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. MiA Says:

    Ugh. False choices that misinform and assume stupidity on the real issues.

    Bet it doesn’t say “pass Medicare Part D and Homeland Security Act putting $180 billion a year onto the yearly budget, and the largest tax break ever that still didn’t stop a massive National Recession or take action to keep America solvent?”

    Senior Citizen will probably like it though.

  2. MiA Says:

    My rare political statement over…

    Have a great Sunday everyone!

  3. BingosBrother Says:

    I’d like to kick george w. right in the box.

  4. phishm Says:

    Always been a big fan of Bush, just not the ex president.
    You all have a good one. going to play putt putt with my kids. Should be fun. Peace.

  5. xpun Says:

    Senior citizens aren’t actually allowed to use the touch screens. They are given confusing paper butterfly ballots which are put directly in the trash after being cast.

    I’d be interested in seeing the videos of his advisors and how many times he did what dick cheney wanted him to do.

  6. BNCB Says:

    Miner fluffing TAB on Twitter. Any balanced reviews out there?

  7. xpun Says:

    Those 60s and 70s dead crowds were some clappy motherfuckers.

    6-9-76 Boston Music Hall hitting my ears and Im liking the feeling

  8. BingosBrother Says:

    Senor minor must be jonesin something fierce.

  9. sumodie Says:

    Glad Miner had a good time. He’s praising all the usually topshelf TAB tunes

    Gorgeous day here in boston!

  10. butter Says:

    thought the Fox show was real tight last night

    bigger, Latin sounding rhytms with the Percussionist added to the mix

    Trey having some fun with his 03 guitar #noocedoc

    Plasma sounded like a tweaked out disco party

  11. BingosBrother Says:

    Yo phlorida, epic drum circle at siesta key beach tonight.

  12. BNCB Says:

    At Six Flags. Land sakes! Rides are way bigger faster freakier than when I was a kid. Sheesh. That Medusa ride felt like dumping a kayak in a class 3 rapid.

  13. BingosBrother Says:

    Get ready bud. Batmans riding bdtnl this year and we’re goin on it.

  14. voopa Says:

    No balanced here, had a fuckin’ blast last night. At a diner now, more fluff later.

  15. jdub Says:

    So are we getting a Miner review on Monday? Great to hear from both coasts, Greensky and TAB with the switcharoo.

  16. xpun Says:

    “Sudden unexpected death is unpredictable and therefore unpreventable.”

  17. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Anyone else having trouble with phishtracks website. Can’t get on. Panic mode.

  18. phishm Says:

    The site appears to be down @Palmer. It’s timing out for me.

    Pinging [] with 32 bytes of data:

    Request timed out.
    Request timed out.
    Request timed out.

    Oh well, Sunday night is always a good time to conduct maintenance. Hopefully that is the case. Hope it’s up in the next hour. Almost time to drop the kids off and begin my other week.

  19. Mr. Palmer Says:

    My day is all fucked up. Worked the overnight last night. Slept from 7am to 3:45pm est. Fucks with your mind and body.

  20. phishm Says:

    I worked 3rd shift for about a year. You are right on by stating that it fucks with your mind and body. Nothing worse then being under slept for months at a time. Like being stuck in some kind of fog, at least it was for me.

  21. voopa Says:

    Home. Great show last night. Highlights for me were STUD and a huge Last Tube. I tweeted Jen asking them to save Frost for Saturday, and they did play it last night, who knows if it was because of me or not (she did reply this morning with “shameless plea heard” so perhaps).

    Firsdt Tube started and was it’s usual awesome self, followed by Sweet Dreams Melinda which had a surprisingly powerful jam. Need to see a setlist to relate more, I was a little over served and am exhausted as a result. Surprised no set list has surfaced yet, well no I’m not…pretty sure there were no repeats from Friday.

    Much more jamming than in ’11, probably because that 1st set was acoustic 😀

    Got in early and found seats on the back of the middle floor, next to the soundboard, so I had a much needed resting spot, plus we got to hang with the tapers all night. More about the actual music when a list shows.

  22. voopa Says:

    Oh, and I got a poster. #233/300. Pairs nicely with the only other official print I have, Phish Tahoe ’11. Now to save a ridiculous amount of cash to get them framed.

  23. voopa Says:

    Oh, and Scabbard was great too. Was hoping to hear that one as well.

  24. voopa Says:


  25. jerseyjim Says:

    phish folks are awesome.
    vibes to all.

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