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:


    @bostonglobe: BREAKING NEWS: 3 people taken into custody in New Bedford as part of Boston Marathon terror bombing investigation.

  2. bobby weird Says:

    alive. in custody. “its over.” halleulia!!

  3. phlorida phan Says:

    Suspect acquired

  4. bobby weird Says:

    he requested a medic in exchange for giving himself up. guarantee they showed him video of his dad begging him to turn self in. wow…

  5. phlorida phan Says:

    What a little bitch, double shamed his family.

  6. phlorida phan Says:

    Hope they don’t give him pain meds, just pain.

  7. BingosBrother Says:

    Wish Chicagofest was still kickin. Say La V.

  8. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Nice work Boston!

  9. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    That’s nuts. Apparently they are taking him to the same hospital where the mtba officer who was shot in the line of duty today by this fucker was treated

  10. phishm Says:

    Good to hear. Glad he’s still alive. I think that they can inflict as much physical pain that they want and it will never amount to the mental chaos he is going to receive in solitary. My opinion anyways. I still see him just by his picture as a total follower. He and Rudolph can yell to each other through the toilets at ADX.

  11. phishm Says:

    And btw, this piper from spac 2004 is sick. Total duh statement, but still an amazing build that just seems to keep building then bam. Reprise. Almost reminds me a little bit of the light jam from Dick’s.

  12. phishm Says:

    Sorry for the consecutive posts, but the light jam from Dick’s is definately different. Guess it was just the build to tweeprise that sounded similar. OK nuff from me. Take care. Night.

  13. voopa Says:

    Listening to Foreplay/Long Time for the first time ever. How appropriate. Thanks PSHS.

  14. voopa Says:

    On to Woostah Gin

  15. phishm Says:

    I remember peaking while this gin was being played (show from DC I mentioned before). Why do psychadelics always add so much more to the jam then what you hear during times like now? I think I know the answer, but would love to hear different perspectives. Then again my answer only concerns me during times that I can remember (and everyone else in the venue). Is why I’m looking for other perspectives. Then again I could just be phishm’d. And I don’t use that term lightly (anymore). Either way you all take care. Stuck in a series of jams that I have no escape from other then to enjoy the shit out of them. Is what I’m gonna do. Peace.

  16. phishm Says:

    or is it peeking. Crap. Not sure and don’t feel like googleing. Either way I hope you know what I mean.

  17. jerseyjim Says:

    meant to post these earlier…thanks @PSHS

    We have to shout above the din of our Rice Crispies…

  18. xpun Says:

    Further playing some Band tunes tonight. Long black veil and shape I’m in. Nice

  19. phishm Says:

    Sorry to say some crazy shit and appear to prevent some from speaking about that which they were seaking to express. Not my intention. The split that I mentioned before just started. Memories coming back all of a sudden on a show that was crazy to me. My dad just had heart surgery a few days before and I allowed all that stress to be released this evening. And he is still kicking with 7 shows under his belt. OK, thanks for the stress release through words after this crazy week. Hope everyone is doing well. Peace. And I swear this is the last thing I will say. And yes, I caught a buzz tonight. And yes….. ok done.

  20. jerseyjim Says:

    vibes phishm.

  21. phishm Says:

    And then some. Sometimes it’s all too much. Thanks for catching that. WTF is wrong with this world. In all honesty you all take care. Peace.

  22. phishm Says:

    And vibes to everyone else. Hope you all catch a good vibe to latch onto soon. Peace.

  23. MiA Says:

    Chewy’s Severed Head

  24. xpun Says:

    Went to see Olympus has fallen tonight. Wife’s pick so can’t complain because it could have been some romantic shit but that was seriously one of the dumbest most unrealistic movies I have ever seen. They were trying for “Die Hard …in the White House” and instead got “Mission Impossible….No seriously impossible. And stupid too”.

    Come on Morgan Freeman you’re better than that.

  25. MiA Says:

    Happy Birthday BNCB.

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