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.

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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.

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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.

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DOWNLOAD OF THE DAY:

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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612 Responses to “New Year’s Run 2010 > 2011!”

  1. kenny powers Says:

    Leo

    you as well. yup, Mobile folk. good pees but some awkward convos. The stepfather, bless his 80-year old heart, sometimes lets a racist remark slip in a crowded Boston area restaurant….not the smoothest.

  2. kenny powers Says:

    that’s good “peeps”. nothing about urine…

  3. guitarpicker420! Says:

    @KP – PadeliMike and TaylorC are recording the finest tapes, by far, these days.

  4. Leo Weaver Says:

    haha, that’s funny KP. I know those awkward convos…hear at least one every time I go back to s ga to see the folks. Just a different way of life…

  5. EL Duderino Says:

    @ Leo

    You home?

  6. Leo Weaver Says:

    Yes they are @GP…those are about the only AUD sources I’ve grabbed recently. Those guys are good at their craft.

  7. Leo Weaver Says:

    Yeah dude…SLFs just got here.

  8. EL Duderino Says:

    Taylor Caine can’t pull a good aud outa his Ass!

  9. EL Duderino Says:

    couldn’t

  10. kenny powers Says:

    i’m with you on PA Mike but i have to say Taylor’s pulls haven’t really done it for me lately. Just seem kinda soft to my ears. There’s been some great ones though by guys i”m not familiar with.

    John Fairbairn has been running a rig w/ Neumann skm184s and i think a second rig at some shows too….i like his a lot.

  11. kenny powers Says:

    also have really liked a couple from “taperjoe”, “bporter”, and Chris King.

  12. EL Duderino Says:

    taperjoe is a Chicago guy.

    Seen him everywhere.

    Taylor has all the right equipment, just can’t get the good pull.

  13. Leo Weaver Says:

    Looking back, I didn’t end up with any of taylorc’s stuff from this summer. I have a few of his pulls from last year though…his were often the best of the bunch at the time. There were some shows done by a couple of newer names this year. the kansasourri streamers ended up putting out some of their stuff I think.

  14. kenny powers Says:

    overall the AUDs are great from this past tour, which i think is due in large part to how good the PA mix is, esp since Page got turned up for leg II.

    ok gotta run folks, have a good one.

  15. kenny powers Says:

    oh, and i also really like Shark420’s FOBs from the Greek (nights 1 and 2 only), which he upped in 24-bit taboot.

    ok bye for real

  16. EL Duderino Says:

    I remember seeing his rig at the Tab @ the Tab show.

    Perfect location – Sounds like shit IMO

  17. vegas wolfmans Says:

    El Duder- Thanks for the 9-27-76 link. Sounds remarkable. If you find others of that quality, please point us in the right direction. Gracias!

    not greedy. just wanted his rug back.

  18. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Dude- i grabbed that ’68 show last night. Sounds sick.

  19. plord Says:

    What’s up BB. I’ve been offline since early yesterday, heads down on preparation for a meeting this morning that I completely crushed 🙂 Culmination of a week where I didn’t sleep Monday or Wednesday night and only got a 3 hour catnap last night before storming the castle.

    But now I’ve missed my connection and am hangin’ in the Philly airport. Mmmm, airport food. However, having a little spare time on my hand, I can claim:
    Childcare for NYE: check!
    Wifely approval and accompaniment: check!!!!!!!
    Brother-in-Law midtown apartment free crash space: check!
    Shpongle tix: check!
    NYE tix: Lotto be good to me. I’m locked in now \m/

  20. Jtran Says:

    This 9/28/99 Tweezer is swanky, no doubt. Just listening now.

    Off to dinner with the lady tonight, then gonna watch a bit of my boss’s 10 piece funk band.

    Still lookin for that 10/31 magical orange ticket 🙁

  21. Jtran Says:

    And if anyone can seed the 11/22/97 video up on Demonoid right now I’d appreciate it 🙂

  22. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Have another week till PTBM period ends for NYE , right. I used to put my request in right away and always got shut out. Switched it up last 2 tours till the middle of the period, and have scored nicely. I’m sure it means nothing, but, if it ain’t broke…..

  23. lastwaltzer Says:

    @leo

    if you get down there again, white sands is quite the site.

    I also highly recommend the Chirachua National Monument ( http://www.nps.gov/chir/ ) the main seven or eight mile hike through the park is one of my favorite hikes in the US.

  24. Leo Weaver Says:

    @jtran…don’t sleep on the Tube. Great show front to back. Nice Hood (1st set closer!) and YEM with Sweet Home Alabama lyrics in the vox jam. NTMarshall thinks it’s the BEST First Tube…nasty for sure.

  25. Mr. Completely Says:

    wow @plord

    at this rate you’ll pass my Phish show count by the end of summer 2011 😮

    good for you, it’s cool your sweetie is coming, good times should abound

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