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. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    longest songs are slave and possum. MEH

  2. Robear Says:

    That’s an embarrassment for Phish, and a testament to the absolute lameness of FarceBook, rolled into one!

    Snow, search prior posts. It’s all laid out. I only mean for Pres, House and Senate, re “None of the Above”. I reckon there’s still some hope for state and local elections. Obummer won re election. Next question?

  3. Robear Says:

    I like that, Snow. I’m down. Re last post, last page.

  4. dorn76 Says:

    With ya @Rob, and hard to argue with “re-elect no one” on the Nat’l level.

    Just so hard to accept the pain it would take to really fix us.

    After ’08 we needed to take a bitter pill, but instead just got high on spice again.

  5. snow Says:

    I don’t get it robear. Search prior posts? WTF? You want me to read all of you prior posts?

  6. Mr. Palmer Says:

    get clickin’ snow….

  7. snow Says:

    I’m out. time to go home.
    sweet- I will keep you apprised @robear.

  8. snow Says:

    peace BB.
    God save the queen. Or at least the Jah seeds.

  9. dorn76 Says:

    “Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned, everywhere is war and until there are no longer first-class and second-class citizens of any nation, until the color of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes. And until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race, there is war. And until that day, the dream of lasting peace, world citizenship, rule of international morality, will remain but a fleeting illusion to be pursued, but never attained… now everywhere is war.”

  10. Robear Says:

    Yes! You’re a researcher kind of, right? McKay, heres the top few,

    Eliminate Wall Street
    Companies owned by employees
    Salary Caps for all positions, ESP executive level
    Simple tax rates with no deductions.
    6 yr term limit no re election

    There’s much more.

  11. Robear Says:

    Yes Dorn! That’s the rest of the platform!

  12. dorn76 Says:

    Wife out, kiddoo asleep. Time to leave the troubles of the World and enjoy the taste of hops and flowers.

  13. halcyon Says:

    Just read Robear’s second to last post, and reminded me how much I miss working for a cooperative…. 🙁

    Jill Stein, and Gary Johnson are other choices in this year’s election. Don’t let the one, I mean two party system lead you astray.

  14. Robear Says:

    Strict spending limits on election campaigns. Fair, equal access.

    Snow had to rush home to scout the competition on TNF.

  15. dorn76 Says:

    How about an Amendment to the C to make clear that Corporations are not in fact, people? The legislative history can make clear this includes even UM fans, and that chick on bongos during Bouncing Coda Jam.

  16. Robear Says:

    Light and Logic Party

    For now, Vote None of the Above as a write in.

  17. jdub Says:

    Geez Robear, that platform sounds so reasonable and simple. Why would we want reasonable and simple policies? Not enough room for power tripping.

  18. Robear Says:

    Major welfare reform. Drug policy reform. We will be busy.

  19. Multibeast Says:

    “Are you ready for some footbell?


    I enjoyed this post.

  20. voopa Says:

    Dayton 97 is the 5/8/77 of Phish recordings, in that its sound quality was far superior to anything else at the time.

  21. jdub Says:

    A search in my itunes for “Phish 2012 Light” brought up 44 items. Summer of Light on Phish tour

    Starlight theatre
    Shine a Light
    Slave to the Traffic Light

  22. Mr. Palmer Says:

    always curious why that Dayton show got the LP treatment with so many better shows from that tour. Someone must really love that one.

    Second set isn’t terrible , but not like some of the other beasts. Think the Boogie on was a bustout at the time. Set II Reba….

    The Set I Tube is one of the best. Maybe top 5.

  23. jdub Says:

    Burgettstown Light is the winner for me this evening. I need to wash away the dirty taste of politics that has been lingering in my mouth since watching the debate.

  24. jdub Says:

    Super tight show that would appeal to the masses would be my guess Palmer. Plus, they wanted to sit on the real gems for later release.

  25. SillyWilly Says:

    I remain firmly convinced that those in power will react violently to any real change in the system.

    Look what happened to the Occupy movement. They didn’t even do anything (grew beards and yelled in city parks) and the most serious of them ended up maced, tazed, and clubbed.

    My point is: We’re never going to vote our way out of this.

    In the meantime you should use your vote because almost no power is better than no power.

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