, attached to 2022-02-25

Review by MrPalmers1000DollarQ

MrPalmers1000DollarQ N2 of the 2022 Mexico run was a pretty dang good first 2-set show for the year. Getting very VERY excited for MSG in April. In the end, I didn't find Set 2 to be as praiseworthy as some of the reviews I've read online suggest; I think some folks succumb to a longer=better mindset. To me, DwD and Carini felt a little bit aimless and uninspired at times. ASIHTOS compensated nicely with some more energetic peaks.

Setlist Thoughts
- SANTOS has certainly found its place in the Phish repertoire as the favorite Kasvot Vaxt tune, and I'm happy with that. Great Type I jamming to warm us up
- SANTOS into Ghost could so easily be a -> transition (I often need a second to figure out which one is playing with the 3.0 Ghost intro sounding so similar), so there's a missed opportunity there. Jam starts nice and quiet but slowly picks up steam as the tempo increases and a soaring, reverberate peak breaks through. Page's synths are damn powerful.
- Mike give us some sweet, drippy bass soloing in Free. Trey's gritty envelope filter gets a nice workout as well. Nice funky jamming
- BOTT gets a tight Type I treatment, not too much to unpack imo.
- The Halley's jam was definitely highlight of the first set for me. I love Page's use of the synths on this one (seems Maybe We're the Visitors stuck with him!). While what is officially considered Halley's doesn't evolve tremendously, it makes its way absolutely seamlessly into the end of SANTOS again--a pretty unique method of jamming. Continuing the trend, Trey takes it into Satisfaction to wrap up the medley
- 2001 gives us a little bit more funk to dance to before CDT. Pretty laid back with Page primarily in the spotlight on the rhodes. CDT is a nice long Type I performance. Fishman really helps deliver the punch in Trey's solo here. Overall, pretty nice set 1
- Set 2's been getting a lot of hype for the 4-song jamming. 25-minute DwD will do that, alright. The Type I jamming in the earlier stages is nice, and Page gets a good amount of piano riffing in. However, the slower remainder of the tune transitions smoothly from tranquility to a looming darker tone, and then finishes with a bit more triumph.
- BDTNL has a little more pep in its step than usual, it seems. The majority of Trey's solo remains subdued, but eventually he brings the peak with the crazy sustain his Ross compressor is known for.
- Back to the regularly scheduled programming, Carini explodes with plenty more jamming. Not quite as much exploration as DwD, imo, but still enjoyable.
- ASIHTOS closes Set 2 with an appropriate grandeur. This is the energetic peak of the show, as the finale lasts several minutes after a brooding, dark jam.
- Wading and Antelope in the same encore is special in itself. Both are played really dang well (especially Antelope). Closed the night off excellently.


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