Ten Holiday Run Wishes

12.30.10, MSG (Graham Lucas)

1. “Waves”: This majestic song debuted at MSG on 12/31/02 and hasn’t returned to the The Garden since. Given that we’ve only heard one version this year (Deer Creek) and it was magnificent, I’m pulling for a big time “Waves” over the Holiday Run.

2. The “Tweezer” of the Year: Though there were many quality “Tweezers” this year, especially on the second leg of summer, Phish has yet to throw down a colossal 2012 version. Here’s hoping we get a mega-“Tweezer” filled with the funkified urban grit of New York City.

3. Unexpected Jams: We all know the band will jam “Rock and Roll,” “Disease,” “Light,” and “Piper,” and I can’t wait for each. But I also wish to be blindsided by one or two jams from unexpected vehicles a la Worcester’s “Roses” or Atlantic City’s “Birds.” The songs that these jams stem from are irrelevant, it’s all about the element of surprise.

4. New Material: Just yesterday Mike posted a picture of himself playing bass in The Barn. What if, in addition to routine practice, the band was polishing off a couple new songs? It’s high time for some fresh setlist material, and though it’s doubtful we’ll see any during a year-end run, a kid can dream, right?

5. A Fully Realized “Twist”: After working this jam during Leg One, including one of the standout excursions of 2012 in Cincy’s “Twist,” the band shied away from exploring the song during Leg Two. Carrying such profound improvisational potential, it would be a shame to see another standard version of “Twist” over the Holiday Run.

6. Smooth Segues: This year featured a host of silky segues, from “Sand -> Nellie Kane” to “Light -> Sally” and “Lighteca” to Sand -> Ghost.” Hopefully the guys will take their time between songs and merge some with stunning fluidity—an element that always ups the ante of any song pairing.

7. A Jammed Out “Crosseyed”: Phish has featured this Talking Heads cover as part of their rotation for the duration of this era, but seldom have they used it as a jam vehicle. The band has been more inclined to springboard into high-energy rock and roll from “Crosseyed” than into any sort of adventure. Bill Graham’s version, however, reminded us of the profound depths the guys can plunge with this song, and hopefully over the Holiday Run we see another such rendition.

8. A “David Bowie” With Teeth: It would be great to see a revitalized version of this once-prolific jam that has turned rather stale in the 3.0 era. Chances of this, however, feel like they are slim to none.

9. “Wolfman’s” or “Bathtub Gin” In Set Two: Both of these songs have turned into tame, unidirectional first-set jams. I hope to see the band place one or both of these under the spotlight during the main event, as each song has been begging for some love for quite a while now.

10. Passion: Whatever happens at MSG and whatever songs are played, let’s hope the band comes with a serious intent to blow the room apart. Madison Square Garden is a venue of great legend in Phish history, though the band hasn’t treated the round room to a full-on musical assault in this era. Let’s hope this run contains that elusive MSG show we’ve been dreaming about since the band’s ’09 return.


Jam of the Day:

Mike’s Song” 12.31.95 II

Speaking of full-on musical assaults…



Cover (AJ Masthay)


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  1. thedayman Says:

    great piece miner, would love to hear/see all of the above.. still hasnt sunk in that im gonna be hitting nites 1 and 2.. (potentially) still need anyone’s 12/29 extras! drowan 8 9 at gee mawl

    don’t mean to spam. just trying to get this all sorted out.

    sick of all nighters. the end of this first 2 years of school are going to be fucking sick.

  2. thedayman Says:

    can’t get over this so inclined gumbo $$$+. excellent study music

  3. Dr Pronoia Says:

    Does anyone’s orange stocking hold my So Inclined?

    Agreed on all counts, Miner

  4. willowed Says:

    Great post Miner.

    Some of started with our MSG wish lists yesterday.

    I mentioned unexpected jams. The element of surprise is the phishiest thing the boys are capable of.

    MSG Gumbo and the MSG Halfway to The Moon will be huge.

    Great post. Thanks Miner!

  5. RoosterPizza Says:

    I am pulling for Drowned to come through. Was Bader the only one of the summer? It seems like there was another one I am forgetting about, but I can’t think of it…

  6. phoammhead Says:

    Sesame Street: 12 And Pinball Animation


  7. phoammhead Says:

    11. me in the building

    12. bek in the building

  8. Luther T. Justice Says:

    I thought Twist 3.0 arrived after Cincy, but then it reverted back. So I scratch my balding head. What a unpredictable band. That’s what makes them so interesting.

    I’d like to see more dark jams like the Cincy Twist. Sometimes darkness is good.

  9. MiA Says:

    Happy 12/12/12 everyone. Dr. P, not sure I texted you or not….

  10. Luther T. Justice Says:

    Last time we get a 12/12/12 like date in our lifetimes…

  11. Guyute711 Says:

    Speak for yourself. I plan on out living the earth Luther.

  12. Timber_YO! Says:

    13-13-13 is gonna rage, yo

  13. ren Says:

    Started typing up MY wish list to post yesterday…..when I got to about 15 songs I realized it was an exercise in futility and deleted. So many wishes…so many great songs to be played…finally understood how daunting of a task it could be to make the setlists for the 4 nights.

    Of course @Miner does a great job with the list. WELL DONE

  14. Timber, YO! Says:

    13-13-13 is gonna rage, yo

  15. ren Says:

    11.) A dark nasty MIKES!!!!

  16. Ziggymon Says:

    Does we have given up hope for second jam in Mike’s?

  17. Ziggymon Says:

    ^ this mean

  18. ren Says:

    ^Isn’t that the perfect time to now slay it?!?!?

  19. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    uh, yeah, can I get a #2, a couple of #3s, sprinkle on some #4, um… oh throw in some #6 for sure… a #9, a double #10, and a well done #1 with extra special sauce and cheese, please.

    can you read that back to me?


    perfect. and can I get some extra hot sauce and napkins too?

  20. voopa Says:

    Happy soundcheck day!

  21. xpun Says:

    morning all, been trying to keep expectations/wishes in check but we all know that we always have them. we dont spend so much time and $ not to.

    my only conscious effort has been to finally stop spinning dicks highlights because i think its a little unfair to expect them to step back in on the 28th at that level. but if they have been practicing just maybe…..

    but of course in the car yesterday light, jim, mikes groove came on and i listened to them all again. and once you start you just want to hear them all again. so fucking smooth, the band was on fire.

  22. BingosBrother Says:

    Supersize #3 please.

  23. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    nice list, miner. while i would love to see all of the above, i would be happy with #10. have a good day. peace. phish. ullr.

  24. roberto luongo Says:

    12/31/95 Mike’s

    the moment when the end delay style jam winded down and Phish left the stage is one of my most vivid memories of this band

    was such a huge Mike’s fan back then and it was such a perfect topper on a massive year of Mike’s

    damn I love that jam

    searching for dog sitters today. startin to make this run work.

    have fun kids

  25. xpun Says:

    just got through RLs rec’d antelope from 7-29-97. out there tyoe 2, honestly got lost it in. too early not enough caffeine, but enjoyed my litle early morning space out. was brought back to it by the 12-29-97. my first msg show, on the floor. great rocking set, funky ass start stop marco section.

    superball soundcheck now.

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