New Year’s Run 2010 > 2011!

12.31.09 (Photo: Wendy Rogell)

Using no Flash video and little fanfare, Phish announced an unprecedented five-night New Years Run with a low-key addition to their website yesterday. Comprised of two nights at “The Centrum” in Worcester, Massachusetts, and a 3-night grand finale at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Phish will not only close 2010 in style, they will open 2011 with their first-ever January 1st show! Ever since Phish began their tradition of New Year’s Runs, their shows have taken place on the last four nights of the year: December 28, 29, 30, and 31st. The band will veer from this pattern this year, playing December 27 and 28 in Worcester and then taking a day off before rocking MSG on December 30, 31, and January – 1/1/11. New Year’s Eve will still consist of three sets to ring in 2011, but Phish will also kick start the calendar with two more sets the on the first day of the year.

MSG - photo: Peter Aaron

Left out of this New Year’s extravaganza, however, is one of the most sacred nights of the Phish calendar – December 29th. Career highlights on the 29th have become iconic in Phish lore – “The Providence Bowie” in’ 94, “The Real Gin” in ’95, a rotated “Bathtub Gin and an Oasis-laced “Harpua” in ’96, one of the defining shows of the late ’90s with a second set of “Disease >Bowie > Possum, Tube, YEM” in ’97, an immaculate MSG “YEM” in ’98, and flowing, jam-laden segue-fest in Miami highlighted by “Ghost > Free” in ’03. With this well-known and illustrious history, Phish continued their unspoken tradition last year by blowing out 12/29 in Miami with the most creative show of the run that was underlined by, perhaps, the jam of 2009 in a stunning “Tweezer.” But likely due to a desire to play on the binary date, 1/1/11, Phish will skip their magical December night this year. Despite this glaring omission, however, we’ve got five more shows on the horizon!

As the community had just about readied itself for Phish’s upcoming Fall Tour of mid-size venues, this New Year’s announcement confirmed of a rumor that had circulated for a couple of weeks. There was no surprise about New Year’s Eve at MSG, but the when the buzz began about a January 1st show, the rumor seemed hard to believe. With the new sober, family-based Phish, however, the band members likely won’t battle heavy hangovers as they retake the stage on the national holiday. So this year, the 1st is the new 29th…don’t miss it!

DCU Center - Worcester, MA

Continuing to saturate the Northeast with shows, the band won’t stray far from home during the holiday season, getting back to basics in two arenas that have seen many New Year’s Run epics. MSG has hosted 11 New Years Run shows and The Centrum has hosted three, and the two buildings have each housed a New Year’s Eve show to be reckoned with. Generally accepeted as the two best 12/31s (excluding Cypress), 1993 in Worcester and 1995 at MSG represent peak points in Phish’s developmental arc. So with plenty of history on their side, the band will take it back to the frigid winter of the Northeast in late-December, leaving the sunshine and beaches of Florida as distant memories.

Hitting fans’ wallets just before Fall Tour kicks off, ticket requests are open now until October 2, and then public onsales will go down on October 9th for MSG, and October 10th for Worcester – the day of the first show in Broomfield! With the announcement of the year’s final shows, Phish has 19 more before the year is up, and exactly one slated for 2011. There’s nothing quite like New Year’s Run at MSG and aside from 2002’s mediocre comeback show, it’s been 12 years since Phish made New York’s Midtown Mecca their lair for end-of-year excursions. But as 2010 continues to bring retro-trends into play, we are heading back to The Garden for New Year’s, shifting another piece back into place again in the universe of the Phish.


8.7.10 (W.Rogell)

Type II Trivia Update: As of 12 am pacific time, I’ve received 12 entries for yesterday’s ‘type II’ identification contest. Though everyone has until 7 pm tonight, they will have a hard team taking down the leader who has 26 out of 30 possible points! Pretty… pretty… pretty… impressive! Get your entries to prove your Jedi-level Phish mastery. The winner and the answers will be posted as part of “Weekend Nuggets” tomorrow.


Jam of the Day:

Tweezer” 11.23.94 II

A heart and face-melting version from St. Louis’ Fox Theatre during November ’94 winds up our week full of “Tweezers.” This classic nugget was recently upgraded in everyone’s collection to SBD as part of archivist, Kevin Shapiro’s radio show at Bonnaroo.




4.13.1994 The Beacon Theatre, NYC, NY < Torrent

4.13.1994 The Beacon Theatre, NYC, NY < Megaupload

The Beacon Theatre - NYC

This show at New York’s famed Beacon Thatre was part of the first month of Phish’s Spring/Summer tour that would run through mid-July.

