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. oldskool Says:

    @Kaya, you listen to set II as well? Set I gets all the attention but II goes really deep as well

  2. bob dylan Says:

    Camden scents video. Love this shit. Fishman rocking that china symbol at the end. Crash-crash-crashcrash

  3. dusty Says:

    thanks Dorn! Also just won tix for sunday dragonsmoke concert just now. Can’t take much of Ivan without it being free. Stanton is always a good watch though.

    BTW…Antibalas in NYC/Philly coming up. Decent show in SF…all be it one set. One set of afrobeat is like a tease/torture.

  4. BNCB Says:

    Long live Eddie Vedder!

    Down with the rest if those ‘has beens’

  5. oldskool Says:

    @BNCB, when you headed back out east?

  6. BNCB Says:

    End feb for sure. Maybe end Jan. did u get that email?

  7. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Maybe end Jan

    somebody’s hitting TAB tour 😐

  8. oldskool Says:

    @BNCB, no. I dont think I did. I will check again

  9. oldskool Says:

    @TII, not sure if you saw my post last night but I got a brick of Westy 12. Happy to pass along a bottle or two to you and Halcy to try it

  10. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    well, finally, legislation that will help us all goes into effect today.

    I know I will sleep [on the couch] a little easier knowing that our government is working hard to make it easier for me to live, work, and sleep through television without being startled by loud commercials.


    ^fuck yeah that apostrophe is in the right place.

  11. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I did! Interested to here how it is…

    I’m a bachelor this weekend as the Disorder ladies are going to the Cape for a shopping/fun/holiday weekend. probably going to try to catch The Hobbit, maybe get some shopping done, but would be up for meeting up if’n anyone is around Friday night or Saturday.

  12. PigSong Says:

    whaddup Camdy SaSS?

  13. oldskool Says:

    @TIII, I might be able to do Friday night. I got something on the books for Saturday already

  14. phoammhead Says:

    yeah, T3, i took notice of that legislation a year ago that takes effect today . . . fuck those money grubbin’ . . . nap interruptin’ businesses that ruin peace and quiet

  15. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    hit me up if you are, um, up. you’ve got my emails.

  16. kayatosh Says:

    grateful to have been at 12.13.97. 15 yrs ago. nice shout outs by GSP and HeadyB.

    memories of the show are faint. big room, yet cozy. the horrible opening band that seemed like a hoax. “bring on the dude” and a hot yamar. that’s all i’ve got w/o looking at the set list and spinning the tape.

    oldskool: i am familiar w/ 11.17.97 set II. thanks for the heads up. it’s the tweez ghost reba combo that does it for me.

  17. PigSong Says:

    whaddup MSG iOS webcast?

  18. kayatosh Says:

    vibes to, PB.

  19. kayatosh Says:

    ^^^ crap. no comma. before Df gets me.

  20. Dorn76 Says:

    GD with Neville’s (all of Set 2)


  21. bob dylan Says:

    Ya DF has his work cut out for him. I saw a here where my hear should be. Grammar police on a dunkin donuts Tim horton’s break?

  22. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    just gonna throw this out there…

  23. bob dylan Says:

    Wait… Tim hortons has no ‘

  24. BNCB Says:

    Oldskool, T$$$ has my addy.

    TABIEBER Tour?!?! When, where?

  25. kayatosh Says:

    TIII: $$$ link. that article and the comments by greg shmuel selz made for some good thought provoking reading.

    made me think of the evolution of language and expression on the BB.

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