“The String Cheese Incident and TourGigs proudly present the much anticipated release of SCI’s 2013 NYE Incidents, now available on DVD, BluRay and Digital Download via TourGigs.com. The ‘Barefoot Boys’ returned to the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, CO for another magical 3-night New Years Celebration in front of a hometown crowd. The event doubled as the kickoff of SCI’s 20th anniversary as band.
This three night DVD set captures every song from every night in multi-camera stunning HD fashion, and features guest appearances from the band’s 20 year history: Keller Williams, Karl Denson, The Del McCoury Band, Steve Berlin and David Hidalgo (Los Lobos), Wayne Coyne (The Flaming Lips) and more. And who can forget the epic “Rivertrance” that rang in the New Year, complete with flying angels, snow globe dancers, and a crowd full of glowsticks. For fans who purchase the 12.29.13 show on BluRay or DVD, there is a bonus feature of the special backstage Acoustic Set on the 29th!
Whether you were there or not, this DVD set is a must-have for all SCI fans wishing to own beautiful HD footage of the band performing at its peak. The 2013 NYE Incidents are, no doubt, ones that you’ll enjoy watching again and again!”
The Disco Biscuits have announced their NYE 2013 plans with a NYE run in NYC. The Biscuits will play the Best Buy Theater December 26th-29th and MSG Theater New Year’s Eve. Get your tickets through Ticketmaster.
Whenever you go to a city like New York, NY for New Year’s Eve, you’re going to run into a wide variety of people. Some of these people will tell you all you want to hear if you let them. This past New Years I ran into a guy that told me about his journey to live the high life. He told me that nothing, no sporting event, Las Vegas gambling adventure, no Rocky Mountain climb, no cruise of the Caribbean could compare to ending his year with 20,000 of his closest friends and his favorite band, in New York City.
This was the third consecutive year Phish ended their year in New York at Madison Square Garden. After a widely regarded subpar 2011 performance at MSG, hopes were high for a redemption run this year at the Garden. Fans were riding high after a terrific run over Labor Day weekend in Colorado to close out the 2012 summer tour. With expectations higher than they have been in years, this year’s run at MSG did not disappoint and reaffirmed that this band has plenty left in the tank for their 30th year in 2013.
The four night run began on Friday the 28th with an incredibly eager crowd packing MSG. Of all the shows I have seen of numerous bands, these four shows easily contained the most energetic and positively vibed crowd I’ve been a part of, whatever that means.
The nights first set began with the Joy tune Stealing Time from the Faulty Plan. The majority of the set stays in “safe”, but well played, territory, until the monster Wolfman’s Brother to close the set, filled with a brief section of The Little Drummer Boy.
The second set of 12/28 left me extremely excited for what was to come for the rest of the weekend as it is arguably the best set of the entire run. The set begins with a Tweezer stretching over twenty minutes that is engaging from start to finish. Don’t miss this one. The Maze and Twist that follow are both very well played and we have more of Fish Ba rum pum pum pumming on his drum. Two very well played versions of Fluffhead and David Bowie close out this six song set. A short but sweet encore of Bouncing Around the Room and Zeppelin’s Good Times Bad Times close out night one at MSG, with Tweeprise interestingly enough still on the table.
Night two at MSG opened with an appropriate Crowd Control. After night ones amazing second set, hopes were high for more of the same. This night’s first set was fairly “par” for the course, (awful pun intended) with huge ovations during Reba that would put even the most jaded fan in good spirits. A Bathtub Gin with “Suzy Q” quotes from Fishman and great playing from Trey closes out the set.
One of the summer’s go to jam heavy openers, T.V. on the Radio’s Golden Age, opened up set two. This version is extremely well-played and moves into dark and funky jam territory before transitioning into Waves. These two songs provide the jam craving fan with plenty to mull over. The rest of the set focuses on short but sweet rockers with Bug sandwiched nicely in the middle. A pair of high energy tunes, Cavern and 46 Days close out a set that is anything but “par.” An encore of The Squirming Coil, Grind, and First Tube put the exclamation point on another great night in NYC.
The 30th of December has long been viewed as the night for the fans. Phish has had numerous great performances on this date aside from 2011’s less than inspired performance. Two great nights were in the books already, and on the 30th this time around, they did not disappoint. Nearly every song from the first set is exceptionally played including a well-placed Divided Sky, and a standout version of Ya Mar with Mike showing us some fantastic playing in the outro of the song. The heavy hitters My Friend, My Friend, and Run Like an Antelope close out “the fans” first set.
Set two. Woah. Along with set two of 12/28, set two of the 30th is easily one of the best sets of Phish I have ever seen, let alone this New Year’s run. Down with Disease opening a second set is always a good thing. And when it is followed up by an even more impressive jam filled Carini, thirty five minutes of Woah. To put it simply and immaturely, this Carini is super tits…. A personal favorite, Slave to the Traffic Light, closes another terrific set at the Garden. An encore I’ll take any show, Harry Hood, closes out the 30th, along with Show of Life, sweet. Now it’s on to the best night of the year.
One of the big reasons I love this band is their humor. Ricky Nelson’s Garden Party starts things off in the most hilariously fitting way possible; a song about Nelson playing his new material at the Garden only to be booed off stage. Perfect. The first set doesn’t venture too far off the beaten path, but stays the course of the previous three nights as everything is well played.
Set two starts off strong with perhaps a tease as to what is to come in set three, Birds of a Feather. Next, and for the third straight year in set two of 12/31, is Ghost. While this version doesn’t quite reach the levels of 12/31/10’s, it warrants a re-listen or two. The Piper that follows is the jam of the night by far; another moment of WOAH. Set two closes with a fairly standard, but highly entertaining nonetheless, You Enjoy Myself. Set two, Fin.
Well, it’s here. Time for what makes this band, this band: weird, goofy, funny, and creative hilariousness, on New Year’s Eve. It’s Party Time!! Or, in this case perhaps, it’s “Par-Tee” time. Then, it’s time to get weird. Kung creeps its way in and for most fans, the cat is out of the bag, time to stage a runaway golf cart marathon!! STAND UP! The music behind this marathon? A very well placed, and played, Chalk Dust Torture. Once the marathon is over, so is 2012, Cheers. After a nice take on Auld Lang Syne by Trey, we hear the loudest thing I have ever heard. Videos online do not do it justice, this Tweezer Reprise, complete with VERY loud backup singers, is off the charts, and the energy is through the roof. Happy 2013, hope your ears still work.
The next FOUR!! songs after Tweeprise are all very well played golfed theme songs, including the band’s first take on Fly like an Eagle and an extended version of The Wedge. After the brakes were pumped post-midnight at last year’s MSG run, it was great to see the band push on late into the night. A barbershop rendition of Lawn Boy ends set three of New Year’s Eve, hugs and smiles all around.
After a brief break, the band closes the book on 2012 with two more golf themed songs in Driver and the band’s first full rendition of Black Sabbath’s Iron Man with The Chairman of the Boards on vocals. The Chairman informed us that we had just begun Phish’s 30th year of existence, the crowd responded with the second loudest thing I’ve ever heard. Here’s to another thirty years.
Even with some of the most critical fans in music, or any form of art for that matter, Phish continues to bring nothing but great times for anyone willing to share in the groove. After a week of thought, I think it’s safe to say this redemption run at Madison Square Garden was just that, and I can’t wait for the next garden party.