FULL BREAK DOWN OF MONDAY NIGHT PHISH AT MSG
On Monday night Phish performed their 30th show at NYC's Madison Square Garden
in the midst of their 30th anniversary year on December 30th. Despite all the 30s flying
around, the band never mentioned the occasion and didn't break from the form showed during
the run's first two shows. Once again, for the third night in a row, the Vermonters only
played original material and showed off the improvisational wizardy that has become a
hallmark of 2013 Phish.
"Kill Devil Falls" kicked off Monday's show and contained a breezy, languorous jam segment
led by guitarist Trey Anastasio. Trey displayed a similar form for the "Bathtub Gin" that
followed, which also featured a propulsive disco beat provided by drummer Jon Fishman.
"Wombat" gave us the evening's first taste of the Wingsuit material debuted on
Halloween, though this time actor Abe Vigoda didn't turn up. "Yarmouth Road" kept the new
material coming leading into a "46 Days" with two huge rock peaks. Keyboardist Page
McConnell took a turn in the spotlight for "Lawn Boy," before an unusually placed "Punch
You In The Eye," straight-forward "Sample In A Jar" and fluid "Gotta Jibboo" brought the
set to a close.
The first song of the second set has been a showcase for the band's jamming this run and
that trend continued on Monday with "Chalk Dust Torture" turning up in the money slot.
Fairly quickly the quartet broke through the song's normal structure towards a number of
interesting jam spaces. Bassist Mike Gordon kept the band moving throughout the 19-minute
"Chalk Dust," which was heavy on rhythm work from Anastasio rather than frenetic leads. A
standard "Mike's Song" made an appearance next and gave way to another Wingsuit
tune in "Devotion To A Dream." The "Ghost" that followed may have been short in relation
to other versions, but had its moments thanks mainly to Gordon's powerful work. "Weekapaug
Groove" was a standout of the set as McConnell took a funky clav solo to start before Trey
came in to drive the crowd wild with a huge climax. The unusual placements continued when
"Simple" came behind "Weekapaug Groove." Gordon and Anastasio engaged in a gorgeous call-
and-response segment towards the end of "Simple," another highlight of the well-jammed
set. "Harry Hood" kept the improvisation coming and was notable for an anthemic riff
Anastasio settled on for a few glorious minute, altering it ever-so-slightly with great
effect. "Cavern" and "First Tube" kept the energy high to end the set. Phish returned with
a typically beautiful "Slave To The Traffic Light" as the encore of their 30th show at
MSG, setting the stage for tonight's New Year's Eve performance.
here to view the
breakdowns of every show Phish
has played in 2013 including setlists, recaps and our statistical rundowns.
- Venue Capacity / Attendance / Type: 20,000 / 20,000 / Indoor
- Previous Shows at Venue: 29 Shows - 12/30/94, 12/30/95, 12/31/95,
10/21/96, 10/22/96, 12/29/97, 12/30/97, 12/31/97, 12/28/98, 12/29/98, 12/30/98, 12/31/98,
12/31/02, 12/02/09, 12/03/09, 12/04/09, 12/30/10, 12/31/10, 01/01/11, 12/28/2011,
12/29/2011, 12/30/2011, 12/31/2011, 12/28/2012, 12/29/2012, 12/30/2012, 12/31/2012,
12/28/2013 and 12/29/2013
- Number Of Songs / Length – First Set: 10 / 8:19 - 9:33 (74
- Number Of Songs / Length – Second Set & Encore:
10 / 10:09 - 11:46 (97 Minutes)
- Total Number of Songs / Covers / Originals: 20 / 0 / 20
- Biggest Bustout: First Tube - 11 Shows (LTP - 10/22/2013)
- Average Song Vintage: 1996
- Debuts: N/A
- Weather: 29°
and Partly Cloudy at show time
- Average Song Gap: 5
- The Spread: Lawn Boy - 2, Picture of Nectar - 2, Hoist - 1, Story
of the Ghost -1, Farmhouse - 3, Round Room - 1, Joy - 1, Wingsuit - 2, Misc. - 7,
- Longest LivePhish Track / Shortest LivePhish Track:
Chalk Dust 19:12 / Lawn Boy 4:11
- Audio: Live Phish
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