Notes: This was the second of three Pay Per view performances. This show featured the Phish debut of Burn That Bridge. Ocelot, NICU and First Tube contained Auld Lang Syne teases. Beauty of My Dreams was played for the first time since July 22, 2003 (133 shows). Disease was unfinished. Manteca was played for the first time since October 30, 1998 (301 shows) and the ensuing YEM vocal jam contained Manteca quotes. Before midnight, several groups of multiethnic dancers appeared on stage and sang the Meatstick lyrics in their respective languages. The band joined the dancers and then stealthily disappeared from the stage, only to reappear at the other side of the arena in the giant hotdog from past NYE shows ('94 and '99). As a result, portions of the Meatstick were pre-recorded. Appropriately, the post-show music was Captain Beefheart's Tropical Hot Dog Night.
What to say? Simply said, it was the night of never-ending endings. Every song was given the Trey treatment and, no, the bottom never fell out, each and every song was given the Trey treatment and it was a treat for those that either were there live as I was or through the tube, regardless it was off the hook and overboard.
Walked in looking for my Ocelot, got it big time. Rock and Roll to end the 1st set was huge. The 46 Days in the 2nd set, ditto. The entire 3rd set, WOW! Phish on Broadway, indeed! One of the greatest songs of all time, Nights on Broadway by the Bee Gees, played as the intro music into said 3rd set told us everything we needed to know 'bout the homage that was to be paid to the World's Most Famous Arena on the night of the World's Most Famous Holiday and they didn't let us forget where we were or what we were doing there. Damm, how do they rise to the occasion? Don't know but real thankful to witness it. PHISH wins. Again.
The 2nd set was one of the most musically impressive NYE sets for these ears. The Sand gets the party into gear, hard to no give this one another listen, and the Down with Disease leaves us wondering what will indeed bring in the New Year since it's now off the table...
Then they drop Ghost and that morphs into the Song of the Run, if not the year. With fans still melted from the Ghost, the band tops it off with the Manteca sandwiched YEM. the Crab in my shoemouth they've teased, and fans chased throughout the year. 2nd set A+
The Meatstick NYE gag went off without a hitch. The band disappearing from stage/hot dog returns/"Broadway" Phish Meastick! All a grand spectacle inside MSG.
Glad to see the band is firing on all cylinders musically and creatively at the same time again! Happy 2011
Great show from start to finish. Set I was completely random, & I never had any sort of handle on what direction they were going. Weigh was freakin' stupendous. Burn that Bridge was a nice new blues-rock song, & I really liked Gone as well. Everything was played perfectly. Ocelot was extremely impressive.
Set II was funny. In a 3-set show, I never know if the second set would have more of a 1st- or 2nd-set feel. Wilson through NICU was like a 1st set (Sand wasn't too long or crazy), then Down with Disease on was 2nd-set fashion, with each jam being completely awesome. Disease-->Ghost blew me away, and YEM Manteca was phenomenal.
Set III was a good time. After Midnight was a lot of fun & Slave was stellar. Could've been longer or crazier, but a damn fine set.
CRAB IN MY SHOEMOUTH! This show was a straight up barn burner! From the first few chucks of Punch, to the wall shattering Ghost, to the YEMteca, to the Meatstick extravaganza, to the last notes of the feedback solo in First Tube, this night was a true gem. The boys were in peak form, crafting tight grooves all night and communicating with one other on a higher plane. The energy in the garden was absolutely surging, and the band proceeded to gobble it up and spit it right back out like a hungry, relentless, four headed beast!
I'd gone alone but brought Ocedoc guitar shirts to give away to everyone. The people around me were really cool the whole night too. I was offered far more of several kinds of alcohol and other substances than I could possibly consume in one evening. I must say I'd never been to a New Year's party quite like this one. When the balloons dropped, I threw out my last t-shirt to some random person in the crowd. Wonder who got it? Phish had already by that point played their Golden Ghost, which had to have been the culmination of all the Ghosts they'd played that year.
It was so wild. Not their their most precise performance, but they brought the party to the stage and into the crowd. . . literally. Riding the hot dog again. The crazy Meatstick.
I really liked hearing 46 Days live for the first time, as well as hearing Burn That Bridge for the first time. Nice job. Hope I get to another one.