, attached to 2017-12-31

Review by mcgrupp81

mcgrupp81 When you walked into the show, attached to your seat was a white bracelet that looked like an oversized pedometer. People expected them to light up at some point, or tell us when our table was ready, so the buildup to midnight was that much more exciting.

Set 1 starts with a strong Carini. Jammed out a bit before it goes into Suzie. Finely played before going into a My Friend which is fairly standard. Fluffhead shows up and despite some flubs, was still great to hear. Reba had the same issues and I thought Fishman cut the jam a bit short but, like Fluffhead, I am not going to complain when I get to bitch and moan when I get to hear them. The rest of the set was more classic Phish. A set with nice song selection to settle in for the night.

Set 2 Fuego> Gotta Jibboo was the musical highlight of the show. The Gotta Jibboo in particular had some some superb jamming and should be sought out. What's the Use? mellowed out and gave CK5 to use the "ring" light effect he has been using during the tour. A ring of light emanates from the center of the floor and stretches outward to the rest of the crowd and then comes back to the center. Just a nice moment where the crowd could be silent (almost never happens at MSG) and just reflect for a second. YEM was a good version and I thought the vocal jam was actually better than the usual. I thought during it that it would be great if a YEM vocal jam was the first Phish music someone ever heard.

Right before the 3rd set, the bracelets turn colors for a few seconds and turn off. The crowd goes wild. A few minutes later, the set started and you start seeing the gag taking shape. It's nautical mateys. There were a few guys in red that were putting up the sail attached to a big mast. Wind blew the sail as the band jammed and the sail started to do a 360. While this is going on, everyone's bracelet is blue and green representing the sea. It's like you were in a giant Xmas tree. The nautical theme continued through the set in terms of the song selection. The lighted bracelet effects continued through out the show as well and provided an awesome visual that was such a creative move by the band to incorporate the audience into the NYE gag. ASHITOS was the set highlight. Another jam to seek out. Rest of the set was pretty much gravy.

Overall, a fun night. A few musical highlights and an excellent gag for those who were there. Looking forward to a great 2018 and hopefully Trey maintains his tone.


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