New Year’s Run 2010 > 2011!

12.31.09 (Photo: Wendy Rogell)

Using no Flash video and little fanfare, Phish announced an unprecedented five-night New Years Run with a low-key addition to their website yesterday. Comprised of two nights at “The Centrum” in Worcester, Massachusetts, and a 3-night grand finale at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Phish will not only close 2010 in style, they will open 2011 with their first-ever January 1st show! Ever since Phish began their tradition of New Year’s Runs, their shows have taken place on the last four nights of the year: December 28, 29, 30, and 31st. The band will veer from this pattern this year, playing December 27 and 28 in Worcester and then taking a day off before rocking MSG on December 30, 31, and January – 1/1/11. New Year’s Eve will still consist of three sets to ring in 2011, but Phish will also kick start the calendar with two more sets the on the first day of the year.

MSG - photo: Peter Aaron

Left out of this New Year’s extravaganza, however, is one of the most sacred nights of the Phish calendar – December 29th. Career highlights on the 29th have become iconic in Phish lore – “The Providence Bowie” in’ 94, “The Real Gin” in ’95, a rotated “Bathtub Gin and an Oasis-laced “Harpua” in ’96, one of the defining shows of the late ’90s with a second set of “Disease >Bowie > Possum, Tube, YEM” in ’97, an immaculate MSG “YEM” in ’98, and flowing, jam-laden segue-fest in Miami highlighted by “Ghost > Free” in ’03. With this well-known and illustrious history, Phish continued their unspoken tradition last year by blowing out 12/29 in Miami with the most creative show of the run that was underlined by, perhaps, the jam of 2009 in a stunning “Tweezer.” But likely due to a desire to play on the binary date, 1/1/11, Phish will skip their magical December night this year. Despite this glaring omission, however, we’ve got five more shows on the horizon!

As the community had just about readied itself for Phish’s upcoming Fall Tour of mid-size venues, this New Year’s announcement confirmed of a rumor that had circulated for a couple of weeks. There was no surprise about New Year’s Eve at MSG, but the when the buzz began about a January 1st show, the rumor seemed hard to believe. With the new sober, family-based Phish, however, the band members likely won’t battle heavy hangovers as they retake the stage on the national holiday. So this year, the 1st is the new 29th…don’t miss it!

DCU Center - Worcester, MA

Continuing to saturate the Northeast with shows, the band won’t stray far from home during the holiday season, getting back to basics in two arenas that have seen many New Year’s Run epics. MSG has hosted 11 New Years Run shows and The Centrum has hosted three, and the two buildings have each housed a New Year’s Eve show to be reckoned with. Generally accepeted as the two best 12/31s (excluding Cypress), 1993 in Worcester and 1995 at MSG represent peak points in Phish’s developmental arc. So with plenty of history on their side, the band will take it back to the frigid winter of the Northeast in late-December, leaving the sunshine and beaches of Florida as distant memories.

Hitting fans’ wallets just before Fall Tour kicks off, ticket requests are open now until October 2, and then public onsales will go down on October 9th for MSG, and October 10th for Worcester – the day of the first show in Broomfield! With the announcement of the year’s final shows, Phish has 19 more before the year is up, and exactly one slated for 2011. There’s nothing quite like New Year’s Run at MSG and aside from 2002’s mediocre comeback show, it’s been 12 years since Phish made New York’s Midtown Mecca their lair for end-of-year excursions. But as 2010 continues to bring retro-trends into play, we are heading back to The Garden for New Year’s, shifting another piece back into place again in the universe of the Phish.


8.7.10 (W.Rogell)

Type II Trivia Update: As of 12 am pacific time, I’ve received 12 entries for yesterday’s ‘type II’ identification contest. Though everyone has until 7 pm tonight, they will have a hard team taking down the leader who has 26 out of 30 possible points! Pretty… pretty… pretty… impressive! Get your entries to prove your Jedi-level Phish mastery. The winner and the answers will be posted as part of “Weekend Nuggets” tomorrow.


Jam of the Day:

Tweezer” 11.23.94 II

A heart and face-melting version from St. Louis’ Fox Theatre during November ’94 winds up our week full of “Tweezers.” This classic nugget was recently upgraded in everyone’s collection to SBD as part of archivist, Kevin Shapiro’s radio show at Bonnaroo.




4.13.1994 The Beacon Theatre, NYC, NY < Torrent

4.13.1994 The Beacon Theatre, NYC, NY < Megaupload

The Beacon Theatre - NYC

This show at New York’s famed Beacon Thatre was part of the first month of Phish’s Spring/Summer tour that would run through mid-July.

