Weekend Nuggets: New Year’s Eve 1998

Official New Year's Run Poster - 1998

1998 New Year's Run Poster


After playing three out of four Holiday Run shows at The Garden in 1997, Phish decided to make it four of a kind in 1998. Staging an entire New Years’ Run in a single venue for the first time ever, the band chose the largest stage on which to do it. The peak of a incredible year of Phish, these four nights showcased the diverse jamming styles that defined the year. From groove-based improv to ambient jams, this show presented a microcosm of 1998. As a bonus re-post, I am including my favorite show from the run – 12.28 – an odyssey through darkness that included the inter-galactic warfare of “Carini > Wolfman’s.” With three MSG dates just announced, I can hardly wait to get back inside the greatest arena on earth. Here are some memories to tide you over.

12.31.98 Madison Square Garden, NYC, NY < Torrent

12.31.98 Madison Square Garden, NYC, NY < Megaupload

1998-12-31moI: 1999* > Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Ghost > Ha Ha Ha, Cavern

II: NICU, Character Zero, Tweezer > Cities > Wading in the Velvet Sea, Run Like an Antelope, Frankenstein

III: Runaway Jim > Auld Lang Syne > Simple,  Harry Hood, Tweezer Reprise, Llama

E: While My Guitar Gently Weeps

*Phish debut.

Notes: Prince’s 1999 included dancers on stage and synchronized steps from Trey and Mike, who wound up lying on the stage with the dancers surrounding them. Weekapaug and Runaway Jim subsequently featured 1999 teases. For this show, the Holiday Run dancers’ costumes included a devil, a prostitute, and a pimp. The band jammed Runaway Jim until just before the New Year. The dancers reappeared throughout the crowd and handed out thousands of glowrings to the fans just before a grand balloon drop and pyrotechnics display at midnight. The band counted the crowd into the New Year before busting into Auld Lang Syne.

Source: Schoeps CMC641 > Lunatec V2 > Apogee AD1000 > DAT


12.28.98 Madison Square Garden, NYC, NY < Torrent

12.28.98 Madison Square Garden, NYC, NY < Megaupload

1998-12-28moI: Axilla, Stash, Farmhouse, Taste, Sleep*, Albuquerque*, Driver*,  Tube, Golgi Apparatus, Good Times Bad Times

II: Carini > Wolfman’s Brother, Birds of a Feather, When the Circus Comes, Quinn the Eskimo > David Bowie

E: Been Caught Stealin’


Notes: For the first show of the Holiday Run, the stage was decorated with flowers and sculptures. During the encore, parts of the set began to grow and sprout leaves. This stage setup was used for this show only, and disappeared for the rest of the run. Before Sleep, Fishman’s drum kit was moved to allow the crew to roll out a small mini-stage with a scaled-down drum set and a baby grand piano. Trey and Mike sat on stools and both played acoustic guitars. This acoustic set-up was used for Sleep, Albuquerque, and Driver. During the Wolfman’s jam, three people in inchworm-like costumes came on stage and danced for the rest of the set.

Source: Schoeps CMC641 > Lunatec V2 > Apogee AD1000 > DAT



11.18.09 Cobo Arena, Detroit, MI
11.20.09 U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH
11.21.09 U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH
11.22.09 War Memorial at Oncenter , Syracuse, NY
11.24.09 Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA
11.25.09 Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA
11.27.09 Times Union Center, Albany, NY
11.28.09 Times Union Center, Albany, NY
11.29.09 Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, ME
12.02.09 Madison Square Garden , New York, NY
12.03.09 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
12.04.09 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
12.05.09 John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VA

The  ticket “lottery” is officially underway!  The ticket request period will end Friday, October 16th at 5:00pm EST.

Tickets go on sale to the public beginning Friday, October 23rd, with additional dates going on sale Saturday, October 24th. For full show and ticketing information, please visit Phish.com.

Winged music note=====

Jams of the Weekend: 12.31.98

Ghost > Ha Ha Ha” I


Tweezer > Cities” II


Two of the most significant jams from a New Year’s Eve extravaganza in New York City.



“Mike’s Song” 12.31.95 MSG, NYC Pt. 1

“Mike’s “Pt. 2

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85 Responses to “Weekend Nuggets: New Year’s Eve 1998”

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  1. Uncle Ebeneezer Says:



  2. Baxter Says:

    Not funny ebeneezer. I did laugh at Ben & Jerry though. SEE YOU IN ALBANY, and the CCCC, Portland!!!!!

  3. ThePigSong Says:

    @Miner – you stated that more dates are to be released after the public onsale, is this public knowledge or insider speculation. If there are some dates in the SE I’m thinking about waiting, or is it NYE?

  4. JerZ Says:

    Moving away from JerZ is looking like more of a mistake every day. I mean, the Colorado music scene is pretty awesome, but I am just going to have to face that getting screwed on Phish tour is going to become a way of life.

    Sorry to sound so emo, but, even though I knew that these would be the dates, I am stilled bummed out

  5. sumodie Says:

    Here’s a repost in case you’re still seeking 3.0 matrix recordings. Only mp3s, mostly leg 1 shows. Guy says he’s adding more shortly.



