Phish just announced a Baker’s Dozen thirteen night residency at Madison Square Garden, revealing plans to hit the famed New York, NY venue from July 21st through August 6th. As we approached the band’s previous run at MSG at the end of 2016, we compiled some our favorite Phish shows at the historic venue for a 12 Days Of Phishmas series. With 13 shows coming up soon, we give you our favorites from years past in this exciting list. Enjoy! — Update 1/31/17 —
For the past twelve days, as we inched closer to Phish’s New Year’s run at Madison Square Garden, we brought you our 12 Days Of Phishmas series, highlighting a different milestone MSG Phish show each day. Well, today is the day, and we have just a few more short hours before we head over to see Phish at the Garden. With so much excitement surrounding the band’s four night run, we wanted to put all of our favorite Phish MSG memories in one convenient place for you to enjoy.
Phish has played the Garden a total of 35 times in their career, from their debut in 1994 through the first days of 2016. With NYE celebrations in 1995, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015, not to mention great shows surrounding each New Year’s performance, it wasn’t easy narrowing down to 12 shows. We think you’ll enjoy the ones we selected, but be sure to let us know which are your favorites!
Without further ado, let’s sing it!
On the twelfth day of Phishmas, a Phish phan played for me…
12 Drummer (Boys) Drumming (12/28/12) – The “Twist” with “Little Drummer Boy” teases it all!
Eleven’s January First-ing! (1/1/11) – The proverbial “blunt after the stunt.”
Ten Sally’s Sneakin’ (12/30/97) – The dream show, from song choice to song voice.
Nine Ladies Dancing (12/31/10) – The multi-cultural “Meatstick” extravaganza.
Eight No Men Landing (12/31/15) – The suspended hourglass of timelessness.
Seven Jams A-Steamin’ (12/31/11) – A steam-filled celebration to blow out the New Year.
Six Walls a-Cavin’ (12/31/02) – The return from hiatus with three new, staple songs.
Five Song Second Set (12/29/97) – Disease > Bowie > Possum > Tube > YEM. What?!
Four Light Year Jams (12/29/98) – An incredible “2001” Space Odyssey included “Crosseyed and Painless” and “Manteca” teases.
Three Phishy Decades (12/31/13) – The famed JEMP truck set celebrating the band’s 30th anniversary.
Two Sitting Legends (10/22/96) – “Freakapaug” Groove; Buddy Miles and Merl Saunders join for rocking encore.
and The Gamehendge Time Factory (12/31/95) – The show that has everything you’d want, from big jams to silly hijinks to Trey narrations and more!