No whistling.  "I went home late last night after doing the New Year's stunt, laid back on my couch and rolled myself a blunt" lyrics. "Kick drum solo."  Trey sang verses through megaphone.  Page on keytar.
Notes: This show was webcast via LivePhish. Reba did not have the whistling ending. Round Room was played for the first time since July 13, 2003 (140 shows). Twist contained Manteca quotes from Trey. Makisupa included the lyrics "I went home late last night after doing the New Year's stunt, laid back on my couch and rolled myself a blunt" and also featured a "kick drum solo." Frankenstein featured Page on keytar.
Incredible show, my favorite since the reunion, and one of the Top 5 concerts I've ever witnessed by any artist.
-Guelah Papyrus: crowd was going NUTS!
-Round Room: another great bustout, I was SOOOO happy to finally hear this song. MSG is a round room, after all
-Walk Away: raged harder than the Hartford version, IMO.
-Reba: very great Reba jam, not quite Augusta, but I might call it the 2nd best of 3.0
-Walls of the Cave: so much energy here, great way to end the first set. They nailed it
Set 2 speaks for itself. No need to point out "highlights", just listen to the whole thing. AMAZING performance.
The boys got off to a rockin start -- but slowed down a little after Jim. Why doesn't Jim jam out anymore? Things started to take off again during the closing of Divided where the jam brought tears to the eyes of many phans. Stunningly beautiful jam. Very classical in tenor. The boys later returned to this vibe during the closing jam of Simple. Walls of the Cave literally blew everyone's mind. It was good to hear live. For me, a first time.
The second set had potential to be the best of the year. Crosseyed had some exquisitely funky jam. In Twist, the jam was highly band-led. Trey relaxed into the skill set of his fellow bandmates and took us on a nicely subdued but nonetheless wild ride. Twist set the stage for the best track of the night: Simple. Hands down --- one of the best of all time. Got very classically minded towards the end --- like the DWD --> Bathtub Gin segue at the Great Went in 97 (but less Baroque more Romantic). Sally was epic as always but during Bowie Trey's energy level or something just collapsed. A lot of flubs. It was like he couldn't keep up. Although that was a bit of bummer --- you have to keep things in perspective. After the Simple we just partook in --- Trey could have played Bowie at half-speed and I would have still been quite pleased.
Final thoughts: Phish!!! Please don't tour in Europe this Spring. We need you in the states. Particularly in parts of these states not in the Northeast. Let's keep this thing going. Some small arenas -- some long jams. Do you think you can arrange that?
The boys are back, my friends! You heard it first here on the first of the year.
What a great end to a great run! I got to thinking about this second set's length, and while it may seem short, the heralded 12-07-97 second set is just as many songs and around the same length in minutes (possibly even shorter)
So, no griping about the length of the second set! All time greatness lies in those minutes!
I'd say this was the best of the MSG shows, & since the other 2 were a complete blast, that should say something. I don't believe I have ever heard Foam, Guelah Papyrus & Divided Sky played so well. They rocked Walk Away like they did in AC, with the chord changes under Trey's solo -- just awesome stuff. Reba was nailed, & Walls of the Cave had some great climaxes.
Set II was a ton of fun. Each of c&p, Twist, Simple & sally had it's own unique jam & feel, & each was wonderful. Sally had the place completely rockin (reminiscent of `97 at MSG, but with the added vocal jam, even more fun!). Makisupa was good & Bowie rocked the house again.
What a time at MSG this year. Each night carried the feel of, "who cares what they play, when every song is this awesome?"
Absolutely ridiculous show, and coming on night 3 of a New Year's run and already having played their NYE show, I expected something of a lower energy show. NOPE!!! The energy level in MSG was as high as ever, and you knew it as soon as Page started ticklin' the clav on Tube, one of the funkier versions of 3.0. They no longer jam Jim the way they used to, but this one was tight and super fun. Divided Sky was one of the best I've ever heard, and I've never loved hearing it live simply because it doesn't tend to vary much each time the play it, but this one was PERFECT. They nailed the elaborate composed parts yet maintained an undertone of jam, and kept the energy level RAGING throughout. Round Room provided a much needed break in the dancing without making us tolerate "Dirt" or "If I Could". Then came Walk Away. BLEW MY FUCKIN' MIND!!!! Again, I'd never been a HUGE fan of this song, as I never saw them really take the jam anywhere all that interesting, until now. This version may very well be the best ever, though I'll have to do a bit of research before actually making that claim, but playing the chord changes throughout Trey's solo and Mike just thumping along like a boisterous little boy truly peaked the energy level in the room. This was definitely my highlight of the first set, so much so that I kinda "ho-hummed" the Jibboo->Reba, which really was anything but "ho-hum". Walls of the Cave was a fun bust out and a good way to send us into setbreak knowing we were in store for something special.
And then the second set began....I have a bit of a hard time differentiating between all of the amazingness in the second set, as they flowed so seamlessly in and out of phenomenal tunes, nailing the compositions and shredding the jams. C&P was truly epic, but Twist floored me. What a start to the set! And the Simple was again, one of the best of 3.0 if not the absolute best. Sneakin' Sally was very funky, and the vocal jam out of it had the room reeling with excitement as they segued into the laid back Makisupa groove. Bowie definitely tested Trey at the end of a run, but the boys did NOT disappoint. There were low points of the jam, for sure, but all in all it absolutely killed, and by the time they found their way back to the arpeggios the crowd was again raging, and the boys delivered a very high energy close to the set. Fee was fun, uninteresting, but totally fun, and Frankenstein was the perfect way to send us off into the city, grinning from ear to ear at our favorite band and their continued ability to surprise and impress.
It may be 2011, but this is one of the finer 2010 shows. A quick and narcotic Tube, Divided Sky, and Walls of the Cave highlight a first set full of heavy compositions (all very well done). Other than the Bowie closer, Set II is a glorious salute to open ended happy jamming. The Simple/Sneakin' Sally combo is the strongest section (check out the post-vocal Sally jam for some sexy, sexy grooves), but the Makisupa gets a full work out well worth the listen as well. Mix in a fun encore and the fact that this is the only "1/1" show in Phish history, and this one has all the makings of a modern classic.