I: Buried Alive > Poor Heart, Stash, The Lizards, Julius, Ginseng Sullivan, The Divided Sky, Golgi Apparatus

II: Faht, The Curtain, Sample in a Jar, Reba, Big Ball Jam, Fee, Take the ‘A’ Train, David Bowie, Purple Rain > Hold Your Head Up, AC/DC Bag

E: Sweet Adeline, Good Times Bad Times

Source: (FOB) Schoeps CMC5/Mk4 (ORTF)-> Sonosax SX-M2-> Apogee AD-500E-> Sony D-10 @ 48KHz; Row 9

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612 Responses to “New Year’s Run 2010 > 2011!”

  1. Leo Weaver Says:

    Another thing you can set your clock to…the BB shuttin’ down on Friday afternoon.

  2. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    I love watching bats zip around and take out mosquitos. Thats some manueverability.

    Bat watching on the road between Barstow and Vegas, slightly more entertaining.

  3. kenny powers Says:

    yeah leo

    i love their style of flight – quick darty flaps that don’t generate much speed. and the shape always reminds me of the dark knight’s throwing bat weapon, much akin to a Chinese throwing star, if you will.

  4. guitarpicker420! Says:

    No kidding KP? Watching bats fly reminds you of batman’s throwing bat weapon? Who’d a thunk it 🙂

  5. Leo Weaver Says:

    Quick darty flaps…I like it KP. Very good description. We have the three that live here and another 2 or 3 always show up from somewhere nearby. Awesome watching all 5 dart around and up and down over my little yard and garden. Also interesting to see how fast they grow…usually pretty small in the spring and double or triple in size by this time of year.

  6. kenny powers Says:


  7. kenny powers Says:

    that’s cool Leo, i can’t get a very good look at “mine” in terms of growth, they mostly fly a good 30-40 feet up, making a few quick drops to about 10-15 feet.

  8. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    There is a bat cave about 8 miles from my house.

    By bat cave I mean 2 mile underground flood water diversion tunnel. ALways a fun juant when tripping in high school.

    In the summer it is home roost/rookery for two separate species. Estimated colony size of 50K. Pretty cool when they go all helter skelter.

  9. guitarpicker420! Says:

    I dig going deep underground and then turning off all the lights and listening to the bats fly past you. Its crazy even when sober.

  10. Leo Weaver Says:

    If you’re ever in the southeast corner of New Mexico (I know, everybody finds themselves there from time to time right) I HIGHLY recommend an evening at Carlsbad Caverns to watch the bats fly out to feed. It’s amazing. Literally millions of bats swirling around in a black tornado-like cloud, coming up out of the big hole in the earth on their way to feed in Mexico…all with the sunset behind. Something you’ll never forget.

  11. kenny powers Says:

    when i studied abroad in Ghana, there was a tree right outside my dorm room window on the 3rd or 4th story, and you could see a few bats sleeping right there during the day, super close….like an arm’s reach away. crazy how they have no idea you’re there b/c they’re out like a light.

  12. kenny powers Says:

    wow that’s sick Leo. we really don’t get to see much here in suburban Boston. some deer, a few foxes and coyotes….bunnies…hawks/eagles.

    i guess better to have our situation than having too much wildlife nearby, like bears in your yard or scorpions or other dangerous shit.

  13. kenny powers Says:

    wildlife hour on the BB. 20 mins left at work.

  14. Leo Weaver Says:

    Ours hang out from about 5′ on up to 30-40’…divebombs and head buzzes are common. Close enough for good inspection. They make El Dude nervous.

  15. kenny powers Says:

    Haha I need to see that. “careful man, there’s a beverage here!”

  16. Mr.palmer Says:

    El Dude is the Riddler.

  17. EL Duderino Says:

    What makes me nervous?


  18. lastwaltzer Says:

    I will second leo’s recommendation of Carlsbad, although both of my visits were in the winter, so no bats for me. Underground is a mind blower.


    did you make it over to white sands while you were in the area, another awesome spot.

  19. EL Duderino Says:

    The Riddler?

    Better lay off the bane Palmer…


  20. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    ta da

  21. Leo Weaver Says:

    yeah, we’ve got the bats, an occasional raccoon or opossum, and a hawk here in downtown Charlotte…and the squirrels, bunnies, birds and such. I like having wildlife diversity in my little slice of heaven.

    Have a good one KP…good luck with the inlaws! Southern folk? cheap beer and tall tales…mmm

  22. Mr.palmer Says:

    Llfa … Couldn’t think of any other batman arch enemies.

  23. kenny powers Says:

    I like how PADeliMike labels his current AUDs “Oh! Possum”. shout out to how some of the old tapes were labeled i assume.

  24. EL Duderino Says:

    Gotta a new download of the day on my facebook page guys

  25. Leo Weaver Says:

    Underground IS a mindblower @lw…I’d LOVE a tour while spun. I didn’t make it to white sands. Mrs. Weaver and I have talked about a trip to the SW for years…would love to get back out there.

    @duder…yeah the bats mang

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