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Review by RunawayJim4180

RunawayJim4180 An emphatic counterwieght to the prior night in Chula Vista, LA featured more focused energy, better flow, and utimately my vote for the better of these two shows that will likely always be compared side by side to those who attended. This was my 60th show, and first time seeing a long-awaited Fee (very well done) as well as Cars, Trucks, Buses. Highlights and bustouts galore! 1st set must-listens: YEM 2nd set must-listens: Second set. Its essentially one piece of music interspersed with teases (call it a "Tweezer-fest, but its more of an upbeat party of a set with the only delicate moments featured in WTU?)
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Review by SandWedge

SandWedge I noticed there aren't any reviews yet so I'll take a stab at my first one here. A little caveat, I was at this and the last two shows. This show was pure phun. There was an ongoing chant/banter with the audience throughout different moments of the show that interestingly isn't mentioned in the setlist, but that was absolutely a highlight. (Trey said Hi, Mike said Hello, Trey Said How are you, Mike Said, Good, Trey Said I hope you have a good time, Mike said thanks, then the crowd took over Mike's part, probably happened three times or so throughout the show). Prior to the show, I've never seen quite a ticket scene like that one. Nothing like drinking in a HS parking lot! Pebbles and Marbles opener --> Makisupa is what dreams are made of and it's clear that the boys are on a mission to keep setlists unpredictably awesome. Sample was solid and overdue for a showing. Then, Silver Light! I must admit I have been singing along to this one in my car the last two months and I couldn't be happier to have caught a really tight debut version of this one. Halley's and MITM were well played. Mull is a really solid Mike track (interestingly no page songs tonight) and the jam was quite punchy. If I'm being honest a couple of the jams tonight felt a bit disorganized and Set Your Soul Free was the first in this vein. You can tell they were a little out of sync when they bring back the theme and Trey just can't seem to find the key. I did notice Trey tuning and messing with his gear a bit more than usual, maybe these are related. None the less we were excited about another set of "pisch music" (which is what the gentlemen in front of us googled during the first set). The second set is a little hazier for me but have y'all been noticing that Trey is really going for it with the sort of chaos jamming recently? I was definitely getting hints of 99 Trey throughout the show tonight with the crazy effects and free-form peaks. Anyway, wish I could comment on each song from the second set, but I don't know how. All I know is it was incredible to see my favorite band in effectively someone's backyard. The weekapaug caught everyone off guard, maybe even Trey! What a goofy band. Sigma jam was really solid too! How about that encore folks! Setlist porn 100% which performed really well in person. See you all in Vegas. Bring your raincoats, because no one is safe from the Hose right now!
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Review by amberkow

amberkow This show rose from the ashes like a Phoenix over the 18 year drought between phish shows in the Valley of the sun. From start to finish this was a high energy show that kept the crowd moving! I only ask that we don't have to wait another extended hiatus for the band from Vermont to return to the valley of the sun.
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Review by astrexler33

astrexler33 One of my favorite shows I've seen live. Possibly the best versions of NICU and Free ever (Free raged especially), Tube goes so deep, Piper is as weird as I've ever heard Phish, beautiful segues throughout, really interesting NICU teases everywhere. Oh, and a top-notch Fluffhead opener! This show is a must-hear.
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Review by JonnyRingo

JonnyRingo This show was fantastic and is one of my favorite 3.0 shows I've attended (~60). If you would have told me prior, I'd be walking after out raving about an NICU and Free, I would have shrugged you off. However, both jams are absolutely must-hear. As are Tube, No Men's and the Sand -> Piper. This show had it all for me personally. Tons of playfulness with the NICU teases throughout the show (and I must say these teases were masterfully woven into the music). Even the accompanying songs were great. Scents had a super pretty Hood-like jam, the well-executed Fluffhead went minor key Type II before it (kind of abruptly) segued into NICU. The funky Llama was fun and Trey absolutely nailed the outro solo to Joy. This show had surprises, excellent execution, and serious deep jamming of all types in unexpected places. I'd recommend a full show listen if you haven't heard it. I'd also like to mention that Tube, Free and Sand had the entire venue porno dancing and the tail end of Piper freaked me the hell out. This show was too much fun.
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Review by fracai

