With its latest stunt in what has become an annual tradition, Phish played Madison Square Garden in New York City for a sold-out four-day run that included New Year’s Eve. The final show featured a few visual and rigging tricks dreamed up by Tony Award-winning scenic designer David Gallo, working alongside the band members, with lighting by longtime Phish collaborating LD Chris Kuroda
Continuing a trend started last New Year’s Run, Phish is once again teaming up with Nugs.net to offer Pay-Per-View broadcasts of all four NYE Run shows set to take place at Madison Square Garden on December 28-31. If you look at the LivePhish page for the MSG shows, you’ll see a link for a $55 four-day pass marked as “Live Video.”
HT faves Phish will return to Madison Square Garden for a four-night New Year’s Run in New York City on December 28-31. This marks the jamband’s sixth New Year’s Eve show at the newly renovated venue and 20th – 23rd Phish shows ever at the storied arena.
Weekapaug Groove has appeared in nine of Phish’s fifteen New Year’s Eve shows. Most of those versions have included Auld Lang Syne teases, and three either went into or came out of Auld Lang Syne. Many–and in particular, ’94 and ’03–have included other teases or jams of note. But two New Year’s Weekapaugs have stood out from the rest: 12/31/95 and 12/31/97. Those two will face off in this Tale of Mental Tangle to determine which stands tallest.
How did you get involved with the band and when did they first approach you about working with them on the NYE gag?
About a month ago I got a call from a choreographer friend of mine who I’d met two years ago at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. I hadn’t heard from her in about a year and a half and randomly I get an e-mail asking if I wanted to work with her on a gig, but I wasn’t allowed to know what it was until I signed a confidentiality agreement because they wanted to keep everything hush-hush. I really wanted to work with her so I said yes to whatever it was. And then the producers called me and had me go to their office and signed all of these confidentiality waivers. Then I flipped to the next page where it said “Phish New Years Eve Madison Square Garden,” which I was trying to get a ticket for anyway. So it was pretty crazy.
I’d like to tell you this Phish broadcast from MSG sucks. That technology is not up to snuff. But I’d be lying if I said so. The majordomos at the labels may think the public is not ready for the future, but the public is already living in it!
As we gear up for the start of fall tour, Phish has just announced their plans for New Year’s. The band will play two shows at the DCU Center (formerly The Centrum) in Worcester on December 27 and 28 followed by three shows at Madison Square Garden on December 30, 31 and January 1. This marks the first time the band will perform on January 1, which falls on a Saturday this year.