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:

    viola, it doesn’t matter where they play their new year’s run, they’re gonna fucking slay it this year regardless.

  2. Luther T. Justice Says:

    “It is not he who votes, that counts. But rather, he who counts the votes, that counts”

    ^In Ohio, we’re in good hands cause I’m the vote counter.

  3. Kaveh Says:

    @Chronz…went home that night and pulled some tickets for Feb 14th. Didn’t plan on going out that night but we found some really good front balcony tickets. So the Mrs. and I will be heading out to see. Very excited.

    Plus we got tickets for Lombardi which is playing this month in St. Paul.

  4. viola Says:

    for the sake of being positive on a great board with great people…. i completely agree with you f0ol. the real reason i am webcasting is that im hedging my availability and purchase power to hit a bunch of shows in 2013. im taking what chris said about it being a “big” year to heart and to the bank.

    my goal for 2013 is to hit 30 shows. that means i gots to be ready for a >2500 miles of driving…. probably a no less than 2 flights throughout the year and <10 weeks of "personal time". ::: i can do it kippy :::

  5. Chonz Says:

    Nice, Kaveh. My girl’s birthday is 2/18, so I got tickets to the Saturday 2/16 show for her. Gifts are the best when everyone can enjoy. Very stoked.

    Going to see Louis CK tomorrow, which I’m also pretty amped for.

  6. Robear Says:

    Viola! Fantastic post last page. Just perfect. Agree 10000%

  7. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    i’m already dreaming about halloween 2013

  8. Kaveh Says:

    This is pretty dang good:!

  9. Chonz Says:

    viola, I’m doing the same thing…long on 2013. Gotta get some duckets together for Hawaii.

  10. ren Says:

    There ain’t nothing wrong with being concerned for the MSG performances this year. Allowing it to overwhelm you to the point of not fully enjoying the experience is where it starts to become counter productive. The band has clearly had their finger on the pulse of the community as of late and I think its a good thing we are voicing our concerns.

    Make it clear that we are some of the best/critical/concerned/engaged fans out there and hopefully they in turn continue the “dialogue” and elevate the “conversation” 😉

  11. viola Says:

    hawaii phish is really toying with my emotions. thats a rumor that ive wanted for the longest time. i dont want a euro tour or another japan…. well, if they bring back the boomer tea then japan is a go…. but out of all that: hawaii phish week could possibly be the “check mate” phish run that seems to have eluded me.

  12. Luther T. Justice Says:

    MSG will be a hellava party. It’s a bonus if it becomes more than that.

    I too am banking on the big 2013.

  13. Luther T. Justice Says:

    Hawaii with a Dog the Bounty Hunter sit in sounds good to me.

  14. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    damn hawaii is far

  15. Dorn76 Says:

    We have 4 dates on the calendar, and the promise of a huge 2013 to come.

    Pretty content.

  16. gavinsdad Says:

    and hawaii aint cheap. def gotta save the duckets

  17. ren Says:

    The whole Hawaii thing is definitely interesting. I’ve been there so I understand the atmosphere and vibe inherent to those islands….wondering how Phish see’s themselves addressing it and it brings up a lot of questions:

    -Are we talkin’ a festi?
    -What island/islands would the show or shows be on? (they have very
    different vibes)
    -Logistical issues with accouterments

    I love Phish just as much as the next guy….but Hawaii is one of those places that can easily overshadow the band. So many great qualities,experiences etc. inherent to those islands….it would be difficult to have Phish take up a large part of a Hawaiin itinerary. As well as a shame for anyone going for their first time to miss out on any Hawaiin goodness in lieu of Phish

    Not really for or against the idea at this point…just some interesting things to consider.

  18. Robear Says:

    Subbing today. Had to look up the school on google maps. D’oh!

    Can’t wait for the influx of Bieber Heads on Phish tour!

  19. Kaveh Says:

    Hawaii with a Dog the Bounty Hunter sit in sounds good to me.

    ^ nice! instead of playing the triangle, he would play a pair of handcuffs.

  20. ren Says:

    “and hawaii aint cheap. def gotta save the duckets”

    ^ and peeps think Holiday Run in NYC is expensive….got another thing commin’ From the east coast….likely not possible for less than $3-4k. Obviously more affordable from the west…but can’t be by much

  21. sumodie Says:

    Setlist for last night’s Love for Levon tribute in NJ

    Gordo performed Rag Mama Rag with John Hiatt

  22. Dorn76 Says:

    I love Phish, I love Hawaii.

    This does not mean I want to see them together.

  23. sumodie Says:

    ^ First pic in that link is not a real drum set but a cake

  24. Kaveh Says:

    @sumodie: thanks for the link; looks like a great night of music!

  25. mitch Says:

    Hometown shows or not, MSG excites me more than Hawaii. I know left coast people pay the same for a flight to Hawaii as NYC but seeing PHiSH on tour typically means missing out on a lot of local attractions, ESP when going in stupid early for WW. If I spent that much to go to Hawaii, it would be a shame to not see all the local stuff. I went with my fam in 2010 to a touristy spot. We did some cool local stuff too but I just feel like it would be all rushed with the phish.

    How about a big ass field in Montana with the mountains as a backdrop?

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