Phish will ring in the New Year at a familiar venue this December 31st, as the jam band today announced a four-show run to close 2011 at New York's Madison Square Garden. The shows mark the second straight year Phish has played MSG on NYE, and the sixth time in the group's career they've sang "Auld Lang Syne" at the World's Greatest Arena when the ball dropped. Phish's previous New Year's runs at the Garden took place in 1995, 1997, 1998, 2002, and 2010. This will be the first time since 1998 that the group scheduled four consecutive nights, from December 28th to December 31st, at the (newly renovated!) home of the Knicks and Rangers.
A ticket lottery for fans is currently up at Phish's official site. The request period will run until October 24th, and then the leftover tickets will go to the public. Phish's New Year's Eve shows are usually epic, three-set affairs packed with fan favorite songs, offbeat covers, special guests, and other surprises. While the band is far removed from their peak years in the mid-1990s, every Phish NYE show is an experience worth witnessing. It definitely beats standing in the freezing cold with the urine-soaked masses at Times Square. Also, where else can you see a guy throwing foam frankfurters at fans while riding a giant hot dog during a song called "Meatstick"?
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