These photos, the mp3s, the webcast rips… none of it quite does Phish’s NYE run justice, though Chris Kuroda’s lighting did have a variety about that seemed to fit the context of each set quite well. It almost felt as though CK5 tried to deliver 30 years of lights over the course of the MSG run through his various schemes and patterns. On New Year’s Eve the stripped down bar-like lighting perfectly captured the spirit of the truck set. Vintage equipment, a 1991 setlist that never was, and the imagination of the idea itself… it felt more like Christmas than New Year’s. Behind the whole weekend was a genuineness, a candidness, a display of all the bare essentials that make up the Phish experiences.
And even when it felt like the band was holding back a bit musically, it was overcome by the sentiment and love present in this year’s NYE. It wasn’t just another NYE run, this was a celebration of all that the band and we have put into making this community what it is today. They cared about these shows so much, and there was indeed a message: Love. Love it all. This thing we have is so incredibly special and you can’t take it for granted.