fracai Three words: [b]Holy fucking shitballs[/b] This was my 30th show and I happened to be hitting the jazz cabbage heavily during Meat. By the time Antelope started, I knew I was in trouble.. Trey took my soul, loaded it in a cannon and shot it out into space. My entire existence had been shattered like piece of glass falling off of a 17 story building. The Gin and Everything's Right provided a much needed cool down with some heavy improvisation to bring me back to down Earth. Only to give us a Frankie Says which is my goddamn first name. That's right, check my birth certificate bitch. I am not saying that fate exists, I am in no way putting out there that destiny is among us, but this being my 30th show happened for a reason. This is objective.
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Review by fracai

fracai Two words: [b]Jesus Christ[/b] This is my tenth year seeing The Phish and it was a celebratory night. Being from LA, my first show was Hollywood Bowl 2011, this show for me is symbolic. I called the 1st set YEM (I had called it as the opener so I'll count it), my buddy called the Tweezer (he also called this as the 2nd set opener) I've been chasing Cars Trucks Buses and Fee for the ENTIRE time I have been following this band as I have never seen them before. Just ridiculous how the band has been approaching this fall tour. If this was my last show ever, so be it, I have advanced to the afterlife.
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Review by sgallivan

sgallivan What can you say? As soon as they went into YEM in the two-slot we all knew we were in for a big one. Around moma dance I had to pee and was waiting for a break so that I could run to the bathroom without missing anything good. That break never came. Check out the waiting all night played at the tempo of simple! So cool. Cars Trucks Buses!!! What a freakin' treat. At that point I'm sure every joe in the crowd knew that Tweezer was about to come in fiery hot. But who knew is would go to the lengths that it did. I've been living in LA now for about 1 month. First Forum show. I feel so grateful to have witnessed LA Woman. Around the end of Chalk Dust it felt like things were winding down. Trey was very very hungry for more music though. Wonderful set that just kept on giving. First Gin encore since 1991! I mean come on now. Thank you thank thank you thank you thank you thank you, Phish. I'm only 23 but the older I get the more this band means to me and the more I appreciate perfectly curated musical evenings like this one. 5/5 show.
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Review by RabbiYoung

RabbiYoung What a show! Brought two first-timers with me because the phriends who were supposed to join me in LA in July 2020 couldn't make it in October. What a lucky pair to have this as their first show! Of course I "lectured" them in the car on the way there about how Phish never repeats songs throughout a tour, and Phish proved me wrong by repeating Steam and Antelope in the first set (I had seen both songs in SF last week), and then again with SANTOS, Chalk Dust, Carini, and Mr Completely (and Bathtub Gin in the encore). It hit me during the second set that they seem to be calling a redo from last weekend after the tragic death of the young man who threw himself off of the second level. It was like Phish was telling us with their music, "We know last weekend was tough, and we feel the pain of the family and friends of the deceased. We don't want to erase the memory of the shows from last weekend, but we do want to reset some of the fan favorite songs so they are not tainted by tragedy." I heard the message and was comforted. I was brought to tears during Birds of a Feather, which I heard as a reminder that we're all in this together, and I cannot wait to see what they have in store for us this coming weekend in Vegas. Thank you, Phish, for an incredible experience that will not be forgotten.
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Review by yEEt_1331

yEEt_1331 After a Fall 1997-esque murderer's row of shows stacked with sprawling 25-30 minute jams, 4-and-5-song sets, jam vehicles out of the most unlikely of songs (Type II NICU?! 20 minute Carini encore?!) and some absolutely bonkers song placement, Phish picks the Sunday Show to throw down some straight setlist porn. Second attempt at A Wave of Hope, one of my favorite Lonely Trip songs, early first set YEM (excellent), awesome Moma Dance through Maze sequence, and pretty much the entire second set. Massive Tweezerfest, flowing like one giant song with an essay's worth of teases to document, and the first improvisationally significant S.A.N.T.O.S., taboot. This, folks, is Phish, with a capital "P"!
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Review by SplitOpenAndMalt

