Manteca, Sand, and The Holy Ghost

12.31.2010 (Ryan Gilbertie)

Phish delivered the most explosive set of the Holiday Run right in the wheelhouse of Madison Square Garden’s three-night stand. While January 1st may have boasted a more complete overall show, no frame matched the big city setting better than the monstrous music of New Year’s Eve centerpiece. On, arguably, the nations biggest stage on the most celebrated night of the year, Phish used their middle frame to throw down an iconic holiday set of music that featured some of the band’s most exemplary playing of their five-night run.

12.31.10 (G.Estreich)

Reigning in the entire audience with the Gamehendge, call-and-response anthem, “Wilson,” and then lighting The Garden aflame with the over-sized arena rock of “46 Days,” the pot was already boiling when Trey strummed the opening chords to “Sand.” A song that transformed from a platform for guitar bravado into an earnest whole-band conversation this fall, “Sand’s” final version of the year flooded the room with adrenaline. As Phish completed the brief lyrical section, they took a swan dive into some of their most dynamic improv of the night. The entire band played off Trey’s staccato licks —  echoing, altering, and responding to his signature patterns. And within no time at all, the band engaged in a rhythmic boxing match, bobbing and weaving like Ali and Frazier in the same building 39 years earlier. With melodies dancing around each other like prize-fighters, Trey, Mike, and Page threw down several rounds of scorching interplay within a ten minute journey, all contained by Fishman’s squared-circle. Drawing raucous mid-jam roars from the juiced onlookers, Phish took this jam to the top in the, difficult-to-dispute, version of the year.

After a mid-set interlude of “NICU,” Phish got right back to business with the defining sequence of the set, and the night. The adventure began with the opening bass rumbling of “Down With Disease,” and continued right through the song’s high-speed rock and roll into a slowed down, menacing segment of music. As Phish slid smoothly into “Ghost,” one could feel The Garden inflate with excitement and energy. And following the path of an inspiring and uplifting jam, “Ghost” drove these initial emotions into the heavens. Playing the defining rendition of the song for the modern era, Phish sculpted a start-to-finish masterpiece that peaked with seething catharsis. Mike handed the lead to Trey amidst an uber-slick groove that never hiccuped for a second while bringing the show to its undeniable peak. After passing through minutes of smooth dance music, the band hit a collective harmony and ran for the sunset, rejoicing in a final segment of guitar-led, soul-tugging victory. Taking the jam to mountaintop and bringing 20,000 participants along, Phish molded the communal energy like Play-Doh in a frozen moment that will live forever in the MSG history.

12.31.2010 (Ryan Gilbertie)

And at the highest point of the evening, the band dropped into the opening arpeggios of their seminal piece, “You Enjoy Myself.” Precisely nailing the opening half of a piece that always shines at The Garden, when Phish dropped into the funk, the room became an aquarium of liquid grooves. Tickling the initial jam with what seemed like another “Manteca” tease — a playful theme of the fall, if not the entire year — the band, instead, broke into the full-on Dizzy Guillespe groove, with lyrics, for the first time of 2010. Segueing back into “YEM,” they continuously toyed with “Manteca,” singing “Crab in My Shoemouth,” within musical breaks for the duration of the jam, further amping the crowd with a display of musical Phishiness. Punctuating the set with series of sharp and styling grooves while drenching the building with unparalleled spirit, Phish had just dropped a masterpiece, and midnight was yet to come.

Though other sets brought different qualities to the table, New Year’s Eve’s second set blew up in a white-hot showcase of arena Phish that was dotted with some of Trey’s most impressive playing of the run. With Madison Square Garden in the palm of their hand once again, the band delivered another chapter of New Year’s lore than will find its rightful place in our eternal picture book of holiday memories.


