This show was night two of Phish's Baker's Dozen run at Madison Square Garden and consisted of a Strawberry donut theme. Strawberry donuts were given to fans arriving at the venue and the show featured the Phish debuts of Strawberry Fields Forever (performed a cappella) and Strawberry Letter 23. Moma Dance was unfinished. Trey teased Pictures of Matchstick Men in the first DWD. I Always Wanted It This Way featured Trey on the Marimba Lumina. All of These Dreams was last played on October 26, 2010 (251 shows). Mike teased Dave's Energy Guide in Split Open and Melt. This show was webcast via Live Phish.
Noteworthy Jams
Teases
Pictures of Matchstick Men tease in Down with Disease, Dave's Energy Guide tease in Split Open and Melt
Debut Years (Average: 1997)

This show was part of the "2017 Summer Tour"

Show Reviews

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Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads I will venture the opinion that this show borders on epic. You got your Phish debuts (Strawberry Fields Forever a cappella, and Strawberry Letter 23) matching the "theme" of the night. You got a Type-II The Moma Dance... in the first set! Breath and Burning also takes a bit of a jam, and I think it was placed well after the big Moma, bringing me to my next point: placement/song choice. Mound makes an appearance, you get a Foam, and The Squirming Coil closes Set I (a placement for Coil that's unusual, and reminds the cognoscenti of The Great Went, I daresay?) Then there's another big jam in Down with Disease to open the second, and though its placement is routine, the jam is inspired enough to carry it. Then I Always Wanted It This Way appears in the second set, as does Split Open and Melt: both songs which have as of late typically appear as first-setters. Penultimately in this show's favor, DWD is reprised/finished between SOAM and Shine a Light! Finally, the song choice in the encore is unpredictably amazing, with what I feel is a slightly tighter take on Peaches en Regalia than Dayton's, then Cities, and finally My Sweet One (with an huge "pause," to boot!) I have to rate this show a 4 out of 5, and I definitely feel like the first set is the best so far this summer. It's almost as if we stepped into yesterday for three hours, with big jams in both the first and second sets, and the concept of "quarters" negligible, but with a decidedly hopeful 3.0 spin on things. I may have the CHImple as my best jam of the year, but this show is the all-around best show so far, IMO.
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Review by david_bowie

david_bowie Attended these first 3 shows and couldn't be happier. If you are reading this and live within striking distance of NYC, get yourself a ticket ASAP! You won't regret it.

Saturday night was the best show of the weekend. All of them were tremendously enjoyable with the bust outs, doughnut references and solo tunes, but this one had me reeling from start to finish. I love a first set jam, which we got with Moma, but it seemed like every song before halftime was stretched out and played brilliantly. Second set tore the roof of the mutha. The dark and dirty melt took me to the brink of madness and the disease reprise made me jump for joy. Shine a light to keep the euphoria rolling and then a 3 song encore. Peaches was flubtastic, haters! I don't see how you could give this bad boy anything less than 4 stars. I'd give it 4.5 stars if I could.

When you think about what these guys are doing, playing 13 semi-themed shows with no repeats (it is obvious at this point given the song selection), it is fucking incredible. I also love the fact that every bar and restaurant within a 3 block radius of the Garden is catering to phans with specials and phish heavy playlists. It's not just the band who is in residence for 2 plus weeks. Had a great experience and it really sucks to be back at work today. : (
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Review by Laudanum

Laudanum Many of the jams from the tour to date have featured a section or two of laconic, almost dream-like playing, akin to the relaxed egolessness previously relegated in the modern era to soundchecks. The jams from this show are no exception.

This Disease will likely be overlooked, if only for the prevalence of great DWDs lately (such as Dayton), but it shouldn't be. The aforementioned dreaminess borders on the spooky here, with foreboding lines from Mike and fearful ambience from Page. Trey eventually layers over a dark theme, and MSG is treated to a walk through the edges of Mirkwood.

I've already heard the ending section described as a bliss jam, and I've got to say I disagree. It's a triumphant jam, and moreover, a statement of intent. This is the band trying on the outfit of residence/Vegas act and discovering they like the fit. Love it or hate it, welcome to the likely future of Phish.
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Review by weekapaug4398

weekapaug4398 This show was so much fun from the beginning to the end. Amazing Moma....Foam(!!!!!), Roggae and Coil were all beautiful. DWD was jammed out nicely and the rest of the set was a lot of fun up too when the Dwd reprise blew it up!! Rochester 97 style!!! Encore was a lot of fun with Peaches coming around again and Cities is always fun as hell!!! Great show, great people, great fun!!! Thank you badger!!! Thank you people on the floor in front of mike, it was an awesome time!!!
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Review by pmc2kd

pmc2kd This show is the highest rated of the first three, but is perhaps my least favorite! (testament to the quality of these shows)

Set I opens with an a cappella Strawberry fields Forever. Nice. Predictable, but awesome.

A short and sweet Halley's doubled down on the thick strawberry goo theme.

They dropped into Moma, which didn't waste any time in asserting itself as an atypical take. This one was long and moved around quite a bit. Really good jamming, without perhaps a signature moment, made this 17 minute monster a clear winner in the set. I thought it hit on a bunch of cool segments and was an amazing statement of intent, much like the previous night's Timber. Without finishing the song, they dropped into Breath and Burning.

