Hey! As we count down to the New Year I thought it would be fun to revisit rock n roll New Year’s past.
Rock on and Happy New Year!
Grateful Dead 1985 (with Ken Kesey and Father Guido Sarducci). Midnight Hour. The first 4 minutes of this show the New Year’s procession/countdown narrated by SNL’s Father Guido Sarducci and an out-of-his-mind-tripping Ken Kesey (he’s the one screaming incoherently and seeing imaginary things). Then the Dead rock In the Midnight Hour.
Phish 1999/2000. Heavy Things. The song Heavy Things performed on ABC. Clearly the band was nervous and (probably) a little stoned. Peter Jennings introduces them as "The Phish." They played for 7 and a half hours that night. Best party of the millennium. Wilson!
String Cheese Incident 2000/2001. Search. The instrumental section is glorious. They scale a mighty peak here. Turn this up and dance. (Note: this is labeled wrong on youtube--it's New Year's 2001)
My Morning Jacket 2008/2009. Celebration>Get Down On It. I was actually on the floor of MSG last year boogieing out to MMJ. Here’s a highlight—Celebration>Get Down On It. It felt very defiant and revolutionary to proclaim our celebration.
Happy New Year!