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. MiA Says:

    Phish opening with a 20 min jam at MSG would be a hell of a statement.

  2. BingosBrother Says:

    Straight in to the cabbage.

  3. Robear Says:

    I heard Phish will try and set the record for most songs played over a 4 night run.

  4. Mr. Palmer Says:

    They have yet to come close to opening up an AC/DC Bag this era.

    Would love for them to open the run with a monster, 18 minute Bag.

    Save the epic Tweezer for the 30th or NYE…let the tension build.

  5. sumodie Says:

    Speaking of killer set 1 openers, have i forgotten a jammy 3.0 opener?

    Hampton Fluff clearly can’t be topped, but that’s not a gnarly jam tune

    This summer’s Skin It Back opener at JB is the best opener I’ve seen in 3.0, and it’s got some improv

  6. jdub Says:

    Shellax Robear. Sensing some bitterness that you’ll be mia during the holidaze. Certainly will be missed.

  7. sumodie Says:

    I’ll never pass on a 20 min opener but i much prefer set 2s to top set 1s

    that denver 11.17.97 is amazing but it’s more like the sets got reversed. of course I’ll take whatever siiickness comes my way, in any order

  8. jdub Says:

    Skin It Back was a phenomenal opener. But no serious exploration to open a show. Only a few real exploratory set I’s. Bethel 1 and 2, FYou set, any others?

  9. BingosBrother Says:

    Av tweezer was an opening teaser.

  10. robear Says:

    Oh just some casual trolling Jdub. No worries about the state of Phish from me.

  11. MiA Says:

    Cincy opened with a nice wolfmans.

  12. robear Says:

    Half- time for precious.

  13. BingosBrother Says:

    Uic forbins was atreat. Such promise turned disappoint ment.

    Uic1 wolfmans was my fav set 1 highlight.

  14. jdub Says:

    Night 1 set 1 Cities from last years MSG run was like, ok… game on bitches. Unfortunately not much game followed…

    But I felt the same as others, I had the time of my life for 3 nights/ 2 days in The City. Felt like I was a kid again living it up in NYC. This year the music meets the moment.

  15. BingosBrother Says:

    Av fee was a sick set 1 jam.

  16. P.S.H.S. Says:

    townsand is about to play drowned on “later” w/ jules holland. on the piano, not sure if he’s got a band with him

  17. MiA Says:

    Robear is exactly right.

    Amendola is out for the year? WTF? Got high and talked to my wife about the injuries. Not good.

    Girl likes Football, jammy Phish and reading books about cats that solve mysteries. And this Shades of Grey thing.


  18. P.S.H.S. Says:

    nope acoustic guitar, on palladia

  19. mitch Says:

    Signals aren’t working at penn station. Dunno when my train will leave. Times like these I wish I had a beer. ALMOST brought a packed one time to work. ALMOST.

  20. RoosterPizza Says:

    How is the 50 shades of grey going? Have an s&m dungeon yet?

  21. jdub Says:

    Literally forgot about the AV Fee amidst the hubub of Leg2 and Dick’s.

  22. P.S.H.S. Says:

    that. was. awesome.
    Jules: are you going to play a song from quadrophenia?
    pete: yes
    jules: drowned?
    pete: uhhhh…
    jules: you’re going to play drowned.

  23. RoosterPizza Says:

    Beer people,

    I am about to crack a Northcoast Old Stock from 2009…aged at the required 55f. I am quite excited about this.

    Over and out

  24. Mr.Miner Says:

    Anyone know how to figure out what cc u used for a ticket request? I haven’t puffed in a week and still can’t remember

  25. bobby weird Says:

    sorry waxed a little political last night.. (and apparently all holden fing caufield? anyone can edit anything I suppose.)

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