Phish Ring in 2019 With 60th Madison Square Garden Concert: Recap

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Beginning Dec. 28th, Phish followers gathered in Manhattan's Midtown to see the legendary jam band carry out at Madison Square Garden. All the whereas, evaluating private Garden present tallies (who attended all 13 Bakers Dozen exhibits in summer time of 2017?), setlist predictions, and theories of what sort of hijinks the band had in its again pocket — particularly, how would they prime final yr’s electrifying mild present? 

But on Dec. 31st — the final of the four-date sold-out run, and 60th present at MSG — there was a brand new set of surprises in retailer (the ceiling was stacked with baggage and baggage of metallic balloons). The first of three units started simply after eight p.m. with “The Moma Dance” and ended 11 songs afterward a high-energy notice with the fast-paced “Run Like an Antelope.” Second set highlights included groovy, improv-heavy “Twist” and customary set nearer “Harry Hood.” 

Just earlier than midnight. the band took the stage a 3rd time, with guitarist Trey Anastasio and bassist Mike Gordon each wearing sensible silver house fits. They kicked issues off with “Mercury” (ah, the silver) as 10 dancers on the entrance of the stage had been lifted into the air by harnesses with silvers streamers spewing from their ft as they spun, twirled and defied gravity, backed by opalescent lighting. A 30-second countdown to midnight concluded with “Auld Lang Syne” and what appeared like billions of silver balloons and streamers pouring down from the sky. The enviornment was so saturated with metallic insanity that one might have missed the second when Anastasio and Gordon had been each hoisted into the air with the opposite dancers as they performed “Say it to me S.A.N.T.O.S” and hilarious inflatable objects like pizza, donuts and aliens floated over the stage.

The guys performed on for one more hour and eventually wrapped with Billy Breathes staple “Character Zero” as Anastasio grinned from ear to ear whereas saying, “See you this yr!” For some, that may very well be as quickly as subsequent month for the band’s upcoming three-night Mexico run in Riveria Maya.

Watch Phish’s video of the midnight spectacular here.