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. Mr.Palmer Says:


    went with this one.. Silly recommended it.

  2. vegas wolfmans Says:

    DOL- I went with the iomega because it was mac ready and pretty cheap.

  3. Mr. Completely Says:

    @plord, the problem is, all of our servers are a floor below us, or at the colo 16 floors below that…apparently that’s what has been causing errors all this time, who knew?

    @kenny, actually no, I have no idea. I assumed it was some combination of ratio and total amount uploaded.

  4. Mr.Palmer Says:

    VW- have you played with COG yet? Player that can play flacs. download it for free, drop flacs in, and press play.

  5. Mr. Completely Says:

    I’ve had one Iomega up and running hard for over a decade now FWIW

  6. Mr. Completely Says:

    but honestly re: Demon I embrace the relatively mysterious and chaotic aspects of that tracker as a welcome contrast to anal-retentive competitors…

  7. plord Says:

    I can’t trust my stuff to a single drive anymore. Re-ripping takes literally months. So I’m still pimping the NetGear Ready NAS as a network attached RAID server. Been bombproof for me so far including self-repairing RAID volumes after the thing was hard-unplugged during a write (don’t ask).

  8. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Thanks guys!

  9. vegas wolfmans Says:

    technology is cool.

    Palmer- Yeah I read back and saw y’alls discussion from last weekend on COG. I will definitely be checking that out pronto.

    Dicks Picks 12 is the pimp’s pajamas. It had been a while. Thanks for the reminder, bb.


  10. plord Says:

    DP12 indeed. Queueing up the WRS->MLBJ->US Blues for the next flight.

  11. joemeg Says:

    I also have no idea what the criteria for invites is, but I have another one. Duke, shoot me an email if you want one.

  12. Kevin Says:

    If anyone else has an invited, I’d love one.

    kevin at

  13. Mr.Palmer Says:

    This is honestly the first time i’ve seen this site before. Looks pretty cool. You guys use it mainly for music or movies? I guess my question is, what makes it so special?

  14. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Thanks a ton @joemeg, e-mail coming.

    @Mr P – what exactly is the “custom e-label” feature? Doesn’t look like it explains it anywhere on the WD site.

  15. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Duke- i literally just got it 2 days ago. I’m still trying to figure stuff out myself. Haven’t come across the custom e-label yet. I assume it just you can set up multiple folders for anything. ie. summer tour ’10, fall tour ’10, . I’m a novice and a technical zero so i’m pretty clueless.

  16. joemeg Says:

    I just sent one to you Kevin.

  17. halcyon Says:

    I am thinking the custom e label is what you name your drive on your hard drive display. For instance I named mine digitalife.

  18. Kevin Says:

    Got it! Thanks, Joe. I’m on babysitting duty tonight, and I was wondering what to do after he goes to bed in 30 mins. Now I have my answer:)

  19. Mr. Completely Says:

    Demon is cool because it has a very large selection of downloads but they’re not a bunch of douchey ratio nazis like

    also I’ve never had to quarantine a virus after visiting the site like I did after grabbing Miner’s Biscuits torrent off of TPB ;-P

  20. Mr. Completely Says:

    in other words it’s a laissez-faire kind of place but still works well

  21. Mr.Palmer Says:

    your probably right Halcy. Mine’s greg’s HD… real original

  22. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Wait… you got a virus from Miner’s torrent link Mr.C? oh no…

  23. Mr. Completely Says:

    yeah it was stupid of me to click on that link really

    no one should ever go to a TPB link

    they’re riddled with malware

    symantec caught it easily, it was a chump virus

  24. Mr. Completely Says:

    wait, it was a direct link to the torrent file wasn’t it? that’s actually odd then. I need to talk to the admins again.

  25. Mr.Palmer Says:

    wow, thanks for the advice. The Macs are pretty good at fighting off most virus from what i’ve come to understand, but better safe than sorry.

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