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. sumodie Says:

    MiA, my strongest impression of your wife is looking over at you two during Dick’s 3 and she’s ecstastically jumping up & down pounding the hell out of your back. Can’t recall which song it was that provoked her but i could tell she was very serious about her phish!

  2. MiA Says:

    She reads Jeffrey Deaver and Dean Koontz and Staphen King. I think she likes the macabre.

  3. jerseyjim Says:

    @MiA- cats that solve mysteries?…Midnight Louie/Irene Adler, perhaps? if so, let me know if you need any books.

  4. MiA Says:

    Ha Sumo. I think it was Piper. We give each other back massages at shows. I know it’s weird.

    It’s not like we’re French kissing in public.

    Just trying to be 40 at a Phish show and make it to the end.

    Gonna start doing yoga at set break.

  5. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Dayton ’97 was/is a sick, sick show. My one and only complaint was the decision to choose Dayton over DET from the previous night for official release treatment. Phish Inc has corrected this problem, so now I can fluff the shit out of Dayton with a clear conscious. The most cathartic Slave I’ve ever experienced (by far) in a fall tour full of epic versions- see E Center, Hampton, Worcester, Cleve State.

    On a serious fall ’97 kick since the 12/6 drop, I spun 12/29/97 today. DWD> Bowie. C’mon! Do yourself a favor if it’s been a while…

  6. sumodie Says:

    Ha, no worries, MiA, was just one of those fun lil moments to observe at a show. Nothing weird at all about it. You’ll have to try a lot harder (it is a phish show after all)

  7. Mr.Miner Says:

    Answer: call music today

  8. MiA Says:

    Ha ha Nice JerseyJim. Had to look. She has Midnight Louis’s Pet Detectives (compilation) as well as every Lilian Jackson Braun book ever printed.

    In 1st edition/1st printing.

    I took photos for Xpun. He laughed.

  9. Mr.Miner Says:

    11.17.97 set 2 is a Monster!! Don’t sleep in the set bc of the set list. That jbg jam is one of most underrated ever.

  10. SillyWilly Says:

    that johnny b goode jam has one of my favorite little melodies they ever found

    wish I could sing it on the board to you guys, but you know how it goes

  11. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Yes, Miner. Yes. The YEM does not suck either.

  12. Mr.Miner Says:

    Dayton 97 is overrated now? Well maybe bc people think its better than 12/6, but that nutter show is the chron. Another Hugely underrated set 2 with one of the best Reba’s around.

    Tube -> slave says step off my jock

  13. Mr.Miner Says:

    Michnichols yem is $$$$

  14. MiA Says:

    The YEM in 11/17 is fantastic. Around 13:20 is fantastic.

    One of my YEMs of Fall ’97. Page was killing it that night.

  15. MiA Says:

    Well, that took me too long to type.

  16. vegas wolfmans Says:

    great minds, etc…


  17. SillyWilly Says:

    You guys are good at this game.

  18. MiA Says:

    One of my favorite YEMs…

    Precious! Slows me down.

  19. jonacho Says:

    11/17/97 is my personal all time favorite show.
    saw the convo on this and had to weigh in.
    Front to back an amazing evening, and still a show I can hear and not get tired of.
    The attention goes to Ghost, but the Tweezer funk juxtaposed with the second set shredding and JBG jam… = pure candy

    and I had DFC 12 row seats via the lottery. ahhhhh.

  20. robear Says:

    Never heard the ‘Slave’

  21. RoosterPizza Says:

    MIA is going to be rocking Albany YEM anytime soon.


  22. SillyWilly Says:

    In the spring of 2010 I went on tour in fall 97

    Looks like I should do that again.

  23. MiA Says:

    Had to pull up that Wolfmans > Makisupa now. Strapping in.

    Did the Vegas Wolfmans > Piper with Jtran and Ren earlier and Nate.

    Good stuff.

  24. mitch Says:

    Train gods shown down on me. People had been waiting two hours. My long wait was about 20 mins. This whole giving out positivity is starting to pay off.

  25. mitch Says:

    Apparently a monsoon hit or something and knocked out the power on the lines.

    My car smells like chronic. I started lookin around at the 3 other people on the car. Dude next to me has eyes red as the sun and half open. He knods at me. Answered that question.

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