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Sunday, 12/31/2023 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

Set 1: Everything's Right Tube Ether Edge Reba Taste Ruby Waves A Life Beyond The Dream Character Zero

Set 2: Down with Disease Harpua[1] The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday[2] The Lizards[2] Punch You in the Eye AC/DC Bag Tela[2] Llama Wilson[3] The Sloth[4] Divided Sky[2]

Set 3: McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters Colonel Forbin's Ascent[5] Fly Famous Mockingbird[6] Auld Lang Syne Split Open and Melt[2] You Enjoy Myself Loving Cup Possum

Encore: Cavern First Tube Tweezer Reprise

[1] Unfinished.
[2] Off-stage backing chorus.
[3] Jo Lampert on additional vocals. Off-stage backing chorus.
[4] Lyrics changed to "I'm squeezing that Charmin. Thank you Mr. Whipple. I'm still squeezing that Charmin. Thank you Mr. Whipple."
[5] Off-stage backing chorus. Lyrics changed to "weary body."
[6] Annie Golden on additional vocals. Off-stage backing chorus.

Notes: Tube contained teases of the theme to The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Harpua was unfinished and contained a Vibration of Life tease. During the Harpua narration, Trey talked about some of the Harpuas and Phish shows at Madison Square Garden of the past 40 years, and a bed appeared from beneath the front of the stage with an actor playing Jimmy and a puppet version of Poster Nutbag. Trey then interrupted the song before the "I want a dog" lyric and said Jimmy had lacked a strong female influence over the years and introduced actress Annie Golden as Jimmy's grandmother. While consoling Jimmy, she told him it was time to tell the truth about the owner of Harpua. After telling Jimmy that the old man had given the puppet to Esther and helped Jimmy's cousin Reba make liquid meat, a vinyl record (with a rhombus on the cover) was brought forth and Jimmy's grandmother said "it's time... it's New Year's Eve and I can't let you ring another new year without knowing the real story of Gamehendge!" leading into The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday and a glowing rhombus rising to frame the entire stage. The band then began the first performance of the Gamehendge saga since July 8, 1994 (1,194 shows), with Golden and Trey providing the narration and performers acting out the parts of Colonel Forbin, Rutherford, the AC/DC Bag, Tela, Errand Wolfe (later billed in post show credits as "The Wolf"), and the Sloth. The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday, The Lizards, Tela, Wilson, Divided Sky, Colonel Forbin's Ascent, Fly Famous Mockingbird, and Split Open and Melt featured an off-stage backing chorus. The multi-beast and McGrupp were also performed by puppets. Tela performed acrobatics on wires during her song, with Jo Lampert (as the Wolf) providing additional vocals during Wilson. The Sloth's lyrics were changed to "I'm squeezing that Charmin. Thank you Mr. Whipple. I'm still squeezing that Charmin. Thank you Mr. Whipple." Colonel Forbin ascended the rhombus during Colonel Forbin's Ascent (which had lyrics changed to "weary body"), and a large Famous Mockingbird puppet (with a top hat) flew over the crowd during Fly Famous Mockingbird, which also featured Annie Golden on additional vocals. Before Melt, Trey asked Jimmy's grandmother if she knew that the mountain was a volcano, and the Lizards reappeared to dance to the ensuing Melt jam, eventually leaving the stage one by one as the rhombus was lowered again.

This show was part of the "2023 NYE Run."

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