Tuesday, May 17, 2011

12/31/1998 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

setlist via phish.net

Thursday, 12/31/1998
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

Set 1: 1999[1] > Mike's Song > I Am Hydrogen[2] > Weekapaug Groove[3], Ghost -> Ha Ha Ha > Cavern

Set 2: NICU > Character Zero > Tweezer -> Cities > Wading in the Velvet Sea, Run Like an Antelope > Frankenstein

Set 3: Runaway Jim[4] -> Auld Lang Syne -> Simple[5], Harry Hood > Tweezer Reprise, Llama

Encore: While My Guitar Gently Weeps

[1] Phish debut.
[2] Albert teases from Trey.
[3] 1999 teases.
[4] 1999 and Auld Lang Syne teases.
[5] Magilla teases.

Notes: Prince’s 1999 made its Phish debut (appropriately) at this show and included dancers on stage and synchronized steps from Trey and Mike, who wound up lying on the stage with the dancers surrounding them. Weekapaug and Runaway Jim subsequently featured 1999 teases; Jim also included Auld Lang Syne teases. Hydrogen contained Albert teases from Trey and Simple included Magilla teases. For this show, the Holiday Run dancers’ costumes included a devil, a prostitute, and a pimp. The band jammed Runaway Jim until just before the New Year. The dancers reappeared throughout the crowd and handed out thousands of glowrings to the fans just before a grand balloon drop and pyrotechnics display at midnight. The band counted the crowd into the New Year before busting into Auld Lang Syne. While some fans used the glowrings to start a Glowstick War during Hood, others used them to create long chain links of rings in the arena.

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