Scents and Subtle Sounds was only the intro. The Moma Dance had a Scents and Subtle Sounds tease and was unfinished. Mike's Song had a Strawberry Letter 23 tease from Trey. Set Your Soul Free had teases of I'm a Man, Carini, and Linus and Lucy. The soundcheck's jam contained Soul Planet quotes from Trey. This was the rescheduled date from the show that had been postponed due to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak in 2020.
Teases
Strawberry Letter 23 tease in Mike's Song, Scents and Subtle Sounds tease in The Moma Dance, I'm a Man, Linus and Lucy, and Carini teases in Set Your Soul Free
Debut Years (Average: 1998)

This show was part of the "2021 Summer Tour"

Show Reviews

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Review by jimmysdad

jimmysdad A stellar end to a very, very solid run. Very little to complain about all weekend.

Set 1: Absolutely fire. Loved the troll job by the band to play the Scents intro and take it right into one of the best Moma’s in recent memory. Type II Moma Dance? Well okay! Transition to Final Hurrah was nice (and admittedly I thought Trey was going into Blaze On again!). This is one of my favorite KV tunes. Awesome proper Mikes Groove, hearing Hydrogen with the breeze on the beach was breathtaking. The Sloth! Not perfect but I’ll always take it. Roggae was blissful, BOTT funky, but the highlight of Q2 was the YEM. To my ears, the best in a while. Trey sounded awesome and didn’t phone it in. Seemed like he was really dialed in. What a set!

Set 2: OK, this was one of the coolest sets I’ve seen and I’m not too sure how to explain it. I’ll preface it with the fact that I do Phish sober. IMO it’s the best way to experience Phish. But this set followed a storyline throughout for me. I’ll try to lay it out as I followed it live:

Carini: Set opens with an absolute ripper of a Carini. Dark yet blissful, not quite reaching a peak but some incredible playing throughout. Here’s where the journey begins for whoever the protagonist is. Something is happening, changing for them. They’re not sure what it is but they’re struggling with it, haunted by its existence.

SYSF: The protagonist decides to venture out, setting themself free of whatever is haunting them. It’s an uplifting song and whatever is around the corner is exciting. They decide to take to the water.

BSoS: The protagonist heads out on the ocean, starting their journey to solve whatever it is that’s holding them back. They look up at the stars and begin to gaze and dream, drifting off in the ocean’s current. This song is spectacular. Such a treat to hear live and another one that was breathtaking in that environment.

Piper: As the protagonist drifts, a storm approaches. It slowly builds in the distance and eventually brings a raging storm. This was the highlight of the set for me. The best Piper I’ve seen in the last few year. Just unreal stuff even thought it’s not a huge time stamp.

Waves: The storm passes and the protagonist is weary, but he treads on. They continue to drift in the Waves in the wake of the storm. Was hoping for something more for my first Waves, but a treat to hear nonetheless.

Simple: The protagonist has a breakthrough. It’s joyous, fun, and promising. They’re coming to understand the pleasures in life.

About to Run: But not without some second guessing first. They start to re-think everything and their journey thus far. They’re struggling with their inner self.

First Tube: The final leg of the journey, to wherever they’re heading. It’s the end of a long journey but they’re successful in overcoming the obstacle in the end. It’s a happy ending. I’ll never get tired of hearing this one live.

Encore: Fluffhead is the credits. Maybe this was Fluff’s journey (travels?). Either way, a great selection that was met with many cheers. And BDTNL is one of my favorites to hear when it’s in the right spot. Not a popular take but nobody was standing still tonight. A 25 minute encore? Don’t mind if I do. Trey sent us all dancing onto the boardwalk and into the night with a rippin’ version.

This was my favorite show of the run. Up there with Hershey N2. No crazy long jams, but it’s all packed in there. Set 2 for me was more like one long jam with songs intertwined. I’m not sure what made me think of all this, but I like to think it was the muse. There was something a bit magical about tonight, from my perspective anyway. This is one show I will revisit from top to bottom fairly often.
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Review by naturalmama

naturalmama What’s the frequency, Kenneth?

Phish Atlantic City 2021 culminated more than 24 hours ago, but there’s a tingling in my body that’s just resurged. Although the “Sail away on the Block Island Ferry” jingle initially woke me, it’s this tingling that’s both preventing me from falling back asleep and driving me to seek a creative outlet.

