, attached to 2016-12-31

Review by tweezedout

tweezedout Great Finale for a Greater Run!

Petrichor is absolutely gorgeous. Having the added theatrics and the audial colors provided by the horns and percussion sections on top of this already beautiful song made for a special occasion; it was like their own little Phantasia. Rain, Umbrellas, and the flow surrendered to the hard work put in by the band and all who participated; Hats Off Guys!

Trey brought the New Year in about 2 and a half minutes early, (He was being a silly goose) and when the balloons poured over MSG the petrichor began to fade during Auld Lang Syne and an eruption took place when the first notes and lyrics of Suzy arrived. The dancers busted into new yellow outfits, confetti was being released throughout the arena, and the horns and percussion continued to play on with the band as the Garden was in a frenzy.

The rest of that final set was tight and flawless with the extra players. Some great type 1 jams came out of each song and had the audience focused on what mattered most; not 20 minute jams or song selection, but love for our brothers and sisters and gratitude for getting to see and hear some of the best musicians in the world. We're an extremely lucky group of people!

As for the other sets Don't Bogart that Joint was unexpected as everyone was expecting Space Oddity or even Free Bird, so that was cool. KDF through My Soul all had good type 1 jams and kept everyone moving. Lawn Boy was great. Trey talked about a dream he had (something about stage fright similar to Mike's old dreams, Mike's bass melting like butter, and 20 extra feet of stage for Page's feet to tred upon). Mike had a cool solo as he moved around the stage and peaked while cuddling up to Page on his final notes (Awww, so so cute). And Divided Sky through Walls of the Cave were fire; tight rockers that didn't go too far but packed punches.

Set 2 was a funky dance party as I feel most set 2's are when played with a 3rd set. Each song was awesome. The best jams for classic Phish were probably Twist and Sand. Piper was also cool having sandwiched an Ass Handed in the intro and turning into a drum and keys jam with Trey on Marimba and Mike with Page.

I tried not to write too much but the key to shows like these (New Year's, Halloween's, etc.) Is the celebration factor and boy does Phish know how to do that. The maturity level of Phish as a whole rises every year and with that comes more love and focus on tasks at hand. It shows when we see the boys effortlessly and lovingly pack a spectacle into the Garden!
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