After a layoff of nearly four months, Phish returned to the stage tonight for the first of four shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City that make up the group’s annual New Year’s Run. This evening’s performance marked the 20th Phish show at the storied venue.
Pay-Per-View webcasts of all four shows are available through LivePhish.com.
We’re trying something different this run. In addition to our at-a-glance recap of the show we call The Skinny and the setlist, we’re also presenting a Live Blog with the help of our friends at Next Jam. We’ll compile tweets from @YEMblog and @Bizarchive along with screenshots and other interesting notes. You can find our Live Blog after the jump.
 Streets of Cairo tease.
 No “Myfe” ending.
 Birds of a Feather jam.
Notes: This performance featured the first ever Free show opener. Tweezer contained a Streets of Cairo tease. My Friend omitted the “Myfe” ending. Rock & Roll contained a Birds of a Feather jam.
Check out our Live Blog and The Skinny from MSG…
- Venue Capacity / Attendance: 20,000 / 20,000
- Previous Shows at Venue: 12/30/94, 12/30/95, 12/31/95, 10/21/96, 10/22/96, 12/29/97, 12/30/97, 12/31/97, 12/28/98, 12/29/98, 12/30/98, 12/31/98, 12/31/02, 12/02/09, 12/03/09, 12/04/09, 12/30/10, 12/31/10, 01/01/11
- Number Of Songs / Length – First Set: 9 / 8:08 – 9:36 (88 Minutes)
- Number Of Songs / Length – Second Set & Encore: 12 / 10:04 – 11:40 (96 Minutes)
- Total Number of Songs / Covers / Originals: 21 / 3 / 18
- Biggest Bustout: Glide (Last Time Played 12/04/09 – 89 Show Gap)
- Debuts: N/A
- Average Song Gap: 11.71
- Longest LivePhish Track / Shortest LivePhish Track: Harry Hood (13:03) / Rocky Top (2:32)
- Audio: Live Phish