New York News Day


MSG NYE 2013

This week, Phish dropped two noteworthy pieces of news centered around the state of New York. First and foremost, the band announced that they will return to Madison Square Garden for the fourth consecutive year for their Holiday Run. Though this comes as no surprise, it’s always nice to see more Phish shows on the docket. Phish also announced their next remastered release—a straight heater from Niagara Falls, New York on December 7, 1995. In my opinion, this is one of the very best shows from—arguably—the very best month in Phish history. A shrewd selection from Kevin Shapiro, this drop highlights the band at their absolute career peak (up until that point) as they worked their way to MSG at the end of the month. United in their Empire State of mind, each of these pieces of news deserve a tad more inspection.

12/7/95 Cover

12/7/95 Cover

Madison Square Garden, Phish, and New Years Run have become a 3.0 tradition. Starting in 2010, the band has returned to the hallowed round room each and every year for their Holiday bash, and each time we’ve witnessed a subsequent phase of renovation that has decreased the fun and all-out free for all that once existed in the late ‘90s. Now, the venue is extremely segmented, causing fans to scurry for GA West tickets only to discover the section packed like sardines and being forced to go small on the dance floor. Let’s face it, MSG ain’t what she once was and it’s time for a change. Hopefully the band will switch things up sooner than later, but for now it looks like we are heading back to the Big Apple to brave the cold weather for the holidays. With the band peaking again and returning to one of their favorite rooms, however, these shows carry a boat load of potential. Good luck in the ticket lottery!

Niagara Falls is the best release by Phish in quite some time. This highlights one of the peak shows of a peak era—December ’95. Within this show, the band throws down a fantastic first set “Slave” that sets up Hall of Fame versions versions of “Split Open and Melt,” “Reba,” “Mike’s” and “Weekapaug” in set two, not to mention an early, scorching version of “Taste.” This is an absolute can’t miss purchase, as Fred Kevorkian’s remastering has been dialed in on recent releases like Ventura and Hampton-Winston Salem. Bring that oh-so-crisp sound to the fast, frenetic and layered jamming of December ’95, and this drop is bound for glory. Here’s a 2008 piece I wrote on four shows that should be remastered—including Niagara Falls. Hey, two out of four ain’t bad!


Winged-music-noteJams of the Day: Niagara Falls 12/7/95

Split Open




“Slave to the Traffic Light” SBD sample < Click

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  1. little umbrellas Says:

    big apple

  2. little umbrellas Says:

    Sumodie: CRIMSON! that is awesome. gotta agree with MiA on this one, Tony all the way.

  3. phishm Says:

    Listening to Niagara now. On Split. Looking forward to the rest. Weird how stuff works.

  4. phishm Says:

    Fastest Reba I’ve heard. Crazy fast. Shit I like.

  5. Highway Bill Says:

    December 95, good stuff….Fog That Surrounds.

  6. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    “Niagara Falls is the best release by Phish in quite some time.”

    i’m pretty pumped for this and have been calling for it for a while (#1 on my list after cypress, etc), but what was wrong with the last few releases? they were all $$$$ too.

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  8. sumodie Says:

    December ’95 was a good phish month for me but alas we did not hit Niagara Falls. And, as usual, yet another awesome show I’ve never heard. Psyched to crank the remastered sbd!

    Phish seems to be the only active jam band that’s never played south of the border

  9. TheSloth Says:

    So psyched for this Niagara release. I’ve hyped this every so often here on the BB. While there is a lease one very nice aud from this show I’m looking forward to the remaster. Page absolutely owns this slave.

  10. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    the mike’s>weekapaug was release at SBIX in SBD form. i tried not to over listen to it in hopes for this full release.

  11. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    old article on shows miner wanted to have official releases for:

    can’t find miner’s old writeup on niagara ’95. i think it was part of all the shows he used to link as part of the archive. not sure if that still exists after megaupload died….

  12. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    found it

  13. phishm Says:

    Just listened to the Mikes. There is definitely a hint of the jam that ensued during the Simple jam on Halloween 96. Sort of more in the background this time around. IMO.

  14. Mr.Miner Says:

    Ventura had 1 of 2 bomb shows. Clev 95 meh

  15. Mr.Miner Says:

    Damn! These new 5s fly! Upgrade from 4s to 5s is remarkable.

  16. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    true, guess i was thinking hampton/winston 97, UIC 94 and auburn 97 weren’t that long ago

  17. Stoney Case Says:

    Nice write up Miner!

    Been saying this for years:

  18. Selector J Says:

    re: NYE @ MSG- First reaction was, “That’s not official yet?” I guess it’s good to get it Kangfirmed so I can officially start devising highly improbable schemes to attend .

    re: Niagara – Good stuff. It’s been a while since I’ve delved into 95 but I’ve got no memory of having ever listened to this Niagara show despite having all the December 95 shows on a hard drive. Sounds like a choice cut from all the reviews. Guess I’m in need of a Dec 95 refresher course.

  19. phishm Says:

    You know that feeling where you’re sitting there, headphones on, listening to the absolute most amazing thing you have ever heard. It’s so good that you have to let someone know. After it’s over you realize it’s just another really good jam, but that feeling when it all comes together and you are just in awe is so cool. Just had that feeling. Show I was at too. Been a while on this one.

  20. Selector J Says:

    “Phish seems to be the only active jam band that’s never played south of the border.”

    A show at South of the Border would be bananas!

    Wait. What are we talking about?

  21. shred Says:

    I hope they don’t change MSG holiday run ever. I don’t even notice what Miner’s talking about. Nor does the band.

  22. phlorida phan Says:

    On snubhub….hampton fri starting at $39, sun at $29. Crazy I say!

  23. MiA Says:

    I think that Phish smacked SO many shows next to each other, driving 6 hours down to Virginia is questionably worth it for anyone north of Pennsylvania?

    Phish, the New York local band.

  24. Mr. Palmer Says:

    If Phish wants to keep playing MSG for New Years, I have to believe it’s all theirs.

    How many others acts can sell out 4 consecutive nights and actually want to?

    I believe it’s totally in the bands hands. If they want to sign up for another 4 years, MSg will roll out the red carpet.. $$$ in the bank for Dolan and Cablevision.

    Shred- you don’t notice the difference between old msg and new msg? really?

  25. phlorida phan Says:

    2014……the all Florida/Texas tour. Gotta have dreams.

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