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Published: 2012/12/30

Phish Return to MSG with Setlist Surprises and Segues

Here’s a look at last night’s official poster by James Flames via Phish’s Facebook page

Phish returned to New York’s Madison Square Garden last night for the second show of their New Year’s run. The band kicked off their first set with the seldom played Undermind song “Crowd Control” and the Rift number “Mound,” which some took as a nod to the evening’s snowy weather. Phish offered their first improvisational highlight during a version of “AC/DC Bag” that segued into a cover of The Velvet Underground’s “Rock a Roll,” which received unusual placement in the band’s first set. Mike Gordon’s “Sugar Shack,” a version of “Reba” that included the songs full whistling section,” a pairing of “Halley’s Comet” and “Limb by Limb,” the ballad “Wading in the Velvet Sea” and a set-closing version of “Bathtub Gin” which quoted Dale Hawkins’ “Suzie Q” rounded out the first half of the show.

The Vermont Quartet opened their second set with a 14-minute cover of Brooklyn, NY indie group TV on the Radio’s “Golden Age” and proceeded to offer a completely segued second set. The second set’s other jam highlights were both Round Room tracks: a nine-minute “Waves” and a rocking, almost nine-minute “46 Days.” The tender “Bug”—which led into “Cavern”—and a version of Stevie Wonder’s “Boogie on Reggae Woman” loaded with Gordon’s bass effects were also highlights.

The band opened their encore with “The Squirming Coil,” before all four members of the group moved to the front of the stage for the barbershop quartet ditty “Grind.” While many thought “Grind” would end the show, the band returned to their instruments for a rocking “First Tube.”

Here’s a look at last night’s setlist via

Saturday, December 29, 2012, Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

Set 1: Crowd Control, Mound, AC/DC Bag > Rock and Roll, Sugar Shack, Reba, Halley’s Comet > Limb By Limb1, Wading in the Velvet Sea, Bathtub Gin2

Set 2: Golden Age > Waves > Prince Caspian3 > Boogie On Reggae Woman > Suzy Greenberg > Bug > Cavern > 46 Days

E: The Squirming Coil, Grind, First Tube

[1] Follow the Yellow Brick Road tease
[2] Susie Q quote from Fishman
[3] Unfinished.

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