. Especially stupid teenagers loitering in front of these places. Leadville has one or two dispensaries, Carbondale has 2, Glenwood has 2, Eagle has 0 yet it is approved here. Aspen has 1 or 2 as well.

  12. beepaphone Says:

    There’s a Garcia shrine on Aspen Mountain off of one of the runs in the woods with a give-a-joint take-a-joint bag.

  13. beepaphone Says:

    thats great to see CO is moving forward…didn’t get to enjoy those perks when I was there, but still…awesome.

  14. Mr.Miner Says:

    are people able to download the megaupload link today?

  15. beepaphone Says:

    worked for me

  16. Mr.Miner Says:

    cool….just wanted to know bc the stats on the backend show that nobody did, and i couldnt believe that was the case.

    thanks beep

  17. beepaphone Says:

    strange indeed. no worries.

  18. stitchstash Says:

    I don’t have access to my credit cards at the moment, otherwise I would be downloading them. Sorry I can’t help Miner.

    Which reminds me. I love Robear’s marketing technique for the T-shirts. I didn’t buy one but did donate directly to the website not too long ago. If you visit this site, Please contribute to it. If you visit a Phish show, please donate to the Water Wheel and please make sure to put your green lazer beams away.

  19. chefbradford Says:

    I’m actually hoping to buy one of Robear’s shirts next time I see him here. I want his input/opinion, but I’m leaning toward either a ringer-T or a hoodie (I have a soft spot for hoodies). I’ve always wanted one of the Dry Goods hoodies that say “melt” (they split down the front, har de har har har). I don’t know if they even carry them. And I do also intend to contribute directly to this site in the very near future

  20. chefbradford Says:

    >carry them anymore, I mean

  21. chefbradford Says:

    Jeez. I always feel like a tit when I end up here alone at night. It’s just like my bedroom, only it doesn’t smell like dude, and I can say inane (or occasionally insightful) things without my roommates thinking I’m nuts (or at least moreso than I am)

  22. KWL Says:

    what kind of losers hang out here late-night anyway?

  23. KWL Says:

    (neemor: that was your cue!! just kidding, just kidding, you must be supporting local music tonight)

  24. chefbradford Says:

    rub it in KWL, rub it in

  25. stitchstash Says:

    You are not alone chef- you were cracking me up last night. Wish I could have humored you back, but I was doing a ton of school work and was trying to not be distracted. I might still be able to pull off a 4.0 this semester if I’m lucky.

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