, attached to 2021-08-08

Review by yam_ekaj

yam_ekaj im going to including the same disclaimer as last night: this review is ~objective~ (according to my objectivity) based on phish's "modern era" (09 return on). as these are my first 3 shows back, it was a pleasure to hear a mike's groove, gin, ghost, sally, all the classics etc live for the first time in a while. that being said, out of that context, this was not my favorite phish show.

set one was quite nice. a first set mikes is always a good thing, and mikes had a little extra type 2 sauce on it. the new mike song casual enlightenment is nice, and while the bowie had flubs, the jam section was very good.

set 2 was, for me personally, a tough one to swallow. to my ears, the band never found their footing (especially trey it seemed) and never really dug into any jamming, aside from a bit of gin and some random moments along the way. many fans may have enjoyed the setlist antics, and i did too. that being said, personally what i look for in a phish show is spectacular jamming, which they have been delivering in droves. it was a shame that they didn't go for a big one on this night.

that being said, it was cool to see the band roll with the semi-weird and very cool ghost groove for a bit, and after the abrupt move into sally, they obviously leaned into the "mashup set" situation. as i saw someone write elsewhere, it was a fitting choice to play most events aren't planned given the spontaneous transitions.

in closing:
this show is not really my thing, but it was still enjoyable (to say the least). the band is playing so well this tour--this was another great run of shows. can't wait for hershey!


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