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. Jtran Says:

    vegas wolfman’s – putting “spiritual” in spiritual plinko funk

  2. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    gdad, it was his lack of love for the vegas wolfman’s that made him leave

  3. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Are you ready for some footbell?


  4. SillyWilly Says:


    T might be trying to surprise me with seeing you guys because she hasn’t said anything about you joining us for Joshua Tree or Dr. John.

    she must be busy at work because she emailed me about joshua tree vs. dr john this morning and has not written me back

    she’s usually pretty quick on the response

    she had told me you guys were unavailable next weekend, so I didn’t think to see what you were up to

  5. Oldskool Says:

    I know I am putting this request out every few days…but in case Shapiro is reading please include some NYE run ’98 (preferably Carini > Wolfman’s) on the NYE MSG Live Bait. Oh yeah, this assumes you are doing a Live Bait 😉

  6. Jtran Says:

    Haha. Wouldn’t that be funny if it was a surprise and we’ve ruined it all along over the internet.

  7. snow Says:

    Here’s my problem with the not voting in protest:
    The more disenfranchised people are the more the corporate interests are winning. I can’t see it as anything other than accepting defeat that lobbyists get to run the country.

    And my problem @robear is that I have peaked behind the curtain of both establishment politics and activist politics and ‘try to ignore society’ists. So quit acting like you understand something that most of us don’t.

    That’s my schtick, bitch!

    (whew, I don’t suppress very well. at all.)

    love you huggiebear

  8. Mr. Palmer Says:

    The 2001 from the ’98 run was pretty phenomenal as well.

  9. snow Says:

    and by my schtick, I mean acting like I understand something that most of you don’t!

    I was at the battle of Seattle, after all. (I had not idea what was going on at the time, but I was there damn it!)

  10. robear Says:

    Dayton 97 is the featured show on the LP app. Pretty much over-rated, for all u nOObs and Canadiens concerned with missing the glorie ears.

  11. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I was shocked at how unprepared Obama looked last night. Like he thought he was going to steamroll poor Mitt. He couldn’t even look him in the eyes. He was staring at his shoes. Shocked.

    Anyone see Chris Matthews lose his shit last night? Wasn’t too happy with Obummer.. Shit, Even Bill Maher ripped him.

    If you had Mitt and the under you were a happy guy…

  12. snow Says:

    My only explanation for the debate: Obama’s thinking, you want the job? really? it’s yours. I spent the last four years being blocked from trying to change this country and now I’m being told I didn’t do enough. fuck this shit.

  13. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    robear, i’m not concerned with missing the glory years, i’m concerned with missing dick’s

  14. snow Says:

    And I missed Chris Matthews. must go find…

  15. dorn76 Says:

    The establishment on both sides wants you to stay bored and cynical.

    We all know what’s up. Even @snow. (wry emoticon)

    It is fun to talk about and see how others express their reactions to this screwed up joint of a Country though.

    We need more participation, not less, IMO.

  16. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    dayton 97 looks bunk on paper

  17. Robear Says:

    Df, it was way too jammy.

    Snow, then you’ve seen the little midget, pulling the strings? Nice.

    I guess the 04 and 08 elections never happened or proved my point.

  18. Robear Says:

    Exactly Dorn. More participation in an actual movement.

    “Vote None of the Above”. Who’s with me? I’ve laid out the platform on the BB. Snowganizer, need you at the top.

  19. phlorida phan Says:

    Im writing in TWEEZER for prez

  20. Jtran Says:

    Should I turn on dayton 97 set 1 or 2 for the bike home

    Know set 1 much better, but set 2 looks bunk

  21. Jtran Says:

    Phish official FB linked to an OPT review of AH97 release? WTF

  22. snow Says:

    Is this the rant Palms?

    You are going to have to elaborate there @robear. Otherwise I have to make your argument for you and the respond to it.

    Dorn- I think the key is what the involvement looks like. If more people voted, that would be a start. It would freak the political system out. The problem is before the election. We don’t do enough to understand what policies we want. I think if there was a concerted effort to have people discuss what policies they want, instead of debating polarizing issues, then we would make progress.

    We need more policy discussion and less politics.

    And that is why I can’t vote “none of the above”. our politicians are doing what they can with what we give them. the burden is on the citizens to be more active outside of elections. and I can’t ask people to not vote when obummer is clearly a better choice AND it won’t have an effect.

    Can anyone name an example where protests votes had a positive effect? How do you expect a protest vote to have an effect?

  23. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    that’s fucking bunk jtran

  24. Robear Says:

    This Theme from Dayton, so sick. Really saves a lackluster set.

  25. snow Says:

    what I want to do is start a movement to create a non-partisan space for citizens to dialog about policy and then build consensus about what they want. And have that be so effective that political work is about implementation.

    The US will spend about $50billion a year to fight losing political battles.

    I think for a few billion and people’s time, I can provide better policy.

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