From their humble beginnings at their first-ever New Year’s show at Exhibition Hall in Boston’s World Trade Center in 1989 to their career high point for the biggest millennium concert in the world at Big Cypress in 1999, Phish has always pulled out all the stops for their New Year’s celebrations.
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Interestingly, the proud Vermonters have never once played New Year’s in their home state, opting instead for three of their most notable homes away from home – the greater Boston area, New York City and the climate-friendly settings of South Florida. This year, Phish returns to perhaps their ultimate home away from home – for both the band and fans – Madison Square Garden.
Nobody ever really knows what to expect when it comes to Phish, especially come New Year’s, but today we’ll take a look at history to highlight some of the great moments in years past and assess how similar elements could play out during this year’s festivities.