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

  1. dognamedwilson Says:

    If I recall its something loike 153 in ’93? I’m prolly way off base with that.

    Oh well, still fun to participate.

  2. BingosBrother Says:

    Thanks T3. Good luck to your Irish, that Harbaugh is a f’ing ahole. No class.

    Is everybody in yet?

  3. Guyute711 Says:

    The League is the best show on tv right now

    ugh, I find it unwatchable.

  4. Guyute711 Says:

    This is terrible. It’s not even 9:30 and I am out of work to do. It’s going to be a long day.

  5. ThePigSong Says:

    no sorry PSHS – I tried emailing before I dumped them. Are you from the tradeboard or the friend I forwarded to?

  6. SillyWilly Says:

    Harbaugh coached at the University of San Diego before he was at Stanford and USD was our biggest football rival at Dayton.

    He is a shady, shady dude.

    and I can’t say I have very much respect for him.

  7. BeantownBoy Says:

    Happy Friday, BB!

    Put in my lone request for the holiday run–12/28.
    After hitting 5 of the Fall Tour dates (maybe more) that is all I can justify. AC is my NYE.

    @ Type 3

    Nice contest. My guess is 170 shows in ’92.

    @ JWP

    I think/hope that Halloween is getting 3 sets. They wouldn’t be building the hype if that wasn’t the case and Miner reported yesterday that Kuroda on his FB page was asking for cover album requests. Besides has Phish ever played a Halloween where there wasn’t 3 sets?

    I think that the reason NYE is $70 is due to the fact that it is MSG on NYE. I remember back in the day when tickets were $20-$25 per show that MSG was–gasp!–$40. I think that the folks who run MSG just charge a premium to book it on NYE due to it being in NYC where a cheap hotel on NYE will run you $400-$500 for NYE.

  8. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    only good thing about Harbaugh is his distaste for USC. Other than that, I have nothing good to say about the man. he is, after all, a skunkbear.

  9. JWP Says:


    That was my thinking, MSG+NYE = higher price. I guess my pessimistic side is creeping up. This will be my first Phish Halloween show, and I am still coming to grips with the reality that I will actually be there!

    It’s like in Dickens’ Great Expectations, when Pip is going to London for the first time, and during his trip he is convinced that it somehow won’t be there any more when he gets there.

  10. ThePigSong Says:

    @beantown – just FYI kurodas FB page is actually just a fan

  11. SillyWilly Says:

    I think Harbaugh only has distaste when it will make him look good.

    He would hate Michigan if coached at a Big 10 school.

    He’d hate Stanford if Cal offered him 1.5 a year.

  12. SillyWilly Says:

    sorry. my dislike of Harbaugh runs very deep.

    its just because I played against him.

  13. Jtran Says:

    12/5/95 Gin – $$$

    Great, driving groove..helps get work done (until you start discussing Phish)

  14. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    all the more reason to beat the Tree tomorrow, right silly?

  15. halcyon Says:

    @ JWP

    In my observations, NYE always seems to command a higher price, whether it is at a bar, club, small venue, large theater, restaurant, hotels, etc.

    Halloween has been a 3 set tradition. Why break that unless it is something really cool and unique?

  16. BingosBrother Says:

    Sun Times article about Harbaugh this morning detailing a whole bunch of dickhead moves. I have coached youth sports for quite a few years and dealt with many a Harbaugh. No class.

  17. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    and don’t even get me started on Stanford in general. their band is a menace! (actually kidding here, but definitely didn’t appreciate some of the hijinx that got them banned from ND stadium – amongst other stadiums)

  18. SillyWilly Says:

    Yeah, TypeIII.

    feeling like this one is make or break.



    The worst one I know about was told to us by some of the San Diego players. They used to stay in Dayton after they played us for a night before they flew home on Sunday.

    Of course, we always drank with them after the game. They told us how one of the DUIs came a week after he ripped one of his players in front of the whole team for an underage drinking ticket.

    I don’t care if you talk shit to the papers and that kind of thing, but you gotta walk the walk with your own team.

  19. sumodie Says:

    I think/hope that Halloween is getting 3 sets. They wouldn’t be building the hype if that wasn’t the case

    Phish Inc hasn’t been hyping Halloween at all -we’re doing that for them 8)

    Halloween probably doesn’t invoke extra charges from the venue like NYE does, plus AC needs our $$$

  20. Guyute711 Says:

    No way Silly, you guys drank after Dayton games. I find that hard to believe.

  21. Emperor Palpatine Says:

    Billion Dollar Babies

  22. Kevin Says:

    NYE is probably just more expensive of a production to put on. Imagine all the clowns they have to hire to blow up all those balloons!

  23. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    you are both way high and in the wrong year though definitely the correct epoch…

  24. sumodie Says:

    The number of hallucinogenically inspired films has just increased by one:

    Enter the Void

    about a young American in Japan who smokes a hallucinogen – then STUFF happens….

    NYTimes loves it:

  25. SillyWilly Says:


    Tim’s, baby.

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