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

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1,801 Responses to “New York News Day”

  1. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    a very funky “woo enjoy myself” with an acapella version of “woo” tang clan ain’t nothing to fuck wit out of the vocal jam

  2. voopa Says:

    Can’t walk you out…

    In the morning…


  3. aj Says:

    “a very funky “woo enjoy myself” with an acapella version of “woo” tang clan ain’t nothing to fuck wit out of the vocal jam”

    ^ love this! However, some phans may get angry as they don’t like that new fangled rap music, lol.

  4. aj Says:

    I kid, I kid… sort of. I think the Halloween cover will be very telling about where Phish’s current tastes are (not expecting a Wutang Clan cover – that would be terrible). I do think it would be interesting if it was a bit more… current. I think if Phish wants to be a relevant band moving forward then they need to continue to evolve accordingly. Their covers have given a nod to this direction, but only time will tell.

    Remember that tour that they did a new cover every night? That was fun.

  5. bob dylan Says:

    yo AJ, put a hanger on the fuckin stove and let that shit sit there for like a half hour….

  6. BingosBrother Says:

    I’ll sew your asshole shut

  7. phoammhead Says:

    nice, voops . . . very clever indeed

    anybody else still feel like a GD album costume would be awesome . . . if done the right way of course . . . if no costume . . . maybe a few GD songs get the Lead treatment like 2010? you know the psych out . . .

  8. phoammhead Says:

    ahhh . . . the real mothership!

  9. jdub Says:

    The other oddball factoid is that Phish has played more shows at MSG in 3.0 than in any other era.

  10. Mr. Palmer Says:

  11. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Lately… I have wondered… when did… Pho… Start posting like… He is Larry King?

  12. William H. Bonney Says:

    from the interview:

    Will Oysterhead ever get back together?
    Well, that’s happening next week as well! Ah … I don’t know what the hell is going on with Oysterhead. We always talk about it. There’s a lot of talk. I think it’s an itch we should start scratching here pretty soon. It’s been long overdue. But there’s a lot of exciting things going on, on all of our horizons – Phish is making a record right now, I’m about to start to play with Tim Alexander again and make a Primus record, I tried to buy a winery yesterday and that fell through, trying to get this damn fishing show going with Mickey.

  13. MiA Says:

    Of the great moments at MSG, I’d put the Meatschtick thing up around 97th.

    It still flabbergasts me to see all the high fiving, jumping up and down and revelry that goes on when they play one of the worst songs of their repertoire.

    I’d rather hear a Friday encore, then figure out how long I am going to have to endure that song, and watch tipsy sorority girls in glee that they learned “the dance” to it.

  14. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    The GD tease fest idea sounds like a fun time to me and would keep the inevitable hate less heated. Maybe.

  15. William H. Bonney Says:

    100% agree with that MIA..the list really falls apart fast. Hundreds of other better great moments…20 minutes of pre-recorded music playing with people dancing around, closer to a high school musical than a great Phish moment…

  16. btb Says:

    I was a big Oysterhead fan. I still think that album is some of Trey’s best work along with his original Trey album. I’m in the minority on that probably, but those 2 records are great IMO.

  17. MiA Says:

    Funny who they mentioned the 1999 (it was cute) but not the tremendous amount of energy that was put into the previous 3 days of having the stage decorated, and crazy dancers, and inchworms, and the other assortment of mind-fuckery that they did that year.

    MSG Wolfmans. Wow.

  18. MiA Says:

    Exactly Billy. Exactly.

  19. MiA Says:

    For the trifecta 3x post…

    I think this show, in general gets passed over quite a bit. But this SBD really made it’s rounds, and this 2001 was one of my favorites for years. Probably still in the top 5.

  20. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    @btb- i really like both of those albums. when trey came out with that red album, i was pretty impressed. i don’t think i have been very impressed since. although, horseshoe curve was okay and it had great artwork.

  21. phoammhead Says:

    what . . . are . . . you talking about . . . tiii?

  22. Mr. Palmer Says:

    yeah, that list is pretty terrible.

  23. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Also loved Oysterhead. Few shows I saw were weird and fun as hell.

  24. aj Says:

    I still think the meatstick thing was better than the steam or garden party one, with garden party being the absolute low point of 3.0 for me personally. How about just a balloon drop and some jams?

  25. phoammhead Says:

    you no like a staged runaway golfcart marathon, aj . . . jeez really

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