Soundcheck: Corona, Bye Bye Foot, My Soul

SET 1: Fluffhead[1] -> NICU -> Bye Bye Foot, Tube > Slave to the Traffic Light > Llama[2] > Rise/Come Together

SET 2: No Men In No Man's Land > Free > Joy > Sand -> Piper > Scents and Subtle Sounds

ENCORE: Lonely Trip, First Tube

Trey teased Dave's Energy Guide before the first set. Fluffhead was unfinished. Trey and Page teased Hey, Ho, Nobody Home in NICU. Trey teased NICU in Tube, Rise/Come Together, Free, and Scents and Subtle Sounds. Llama was performed in a slow funk style.
NICU tease in Tube, NICU tease in Rise/Come Together, NICU tease in Free, NICU tease in Scents and Subtle Sounds, Dave's Energy Guide tease, Hey, Ho, Nobody Home tease in NICU
Debut Years (Average: 1999)

This show was part of the "2021 Fall Tour"

Show Reviews

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Review by CreatureoftheNight

CreatureoftheNight And I see you too!

This show was already special before we walked in the door. The first return to San Diego in 6 years, the NICU printed on the ticket, and for me, the return to the venue where I met my wife and Trey walked off the stage with my one year NA recovery key tag in 2016.

The band didn’t disappoint, playing the greatest number of type II jams since Magnaball?!? The continual NICU quotes were amazingly nimble and inventive, while tube and piper went DEEEP!! Just glancing at the set list, there’s really only one song that might be swapped to make this a perfect show on paper.

When I go to shows, this is the kind of night I go for. Fun, unique, exploratory, creative and invigorating. After 200+ shows, this is without question a 5 star show. If you were there, you know. If you weren’t, give it a spin asap.

Thank you to the band, crew and entire phamily. Let’s do it again tonight!
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Review by DownWithSteam

DownWithSteam Wow, what a fun show, just finished up couch touring this one - my immediate thoughts are that this was a hot one.

Fluffhead opener - not many openers are better in my opinion, and this was a good one. Up next came the inevitable NICU, since well, the venue is named NICU amphitheater --- they would tease NICU throughout the night and it was awesome --- Rare tune in Bye Bye Foot and honestly, the song has grown on me. Tube -> Slave were executed near perfectly here - great 1st set combo. Slow llama next which I know is popular, I do dig it as well. Rise is not a bad song either, even though it may be the weakest of the set.

However, as many times in Phish universe - the show takes off brilliantly in the 2nd set with a phenomenal version of No Mans - the jam goes the distance, but the Free the came after may have had an even bigger, impressive jam. The 1-2 punch of this 2nd set was epic, and must listen stuff. Up next is Joy, which many would say would damper the set, but it did not in the slightest high energy sand was next and a piper for the ages followed - the highlight of the show for me, a must listen to version of piper. Show gets closed out with a scents - a pretty excellent choice if you ask me. One of the top 2nd sets of the tour for sure here!

As for the encore, Lonely Trip gets another play - it is a good song and i do believe it belongs in the rotation but having it as the encore after it was played 3 nights ago is my only real "complaint" of tonights show. And the encore gets redeemed with a great version of first tube anyways. Borderline 5 star show here! Must here the 2nd set
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Review by senor

senor This was my 100th show, and I don't think the personal experience I had that night can ever be topped. This is top tier Phish, idgaf how many shows you been to or when you started seeing them, if you don't think this show is at the very least 4.5 stars, you need your ears cleaned. I feel biased about this because it was my 100th, but this was amazing from start to finish. From the moment Fluffhead went into a type two jam, I knew that they were not f*cking around on this night. Really great variety of songs from all over their career, each set only took a moment to catch it's breath, almost all killer, no filler. NICU, Tube, and Free are major highlights for me. This one goes down in my book as one of the greats I was fortunate enough to be present for.
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Review by astrexler33

astrexler33 One of my favorite shows I've seen live. Possibly the best versions of NICU and Free ever (Free raged especially), Tube goes so deep, Piper is as weird as I've ever heard Phish, beautiful segues throughout, really interesting NICU teases everywhere. Oh, and a top-notch Fluffhead opener! This show is a must-hear.
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Review by JonnyRingo

JonnyRingo This show was fantastic and is one of my favorite 3.0 shows I've attended (~60).
If you would have told me prior, I'd be walking after out raving about an NICU and Free, I would have shrugged you off. However, both jams are absolutely must-hear. As are Tube, No Men's and the Sand -> Piper. This show had it all for me personally. Tons of playfulness with the NICU teases throughout the show (and I must say these teases were masterfully woven into the music). Even the accompanying songs were great. Scents had a super pretty Hood-like jam, the well-executed Fluffhead went minor key Type II before it (kind of abruptly) segued into NICU. The funky Llama was fun and Trey absolutely nailed the outro solo to Joy. This show had surprises, excellent execution, and serious deep jamming of all types in unexpected places.

I'd recommend a full show listen if you haven't heard it. I'd also like to mention that Tube, Free and Sand had the entire venue porno dancing and the tail end of Piper freaked me the hell out. This show was too much fun.
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Review by ohhello

ohhello Super fun show to be at. Had not seen the band since 2018 at the Forum. HIghlights for me were Tube > Slave, and the second set with the Piper being the standout. The harmonies in Scents were beautiful and the First Tube to send everyone home super high. Joy was beautiful placement too. And the lights are just insane!
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Review by Ceviche_Mixto

Ceviche_Mixto Two weeks post-show and I'm still glowing. For me this is pretty much as good as it gets, definitely top tier ... and while a lot of your show enjoyment can depend on who you're with and how you're feeling, the re-listen for sure holds up. Fluffhead opener - could you ask for anything better? Best NICU ever (that I"m aware of) and as others have mentioned, was teased masterfully throughout the show (love the tease timing within Tube at around 5'25). Everything came together for me on this night throughout both sets. Insanely good Free & Piper. Even more grateful that this was a hometown show.
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Review by jespolegit

jespolegit Incredible show , said it was the best show phish show. After I finally caught my breath and was able to speak again . Major rager on the lawn , oven never danced my ass off so much at a phish concert . Free was so much fun . When they came out of the jam and Trey delivered the finishing verse I get like I survived a journey and was flying on an eagles wings . Pure art flawless execution. I went ape shit to sand and Piper was beyond perfect . perfect alien vibes . Glad I came out west #phishlove
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