, attached to 2015-09-05

Review by HarpuaTheBulldog

HarpuaTheBulldog Decided to review this show just based on mental recollection from being there almost 7 years later. I will relisten to this show at some point but for now, this is all memory and taking a look at the setlist for the first time in years.

This was, of course, the second night of the run. I went way too hard the first day and then passed out in the tent for about the next 12 hours after the show on Friday, was super tired after a long week. We hung out a bit more and looking back at the experience, compared to the Gorge 2021 which was my next Phish camping experience, I should have been way more social in the campground, I remember everyone else having a ton of fun and while I certainly did too, I kind of just hung out back at the tent the whole time. I was still figuring out a lot of things about myself at the time (including tolerance levels) and I'm pretty sure at least one of the days I got super baked and then just sort of clamshelled the rest of the day LOL.

Anyways, all that aside, we were ready again to hit the stage for Night 2, with high expectations after a pretty decent first night. It wasn't amazing but it was a great experience for sure, so I was personally hyped as well. I got drunk but not as drunk as the first night, learning to moderate myself a bit. For this night we had GA stand seats but my buddy and I both bribed the usher with 20-dollar bills next to our tickets and sure enough received the pit wristband. I was pretty ballsy at that age (17) looking back haha.

This is the night that I remember the least of honestly, both because it wasn't extremely notable in any way nor did I keep moderating myself (I smoked wayyy too much in the pit lol). We were about 20-25 rows back on the right hand side, so we had a great spot. I remember the NMINML opener and was tracking the first letter of the sets just like in Night 1. This didn't appear to spell anything either, so I just focused on enjoying myself and the music. The NMINML was a bit overshadowed by the NMINML opener/second song the next year (2016) but at the time I was happy to hear it, caught the debut in Bend about 2 months before. I remember the Martian Monster, was hoping to get some Chilling Thrilling stuff and that scratched the itch. NICU was great. Bouncing and 555 I recall harkening back to my first show (Eugene 2014) where they both appeared. Winterqueen was another Bend 2015 debut and it was tremendous, the highlight of the show so far. Crowd went crazy of course at the "prince of music on guitar" lyric and the solo was tremendous. Split Open and Melt was pretty out there, that was the jamming that I had been looking for, some nasty, dissonant stuff. Limb > Roggae> Zero continued the set, I don't remember any of them but everything before Zero was pretty mellow, that seemed to be the set theme.

Was very excited for Set 2, and this may be up there with Night 3 for best set of the run. I was super hyped to hear Chalk Dust and that was a great rendition with a good segue into Twist. I remember both of those and then a great Mercury, which I remember hearing they soundchecked and then was sort of expecting it. This may be the best Mercury as of the show date in 2015, and maybe one of the better ones that they've ever done. Chalk and Mercury slapepd. I don't remember the Light but the Wingsuit was kinda the slowdown there and I was really excited for Rock and Roll, they had some good cover choices for this run.

Encore I don't really remember outside of the Hood > Day in the Life, but Sleeping Monkey is always good. Hood was a surprise choice, I was definitely surprised it was in the encore. It always delivers as well. I definitely got a bit spooked by the wild music and lights in A Day in the Life.

Also side note some girl shit herself on the pit in this night or the one after and people put glowsticks in the poop mound so that others wouldn't step in it.. Lol the things that stick out 7 years later.

This show was better than the night before, they were more composed and patient, and this S2 is the proper set of the run IMO. Good stuff!

Highlights:

S1: Winterqueen

S2: CDT -> Twist > Mercury

E: Hood


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