SplitOpenAndMalt Was going to wait for the morning but I got too excited... I flew into town from Columbus, OH to hit this Sunday show solo-- both my first time down here in LA and my first time going to a show solo. Absolutely any and every one of my expectations was blown out of the water. I settled up in the second row of the pit directly in front of Page and waited a few hours for the show to start. A Wave of Hope was a nice way to get everyone moving, and then, BOOM! Second song spacey as all hell YEM-- another first for me! The energy in the room was palpable prior to the first uttering of 'Boy'! and everything just came flowing down. Fishman was doing an exceptional job pacing the prolonged ending of the jam and they even wrapped it up with an abbreviated vocal jam. Instead of taking a break with a catch up song, the band dove right into a ten minute Moma which was really where you could tell Trey was on fire for the first time. After the year that Simple has had so far (and it's been quite the '21 for it), I kinda wrote off the song as a possibility for the first set, but the Simple -> Waiting All Night was just a beautiful piece of music-- truly art. The Maze was exceptionally high-tempo, and the nature of the jam and the environment on the floor convinced me that this HAD to be the set closer (if you haven't, would highly recommend listening to this jam that'll probably be overlooked because of the rest of the show). To my delight, Trey proved me wrong as he pulled out his megaphone. Fee was arguably the song that got me into Phish in the first place, before I even really "got" the music, and I've always been wanting to see it live. It did not disappoint-- it was just as happy as I'd imagined and everyone in the arena was singing along. If this first set didn't already have everything in it, the Steam and Antelope to round it out were played without flaw. Steam stayed Type I and concise enough to give the band time to play a full Antelope but adequately showcased the capabilities of each member to play off of each other (bass bombs in this one were crazy!). Antelope has gotta be my favorite set closer too, and this one just got me so excited from the start. When they started Set II with Cars, Trucks, Buses, I didn't really know what to expect. I'm actually a huge fan of CTB and I thought to myself about flipping the position of that and YEM at that time. And then the TweezerFest kicked in-- my first Tweezer as well. I can't even start to go song by song in this behemoth of a set. LA Woman was a crazy cool bustout that the crowd loved-- it was obvious the band had practiced this one recently as it sounded like it could've been a regular in their rotation. The SANTOS/Tweezer blend was arguably the first-ever Type II jammed out SANTOS and it was one of my highlights of the show. The juxtaposition of that with the What's the Use showcased the dynamic nature of Tweezer jams, and, to a greater extent, the band. What's the Use is incredibly awe inspiring and they didn't cut any corners tonight. The band just takes it absolutely next level after this onset; BOAF to Chalkdust (with a nice BOAF tease right after the vocal section) to Boogie On Reggae Woman is, in most shows, a satisfactory meat of a second set. This iteration just so happened to be right at the midway point of a damn TweezerFest. Carini has also had a beast of a '21 and the darkness of this jam just blew the room up-- at this point, we'd had somber, spacey, energetic, inspiring, and experimental emotional components of this set and Carini was just so different than everything else that had been played. The set wrapped up with Mr. Completely and Tweeprize and honestly I don't know if there's a single thing I would've changed about this set. The Gin encore was also a shocker and a monster of a jam in and of itself. All in all, a lot of firsts for me. Yeah, this is only my seventh show, but this is almost certainly the best Phish show I've been to, edging out Deer Creek Night One. If you've got the time, there is not a song I would skip out of this entire show. If you don't have the time, make the time. An absolute must listen-- this band is unbelievably hot right now going into Santa Barbara right before Vegas. 5/5 stars without a question.
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Review by Shafiq

