Sometimes you need a vacation. This one came at the perfect moment considering most of the US is under a blanket of frigid air. I flew to Miami for a week-long vacation with Nicky, but Phish was also playing four shows including New Year's Eve. I love coincidences like that!
Miami became the Mecca for neo-hippie this NYE. Hey, with LeBron James back in Cleveland with the Cavs, the suits at American Airlines Arena needed to boost revenue with a LeBron-less Heat, so they made a bold move and hired Phish to play a four-show holiday run. Phish played MSG in late December the last few years, but it was fun to return to Miami, where Phish played 4-night runs in 2003 and 2009 (and yes, I went to both). This year was a minor twist... instead of NYE ending the four-show run, this year was a little different with NYE kicking off a 4-show run that included shows on the first three days of 2015.
The band was a little rusty the first two nights after taking almost two months off, yet on Friday night the boys brought the heat. Even this jaded vet was impressed. Our friend from Colorado, Piper, put it best... "The Heat played a home game!" Hey, it's a fantastic night any time Phish plays my favorite song (Slave to the Traffic Light) and Nicky's favorite (2001)... and last night they played those two songs back-to-back. Good times. Fun times. Friday night dance party.
The highlight of the set was a juicy, bombastic Weekapaug Groove that featured an extended jam with Trey jumping on Fishman's kit and playing the Marimba. Bass player Mike Gordo put down his instrument and picked up Trey's guitar to do a little ambient shredding. Watch that spontaneous moment in this official video from Phish...