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. Mr. Completely Says:

    hm yeah I just looked at the link again

    that’s not likely to be the culprit. weird then.

    well, no harm done.

    sorry I said anything…

  2. Kevin Says:

    Oh dear god, the videos!!!

    I’m glad I don’t have to pay for fios by the GB.

  3. Mr. Completely Says:

    basically a link that goes directly to a .torrent file should be OK which is what Miner posted

    but Pirate Bay webpages, the actual pages you usually use to download from, are not safe at all

    so Miner did the right thing and that link should be fine

    for the record Palmer, Macs are also vulrnerable to malware, it’s just that since Macs have less market share they are rarely targeted.

    Torrent sites and porn sites are the most dangerous places to click around by far, just FYI

  4. Mr. Completely Says:

    yes, Kevin.

    the videos.

    I know.

    pretty sweet.

    at some point we should probably table this conversation though and let it go back to being unspoken.

  5. Mr. Completely Says:

    it’s, like, secret and stuff.


  6. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Can’t believe how good that ’68 Dead show sounds. Good stuff. I need to find more early stuff of that quality.

  7. Kevin Says:

    Not sure what conversation you’re talking about, Mr. Completely. I’m talking about Hulu…

  8. Robear Says:

    I was at that Target Center show. 9/24/00. That’s the one I walked in backwards without a ticket. Twice. Feels super small inside, like you’re on the stage. Minnesota kids were flippin’!

  9. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Rob- just got going on the Cities.

  10. Mr. Completely Says:

    “Tremble and Explode” is all ’68 Dead (plus a legendary ’67 Viola Lee Blues)

    most of it is taken from Dicks Picks 22 (lake tahoe) and Road Trips vol 2 #2 (famous Carousel valentines day show) with parts of a few other things I have

    both of those official releases are HIGHLY recommended in lossless if you like the era

    China Cat > The Eleven is where it’s at, yo

  11. Mr. Completely Says:

    oh LOL Kevin I thought you were in on the convo about a certain torrent tracker.

    it has a lot of videos.


  12. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Nice C… i grabbed that one from you a while back. Gets plenty of play.

  13. Mr. Completely Says:

    and of course hopefully you have heard the remastered version of Anthem of the Sun in all its lossless glory.

    if you dig primal, psychedelic Dead, Anthem is the straight BIZNIS

  14. Mr. Completely Says:

    of course there’s not a huge amount of setlist diversity or real open jamming in those early shows so I only have so many of them…

    there’s a fileset called the “Mystery Reels” that’s 4 cds worth of stuff from 67-68 that’s usually floating around somewhere, all pretty good quality though with cuts and dropouts…

  15. Mr.Palmer Says:

    The only era of the Dead that i’ve never really got into is the mid eighties stuff. ’83-’86. Sure there are some gems, but never grabbed me as a whole. I do have a MPP and SPAC show for ’85 which are great though.

    Every other time frame i’ve been enamored with at one time or another. Right now its ’76 and ’78. Gonna jump back to the late 60’s again i think.

  16. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Do not have Anthem. Will grab DP 22 as well. thanks for the recs, as usual.

  17. Mr.Palmer Says:

    If you like open jams from the Phish, check out the Cities from 9.24.00. I’m 12 minutes in with 8 remaining still. This is the bizness, as the kidz say.
    Of course in that ’99-00 style of jamming.

  18. Gavinsdad Says:

    Bidding you good nite from Galway…where we met with gavins first nanny after a 6 year lapse. Last half pint was a lovely pale ale called Galway Hooker of all things

    ::shuts eyes::

  19. KWL Says:

    it’s a mingus kinda night

    what’s up folks?

  20. plord Says:

    About to take off and extend my youth by femtoseconds! Woohoo!

  21. voopa Says:

    Two From the Vault.

    HS Football and herding band kids tonight. Can’t wait for that.

  22. kayatosh Says:

    spinnin 9-27-76 help>slip>drums>TOO>Wharf>slip reprise>franklin’s — on drums now. ohh baby.

    grabbed 3-18-68 set I. should make for some enjoyable Fri. night listening. Thanks for the heads up on that one.

  23. kayatosh Says:

    make that 3-16-68

  24. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Kaya- that segment from the ’76 show is straight $$$

  25. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Kaya- 10/30 tix are in hand BTW

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