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. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:


    love these picks. msg is just the venue that keeps giving. two TTFF’s and no sign of the holy ghost yet!

    this might be IS my favorite Bag I’ve ever seen IRL.


    I play a lot of words with friends, friend 😉

  2. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:


    there are probably more, but that’s all I can think of right now.

  3. P.S.H.S Says:

    I like to post on old bb’s. Saw butter, aj, and willow on birth of moma and couldn’t help myself

  4. EL Duderino Says:

    ‘cuz the sun is always rising over the mtns. of Kentucky…poetic license-Peter Rowan

  5. Mr. Palmer Says:

    nice T3.

    I was thinking Gypsy and Pygmy. The actual question was “most commonly used ( I didn’t add that when i re posted). I would assume these are the two.

  6. EL Duderino Says:

    pygmy and gypsy don’t work they have the long I sound

  7. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    oldie but goodie. irony is lost on these people.

  8. EL Duderino Says:

    ah crap!

  9. Jtran Says:

    Thanks Alf

    Thanks Miner

  10. Guyute711 Says:

    It’s been a while since I really listened to the Phish. These guys are pretty good.

  11. stapes Says:

    Someone was talking about the 7/17/98 ‘paug yesterday. Gotta mention the blissful Mike’s that precedes it. Beautiful stuff.

  12. EL Duderino Says:

    fuck phish, black eyed pees BITCHES!

  13. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Phish should play Lizards more.

    On my 12.28, 12.30 wishlist

  14. Guyute711 Says:

    NOFX bitches, gonna do some Captain Morgan’s fueled moshing tonight!!!!

  15. EL Duderino Says:

    Ya Mar is more like it… and I don’t believe it’s a summer tune only crappola either. Play the FUCKING tune!

  16. EL Duderino Says:

    G$$$ is coming home with a black eye, broken nose, and bruises…

  17. halcyon Says:

    Vinyl collectors

    Record Store Day Black Friday

    Phish releasing party time on vinyl, and white tape on cd

  18. Mr. Palmer Says:

    What is a NOFX?

  19. Guyute711 Says:

    I hand out the beatings not the other way around brah.

  20. EL Duderino Says:


  21. halcyon Says:

    Here is the link

  22. tela'smuff Says:

    haven’t listened to Phish in over a month. todays tunes are tempting me.

    wait, @Stapes, did we listen to Phish at your place? i remember JGB….

  23. Guyute711 Says:

    The best punk band going right now. They have actually been around for probably 20 years though.

  24. Mike in Austin Says:

    +1 for Lizards

  25. EL Duderino Says:

    @ Telas’

    Dude you got like 80 discs of “new music to listen too brah!!! 😉

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