, attached to 2021-09-01

Review by Scott

Scott For this 2nd bonus show in my backyard, Phish showcased their range and delivered another tasty, balanced first set and another super long exploratory jam to highlight the 2nd set.

The scene at Shoreline was super chill for a GA show (compared to BGCA, much less 1.0 GA), but full of dedicated phans grooving hard to dailed-in phish, making the shows extra-special. After having 2x the space as normal the night before in Sec 201, my group(s) choose the lawn, resulting in having nearly unlimited dancing room on the lower lawn. Minimal searches and lines. Crowd noise at Shoreline is typically less than other outdoor venues that have a roof over more of the reserved seating, but everyone was pumped and appreciative.

I personally like the recent style of setlist construction, with a deliberate run at type II improvisation early in the show and/or late first set, a deep 3rd quarter, a sprinkle of randomness or rarities, and then we'll see about the last half hour of a 3 hour show. I remain baffled by people who dock this (and similar) shows a star for the final 15% or 20% being merely competent, fun, popular tunes. Clearly the Hood from N1 outshines anything in this show but TBH I needed the wind-down provided by 20YL and A Life Beyond the Dream.

Whether the Tweezer (or Soul Planet) will become a classic I listen to over and over again remains to be seen, but the first set is just crazy good with Mike's, Cities->, and Fluffhead the highlights. Fluff got a little splotchy right before the big peak, but otherwise a pretty tight set. My gut says this Tweezer stayed in the zone more than the Soul Planet, it didn't really feel as long as it was.

Overall, another terrific show absolutely worth seeking out. 2021 continues to shine.
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