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. BNCB Says:

    Miner! Bob! I can finally update too.

    I rely on the public transit option on google maPs whence on the city.

    Bobby, once in awhile, TBA is #winning

  2. PigSong Says:

    Thanks for the Pham update bob d, hadn’t seem his posts in a long time.

    tba been posting like that for a long time, highly doubt he’s phishm. Not as annoying either, IMO.

  3. Gavinsdad Says:

    Yeah TBA on here forevs.

    Re: last nites boilerroom. One of those dudes was the husband in Peaking Lights. They are a husband wife team and thats their son. Very nice couple I got to chill w in austin when they played our store for sxsw. Don’t sleep on their albums and “lucifer in dub” just came out.

    The other dude was Egyptian Lover. Google him and get learned.

  4. gunslinging parrot Says:

    15 years ago today I walked into the Pepsi arena and had no idea what was about to happen!! I was completely blown away by the music and the people that I met!! I know i haven’t met any you on here but thanks for being such great Phriends at shows!! Have a safe and happy holidays and maybe I will walk by you at MSG on the 29th and just say hi not knowing you are on this BB!! And thanks Miner for all the write ups, I really enjoy them!!

  5. Angryjoggerz Says:

    Greetings from Beijing

  6. PigSong Says:

    Greetings Jogrz, from Cincitucky.

  7. RoosterPizza Says:

    How long are you there for?

  8. xpun Says:

    cool parrot. amazing first show. think that second set was probably the tape a listened to the most along with 4-3-98 ii and 10-31-98 ii. hope to see on the 29th. a lot of people tend to hang around the WW booth at set break.

  9. gavinsdad Says:

    GSP – right on. i am floor east 12/29 and i’ll be the old sweaty guy with the big red beard doing the psychedelic pop’n’lock. hopefully @joe will be near me doing the running man.

  10. xpun Says:

    gdad ive got east floor on 29th as well thanks to jeffiem.

    50% of sale at http://www.skullcandy.com today w code REDBULL50 and they give 3.2% donation through http://www.igive.com

    are these decent headphones? any recs from them?

  11. gavinsdad Says:

    @xpun – see you down there. i am getting up to the city kinda late that day so i’ll be about getting into the venue without being hung up. i’m sure there is some weird entry process to those floor sections that i hope someone will detail here after dealing with it on 12/28. hope its easy and quick.

    as far as skullcandy phones go…i have been the lucky (?) recipient of the Mix Master Mike collab phones i got from friends who do work for them. they are pretty over the top but what i assume are the best they make. i’ve seen many other pairs from them but dont know particulars.

  12. bob dylan Says:

    At least they are all black. You could had rasta colors and been way over the top.

  13. DryIceFactory Says:

    lol Gin and Wolfman’s – “tame first-set jams”.

    Hey Miner, you hear that? That’s the Superball Wolfman’s, Bethel and Portsmouth Gins banging on your front door.

  14. xpun Says:

    sounds good gdad. thanks

    beiber murder plot….not on our watch..he brings the jams

  15. El Duderino Says:

    sounds like Miner needs a new band…HA!

  16. bob dylan Says:

    Classic. I’m at the post office (for robears punk ass) and there’s a postal worker in line. She’s all aggro and sighing real hard about the wait. Welcome to our world lady.

    Post office = nightmare to me

  17. viola Says:

    sass camden 03 vid = christmas ph wish coming true. thank u keeper of the ph vault. love me some 2.0 vids. this set was at the top of my list too.

    so is EZ getting on that train to nye?

  18. El Duderino Says:

    my Star Lake dvd is due to arrive today, can’t wait to spin that…
    1.0 Phish is where its @

  19. phoammhead Says:

    appraisal come back okay. home inspection report due later today. fingers crossed.

  20. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    12/13/97- my nine show run of fall had come to a close. my mind was officially blown- only to blow up again two weeks later at MSG. i hope it gets blown away, yet again in two weeks- at MSG. have a rad day. phish phish phish… love love love

  21. ren Says:

    2 WEEKS BITCHES!!!!!

  22. viola Says:

    who here remembers the providence sand? 13 yrs today. someone get kevin s on the line and leak IT already.

  23. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    my 30th for your 29th- i thought i would post it here before cash or trade. peace.

  24. bob dylan Says:

    Damn. My teller was on drugs. I was polite and asked him if he was ok. He proceeds to tell me a story for 10 mins how he cut his hand.

    I coul tell he was on pain meds and hadn’t added my tracking. We finish and I pay asking is he sure we have tracking? We finish and I ask how to track it and get a blank stare. “Oh… Um…”

    He grabs a delivery confirmation slip and slaps it on the side and gives it to me free of charge. But he never entered it into the system so I’m not sure how it will track…

    Good luck package…

  25. gunslinging parrot Says:

    Cool I’ll keep my eyes open for you xpun & gdad!!

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