I never needed you like this before. Sure I liked you, often loved you, but more often than not I needed the music to end and the people to go so I could retreat and regroup in a less stimulating environment. There were years when truly there was no more to give, the well was dry. Those were gap years spent away from Phish, on their end or mine. My own personal break occurred most notably 2017-2018. There was work to be done on the homefront, I barely had enough energy for myself, never mind anyone else.

I got back on the train in 2019 with some holiday weekend runs close to home: Fenway for Independence Day, The Dunk for Thanksgiving. But it’s tough to straddle Phishing and Adulting. 11.29 and 11.30 brought Bug, Biggie Brunch, and a Big Black Furry Creature from Mars; but 12.1 brought a Cub Scout float in a holiday parade. Hubs was Woodstock, I rolled in as Peppermint Patty. Let’s get weird.

We didn’t have to wait long: 3 1/2 months later things got really weird, and although we had already made our plans for Phish on the beach in Atlantic City, there was not much fun to be had in 2020. It was a bummer on the best days, a bottomless pit on the worst. We sought solace however we could. Dinner and a Movie gave us a momentary escape; Trey and the Beacon Jams gently guided us out of 2020. Then we waited for a light to shine, leading us through the darkness.

2021 brought vaccines and hope and live music back to the U.S. The doors opened and we advanced, some of us eager to ride the rail, many of us cautiously stepping forward into the sand. We reconnected beside the Atlantic, under the stars, wary eyes trained on the heat lightning just off in the distance. There’s electricity in the air, and we are seeking to understand it, to bend it to our will. And so we gathered.

Although this was my first 3 night Phish run ever (did a 4 night run for 2003 NYE Miami), I could immediately see the value of a 3 night run. First night we’re settling in, finding our footing, learning from our mistakes. Second night is for tweaking, exploring, enhancing. 3rd night is aiming for mastery, while also surrendering to the flow, collaboratively, as a unit.

Trey wasn’t lying when he said Sunday night was magical. It was. We all felt it, the collective retuning, of our vibrations, of our souls, of our frequencies. We showed up, with a lingering promise to be present, kind, open and together. We formed our set list requests, speaking them out loud or wearing them in the form of Ziggy Stardust earrings, wondering if they’ve been received. And then we waited with an urgent expectancy, wanting the show to start, but not wanting it to be over. Not yet. If we end by going backwards, does that mean we get more time? ***

We are home now. The lights and sights of Atlantic City, although sparkly and bright and enticing, were not what I came for. They certainly enhanced the experience, as did the ocean waves, pineapple margaritas, and birds flocking outside. It’s the energy exchange that I crave, the feeling as one with my community, like a valued participant in a game I thought I forgot how to play.

Just like Phish 4.0 is on a different level, Phans 4.0 seems to be too. Not that I speak from vast experience: unless something changes, these will be my only Phish shows of 2021. Reality beckons, as it always does, and I must heed its call. The tingling still lingers though, and I lie here in this moment that never ends, wading in the velvet sea between sleep and consciousness and creation…until we meet again.
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Review by JesmineTheFamilyBeserker

JesmineTheFamilyBeserker Couldn't have possibly asked for a better first show. Going into this one I had very low expectations since I saw what they had already done on this run and thought that song selection would make this one a true snoozefest. Big wrong. First set was perfect. Perfect. No question. As soon as Trey came on stage he did a little muted 16th note funk thing to check the amp and my friend and I looked at eachother, no question that Trey was going to be locked in. Landlady opener was electric, 35,000 wooks getting the fuck down. Amazing. From that point on really no lulls until the headier part of the carini jam that didn't go anywhere before getting into the next songs. Overall though second set was great. I'm not sure if we all just burnt out from dancing through the first but the second set was way headier and more calm which I think was appropriate, you'll hear people say there were no peaks but in honesty who even still had gas in them to keep dancing by that point? The mikes groove was really great and the hydrogen was like distinguishable which is cool because a lot of the times you don't realize when its been played. Piper was really great, it seemed to get faster with the crowd as everyone found what little energy they had left to start jumping. First tube was great, it was cool to see Trey get loose, I think his guitar-less dancing before the YEM vocal jam oughta get a footnote too. Really cool little moment. And the vocal jam was top notch, even rhytmic at some points I was definitely dancing. CK5 made this part soar. Number line was great too stop being bitter. 10/10 shredder. Worth the 6 hour drive. Go to re-listen and bump.
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Review by yam_ekaj

yam_ekaj great show to cap off a really fun AC run.

