, attached to 2013-12-30

Review by jimmycoulas

jimmycoulas Last night, Phish played their 30th show at Madison Square Garden, in their 30th year, on December 30. Phish hasn't done or said much in wake of celebrating their 30th anniversary, but that would seem to mean that they are looking into the future and not the past.

The band came ready to play as the band ripped through two hot versions of "Kill Devil Falls" and "Bathtub Gin" to open the show. Around the 8:24 mark of the "Gin" Trey starts this repetitive riff and from here on, the jam just explodes with the band harnessing the energy of the crowd and putting it back into the music.

The band continued the streak on the run of each show containing two songs from Wingsuit. First up tonight was an unbelievably funky version of "Wombat." This will be a nice addition to the rotation as I feel that "Boogie On," although a fan favorite sounds cookie cutter at times. John Fishman used a mid-set "Days 46" to shed some energy with some absolutely thunderous drumming.

Trey seemed a little lost during the late set "Punch You in the Eye," but held it together the band finished strong. After a standard "Sample in a Jar," the band ended the set with a spirited version of "Gotta Jibbooo." For the most part I enjoyed the first set with my highlights were "Kill Devil Falls, Bathtub Gin, Wombat."

When "Chalk Dust Torture" opened the second set, my mind immediately wandered to the money performance from the Saturday night Dick's show this year. While this version was nearly four minutes shorter, the band wasted no time in exploring several different sections. One thing Trey has done during the jams this run is catch a riff and ride it while the rest of the band joins in. He was also used with new Echoplex, which makes an appearance in the jam. The jam takes a turn toward more ambient pastures about half way through. I was hearing some possible "Joy" or "Caspian" teases before the jam took off in a funkier direction with Fishman leading. The jam would eventually dissolve rather quickly into "Mike's."

After a solid "Mike's Song," Trey made what I feel was an awkward song selection in "Devotion to a Dream." I was hoping for "Fuego" in that slot, but that wasn't meant to be. I do like the song, but I don't see it finding a permanent home in a "Mike's Groove." A nearly 10 minute straightforward "Ghost" was the final piece to Mike's sandwich before Fishman started "Weekapaug."

The end of the second set features classics "Harry Hood > Simple > Cavern > First Tube." The show ended with another glorious "Slave to the Traffic Light." Phish will close out their 30th anniversary this evening at Madison Square Garden.


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