, attached to 2022-08-10

Review by phishphan1984

phishphan1984 So as a Canadian this was my first Canadian phishing trip. I’ve been to some great shows in the States, and my buddies in Toronto had all told me that Phish hadn’t produced a solid show there since the early 90s.

Needless to say to those who attended, but I’m very glad I made the trip. For one, the company was great - my best bud and I have been trying to make a show together since high school so it was only fitting that 20 years later made an appearance. Took my bro for his 1st show. Venue was solid and I got to enjoy them both out on the small floor up front and on the lawn.

But the main event was excellent. Many highlights for a show that didn’t have a 20+ minute song but ventured into type II jams early and often. Tiptoeing in to 30+ straight minutes of Sigma, Blaze On, and Steam was a phenomenal set 1 opening. Theme from the Bottom was the standout of the set for me, beautifully led and flowing. Love that Fishman still gets Trey to crack up and come in late on his lines in Wombat. Stash and Sand are both worth a re-listen and closed out an excellent first set.

Set 2 kicked off with the longest Sample in a Jar ever, I believe, and in conjunction with DwD is another 30+ min gem. Really patient with a mellow DwD and just like Halloween, punctuated a sweet jam with a goofy Death Don’t Hurt Very Long. Don’t know if the title sequence of Down With Disease - Death Don’t Hurt Very Long - 20 Years Later - Light was meant to be poetic, but I appreciated it all the same. The latter 2 hit serenely with the changing views after sunset, and then they dialed up the energy with a funky 2001-Sally into an averagely excellent Free to close another set that is most definitely worth a listen.

Encore was solid but S.A.N.T.O.S was a bit of an odd choice to finish on, and I was wishing for a longer 2001, but those were my only old man grumblings about an amazing show. Proud to have a great Canadian show to look back on, come back soon!


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