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:

    should we just TT it now?

  2. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    i’m down

  3. Jtran Says:

    heading to lunch in a couple mins, and we need a 30 min commitment. I’ll be in there this afternoon. Haven’t listened in a while, excited

  4. Jtran Says:

    that jam is a dime a dozen

  5. gavinsdad Says:

    VW in my car. also island tour roses>piper. also providence bowie.

    not so so stoked on the VW after quite a few listens. it’s unique, i’ll give it that.

    also mud island tweez needs proper headspace listening.

  6. Guyute711 Says:

    Haven’t been in TT in a while. I can’t get in for some reason.

  7. snow Says:

    I could see that @Jtran. They could probably fly their instruments. Rent a grand piano, sound equipment and lights.

    My guess for 2013: They play lots of single night dates in small venues. 1993/94 style tour.

    I know that’s counter to the trend but today I’m just in a tell you what I think kind of mood.

  8. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    they won’t let me in TT either

  9. ren Says:

    Hawaii seems less and less logical the more it gets discussed…..but then again we’re not exactly dealing with a logical band.

    “My guess for 2013: They play lots of single night dates in small venues. 1993/94 style tour”

    ^this idea on the other hand is pretty cool…much more feasible and inclusive of the masses. Plus it could actually turn a profit…and after all it is a “business” ::kicks rocks::

  10. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    single shows does not sound cool to me.

  11. robear Says:

    Green sky Bluegrass in San Francisco for Halloween! Totally 80’s theme.

    The cute aid is a head. Has a NW String Summit jacket. $$$

  12. Guyute711 Says:

    I got in, found Dick’s Light.

  13. SillyWilly Says:

    Here’s a weird prediction:

    Phish plays at Chaminade’s Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu

    chanelling their inner Marianist.

    Guyute knows.

  14. mitch Says:

    Marco, we gotta hang one of these days

    “Not voting I don’t understand. Vote for Gary Johnson or write somebody in.”
    ^ what’s the point of traveling there if I’m gonna write in someone anyway? Thats a stupid argument to us not voting this time

    Dusty, careful, sounds like narcs

  15. mitch Says:

    Above comment not meant to start a convo on politics

  16. snow Says:


  17. Guyute711 Says:

    I used to hang and blaze across the street from the Marianists in my buddies house. Technically it was kitty corner. That is another of my chill spots that UD demolished. Used to have a secret compartment in the basement of that place to hide kegs.

  18. ren Says:

    Never been to Honolulu….but why would you be in Hawaii and not at one of the islands like Maui or Kauai which I believe are more accepted as better representations of the Hawaiian vibe?

    Lots of holes in Project Hawaii…efforts could be better spent on other ideas

  19. mitch Says:

    Had to google marianists. Maryjanianists sounds like more fun.

  20. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    the rumour is festival at a racetrack this summer, possibly watkin’s again. so it’s not a hawaii festival, btw.

  21. SillyWilly Says:

    Is the Hawaii thing a bona fide rumor or are we just saying it’d be cool?

    i’m just throwing out cool hawaiian places because it’d be cool

  22. kayatosh Says:

    7.3.2010 destiny unbound. $$

  23. SillyWilly Says:


  24. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    silly, it’s a legit rumour

  25. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

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