I: Buried Alive > Poor Heart, Stash, The Lizards, Julius, Ginseng Sullivan, The Divided Sky, Golgi Apparatus

II: Faht, The Curtain, Sample in a Jar, Reba, Big Ball Jam, Fee, Take the ‘A’ Train, David Bowie, Purple Rain > Hold Your Head Up, AC/DC Bag

E: Sweet Adeline, Good Times Bad Times

Source: (FOB) Schoeps CMC5/Mk4 (ORTF)-> Sonosax SX-M2-> Apogee AD-500E-> Sony D-10 @ 48KHz; Row 9

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  1. Corey Says:

    Well, two things I learned (rather, reaffirmed) from that quiz – that was more like a drop the needle test from my college days – are these:

    After nearly 18 years of checking out PHiSH…still haven’t heard it all.
    Those four musicians are…musically diverse motherfuckers.

    Oh, and aside from my poor test results, I did make it here first tonight.
    That’s gotta count for something, right?

  2. garretc Says:

    Ahh, my first New Years run approaches!

    Flights booked, lodging being sought out (likely crashing at friends of family), two PTBMs in already…

    This is actually happening! Nice!

  3. phiore Says:

    Phish wants all my money

  4. Calpain Says:

    Missed yesterday entirely (aside from streaming the trivia this am),
    that 26/30 is outrageously impressive. As Larry David would say that is pretty…pretty…pretty GOOD (love that reference Miner!).

    Looking forward to hearing the answers to the quiz, I know I have heard a few but pinpointing is out of the question.

    I’ll be trying my luck with Woostah I & II

    Have a good day Everyone!

  5. Oldskool Says:

    CLASSIC Phish coming over the next few months!! Strap on your chinstraps and get ready 🙂

  6. Mr.Palmer Says:

    As the great Samuel Jackson once said ” Hold on to your butts…”

    Have a great Friday.

  7. Jtran Says:

    Excited to see you again Garret! At least we won’t be sleeping in the car this time 🙂

  8. Jtran Says:

    I’ll be putting in for 1 ticket to each of the 3 MSGs. Hoping karma helps this time after being shut out of Fall tour PTBM

  9. phoammhead Says:

    Nice @Oldskool

    Agreed and well said – Classic Phish on the horizon!

  10. phoammhead Says:

    Awesome write up, MrMiner!

  11. ThePigSong Says:

    I think I can manage five requests for NYE – enough??

  12. P.S.H.S. Says:

    @pig, i got your email, you still have extras for manch or augusta?

  13. SillyWilly Says:

    Good morning, kids!

    glad to see some more dates, but Im afraid I won’t be able to swing the New Year’s Run.

    very cool to see the Phish play on 1111, though.

  14. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    mornin all

    so they will do 10.10.10 and 1.1.11 (there was no 9.9.9 or even a 7.8.9 but there was an 8.9.10). perhaps they’ll also do 9.10.11 and 11.11.11 next fall…


  15. willowed Says:

    My head just exploeded TIII

  16. SillyWilly Says:

    maybe theyll just say, “We love being Phish, lets play 70 shows next year.”

  17. Guyute711 Says:

    Was somewhat dissapointed with the first It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Last night did not dissapoint.

  18. willowed Says:

    I agree 100% Guyute.
    Last nights was better…but they need focus a little more.
    The League is currently a better program IMO.
    And that’s tough for me to say.

  19. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    maybe they’ll just say, “We love being Phish, lets play 70100 shows next year.”

    /pipe dream’d

    btw, anyone care to guess what the most shows phish has played in any one calendar year is? and what year that was? no peeking!

  20. amazin1986 Says:

    Miner, thank you for Tweezer week. It doesn’t get any better imho. November 94 was a very special month for Tweezer. I was at Erie on 11-13 and it was the best version I have ever seen (along with Antelope). And the Tweezers after that, 11-18, 11-23 and obviously 11-28 all stand the test of time. An epic run for Phish’s best song.

  21. tela'smuff Says:

    ahh.. to be able to have the ability to do the NYE run. oh well. those days are over for me.

    that Jan. 1st show should be real interesting!!!

  22. Jtran Says:

    phish phish phish

    miner’s dec. 95 pics to get through the day

  23. BingosBrother Says:

    The League is the best show on tv right now. There, I wrote it. have to disagree about sunny last night, though. terrible episode, maybe laughed once. Season opener wasn’t good either, but way better than last night IMO.

    So, Phish is playing 5 more NE shows. Good for them.

  24. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    nice showing by your ‘Canes last night, bingos. successfully avoided getting camaro’ed by the Wannstache.

  25. JWP Says:

    So, someone mentioned this yesterday, and it was a bit concerning.

    Since they are charging $70 for NYE, and they explicitly stated that they will be doing 3 sets, whereas they only charged $60 for Halloween, and have not stated anything officially about 3 sets…

    Is it possible that 10/31 will only be a 2 set show? They only said that it would be “a very special Halloween show”

    Any thoughts?

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