, attached to 2012-12-31

Review by Feel_The_Bern

Feel_The_Bern Ok... let me first get something straight. I was not at this show. I was not at any of the shows of the run. (unfortunately). I was at a new years party at a friends house during this show. At this party was a friend of mine who helped turn me on to Phish. Him and I were always on our phones, checking the setlist so far. So even by just doing that, I felt the extreme vibe of energy radiating all the way from MSG in New York at this show. I felt like I was there; that's how good I felt about it.

The Garden Party at the beginning was a funny little gag... as soon as I saw that they had played that, I was like "woah, this is gonna be different." In a completely good way.

And then Possum came. Always a good opener of a show, so I thought of Garden party as kind of an overture, a prelude to the fantastic night that was about to come. But this possum had killer energy.

And when Roses are Free came, my friend said, "Man, do I love Roses are free." and Im like "so do i." I absolutely lovvvveeeee this song.

Rift = great. Sample = the song that got me into phish. Great. Alaska is a good song... I enjoyed watching that later on YouTube.

The Mike's Groove that follows isn't the best ever... but still maintained that energy that carried throughout the show. And a nice character zero really wrapped the first set up well. But the real fun hadn't even started.

Birds of a feather... wow! Don't hear that song that much these days. But it made for a great set 2 opener. This Ghost was, for me, one of the low points of the evening. It is a good song, but something just seemed sort of "off" about it tonight. And the piper that followed had a pretty good jam segment to it, even though I am not such a big fan of the song itself. And then Light. A great 3.0 jam song. And it's smooth slide right into 2001 was incredible. Always love to hear 2001. And the horse>silent was a nice addition to an average set.

And then here comes a YEM. Let me tell you a story about this yem. I have a friend who is best friends with Page McConnell's daughter. As a result, she got free backstage VIP passes to this show. I was soooooo jealous. So i asked her to request a yem tonight for me. I don't know if she ever got around to it, but the band played it anyway. So, even though it was kind of average, I will always feel something special about this YEM, like it's "my Yem".

The second set ends, and the third begins. About 25 minutes before midnight, the band comes out hitting golf balls into the crowd, followed by Fish in a donut-themed golf outfit. I am beginning to love this NYE gag. (btw, Trey had some good strokes in there.) And then they start up Party Time. Great way to kick off the best set of the show. This is getting me very excited for the fun soon to come.

Kung. Kung! WE CAN STAGE A RUNAWAY GOLF CART MARATHON!!!!!!!!!! I am literally jumping up and down watching the show on youtube a few days later. Chalk dust, and then, the countdown begins: 10! 9! 8! 7! 6! 5! 4! 3! 2! 1! HAPPY NEW YEAR! What a great way to begin 2013. Auld lang syne starts up, and it makes me so happy to hear these guys, 30 years into their career, pouring their hearts into this song. Then Tweezer reprise with backup singers. So much fun. And then the Golf songs start. Sand, The Wedge, Fly like an Eagle (Please, phish, continue to play this song live regularly), Wilson, and an acappella Lawn boy are incredible. Then the encore, and everybody leaves happy. What a great NYE show.

Haters may hate. They may say there is not enough jamming and disjointed setlist picks. But who cares? It's phish. The band we all know and love, playing their hearts out in one incredible NYE show. What more can we ask for?


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