TAIT Take Over Episode Features Phish New Year’s Eve Performance

By Andy Kahn Mar 9, 2017 8:30 am PST

On New Year’s Eve Phish held a concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The band rang in 2017 with a guest-filled, highly choreographed performance of “Petrichor” featuring dancers, fake rain, levitating umbrellas, loads of balloons and more. Live event production company TAIT has shared a video detailing its involvement in staging the MSG NYE spectacle.

TAIT controls integrator Sam Hillyer hosts an episode of TAIT Take Over showcasing behind-the-scenes footage and information about staging the theatrical rendition of the Big Boat opus. Hillyer describes the planning and execution of incorporating all of the added elements during the rendition of “Petrichor.”

“So, the cool thing with Phish, is every year they do this NYE show and every year they put something special into it for their fans,” Hillyer said. “They have really dedicated fans and they never share what they are going to do. It’s always a big surprise. So, there is a lot of secrecy and there’s a lot of gossip about what they are going to do for New Year’s Eve. Not only is it cool to be a part of that, but we get to do a lot of neat things because they like to come up with a lot of these really crazy, wacky, surreal, off-the-wall ideas.”

Head here for more on the production behind the performance of “Petrichor” from David Gallo Designs. Learn more about TAIT via this link and watch Hillyer discuss Phish NYE below:


Here’s pro-shot footage of “Petrichor” and the subsequent “Suzy Greenberg” featuring special guest musicians keyboardist Jeff Tanski, percussionist Andres Forero and the Trey Anastasio Band horn section of Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman and James Casey:

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