Phish Fans Are Rooting For The Knicks To Tank So The Band Can Play A 4/20 Show At MSG

Phish Fans Are Rooting For The Knicks To Tank So The Band Can Play A 4/20 Show At MSG

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There are three certainties in life: Death, taxes, and the New York Knicks tanking in spectacular fashion.

A fourth certainty, at least for fans of the improvisational rock band Phish: New Year’s run at Madison Square Garden.

The arena has become synonymous with the band’s spiritual home turf over the last 30 years. In summer 2017, the band played 13 consecutive shows with no song repeats at MSG, known as The Baker’s Dozen. Phish earned a banner in the rafters of MSG for the feat.

All things considered, Phish has played Madison Square Garden 64 times, with only Elton John and Billy Joel being the only two artists to play the World’s Most Famous Arena more.

Unfortunately, this year’s string of New Year’s Phish shows was canceled due to a recent surge of COVID cases.

The New Year’s run contingency plan?

A run of shows in April 2022, where tickets from the Phish New Year’s run will be honored.

According to an official press release, the band and Madison Square Garden officials found a four-night window in The Garden’s schedule.

Phish’s return to Madison Square Garden for the first time since NYE 2019 will now take place April 20-23, 2022, including a three-set show (as originally planned for New Year’s Eve) on April 22.

The catch?

In order for the arena to remain available for the Phish shows in April 2022, the New York Knicks have to miss the NBA Playoffs.

It seems like Phish fans are dusting off their heady chakras to manifest such a fate for the ill-fated Knicks.

This is not great news for Knicks fans, considering that the team actually made it to the First Round of the Eastern Conference last season. They lost to the Atlanta Hawks.

Musician Andy Frasco summarizes the sentiment based on initial information that went viral from a Madison Square Garden official:

This puts fans Knicks and Phish in a tough spot – do you root for your team or root for your band?


The circumstances led to some good-natured teasing from both the Phish and NBA communities.




Someone even started a @PhishKnicks Twitter account tracking the Knicks chances of missing the NBA Playoffs so Phish can play the room.





And finally – Otdis brings up an excellent point: Phish has a solid track record of playing in cities where teams win championships. But tanking when the whole fan base is rooting against them?

This is new territory for Phish x sports statistical analysis.


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BroBible's publisher and a founding partner, circa 2009. Brandon is based in Los Angeles, where he oversees BroBible's partnership team and other business development activities. He still loves to write and create content, including subjects related to internet culture, food, live music, Phish, the Grateful Dead, Philly sports, and adventures of all kinds. Email: