By Jim Stanford on December 20, 2011
In what hopefully will be a prelude to the band playing in Jackson Hole soon, Center for the Arts will broadcast Phish’s New Year’s Eve concert live from Madison Square Garden in New York.
The show will be streamed on the arts center’s HD screen and digital sound system. The Vermont jam band will play three sets, stretching from approximately 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. MST. Tickets are $10, all general admission.
Phish usually has a few surprises in store for New Year’s, particularly the countdown at midnight. The band often glides to the stage aboard a giant hot dog, and last year at MSG (above) welcomed a chorus line of international dancers for a “Meatstick” extravaganza. The song won’t make sense to anyone unfamiliar with Phish, but it does make for an entertaining spectacle.
Wyoming is one of a handful of states Phish has never played, although the band spent a couple of days off in Jackson in 2003 between shows at The Gorge and Salt Lake City. Bassist Mike Gordon sat in with Steam Powered Airplane at the Stagecoach and Wort Hotel, while drummer Jon Fishman and keyboardist Page McConnell went whitewater rafting in the Snake River Canyon. Fishman said the band would like to play here, but the following year Phish broke up and did not get back together until 2009. We have been unable to lure them back since.
The best part about the virtual New Year’s at CFA is that the show will let out in advance of midnight in Jackson, affording fans the opportunity to ring in 2012 with musicians playing in person.