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:

    Claving for dollars!

    I guess I’m still putting Cypress above the Cincy Melt. Kinda went soupy “Boise Bag” for a bit, which I like, but never really came to a strong point for me. Typical ’99 “Did I just do a whippet?” type jam.

    Commencing AV ’03 DWD.

  2. krivraq Says:

    We need a new banner-initiated bustout at MSG like the Manteca of last year.

  3. chefbradford Says:

    I love that Omaha show, but my source sucks. Need to check the spreadsheet I guess

  4. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Call me nostalgic but I still love the split from 8-20-93, my first big split.

  5. tela'smuff Says:

    MiA – the jam starts off rather standard, as standard as a Melt can start, and Trey eventually moves onto the keyboard. The meat of the jam, (and I don’t have timings memorized but 10-14mins), is where Page and Mike lock into a really strange groove, with Trey tinkering about, and they just kind stay in that weird zone for about 2-3 minutes and build layers into it. Depending on the recording, you can clearly hear the crowd collectively start to cheer as the magic of the abstract groove takes over the crowd. it’s one of my all-time moments at a show.

    i just love it because it’s identifies why the band, and the crowd are so unique. the crowd lets off a collective “oohh ahhhh” 12 mins into a bizarre improv jam, whereas your “normal” concert crowd would generally be prompted to cheer during a big chorus or rave up ending to a hit song. not a psychedelic/abstract groove jam where the lead guitarist is playing a mini-keyboard. epic Split.

  6. Mr.Miner Says:

    good luck with the lottery, folks! sorry for a slow posting couple weeks…

  7. Mr.Miner Says:

    cypress vs what cincy melt?

  8. tela'smuff Says:


  9. Mr. Palmer Says:

    So…. I ripped up my carpet in my basement. now i’m left with tacking boarder around the room. Which is basically 3 inches of wood around the boarder with these dagger like nails sticking up. Problem is the wood is glued down something fierce.

    Anyone know of an easy method to get rid of this besides being on my hands and knees with a mini-crobar and ripping it up?

  10. Mr. Palmer Says:

    In other news… The McRib is back!

  11. Mike in Austin Says:

    I like Tela’s description of that melt way more than mine.

  12. stapes Says:

    Claving for dollars is right, MiA!!

  13. calpain Says:

    Wow I am out of the loop…the bowl is MSG is no more!

    This new years run will be my first time at MSG. So not pumped about this.

    @Palmer- I thought the mini crowbar and hammer are your only option. I had to do this a few years back

  14. Mike in Austin Says:

    Palmer, Are you going to reinstall carpeting or put down something else?

  15. Michael Kang Says:


    According to that the current Catapult gap is 30 shows…?

  16. Guyute711 Says:

    That’s how you do it Mr P unfortunately.

  17. Kaveh Says:

    Has anyone started to check for holds on their CC yet? Just wondering.

  18. Robear Says:

    Palmer, sub it out.

    Bob Dylan barely made it. He did survive his visit with flying colors. Happy to report. He’s been in radio silence and is headed back to the jungle. Concrete jungle.

  19. tela'smuff Says:

    Typical ’99 “Did I just do a whippet?” type jam.

    ^ ha. i love this as well MiA! i’m not claiming it’s the best Melt, but for me, it was one of those epic Phish moments. a 4-5 min section of music where the cosmos met in between my ears.

  20. tela'smuff Says:

    “Catapult has not been seen in 105 Phish shows.”

    ^ i just went from this on @kang. didn’t fact check.

  21. Mr. Palmer Says:

    No more carpet. Was going to put down some vinyl flooring and then a big ass area rug a relative gave us.

  22. Mike in Austin Says:

    Acetylene torch.

    I doubt it will help any more than a pry bar and blood sweat and tears, but it’d be kick ass to have that kind of torch around just to play with.

    “Honey, I’ll be in the garage”
    “Are you taking the torch?”
    “Are you high?”
    “Get back in the house.”

  23. BingosBrother Says:

    Thought they did Catapult at Hartford w/ Icculus, no?

  24. Mike in Austin Says:

  25. angryjoggerz Says:

    Should I be concerned that my office just did a group phot and no one asked me to be in it?


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