the band is on fire with their first sets; all three in AC were dimes. the scents intro thing was funny--guess the band gave it to trey for ripcording it last night. one highlight of the set was the moma which fully jammed. outstanding version. listen to it. mikes also had a little extra sauce on it; i'd say above average version for modern era phish. another peak of the set was YEM. thought they were gonna save it for the encore but was proven wrong. trey absolutely shreds. like last night's reba, this was among the better YEMs ive seen.

set 2 was quality, but in my opinion not transcendent. carini was a magnificent jam, with a beautiful bliss section and some darker exploration. SYSF didn't go quite as deep as i expected, but it was still a solid (and very efficient at only 10 min) type 2 jam. sea of stars is a solid "cooldown" here and it led nicely into what i thought was the highlight of the set: piper. while we still didn't get the elusive slow build, this piper absolutely ripped, with the band really pushing the song's boundaries in a way that isn't typical of a 3.0 piper. rest of the set was pretty standard; i personally would have preferred if they had played just one of waves or simple and jammed it a bit more, but that's splitting hairs.

encore of fluff which, unlike some of the other classic songs this run (reba, CDT, YEM), was frankly not an exemplary version, but still always a joy to here. personally i would have preferred if they'd ended it with fluff, but more phish is more phish. BDTNL to send us home from a great run. can't wait for dicks.
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Review by harpua1214

harpua1214 honestly loved the show..might not be an all timer or anything but I will relisten, for the fantastic memory of the weekend.

one comment was that i'm now a fan of "beneath a sea of stars. in that environment, in that moment in the set, I thought it was incredibly beautiful. proof that there's always a time for every song that will make you a fan, if your mind is open
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Review by A_Buddhist_Prodigy

A_Buddhist_Prodigy So, I know I am probably in the mega-minority here, but Beneath a Sea of Stars was absolutely perfect! It was so beautiful and sincere (without being cheesy). I wasn't there and listened to the show and it just stopped me in my tracks. Call me kooky, but that is a great example of 4.0, the ability to quietly jam to match the space. Not all of the improve can be raging or dark; this was so pretty. I can't think of a 'cool-down' that wasn't just playing the song proper.
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Review by audioquest

audioquest This was my 41st birthday and was supposed to be my 40th birthday celebration in 2020 but COVID got in the way. This was a long time coming and I was very excited to close out the three night run.

The temperature finally broke from the 90+ temps the two days prior and was a nice reprieve from the heat. I brought my bathing suit and finally took a dip in the Ocean and swam at a Phish show which was such a cool treat. Hit the Merch tent and snagged a Tee shirt and It felt good to have something to remember the experience by.

The venue was large and held 35K people but was surprisingly well organized and the music sounded good from just about anywhere. Many screens mounted throughout the venue gave you a good viewing experience despite the band looking like ants on the stage.

The First set opened with Landlady which has the salsa/island feel. My wife (who is 7 months Pregnant and did all three shows - Warrior) called PYITE opener so she got it half right. The Moma dance was fire and I was surprisingly delighted when I heard Sloth. The ended the second set with YEM and this was my 12th show and still hadn’t seen a YEM so glad to finally check that off. The first set felt like a second set and I was really excited for the second set.

Carini kicked off the second set and got the crowd right back into a frenzy. I felt like they were searching a little in the second set but it was still solid. The second set ended with a First Tube that danced the night away.

Fluffhead was the encore. Getting a YEM, Sloth, and Fluffhead in one set really was awesome and some songs that I have been chasing now checked off. BDTNL followed fluff and is not one of my favorites but it seemed surprisingly fitting to close out the night on my birthday w some of my best friends.

AC could have been such a disaster given the city, beach venue, etc but it was truly an awesome experience. Phish is amazing and really cares about the fan experience. We are all so lucky to be able to experience the best band ever
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Review by Pdizzle72

Pdizzle72 I loved the Landlady open on Night 3. Apparently you don’t have to go to Mexico to hear it anymore. The Jersey sand is enough to make it happen.

Actually thought, oh no, they’re getting old and forgot when they started playing S&SS because they played it the night before. Rip corded into Moma but then realized it was the intro that they didn’t do from the night before.

Final Hurrah sounded like Blaze On at first and then figured it out. Thought they might be doing a mess with Adam night….

The Mike’s was solid and very welcomed. H2 was a nice breather. Weekapaug had some nice changes but pretty standard.

