Thirty Years Later

12.31.13 (Andrea Nusinov)

12.31.13 (Andrea Nusinov)

What a finale! Capping a year of shows that were etched into our collective memory one by one, Phish destroyed Madison Square Garden over the course of four nights in a style unseen since the late-Nineties. Dropping a bevy of timeless jams, sought after bustouts and an array of new material, the guys showcased all the reasons that they are now—after their thirtieth year of existence—riding a wave like never before in their career. In a calculated move, Phish filled their Holiday Run with nine sets of exclusively original material, showcasing their eclectic musical virtuosity that won over all of our hearts in the first place.

12.31.13 (A.Nusinov)

12.31.13 (A.Nusinov)

Over the past couple years, the band had fallen prey to their extensive autumnal offseason, rolling into Madison Square Garden with little momentum and dropping spotty performances. This year, however, following a fall tour and the recording of a new album, that was not an issue. Finely oiled and playing with precision from the first set of the first night, the guys made no bones about their single minded holiday mission—to take care of business. Through the course of four nights, Phish nodded to their roots, the three “eras” of their career and a bright future, bringing the audience on a musical tour de force that cut to the core of this grand experiment. I said before this run that it had all the ingredients to become the most prolific stand of the modern era, and lo and behold, that is exactly what happened.

On each night the band dropped top-level improvisation, the likes of which we dream. “Steam,” “Disease,” “Carini,” “Chalk Dust,” and “Light” led the way with outlandish, mind-bending excursions that we will be listening to until the end of time. “Wolfman’s Brother,” “Sand > Piper” and “Simple” played supporting roles in the open jam category, while “Stash,” “Twist,” “David Bowie,” “Harry Hood” and “You Enjoy Myself” anchored the band’s structured improv—all pieces with ample playback value.

12.31.13 (A.Nusinov)

12.30.13 (A.Nusinov)

But this holiday run was about so much more than jams. This run was a celebration of our four musical super heroes from Vermont, and their illustrious thirty-year history. The band’s own nod to their earliest days culminated in an unforgettable second set of New Year’s Eve atop a faux tour truck in the center of the Garden. Ever lessening the gap between themselves and their audience, Phish replicated the stage set up of their first-ever show at the University of Vermont and played a set’s worth of über-old school material, the most recent of which was “Glide” debuted in 1991. Along side a divine “Reba” and a closing “Split Open and Melt,” the set featured the central Gamehendge tales of  “Colonel Forbin’s Ascent > Fly Famous Mockingbird,” “Icculus” and “Lizards.” And amidst “Icculus,” Trey cut to the chase, instructing the audience in the ways of The Book, imparting the message of Gamehendge to a new generation on the most high profile night of the year. In another setting in another time, one might have taken move as being drenched in nostalgia, but as Phish has now reached a modern peak that few believed was possible, this message was an affirmation of all that was right in the land of Lizards as we crossed the threshold into 2014.

12.29.13 (A.Nusinov)

12.29.13 (A.Nusinov)

Beyond celebrating their unequaled past, however, this holiday run also kick-started the future as the band brought back most of the songs from their Halloween set. Phish interspersed their Wingsuit material throughout the four nights, highlighted by the dramatic placement of “Fuego” directly after midnight on New Year’s Eve. While all the other new songs were delivered in straightforward fashion, “Fuego” featured a tasty improvisational segment in a sure-fire preview of the next big jam in the Phish universe. Each new piece brought a jolt of excitement, as it evoked memories of Halloween while upping the ante of what is to come next summer.

To end their thirtieth year, Phish—finally—played a modern Madison Square Garden run that both upheld and paid homage to their prestigious past in the World’s Most Famous Arena. Scribing an unforgettable four-night chapter in their ever-expanding legacy, Phish—the four-headed, one-minded musical monster of Vermont—proved, once again, that it has no parallel in the history of live music.

12.31.13 (Andrea Nusinov)

12.31.13 (Andrea Nusinov)

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1,265 Responses to “Thirty Years Later”

  1. Jerome Garcia Says:

    ^Ed Zachery. What Bingos said.

  2. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Indeed. a measured pace is a great path to start. In the heat of exercise your mind will quit before your body.

    You are your greatest obstacle.

  3. marcoesq Says:

    Phamb, I could use one. got my email?

  4. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    elgranjustino@g to the mailio

  5. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Wait. Scratch watch Bingos said. What T3 said. Wake up Amorica!

  6. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    don’t take those .net jam descriptions too seriously. with their new “pink” campaign, they only denote three Tweezers as being “key” versions (though there are about 55 “noteworthy” ones).

    11.28.94 Bozeman
    12.02.95 New Haven
    07.31.13 Tahoe

    my understanding is that the intent of the “key” designation is those would be the ones to give to da newbs in a starter kit or something.

    with its history and context within the band, one would think that more than just those three tweezers should be included in such an exercise, but that’s perhaps just my opinion.

  7. marcoesq Says:

    I hear ya. 3 Tweezers ftw…chronicled of RIDIC. “Overrated by your friends” prolly direct response to Miner’s Fall rankings. I think they were giving him hard time about that.

