Phish returned to Madison Square Garden for a classic four-show holiday run to end the year. This particular New Years run will also mark 17 shows at MSG in 2017.
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Here's what you missed on the opening night...
Yo Phish, 12.28.17 MSG, NYC
Set 1: AC/DC Bag, Wolfman's Bruh, Roggae, TUBE > Bouncin**, Back on the Train, Your Pet Cat, Waking Up Dead, THEME
Set 2: Wilson > No Man's Land > Twist > Everything's Right > 2001 > Harry Hood
E: Wedge, Slave
** Pauly takes a piss song
Quickie Recap: Back on the NYC-MSG Train
First show of the holidaze run... 14th overall at MSG in 2017... Shows on the 28th of DEC have been a mixed bag (historically speaking), yet the VT boys didn't phone this one in. It took a while to get locked in, but when they did, shit got real in the 6-song second set... The tour-wife flew in from LA where it was 77 degrees and she was semi-freaking out that temps in frigid NYC were like 7 degrees... Section 103 for the first show back... CK5 added/utilized another layer of lights to the ceiling and made the top of the Garden look like the underbelly of a mothership... Rusty first set, as expected. Eventually picked up the tempo... TUBE made it to at least 8-minutes! Bringin' da funk to shake da rust off... Waking Up Dead was my section's take a piss song. No joke like 63% of my section bounced... Wilson set 2 opener... Deep-deep space exploration during a 24-minute space-rager NMINML... I had two moments during the jam out when I asked change100 or my neighbors if Phish was still playing No Man's... Everything's Right is a cheesy burrito layered with cheese and dipped in cheese. I'm sure it was the party favors talking, but it annoyed me a lot less than some of the other fromage-laden new material. Killer moma-esque funk-out jam at end of Everything before the band dropped into 2001 formation. Thought Phish would save 2001 for NYE or Saturday night dance party... Elated Hood to end the set... Double-dip encore with Wedge and a sublime Slave... Phish played 3 of my Top 5 songs (Slave, Tube, and 2001) in the same show. I'd typically be thrilled to get 2 in the same night, but it was a sincere treat to get three favs on the opening night... One down, 3 to go.