Shafiq It’s 3am as I’m writing this review so I’ll be brief. This show is magnificent. People went into tonight thinking there’s no way last night’s show can be topped this tour. Time will tell, but the band definitely laughed at that thought. Phish came to PLAY tonight. There are some jams that have extra oomph on them, specifically YEM, Moma, and SANTOS. However, this isn’t a show you’re going to seek out a specific moment for. You likely won’t get the same enjoyment out of it. Because while SANTOS gets its first exploratory excursion, it didn’t feel like about 12 mins and it was all part of the Tweezerfest flow. The flow starts at CTB and ends at Tweeprise. Even set 1 had that flow going. Simple flows straight into Waiting All Night (bust out?) which gets played at a different pace than usual as if it were Catapult or something. Moma with the YEM quotes, etc etc. There’s a lot to be said about this one. You’ll want to hear that first set at least once, and you’ll listen to that second set for the rest of your life. And if you were there, well, you just made a lot of lifelong best friends tonight lol
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Review by Face40

Face40 25 years in. Great show. When the 2nd Song starts with a spacey YEM, something great is coming along. Never, ever, miss a Sunday. And it’s great to see this show come out of the LA forum bc traditionally it served up fun (but consistently average or less shows). Really excited to see what Santa Barbara brings us.
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Review by DownWithSteam

DownWithSteam Couch toured from the east coast, yes this was worth staying up past 3 am for - this show is an absolute behemoth. I said in another review that this band sounded ready to go off these past few nights and well for what its worth I think they just went off. Instead of going song by song which would take a long time - let me say this to summarize this show - This TweezerThon 2nd set is even BETTER than it looks on paper - and on paper it looks like some straight up setlist porn --- oh and they played friggin LA Woman which was sick and teased it along with Tweezer the rest of the set - it cant be understated when I say this is a show for the ages. A+ second set that is going to be on repeat soon. This band is so damn good. I refuse to believe this show can be topped in Vegas - I don't know what they'd need to play to do it - but dear God I hope the find a way to top it! Must Listens: Entire show
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Review by CreatureoftheNight

CreatureoftheNight And I see you too! This show was already special before we walked in the door. The first return to San Diego in 6 years, the NICU printed on the ticket, and for me, the return to the venue where I met my wife and Trey walked off the stage with my one year NA recovery key tag in 2016. The band didn’t disappoint, playing the greatest number of type II jams since Magnaball?!? The continual NICU quotes were amazingly nimble and inventive, while tube and piper went DEEEP!! Just glancing at the set list, there’s really only one song that might be swapped to make this a perfect show on paper. When I go to shows, this is the kind of night I go for. Fun, unique, exploratory, creative and invigorating. After 200+ shows, this is without question a 5 star show. If you were there, you know. If you weren’t, give it a spin asap. Thank you to the band, crew and entire phamily. Let’s do it again tonight!
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Review by ohhello

ohhello Super fun show to be at. Had not seen the band since 2018 at the Forum. HIghlights for me were Tube > Slave, and the second set with the Piper being the standout. The harmonies in Scents were beautiful and the First Tube to send everyone home super high. Joy was beautiful placement too. And the lights are just insane!
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Review by DownWithSteam

DownWithSteam Wow, what a fun show, just finished up couch touring this one - my immediate thoughts are that this was a hot one. Fluffhead opener - not many openers are better in my opinion, and this was a good one. Up next came the inevitable NICU, since well, the venue is named NICU amphitheater --- they would tease NICU throughout the night and it was awesome --- Rare tune in Bye Bye Foot and honestly, the song has grown on me. Tube -> Slave were executed near perfectly here - great 1st set combo. Slow llama next which I know is popular, I do dig it as well. Rise is not a bad song either, even though it may be the weakest of the set. However, as many times in Phish universe - the show takes off brilliantly in the 2nd set with a phenomenal version of No Mans - the jam goes the distance, but the Free the came after may have had an even bigger, impressive jam. The 1-2 punch of this 2nd set was epic, and must listen stuff. Up next is Joy, which many would say would damper the set, but it did not in the slightest high energy sand was next and a piper for the ages followed - the highlight of the show for me, a must listen to version of piper. Show gets closed out with a scents - a pretty excellent choice if you ask me. One of the top 2nd sets of the tour for sure here! As for the encore, Lonely Trip gets another play - it is a good song and i do believe it belongs in the rotation but having it as the encore after it was played 3 nights ago is my only real "complaint" of tonights show. And the encore gets redeemed with a great version of first tube anyways. Borderline 5 star show here! Must here the 2nd set
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Review by mikeytnyc

