Phish 12-30-10 Madison Square Garden Webcast Review
Review and screenshots by thenaturalstoner
I wasn’t sure if the idea of writing a review of a webcast was a good one or not. But after some thought I said what the hell and decided to write this up. I had a lot of fun tonight watching this stream. Thank you Phish.
Well I certainly was not planning on staying at home tonight and watching the first Phish webcast since 2000 all by myself. However, when life hands you lemons, you gotta make lemonade. So when the local Doc. diagnosed me with pink eye this morning and I became stranded by myself here in Pullman, Washington, I immediately knew what my new evening plans were. PHISH.
I don’t have a laptop computer, so initially I planned on watching the show on my small Samsung desktop computer monitor. However after trying out the Livephish video feed on my Playstation3, I discovered I could watch the show on my 42” plasma and have the audio come through my home stereo setup as loud as I want! Party on!
I didn’t get a chance to see Phish at all in 2010, something that burns inside (damn you West Coast!). But this webcast HAS to be the next best thing. I could not believe how nice the general feed and audio/video quality was. I think the feed skipped only once for like 2 seconds all night. And being able to watch in the comfort of my own living room, while drinking my own beers and fun, makes me hope this becomes a regular option for all Phish shows! It had to be a money maker for the band I assume as well. The clean sounding bass and clear pictures exceeded all expectations.
The 1st set was long, close to 90 minutes I would guess, and solid. You can’t go wrong with a Cities opener and that Maze was super tasty. There were several of my favorites played, Quinn the Eskimo, Timber Ho!, Camel Walk, and Madison Square Gardens first ever Bathtub Gin to name a few. They finished the set with a rippin’ Character Zero and off to setbreak we go.
Instead of dead setbreak air on the stream, immediately following the bands exit of the stage a video montage began. This clip showed behind the scenes footage of the crew setting up, the band at setbreak, fans before the show, and other misc. experiences from earlier in the day. The audio was set to a solid Mikes Song (reportedly from 12-31-95, MSG) and lasted a good 10 minutes or more.
Set 2 started with a mini gag for the viewers at home and finished in classic Phish rock fashion. Clearly someone told Trey that people could hear him calling out songs on the stream, so to start Set 2 Trey came out and said “Okay Jennifer Dances, one, two…” After referencing the not so loved Phish song, they decided to bust into a nice Tweezer > Light instead (whew!). Theme from the Bottom and My Friend My Friend followed as a super start to the set. A couple of other favorites would follow, Axilla and Fluffhead. Boogie On Reggae Woman got the crowd pumped, which jammed into a 2001. A monster Suzy Greenberg would finish out the set in huge style. What a blast I was having from the seat of my couch, relaxing!
A rare Antelope (really nice!) encore would cap off a great night of Phish in New York City. Tweeprize would close us out and send everyone home on a high note. A great show for us tonight, and I can only imagine what the next 2 nights will bring!
If you are considering ordering the webcasts the next 2 nights, I strongly urge you do so. If I am still stuck here at home alone for New Years Eve and January 1st, I can thank the heavens that Phish in New York is there to keep me and my pink eye company.
I’d like to thank the Phish organization for making these webcasts available to us fans. I had a blast and would pay to do it again anytime. From what I have been reading online, others share the same sentiment. Kudos.
Madison Square Garden
New York, New York
December 30, 2010
Set I: Cities, Chalk Dust Torture, Gumbo, Quinn the Eskimo, Halley’s Comet, Camel Walk, Maze, Driver, Bathtub Gin, Fat Man in the Bathtub, Timber Ho, Golgi Apparatus, Character Zero
Set II: Tweezer-> Light, Theme From the Bottom->My Friend My Friend, Axilla (pt.1), Fluffhead, Boogie On Reggae Woman > 2001, Suzy Greenberg
E:Run Like an Antelope, Tweezer Reprise