I've caught it before and expected a predictable romp after the deep Moma. Well I was happily wrong as this jam immediately moved outside the box and gave yet another fine experimental jam within the first 4 songs!

Funky Bitch was a great call and the energy in the room just ratcheted up. Saturday night party time.

Mound followed and was a pretty solid version.

The opening notes of Foam were a joy to hear, alas, much of the song was not well played. That said, it was awesome to hear this tune, which seldom pops up these days.

Roggae was the best peak of the set (and I've seen some great versions at Hampton 13, MPP, and Magnaball). This was one of the cleanest and finest peaks I've seen Trey hit in a while. Tremendous trills! Wowzer.

Squirming Coil was a great closer and I thought was well played and had a very nice Page outro solo.

Overall, another fantastic set I, Moma>B&B and Roggae were all very noteworthy takes. Jamming in set I continues!

Set II opened with DWD, which was a nice albeit common opener. This version had a good long jam and lasted nearly 20 minutes and sure was fun! Definitely a great version and not to be overlooked. This version was a sublime showcase for the CK5 tapestry.

Strawberry Letter 23 returned us to the theme, and was a pretty fun little choice. I thought it had a nice noise jam, much like A Day in the Life carries.

BOAF was up next and I was hoping for a good long version. This one was short though. Certainly fine and fun with some more crisp soloing, but nothing to notable.

I Always Wanted it This Way is not really my cup of tea as it's a bit electronic/EDM for me. If you like this tune and those types of jams though, this version will please you. It had a Marimba Lumina jam and was certainly a danceable time.

All of These Dreams was a real treat (probably had some grumbling for a slowdown). I loved it.

Melt was my favorite moment of the night. This one was crazy! Dark and dissonant. I thought it was fantastic (and really brought the edge back to the set). Great lighting and generally just awesome playing. I thought they hit the drop back into Melt proper at the end pretty nicely too!

Well Trey got an idea to simply dive full speed into the DWD riff out of nowhere. At the time I sort of though it was a lazy move, but within seconds I let that thought go and just enjoyed that they could turn on a dime like that. They played a decent little jam too, without simply driving back into the chorus and everyone was feeling fine. Awesome.

Shine a Light was nice and I love exile. It was a good conclusion.

The encore was pretty special. Peaches (poorly played) was a nice treat, Cities was excellent and My Sweet One was just a bonus.

Overall, it was another great show with plenty of highlights throughout. These shows are all easily top draw stuff for the era. Set I jamming is real and it's back!! Grab the MOMA, B&B & Roggae; DWD, I Always Wanted (if you like it) & Melt>DWD
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Review by NMNML

NMNML Well due to a medical emergency I had to cancel my trip to MSG for the first weekend of Baker's, needless to say Couch Tour is always a great option.

Set 1 was one of the most well played sets I have heard in quite a while with some extended jams, great song placement, and a catchy debut to boot.

The theme was the strawberry doughnut in which the boys started the show with an interesting acapella of Strawberry Fields Forever. I feel like Trey's voice has been off as of late, like he is getting over an illness, it didn't stop the crowd and myself from having an ear to ear grin though.

Highlight of the set for me were the extended Moma that was one of my favorite jams of 2017. It went from the standard and keep building onto itself layer after layer into some groovy, spacey, rocky mash up of goodness. B&B, which I actually don't mind if placed well had a nice extension keeping along the same lines as moma and is probably the best version played to date. Funky Bitch had some soaring soloing from Trey, a better version than the standard. Mound and Foam were well played for 2017 and had me gitty. Another highlight was the Roggae that had a nice extension like most as of late and was played well, definitively worth a second listen. Phish's placement and Page's solo for Coil were spot on. Great way to end the set. Page got a bit funky with some ragtime rifts in the solo, which was longer than most.

Set 2 was not as good as the first, however, it did have some highlights.

It began with a short spacey intro into DWD. This version even though started rather standard got some treatment toward the end when the boys tightened it up and we got some soaring rifts from Trey. Kuroda's lights were spot on with the bands tempo energizing the crowd with blinding bursts on his new rig, which by the way is epic. I Always Wanted It This Way had an interesting jam that had me grooving. All of These Dreams was pulled from some bag of old tricks and even though put the brakes on is a nice song to hear. I still cannot figure out if I enjoyed the Melt. It definitely had its purpose with mixed with Kuroda's lighting created the ambiance of dissonance that would have a sober phan tripping all over themself. It deserves a second listen. Than the real highlight of the set occurs when Trey pulls the DWD high peaking rift from nowhere and the crowd goes nuts. They didn't play the composed section, just from the rift into another DWD jam that not as good as the first one was well played and hat the floor at MSG moving like a wave of energy.

The three song Encore is always nice and had some spotty playing by Trey at points. After Cities Trey says goodnight and Fishman was not having it and started the drum rift for My Sweet One. Trey was all grins and followed his lead to end a great Phish show. One that I wish I could have attended.

Page shined in this show as well, he was playing spot on full of energy, and used his new synths perfectly to create texture in some of the extended James.

Looking forward to the rest of this doughnut themed run.
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