  6. frankie Says:

    pig song: read more closely. some of the dates go on sale the 23rd, others the 24th

  7. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    12-31-98 will be a night I remember for the rest of my life. This was my second New Years show from Phish, the previous being the Udder Ball show in ’97. We found a place that sublets apartments for a week at a time, so we were staying two blocks from the garden for around $250 a night. Luckily, there were 5 of us (I was broke back then, what can I say!). Our brains were pretty addled from some stuff we got in the park-n-lock across the street (that place was pretty much a pharmacy phree phor all). Our seats were lousy, but I couldn’t complain as I had scored floor seats for 12-28 and 12-29 (16th row center) and we were dead center just off the floor for the 30th. For 31st we were as high up as can be (is it like the 4th deck or something crazy?) back on Mike’s side. Even up there, the sound quality was excellent. Plus, hats off to MSG for serving beer tap beer with lids!

    1999 opener was just fantastic. I still rock this out at every available opportunity. The band was clearly having a blast. For me, though, the real dank came in the 3rd set. The Jim was pretty straight-forward, Simple was OK, but then came that Hood. Oh my, my. For my money, its the best Hood I have ever seen. I know I’ve commented on this before, but it got so scary that my buddy actually screamed and took off, his mind pretty much melted. He showed up after the show without his wallet, and with some random sweater that wasn’t his. The glow war was as good as it ever got, massive, plus obviously the band was encouraging it by handing out the glow rings during the song. The jam at the beginning of the hood was dark, real, real dark. And then of course, it ends on such a light note. I swear, during the reggae jam I stared into the gaping maw of hell and told the devil to f-off. Since that point, I haven’t been scared of anything, I thank Phish for that.

    I know I’m rambling, but bottom line, this was one of the best shows I have ever seen. As always, thank you Mr. Miner!

  8. sumodie Says:

    That 1998 run was heavenly. Phish touring, for me, was forever altered in 1998, and the whole year had been very stressful for me. So when I was able to go solo to the Big Apple for 4 days to hang with the band at MSG, well, that was simply magical, and the perfect way to ring in ’99. I’m looking forward to listening to these shows again -thanks!

  9. halcyon Says:

    This was a great run….I flew back in from CO, and a friend calls me saying come on in the city we have you covered…such a great reunion with friends in one of the if not greatest venues to see Phish play. Thanks for rekindling the memories. Part of why the connection with the band, and friends are so strong.

  10. Neemor Says:

    Good times.
    The segues from Tweezer>Cities was about as good as it gets.
    Can’t wait to enter MSG to see a Phish Game once again.
    C’mon lottery.
    Funny story, GP420.
    I can imagine this night left a few melted minds in its wake.
    This was one of the first times I was able to get a cassette within a week of the show and I played the hell out of it. I remember feeling the arena bounce with the crowd, esp during Wolfmans. That place had never seen the likes of Phish, wasn’t built for the energy.
    Thanks for the memories, here’s to many more.

  11. Robear Says:

    Awesome! Better than my headline for the day:

    “Today’s sign of the Apocalypse: Snubs Dalai Lama, Wins Nobel Peace Prize”

    This run also counts as a musical highlight of my career. We stayed across the street at the Pennsylvania. I was hawking the coconut covered gooballs for four days and dancing my self into oblivion for four nights. The first night has the brain twist of ‘Carini>Wolfman’s’. Night two is the ultimate dance throw party with ‘Free>LxL>2001>Boogie On>Yem’, phew! The overlooked night 3 gave us an enormous ‘DWD’ and a gigantic ‘Possum’ with ‘Wipeout’ revisit. New Years, Set 1= Candy, Set 2 = On top of the world, Set 3 = blisstoff

    Then the next morning my friends toyota truck gets stolen with all the money we made and most of my possessions at the time. (This was pre-family, so my stuff consisted mostly of boots, jacket, backpack, sleeping bag)

    Life changing week.

    re: Fall tour I saw Phish’s first three shows at MSG, I better see the next three as well. I’m looking forward to the dining as much as anything. Humboldt County is the culinary void of California.

  12. KRIVRAQ Says:

    @ JerZ… yeah, living here in NJ sucks, badly. The people, the traffic, the pollution, the cost of living, the TAXES!! But, that said, the convienence of interstates with Phish Tour make up for ALL of the other BS in a heartbeat. In a perfect world of days off work and no ticket phiasco, I’d be going to 8 out of 13 shows this Tour with my longest drive being 3.5 hours to Syracuse.

  13. Robear Says:

    How did I miss all the posters at these shows? KRIVAQ, I’m sure that’s what JerZ wants to hear! FWIW, JerZ, your flights to points east are much easier and less expensive than living out here behind the Redwood Curtain.

  14. fat bastard Says:

    Man do I love Axilla what an opener! Bring it to Indio Phish!!

  15. fat bastard Says:

    whats the updated count on axed albums? still 33?