mikeytnyc This was my 300th show! It seems like the more milestones I hit, the more demanding I become. It was my first show of the fall tour and I came in pretty fresh having not paid attention to much else despite my affinity for the new Golden 1 Center in Sacramento that I helped build. Did everyone like it? I hope nobody needed the world class sports medicine facility powered by Kaiser that’s attached. Anyway, Desert Sky, I mean Ak-Chin, does everyone else remember the Camel Walk and Guy Forget? Well I did so it’s kind of difficult to top that, right? Especially when I’m so heavily distracted by people asking if my party is “OK”. It’s called dancing, it’s called raging, it’s called freaking out. Perhaps try it and you’ll like it. We were the freakers right by the speakers, we were more than Ok. Trey put some extra mustard on that Julius so you knew it would be fun. They played some other stuff, the segue into Soul Planet was cool and the jam was fun. I loved dancing to More and we got a bonus Ghost to close the set. I always love when they close a set with 2 or 3 set closers in a row because that creates such a palpable energy going into set break. Speaking of closers, set 2 opened with Loving Cup. I know I’m getting older because I couldn’t help but think about the dearly departed Sharon Jones. I’m sorry Phish, there will never be another Loving Cup as moving unless you get Mick and Keith on stage too. My name is Mike and so of course I dig into Mike’s groove with aplomb. I have heard Hydrogen since Dick’s ‘19 so that was lovely to my ears. But, geez, “Yes! We’re OK, now shh!” The Everything’s Right was so good but I got sick of the looky loos so I went to get some water and was reminded that dancing in the back with friends is also a lot of fun. Except for the military reject that wanted to know where my seat was. Why isn’t everything GA yet? Before the nazi grabbed I managed to drop a jump kick to emphasize the Life Beyond a Dream. I returned to my section and several friends followed suit and we were rewarded with a lovely Hood. I love seeing love during Hood. I didn’t see any glow sticks, I only saw my friend giving lots of sweet hugs. The encore, for this tour, was pedestrian right? No bonus spacey jams last night, just a solid show. Did anyone else hear “Passing Through” at some point during the second set? I started humming the Hey, Heyo Heyo, and it worked but someone geekier than me will need to figure that out. Please stay safe, wear a mask, wash your hands frequently, and get tested regularly so we can finish this tour as it started. Much love
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Review by vinsanity46

vinsanity46 Really fun show! I want to give credit to this show’s opening segment, because it was the type of opening sequence that means so much more in context than it does in a vacuum. Julius reappears after not being seen since late 2019 and it’s opening notes set the crowd in Phoenix ablaze. Though Julius made its name as a set-closer and encore tune, it makes a ton of sense as an opener. Serving as a high energy, bluesy jam to get the band and crowd feeling good out of the gate? Yes please. Hell, any time Julius is played is a good time, but to open a Friday night show after a significant hiatus? Danger? Yea, we’ve been told to expect it. Before we could even catch our breath, the first Martian Monster of fall tour (and only second since 2019) comes crawling out of the lurch. The “composed” sections of this particular Monster signaled good things to come, and the band seemed to be doing that thing where they take an innocuous musical segment and layer it so richly with new ideas that it almost sounds like a new piece of music. Don’t sleep on the length of this one either, because the jam in this Martian Monster might’ve been the best group improv of the whole show. Almost immediately, Mike starts dropping singularity bombs, perhaps signaling the beginning of a funky Mike-driven jam a la Sneakin’ Sally from 11/2/18…but the band modulates to major key…and what they find themselves in afterwards is a space of pure cohesion. Trey and Page start pushing and pulling each other through conversational melodies, almost rowing the big boat spaceship back and forth…drifting off into orbit around the Soul Planet. And then….liftoff What a sequence to ring in Phish’s first show in Arizona! One final note, this may have been the best straightforward Hood peak I’ve been able to catch live. Featured a big minor key jam with its own peak before absolutely crushing the standard major coda. Thank you Phish!
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Review by DownWithSteam

