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. Phamily Berzerker Says:

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

    ^ AJ’d

  2. garretc Says:

    Haha, sorry Jtran! I realized after I posted that I was about to ruin everybody’s productivity for the day…

  3. halcyon Says:

    Panic fans. This will be a great show. Super intimate venue. Acoustic show, and last shows before hiatus.

  4. HenryGale Says:

    CC hold for 2 tix should be more than $137 & change. Two tix were $141 & change plus $10 shipping so $151 would be the right amt for 2 tix. Must be internet porn.

  5. garretc Says:

    I think the conversation in AJ’s office before that picture went something like:

    “Hey, wait a second, where’s AJ?”

    “I dunno, but he’s probably NOT listening to the Dick’s Tweezer!”

    “Good point, fuck him anyways for that.”


  6. Kaveh Says:

    Random: Anyone interested in the Joy boxset?

  7. garretc Says:


    Damn maths, spoiling all the fun…

  8. garretc Says:

    False alarm then I guess…

  9. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    “Why did you post that garret? Now I’ll be checking my CC every 30 minutes”

    ^ I want a show of hands how many people pulled out the wallets and started to log in to check.

    I’ll start. I thought about it but and present enough to pause and wait until more folks chime in…

  10. Kaveh Says:

    Just putting this out there, for the next couple of days:

  11. Kaveh Says:

    @PB: I checked. Can’t hurt.

  12. tela'smuff Says:

    not a Panic fan, but could be a good reason to schedule an appointment in Aspen. whaddya say Halcy?!

  13. Kaveh Says:

    Dipping into the Gorge Sand…mercy; baby that’s Brisk.

  14. SillyWilly Says:

    i checked.

  15. pencilneck Says:

    i checked. hi all. may the ticket lords be generous.

  16. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Mrs. Berzerker has asked me when we may find out. I bet she checks.

  17. garretc Says:

    In my defense for the false alarm, I did hedge my bets and include a “just might” and a “assuming that’s what the charge is for” as well as asking for external confirmation of holds, so put down those pitchforks and torches…

    Unless you’re actually going to go bail some hay at night and your flashlight is out of batteries and the nearest battery selling stores are all closed. Then it’d be wrong of me to deny you your torch and pitchfork!

  18. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I do declare, my rabble has been roused.

  19. poop goblin Says:

    So Garret pays for porn, huh?

  20. halcyon Says:

    ^ Tela’s…… I might have to schedule a night off from work. Just as I thought, I am scheduled to work nights that weekend…. :-/

  21. SillyWilly Says:

    In the middle of your day, if you find yourself unable to do drugs…

    just put on the Storage Jam.

  22. Kaveh Says:

    So Garret pays for porn, huh?


  23. SillyWilly Says:

    this is an interesting stretch of humor

    what’s more embarrassing?

    getting busted for looking at porn?

    or paying for it in 2011?

  24. Kaveh Says:

    More info on the conversation earlier today with Dave’s Picks:

  25. garretc Says:

    I’d gladly present you all, my inquisitors, with a copy of my credit card transaction history, but, well… For some reason my banking web site has been spastic lately about actually letting me access that, so, you see, I can’t provide that information, and…

    Damn you banking site for making me dig myself a deeper hole by blaming my inability to proffer exculpatory evidence on a suspiciously vague unknown website error!

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