  8. marcoesq Says:

    Is the Dick’s contract over now or they locked in for 2014?

  9. jtran Says:

    morning comrades


  10. Jerome Garcia Says:

    No mas marco per earlier discussions on the BB regarding the topic; per sumo primarily.

    Looks like no Denver Laborious Day wknd in ’14. But perhaps Telly per telas. I was hoping to hit Denver for Labor Day for Dicks & head back to Colo two wks later for Telly Blues & Brews…just TB&B as of now…

  11. Jerome Garcia Says:

    ^perhaps Telly but not necessarily over Labor Day

  12. jp Says:

    would be super appreciative of any unused codes for 28, 30 +/or 31

    thank you!!

  13. Dorn76 Says:

    Purchase hop ranch and dirt wolf at local store.

    Debit card workout done.

    Victory is straight killin it with IPA’s!

  14. marcoesq Says:

    Glad I got the Dick’s while it lasted then

  15. lumpyhead Says:

    what up BB.
    hope you fuckers had fun

  16. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    because I do stuff like this…

    I used Timer’s “Show Finder” feature to see if I could find any shows that come close to tTS from BITD. At first I used Reba, Melt, Forbin, Icculus, and Lizards as my five determining songs but the only show where all of those have been played together is 12.31.2013 ❗

    so I took out the most rare of those (Icculus) and added in Llama. Lo and behold, there is only one other show besides 12.31.2013 where all five of those songs were played:

    Tuesday, 03/31/1992
    The Blue Note, Columbia, MO

    Set 1: Wilson > Divided Sky, Glide, Split Open and Melt, Rift, Reba, Take the ‘A’ Train > Llama, Colonel Forbin’s Ascent > Fly Famous Mockingbird > Run Like an Antelope

    Set 2: Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Fee, Poor Heart, Stash, The Lizards, Cavern, Dinner and a Movie > My Friend, My Friend, My Sweet One[1], Cold as Ice > Love You > Cold as Ice, Possum[2]

    Encore: Sweet Adeline[3]

    [1] Started out much slower than normal; several subsequent tempo changes.
    [2] Aw Fuck!, Oom Pa Pa signals and two Simpsons signals.
    [3] Without microphones.

    · Dixie tease in Take the ‘A’ Train
    · Buried Alive tease in Split Open and Melt

    Notes: Trey teased Buried Alive in Melt and Dixie briefly in ‘A’ Train. The Mockingbird narration contained an explanation of Gamehendge. My Sweet One started out much slower than normal, gradually speeding up with several subsequent tempo changes. Possum had Aw Fuck!, Oom Pa Pa signals and two Simpsons signals. Sweet Adeline was performed without microphones.

    that one is pretty much the same stage setup as what they had for tTS, is almost all originals (excepting A Train, Adeline, and the Cold as Ice>Love You>Cold as Ice segment), and is readily available for your listening pleasure right here.

    Incidentally, I tried a number of other combinations of five songs from tTS, but thus far I have not come up with another “hit”. Obviously, FYF is a limiting factor so I haven’t been using that one but Icculus seems to be limiting as well. In truth, they simply never seem to have played any five of these songs in concert together very often… if at all.

    One note though: thus far I have not searched with both Forbin and Mockingbird, as that really means you are searching for four songs since those two are inextricably paired together. I believe if I did that, the net would widen significantly.

  17. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    and on a note that has received a lot of convo recently, people have been asking for examples of echo’d jams from 2013:

    Hartford 2001

  18. marcoesq Says:

    Poor Tom Brady can’t catch a break with these high fives

  19. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    and there’s even video of that 3.31.1992 show

    looks like a few tracks are missing, but check out that Melt for one. And the old school Mike’s with the tramps.

  20. vapebraham Says:

    welcome to the victory club, dorn. makes it tough to quit brewskies.

  21. vapebraham Says:

    that dog is clutch. he did it all for the nookie. did you hear his trainer squeal? after that stunt he gets to straight bone her as a reward.

  22. marcoesq Says:

    lol vape. she’s a kiwi, they love their driving dogs cuz they ain’t got shit else going on.

  23. Dorn76 Says:

    Simple>Hood $$$

  24. marcoesq Says:

    lulz, .net just sent me a reminder of this dream setlist I made 4yrs ago. Got my Xeyed>Hood this year!

    “Sunday 04/20/2010 The Rager”, by marcoesq

    Set 1: Buried Alive > Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley > Timber (Jerry) > Black-Eyed Katy, Camel Walk -> After Midnight > Sand > Tweezer > Meatstick

    Set 2: Also Sprach Zarathustra -> Crosseyed and Painless > Harry Hood > Albuquerque, Gumbo > 46 Days -> Buffalo Bill > Run Like an Antelope

    Encore: The Curtain > Tweezer Reprise,

  25. Dorn76 Says:

    12/30 II is lacking the fairy dust that provided “flow”, but it’s one of those “Greatest Hits” sets that I am 100% fine with.

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