, attached to 2021-12-31

Review by HarpuaTheBulldog

HarpuaTheBulldog Watched this show from the webcast while at my boyfriend's house in Portland, OR before we went out for the night.

Was a pretty solid show all things considered! Writing this over 6 months later without relistening to the show, this will be mainly based on memory.

Set 1: Really good setlist. They could basically use any song they wanted for this show since it was a one-off, so we got a ton of first-set heavy hitters. The Moma - Tube - 46 Days opener was solid and while nothing special, scratched the itch.
Time Turns Elastic was a major surprise. I didn't even really know what song it was at first, having to check online. I didn't get on the Phish tour bus until early 2014 so I never caught one of these live, that was a major treat. I don't think it was a coincidence that one of the biggest wildcards of the show came from a song that a very vocal fan contingent hated, and then the one time they don't play in front of an audience they bust it out. Pretty good stuff and I honestly really liked this version of it too. Would not be upset if it returned to semi-regular rotation, but I kind of doubt it. Ghost > Slave the best part of the rest.

Set 2: I don't recall much about the start of this, perhaps a rather rough ripcord into Miss You from DWD remembering back. The YEM that comes next is the highlight of the show - they start the vocal jam, finish it, but then a "holy shit" moment comes when they return back to a full band jam with their instruments right after. Very good stuff, and then they continue the themes throughout the rest of the set in >Frankie Says [wild choice!] and then >Mercury. That three-song bit is the best part musically of the show.

Set 3: I liked the Blaze On into What's the Use, if you have the video or even just the audio, the WTU is worth checking out for the lack of any crowd response. Both the Blaze and the Everything's Right didn't seem particularly new for a NYE set but they both delivered. I enjoyed the Baby Lemonade bustout as well. Hood to close, great peak and interesting to hear without the crowd "HOOD" reaction.

Overall? I think this was solid given the circumstances of no NYE show. It didn't really have too many standout moments, but it was enjoyable as a pre-NYE webcast from the West Coast Couch.

Must hears:
Set 1: Time Turns Elastic {novelty factor}, Ghost > Slave
Set 2: YEM > Frankie Says > Mercury
Set 3: Everything's Right > Auld Lang Syne > Everything's Right , WTU and Hood {if you wanna hear them with no crowd}


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