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. ren Says:

    legit and rumor are two words that don’t play nicely

  2. Dorn76 Says:

    I’m just for exercising the right to vote. In general.

  3. snow Says:

    @Ren- Well…. if you figure most of the fanbase in on the east coast then playing in HI is stupid to begin with. but if the point is for the fans to takea vacation with the band, the Honolulu has the easiest access and the most hotels.
    I would have to say that is a lot of fucking around to be near paradise but be in honolulu instead. If Aloha stadium is the only venue option, which seems to be the case, then it doubles the “what’s point’ argument.

    Now the ideal would be a large property with a beach that could be done festival style on Oahu- flights are easy, there are hotel options and there could be a lil bit o paradise for the concert setup.

  4. SillyWilly Says:

    …old rivals even.

  5. snow Says:

    That wet n wild place would be my dream.
    Water park in the day. Phish festi at night. Phans takeover the park… wouldn’t have to go to Hawaii to do that…

  6. mitch Says:

    UM and the biscuits have been pretty successful in Costa Rica and Mexico. Jamaica too I think. Could always fly the fans to a cheap ass island where nugs are plentiful.

  7. voopa Says:

    If most of the fan base is on the East Coast then a Festival in Indio is stupid.

  8. ren Says:

    “Now the ideal would be a large property with a beach that could be done festival style on Oahu- flights are easy, there are hotel options and there could be a lil bit o paradise for the concert setup.”

    ^much improved! we’re making progress……but I’d still have a really hard time spending 2-3 of my 7 days in Hawaii centered around Phish….maybe thats just me??? Also, if Phish wants us to go on vacation with them…why wouldn’t they be more inclusive and make it just as easy for left and right coast?

  9. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    i hope hawaii is the only place they play next summer

  10. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    /they better fucking play toronto

  11. ren Says:

    Hawaiians are not too cool with the whole “take-over” vibe. Some serious vibes and mojo in Hawaii deserving their due respect.

    Place is heaven on earth

  12. SillyWilly Says:

    they just say fuck it. embrace the indoors. get focused.

    and play in Edmonton.

    clear away the distractions. have to.

  13. Guyute711 Says:

    TT is on the air

  14. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    lol edmonton. toronto and montreal please!!

  15. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    my god how happy i would be

  16. Guyute711 Says:

    Saddle Dome…Calgary…be there!!

  17. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    i have crash space!

  18. SillyWilly Says:

    not too into palagis on the islands…

  19. Dorn76 Says:

    The thought of turning part of the 30th anny into a headier version of Panic en la Playa makes me cringe a bit.

  20. ren Says:

    Shit…they should just play Disneyland. Ultimate family Phish vacation. Vacuum solo by Micky while Minnie hula hoops

  21. marcoesq Says:

    Indio: Much easier to access than Honolulu

  22. sumodie Says:

    East coast summer festi

    Halloween in Hawai’i

    Unless the band is betting on Indio, F10 will surely be on the east coast. I’m guessing Watkins Glen again, but what do i know

  23. ren Says:

    @silly-had to look that one up. Sick vocab son! Had no problem scoring some pacololo my first night in Kauai though. Sat down to our first dinner….could tell my waitress was pretty chill…used that magic word…puffin hours later

  24. viola Says:

    hawaii phish would be like 7 shows over 10 days. it would mean uber intimate shows cause realistically 750 – 1000 people would come from the main land. + maybe another 5oo people from hawaii. you dont need an arean. you would need a few clubs and or one small outside set up. i doubt you would have more than 2000 phanners making these shows.

    how many folks could get to europe? how many folks made it to japhan? pretty intimate settings imho. there would be no rift raft to deal with. no hanger ons that pollute the current lots. it would be unlike anything any of us have seen.

  25. snow Says:

    I actually think it would be great to have shows in Hawaii because I could play all day and rage all night. The challenge though is that lodging is expensive. It does get into an area of diminishing returns because I don’t really need other entertainment when I’m on tour and I don’t really need other entertainment when I am in Hawaii. Too much to too many good things?

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