Phish began a signature 2012 concert season in June in Worcester, MA (BOOGIE), took their halftime show to Dicks in Colorado (LIGHT) and closed up shop with a successful Garden Party (CARINI) in the Big Apple. Although the band didn’t offer a new original this year, they offered new ideas, covers, Kenny Rodgers, and stellar improv. Here’s a final rewind and some interesting stats compiled from ZZYZX and Phish.net that give a better glimpse into Phish’s successful 2012 including a few year-end awards we completely made-up for your enjoyment.
2012 Stats of Metal Tangle:
Total Phish Shows: 37
Total Unique Songs: 220
State w/ Most Shows: NEW YORK (9 Shows)
State Played for First time: OKLAHOMA
Most Played Songs: Backwards Down the # Line (13), Possum (13)
Seven songs were tied for second with 12x played.
Crowd Control, AC/DC Bag and Runaway Jim each Opened 3 shows.
Down with Disease opened the 2nd set 7 times.
Golden Age opened the 2nd set 5 times.
Tweezer Reprise encored 9 shows this year. Loving Cup was 2nd place with 5 encores.
Makisupa Policeman was played just once all year (6/8/12).
There were ZERO Col. Forbins or Fly Famous Mockingbirds played in 2012.
All Debuts (4) were Covers:
The Gambler (6/10/12)
Garden Party (12/31/12)
Fly Like an Eagle (12/31/12)
Iron Man (full performance) (12/31/12)
And the Winner is…
LMB’s Best Of Twenty-Twelve Awards:
Opener of the Year:
*Update* After a re-count in January (suggested by @HeyScottyB and several others) we’ve adjusted the scoring to represent the obvious winner in “Skin it Back.”
Best Use of Lightsaber:
Trey “I Am Your Father” Anastasio during “Maze” in Porstmouth, VA (6/19/12)
Best Set of the Year:
BGC3 / Set II (8/19/12)
Best Segment of the Year
Best Animal Song w/ Type II:
Birds of a Feather in Atlantic City (6/14/12).
Jam of the Year:
Distant Runner-up: Carini (12/30/12)
Comeback of the Year:
Nellie Kane. After just a few performances combined from 09-11, It was played 5x in 2012.
Vocal Jam of the Year:
“Phish Loves Dicks” – (8/31/12)
Bustout of the Year:
Best New Cover:
Garden Party. Phish sent a statement to everyone with this classic cover from Ricky Nelson
Unexpected Jam of the Year:
Runaway Golfcart Garden Party (12/31/12)
Runner Up: Spelling out Fuck Your Face with songs on 8/31/12
Most Consistent Song of the Year (MVS):
Runner Up: Sand
Most Valuable Player (MVP):
Mike “Cactus” Gordon and his footbell.
Most Underused Award (MIA):
Makisupa Policeman, Steam and 7Below all tie. Played just once in ’12.
Biggest Slump of the Year:
Page’s Theremin. After such a huge year in 2011, Where Art Thou?
Fan of the Year:
@DanKanter, for his constant teasing of different Phish songs at Justin Bieber shows.
Longest Song of the Year:
Rock and Roll from Long Beach, CA (8/15/12)
Supporting Show of the Year:
Bill Graham Night 3, San Francisco, CA (8/19/12)
Close Runner Up: 9/1/12, Colorado
Poster of the Year:
James Flames, Oak Mountain Print (8/24/12)
Runner Up: Ken Taylor’s Three-Poster-Sloth-Set from the Bill Graham Run (8/17-19).
Best Run of the Year:
Dicks in Colorado, 8/31-9/2)
Best Fishman Moment:
Worst Fishman Moment:
Jon’s attempt at playing Trey’s ocedoc for the first verse of Weekapaug (Deer Creek, 6/28/12)
Best Encore of the Year:
Deer Creek Night 1 (6/28/12) Cavern, Sanity > First Tube.
Runner Up: Charlotte’s BBFCFM > Tweeprise encore (8/26/12).
Page’s Favorite Sandwich of the Year:
Tube -> Psycho Killer -> Tube, (SPAC, 7/5/12) – Thanks to @Sharks_Pats_365 for the suggestion!
Runner Up: Wolfman’s Brother -> Little Drummer Boy -> Wolfman’s Brother (12/28/12)
Show of the Year:
Night One of Dicks in Colorado (8/31/12) aka The “F*ck Your Face” Show. This show is like Daniel Day Lewis. Duh.
As you can see the big winners were “Skin it Back” and the 8/31/12 “FYF” show. Huge thanks to @PeteLikesPhish and @AdamIcculus with the awards. With Phish entering their 30th Anniversary and a new album in the works, 2013 is looking pretty pre-tay good. The waiting game for a Summer Tour announcement (usually in late February) is upon us…