Phish has just completed a historic 13-night residency at Madison Square Garden in New York City! After 35+ years and thousands of shows, the band is playing some of their best music ever. And apparently the city of New York agrees, because this weekend they declared August 6th to be Phish Day in New York City. Now that’s a holiday we can get behind, right after National Ice Cream Day. We know this list is highly subjective, but we had so much fun at this 13-show run that we had to go back and relive our top moments for all our fans to enjoy. Let us know your favorite moments in the comments below!
The Universe is a Donut
On night eight, Phish treated their fans to a rare and special performance of “Harpua” where the band got into a deep cosmological discussion about how the universe is shaped like a donut (seriously).
On night five, they played an extended version of "Tube".
We even created an ice cream flavor just for the occasion called “Freezer Reprise”. This donut-themed flavor was only served twice, on the opening night in New York and the closing night in Vermont. Artist Jim Pollock created a special t-shirt design in commemoration and the flavor raised over $30,000 for The WaterWheel Foundation.
Federal Donuts created a unique donut for each night of the residency. The flavors inspired the setlist most nights and helped to create the fun and unpredictable atmosphere we expect at Phish concerts. As fellow lovers of sweet treats, we salute you, Federal Donuts!
TONIGHT’S FLAVOR is RED VELVET (red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting). We’re giving out donuts made by the good people at @federaldonuts at each show of The Baker’s Dozen. Supplies are limited and will be offered to ticket holders when doors open (first come, first served). Never miss a Sunday donut. #phish #bakersdozen #phishbakersdozen #donut #nyc
Fans taking #VoteLocal Action with HeadCount
WaterWheel Raised Thousands for Local Charities
The WaterWheel Foundation, Phish’s charity organization, raised tens of thousands of dollars for local New York-based organizations including Waterkeeper Alliance, Grow NYC, Long Island Soundkeeper, Coalition for the Homeless, Lennox Hill Neighborhood House, and Education Through Music. Way to go!
Is This Still "Lawn Boy"?
On night four with “Jam Filled” donuts, Phish played “Lawn Boy”. Usually a three- to four-minute ballad, they jammed out the song for over 30 minutes.
Phish did not repeat a single song over the 13 nights. That’s right: over the course of 13 nights, they played 26 sets, 13 encores, and 237 unique songs. Color us impressed!
Phish’s lighting director, Chris Kuroda, made the most of being in one location for 13 nights straight, and the light show was better than ever.
The Deep Jams
Phish is well known for their adventurous improvisation and during this run, many songs stretched to well over 20 minutes as the band brought them to new heights.
Phish has always been known for playing unique covers. Over the 13-night run were were treated to so many unique and new covers from the band including: Izabella (Jimi Hendrix), Strawberry Fields Forever (The Beatles), Sunday Morning (Velvet Underground), 1999 (Prince), White Winter Hymnal (Fleet Foxes), Powderfinger (Neil Young), O Canada, and Everything in its Right Place (Radiohead).
Boston Cream Mashup
Night twelve featured Boston Cream donuts and the debut of a medley of Cream and Boston songs called Sunshine of Your Feeling. It included teases and quotes of "Sunshine of Your Love", "More Than a Feeling", "Tales of Brave Ulysses", and the "Long Time" portion of Boston's "Foreplay/Long Time".
A Banner Night
On the final night, Madison Square Garden honored Phish by raising a banner into the rafters of the “world’s most famous arena”. This is an honor only one other musician has achieved.
This was a special run for so many reasons. We’d like to thank the band’s management and production team, the fan community, The Waterwheel Foundation, and Madison Square Garden for treating us to such a great experience. Lastly, we’d like to thank Jon, Mike, Page, and Trey from the bottom of our hearts.