Back to The Garden

Madison Square Garden

On Tuesday, Phish announced what everybody has known for quite a while, the boys will be back in New York City for their New Year’s Run. It has been no secret that the band signed a multi-year deal with MSG in 2010, and everyone has known since years ago where we’d be come December 28, 2012—back in The Garden again. Phish and New Year’s Eve at MSG has become an institution over the years, as the community has descended upon the capitol of the world for their end of the year celebrations in 1994 (just the 30th), 1995, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2010, 2011, and now 2012. And following a series of bunk performances in New York City last holiday season, I’d expect Phish to come out polished and firing for redemption come the end of December. Although the band has just as much time off as they did last year before the run, one would expect Trey to hold practices this time around—something that was absent from 2011’s debacle. Only a week after the long-awaited date of 12.21.2012, we will filter back into The World’s Most Famous Arena to conclude, without question, the best year of Phish since their return. But this time, it’s gonna’ be different!

For the first time in 23 years, Madison Square Garden will completely remove the seats from their floor and offer general admission tickets! But there is a catch that might make a huge difference depending on how hard they patrol the floor. Instead of having one, flowing open floor, MSG will sell “GA front” and “GA rear” tickets. The effect of this segmentation could result in more crowded environs for both sections. Without the ability for the masses to “push up” and crowd the front when the show begins, the back of the floor may not loosen up as usual and provide the dance space that spunions have come to love on GA floors. Perhaps fans’ preoccupation with the floor will free up the classic 300 level walkway that was so congested by construction last year?  Here is the ideal scenario: they “undersell” the floor and require a separate entrance for all GA ticket holders, disallowing anyone without a ticket and bracelet from coming near the GA area. Who knows how things will turn out, but after last year’s clusterfuck at MSG, any change has to improve the situation!

The mail order window is now open through October 15, and with the new setup, one can request GA Floor only, though cannot specify front or rear. This is always a nice option so that one isn’t stuck with a handful of 400 level stubs come mid-October. Best of luck in the lottery, and we’ll be meeting in The Big Apple before you know it for a final serving of 2012 Phish!


Jam of the Day:

Carini -> Tweezer” 12.28.11 II

One of few redeeming jam sequences from last year’s New Years’ Run

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398 Responses to “Back to The Garden”

  1. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Rob- It’s not necessarily the ‘best evar’ and not note perfect by any means, but something about the build gets me every fuckin time. On the end of the monstrous Tube Jam, all was right with the world and it absolutely holds up on playback. Didn’t matter what happened in the 2nd set.

    Really out. Love this place.

  2. MiA Says:

    Mitch, need many phone lighting cables so I can charge new phone everywhere. Any third part Recs or good deals?

  3. mitch Says:

    Offered him a starburst knowing he’d want one. They make a bag of all red now. It’s amazing. He said no thanks. I put my headphones back on and he taps me on the shoulder “ya I want one of those” me: “ya I knew you did”

  4. mitch Says:

    Haven’t checked 3rd party yet. I forgot one was in my pocket when leaving work. Now I have two.

  5. sumodie Says:

    All these great jammy recs and I’m currently not letting myself fire up the HDs until i properly back them up by buying more HDs

    Or else i just can’t not spin 2012 phish

  6. MiA Says:

    Keep doing that. I’ll make you rich.

  7. mitch Says:

    I wish everyone lived by your rules sumo. That was so refreshing after the custies I helped. Was scraping every last bit of empathy out to act like I cared they lost their files from not backing up. It was the job version of scraping and doing resin hits. Nasty.

  8. jdub Says:

    Found myself lost in Dick’s again this evening. FYF highlights, into Jim right now. Music from Dick’s is as good as any Phish I listen to from any era. So are all the highlights from this summer. Just wow.

    I probably should stop drinking like Mitch and others… Getting a little gibbled tonight. Need to find some cabbage so I can get dickered proper.

  9. MiA Says:

    Plugged mine into my car 12V adapter charger and it won’t come out. Weird.

  10. MiA Says:

    Champaign Wolfmans is the chron.

  11. jdub Says:

    A little Dick’s ‘dust to end my evening.

  12. MiA Says:

    Stink kind

  13. mitch Says:

    MiA, ya know what they say about tight USB cables. Just gotta keep pounding and break em in. You doing MSG run? We can try and work something out. Not thrilled about replacing my 70 30pin cables lying around either.

    Hey that dicks chalkdust isn’t too bad. Those echo repeat loops the last couple mins are awesome.

    Jdub, quitting sucks for the social aspect but its going easier than I thought it would. Got a hetty amethyst crystal when in Cali. Supposed to aid in addictions. I’m 2 years shy of having drank half my life. Finally accepting I’m not good at it and was wasting my life. If you’ve got self control then enjoy it. Just sucks I had to ruin something special for my lady to finally learn my lesson.

  14. jdub Says:

    Way to step up Mitch. Sometimes it takes getting kicked to the ground a few times to get the message. Alcohol can be bitch, herbs are so much better.

    Getting those ‘dust loops right now, Star Wars type shit.

  15. mitch Says:

    I do like the lightning cables better tho. Less can get in there and it goes both ways. Easier in the dark. (That sounds wrong)

  16. jdub Says:

    Calling it a night. Be good good people of the BB.

    Emotional Rescue.

  17. mitch Says:

    Knocking out my front tooth and putting my teeth thru my lip at 15 shoulda been a warning sign I wasn’t cut out for it. Only took 13 years of being knocked down. I’m resilient bitches. Can’t hold me down. …or something.

  18. mitch Says:

    I am excited about the money ill be saving tho.

    Yes! Pulp fiction on hbo. Just got home from the trains. Time for that first puff.

  19. MiA Says:

    Finally! Had to use one of those jar opener things to grab it.

  20. RoosterPizza Says:

    One 11.5% brew will do it.

  21. voopa Says:

    Phish will close 2012 with shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden from December 28-31. This is the third year in a row that The Vermont Quartet have celebrated New Year’s Eve at Madison Square Garden, and the second consecutive year they have played four nights at the Garden. Page McConnell promised the group would play 200 songs.

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  23. bobby weird Says:

    @pig, that qb thread is pure genius. Gold, jerry!

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