DownWithSteam Solid show here on Friday night in the desert. The return of Soul Planet was awesome and a great first set treat. The song is really getting jammed far out. My Friend My Friend was a nice launching pad from that jam and was played nicely. More > Ghost was also a solid way to close out the set. 2nd set opens with a Loving Cup which was neat, a great song to hear at any time. Sweet Mikes Groove came after - and the highlight on the 2nd set came next with this Everythings Right, which had a nice long jam in it too - probably right up there with the soul planet jam from set 1. I think Life Beyond the Dream is a great song, and this was a stupendous version. Cities -> Hood were 2 great choices to close us out. All played very well. Double encore with Suzy and Cavern and we have ourselves a pretty darn good show here tonight, I will give it 4 stars. Must Listens: Soul Planet -> My Friend My Friend, Ghost and the entire 2nd set. Cant wait for more, Phish is refusing to play a bad show currently. It feels like theyre ready to go off any given night
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Review by DownWithSteam

DownWithSteam Sick show here without a doubt. Stash is one of the best things I've heard from this band- EVER - and the wormtown jam is a trip and a half in itself. Oh, and it opens with a flawless Mikes -> Simple. There's even a strange design fit into this thing. One of the better shows ever, band is in such a great spot here throughout, this to me is an easy 5 star show
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Review by DownWithSteam

DownWithSteam Really good show here in night 2 of Eugene, better than Night 1 in my humble opinion - loved the start to this one - sick mr completely, good energy and timber is a great song. SOAM was a nice 1st set treat and End of Session is a pretty rare one to here. Ruby Waves had the jam of the night, and honestly Lonely Trip is a good song, but maybe better for a first set. Golden Age was placed well and BDTNL was played very tight to end a fun set. And Wilson Santos encore a double pinch of gleeful energy Above average show tonight! Would take this one any given night, 4 stars on here!
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Review by Slice

Slice Backwards Down the Number Line might not be the song many of us wanted, but it was song that everyone needed. It is a special song in so many ways. Such a beautiful personal poem between besties. Thanks to Mr. Marshall it is the reason the 3/6/09 interweaves all our number lines and back down here with all our friends at 10/20/21. Cherish these. No one knows how many numbers we have left to pin, but we do get to decide what it contains. Love y’all.
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Review by metawhy

