, attached to 2022-04-23

Review by sheikyerbouti

sheikyerbouti After 4/21 and especially 4/22, I was asking myself, “how do they follow that up?” In typical Phish fashion, they deliver.

4/23 is a very full and complete show. Set 1 is as good as it looks on paper. Simple is the obvious highlight, but getting Fluffhead/Divided Sky in the same set is just marvelous. And how can you not love a set closing first tube? Aside from the Egg in a Hole teases, this was a front to back 1.0 set. Quite amazing considering this is night 4 of the run with so many options already done. Now that I’m thinking about it, I don’t think there were any covers at all during this run? Just some Phish Food for thought…

Set 2 opens with what I believe is the jam of the run, a fat 27 minute No Men’s. Lots of great musical ideas are explored during the jam, and much like Simple things get dark. I can see why people would be upset with the Prince Caspian ripcord but damn, that was one of the tightest Caspian jams I can remember. Felt like a 1.0 rendition. Piper gets weird in the best way possible, I’ve never heard a Jibboo live that doesn’t rage, and then Walls of the Cave in the S2 closer slot is a tour de force. Trey put some extra mustard on that one to close out an incredible four night run.

Wilson, Bowie and More in the encore slot tells you all you need to know about how great the night is. I always see people groan at More and start packing up, bums me out a little. I think about how the band is up on stage, their family and friends are in attendance, they’re at the center of the universe in MSG, and we reflect with the words “they must be something more than this.” Beautiful stuff. See y’all at the next one.


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