, attached to 2022-02-25

Review by Col_Radicones_Ascent

Col_Radicones_Ascent So, lets talk about last night shall we, what a show. Continuing with the trend the first set played like a 3.0 second set and the second set jammed with 2.0 looseness, minus the sloppy playing...what a time to be a phan huh, we are even getting some crispy guitar playing a la 1.0 (maybe we should call it 6.0 because we are getting it all). From SANTOS thru Chalk Dust we had a rip-roaring good time, plus a debut of Rolling Stones Satisfaction, seriously what was not to love about last night? The modern era is so good that last night could be perceived as just average.

Now the second set, 4 songs is always a solid benchmark to start with. Disease took it's rightful place as the 2nd set opener workhorse and jammed for a solid 25 minutes. Every year since 2009 we have witnessed the band sync up quicker and quicker and in more dynamic and creative ways and 2022 so far has continued that trend. BDTNL was (as usual) upbeat and fiery and then the foreboding Carini rift kicked the door down and again we were treated with trek into the land of serene bliss.

Now I want to bring something up, the last few nights Phish have dug into a jamming style that gets as lovely and soothing as the Bethel Waves Soundcheck. If you listen closely at the 10 minutes Trey smiling like a goof finds a pattern he likes alot and sticks with it playing with his tones until it's just right. The jam adds weight until it finally dipped below the surface and it was floating under water, that's the moment the jam became Bethel Waves (the ending segment). In my opinion (which is ever changing) the Bethel Waves soundcheck is one of the most beautiful segments of music I have ever heard Phish play and if we are entering a new jam style where they get really ethereal then I am here for it. ASIHTOS was up next and it goes from a brief foray of psychedelia into anthemic bliss. Wading and Antelope were a perfect cap from a great night Antelope was a little wonky in the beginning but it was a very playful version, that sent everyone back to the pool happy and satiated, now onto tonight's show!


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