, attached to 2021-08-06

Review by heathen

heathen Set 1: They bust out of the gates with a lot of energy in Carini...except for Fishman, who plays the same thing for the entire jam (with a few of the most basic fills thrown in here and there). More of the same with Sand. Nice version of Tube. Overall a fairly standard first set that showed potential to be better.

Set 2/e: There were some good moments in the Blaze On jam. The jam is decent overall but nothing special. It ends with the typical Phish 3.0 crescendo before they transition back to Blaze On. Simple is another story. The Simple jam has a lot of interesting ideas going on, and the band really steps off the cliff (Fish included). I've definitely heard better performances of the song itself, but this is one of the more exploratory Simple jams I've heard. Even though I loved the exploration, I don't hate how they brought it back to the song at the end of the jam. I'd rather be left wanting for more than feeling like the band was beating a dead horse. Maybe not the all-time best Simple, but definitely a version that needs to be heard. There's nothing noteworthy about the rest of set 2. The encore is also unremarkable, other than Sanity always being fun to hear.

Overall an average show that would've been below average without the Simple. This version of Simple is the first thing I've heard from this tour (and I haven't heard 8/4 yet) that I'd tell someone they need to at least check out. Everything else has been, in the grand scheme of all the decades of Phish music that exists, unremarkable. I'm not saying this Simple is necessarily an all-time great, but it's definitely noteworthy.


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