, attached to 2022-07-24

Review by The_Watchful_Hosemaster

The_Watchful_Hosemaster It was a scorcher on Sunday down in Hartford! At least it was throughout the pre-show routines in the various parking lots that surround the Meadows.

The show starts off with Cars Trucks Buses, which is usually a fun warm-up song. The first set was a collection of newer songs and while they were played well and had some good groove to them, they did not seem to excite the crowd into a frenzy. The Sand set closer was probably my highlight of this set. This is my second show of the tour and this is the second show in which they went into some cool electronic-sounding style grooves. This isn't a complete throwback to their trance-like grooves of 1999, but it is something I haven't heard them do too much of throughout the 3.0-present era.

The second set provided some very good and deep jams through A Wave of Hope - ASIHTOS - Blaze On. These three songs provide about an hour's worth of Set 2 Phish. The actual song selections were kind of all over the place, with hardly any of the old school "fan favorites". I was at Great Woods N2 and also caught A Wave of Hope and Blaze On there. A Wave of Hope seems to be one of the newer songs they are still toying around with for using as a mega-jam vehicle. Blaze On has already cemented itself as one of these types of songs, whether you really love it or are "meh" about it. Get used to it because it's taking up the space in the setlists where we would see more DwD, Tweezer, and some of the older tunes. I'm not totally sold on A Wave of Hope just yet. There is something about the song-part of the newer songs that are a bit cheesy to me. That being said, this version of it provides some very deep and spacey jams that you should check out.

Like other commenters said, the setlist was kind of all over the place and if you're an old school Phish fan that wants a healthy dose of the classics like Antelope, Hood, Mike's/Weekapaug, Divided Sky, Reba, etc. then this show might either bore you a bit or give you a good jumping off point for Phish 4.0.

The encore was solid. Tube is always a fun and funky jam and First Tube is a classic, high-energy set or show closer. I never tire of that simple guitar riff and bouncy bass line in First Tube.


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