, attached to 2021-10-28

Review by yam_ekaj

yam_ekaj absolutely incredible show. the energy at MGM was through the roof from the opening ambience of 2001. the first set is just bananas. back to back rager jams in 2001 and 1999 (!!! i thought they'd never play this again--what a thrill to see it). going type two basically every opportunity including two major explorations during 46 days and 20YL. pretty much a perfect phish set if you ask me.

second set was incredible as well, but perhaps not quite to the heights of the first (which is very fine after a first set like that). it seemed they never quiiite found their footing during -7, but there was still a lot of interesting stuff in there, a lot of it a bit more "Evil Phish"-y which is always a good thing. If 6 Was 9 was a fantastic surprise cover, and they jammed the heck of out it. Five Years another awesome call that i kinda figured i would never see phish play live after missing halloween 16. happy to be proven wrong once again.

the next section of the set, to me, felt like an exclamation point on the previous songs. the Two Versions of Me was nice to hear and very cool how it went into N02. Army of One is a nice song, and My Sweet One is very fun. and then first tube, which i figured would rage as usual--but instead it seemed like they accidentally found themselves in a deep type 2 situation. just when they had me thinking the set was going to be jukebox til the end... once again i was proven wrong. extremely wild First Tube which did not include the classic trey guitar-lift, presumably because Zero followed it.

numberline for the encore--we all knew it was coming and you know what, they earned it. great performance of the tune as well. and of course the adjusted grind was the cherry on top of an incredibly well executed gag show.

i wonder what this means for the upcoming shows, especially halloween show itself. will do four shows with different themes? was this a random idea they had and the next two shows will be normal and then a halloween gag? phish is wild man. just happy to be along for the ride.


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