metawhy Wow just wow. It took me a second to figure out Mr. Completely when it started the show with a serious sonic push. It seems like they are now going for broke in the first song first set. I can't even describe where it went, but it is worth hearing. When they dropped into Energy, the crowd around me just exploded and everyone was dancing and grooving with big smiles. The jam slowed down and they took it into another rocker with a menacing vibe: Timber. Trey's enunciation of the lyrics with the heavy guitar behind him was powerful. Casual Enlightentment - ooof, please don't destroy the vibe Divided sky was great, but I can't help thinking that this song is most amazing the first time you hear it, for the sheer surprise of the changes and the idea of nurturing a bit of beauty to fruition. Farmhouse was a nice breather and allowed Trey to really feel the song out in a looser arrangement than in previous years. I feel heavy nostalgia for the 90s when I hear this song. Trey was practically whispering and it gave the song a nice plaintive feel. Melt thundered out next and my section was doing the weird jerky robot dance moves. This one got murky fast, with CK5 creating an amazing visual of a slowly turning whale with the lights. It slowed down and got very atonal. I was enjoying sitting down and just watching the slow turning lights. There was some weird little song I didn't recognize in the muck, then a return to the SOTM riff to close the set. Whew! Set II started out with a crowd participating ACDC that peaked quickly and landed in Ruby Waves. Geez I love the goofy and light lyrics of this song. It is like the opposite of a heavy trip. Peoples arms were up and swinging and getting down to the good energy. This folks was the jam of the night. Trey locked into some dark repetitive groove and then just brought out this amazing dark peak. Then all hell broke loose and it's like the whole thing lifted up and revealed this layer of disco right below the surface. It was like a funk bomb went off in our section. People were screaming and going nuts. You REALLY should listen to this very unusual jam. Ruby waves went ambient and then landed gently in Lonely Trip. Perfect placement! Everyone took a breather and listened to this gentle new song that leaves you feeling very good. Golden Age started and I couldn't believe it! This song can be so uplifting and the lyrics are just so FUN. They just sang it so hard, and the CK5 was helping out with Oranges and Reds to lift up the chakra energy. The jam winded down and I could just hear it coming, Numberline. I cringed for a second, then just went with it. It felt so refreshing to experience that song with a crowd. As Trey ripped into his end solo for the night, we were treated to his final crescendo of notes, tones and textures. It was absolutely stunning with some piercing high notes played with sustain. Very powerful stuff that felt cleansing in a way. Thank you Phish and fans!
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Review by DarkStarCrashes

DarkStarCrashes This is why we come to see this band, for having a chance to glimpse into the unknown, and seeing the full potential of human creativity and ingenuity in action. For having a shot at being there when everything gels, and the only thing you can feel is love, and everywhere you look you can only see ecstatic faces. Everything was beautiful, it's almost impossible to believe 4 humans could create a sound so... THICK! So full and dense and wondrous. We are witnessing the crux and what is artistically possible and perhaps conceivable. There will be no comparisons to be made. You wouldn't compare a Dali painting with anything, not even another Dali. The act would be fruitless. Why bother? If you're inside a Phish show, you've done it! You're here! Ecstasy, Bliss, Laughter, Love are just a stone's throw away if only you can surrender to the flow. I love life, I love Phish, I love music and I love Oregon. I love this opportunity we have in this time and space to see what is truly possible. How much love can we add to the world? How much compassion? How am I going to make the world brighter with my presence? You are beautiful, each and every one of you. Happy happy oh my friends! Party on Garth! Party on Wayne! Until next time! Peace & Love & Phish Gary
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Review by InTheQuagmire

InTheQuagmire Just coming off the Sacramento -> SF run and spent the last two nights on couch tour for these Oregon shows. I was slow cooking mushroom risotto during the SOAM and shit...,my spatula got caught in the hose. As I slowly poured chicken broth and stirred with the rhythm over the gas flame, I found myself right back in there as well. In that sweet-spot that I've found myself in both nights of Chase, many parts of Sac, all of Shoreline and all over the Gorge. This show is fantastic from start to finish. Powerful, hot hot heat, healing (that pause in Divided Sky... is bliss), more heat, optimism, and downright FUN. That risotto gave me the comfort food moment I needed coming off west coast tour kickoff and then sneaking back in for more via web-cast. Love and light, remember to eat, hydrate and take care of each other. (and your shoes!!!!). Peace - MT
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Review by metawhy

metawhy Was my first show since Bend 2015. Was that a loud show last night? Is that the new normal? I'm wearing ear protection tonight. Maybe I'm just old now. Trey was really going for it in DWD and TWIST. Really out there stuff that didn't quite gel into something amazing (like 8-31-21 Stash) but I still love how Trey really stretches the band into new and weird spaces. It's why I see Phish. It won't work 100% of the time, but it is why I keep coming back to listen. The show was very high energy, even the slow songs like Leaves (which had great placement) had a raging ending to them. It was like guitar god Trey was in the house. My favorite moment was when 2001 got slow and Trey's tone got really low. I didn't see how they could go back to 2001 and it was just an amazing full band exploration. Also, Mike cannot be heard as clearly as earlier tours. Phish sound guy please fix this.
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Review by metawhy

