, attached to 1997-12-31

Review by Anonymous

(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.
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