  16. sumodie Says:

    Yup, 66 left alive:

    1. AC/DC – Back In Black
    2. Aerosmith – Toys In The Attic
    3. Arcade Fire – Funeral
    4. Band – The Band (Brown Album)
    5. Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
    6. Beastie Boys – Hello Nasty
    7. Black Sabbath – Paranoid
    8. Blind Faith – Blind Faith
    9. Bob Dylan – Blood On the Tracks
    10. Boston – Boston
    11. Brian Eno – Before And After Science
    12. Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run
    13. Chicago Transit Authority
    14. Clash – London Calling
    15. Credence Clearwater Rivival – Green River
    16. Curtis Mayfield – Superfly Soundtrack
    17. David Bowie – Hunky Dory
    18. David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust
    19. Devo – Freedom of Choice
    20. Doors – The Doors
    21. Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
    22. Eric Clapton – 461 Ocean Blvd
    23. Frank Zappa – Apostrophe
    24. Frank Zappa – Hot Rats
    25. Genesis – The Lambs Lie Down On Broadway
    26. Grateful Dead – American Beauty
    27. Guns & Roses – Appetite For Destruction
    28. Hall & Oates – Private Eyes
    29. Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced?
    30. Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland
    31. Jonathon Richmond and The Modern Lovers – The Modern Lovers
    32. Journey – Escape
    33. KI$$ – Alive II
    34. King Crimson – Larks’ Tongues In Aspic
    35. Led Zeppelin – I
    36. Led Zeppelin – IV (Zoso)
    37. LOVE – Forever Changes
    38. Metallica – Master Of Puppets
    39. MGMT – Oracle Spectacular
    40. Michael Jackson – Thriller
    41. Miles Davis – A Tribute To Jack Johnson
    42. Minutemen – Double Nickels On The Dime
    43. Neil Young – Tonight’s The Night
    44. Nirvana – Nevermind
    45. Pearl Jam – 10
    46. Pink Floyd – The Wall
    47. Pixies – Come On Pilgrim
    48. Police – Ghost In The Machine
    49. Prince – Purple Rain
    50. Queen – A Night At The Opera
    51. Radiohead – Kid A
    52. Rage Agaist The Machine – Evil Empire
    53. Ramones – Ramones
    54. Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers
    55. Rolling Stones – Exile
    56. Rush – Moving Pictures
    57. Steely Dan – Pretzel Logic
    58. T.Rex – Electric Warrior
    59. Television – Marquee Moon
    60. U2 – Joshua Tree
    61. Van Halen – Van Halen
    62. Van Morrison – Astral Weeks
    63. Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes
    64. Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
    65. Yes – The Yes Album
    66. ZZ Top – Tres Hombes

  17. bearito Says:

    @ Robear

    I did notice that void you speak of when rolling through Humboltd this summer after heading down the coast from the Gorge shows. I thought it would be a ‘foodie’ town with all the eco-conscious, self sustaining, farmers market types, but it didn’t seem to have a lot of interesting cuisine. I did get a good slice of pizza at Arcacta pizza and deli.

    I didn’t get the tour news till late last night. Congrats east-coasters! I hope I can find the time off & money to get out that way. For now it’s all about Indio for me. Ticket arrived yesterday! So stoked!

  18. Mitch Says:

    Still reading through yesterday. Stupid job has had me off the comp all week!


    I’ve got $2 in the hat for a Detroit ticket for Ocelot42. Who’s comin’ with me?


  19. Robear Says:

    Mitch, I’m dying about Cobo. I’m a Detroiter by birth, and haven’t seen a show in Michigan since the Palace ’95. It’s a big flight from Cali to Detroit for one show. I really want to hit Portland > MSG. If I can fit Detroit > Cinncy into the schedule, I’m there. If so, Ocelot42 is in, on me.

  20. mOoNsHaKe Says:

    do you think MSG is gonna be a hard one to get into this time? I know, that sounds like a silly question, but its a massive coloseum and the shows are mid-week (except the 3rd night I believe), I’m considering whether or not to do those shows or the Philly shows because they’re mid-week as well and it’d be cheaper to get hotel rooms (unless you’re staying in Newark, it looks like its gonna be around the 300 range or higher for rooms) any input?

  21. mOoNsHaKe Says:

    Portland/MSG would be a nice run for sure, Robear

  22. Sugar Says:

    MSG will be tough, like almost all big concerts in NYC. There’s 8 million people in the city alone…you do the math.

  23. Mr.Miner Says:


  24. mOoNsHaKe Says:

    ^ Miner’s excited…

  25. sumodie Says:

    While I think MSG will easily sell out, I suspect tix won’t be too hard if one works the online phan community for extras.

    And there are good hotels in NYC for under $300. My favorite is the Herald Square Hotel on West 34th St., walking distance to MSG (though this place fills up quickly):


    This time I’m staying at the West Side YMCA, right beside Central Park on 63rd Street, $100/night for a dorm style room (private room w/shared bath). The place has the feel of a European hostel -been staying here for years, highly recommended. Plus free access to pool/sauna, which comes in handy after a night of Phish or clubbing.


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