New To YouTube: Page Side Angle Of Phish New Year’s Eve 1995

By Scott Bernstein Sep 21, 2016 9:27 am PDT

As it currently stands, Phish‘s December 31, 1995 New Year’s Eve performance at Madison Square Garden in New York City is ranked by users as the third best show the band has played in their 33 year career. There are plenty of highlights at every turn of Phish’s NYE ’95 performance, but the third set is just phenomenal. A view of the action from the first hour of the memorable closing set shot by a fan on Page Side recently surfaced on YouTube.

When the members of Phish came out for the third set on New Year’s ’95, they were all dressed as scientists. The stage was setup as the Phish Time Factory complete with flashing lights and pulsing Van de Graaff generators. Eventually, a countdown came over the P.A. and at its conclusion a freshly-shaven Jon Fishman emerged on a platform at the side of the stage as Baby New Year’s. The band played “Auld Lang Syne” as 1996 began and then kicked off “Weekapaug Groove,” as the evening’s second set ended with “Mike’s Song.” This “Weekpaug” was an all-time version and segued into a beautiful cover of The Who’s “Sea & Sand.” As if that wasn’t a good enough start to the year, Phish then laid down a “You Enjoy Myself” for the ages.

Watch a portion of Phish’s third set from December 31, 1995 as shared by SpaceTimeTeleportal:

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Phish Time Factory gag, Auld Lang Syne > Weekapaug Groove > Sea & Sand, You Enjoy Myself

An official recording of Phish’s New Year’s Eve 1995 show is available for purchase here.

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