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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553 Responses to “Ten Holiday Run Wishes”

  1. bob dylan Says:

    Blake lively the best performance yet?

  2. bob dylan Says:

    Hiddentrack said kanye was supposed to get 10 mins. Fuckin hate that guy. It’s always all about kanye.

  3. bob dylan Says:

    GOOGLE MAPS FOR iPhone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  4. xpun Says:

    jeez, got home in time to catch paul. no thanks. i always thought i’d like to see him live to say i did, but this is terrible.

    i caught the wall this summer. amazing show. loved every second. my son’s 1st show, i told him i may have ruined concerts for him because he’d be lucky to catch a show that cool again.

  5. xpun Says:

    was the waters/vedder part cool. just comfortably numb or more??

  6. xpun Says:

    is that mitt romney playing guitar for paul?

  7. bobby weird Says:

    Friends, this is a public service announcement. It may already be obvious (I cant follow closely lately), but I caution strongly about the possibility “tba” is the renound phishm. I refer primarily to the seriatim ramblings from “red phish blue phish”, page 9 stream of consciousness posts and those on pg 12, referencing “bath salts” (instead of self depricating spice references), the scatter-shot follow ups and — everyones favorite — self correcting his tell tale “there own” with “their own”. And lets not overlook the ending post back on pg 9 of “… etc.” I say so because I care. I hope I am wrong.

  8. xpun Says:

    Bobby Weird is on the case. 😉

  9. voopa Says:

    Pretty sure tba was posting here long before phishm.

  10. bobby weird Says:

    I mean pg 6 of prior post… I should warn about myself… he also referenced miners BLOG…

  11. Mr.Miner Says:

    interesting, I never updated my OS b/c of google maps. Now there is an app, but I cant find it in the iphone app store from my phone…

  12. bobby weird Says:

    Voopa if so I stand mistaken. Again I hope It is so.

  13. xpun Says:

    i remember tba prior as well i think. but im still a noob here so take that with a grain of bath salts.

  14. xpun Says:

    same boat here miner. heard so much complaining i just stuck w what works.

  15. bobby weird Says:

    PTSD, obviously. I apologize for wasting everyones time. Maybe dr pronoia can help? Ok back to hating paul mccartney. Sht is terrible.

  16. xpun Says:

    no prob, bobby. 100% agree on paul but for some reason i keep watching.

  17. xpun Says:

    i also think it’s pretty cool miner has the best avatar on his site. shit is bad ass

  18. voopa Says:

    Think this is the coolest set I’ve seen McCartney do…Helter Skelter>Let Me Roll It was great! The Grohl/Novoselic tune left a bit to be desired tho.

    I haven’t updated to iOS6 for the same reason…sure hope that G maps app shows up before I have to upgrade and use the other and drive into a desert or something.

  19. Mr.Miner Says:

    ^ thanks 😉

  20. bob dylan Says:

    Miner, you have to click the link I posted. It’s not searchable. Just dropped.

    Open that link from your phone and takes you to the App Store.

    Sometimes being a geek pays off – I follow google twitter.

  21. bob dylan Says:

    Xpun, I’ve got miners avatar in patch form from my custy days. It’s a badass patch. Currently wondering where that thing is. Hmm.

  22. bob dylan Says:

    Also, you may need to be on iOS 6 since iOS 5 has a native version.

  23. Mr.Miner Says:

    nice!! got it. now i will update finally!

  24. Mr.Miner Says:

    hmm. i’m gonna learn that app first. Its not exactly the same.

  25. bob dylan Says:

    Ill use google maps cause the data is just better but I’ve used the google maps for a while now and prefer apple maps app wise. The way they designed the app for ease of use and driving directions is better on the apple app. But until they get their data right, google it is.

    Wish they’d just agree on a settlement and combine the two tho.

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