12.29 | American Airlines Arena
December 29 – the Phishiest night of the year. Throughout their illustrious career, this date has routinely summoned the best Phish has to offer, year after year after year. From ’94’s psychedelic monstrosity of “David Bowie” to ’95’s “Real Gin;” from ’96’s Harpua-laced, rotation jam adventure to ’97’s crown jewel anchored by “Disease > Bowie > Possum;” from ’98’s picture perfect second set to ’03’s fluid jam sequence, many of the band’s most successful holiday endeavors have gone down on this mystical night. And this year, after a lackluster opening show, an impending sense of something special hung over American Airlines Arena as the building began to fill. Though nobody knew just how special this night would turn out, Phish proceeded to play, perhaps, their greatest start-to-finish show of 2009. Boasting a liquid flow and sub-conscious communication, Phish locked into each others’ musical ideas early on, crafting a consummate night of improvisation. A complete show in every sense, December 29. once again, defined the greatness of Phish, and vibrantly illustrated why we trek all over this world in search of the ultimate. This was IT.
(Photo: Wendy Rogell)
Set I: Golgi Apparatus, Maze, Driver, The Connection, Wolfman’s Brother, Ocelot, Reba, Access Me, The Divided Sky, Cavern
Set II: Kill Devil Falls, Tweezer > Prince Caspian, Gotta Jibboo > Wilson > Gotta Jibboo > Heavy Things, 2001 > Slave to the Traffic Light
Encore: Sleeping Monkey, Tweezer Reprise
Source: Schoeps mk41 > KC5 > M222 > NT222 > Lunatec V3 > SD 722 (@24bit/48kHz)
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