metawhy Was my first show since Bend 2015. Was that a loud show last night? Is that the new normal? I'm wearing ear protection tonight. Maybe I'm just old now. Trey was really going for it in DWD and TWIST. Really out there stuff that didn't quite gel into something amazing (like 8-31-21 Stash) but I still love how Trey really stretches the band into new and weird spaces. It's why I see Phish. It won't work 100% of the time, but it is why I keep coming back to listen. The show was very high energy, even the slow songs like Leaves (which had great placement) had a raging ending to them. It was like guitar god Trey was in the house. My favorite moment was when 2001 got slow and Trey's tone got really low. I didn't see how they could go back to 2001 and it was just an amazing full band exploration. Also, Mike cannot be heard as clearly as earlier tours. Phish sound guy please fix this.
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Review by c_wallob

c_wallob I would describe 10/19/2021 as the not the show we wanted, but the show we needed. The vibe was spectacular in the venue, with everyone looking to heal from the tragedies in SF, and then Trey got up there and perfectly summed up what most of us are feeling. I know that the SF stories are far from over, but I - for one - feel that I'm ready to enjoy the rest of tour without the cloud hanging over us. I know that people get hurt, OD, and unfortunately pass away more frequently on tour than most of us know. But the way that things transpired in SF, coupled with this period of National sorrow and death that we are are trying to emerge from, made it particularly upsetting. Anyways - about the music. I really wouldn't change anything about the first set. This was the first DWD of 4.0 that delivered an extended jam, Jim was a solid Set 1 version, Ocelot had a very nice Type 1 jam, Rift, Horn > Ya Mar was a great song-based segment, Stash delivered a really pretty extended Type 2 jam, Trey gave a 5-star speech, and Walls brought the set home with great energy. For a "normal" first-set from a setlist perspective, I would give this first set about 4.5 out of 5 stars. Set 2 started off with a lot of promise. Twist started at a slow, swampy pace, giving way to a crunchy groove reminiscent of the 4.0-style jamming. Blaze On was a terrific choice for the second slot, and the jam started with tremendous promise. Then, it seemed like Mike and Fish pulled the ripcord into Plasma. I didn't even hear Trey punching that staccato rhythm before Fish started that unmistakable drumbeat. I love Plasma, but since Providence 2019, I feel it's gotten more than its fair share of play. I would have been perfectly happy if we got a monster version of Plasma, but this sub-7 minute version was a bit of a letdown. Leaves was VERY well played - probably my favorite live version yet. I really didn't think that I Never Left Home would be a good addition to the Phish live catalog, and after 1 performance I feel that thought was accurate. I like Sparkle more than most, but prefer it as a Set 1 ditty. 2001 was the best version I've seen in a while, but I wished that they would have just finished it and closed the set out on that note. Sigma Oasis is still trying to find its place in the setlist. Is it an opener? Jam vehicle? Set closer? I know that this song is going to be in our world for a while, and I hope they figure out its place. I don't think Set 2 closer is it. Although it started with great promise and included a super 2001, I'd say this set is in the 3.4 to 3.6 star range. DWYS was exactly the encore I hoped they'd play. A lot of love was released during the refrain of that song. Everyone in the room was on their feet with their hands in the air, shouting "And LOVE will carry us through" at the top of their lungs. What an amazing sight. I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about that moment again. In the context of THIS tour, being in the room, and the show that I wanted tonight, I'd give this show a 4.8 out of 5 stars. In the context of the broader catalog of live phish shows, I'd put this show at 3.8 out of 5 stars, mostly due to the middle third of the second set.
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Review by DrJerryPunchYITE

DrJerryPunchYITE Funny thing 2021 phish has done to us. If they're not playing 4 song second sets or insert songs you don't think should be played its a 2 star show. Lol same as it ever was! Not the best show of the year but an average/great show with 4 really good renditions, some tour firsts, a debut and a very classy conversation about the San Fran tragedy.
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