TTFF: More MSG Madness

The Garden

Last week we looked at some of the elite moments in Madison Square Garden Holiday Run history—and this week there is plenty more! With a December legacy like none other in the venue,Phish has more than enough to fill out another stellar Friday playlist. These tracks further illustrate the explosive music the band has cranked out at the end of the year in The Garden.


Wolfman’s Brother” 12.31.97 I

The first set highlight on New Year’s Eve ’97.



Ghost > Ha Ha Ha” 12.31.98 I

One piece of a monster opening set in New Year’s Eve ’98.



Tweezer -> Cities” 12.31.98 II

After a balloon-popping fiasco all but ruined the third set “Tweezer” on New Year’s Eve ’97, Phish annihilated this second set beast the following year.



Carini -> Katy -> Sally > Frankenstein” 12.30.97 E

Grade-A Phish crack through and through. The first domestic “Carini,” the birth of the “Moma Dance,” and a reprise of “Sneakin Sally”—the bustout from ’89 that opened the show. This sequence gets my vote for the best encore in the band’s career. Unquestionably.



Drowned -> Lizards” 12.31.95 II

The first appearance of “Drowned” after Halloween kicked off set two in this legendary show and gracefully slid into “Lizards.”



AC/DC Bag > McGrupp” 12.30.97 II

One of the finest jams of 1997’s stellar three-night run.



Mike’s Song” 12.31.97 II

A filthy and menacing version; typical of ’97 “Mike’s Songs.”



Weekapaug Groove” 12.31.97 II

This dynamic and extended “Weekapaug” closed the second set of New Year’s Eve on its highest note.



Run Like an Antelope” 12.29.97 I

Pure and unadulterated fire; one of the elite versions of the year.



You Enjoy Myself” 12.31.95 III

When the band finished what many consider their finest New Year’s Run with a blowout version of “YEM” at The Garden, all was right in the universe of Phish.

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  1. eljefe Says:

    Can’t wait to dive in! Thanks Mr M!! I was there for all of this. The story i heard on the Sally Reprise (from a crew member) was that a lot of the band’s friends didn’t make it in for the opening Sally’s and they played it again for those that missed out the first time.

  2. Guyute711 Says:

    I was listening to ghost stories on Opie and Anthony on the way to work and then I hear this creepy Wolfman’s in to Ghost. It’s supernatural Friday. NOFX tonight, Can’t freakin wait!!!!

  3. bhizzle Says:

    And on this Friday, Miner said “Let there be jam”!!!

  4. btb Says:

    Working my way through Fall 97 note for note.

    So many jams, so little time!

    Happy Friday Ya’ll

  5. Mike in Austin Says:

    Awesome post!

  6. Kaveh Says:

    @Miner: Thanks for the picks today! Excellent.

    Good morning BBers! Hope everyone is off to a great Friday.

    *Note: Firing up the Antelope from above.

  7. tela'smuff Says:

    how i wish i was going to MSG this year.

    that Drowned>Lizards is amazing.

    just gotta get this day over with.

  8. EL Duderino Says:


  9. Guyute711 Says:

    Just started up Drowned. Oh yeah, I was at that show.

  10. alf Says:

    2011 soundcheck jams:

    just the stand alone jams, no songs, no banter, etc. just an hour of jamming.

  11. alf Says:

    p.s. don’t skip the frankenstein & mcgrupp

  12. Mr. Palmer Says:

    thanks alf.

    morning folks

  13. stapes Says:

    Sunrise over the turquoise mountains……

  14. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    yummy yummy yummy ive got jams in my tummy

  15. Mr. Palmer Says:

    $36 isn’t bad at all.

  16. tela'smuff Says:

    thx Alf!!! awesome.

  17. Kaveh Says:

    Thanks @alf! Downloading now.

  18. Kaveh Says:

    Thanks @Purple…got my pre-order in.

  19. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Friday morning trivia.

    Two 5 letter words that end in “Y” and have no the vowels in them?

    no cheating

  20. Guyute711 Says:

    Oooooh 4 song second set with a 25 minute AC/DC. Need to hear that for sure.

  21. stapes Says:

    Gonna have to order that this weekend.

    Half day at work->hit the trail->beer.

    Let’s do this.

  22. Guyute711 Says:


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  24. Mr. Palmer Says:

    5 letter words G $

  25. Guyute711 Says:

    ah 5 letters, jumped the gun

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