Watch The Disco Biscuits New Year’s Eve Pro-Shot Full Show Videos

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Originating from Philadelphia, The Disco Biscuits have kept it close to home for their annual New Year’s Eve runs, playing in either Phily or New York City the past four years save for a sojourn to Atlanta in 2016. The jamtronica pioneers are known for their rock operas and New Year’s runs both recent and vintage have included performances of said operas along with other NYE traditions.

One of those rock operas, Hot Air Balloon, composed by guitarist Jon Gutwillig, was debuted on New Year’s Eve 1998 in Philly and reprised 20 years later in 2018. That performance and more are among the pro-shot full show videos found in the JamBase Live Video Archive (JBLVA). Take a look at the Disco Biscuits NYE video list below:

December 31, 2016 | Atlanta

As mentioned above, tDB headed down to Atlanta’s famed Tabernacle for their 2016 NYE run. The three-set show saw the band finishing a few songs they began the previous nights. The band quartet delivered the countdown along with a bust out of “Wizards In Winter,” last time played over eight years prior, as per Phantasy Tour.

Setlist (via Phantasy Tour)

Set One: Save The Robots > Mindless Dribble[1] > The Champions > Tempest > Spraypaint[2]

Set Two: 7-113 > Save The Robots > Moshi Fameus> Reactor[4], Save The Robots
House Dog Party Favor

Set Three: Wizards in Winter[5], Helicopters > And The Ladies Were The Rest Of The Night[4] > Abraxas[4] > Basis For A Day

Encore: M.E.M.P.H.I.S., Frog Legs, Kitchen Mitts[3] > Helicopters

Notes:

  • [1] ending only, completes 12/30 version
  • [2] ending only, completes 12/29 version
  • [3] unfinished
  • [4] inverted version
  • [5] with NYE countdown; last time played 07/03/08 (370 shows)

00:19:50
00:30:21
00:46:45
01:01:59
01:16:24
01:52:53
02:08:07
02:19:02
02:25:03
02:34:39
02:38:29
03:37:36
03:42:06
03:51:52
04:06:27
04:15:06
04:43:51
04:51:40
04:56:56
05:08:30
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December 31, 2017 | New York City

In 2017, Bisco returned to New York City and The PlayStation Theater in Times Square. The space had just gained that moniker a few years prior as the venue had been known as the Nokia and Best Buy Theaters. The band had an extensive history with the room, having played there around 40 times since 2008. In 2017, the band treated fans to three sets laced with video game references including “Pac Man” samples and renditions of “Super Mario Bros.” themes from different levels in the classic Nintendo game.

Setlist (via Phantasy Tour)

Set One: Caves of the East[1] > Basis For A Day > The Moon[2], Helicopters > The Bionic Helix > And The Ladies Were The Rest Of The Night[3] > 42[4]

Set Two: Super Mario Bros. Overworld Theme[5] > Aceetobee > Basis For A Day > Korobeiniki[5] > Aquatic Ape[3] > Aceetobee

Set Three: Little Lai > Super Mario Bros. Underworld Theme[5] > Little Lai > Super Mario Bros. Underworld Theme> Little Lai, Mindless Dribble[6] > 7-11[7] > Basis For A Day, Strobelights and Martinis > Helicopters

Encore: Frog Legs

Notes:

  • [1] with ‘Pac-Man’ samples
  • [2] last played 9/5/2010 (231 shows)
  • [3] inverted version
  • [4] ending only; completes 12/29/17 version
  • [5] first time played (video game themes)
  • [6] beginning only; dyslexic completion of 12/28/17 version
  • [7] middle only; continues 12/28/17 version

00:14:38
00:19:46
00:38:10
00:43:17
00:45:23
00:59:05
01:12:06
01:44:50
02:00:13
02:08:27
02:19:50
02:29:21
02:44:24
03:30:07
03:30:46
03:31:42
03:32:28
03:35:28
03:46:02
03:53:03
04:07:11
04:11:42
04:23:32
04:29:38
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December 31, 2018 | Philadelphia

2018 saw the Biscuits back in Philly at The Fillmore where they marked the 20th anniversary of the Hot Air Balloon debut performance by performing the Gutwillig-penned rock opera once again, the ninth complete performance overall, as per Phantasy Tour. The Hot Air Balloon opus encompassed the first two sets, which saw a sit-in from pianist Holly Bowling on the intro to “The Very Moon,” and concluded with the titular number of the opera as well as the New Year’s countdown. The Disco Biscuits would encore with Pink Floyd’s “Run Like Hell.”

Setlist (via Phantasy Tour)

Set One: The Overture, Once The Fiddler Paid, The Very Moon[1] > Voices Insane, Eulogy

Set Two: Bazaar Escape[2] > Mulberry’s Dream, Above The Waves, Hot Air Balloon[3]

Set Three: Helicopters[4] > Mr. Don[5] > The Great Abyss > Helicopters[4]

Encore: Run Like Hell

Notes: Sets 1 and 2 were the 9th complete performance of the Hot Air Balloon rock opera, played on the 20th anniversary of its debut

  • [1] with Holly Bowling on piano during intro
  • [2] with ‘Voices Insane’ bridge
  • [3] with New Year’s Eve countdown
  • [4] with New Year’s Eve lyrics
  • [5] unfinished

00:21:11
00:33:44
00:48:25
01:17:10
01:26:40
01:52:29
02:04:15
02:16:55
02:32:50
03:37:32
04:01:25
04:20:00
04:32:10
04:37:00
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December 31, 2019 | New York City

In 2019, tDB headed back to New York City and The PlayStation Theater. Fittingly, the Biscuits would be the last band to play the space as it sadly closed down after the new year. The show included a three-song first set and a second set that began with “Run Like Hell,” something of a NYE tradition for the band, with the countdown coming during “Anthem” and after “RLH.” The Disco Biscuits would initiate the encore with “Frog Legs” (tDB encored with the song at PlayStation NYE in 2017 and in Atlanta 2016) which headed into a “Run Like Hell” reprise to say farewell to the PlayStation and bring the evening to a close.

Setlist (via Phantasy Tour)

Set One: Jigsaw Earth, Stars in the Sky[1] > Basis For A Day

Set Two: Run Like Hell > Anthem[2] > Orch Theme > Spacebirdmatingcall > 4th of July > Spacebirdmatingcall

Set Three: Mindless Dribble > Helicopters[3] > We Like To Party > Tractorbeam Jam[4] > Helicopters[3]

Encore: Frog Legs > Run Like Hell

Notes:

  • [1] unfinished
  • [2] with NYE countdown
  • [3] with NYE lyrics
  • [4] Terje

00:07:26
00:31:50
00:43:00
01:35:31
01:45:32
01:52:08
02:17:41
02:25:46
02:41:45
03:25:51
03:50:32
04:01:00
04:16:15
04:30:51
04:35:16
04:50:29
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