Phish Rocks Madison Square Garden in New Years Residency
For the third year in a row, Phish will ring in the New Year with a residency at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
The four-show holiday run will take place from December 28-31 of this year at the Garden. This year will be distinctive, however, in that it will be the first time the floor at the venue for all of these shows will be general admission. To date, Phish has played Madison Square Garden 23 times.
The news comes just about a month after Phish wrapped up their most recent tour over Labor Day weekend with a three-night stand at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado. We can likely expect the New Year’s residency to find the band kicking off an eventful 2013, as it is the 30th anniversary of the band. We’ll be awaiting official word on what the band will do to mark the occasion.
In the meantime, frontman Trey Anastasio will have his hands busy with a musical he wrote, debuting on Broadway next year. “Hands on a Hardbody” will open at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on March 21, 2013, with previews beginning February 23.
Anastasio wrote the musical along with Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright (book) and Amanda Green (lyrics). The musical first appeared at the La Jolla Playhouse at the University of California, San Diego in May of this year. The story is based on the 1997 documentary of the same name.
The documentary and the musical chronicle an endurance competition in Longview, Texas where contestants see who can keep their hand on a pickup truck for the longest amount of time. The Broadway production stars Tony Award-nominee Keith Carradine, Allison Case, Hunter Foster, Jay Armstrong Johnson, David Larsen, Jacob Ming-Trent, and Kathleen Elizabeth Monteleone, among others. It is directed by Neil Pepe.