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. Chuck sweD Says:

    word of the day: proffer

  2. Mr palmer Says:

    How to destroy a billion dollar business in 90 days… Lol

    By Reed Hastings. NFLX CEO.

  3. garretc Says:

    Interesting, Chuck, the word I was most proud of in that post was actually “exculpatory”, but I’m happy to allow “proffer” to take the honors today

  4. Mike in Austin Says:

    I went to check my AMEX. I just really don’t like looking at that balance, hoping for more money to be put onto it.

  5. Mike in Austin Says:

    Love to watch the video of Cramer saying “It’s a buy at $135”

    Reed “We should do a $300MM buyback of our shares, so I can sell all of mine…” Hastings.

  6. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    I was about to heap kudos for exculpatory, GC.

    I say be proud anyhow.

  7. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Anybody been through the process to buy ADA tickets.

    That is tickets for handicapped concert goers.

    Are there evidentiary rules for purchasing them?

  8. Mike in Austin Says:

    My buddy bought them for Detroit for his wheelchair handicapped friend and in the end, friend couldn’t go. He called DTE, and there were no questions, or rules about the tickets.

    He sold the tickets in the lot after his friend couldn’t make it.

  9. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    So they are part of the regular public onsale?

  10. Mr palmer Says:

    Are you planning on breaking Mrs.Bezerker’s legs pre MSG?

    Safe to say I’m the only parent at this soccer field listening to the Denver Tweezer on headphones. Just a hunch.

  11. Mike in Austin Says:

    Is there anyone else there raising their arms to the sky, smiling with tears streaming down their face?

    If so, they may be listening to it.

  12. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Not, uh never, why do you ask?

    We saved the immobilizer boot for future use and clever ruses, like getting fast-passed at Disneyland or rail aisle seats at MSG.

  13. Mike in Austin Says:

    PB, I think he actually contacted the venue first to find the total of “non-handicapped” to handicap “rules” and they put him on a list for tickets. If they had more requests, then they would have contacted him to remove non-handicapped tickets from the party.

    This is DTE though. YMMV with MSG.

  14. Mr palmer Says:

    My buddies wife broke her ankle skiing 3 weeks prior to Hampton. He called venue and they were placed in handicapped section no questions asked.

    Mia- besides the coach who just took a ball to the crotch… No one.

  15. Mike in Austin Says:

    I just virtually laughed out loud at someone getting a ball to the crotch.

    Funniest joke out there.

  16. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Yeah, Palmer, But they had tickets already?

    I am thinking about prior to the public on sale.

    Sshshhsh no one else need think of or use this tactic.

  17. garretc Says:

    Why was he smiling, Palmer?

    He into that kind of thing? You sure you want someone like that coaching your daughter?

  18. Mike in Austin Says:

    Oh, I just figured Palmer’s daughter shot the ball into the opposing coaches crotch.

    Don’t wreck it for me Mr. P.

  19. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    well played GC

  20. garretc Says:

    Thanks PB, I picked up some motivation from being the proverbial punching bag earlier, have to come out guns blazing to regain my cool points

  21. halcyon Says:


  22. albert walker Says:

    12/31/10 MSG

    Still best sand of return imo

    That Trey solo gets me every spin

  23. butter Says:

    agree it has the most heat

    Portsmouth is more experimental and a strong version, but i’m with ya AW

  24. Jtran Says:

    Anyone seen the Mighty Diamonds recently? Worth seeing?

  25. butter Says:

    UIC and MSG you can just feel the heat and intensity / contained energy about to explode quality to certain versions of certain songs

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