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. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9

  2. TheSloth Says:

    DC Waves = Gordo bombs shaking the beer in my cup = awesome

  3. tela's_muff Says:

    DeerCreek Waves was special.

    That’s a good wishlist

  4. xpun Says:

    um…okay…disturbing to say the least


  5. ren Says:

    Fish just ruined Roller Girl for me!!! Heather Grahm is such the fox

  6. kayatosh Says:

    g’ morning. Been diving into some late 70’s GD lately.

    spin 10.1.77 eyes>dancin. the drummers have a little sumpin extra flowin. groovy GD. $$$

    1.31.78 TLEO and Let IT Grow + set II = $$$

    Second the Waves request. Great song/jam platform that has mysteriously become a rarity in 3.0.

  7. TheSloth Says:

    what is more likely, a complete mikes or a revitalized bowie?

  8. Kaveh Says:

    Morning BBers!

    Great list @Miner: my top three in order.

    1. Passion
    2. Bowie with teeth
    3. Smooth transitions.

    Hope everyone is having a great morning.

  9. mudbuddy11 Says:

    alright miner, way to sneak in that 95 mikes ‘evil phish’. I dont know if thats a hint at direction that you’d like to see, or if it just got planted in your mind somehow in the last week, but what a great mikes. I’ve listened to that mikes twice in the last week…. and i’m happy to spin it once again. Then I’m going back to listen to the bethel soundcheck again. Then maybe the storage shed jam…

    man i hope they tear the roof off msg. I wont be there this year, since i went to the last 2 years and promised the wife i would be home this year… It’ll be a mixed bag of feelings this year if they truley tear it up. I’ll be a little crushed to not be there, but happy for all you-all, and happy to have great new music. As a good buddy of mine and i have to keep telling each other…. you cant do it all.

  10. kayatosh Says:

    snuck out of QQQ’s short after adding on the gap open. scalp taken.

    got caught chasing the post 3 PM downdraft yesterday. trapped is not a good feeling. now free. bring on the crack, bernack.

  11. Kaveh Says:

    So Inclined question for the BB.

    Is anyone else’s Stash f’d up on their CD? Mine cuts out after like 7 minutes of music.

  12. TheSloth Says:

    @kaveh mine plays straight through.

  13. garretc Says:

    Morning fellas and fellettes. Ambient Jam seems a good way to wake up and do a bit of last minute studying.

    That’s all. As you were.

  14. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    “searching for dog sitters today.”


  15. phoammhead Says:

    i’m getting excited for this new year’s run and i’m not even going . . . phish is definitely the most interesting band in. the. world! i’m sure i’ll watch at least one stream. i’m sure i’ll be spinning the shows day after.

  16. BNCB Says:

    “How about Waves? We haven’t done that one in awhile” is what I hope Trey mutters at the Barn.

    “Let’s drop Scents as well” replies Page.

  17. Spasm Waiter Says:

    6/20/04 Twist gets the full funkified treatment

  18. BNCB Says:

    What happens to ticket prices if there is no webcast?

  19. TheSloth Says:

    @kaveh hit me up if you want the uncut version theslothbb at the mail of google

  20. garretc Says:

    They go down, BNCB. Remember the webcast blessing?

  21. bob dylan Says:

    I tweeted at trey yesterday and at PHiSH asking for return of scents with intro and waves while I was at it.

    Gotta remind em we like that kinda stuff. Miners billboard style post may get the job done a little better.

    Been spinning waves from deer creek a bit lately. Loved it on playback post show. Wish I hadn’t been expectation’d at the show. UIC waves is burned into my memory. Laughing out loud at treys licks.

    Think ill spin IT waves today. Been a few years since I’ve spun that. Maybe a Camden scents while I’m at it.

  22. bob dylan Says:

    Whoa! Get outta my head bncb!

  23. roberto luongo Says:

    we need Phish to slay not because of TOry but in spite of Tory

    noticed in the BGCA Light just how worthless he can be

    he plays his wanky, whaley, type I jam with a bit of the typical more dissonant scales he uses in his solo and you can hear him start to run out of ideas and fall out a bit.

    page then sweeps in with that bad ass rhodes compin. Tory stops playing.

    mike picks up Page’s groove and starts thumpin bombs. Tory still not playing.

    groove takes off, Tory notices how fuckin sick and creative the rest of his band is these days and jumps on.

    night and day from the 94-95 Trey and Fish is Phish mentality.

    crazy how little TOry leads this band in it’s great jams these days.

    so Page and Mike driven. Tory contributes and can still crush it but he’s not the fearless leader making all the calls at all these days.

  24. kayatosh Says:

    ^^^ RL droppin knowledge. $$$ assessment of phish old and current.

  25. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Bncb are you hitting these shows??

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