The Number Line: Phish Baker’s Dozen Residency By The Numbers

This past Sunday Phish completed a historic 13-show run at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Each night was filled with musical highlights and the Baker’s Dozen residency will be discussed and dissected for years to come. While most of those discussions will focus on the subjective, The Number Line provides a statistical look at what just went down at The Garden.

Below are over 50 statistics from the instant classic run. We breakdown what was and what wasn’t played from each official Phish studio album, document some of the biggest bust outs, use a few stats provided from HeadCount and lay out the biggest and smallest numbers from our nightly The Skinny box scores. For the uninitiated, “Average Song Vintage” is compiled by adding the year each song played at a certain show was debuted and dividing that total number by the number of songs played. If Phish focused on more recent material, the Average Song Vintage would likely be in the ’00s, while an “old school” show will have an Average Song Vintage in the ’90s. Average Song Gap is compiled by adding the “Shows Since Last Played” figure for each song performed at a certain show and dividing that total by the number of songs played. Thanks to Phish.net and HeadCount for providing some of the numbers used.

Here’s over 50 statistics from Phish’s residency:

  • 227,000 – Tickets sold
  • 20,789 – Capacity of Madison Square Garden
  • 9,023 – Days between a capella second set openers (November 21, 1992 – August 4)
  • 7,930 – Days between “Simple” second set openers (November 21, 1995 – August 6)
  • 7,150 – Total run of official limited edition posters
  • 6,847 – Days between The Story Of The Ghost release (October 29, 1998) and “End Of Session” debut (July 25)
  • 5,000 – Estimated number of fans who took photos in HeadCount’s Vote Local photobooth
  • 2003 – Youngest Average Song Vintage (July 26)
  • 1999 – Average of Average Song Vintage for the 13 shows
  • 1997 – Oldest Average Song Vintage (July 29, July 30 & August 2)
  • 629 – Show Gap between versions of “Cinnamon Girl” (LTP – July 31, 1997)
  • 574 – Show Gap between versions of “Izabella” (LTP – July 31, 1998)
  • 524 – Show Gap between versions of “1999” (LTP – December 31, 1998)
  • 424 – Fans HeadCount registered to vote
  • 290 – Hours “Lawn Boy” would be if it truly went from the first set on July 25 to the encore on Aug. 6
  • 237 – Total number of different songs played by Phish during Baker’s Dozen
  • 176 – Total number of originals played by Phish during Baker’s Dozen
  • 119 – Section where you can buy Fuku spicy chicken sandwich
  • 66.94 – Largest Average Song Gap (August 6)
  • 61 – Total number of covers played by Phish during Baker’s Dozen
  • 52 – Total number of Phish shows at MSG after Baker’s Dozen
  • 34:33:38 – Total running time (hours, minutes, seconds) of entire Baker’s Dozen
  • 33:07 – Longest LivePhish track of Baker’s Dozen (“Crosseyed & Painless”)
  • 26 – Baker’s Dozen sets
  • 23 – Songs busted out after more than 50 shows (All songs listed for 100+ shows below plus “Soul Shakedown Party,” “Fire,” “Dem Bones,” “Ginseng Sullivan,” “Crowd Control,” “Esther,” “Col. Forbin’s,” “Fly Famous Mockingbird,” “Harpua,” “Llama,” “Weigh” and “Glide”)
  • 20 – Total number of songs played during the encores
  • 19 – Debuts
  • 17 – Cover debuts
  • 13 – Number of Summer 2017 Phish shows at Madison Square Garden
  • 11 – Songs played from Rift (“Fast Enough For You,” “All Things Reconsidered” and “Lengthwise” weren’t played)
  • 11 – Songs played from A Story Of The Ghost (“Fikus,” “Shafty” and “Frankie Says” weren’t played)
  • 12 – Songs busted out after more than 100 shows (“I’ve Been Around,” “Izabella,” “On The Road Again,” “Frost,” “Dinner & A Movie,” “Swept Away,” “Steep,” “Cinnamon Girl,” “Pebbles & Marbles,” “Sweet Jane,” “1999” and “All Of These Dreams”)
  • 10 – Songs played from original version of Junta (only “Contact” wasn’t played)
  • 10 – Songs played from A Picture Of Nectar (“Eliza,” “Manteca,” “Magilla,” “The Landlady,” “Faht” and “Catapult” weren’t played)
  • 10 – Songs played from Billy Breathes (“Waste,” “Talk” and “Bliss” weren’t played)
  • 10 – Songs played from Farmhouse (“Sleep” and “The Inlaw Josie Wales” weren’t played)
  • 10 – Songs played from Big Boat (“Friends,” “Tide Turns” and “Running Out Of Time” weren’t played)
  • 10 – 20+ Minute Tracks On LivePhish
  • 9 – Songs played from Lawn Boy (All tracks)
  • 9 – Songs played from Joy (“Time Turns Elastic” wasn’t played)
  • 8.08 – Shortest Average Song Gap (July 25)
  • 8 – Artists who created official posters for Baker’s Dozen
  • 7 – A capella songs performed by Phish during Baker’s Dozen
  • 7 – Songs played from Fuego (“Devotion To A Dream,” “Sing Monica,” and “Wombat” weren’t played)
  • 6 – Songs played at first five shows at tour but not Baker’s Dozen (“Love Is What We Are,” “Corona,” “Mountains In The Mist,” “Wombat,” “Marissa” and “Contact”)
  • 6 – Songs played from Round Room (“Anything But Me,” “Round Room,” “Mexican Cousin,” “Friday,” “Mock Song” and “Thunderhead” weren’t played)
  • 5 – Songs played from Hoist (“If I Could,” “Riker’s Mailbox,” “Axilla (Pt. 2),” “Lifeboy,” “Dog Faced Boy” and “Demand” weren’t played)
  • 5 – Songs played from Undermind (“Scents (Intro),” “The Connection,” “Maggie’s Revenge,” “Nothing,” “Two Versions Of Me,” “Access Me,” “Tomorrow’s Song,” “Secret Smile” and “Grind” weren’t played)
  • 5 – Shows without a 20+ minute LivePhish track
  • 4 – Jimi Hendrix covers (“Fire,” “Bold As Love,” “The Wind Cries Mary” and “Izabella”)
  • 3 – Songs played for first time since Ziggy Stardust album cover debuts (“Starman,” “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide” and “Moonage Daydream”)
  • 1 – Vacuum Solo
  • 1 – Drum Jam
  • 1 – Song from a side project debuted during Baker’s Dozen (“Most Events Aren’t Planned”)
  • 0:30 – Shortest LivePhish track (8/6 “Bass Solo”)
  • 0 – Repeats

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