Phish wrapped up their MSG run on 8/6/17, NYC Mayor declared it “Phish Day”
Phish brought their 13-show "Baker's Dozen" run at Madison Square Garden to a close Sunday night (8/6). Each show in the residency had a donut flavor and themed songs to match, and last night's was "glazed." Here's an excerpt of JamBands.com's review, titled "Phish’s Baker’s Dozen: Historic Run Comes to Emotional Conclusion":
Following one of the band’s most accessible songs, Phish delivered the first of many surprises on the night as they debuted the Vida Blue cut (Page McConnell’s band with Oteil Burbridge and The Meters’ Russell Batiste) “Most Events Aren’t Planned,” which featured McConnell on lead vocals and a driving, intense jam.
“Bug” slowed things down after the first highlight of the night and McConnell once again got ahold of the lead vocals on “I Been Around.” The set closed with yet another massive bustout, as Trey Anastasio led the charge on Jimi Hendrix’s “Izabella,” the first version of the song since July 31, 1998, marking one of the biggest bustouts of the run as a whole.
The second set needed just five songs as Phish launched into a “Simple” for the ages to start the set. As the group ventured outside the confines of the song, all four members layered over one another to create a space-funk jam that found McConnell and Anastasio in particular producing a number of unique sounds. From there, the guitarist grabbed ahold of the song and took it to multiple aggressive peaks, each one topping the last, before bringing the song into his tune “Come Together.”
You can read more here. In addition to the Hendrix cover mentioned above, Phish also covered Bowie, The Stones, and Willie Nelson. Setlist and videos from the final night, below.
Phish didn't play any repeats across the 13 shows, which means they played 237 different songs over the course of the MSG run. They've now officially played The Garden 52 times. Previous shows on the run included Velvet Underground, Fleet Foxes, and Radiohead covers. (Fleet Foxes, who are on tour now, returned the favor in Maine.)
Yesterday was not only the last night of the run, but the NYC Mayor's Office also declared that August 6 is now officially Phish Day:
There's also an exhibit of Phish photography on display at NYC's Morrison Hotel Gallery. The exhibit celebrates Phish's 30 years as a band and the photos were handpicked by the members of Phish themselves. You can check it out in person at the gallery or at the gallery's website.
Here are videos and setlist from the final MSG show:
Phish @ MSG - 8/6/17 Setlist
Set I: Dogs Stole Things, Rift, Ha Ha Ha, Camel Walk, Crazy Sometimes > Saw It Again > Sanity > Bouncing Around the Room, Most Events Aren’t Planned, Bug, I Been Around, Izabella
Set II: Simple > Come Together > Starman, You Enjoy Myself, Loving Cup
Encore: On the Road Again > Lawn Boy Reprise > Tweezer Reprise