Reader’s Picks: Ryan Baird

12.31.2012, MSG (Jesse Herzog)

12.31.2012, MSG (Jesse Herzog)

“This One Goes to Eleven—My First Eleven Shows” by Ryan Baird

Ghost > Halley’s > Tweezer” 11.24.98 II, New Haven, CT

After being shut out at my first phish show 4/4/98, getting arrested days before the Lemonwheel, and missing the first set of this show due to traffic on I-95, I was not off to a good start to my phish show career. This second set trifecta was just what I needed to be hooked for life.



Gumbo” 11.28.98 I, Worcester, MA

For the first night of the tour finale [the night before] I found myself in a familiar place, on the outside looking in. Things were not looking good for this noob, but once again, these first notes I heard [on night two] reaffirmed that I was in the right place.



Bathtub Gin” 11.29.98 II, Worcester, MA

$$$, I got IT for the first time.



Foreplay/Longtime” 7.12.99 I, Mansfield, MA

I was beginning to understand that Phish could do whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted, with a bit of humor, and completely nail it. This was my first outdoor show, I was front row, and the place exploded for this one.



Tube > Boogie On” 7.17.99 I, Volney, NY

My first festi of any type, and I was in way over my head. Completely broke after about five minutes of being on lot, but happy as I could ever be. There’s nothing that compares to the vibe of a Phish festival, and this opening sequence set the tone for the weekend.



Runaway Jim” 7.18.99 II, Volney, NY

“It was so hot!” was the understatement of the year. I can remember the start of this set, and thinking that I can’t believe that they’re going to play another set after this one. Festivals are sometimes overwhelming and after my first one, I was happy to have made it out alive.



Walk Away > Rocky Top” 12.7.99 E, Portland, ME

I honestly do not remember seeing the CCCC “Halley’s.” This might be one of the best jams that I was in attendance for but have no recollection of. And since it gets so much love around here, I don’t need to restate the obvious. However, I do remember the encore, which I thought was bitchin’!



The Lizards” 12.8.99 II, Portland, ME

After hearing Trey’s thesis and listening to Great Woods ’94 a few times that fall, I had greater appreciation for the epic tale. This was my first real trip to Gamehenge that I can remember to this day. I think that Trey’s solo might be my favorite piece of composed phish.



Sand” 12.13.99 II, Providence, RI

After hearing it for the first time live a week earlier in Portland, I was hooked. “Sand” has remained my favorite song since December of 1999. This version is pure fire, and foreshadowed what was to happen at my next show/festi.



Light Up or Leave Me Alone” 12.30.99 I, Big Cypress, FL

“Water in the Sky” got everyone’s attention and “Light Up” set the place on fire. This special event needs the Shapiro treatment, asap. The swamp is one of my most cherished memories, every aspect, especially the amount of music they packed into two days.



After Midnight Reprise” 12.31.99 II, Big Cypress, FL

The birth of my children, getting married to an amazing woman, and “After Midnight.” There are special moments in life, but as far as Phish goes this one can’t be beat. The vibe circulating within my friends, the crowd, everyone in the Everglades was pure bliss. Phish was sending a clear message, and I was pickin’ up what they were puttin’ down!

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385 Responses to “Reader’s Picks: Ryan Baird”

  1. Mr. Palmer Says:

    This is incredibly dramatic stuff. Crazy…

  2. phlorida phan Says:

    Fox news saying they have him surrounded and alive

  3. Mr. Palmer Says:

    They should toss Chris Matthews on that boat….

  4. Mr. Palmer Says:

    The Boston Globe ‏@BostonGlobe 3m
    BREAKING NEWS: Police have taken the cover off the boat containing the man believed to be the Marathon bombing suspect. He’s not moving.

  5. bobby weird Says:

    4 PD sources. Suspect was shot, still alive. sedated by teargas-type substance. still in boat. expected to live? WOW!

  6. tela'smuff Says:

    i like it. tranq him Old School stylie?

    they just reported that the FBI visited the older brother 2 years ago?

    @Palmer – i can’t stand Matthews. mainly because it seems like he’s a spitter when he speaks. that mouth.

  7. voopa Says:

    Wow, Erin Burnett is as much of a douchebag as Wolf…no wonder she has her own show.

    20 years from now, we’ll be watching breaking news on CNN and saying, “What is this, 2003?” (Hopefully not)

  8. jerseyjim Says:

    first concert: Neil Young at MSG in Feb 1983.
    section 102, on the red line. parents said we were too young to take the bus alone, so my friend’s older brother “volunteered” to chaperone.

    second concert: GD at Brendan Byrne Arena 4/16/83, with Stephen Stills sit-in.

    third concert: 10/11/83 at MSG – St. Stephen. Birthday present from my bro.

  9. BingosBrother Says:

    You’re crazy man. You’re crazy, but I like you.

    I wanna read voopstars story.

  10. BingosBrother Says:

    Kung fu goosefacekick by jerseyjim. Respek.

  11. phishm Says:

    So they got the little fucker alive. Anyone able to confirm that? I’m done trying to decipher the news. Middle of Walls from SPAC. Great jam.

  12. voopa Says:

    I’ll relate another time, when this situation is passed and I’m sober enough to remember and type all of it.

  13. angryjoggerz Says:

    Im pretty sure my first concert was either Air Supply or Rick Springfield, both at “Chicagofest”, which used to be held out on Navy Pier.

    From vickipedia

    The stages were: Rock, Classic Rock, Country, Blues, Comedy, Roller Disco, Pin Ball Arcade, Jazz, Children’s, Variety, Ethnic, and Main stage seating 30,000. There were approximately 600 performances produced each year.

  14. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Sadly, Fox news coverage is the only one that I have found be semi-watchable..

  15. ElJefe Says:

    AJ- my first was Livingston Taylor not James Taylor and Air Supply. But it could’ve been Halloween Dead show at RCMH.. Dammit ma!!!

  16. ElJefe Says:

    Summer Nights at the Garden State Art Center aka PNC Arts Center

  17. phlorida phan Says:

    Just mute O’Reilly

  18. Mr. Palmer Says:

    yeah..he just showed up….it was better before 8pm

  19. MiA Says:

    My sarcastic joke was taken seriously. Needed the sarcasm font on that one.

  20. phishm Says:

    If you get the chance and have not yet checked out the show from 8-10-97 DC. The whole show is worth a listen. I’d like to say it was the hardest I’ve ever tripped, but that’s not possible. At least at that time. Either way it’s a very good show. The DWD, split, hood, cities and bowie are all worth the price of admission.

  21. voopa Says:

    lol @ ethnic

  22. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Spun that yesterday, phishm. Great show. I’m addicted to phishtracks..

    Currently knee deep in 8/8/98, Merriweather

  23. phishm Says:

    Nice. It’s like being on a wave that many are on only each are on it on different days and they go many ways.
    OK, not making sense to anyone other then me. Not good.
    Not sure I’ve listened to that show @palmer. Have to check it out.

  24. tela'smuff Says:

    i’m just waiting for the first Howard Stern penis or Baba Booey prank call. you gotta figure it’s coming sooner than later. too soon?

  25. angryjoggerz Says:

    I wish more festivals had Roller Disco and Pin Ball Arcade stages. There was also a stage that floated on the water.

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