, attached to 2022-04-21

Review by MrPalmers1000DollarQ

MrPalmers1000DollarQ Taking a big step up from N1 of the April MSG run, the band had clearly shaken off a good amount of rust for the next few nights. I'm still not sure which night was my personal favorite among 4/21-4/23, but just reading the setlist for N2, it's clear Phish was out to please. Set 1 covers a lot of ground: some well-played but standard fan favorites in Suzy, 46 Days, and Plasma; a couple meaty jams out of Wolfman's and Ghost; and a few rarities I had all but given up on seeing from TMWSIY, Avenu Malkenu, and Esther. Aside from a couple forgeiveable slip ups in Esther, I thought this entire set sounded fantastic. Gold medal goes to the last few minutes of Ghost where Mike sets up a sweet and sultry mood and Trey slowly takes it to the god damn moon.

Set 2 follows suit with another excellent batch of tunes. Starting off with a jammed out CDT, the band spends most of the tune in an I Know You Rider-esque groove to let Trey fly around the fretboard, guiding the ebb and flow of energy. Without the world's smoothest transition, Trey signals to -> into Tweezer, where we get some more teases of Your Pet Cat, some really awesome call & response (hell yeah Mike), and then transition to an uplifting C major jam that maintains its delicacy even at its peak. Also Sprach gave the audience some nice Martian Monster / Woo! time and scratched my itch to see another 2001 at an indoor venue (something about those lights just hit so much harder at MSG than Dick's). Trey absolutely crushed the Maze peak before starting off About to Run (the first song I wasn't super excited for). Things picked back up with another unexpected tune in Mango Song, a false ending Harry Hood that dips its toes in a bunch of different modes of D before the final resolution, and a killer Character Zero->Tweezer->Character Zero finale that sent the audience reeling. After these two killer sets, I was a bit bummed to end with a less-than-inspired Life Beyond the Dream (one of the weaker versions, imo), but I'll always take a Tweeprise :)

Overall, I definitely thought the band turned it the fuck on for N2, delivering one of the more entertaining and consistent shows I've personally attended. Checked off a few bucket list songs and offered plenty of dancing. Upon relistening, I think Ghost stands out as an easy highlight from the evening; go check it out.
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