12-31 Madison Square Garden

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12-31 Madison Square Garden

Postby willbreathes » Fri Sep 04, 2009 10:31 pm

12/31/02 Madison Square Garden - New York, New York

Soundcheck 1 (~3:00pm): Frankie Says
Soundcheck 2 (~5:00pm): Get Back on the Train, It's Ice, Wilson, Squirming Coil, Round Room, ?

Set 1 (1:10): Piper, Guyute, NICU, Horn, Wilson*, Mound, Squirming Coil > David Bowie

Set 2 (1:06): Waves -> Divided Sky**, Lawn Boy, Carini, Rift, Harry Hood, Character Zero

Set 3 (1:03) Sample in a Jar, Seven Below*** -> Auld Lang Syne^ > Runaway Jim -> Time Loves a Hero, Taste^^, Strange Design, Walls of the Cave

Encore (0:08): Wading in the Velvet Sea

Notes: The sound check information is unconfirmed. Pre-show music on the PA included the "Welcome Back Kotter" theme, "Feels Like the First Time," "Back in the Saddle Again," "Reunited," "The Boys are Back in Town," and "Foreplay/Long Time" which was interrupted by the band coming on stage. Post-show music was "Let's Stay Together" * - preceeded by footage from the movie "Castaway" on the jumbotron screens on the scoreboard (scenes in which Tom Hanks's character is yelling and kicks away, then goes to search for his befriended volleyball named "Wilson"); with "Tom Hanks" (actually Page's brother Steve McConnell; see Salon.com if you want explicit confirmation) on guest vocals for the "Blat Boom..." part; ** - with a very long "pause" (2-3 minutes) and tremendous crowd roaring; *** - "Seven Below" began approximately seven minutes before midnight; during the song a disco ball was lowered from within the scoreboard and it began snowing on stage; several dancers in white with blinking light "stick figure skeletons", dressed as snow creatures (with a vaguely "winter/forest kingdom" fantasy motif, including white costumes with fur and some horned helmets) came out and began circling the band on stage before moving off into the crowd - while in the crowd several grew into large snow angels by standing on covered ladders; midway during the song snow began falling on the fans on the floor from a pair of snowmaking rigs on the right and left sides of the scoreboard above the floor; shortly before midnight, the snow angels began shining small spotlights around the crowd, appearing similar to search lights; ^ - at midnight, pyrotechnics spiraled around and behind the stage (some coming from the snowmaking rigs) and enormous white balloons with snow designs were dropped onto the floor; ^^ - with "What's the Use" teases.
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Postby KDF4LYPHE » Fri Sep 04, 2009 11:48 pm

This is my favorite Wilson ever, I think.

Just the way Trey screams during the last "have fuuunnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn" gives me serious chills....plus it straight-up rocks

I've never again listened to set 2 or 3 of this show after the initial listen, though...
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Postby Fee » Sat Sep 05, 2009 4:45 am

Wow I still can't believe I scored tickets to this show. Totally lucked out on these tickets. A friend of a friend was calling random ticketmasters and somehow magically scored 2 tickets for me and my buddy.

I was not in the best state of mind for this show. No not on chemicals or anything I was just super depressed. I know it sounds lame, but I just graduated from college and was kinda lost and going though one of my getting wasted peaks and valleys.

So glad I made the show though even if I was pretty uncomfortable with the whole situation. Never saw the Piper coming to open up 2.0. It was a great call though. Lost my shit after the whole Wilson thing (supposed Tom Hanks and video) when they started the clapping for Mound. My first Mound and I enjoyed the hell out of it.

Overall I thought set 2 was the best set of the night. I was calling Hood a mile away and I'm a sucker for Carini.

Set 3 is pretty solid I must say. The Seven Below ordeal was really cool. I'm sure you've read about the tall ice dancers. It was visually pleasing and a great way to bring in the New Year. I was calling a Runaway Jim all day (I thought as an opener) I didn't think we get it as the first Phish song of 2003. I figured we get a DWD here, but was stoked to see a ragin Runaway here. At the time I didn't know Time Loves a Hero, but damn I love that song. So gald I caught that one. The ending was kinda meh, but it was New Years and it was Phish how can you be upset over anything.

My only time in the Garden! I hope to return one day in a better state of mind.
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Postby Oblivious Fool » Mon Aug 09, 2010 1:41 am

Saw Bill Walton at this show. He's hard to miss.
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Postby ghost_2000 » Sat Aug 21, 2010 1:51 pm


This show contains the best performed WotC, IMO.
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