Sloth was very welcomed. Love catching the only of a leg of shows. Roggae was a nice version, nothing crazy but well placed.

BOTT was a nice warm up for the YEM to close. Duh the song selection all weekend and this set was no different.

Easy Carini call to open. Cool version, not crazy long but they revisit later. The trans into SYSF was pretty cool. I hadn’t heard SYSF yet and was waiting for a cool placement decent version and got it.

Sea of Stars was a nice breather. I’m not completely sold on it yet, but was nice to be surprised by a call.

Piper> Carini was some of the best music of the weekend. Really dug the back and forth through this segment. Love not being able to tell who’s actually making certain sounds during jams. Is it Page, is that Mike, maybe it’s just Trey or all of them blending. It’s pretty cool.

Waves>Simple were good calls as well. They flowed together nicely. It’s no DC Simple but it felt right for the occasion.

I love the About to Run placement. That song just rips. Very pleased to hear it then. First Tube pulled up the rear with a nice quickie to close.

Great encore with Fluffhead. Standard but hadn’t heard it yet this leg. Wasn’t expecting Numberline. It made a lot of sense with the placement.

Besides my feet and legs being crushed from dancing like a madman in the sand for 3 nights, I loved the venue. Had a blast and didn’t sleep one wink all 3 nights!!! Pumped for Dicks in a couple weeks!!!
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Review by RovingReporter

RovingReporter Ok. I haven’t walked out of a show so damn happy and fulfilled since 8/6/17. First set was so fun, they clicked on everything. Trey with the trickery! YEM to close it told me we were in for a very special end to a magical weekend.

Set two through the encore might be my first or second favorite set I’ve ever experienced. I can’t yet put into words exactly what I mean so I’ll explain like this. Fluffhead was simply outstanding. I was jumping up and down like a person possessed. Started getting some tears of pure joy. The people in our area were so fun, so nice, so INTO it all. Few chompers to speak of, and the one time I politely asked the guys near us to please quiet a bit and they were very understanding (Sea of Stars, it’s a song I feel needs quiet from the crowd) and stopped being loud. Kudos to them for being cool, as in the past I’ve had people get in my face when I have asked to either quiet a bit or take it elsewhere. If you’re reading this, thank you, you all are awesome fans.

Then Number Line. The song holds such a special meaning to me, reminding me of two of my best friends who are no longer with us. Almost felt like it was a message, telling me they’re ok where they are. Yeah, I know how cheesy that sounds but whatever, I don’t care. Dancing with all those awesome people singing ALL MY FRIENDS filled me with a joy that I only achieve at Phish.

I’m still smiling ear to ear and the final show of this run is something I’ll always look back upon with such fondness. Thanks Phish, and thank you to all the amazing new friends we met this weekend.
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Review by 90MinuteJam

90MinuteJam Shout out to all the couch tour’ers! Must not be many of us as that beach is packed. As a guy who bailed last minute to spend time with wife and kids, I’ve decided to do a rare non- in person review (except MX2019, but I had a point to make).

It’s totally a different experience watching/reviewing remote, and I know with a 100% certainty my crew danced there asses off tonight (taking a slash at the right moments). They for sure had a blast pre, during, and post show. As most do. My mantra hasn’t changed- any show I’m (er, anyone) is at is the best ever. Or these days, any show phish is playing to a live audience is the best ever. That said, there are things one could ‘analyze’ in this show.
>>>>Side note… wife (non fan) was sort of confused that I was willing to detail differences (+/-) of the AC songs vs others of tour. I came to realize, we’re like musical sommeliers.
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Review by 90MinuteJam

90MinuteJam Shout out to all the couch tour’ers! Must not be many of us as that beach is packed. As a guy who bailed last minute to spend time with wife and kids, I’ve decided to do a rare non- in person review (except MX2019, but I had a point to make).

It’s totally a different experience watching/reviewing remote, and I know with a 100% certainty my crew danced there asses off tonight (taking a slash at the right moments). They for sure had a blast pre, during, and post show. As most do. My mantra hasn’t changed- any show I’m (er, anyone) is at is the best ever. Or these days, any show phish is playing to a live audience is the best ever. That said, there are things one could ‘analyze’ in this show.

>>>>Side note… wife (non fan) was sort of confused that I was willing to detail differences (+/-) of the AC songs vs others of tour. I came to realize, we’re like musical sommeliers.
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