Phish has just concluded their unprecedented Baker's Dozen run at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Beginning Friday, July 21, and continuing through Sunday, August 6, the milestone 13-night run brings Phish's total performances at MSG to a remarkable 52 in the years since their debut at the legendary New York City venue in December 1994.
The Baker's Dozen saw 227,000 tickets sold for 13 one-of-a-kind shows. Phish performed 26 unique sets featuring a grand total of 237 songs with no repeats during the three-week run. Among the song selection were countless classics, innumerable rarities, myriad surprises, and many covers.
Along with its immeasurable musical delights, The Baker's Dozen was especially notable for its donut-inspired production, a theme of course suggested in the 13-show run's title. Thousands of free donuts were given away nightly to fan who arrived early, made by Philadelphia's beloved Federal Donuts, with Phish nodding to the night's select pastry with corresponding songs.
Fans purchasing the entire 13-show run received exclusive donut-shaped tickets, while longtime Phish friends, Ben & Jerry's ,produced a limited edition flavor — "Freezer Reprise" — available only at two events in New York City and Burlington, VT, both in association with Phish's philanthropic initiative, The WaterWheel Foundation.
Phish made history, not only for themselves but also for the host city and venue. The New York City Mayor's Office marked the conclusion of the shows by issuing a proclamation announcing August 6 as "Phish Day." In recognition of the run, Madison Square Garden presented the band with a commemorative, permanent banner that was hoisted into the rafters at the end of the run's final show.
The shows were webcast exclusively via livephish.com, where the audio is now available for download or via LivePhish+, Phish's subscription-based streaming service.