Back to The Garden

Madison Square Garden

On Tuesday, Phish announced what everybody has known for quite a while, the boys will be back in New York City for their New Year’s Run. It has been no secret that the band signed a multi-year deal with MSG in 2010, and everyone has known since years ago where we’d be come December 28, 2012—back in The Garden again. Phish and New Year’s Eve at MSG has become an institution over the years, as the community has descended upon the capitol of the world for their end of the year celebrations in 1994 (just the 30th), 1995, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2010, 2011, and now 2012. And following a series of bunk performances in New York City last holiday season, I’d expect Phish to come out polished and firing for redemption come the end of December. Although the band has just as much time off as they did last year before the run, one would expect Trey to hold practices this time around—something that was absent from 2011’s debacle. Only a week after the long-awaited date of 12.21.2012, we will filter back into The World’s Most Famous Arena to conclude, without question, the best year of Phish since their return. But this time, it’s gonna’ be different!

For the first time in 23 years, Madison Square Garden will completely remove the seats from their floor and offer general admission tickets! But there is a catch that might make a huge difference depending on how hard they patrol the floor. Instead of having one, flowing open floor, MSG will sell “GA front” and “GA rear” tickets. The effect of this segmentation could result in more crowded environs for both sections. Without the ability for the masses to “push up” and crowd the front when the show begins, the back of the floor may not loosen up as usual and provide the dance space that spunions have come to love on GA floors. Perhaps fans’ preoccupation with the floor will free up the classic 300 level walkway that was so congested by construction last year?  Here is the ideal scenario: they “undersell” the floor and require a separate entrance for all GA ticket holders, disallowing anyone without a ticket and bracelet from coming near the GA area. Who knows how things will turn out, but after last year’s clusterfuck at MSG, any change has to improve the situation!

The mail order window is now open through October 15, and with the new setup, one can request GA Floor only, though cannot specify front or rear. This is always a nice option so that one isn’t stuck with a handful of 400 level stubs come mid-October. Best of luck in the lottery, and we’ll be meeting in The Big Apple before you know it for a final serving of 2012 Phish!


Jam of the Day:

Carini -> Tweezer” 12.28.11 II

One of few redeeming jam sequences from last year’s New Years’ Run

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398 Responses to “Back to The Garden”

  1. ElJefe Says:

    Bingo- not at the top of a volcano. I lived in Maui and Rainbow Bridge is a super small park not very close to the top if I remember correctly. Maui is a volcano however…

  2. BingosBrother Says:

    As long as they’re playing, I’m cool w/ whatever. I’m a broke ass fool w/ a wife and 3 kids. Being a good mate and dad take up a good bit of time. I go to the shows I can go to and bring my best behavior. You youngins can carry the load.

    @dorn : just finished the book today. Loved it.

  3. BingosBrother Says:

    word el jefe. I guess they had to settle for that due to many factors. still pretty dope.

  4. ElJefe Says:

    Silly-both are great choices. Joshua Tree should be the decider… Plus you can see 29 Palms and the Salton Sea. 😉

  5. sumodie Says:

    Back in ’99 phish srsly considered playing at the ranch in Hawai’i (dunno which exact island) where parts of Jurassic Park were filmed (also Lost i believe). Would’ve had camping as an option.

    So don’t rule out that option as y’all continue dreaming of getting lei’d in 2013

  6. ElJefe Says:

    Super cool if they could have pulled it off on top of Haleakala Bingo. If you ever go to Maui check it out up there. You can bike down the road and stuff. Not sure if you can still camp in the crater but that would be sick… My one regret was not camping in the crater.

  7. voopa Says:

    Right sumo, I think that’s exactly from where these rumors started.

  8. Jtran Says:

    Paging Kaya for the delayed vegas wolf TT session

  9. Jtran Says:


    T texted me about Dr. John this morning at like 6am A. wtf. B. I’d choose Kimock in the desert. May be able to make that with you guys, but probably not.

    Either way, we’d be out for Dr John too due to cost, so don’t decide based on us.

  10. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Sumo- what is the name of that sick venue/ resort in Wyoming? They should play there …

    Hawaii, Alaska, N/S Dakota, and Wyoming only states not played I believe.

  11. Jtran Says:

    Targhee has a bluegrass festival every year

    Sugarbush style?

  12. Jtran Says:

  13. Mr. Palmer Says:

    That’s it Jtran. Place looks beautiful.

  14. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Somebody send a note to Red Light about Grand Targhee.

    Totally congruent with phish mini-fest weekend stylee

  15. Multibeast Says:

    Some friends went to a panic show at grand targhee. Beautiful surrounding but I guess the bugs/mosquitoes were like drive you insane bad.

  16. Multibeast Says:

    Having said that, I’ve skied the nearby Jackson Hole a few times and that part of the country is amazing.

  17. BingosBrother Says:

    mosquitos and trippin do not mix.

  18. Jtran Says:

    vegas wolf going down!

  19. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    remember when zzyxz used to post here? lol

  20. Robear Says:

    Dayton Psycho Killer! For all you “my vote matters! So does yours!” bitches

  21. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    no one’s vote matters.

  22. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    except for on reality tv.

  23. Mr. Palmer Says:

    New GD Spring ’90 Box Set is pretty sweet…

  24. Gavinsdad Says:

    I thought it was good to have the timer here at the time @df. He got eaten by you wolves.

  25. makisupa Says:


    Chair dancing to the Dick’s Light to end the workday, thought i’d check the BB for my music/youTube/Romney BigBird/Triple Crown roundup

    on my birthday (the awkward middle age milestone one)

    in Edmonton. bring on the Festival Express 2013!

    thanks to silly willy. we have incredible acts pouring through here weekly now, but if the boys play here – you can all stay at my house/igloo

    If they go, I will meet you all at the WW in Hawaii.

    Sumodie: you are correct – the big ranch in Kauai. there are lots of large ranches there, Maui, Big Island that would host a great show or three

    Paia would be nice middle ground. maui north shore, hippie vibes, killer surf, easy access to Kahului airport

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