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Phish celebrated 2016 with four MSG shows (pics, video and setlists)

Phish @ MSG (photo by AZN Pics)

As usual, Phish had a surprise in store for the final set, and this year’s performance saw the band performing at the bottom of an hourglass tent on the opposite side of the venue, with psychedelic visuals on the top portion and a spectacular light show going on around it. The band started off with the recent “No Men In No Man’s Land,” an appropriate title for their location on the MSG floor, stretching the song out to over 20 minutes as the four members faced each other in the hourglass and played toward the new year.

As midnight drew near, smoke filled the band’s small playing space and one by one the members exited the hourglass, but the music kept playing even as they abandoned their instruments. As the countdown finished and the balloons rained down, the quartet, back on the main stage, struck up the traditional “Auld Lang Syne” which quickly morphed into “Blaze On,” starting the year with some real zest. []

Phish once again rang in the new year at NYC’s Madison Square Garden, with shows on Dec 30, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, and Jan 2. As you’d expect, every setlist was different. They played two sets a night, except New Year’s Eve which got three, the third of which was played at the bottom of an hourglass tent (as mentioned in the review quoted above and seen in that pic). It looked pretty wild — see for yourself in the video below.

All four setlists and more pictures below too…

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Trey Anastasio of Phish 1/2/2016 #215music #phish #yemsg

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NYE 12:02am 1/1/16 #phish #nye #msg

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Phish @ MSG – 12/30/15 (via)
Set 1:
Sample in a Jar
Back on the Train
Waiting All Night
The Dogs
46 Days

Set 2:
Chalk Dust Torture
Can’t Always Listen
(live debut) (> ‘Ghost’ reprise >)
Bathtub Gin
Mike’s Song
Bouncing Around the Room
Weekapaug Groove
What’s the Use?
(> ‘Weekapaug Groove’ reprise) (‘Weekapaug’ reprise with ‘Auld Lang Syne’ & ‘What’s the Use?’ teases)

Character Zero

Phish @ MSG – 12/31/15 (via)
Set 1:
The Moma Dance
Wolfman’s Brother
Birds of a Feather
(with ‘The Birds’ quote)
I Didn’t Know
(Richard Wright cover) (with Fishman on vacuum and Trey on drums) (the crowd sang the last verse)
Martian Monster
(preceded by the crowd joining Fishman in singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to his daughter, Ella)
Walls of the Cave

Set 2:
The Wedge
A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing
Yarmouth Road
(Mike Gordon song)
Kill Devil Falls

Set 3:
No Men in No Man’s Land
(performed inside ‘hourglass cone’ on alternate stage behind the soundboard) (>)
Auld Lang Syne
(Robert Burns cover) (>)
Blaze On
David Bowie
The Horse
Silent in the Morning
Backwards Down the Number Line


Phish @ MSG – 1/1/16 (via)
Set 1:
Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan
Heavy Things
How Many People Are You
(Mike Gordon song)
(with ‘Stash’, ‘Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan’ & ‘How Many People Are You’ teases) (>)
Lawn Boy
Run Like an Antelope
(with ‘Stash’ & ‘Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan’ teases by Trey)

Set 2:
Down With Disease
(unfinished) (>)
Halfway to the Moon
Theme From the Bottom
(with ‘Manteca’ tease by Trey) (>)
Slave to the Traffic Light


Phish @ MSG – 1/2/16
Set 1:
Your Pet Cat
It’s Ice
The Divided Sky
(with ‘Stash’ tease by Trey)
Train Song

Set 2:
Limb By Limb
Suzy Greenberg
Harry Hood
You Enjoy Myself
(Trey briefly joined Fishman on the drums)

The Lizards
Tweezer Reprise

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