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. SillyWilly Says:

    Went to high school with a bunch of Samoan and Tongan kids

    great people

    so nice. so fun. beautiful culture

    and Manti Te’o is the man.

  2. Guyute711 Says:

    Scary shite!!

  3. MiA Says:

    Crazy article. I have zero trust in this stupid Government.

  4. dusty Says:

    @ snow…they could have asked but I’m not big on the pushed region people. I’m also pretty sure I find Mormonism a wack cult.

    I know the Hawaii thing for me is a dream. Although I enjoyed indio, if people think they didn’t pull that off I doubt they would ever get into further west.

    greensky at the indy for ween is where its at I think. I’m planning on some family time in south jerz.

    Don’t discount free beach access in Hawaii. I’ve been at some sick parties on the beach and also seen some sketchy sketch. I’d rather see a harder to get island like Kauai.

    off to chop wood to some jam session membership drive on WWOZ.

  5. dorn76 Says:

    Special K to the rescue.

  6. littleumbrellas Says:

    Stevie Wonder Germany 1974 live footage.

  7. snow Says:

    I know dusty. I was being trying to be funny. ::insert sad trombone::

  8. MiA Says:

    K-holes are like lobotomies. Can’t tell you’re depressed anymore because you’re unresponsive.

  9. SillyWilly Says:

    steve kimock in joshua tree w/camping

    or dr. john in San Diego

    don’t really know anything about kimock…

  10. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Yeah, Hawaii!

    The problem with Hawaii: Antelope Greg will be there.


    Don’t care either way. not a focus.

  11. Gavinsdad Says:

    @dusty – holler if u come thru

  12. ren Says:

  13. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    @silly- kimock is pretty fucking good. ethereal soundscapes. listen to the phil and phriends shows from ’99- his feel is almost the exact opposite of trey’s- they sound real good together.

  14. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    @silly- kimock is pretty fucking good. ethereal soundscapes. listen to the phil and phriends shows from ’99- his feel is almost the exact opposite of trey’s- they sound real good together.

  15. Multibeast Says:

    Gonna see Kimrock in Oct in the Mile High City.
    Also the UIC 11.07.98 AC/DC Bag is sick.

  16. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Paging MiA….

  17. angryjoggerz Says:

    Lol at “capitol of the world”

  18. mitch Says:

    Silly, Steve kimock is a guitar player

  19. BingosBrother Says:

    Kinda weird w/ the Hawaii talk after reading about the Brotherhood in Hawaii today. Had no idea Jimi Hendrix played at the top of a volcano. He didn’t dig the 1st set, then puffed a DMT laced joint and raged the 2nd set. Supposed to be some of the greatest Jimi ever. Gotta find that. They used part of it in some crazy psychedelic movie also. Personally, I like when we make our own city, wherever that may be.

  20. ElJefe Says:

    Saw Kimock last night w Bernie Worrell, Andy Hess and Wally Ingraham. Very good show. 1st set started pretty meh and got cookin near the end. 2nd set was excellent. I think the band smoked some killer Sea weed and mind melded 2nd set.

  21. voopa Says:

    Rock out with your Kimock out

  22. BingosBrother Says:

    Rainbow Bridge is the movie.

  23. SillyWilly Says:

    That’s the lineup I’ll him with, El Jefe

    ok. I guess I’ll go see that

  24. dorn76 Says:

    Movie about The Brotherhood, @bb. Fascinating topic, to say the least.

  25. SillyWilly Says:

    So, you’re on the Phish-in-Edmonton train, too, Bingos??

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