This show was night six of Phish's Baker's Dozen run at Madison Square Garden and consisted of a chocolate donut theme. Donuts with a dark chocolate glaze with chocolate cookie crumb were given to fans arriving at the venue and the show featured the Phish debuts of Chocolate Rain and You Sexy Thing. Chocolate Rain was performed a cappella and featured Page on a midi controller keyboard. Chalk Dust Torture was unfinished. Fee's lyrics were changed to "have a chocolate donut and catch your breath." This show was webcast via Live Phish.
Noteworthy Jams
Debut Years (Average: 2002)

This show was part of the "2017 Summer Tour"

Show Reviews

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Review by n00b100

n00b100 Set 1: Good clean fun - love the song selection; Free luxuriates in its jam for a few extra minutes Dayton '17 style; The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony pops up unmoored from Suzy or Bag for one of the few times outside, like, 1990; Chocolate Rain is an inspired opening choice; Divided Sky gets past some rough opening flubs to give us a lovely version; Sand steps out for a few blissful upbeat minutes before returning home a bit more abruptly than one would like (it almost certainly would've gone on longer earlier in the set). Who doesn't want Destiny Unbound and Weigh in a set together?

Set 2: A sweet Have Mercy gives way to an absolutely mammoth Chalk Dust Torture, one of the finest of the modern era (and believe you me when I say this is high praise indeed). They drop down to a lower gear almost out of the gates, Page on electric piano and Mike doing the damn thing, then Fish kicks the jam back into high gear as everybody meshes together in delightful harmony. Fish gets a brief "solo" as a warm, low-key groove emerges, Trey hitting on a cool repeating pattern and Page matching him on piano, then Page returns to piano and some stabbing chords lead us to grimy rocking out. The woodblock pops in as Mike takes control, then the jam tears itself briefly apart and rebuilds around some Echoplex-y playing, before Page's synths lead them to a new segment (the band is just shifting from mood to mood on a dime, it's unreal). A driving Page-led groove emerges, then shifts gears again as Page returns to piano and some really motorized riffing from Trey adds energy to the proceedings, and then the band magically builds to what many consider a Harry Hood-type peak (it's pretty close, I gotta say) before winding to a close.

Hot Chocolate's You Sexy Thing (!) comes next, Mike singing it with every last bit of vocal ability he has left, and (as was normal with the BD) Mike shifts the music to a darker minor key, with some more Echoplex-y playing and Page abusing the ol' clavinet as only he can. The band stays in this dark and gruesome zone, Page's synths and weirdo effects floating around as Mike and Fish hold things together, and then as the jam dies away Mercury steps up to the plate (it's really made its bones as a Set 2 vehicle, IMO). They shake off some early flubs and give us the usual luverly Mercury jam, and Page gently suggests major key, with the rest of the band following him for a brief section of joyfulness, before Mike catches onto the bassline to You Sexy Thing (!!) and they segue back into that song in genius fashion (giving us a genuine You Sexy Thing sandwich), Trey takes a nice solo, and they quickly head to a close. Number Line and Rock & Roll close the set proper, and a chocolate donut-referencing Fee and Space Oddity end another tremendous show.

Final thoughts: The CDT > YST > Mercury -> YST run is possibly the finest of the entire Baker's Dozen, and that's saying something. Yet another absolute skullcrusher of a show.
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Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads The phun continues at Madison Square Garden for night 6 of the Baker's Dozen! The Phish debuts of Chocolate Rain and You Sexy Thing are the thematic elements of the night, but I'd like to focus on something else: namely, Trey's improvement since the last few shows. One can hear him really pouring it on in Divided Sky, Chalk Dust Torture, and Rock and Roll, in particular. Divided Sky especially sounds like it could've come from a 1.0 show. I find the Echoplex perhaps as fascinating as Trey does, but I love when he "shreds," as they say. The big jam of the night is Chalkdust, which ranges over a lot of very interesting territory, but it's also rewarding to hear Mercury having come into its own. I also like Sand as a Set-I closer and Have Mercy as a Set-II opener. And, humorously, the band pretty much stops in between You Sexy Thing and Backwards Down the Number Line, precluding the fabled "ripcord into BDTNL," LOL. I rate this show 4 out of 5 stars, and believe that Phish is really raising the bar over this series of shows.
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Review by Tennessee_Jedi

Tennessee_Jedi Not a review, but a reply to the good Ewok above me. The element repeated during the CDT climax was the "Happiest Days of Our Lives" theme from Pink Floyd's The Wall aka the intro to "Another Brick in the Wall, Part II." One of the all-time triumphant moments in modern music, superimposed over an equally triumphant moment during the show. Frank Zappa would have been proud of this sort-of xenochrony.
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Review by ejones642

ejones642 My first show where I was paying attention; was only 8 years old at my first show in 2010 and really had no clue about Phish at the time, although I've heard stories about frantic dancing during "Sparkle". Back to this show—Free is one of my favorites, so I was so excited when they hit the opening chord. Divided Sky may in fact be may favorite Phish song (though you know how these things can change on a weekly basis). The Chalkdust was amazing, and this show was my first time hearing BDNL, which was definitely fun. Loved Fee and the a capella Space Oddity.
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