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Link Wednesday, 12/31/1997
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

Set 1: Emotional Rescue > Ya Mar, MSOMy Sweet One > Beauty of My Dreams, Wolfman'sWolfman's Brother, LxLLimb By Limb, HorseThe Horse > SilentSilent in the Morning > SlothThe Sloth, Fire

Set 2: TimberTimber (Jerry) > Mike'sMike's Song[1], Piper > CircusWhen the Circus Comes -> RosesRoses Are Free > WeekapaugWeekapaug Groove

Set 3: 2001Also Sprach Zarathustra > Auld Lang Syne > Tweezer > Maze[2] > CaspianPrince Caspian > Loving Cup

Encore: New York, New York[3] > TweepriseTweezer Reprise

[1] Black-Eyed Katy tease (Mike).
[2] Unfinished.
[3] Phish debut.

Teases:
· Auld Lang Syne tease in Ya Mar
· Auld Lang Syne tease in Limb By Limb
· Birdland tease in Maze

Noteworthy Jams: Maze

Average Song Gap: 17.04

Performers: Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon

Notes: Ya Mar and Limb By Limb included Auld Lang Syne teases. Mike's contained a tease of Black-Eyed Katy by Mike. Maze contained a Birdland tease and was unfinished. New York, New York made its Phish debut during the encore. My Sweet One was played for the first time since December 14, 1995 (155 shows).

Song Distribution:
3 Rift
2 A Picture of Nectar
1 Farmhouse
1 The Story of the Ghost
1 Billy Breathes
1 Stash
1 Hoist
1 Lawn Boy
1 The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1997 NYE Run."

MiguelSanchez , attached to 1997-12-31 Permalink
MiguelSanchez this is a pretty damn good show, but it is often overlooked due to the previous two nights shows and the fact that it was supposed to be the exclamation point to arguably phish's strongest year.

emotional rescue makes a welcome return after being debuted the month before in hampton. this one is not quite as out there, but it does the job getting the party started. the rest of the set is pretty standard. wolfman's does its thing but is subpar to average by the '97 standard. you gotta like the sloth.

musically, the second set is where the real action is. another fine '97 timber ho! gets this one going in fine style, and who can argue with the killer mike's song that follows. instead of going the way of hydrogen, it drifts into a pretty inspired piper. phish was still cutting its teeth on this jammer, and this one does not soar quite as high as other versions played in the fall, see utah or auburn hills. the finally drift into one of my favorite slow songs phish does. circus works well before completing the somewhat odd los lobos>ween pairing with roses are free. this is another gem they picked up over the past year. they made relatively quick work of this one before shifting into a very inspired weekapaugh.

the third set is pure rowdy mayhem. 2001 is somewhat straight forward before the ny countdown/raucaus. i really like tweezer in the ny slot, but with all the balloons and general rediculousness, this one does not do a whole lot. good energy though. maze is fun, but it is also a pit disjointed. they do slip in some fun birdland teases though. maybe a nod toward va beach from earlier in the year. the rest of this set does not do much for me. ny ny is fun and tweeprise closes the year out in style. good rowdy ending.
Score: 2
, attached to 1997-12-31 Permalink
(Published in the second edition of The Phish Companion...)

Now, where the 29th and 30th were highly gratifying musically, the 31st was, well, a big party. That's the only way to describe it. The second set stands out as being well-played and well-jammed; the third set found the band trying hard to play loud enough to be heard over the incredibly vocal crowd (so loud that Trey must not have heard his guitar during "Maze"!). Midnight - well, all I can say is that the fans around me were certainly tripped out by the intense visual display of udder balls and olive loafs and everything from the previous night's "Harpua."
The story goes that they learned the appropriate "New York, New York" encore that day. Kudos to Page for pulling it off! It was one of those moments where I felt like every single fan was on-stage, and the band and its fans were truly one unit, ringing in a New Year together in the way to which we have grown accustomed.
Score: 0
Good2go , attached to 1997-12-31 Permalink
I wish I had this show on CD. I used to have it but lost it. The Emotional Rescue breaks into some straight funk off the get go It has a funked out Wolfman's, Also Sprach, and Tweezer. I love the instrumental breaks for each member at the end of Weekapaug. This show does go over-looked. It is real good show in an era great shows. Trey's shirt that night rocked!
Score: 0
Brandonclick77 , attached to 1997-12-31 Permalink
Maze was so painful to watch...I thought it would never end and I'm sure they were relieved when it did...just give it a listen ;)
Score: 0
Mr_Incompletely , attached to 1997-12-31 Permalink
Mr_Incompletely What a great year for Phish. December 1997 is my favorite single month of Phish. Trey really does get the party started with some sweet riffs. Doesn't get to dark, but stays real funky. This Yamar is everything I love about Phish.Page has a nice solo during Yamar. Auld Lang Syne teased by Trey for a little before the Mike YEEEEAAAAAH part. Fish proceeds to have a nice drum solo. 4 World class musicians taking turns showcasing their talemnt.Love the My Sweet One bust out as well. They play it "up" as the bluegrass folk say. Beauty of my Dreams is played up as well. Wolfman's is typical funk. Really like Trey and Fish slowing it down, playing off each other before the Trey Effects kick in. Some nice whale call action, if you're into that sort of thing. Limb by Limb is standard bliss, as is The Horse > Silent. The Sloth and Fire heat things back up to end the set. The second set starts the funk back up with Timber. Mike's Song is hot, love Page on this one. Stop start jams around the 10 minute mark. Slows down into some beautiful notes Trey plays before a perfect segue into Piper. Piper is standard, nothing to see here. As is Circus (I do have a boner for this cover). Weekapaug Groove ends the set. This one is played up as well. Mike and Page trade solos at the end of this one. Fish gives us one more drum solo to finish off the year. Set 3 review will come another day, maybe.
Score: 0

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