So, if you haven’t seen the piece that Marian Sandberg wrote in Live Design about Phish’s New Years’ Eve 2012 bash, you’re missing out, it’s a great piece. Â If you’ve never been to a jam band New Years Eve show, you’re missing out, too. Â Phish is kind of known for doing absolutely crazy stuff for the NYE show runs, as are other bands in the genre. Â Typically across space and time it’s Auld Lang Syne and a huge bunch of balloons that fall from the ceiling at midnight, but depending on the band and the venue, it’s a pretty great experience. Â I mean come on – hundreds of ten foot balloons falling from the ceiling of an arena with a bunch of people having a great time? Â How could that NOT be fun?!
Check out Marian’s article, and check out this video of the midnight transition at Madison Square with Phish – pretty awesome!!! Â There’s a part two coming up about the lighting design with Chris Kuroda, so stay tuned – and if you haven’t seen the Jam Cruise 10 lighting seminar with Chris Kuroda from Phish and Jeff Waful of Umphrey’s McGee, that’s something you should check out too!
I was at the NYE run in St. Louis at the Pageant with Jeff Waful and Umphrey’s McGee for the New Years run this year, and a very prominent music writer said, on the night of the December 31 show, “I just came from Madison Square last night from Phish, and this [Umphrey’s McGee] is the better show here in St. Louis.” Â My face WAS IN FACT ROCKED over the four days I spent with Umphrey’s McGee. Â Stay tuned for that footage, I have tons and tons.
Photo Credit – American Songwriter