Some consider it not only the greatest show at Madison Square Garden; not only the greatest show on New Years Eve, but the greatest show Phish has ever played. Whether or not you agree with any of those superlatives, it's unlikely you can argue with the musical might of New Year's Eve 1995. This past week, Phish announced their second ever four night run at MSG (the first being New Years 1998). The lottery is currently open and will end on the 24th, so get your requests in!
This show starts off with a Punch You In The Eye that has deservedly earned its way onto the "Recommended Versions" list. The crowd immediately knew a special evening was in store. After quick cheers, Fish leads in on The Sloth. As seen on the video, Trey has a bounce to his step and unrivaled energy. This is a Phish song that typically does not vary much, yet this version was special. The Sloth was flawless. The show continues as Trey starts Reba and the rest is history. Although Mike's Groove and YEM are a compulsory listen, in all honestly this is one of those shows where you should sit down and listen to the whole show all the way through. From the Gamehendge Time Laboratory, to the last Axilla (Part II), to the Who covers, this show is truly deserving of the hype it receives.
Barring the Front and Nectar's on the home town turf of Vermont, MSG is the most played venue by Phish. Likely, in a scant couple months, the incredible history of this venue will have another hallowed chapter.
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