It’s a bittersweet week for me. After 10 years in New York, I’m heading west, and leaving this city is pretty devastating. I know, I know – this column is supposed to be a pick-me-up, not a drag-me-down. But damn, I’m gonna miss it here. So it only seemed fitting, in the last Monday Morning Video Pick-Me-Up I’ll deliver to you from a computer stationed in the NYC, to celebrate some of Phish’s finest moments in this great city.
Let’s start things off right, with arguably the greatest of the many, many great jams the band has unleashed at MSG: the New Year’s ’95 Mike’s Song.
Moving right along, the opener from 12-30-97, a show that, like 12-31-95, has earned its well deserved place in official release land.
The first Phish shows I actually saw in New York were in 1998: 4/3/98, in Long Island, then the New Year’s run at MSG. Some incredible memories from those shows, many of which have thankfully been immortalized on Youtube. But few really captured the unmatchable energy of a New York crowd like the version of Prince’s 1999 that opened the New Year’s Eve show:
I know I just shared this with you, but hey, it hasn’t gotten any less good since then. The Ghost from this past New Year’s Eve is unquestionably one of the highlights of 3.0, and is one of the more incredible Phish moments I’ve had in New York. Here’s the pro-shot video:
And finally, a video that’s just hit the web: the monstrous 30-minute Tweezer from Jones Beach ’95, which includes a Dave’s Energy Guide sandwiched in there. Enjoy.