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. TreasureReprise Says:

    Camden 09 says hello.

  2. Mr palmer Says:

    Is it possible that the MSG renovations could possibly enhance the concert experience? I doubt it, but trying to think positive. Been going to this venue for events since I was 10, I just hope I’m not disappointed. At least I’ll get a trial run with Furthur so my expectations will be in check come the end of the year.

  3. albert walker Says:

    I don’t love that version treasure

    Not generally a big fan of pre Miami 09

    No tons of kids that dig it though. Sometimes jams I wasn’t at I can’t fully appreciate for some reason.

    The MSG version just swings so crisply. Great Trey and page work. one of the Top jams of the return for me

    I’ll respin camden. Haven’t heard it in ages

  4. TreasureReprise Says:

    I was at that MSG, as you know, but not Camden. Definitely two different vibes. But while MSG is a tempered, jazz-laden version, Camden is a steady building ferocious beast. See you and the lady in NYC I hope!

  5. TreasureReprise Says:

    The Camden crescendo, jam apex is phenomenal, imo. The first note-worthy jam of 3.0 really.

  6. albert walker Says:

    I’ll check it.

    Me and the lady Def hitting msg. Looking forward to it man. Need a break from the grind.

  7. TreasureReprise Says:

    Good deal, see y’all there! Be well amigo.

    Also, KGF brought the heat to PDX a little while back!

  8. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Pretty sure Camden and Miami were the only Sands of ’09.

  9. krivraq Says:


    I think the only enhancements from reno will be the few extra seats gained replacing the lower walkway and the many more food options and room for heads to stand online for said overly over-priced food.

    MSG re-opens at this Thursday night’s Ranger game. Ranger tix not in my budget this season. Damn, would be nice to see it first hand.

  10. krivraq Says:

    Just checked into MSG box office site for Saturday onsale possibility and was not happy with my discovery:

    “On the first day of sale, tickets for concerts are not sold at the Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall or Beacon Theatre Box Offices, and may only be purchased via Ticketmaster.”

    FU TB!!

  11. BingosBrother Says:

    Good tour stories.

  12. DogDoneGone Says:

    December 1997 MSG. Best. Shows. MSG. Funk. First.

  13. Mike in Austin Says:

    Gonna do some Miami ’09 listening tomorrow.

  14. Gavinsdad Says:

    Charleston Sand sez whassup.

    Camden 09 was my first deep Sand of 3.0
    but damn those non-linear Sands of ’10 were the shit.

    Btw Im strictly upper walkway at MSG. And generally upper fish side.

  15. Gavinsdad Says:

    Me and Palmer will bolt check at Furthur.

  16. thedayman Says:

    cypress after midnight reprise is so smooth, especially when irie. wonderful shtuff

  17. yematt Says:

    thanks to whoever posted the marco benevento with mike sitting in full video set from burlington. love marco’s style, and mike fits in very well with “RISD” (i think that was the song he sat in on).

  18. Mr palmer Says:

    Gdad- gcub just grabbed a ticket as well .. For Furthur. Good crew.

  19. ae Says:

    i’m going to furthur msg as well.

  20. Mr palmer Says:

    Sweet AE. Mitch is going also if he decided to return from NorCal.

  21. ae Says:

    gdad, is this what you mean by upper walkway:

    btw, not sure, but i don’t think that’s in phase 1. that might come next summer.

  22. sumodie Says:

    now this is a hot TAB show:

    Trey Anastasio Band
    2003-06-08 (Sunday) – Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, VT

    Source: Schoeps mk4v>kc5>cmc6>Lunatec V2>AD2K+>DAP-1

    Set 1:
    1) Simple Twist Up Dave (10:59)
    2) Mozambique (11:14)
    3) Undermind (8:41)
    4) Mr. Completely (21:46)
    5) Every Story Ends in Stone (9:07)
    6) First Tube (6:52)
    7) Black Dog (5:36)

    Disc 2

    Set 2:
    1) Alive Again (12:13)
    2) Burlap Sack and Pumps (13:52)
    3) Flock of Words (6:55)
    4) Cincinnati (9:03)
    5) At the Gazebo (3:37)
    6) Pebbles and Marbles (10:25)
    7) Last Tube> (11:15)
    8) Caravan (6:07)
    9) E: Root Down (3:39)

  23. butter Says:

    Got my Miner Masthay in hand

    Very sharp, it’s like the size of an album cover

    Also grabbed Alpharetta, his art looks so much better in person, than online, like tremendously better

  24. Gavinsdad Says:

    I don’t have a furthur tic. I’m going invisible. And I’m not eating L. Very distracting last time. Fun and deep…but I lost some of the show. I’ll be on the wander as usual. Or as some friend of mine say, “roaming the dance”

  25. sumodie Says:

    ^first time replay of that TAB show since that awesome twofer of TAB at Burlington’s Jazz festival back in ’03. Creative leads, great band interplay, awesome horns with excellent flute soloing, the whole shebang

    Camped out on the shores of Lake Champlain, met up with a crew who would later save my ass at Coventry by giving me a ride home, and loved every minute of TAB in that old funky gymnasium in downtown Burlington.

    Will have to give the other night a replay tomorrow

    oh yeah, I should be seeding this source too, which is very nice

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