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. HarryHood Says:

    I’m jealous of you fuckers and the “weekend” talk. I have no idea what day it is even anymore…….. My schedule is a two week deal where one week mirrors the last with 12 hour shifts. This is my weekend on, so I’m working 7-7 Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate having a job, but I’ll politely say that I fucking HATE this particular one…….

  2. HarryHood Says:

    The upside though is that when you fellers are all snug in your beds preparing for your weekday job, I’m out getting my Tuesday crunk on!

    Wait, no, that’s not true anymore…….. I’m actually up changing diapers. Boy do I miss being stupid and irresponsible!

  3. plord Says:


    Special *and* General Relativistic time dilation observed on a completely human scale of time and distance:


  4. joemeg Says:

    “And if anyone can seed the 11/22/97 video up on Demonoid right now I’d appreciate it”

    I just started seeding it.

  5. voopa Says:

    “don’t sleep on the Tube”

    Always good advice.

  6. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Attention audiofiles: Should i grab this source? 9/24/00 Target Center

  7. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Do I need a password to get to the good shit on demonoid?

    If so, Who’s Got My Hetty Password, Brah!?!

    Seriously. Hook a brother up.

  8. halcyon Says:

    I was just reading this article when I noticed that plord posted his link on the same topic.

    It is less technical than Plord’s.

    Actually surprised at 1. It was on fox news website, and 2. I was reading this article on fox news.

  9. Mr. Completely Says:

    yes you do need a login @vegas, and I don’t have an invite now. you can’t share accounts, they watch IPs like all such trackers.

    post your email and perhaps someone with an invite will hook you up. if I had one, I would

  10. Mr. Completely Says:

    wait they observed time dilation after a ONE FOOT change in elevation?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

    that is a pretty badass experiment.

  11. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Thank you kind sir. Thought so.

    If anyone has a spare demonoid login floating around:

    flarrdogg at yahoo dot com

    A wonderful opportunity to get some good karma on your side. The universe is watching…

  12. joemeg Says:

    vegas, I got an invite if you want. Shoot me an email at my screenname + 2001 at yahoo.

  13. vegas wolfmans Says:

    joe mama- On it. Many thanks.

  14. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Palmer is in the market for a Demon invite as well if anyone has. Keep me in mind. Gracias…

  15. joemeg Says:

    Palmer I got another one. Shoot me an email.

  16. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Wow. Thanks joe. that is quite kind of you. email coming.

  17. Mr. Completely Says:

    my ratio keeps going up so presumably I should have an invite or 2 before long

  18. joemeg Says:

    No problem. This site and you guys have made many a work day go faster.

    -Joe mama

  19. Chuck D Says:

    guess what, mick jagger called, jumpin’ jack flashed JUST passed gas. so, help cover up that smell and smoke that sweet sweet cheeba. swe son!

  20. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Funny Palmer- Although we’ve never met, I feel like we’re able to commiserate together and are on the same learning curve re: going fully digital, torrenting, switching to mac, etc… After almost completely filling up my 500GB HD, I just picked up a 1TB external and will be set for quite a while. Nice to have everything backed up as well.

    joemeg- You the man.

  21. DukeOfLizards Says:

    While we’re on the topic, if anyone with a Demonoid invite feels like being super nice and helping someone who’s currently rebuilding a devastated music library…

  22. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Also – seems like a good time to ask – what kind of 1TB externals did you guys go with?

  23. kenny powers Says:

    C do you know what the criteria are? I’ve only been on 3 months but my share ratio is redic and no codes so far

  24. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Flarr- i got a brand new 1TB hard drive 2 days ago…. who are you? this is weird. I’m a little freaked out.

  25. plord Says:

    Yeah. 33cm elevation changes the gravitational potential of the earth’s field enough to slow an ion clock.

    Rad. Maybe all this time on airplanes is worthwhile after all. It’s keeping me young (by millionths of a second over my lifespan to date)!

    Hey life is short, every millisecond counts…

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