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. kayatosh Says:

    marco: no PA TAB. NY

    would like to catch a TAB. need a nudge.

  2. dusty Says:

    had some Mormons make it to my house today which is just crazy. Made it all the way up the road, past the gate, past the 3-4 dogs, up the driveway only to be greeted by some lovely girls trimming on the front porch. They even started reading scripture since no one really cared. It wasn’t the no trespass sign that scared em off or the gate, dogs, intense smell, bitches in the sun or women trimming. Once they notice me with a shotgun that I was cleaning they finally put it all together. Had the shotgun only cuz my neighbor had a bear break in last week. Classic.

    Enjoy your day all. I’m making some chicken weed wings for football this weekend.

  3. kayatosh Says:

    respect, dusty

  4. kayatosh Says:

    now into something labeled “Jam” from 10.16.74. 23 mins. following the Phil & Ned segment. $$$$. psychedelic groove. JFJO meets the JB’s meets the GD. tripping me out.

  5. Guyute711 Says:

    Chicken weed wings? I like the sound of that. What time should I be there?

  6. MiA Says:

    Dustyfest ’13

  7. kayatosh Says:

    oh snap. you’ve never had a chicken weed wing? the chickens are fed a steady diet of weed. the thc concentrates in the wings. yummy.

  8. snow Says:

    guns, lovely girls in the sun, trimming, weed wings!?
    Where do I sign up?

  9. dusty Says:

    I like the sound of pot ramen noodles but I haven’t been able to pull it off. Dustyfest ’13 will be in a volcano crater in Hawaii. Santana to open for Phish.

    I’ve been considering that Trey band show at silver spring on a return trip, but might have to settle for mule there the next week. Psyched for meters w page. Anyone hitting up hardly strictly in SF this weekend? Considering making it down for Sunday. Picked up a 50 pack of tomales bay oysters this past week and forgot how much I love seafood. Wonderful for this guys head.

  10. oldskool Says:

    @Kaya, you spin the Vegas ’98 Wolfmans yet?

  11. snow Says:

    I really need to go shoot a gun. I have shot a gun since I was like 12.

  12. kayatosh Says:

    oldskool: not yet. on the list. 98 right? i don’t even have a copy of it. knee deep in 74 GD. yall need to check out his “jam” from 10.16.74

  13. snow Says:

    Here’s the thing: how do they get the rig to Hawaii? It would take a week to ship it there and cost lost of $$$. And there where do you play there to make all that $ back?

  14. kayatosh Says:

    ooh stroudsbourg, pa TAB. who’s in?

  15. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    woah, kaya’s never heard vegas wolfman’s? yikes.

  16. Jtran Says:

    There’s a couple arenas in Honolulu @snow. Maui Invitational, U of HI, etc

    Also bet they could rent a light reg etc out there, right? CK used a smaller rig in Telluride, I’m sure he’d be fine doing it again.

    Yes, I get that indoor arena show in HI is weird. I’m sure there’s also big parks or something that do concerts that could be set up a la Bader.

    Maybe they should GD it up and play Aloha Stadium

  17. Dorn76 Says:

    I would totally run that gauntlet to get to the “lovely girls trimming on the porch” part.

    Live Phish16? @kaya

  18. phoammhead Says:

    ahhh . . . just enabled the out of office auto reply . . . ’til tues oct 16

  19. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    vegas wolfman’s is so rad. i have a buddy, who is not into phish, listen to it. about halfway through he says, “what the fuck is this? it is soooo beautiful.”

  20. Jtran Says:

    kaya and whoever else

    TT at 4:15 your time? Think a little Vegas Wolfman’s session is in order

  21. Jtran Says:

    SBD version on TT

  22. snow Says:

    Dorn just made me think, maybe they were hoping you would convert them @Dusty?
    Like reading the bible verses was a desperate plea for help. Did you offer them a puff?

  23. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    i’m down for some TT

  24. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    “JFJO meets the JB’s meets the GD. ”

    ^sounds spectacular!

  25. kayatosh Says:

    i’ll try to be there. tran. tanks.

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