Category: NYE

12/31/2018 – MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

New York, NY
SET 1: The Moma Dance, Stray Dog, 555, Sand, Lawn Boy, Steam > Chalk Dust Torture > What’s the Use? > Play by Play, Waste, Ass Handed, Run Like an Antelope

SET 2: Down with Disease[1] > Farmhouse > Seven Below > Twist > Harry Hood > Passing Through, Harry Hood

SET 3: Mercury[1] > Auld Lang Syne, Say it to Me S.A.N.T.O.S., Simple, Saw It Again > Limb By Limb > Rock and Roll > Suzy Greenberg

ENCORE: The Lizards, Character Zero

[1] Unfinished.

Trey teased Auld Lang Syne In Antelope. Trey and Mike came out to start the third set dressed in metallic silver spacesuits. As Mercury progressed, acrobats appeared on stage in front of the band and were lifted up and down, each in their own (unbreakable) net. The midnight balloon drop consisted predominantly of silver balloons and streamers hung from the roof. During Say It To Me S.A.N.T.O.S., Trey and Mike were lifted up in the air (similar to the acrobats) while they performed the song and dancers appeared on stage with giant inflatable objects. DWD and Mercury were unfinished.

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12/31/1992 – MATTHEWS ARENA, NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY

Boston, MA

SET 1: Buried Alive > Poor Heart, Maze, Bouncing Around the Room > Rift > Wilson[1] > Divided Sky, Cavern, Foam, I Didn’t Know[2] > Run Like an Antelope[3]

SET 2: Runaway Jim, It’s Ice > Sparkle > Colonel Forbin’s Ascent > Fly Famous Mockingbird[4] > My Sweet One > Big Ball Jam > Stash, Glide, Good Times Bad Times

SET 3: Mike’s Song > Auld Lang Syne > Weekapaug Groove, Harpua[5] -> Kung -> Harpua, The Squirming Coil > Diamond Girl[6], Llama

ENCORE: Carolina[7], Fire

[1] Simpsons signal.
[2] Yay/Boo signal.
[3] Random Note signal.
[4] Mass Hysteria signal. Brad Sands was hoisted above the crowd as The Famous Mockingbird (in complete costume). Narration was about being taken underwater and turned into stone.
[5] Lip-Flop signal.
[6] Phish debut. Dude of Life on vocals.
[7] Without microphones.

This show was broadcast live (and rebroadcast in its entirety the following day) on WBCN radio. In typical Phish fashion, to make the most of this opportunity, flyers were handed out to fans walking into the show that stated that the band had come up with a bunch of new ‘language’ signals designed to confuse the average radio listener. The signals would be written on signs and held up by Trey at various times throughout the night. The handout explained each signal. Wilson included a Simpsons signal, I Didn’t Know contained a Yay/Boo signal, Antelope included a Random Note signal, the Mockingbird narration included a Mass Hysteria signal, and Harpua included a Lip-Flop signal. Wilson and the end of Divided Sky contained Jeopardy! teases from Page and Antelope contained an Auld Lang Syne tease from Trey. Brad Sands was hoisted above the crowd as The Famous Mockingbird (in complete costume) during the Mockingbird narration (about being taken underwater and turned into stone). The narration also contained teases of “Charge!” and the theme to Star Trek from Page. This was the first time that Mike’s and Weekapaug were played without Hydrogen in the middle as the band treated the audience to a fantastic New Year’s transition. The Mike’s combo included Trey counting down to the New Year and telling the crowd that they better make the last minute of the year a good one. Kung was played for the first time since November 2, 1989 (414 shows). This show featured the Phish debut (and only appearance) of Diamond Girl, which featured The Dude of Life on vocals. Dressed as an old man, The Dude entered and exited the stage pushing a lawnmower. Carolina was performed without amplification.

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12/31/1991 – WORCESTER MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM

Worcester, MA

Soundcheck: It’s Ice, Reba

SET 1: Possum, Foam, Sparkle[1], Stash, The Lizards, Guelah Papyrus, Divided Sky, Esther[1] > Llama, Golgi Apparatus

SET 2: Brother, Bouncing Around the Room, Buried Alive > Auld Lang Syne > Runaway Jim, The Landlady > Reba, Cavern, My Sweet One, Run Like an Antelope

SET 3: Wilson[1] > The Squirming Coil > Tweezer > McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters > Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove

ENCORE: Lawn Boy > Rocky Top > Tweezer Reprise

[1] Voice box that uttered curses.

Divided Sky was dedicated to Chris Gainty, who was seeing his first show since a car accident had left him in a coma five months earlier. Trey played with a voice box on stage that uttered curses during Sparkle, Esther, and Wilson. Trey teased Auld Lang Syne in Buried Alive. Antelope contained an Earache My Eye tease from Page and Nellie Kane teases from Mike. Weekapaug included Lion Sleeps Tonight teases. Prior to the encore, Trey mentioned the new Minkin painting Mike’s mom had given to the band. Per Fish’s request, Chris Kuroda subsequently used different lights on the painting. Lawn Boy featured Trey playing The Christmas Song during his solo. This show is available as an archival release on LivePhish.

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12/31/1990 – BOSTON WORLD TRADE CENTER EXHIBITION HALL

Boston, MA

SET 1: Suzy Greenberg > Divided Sky, I Didn’t Know, The Landlady > Bouncing Around the Room, My Sweet One > Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Buried Alive > Possum

SET 2: Golgi Apparatus, Stash, The Squirming Coil > Runaway Jim, Magilla, You Enjoy Myself, Rocky Top > Hold Your Head Up > If I Only Had a Brain > Hold Your Head Up > Run Like an Antelope

Trey teased Auld Lang Syne in Weekapaug. A recording of Auld Lang Syne was played between Weekapaug and Buried Alive. Management turned on the house lights before the band could decide on an encore, prematurely ending the show. The opening act was Chucklehead.

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