Phish took the stage for the final time last night at MSG. With the previous night’s show firmly planted as the second highest rated Phish show of all time on Phish.net, the boys would have to pull out all the stops to satiate the Phans at MSG.
The first two rockin’ sets included all the favorites that Phish had yet to play in the previous three nights such as “Fluffhead,” “Maze,” “Wolfman’s Brother,” and “Possum.” Towards the end of the first set, Phish picked up the story from the night before and welcomed flautist Richard Glasgow to join in the fun.
For the third set, Phish revealed their NYE gag—clones of themselves singing and dancing to “Send in the Clowns” (Send in the Clones.) While the clones were dancing, the band was elevated on stages that moved independently of each other. Despite the gag being over, Trey’s platform seemed to have malfunctioned. For the remainder of the third set, Trey was stuck 30+ feet above the stage, but played and jammed with the band as if he was standing next to the them.
While Trey was stuck suspended above the stage and his band members, they jammed through “Sand,” “Drift While You’re Sleeping,” and “You Enjoy Myself.” Phish has performed YEM 615 times during their careers, but never with Trey suspended 30 feet above the stage and away from Fish, Gordon and Page.
MSG got the “Tweezer Reprise” they were promised from the monster “Tweezer” the evening before. After “Tweezer Reprise,” two stagehands used Fishman’s elevated platform to rescue Trey from his platform. During the rescue, Trey improved a song titled “Rescue Squad.” It’s one of those moments you have to see to believe.
09.Zamfir Master of the Pan Flute
02.Punch You In The Eye
01.Send In The Clowns
03.Auld Lang Syne
05.Drift While You’re Sleeping
06.What’s The Use?
07.You Enjoy Myself
Photo credit: phishfromtheroad
Wishing you and your family a happy, healthy and grateful 2020!