Jam of the Day:

Simple” 1.1.11 II




1.1.2011 Madison Square Garden

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1.1.11 (AJ Masthay)

I: My Soul, Tube, Runaway Jim, Foam, Guelah Papyrus, The Divided Sky, Round Room, Walk Away, Gotta Jibboo, Reba > Walls of the Cave

II: Crosseyed and Painless, Twist, Simple, Sneakin’ Sally through the Alley, Makisupa Policeman > David Bowie

E: Fee, Frankenstein

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1,003 Responses to “Manteca, Sand, and The Holy Ghost”

  1. Jtran Says:


    “cosmopolitan” 😉

  2. Lycanthropist Says:

    @pig ghost

    My folks live in memphish

  3. Lycanthropist Says:

    @pig song

    My bad not pig ghost. Too many drinks 😉

  4. dognamedwilson Says:


  5. ThePigSong Says:

    hah @ Lycan – I’m staying across from the Peabody and was hoping someone might be down to hit beale street tonight.

    Maybe your folks wanna go hit some clubs and show me the town? My first time in MEM… 🙂

  6. dognamedwilson Says:

    😉 being my nod to “too many drinks”, obv

    Also :bored: and :yawn: over here

  7. dognamedwilson Says:


  8. ThePigSong Says:

    I finished Season five of The Wire tonight. Very highly recommended if anyone is searching for a new series.

    I might still be in the honey moon stage, but, I’ll go ahead and name it my all time favorite series.

  9. dognamedwilson Says:


    Gonna give 11111 a proper listen front to back


  10. ThePigSong Says:

    either @dognamed has a secret show for Jan 11, or our man can hear the future…

    Bring on November ’11!!!

  11. ThePigSong Says:


  12. dognamedwilson Says:

    crowd reacts to trey’s plucking immediately

    only into tube and as soon as trey starts in with it they (you) roared


  13. dognamedwilson Says:

    wait, you mean i didnt see phish the night before last?

    wtf was i doing then?

    and who were all those people?

  14. dognamedwilson Says:

    holy shit and the jim!

    how come nobody said anything?

  15. dognamedwilson Says:

    there’s a bit of that ‘staccato’ stuff early in the jim is what i mean

  16. dognamedwilson Says:

    Loud fucking **TING** in the pause in guelah!

  17. dognamedwilson Says:

    Sounded like page at the end of mango

    Ting ting ting ting ting ting ting ting ting ting ting ting ting ting ting ting ting ting ting ting

    I think my ears are gonna bleed but I don’t want it to stop

    Frozen in time

  18. dognamedwilson Says:

    llllooooooooooooooonnnnnngggggg pause in divided but the playing sounds spot on

  19. lastwaltzer Says:

    just finished shutter island and i walk into this………..zodiac signs changing………..pigsongs hanging with lycan parents…………dog’s hearing shows that haven’t happened yet………….or have they……………WHAT DOES IT MEAN!!!!!!

  20. dognamedwilson Says:

    Yeah btw I’ve been downgraded to a taurus

    Not sure what it means tho

  21. dognamedwilson Says:

    Been missing your link around here @lw

    You were a contributor

    Best played round room?

  22. ChefBradford Says:

    @Pig- get some BBQ while you’re in Memphis, and if possible, try a few different places. And enjoy the ducks

    @Lycan- you have mail, my friend

    @Neemor- give up on me?

  23. dognamedwilson Says:

    “My room is round when I lay down, when I wake up it’s square
    When I go outside it’s on a spiral set of stairs
    The people that surround me are waiting out there
    In a round room they can’t find me anywhere

    Right angle rooms drive me crazier each day
    Put me in a box I know I’m never going to play
    Put me in a square room and I won’t know what to say
    I want a round room at the end of the day

    I had an apartment, four corners on the walls
    Couldn’t eat, couldn’t sleep there at all
    I want a curve to the place where I stay
    I want a round room at the end of the day

    If I pass out take me to the round church
    Where echoes resound
    And my spirit is found
    And when I float high
    Take my arm and I’ll fly you by
    The outskirts of town, to a garden that’s round

    I went to the lighthouse and I liked the view
    I looked out the window and I could see you
    Put me in a square house and I won’t have a clue
    I want a round room just to be with you”

  24. dognamedwilson Says:

    mike is an f’in weirdo

    i can relate

    meanwhile, walk away rips

  25. ChefBradford Says:

    2/28/03 Round Room is pretty sweet

    but then, just about everything from 2/28/03 is sweet

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