, attached to 2022-08-03

Review by geogaddi

geogaddi First time at Pine Knob, made the ~5 hour drive there and back for this single show. I really like this small venue. The front of the lawn felt like pav distance to the band at other venues. I had pavs and I felt like I was in the pit, amazing view. The actual pit is absolutely tiny, looked like only ~50 people up there lol.

The show was really fun overall. Every "jam song" got jammed for a bit. ER, KDF, Stash, Bowie, Carini, and No man's all got extended jams. Most of these jams felt pretty meandering to me. Really nice moments scattered throughout every jam, but this show just needed one of these jams to push a little further and it would have been a lot more memorable. A lot of these jams had some pretty low key peaks, nothing too dramatic. For a band that can get so deep and creative, sometimes peaks can feel like a crutch. You know they can pull a peak out of their ass at any moment and it's a quick way to max out the energy and get the crowd excited. They really have turned peaks into it's own artform and have done hundreds of really creative mind blowing peaks, but those real massive venue breaking peaks need to feel deserved. The peaks here knew their place, nothing too gigantic, but matched the level of the jams that led up to them.

The No Man's toward the end really did reach that next level phish creativity for a few minutes. It felt dead serious, and I was expecting it to get into the type of deeper jam territory we've been getting this year, like the bethel 2's SYSF or hartford's WOH, but it never ended up trying to. Around 7:00 - end on the sbd is the section I'm talking about. Most of the show felt like a mike/fish show to me, but this section of no man's had everybody stepping up for about 5 minutes of really engaging creative and tight improv. This section definitely got my head in the "this is why I see this band" space. The clear highlight for me by far.

The bug encore was cute. I'm glad the Jovi lore came full circle.

If blossom + this show is considered a run, then blossom wins in my book. I probably won't go back to this show much if at all, but in person it was really fun and absolutely worth it. Best band.


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