Set 1: Punch You In the Eye, Backwards Down the Number Line, Axilla, Taste, Boogie On Reggae Woman, Stash, Lawn Boy, Time Turns Elastic, Get Back On The Train
Set 2: Down with Disease > Piper > Fluffhead, Cities, Free, Halley's Comet > Also Sprach Zarathustra > David Bowie
Encore: Character Zero
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome back to Mecca. Magical Square Garden. Simply put, it's the greatest arena in the world - for anything. Compound that with the fact that December 2, 2009 represented Phish 's 26th anniversary together as a band, the palpable energy for their first show at Madison Square Garden in seven years (and second since '98) was unmatched even before the band hit the stage. Read on
Up until last night, I'd never heard a single song from Phish. This is not to say that I'd never been around their music — having attended college in the Northeast, I'm more than certain that Phish had washed down my ear canal at some point — but I've always felt about them the way a vegetarian feels about Osso Bucco. I'm sure that's a lovely veal shank, and I can imagine why people love it so, but I don't order that kind of thing at a restaurant. Read on
Returning to Madison Square Garden for the first time since their first reunion on New Year's Eve of 2002, beloved jam band Phish held nothing back for its first of three shows this week in New York City. Before the gig, diehard fans were passing out photocopied fliers reminding the crowd that it was the 26th anniversary of the band's formation. Unfortunately, the Phan-driven 'Happy Birthday' serenade never got off the ground before the concert that may or may not have marked a special date. Read on
By Kid Dynamite
I tried to write a post about last night's Phish show at MSG, but it simply didn't translate and I deleted it in frustration. Without further ado, here's what I remember about last night:
Severe inebriation. There is really no other way to describe it. Staggering. Read On
Set 1: First Tube, Wolfman's Brother, Bouncing Around the Room, Back on the Train, Billy Breathes, AC/DC Bag > Possum, Slave to the Traffic Light
Set 2: Sand, Limb By Limb, Bug > Piper, Harry Hood
Encore: Rock and Roll
This show was part of the "1999 Winter Tour."
With a second set fueled by adrenalized playing, a non-stop setlist, and an exploratory epic, Phish pieced together an explosive first night of their highly-anticipated Madison Square Garden run. Arriving in the Big Apple for the peak of their fall run, the band capitalized on their current momentum, kicking off their three-night run with a song-driven escapade. But in the highlight of the evening, the band let themselves go in a far-reaching exploration of “Light,” crafting one of the best – and most original sounding – pieces of improv of fall tour. Building on this run’s many standout versions of their newest jam vehicle, the band placed the song in the spotlight of the second set, taking the song on its most interstellar journey of its young life. Read On
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