To kick off 2022, the band included “Auld Lang Syne” into “Everything’s Right,” as well as a Syd Barrett cover from 1992 in Phish’s New Year’s Eve 2021.
Phish’s New Year’s Eve 2021 hosted a live stream concert from “The Ninth Cube” on New Year’s Eve 2021, broadcast on SiriusXM and Phish Radio. After Phish had to postpone its New Year’s Eve gig at Madison Square Garden due to a rise in COVID-19 cases caused by the Omicron strain, the band created the “Dinner And A Movie” series.
- Trey Anastasio kicked off “ Phish’s New Year’s Eve 2021” with a ferocious guitar solo before wishing the home audience a Happy New Year and welcoming them to “The Ninth Cube.
- Before a brief “46 Days,” Anastasio acknowledged a statement from fan Michael Plunkett.
- The four-piece then surprised everyone by performing “Time Turns Elastic” for the first time since October 24, 2010.
- In the lead-up to “Ghost,” there was more banter in reaction to fan remarks.
- Phish connected on the anthemia development to a frothy climax was the best of “Ghost.”
- After a 13-minute set break, “Sigma Oasis” started the second set at 10:03 p.m. between frames; each band member changed their attire.
- Mike Gordon then played the iconic “Down with Disease” entrance on his bass.
- The band of Phish’s New Year’s Eve 2021 eventually moved on from “Disease” to the ballad “Miss You.
- “You Enjoy Myself” kicked off the second set.
- “Frankie Says” reappeared from the craziness for the first time since 2015.
- Phish’s New Year’s Eve 2021 returned to the stage at 11:39 p.m., lighting into “Blaze On” after changing their outfits once more.
Fans were urged to give to The WaterWheel Foundation while the performance was streamed for free on YouTube and LivePhish.com, with a simulcast on Phish Radio:
Six Phish-related non-profits will benefit from the proceeds: the Divided Sky Foundation, HeadCount, Phans For Racial Equality, The Mockingbird Foundation, the Mimi Fishman Foundation, and the Conservation Law Foundation. Since the outbreak, the “Dinner And A Movie” series has raised about $900,000.
they opened Phish’s New Year’s Eve 2021 with a rousing rendition of “The Moma Dance.” Drummer Jon Fishman debuted a new pink outfit with blue donuts, in which they flipped the typical colors. Chris Kuroda, the lighting designer, was on standby to offer a full-light display to complement the quartet’s performance, with rows of twig-like lights placed where the crowd would typically be.
Trey Anastasio kicked off “Moma” with a ferocious guitar solo before wishing the home audience a Happy New Year and welcoming them to “The Ninth Cube:
“Anastasio noted out several fan comments similar to “The Beacon Jams” before the band of Phish’s New Year’s Eve 2021 started playing “Tube,” a motif that would continue throughout the night. Trey and keyboardist Page McConnell led the funky “Tube” rhythm, which lasted a long time.
Anastasio recognized a message from fan Michael Plunkett before a brief “46 Days,” The band riffed on his comment about breaking through the ninth wall. The quartet then stunned the audience by performing “Time Turns Elastic” for the first time since October 24, 2010.
“Free,” the next tune, featured more fretboard fireworks from the guitarist as well as Mike Gordon’s booming bass. In the lead-up to “Ghost,” there was more banter in reaction to fan remarks. Before the band launched on a great jam, including a mix of nasty minor-key and lovely major-key excursions, Anastasio teased a “Little Drummer Boy” tease into the mix.
The anthemic development Phish connected on and developed to a frothy climax was the best of “Ghost.” Following the apex, an ambient jam gave way to a lovely “Slave To The Traffic Light,” which spilled into a set-ending gallop through “Cavern.” The latter had a lyric modification to “before you slip into the bedroom,” which was a nice touch.
Between frames, “Sigma Oasis” began the second performance at 10:03 p.m., after a 13-minute set break; each member of the band changed their costume. Mike Gordon then performed the legendary “Down with Disease” introduction on his bass.
Phish sped through the song’s progression and into an enthralling jam. Throughout the 15-minute set, the quartet slickly modulated keys many times, covering a lot of ground. The band eventually moved on from “Disease” to the ballad “Miss You.”
“You Enjoy Myself” kicked off the second set of Phish’s New Year’s Eve 2021. As over 73,000 people watched from home, Phish effectively worked through probably their hallmark tune, which featured an exceptionally patient build of Trey’s solo, a complex bass/drums passage, and a crazy vocal jam. Before beginning on wonderfully bizarre improvisation, the band complemented the vocal jam with their instruments oddly.
“Frankie Says” reappeared from the craziness for the first time since 2015. The live staple “Mercury” followed the rare. Instead of playing “Mercury,” Phish unleashed a ferocious “Possum.” The group then responded to audience comments with more humor before concluding the show with “A Life Beyond the Dream” from Anastasio’s Ghosts of the Forest suite.
After changing their attire once again, Phish’s New Year’s Eve 2021 returned to the stage at 11:39 p.m., igniting into “Blaze On. As midnight neared, the straightforward “Blaze On” gave way to the subtle instrumental “What’s The Use?” and the upbeat “Everything’s Right.”
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