MSG was teeming with excitement before the show, with wild costumes and glitter galore. Although this was the first New Year's Eve show I would be spending with Phish, it marked my 25th Phish concert.
baby ocelots are probably the cutest thing ever.)
A flawless Fluffhead capped off the set. Note the Auld Lang Syne tease from Trey:
Phish - 12/31/11 "Fluffhead" from Phish on Vimeo.
The second set began appropriately with Party Time. The muddled guitar during the outro contrasted nicely with the clear opening chords to Light. This jam has recieved attention and praise, and I have to agree - there's some cool musical exploration going on. After the typical type 1 jam is exhausted, the bass slides into this hypnotic chromatic trance, unlike the clean-cut structure of the song. All of a sudden it's modulated and moody, as if we slipped into another dimension of the song. Definitely cool.
Albany in '09.
I had high hopes when Mike started plunking out Ghost, but they never really came to fruition. It was tasty, but kind of quick and not anything mind-blowingly special like last year's NYE Ghost. I had the opportunity to sit down at the Live Phish tent during SBIX and mess with the mix. By the end of the weekend, I was practically an expert.
During the 46 Days solo, the energy that pulsated through the crowd caught my attention. Perched in first row of the 300's behind the stage, I had a nice view of everyone in the Garden dancing and enjoying the music... practically in unison. It was a surreal moment and definitely one of the highlights from the show. A fun, raucus Suzy Greenburg finished the set.
to the lyrics and found them to be a little disturbing. The funkiness of the music offsets them, but anything about murder and wolves and bones hissing into oil is a little creepy.
After a high-pitched countdown to 2012, the band launched into a tricked-out version of Auld Lang Syne. We've seen some DWD magic in the past year, and so far, 2012 has continued the streak. At less than twelve minutes, it had time to develop musical ideas and linger on some sweet spots.
Velvet Sea provided an introspective moment after 3+ hours of music. I love how this song needs so little to be powerful. It gave us all a minute to cool down, rest our dancing shoes and reflect on how awesome 2012 will be. At one point Trey kind of tripped through First Tube for a painful minute but then adjusted his key and kept on truckin'. The rest of the song was right on.
Despite the rumors that Phish won't tour as much in 2012, I can't help but hope to hear lots more of the band in the upcoming year. After a four-night run like this, who couldn't?
See you guys on the road.