Photo by Chad Smith Photography.
NYE is one of the biggest music holidays of the year right alongside Halloween. For music junkies, if you told us we were doing anything besides seeing live music at the stroke of midnight, we wouldn’t call you a friend. It’s sacrilegious to miss the end-of-the-year hijinks when your favorite band is playing December 31st.
Here’s our NYE setlist roundup (we may have snuck in a few highlights prior to NYE too) and some countdown videos of our favorite acts including My Morning Jacket, Primus, Umphrey’s McGee, Greensky Bluegrass, The Disco Biscuits, Avett Brothers, Furthur, and more.
My Morning Jacket, Boston, MA – 12/31/12
Set: Circuital, Outta My System, I’m Amazed, The Way That He Sings, Off The Record
Lay Low, Steam Engine, Wonderful (The Way I Feel), Rocket Man (Elton John cover), Victory Dance, Phone Went West, Touch Me I’m Going To Scream Pt. 1, Wordless Chorus, Touch Me I’m Going To Scream Pt. 2, Cobra -> Run Thru, Holdin On To Black Metal, In the Midnight Hour (Wilson Pickett cover), You Never Can Tell (Chuck Berry cover), Gideon
E: One Big Holiday, All Night Long (Lionel Richie cover), Celebration (Kool & The Gang cover), Hungry Heart (Bruce Springsteen cover), Dancefloors, Rock the Casbah (The Clash cover), Anytime
ProTip: Check out My Morning Jacket’s show a few days prior on 12/27 in Port Chester, NY. The band debuted “Octoplasm” out of a “Evelyn is Not Real.” An instrumental jam we’ve been publically asking the band to play since they released it as a fan club download in April of 2011!
Primus, San Francisco, CA – 12/31/12
I: Those Damned Blue Collar Tweekers, Last Salmon Man, Golden Boy, The Pressman, Tragedy’s A’ Comin’, Hats Off, Mrs. Blaileen, My Name is Mud
II: Extinction Burst, Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver, Fisticuffs, Seas of Cheese, Mr. Krinkle, Jilly’s On Smack, John the Fisherman, Sgt. Baker, Frankenstine (Edgar Winter), Electric Funeral (Black Sabbath), Tommy the Cat
E: HOINFODAMAN, Harold of the Rocks
Leftover Salmon, Chicago, IL – 12/31/12
I: Sing Up To The Moon, Gulf Of Mexico, Liza, Little Maggie, Walls Of Time*, Aquatic Hitchhiker*, Meet Me In The Morning*, Bosco Stumble*. Singin The Blues*
II: Here Comes The Night*, Auld Lang Syng* -> Carnival Time*, Down In The Hollow*, The Morning Sun*, Unplug Your Telephone**, This Is The Time**, Little Red Rooster**, Up On The Hill Boogie**, Who Stole My Monkey**, Get No Better**
Aint Gonna Work*
* Sugar Blue on harmonica
** with Roosevelt on pedal steel (The Lee Boys)
and Sugar Bliue on harmonica
Umphrey’s McGee – Atlanta, GA 12/31/12
I: Leave Me Las Vegas > 40′s Theme, Crucial Taunt > 2×2, Mail Package, Jessica, Ringo > JaJunk
II: Hourglass, Much Obliged, Tribute to the Spinal Shaft > White Pickle > Higgins, Hajimemas***e, Dance Hall Days, Comma Later
III: The Triple Wide > Auld Lang Syne, Partyin’ Peeps > Glory > Mulche’s Odyssey, Gulf Stream, Andy’s Last Beer, Wife Soup, Kashmir
E: Good Morning Good Morning > Women Wine and Song
 debut, original
 with Under the Influence (Eminem) jam
 completes the 12.30.12 version
 with Mad Dog’s Filthy Little Secret horns, including Jeff Coffin
 debut, Wang Chung; with Mad Dog’s Filthy Little Secret horns
 with Bulls On Parade (Rage Against the Machine) tease
[via All Things Umphrey’s]
ProTip: Check out the Umphrey’s show one night prior for another barn burner.
The Avett Brothers Greensboro, NC – 12/31/12
I: Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise, Go to Sleep, Down with the Shine, The Fall, Distraction #74, Life, Paranoia in Bb Major, At the Beach, Pretty Girl from Cedar Lane, Live and Die, Hand-Me-Down Tune
II (Stage B): Operator (That’s Now the Way It Feels) (Jim Croce), The Ballad of Love and Hate, Ten Thousand Words
III (Main Stage): Colorshow, February Seven, Laundry Room, Old Joe Clark, Kick Drum Heart, Geraldine, Talk on Indolence, Salina
Stage B: Murder in the City
Main Stage: Living of Love
Encore: Salvation Song, I Killed Sally’s Lover, Gimmeakiss, I and Love and You
(Via Setlist FM)
Furthur, San Francisco, CA 12/31/12
I: Celebration, Any Road, Hell in a Bucket, Scarlet Begonias > Music Never Stopped, Here Comes Sunshine > Dancin’ in the Street
II: After Midnight > Playin’ > Dear Mr. Fantasy > Wheel > Unbroken Chain > Let it Grow, Uncle John’s Band > Throwin’ Stones
III: Sugar Magnolia > Help on the Way > Slipknot > Franklin’s Tower > Sunshine Daydream, Touch of Grey
E: Lady with a Fan > Terrapin Station > Brokedown Palace
The Disco Biscuits, New York City, NY 12/31/12
I: Stone > The Devils Waltz, Story Of The World > Spectacle* > Countdown Medley, Basis For A Day > And The Ladies Were the Rest Of The Night > Helicopters**
II: Little Shimmy In A Conga Line > Tempest > Bernstein & Chasnoff (> Aceetobee(ending only), MEMPHIS > Story Of The World, Munchkin Invasion
III: Jam > Above The Waves > Spaga > Above The Waves, Magellan, Down To The Bottom > Basis For A Day
E: Once The Fiddler Paid
*With Countdown Medley
**Completes 12/27 Version
Greensky Bluegrass, Detroit, MI – 12/31/12
I: Money for Nothing, Kerosene, Demons, Leap Year, Lose my Way >, Could You Be Loved, Bringing in the Georgia Mail, Train Junkie > Midnight Rider
II: Ringin’ in the New Year, Countdown -> Auld Lang Syne -> After Midnight, Don’t Lie, Worried about the Weather, Jaywalking, Wheel Hoss, Bring out your Dead, Bruzza’s BowTie!, All-4 > Lose my Way, Train Junkie > Don’t Like > All-4
E: Hootin’ & Hollerin, Old Barns > Dancin’ in the Dark > Gold Rush
(Download Greensky’s performance from Archive.org)
Phish, New York City, NY – 12/31/12:
I: Garden Party, Possum, Roses Are Free, Rift > Sample in a Jar, Alaska, Mike’s Song > Walk Away, Weekapaug Groove, Character Zero
II: Birds of a Feather, Ghost > Piper > Light > Also Sprach Zarathustra > The Horse > Silent in the Morning, You Enjoy Myself
III: Party Time, Kung > Chalk Dust Torture > Auld Lang Syne > Tweezer Reprise > Sand > The Wedge > Fly Like an Eagle > Wilson, Lawn Boy
Encore: Driver, Iron Man
 Phish debut.
 Auld Lang Syne tease.
 Birds of a Feather tease.
 With Carrie Manolakos on vocals and backup singers.
 A Cappella.
 First Phish performance in full.