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. willowed Says:

    9 minutes from venue in woosta

  2. KWL Says:

    fist pump to that

  3. willowed Says:

    It’s locked in then. We will split the room.

    I just need to land tix which I am sure I will.

    I think it”s at the quality inn or something

  4. kayatosh Says:

    all 17 mins. of this franklin’s are $$$. 9-27-76

  5. KWL Says:

    tough to say what tix will be like, but there is a long time between now and then

  6. KWL Says:

    cuing that one up kaya after this mingus

  7. kayatosh Says:

    the around and around is on point, as well. and i don’t even particularly dig that tune. this version takes care of biz.

  8. KWL Says:

    when was the nye run announcement, yesterday?

    i went from saying ‘can’t do it’ and doing no mail order to requesting every show pretty quickly

    how do i think i won’t hit these shows, i’ll be in upstate new york with nothing to do and 2 months to think about it

  9. Mr.Palmer Says:

    That happens to me all the time @kwl. We kid ourselves into being responsible till we realize we are powerless..

    Just started up that Help>Slip again. So good.

  10. willowed Says:

    just think kwl… the next Phish show will be in the summer.

    unless they do another island tour.

    I have a feeling I will be doing 12/30 and 1/1/11…we’ll see

  11. KWL Says:

    of course, i also may become a plasma donor for the first time

  12. willowed Says:

    maybe 12/31 if the wife wants to roll

  13. Kevin Says:

    No nye for me, Halloween is my getaway. But good luck nonetheless to everyone with an order in.

  14. kayatosh Says:

    checkin this one out now GD 10-21-88

    believe it or not, memphis blues, dupree’s . . .wang dang doodle. were my selections.

  15. kayatosh Says:

    “Just started up that Help>Slip again. So good.”

    if you’re talkin 9-27-76, i feel ya. $$$.

  16. KWL Says:

    i just booked a hotel in new jersey

    i have a serious problem

    the slf will not be happy if i go through with it

  17. willowed Says:

    my slf is never happy with it. so i married her. everytime she gets pissed i point to the ring and tell her “we are under contract”.

  18. KWL Says:

    the line i use is ‘for better or worse’, and we’re not even married yet, just engaged

    i will not be happy when she says that to me

  19. Mr.Palmer Says:

    LLFA @ KWL !!! Where in Jersey?

  20. halcyon Says:


    I tried planting the seed last night. Not going to bring it up for a while. Her family is 30 min from Woostah, and also have friends in Auburn, and my folks are a train ride away from MSG.

    Right now I am grateful with the shows seen, and to be seen this year. I wasn’t even going to put in for shows, but am feeling the pull.

  21. halcyon Says:

    Willowed…I need to use that. Thanks!

  22. willowed Says:

    we need to figure out what type of crew is heading to AC
    is Frankie?
    KW…you doin’ AC?

    who else?

  23. willowed Says:

    Halcy…you makin’ an east coast run?

  24. KWL Says:

    holiday inn meadowlands

    willowed, frankie will be at AC, mitch too, and so will I (still need one 10/31)

  25. KWL Says:

    $400 for 3 nights

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