Phish just played their their fourth of four shows at Madison Square Garden to ring in the new year. The band chose to bring on 2019 with an elaborate stage design with aerialists performing while the band delivered “Mercury” to kick off their third set. After the countdown and “Auld Lang Syne” that followed, the band kicked off the second performance of “Say It To Me S.A.N.T.O.S.” with Trey and Mike getting hoisted into the air via cables and showing fans “what space smells like”.

The band webcast the show live via LivePhish so you could watch along at home. We were on the couch but had tons of friends in attendance that said it was amazing.

Set III kicked off with “Mercury” and Mike and Trey were both wearing astronaut outfits (shiny!) and they were both playing their white instruments from the Kasvot Växt Halloween 2018 set. As the song progressed, red confetti started to fall and the stage was adorned with 10-12 spacey characters dressed in outfits that resembled fairies. As they were levitated into the sky, they dropped their long capes and started to perform aerial maneuvers above the band.

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30 seconds ahead of New Year’s Eve, a loud female robotic voice came over the PA and counted down Happy New Year in a very monotone way. The balloon drop featured the silver ones people could see in the nets above the crowd. And tons of streamers, like everywhere!

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When Say It To Me S.A.N.T.O.S. started Trey and Mike were pulled up into the air and continued jamming as they were “in space” above the stage. They looked like they were having a ridiculous time, too. So funny.

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Then they sorta flew around a little bit and eventually came back to stage and kept the set going.

At the end of the set Trey thanked the crowd for an incredible year and said “we’ll see you in 2019” before correcting himself and saying “We’ll see you this year!”

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Phish @ Madison Square Garden, New York City 12.31.18

Set I: The Moma Dance, Stray Dog, 555, Sand, Lawn Boy, Steam > Chalk Dust Torture > What’s the Use? > Play by Play, Waste, Ass Handed*, Run Like An Antelope

Set II: Down with Disease > Farmhouse > Seven Below > Twist > Harry Hood > Passing Through > Harry Hood

Set III: Mercury > Auld Lang Syne > Say It To Me S.A.N.T.O.S., Simple > Saw It Again > Limb by Limb > Rock and Roll > Suzy Greenberg

Encore: The Lizards > Character Zero

Notes:
* – Trey and Mike joined Fish on vocals for earlier in the song doo-wop style

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