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. ren Says:

    That was some nice orange @MiA

    I can imagine them slipping into something similar right now up in the barn

  2. phoammhead Says:

    marijuana’s transition from illegal drug to just another ho-hum way to unwind . . . yeah, its rightful place in my ho-hum life.

  3. phoammhead Says:

    yeah, just spun 2nd jam again . . . twice

    sweet spot has been hit . . . two and out

  4. PigSong Says:

    I can’t find any change in the livephish streams to determine how they’re now iOS compatible. Still need flash to stream from the full site. And if they meant airplay from a MB – I can’t find an icon to send the video to ATV.

    I’ll continue to mess with it though.

  5. PigSong Says:

    ah, home inspection fixes… read that as house appraisal.

    Are you going full time cowboy phoamm?

  6. phoammhead Says:

    gotta keep day job, pigger. really won’t be that active on farm wrestling the cattle, but they’re cool to look at . . . nothin’ sweeter to look at than hereford cattle on green grass with mountain backdrop

    holy muther of god . . . just got repair estimate from buyer’s realtor and you are effin’ right, pig . . . money just slipped into my fingers . . . to the tune of over 10 g’s. estimate is so low and reasonable. drinks on me, bitches!

    damn, i need to contain myself. a deal ain’t done until it’s closed. i should know.

  7. bob dylan Says:


    Looks like Sumodie 😎


  8. xpun Says:

    there was something sad and funny about that video. that was my description of interventions the other night too for what its worth

  9. xpun Says:

    fuck yeah. holiday run plans getting crisper. cashortrade deal ends up in staying in the same hotel as me. thats a good sign.

    got one more of silly’s friends to get in on nye, and t3 need 29th. anyone else still looking.

  10. PigSong Says:

    lol – that video was awesome. Definition of camaraderie, sharin’ in the groove. Too bad the groove kind of sucked.

    I think I’ve played this camdy sass about 20 times in the last 24 hours. Mostly because I’m too lazy to find something else.

  11. RoosterPizza Says:

    “Yes, I married someone from my hometown.”


  12. William H. Bonney Says:

    @Xpun looking for 30 and 31st still here…

  13. BNCB Says:

    “Thrown to the Wolves, The Alone on the Ledge Chronicles”

    -By MiA, Roberto Luongo, and Butter

    Starring BNCB

  14. BooVT Says:

    Rooster – that quote was sort of offered up in shame, as in a confession. Then instantly PigSong made me realize how blessed I am with his post. This place rocks. And, don’t forget, that hometown is where you bought your first car, too!

  15. RoosterPizza Says:

    I loved that quote because of all of the reasons you just mentioned, and then maybe some more.

  16. xpun Says:

    does anyone know where i can find the actual msg seating chart for this run. every place seems to have differences based on the renovations. thanks

  17. angryjoggerz Says:

    Greetings from Beijing, hope all is well. Snowy here, first snow I have seen this year. Had a 7am meeting now fairly free, gonna kick it at the hotel today, get some reading done. Didnt bring boots (doh).

  18. thedayman Says:

    still looking for one for the 28th and 3 for the 29th, any help appreciated!

    @xpun: i believe this is still accurate, albeit without the east/west designation for the floor:


  19. thedayman Says:

    actually this is the newest:


  20. xpun Says:

    so is this a big change from last years section #ing? seems like i cant figure out where i was last year to compare to this years tickets

    and all 400s are behind the stage?

  21. MiA Says:

    Stoney case likes to bake

  22. bob dylan Says:

    I didn’t realize they changed it even more from last year. Where the hell is the dead on seating 300-400 level?

    Got a blank space where some seats should be. What’s the new capacity? Fuck the dude that decided to remove the ring. Cheers to the dude proposing a walkway over the middle.

  23. bob dylan Says:

    I worked til 9. My lady got to go to the stones in newark. Paid 250 for a floor seat. Face was 1100. Hope she’s raging it. Pretty jealous right now, not gonna lie.

  24. xpun Says:

    exactly bob d. – where the hell are the 3s and 4s at?

  25. xpun Says:

    and im also jealous of your girl. thats a damn good deal

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