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. mitch Says:

    Jtran, I do not think dime a dozen means what you think it means but I got your point.

    Dorn, touché. But it’s not everyday you get a hometown show. Or a hometown nye for that matter. (Past two years excluded). I know. I’ve been spoiled as of late.

    In other news, my girl broke her LCD on her slr when we did the Santa bar crawl last year. I told her the camera people would say buy a new one, which they did, so I went online and ordered her a replacement LCD for under 20 bucks shipped. Being handy with electronics I was able to replace it myself and its back in working order. Score one for the home team and Mother Earth. One less piece of electronics in the land fill.

    Also, dicks light.

  2. mitch Says:

    MiA, I know you keep up on your electronics but if you aren’t eligible for an upgrade I’ve got my iPhone 4 still. Bout to unlock it and put it on Craigslist.

  3. phoammhead Says:

    but, if you are not hitched . . . go with the mindset of abundance. and, even when you get hitched . . . keep that sort of mindset. <little pep talk to myself . . . gotta keep a woman on her toes.

  4. mitch Says:

    Ah Jesus. Got to work. As an exception to our policy they approved my day off request from 12.30-1.1.

    Was just gonna trade off or 12.28-29 or just call out down with disease. Seems like an omen I’m supposed to take her doesn’t it?

  5. PigSong Says:

    I shouldn’t talk smack on UM, I’ll catch them when they’re in town. Might even see the NYE show at the Tab. Although a new infant hanging around might disrupt my usual holiday flow.

  6. Jtran Says:

    sorry word police. damn

  7. Guyute711 Says:

    You heading up to NYC phoamm? I am 100% out until day of. I do have WSP in town, I skipped it last year. Webcasted.

  8. RoosterPizza Says:

    The sound that comes out of Trey’s guitar with about a minute left of Lakewood Chalkdust makes me happy.

  9. phoammhead Says:

    not gonna do it, G7

    probably not gonna do WSP, either

    we’ll have some decent entertainment around here, so it’s looking like a hunker down and make babies new years 😯

  10. Guyute711 Says:

    Ruh Roh

  11. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Yeah, jtran! Nobody ever miss-speaks or miss-communicates here ever. You gotta play to stay. 😉

  12. robear Says:

    So, the real saints and angels in this world are the men and woman that teach and work with special needs kids.

    I’m subbing as a one on one aid for a severe special needs 3rd grader. Hands full.


  13. Guyute711 Says:

    Well, I shouldn’t say that. The making part is fun. 🙂

  14. snow Says:

    I like Miner’s Political thoughts almost as much as his Phish thoughts.

    The details are just going to cause a debate so I’ll go for sensationalism instead: saying you are not going to vote or you are going to vote for Romney either means that you are a religious fundamentalist (and therefore can’t think for yourself) or you are a punk ass spoiled brat that just wants to be a contrarian (a kind of inverse rebel – just going against the obvious choice to be a rebel).

    Until I hear how any other vote would make a difference – like an organized effort to vote for a 3rd party in protest – that’s my own humble opinion. Not meant to convince anyone or be constructive. Feel free to tell me to fuck off.

  15. snow Says:

    What you should really do is vote against the singularity.

  16. robear Says:

    Snow, fuck off! Just cuz.

    Bright side: teacher is super cute an one of the classroom aids is hot as Phuck!

    Did u head count wannabes forget we had a hijacked election in 04 and 08?

    Vote if u want, but wise up and stop criticizing those of us that have peaked behind the curtain.

  17. Dorn76 Says:

    Antibalas on NPR Tiny Desk..

    Fun band

  18. Dorn76 Says:

    “Peaked behind the curtain.”

    I’m intrigued!

  19. snow Says:

    Thanks Robear!
    Hot ass classroom aid. I don’t believe. need pics.

  20. Dorn76 Says:

    Some dialog, @snow.

  21. Jtran Says:

    Must be even harder while posting on the BB @robear

  22. Guyute711 Says:

    I still don’t know why Obama is good. Not saying Romney is good just saying Obama sucks donkey balls.

  23. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    “Jtran, I do not think dime a dozen means what you think it means”

  24. snow Says:

    Yeah, I would be happy to have a dialog on it. Just doesn’t seem like people want to do that here. I did however want to put it out there that that is how I feel. Maybe there is another forum/site/medium we could use to have a dialog on the issue?

  25. marcoesq Says:

    Yes yes ya’ll, what’s going on here on the Board? Been a long while. Hope everyone is well.


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