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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623 Responses to “TTFF: More MSG Madness”

  1. Mike in Austin Says:

    Cypress Melt going right now. Proper.

    New Years outside is such a great idea. Wanna sell 70,000 ticket a show again? Do Cypress again. Make it a 3 day run, and we’ll have a great time.

  2. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Some one needs to measure the bolt head sizing at Furthur so we can be best prepared.

  3. Mike in Austin Says:


  4. Guyute711 Says:

    I hate that the Chargers lost to the damn Jets but I have to talk a little football. I am glad I live in NC and get to watch Cam play every week. Win or lose the guy is exciting as hell. I was one of the people thinking he was gonna fall flat on his face, boy was I wrong.

  5. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    I have some leftover oxys I can trade a w00k to sneak in a acetylene torch to cut the rows quickly and then use them to barricade the area.

  6. jerseyjim Says:

    ^bolt head sizing

    at first, i thought you were putting down the Further crowd, (frankenstein on my mind this week), but then i realized you were talking about the new BB Box being created. amusing sigh of relief.

  7. Mike in Austin Says:

    If we can get an acetylene torch in, I think we can use that to get pretty close to the front row.

  8. Mike in Austin Says:

    I think Cypress Catapult is one of my favorites.

  9. DavidSilver Says:

    Thought he meant the GD thunderbolt. 13 points. Anything less, would be uncivilized.

  10. Gratefulcub Says:

    “Do Cypress again”

    Only if they have built new roads in and out. 24 hours was a bit long to be in line, each way.

  11. stapes Says:

    Cypress Melt->Catapult FTW

  12. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    ^ de acuerdo!

  13. dorn76 Says:

    Is the walkway folks are talking about the one above the 100’s…that seriously blows if it’s gone.

  14. Mike in Austin Says:

    Good point GC. I didn’t have the same experience, but still it was a major cluster.

  15. DavidSilver Says:

    1234 walkway…

  16. tela'smuff Says:

    Cypress Melt>Catapult was so damn good. I still give the Cincy Melt 12-4-99 the edge.

    two of my fav Catapults

    10-27-96 – Mule>Catapult>Mule

    2-16-03 – Bowie>Catapult>Bowie

  17. Mike in Austin Says:

    Loading … 12-4-99.

  18. krivraq Says:


    Indeed, that walkway is now part of Phishtory and the hallowed lore of MSG outings gone by…

  19. chefbradford Says:

    Sugarbush 94 Antelope>Catapault>Antelope. Love that version of both songs

    also been playing the Cypress Split>Catapault a lot lately. The goods

  20. dorn76 Says:

    Thanks for beating that info into my slow head….I can kind of see it disappearing in that video.

    Bummer. Gonna be that much tougher to find a way downstairs with my 400 level ptbm’s.

  21. krivraq Says:

    The newly renovated MSG is now pretty much a cookie-cutter-venue like the rest. Floor > bottom half > walkway > top half > seperate, upper mini-ring. The only difference is it’s still an oval room, or as I like to say, “Phish’s Oval Office”.

  22. stapes Says:

    Alpine Valley 03 DWD->Catapult is pretty smooth.

    11-6-98 Melt is sick. Been spinning that recently.

  23. albert walker Says:

    11/16/96 Omaha, NE

    one of the strangest sets I’ve ever caught and the last time I heard La Grange

    Set 2: La Grange > Runaway Jim -> The Vibration of Life -> Kung -> Catapult, Axilla > Harry Hood > Suzy Greenberg , Amazing Grace

    Encore: We’re an American Band

  24. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Did KP Remaster BC?

    I have not listened to it much in the past few years?

  25. tela'smuff Says:

    that’s why Split is my favorite Phish song. it adapts well to whatever style the band is playing, and is still wierd, even in abstract groove. ’99 was my favorite era, and those Cincy and Cypress versions are the best of the year IMO.


    Catapult is in it’s second biggest gap since 5-12-94 which was only it’s 4th performance (the gap was 134 shows). 105 shows since last Catapult. It’s been sandwiched in a Bowie 4 times. Catapult bustout at MSG.

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