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. BingosBrother Says:

    Less glory years, more glory holes.

  2. dorn76 Says:

    Dayton is such a great show. Top to bottom. Wolfman’s was a clean-up hitter in ’97…and Timber, oh my jeebus, guess I need to listen right now.

  3. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Jdub- Every time i think back to that MSG run in ’10 the image of you and I running into each other in the moat between 100s and 200s during Bowie ( on 1/1/11) always pops into my head. I was flying high as a kite.

    Also got my first Cross Eyed that night. Got Hi- 5s from Aw, Robear, Gdad , and Butter.. Good memories.. ( that was yesterday’s topic, i know).

    Took me 15 years to get my 1st, think I heard 5 since then..

  4. jdub Says:

    A lasting memory for me as well Palmer. Sweet tarts, so good. And that Bowie to cap the show we got had me so pumped. Looking forward to more lasting MSG memories this year.

  5. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    imho, nutter center is a wonderful show- then again, i am a big fan of guyute- have a good weekend, kiddos

  6. Peterepete Says:

    Hey Miner,

    Check the renovations. there is no longer any 300 level walkway. There is now just an upper and lower bowl. In fact there are now no walkways anywhere inside the arena.

  7. Peterepete Says:

    Renovation pics here

  8. MiA Says:

    Mr. Palmer Says:
    October 4th, 2012 at 5:09 pm
    get clickin’ snow….

    Ha ha ha.

    Band loved Dayton first set like they loved Denver ’97’s first set. It was a peak experience for them.

  9. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I’ve had that Nutter set II on Cd in my car for years.. I listen to it a few times a year. Set flows nicely. Not my favorite from ’97. Set I is probably better than set II.

  10. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    set I of nutter is classic- MiA is right, a peak experience for the boys

  11. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Nice Mia- I hadn’t seen your post before mine.. That set I is pretty swinging. Great Slave.

  12. MiA Says:

    Back then I liked guyute and possum. So didn’t bother me at all. And boogie on was still a rarity

  13. MiA Says:

    Back then I liked guyute and possum. So didn’t bother me at all. And boogie on was still a rarity

  14. MiA Says:

    Fucking beagle.

  15. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    @mia did you make it to nutter?

  16. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Denver ’97 Set I is by far my favorite first set ever.

    11.17.97 Set I

    12.6.97 Set II

    Those two together = the greatest phish show ever….

  17. MiA Says:

    That “It’s Ice” had me on my knees. Not what expected going into the show. And the Tube > darkness jam was stunning. When they ended a first set with slave I knew my hypothesis that phish ends sets they adore with slave was true.

  18. MiA Says:

    Heady, yes. Was there.

  19. MiA Says:

    I 100% agree Mr. P. those two sets are pure gold.

  20. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    yes- i thought the same- at the time, i was very into the songs they played at that show. i left feeling real nice.

  21. Robear Says:


  22. jdub Says:

    Anyone think Phish has still got it in them to open a show with a drop dead gorgeous jam a la 11/17/97 Tweezer?

    I just want to witness that just once in my Phishing career. That feeling of being super pumped to be at a show, lights go down, and them BAM! You’re immediately in the soup. Maybe that’s in their bag at MSG this year…

  23. Robear Says:

    The jam after the Psycho Killer lyrics is the Liqui-sickness from Dayton.

  24. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Shit, no I’m going to have to spin that set I. Interrupting my GD Spring ’90 listening… #Tube->Tube jam FTW!

  25. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    @jdub- i would say after what we got a dick’s, it is most definitely possible- i do not know how probable, but probability often flies out the window when phish is at the helm.

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