Phish Tour 2021 – Setlist, Recap & The Skinny: Las Vegas Night 2

The first set featured a 21-minute “Axilla (Part II)” and the second set had a 19-minute “Tweezer”.

by Dianna Hank October 30, 2021 13:30 PDT

Last night, Phish continued their winning streak in Las Vegas with their second of four shows at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Friday’s concert saw an unlikely 21-minute “Axilla (Part II)” in the first set and a 19-minute “Tweezer” among the memorable aspects of the second set.

When the show opened with the eighth version of the highly coveted, optimistic rarity “Olivia’s Pool”, it was clear that this show would be special. Guitarist Trey Anastasio and bassist Mike Gordon brought the teasing back from Santa Barbara and walked back and forth with each other on stage – “Hello!” “Hi how are you?” “Well.” “We hope you are well!” “Thanks!” (the phrasing comes from the song “Little Squirrel” by the pre-phish project Bivouac Jaun).

Through giggles, one could then hear Trey then say to the band “Axilla II … with jam. With jam” before sitting back on the microphone to quickly address the audience with the same teasing before falling into the rocker. “Axilla (Part II),” which got its big flare-up earlier this summer at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California after 855 shows and 26 years on the box, instantly created a noisy, frenetic energy in the room that slowly disappeared after three and a half half a minute that opens up to a spatial, ethereal jam that would last another 17 minutes.

At 9:23 p.m., this unexpected jam-packed vehicle would take many turns during its time here, beginning first in dark, dirty water and then quickly transitioning to a lighter, more blissful spot. Tonight’s first type II jam became totally unrecognizable from the original song structure, first lifting itself into the clouds before plunging back to the ground with a fervor driven by the drums of the only Jon Fishman himself. Well, it sank deep to its eerie ending, with Trey returning to the lyrics and repeating the “Little Squirrel” narrative, adding “Finally!” to the mixture.

Without hesitation, Trey then dropped into “Mike’s Song,” which most fans know means the next half hour of music will be on top. By tackling this tune with a focused energy, Trey and keyboardist Page McConnell intertwined nicely with Fish and Mike before ending the first jam and joining the lovely and delicate “I Am Hydrogen”. The fall in “Weekapaug Groove” made people move again, where the fast groove collected an amazing amount of energy before steadily returning to the song.

The back and forth “Little Squirrel” teasing returned again when the band finished this “Mike’s Groove”, about half an hour after it started. After that scorcher, the band took a breather with the sore ballad “Shade”. Pages “I Always Wanted It This Way” came next, and quickly switched from vocal to electronic madness. Approaching the 14 minutes, this extended, synth-heavy jam set the set out on a high note, leaving the number for the first set at seven.

Read on for The Skinny for the rest of the summary and more.

The lean

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The meeting place

MGM Grand Garden Arena [See upcoming shows]


12 shows
31/10/2014, 11/01/2014, 11/02/2014, 28/10/2016, 29/10/2016, 30/10/2016, 31/10/2016, 31/10/2018, 01 / 2018, 11/02/2018, 11/03/2018, 28/10/2021

The music

7 songs / 20:05 to 21:19 (74 minutes)

9 songs / 21:52 to 23:26 (94 minutes)

16 songs

14 originals / 2 covers


13.88 [Gap chart]


Olivia’s Pool, Axilla (Del II), I Always Wanted It This Way, Ass Handed, Funky Bitch, Walk Away

Olivias pool LTP 14/07/2019 (51 Show Gap)

Axilla (part II) 21:23

I’m Hydrogen 2:43

Lawn Boy – 1, A picture of Nectar – 2, Hoist – 2, Farmhouse – 1, Big Boat – 1, Sigma Oasis – 2 Misc. – 5, Covers – 2

The rest

72 ° and clear at Showtime

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The band returned to the stage, and Fishman spoke into the microphone and exclaimed “You get your ass in your hand every day. You do, don’t you? I did! I got my ass in your hand today. Have you had yours? You have ? So let’s all sing along … “before we get started with” Ass Handed. ” After a minute and a half of stupidity, things intensified and Fishman continued to sing while the rest of the band rocked out behind him. Well continued for six and a half minutes before steadily joining the long-awaited fan favorite, “Tweezer”. Fishman held it down as Mike and Trey swapped licks out before Trey picked up a small tune and danced around in ease. The band settled into a danced pocket that became spacious and strange, diving deep into funky darkness before bringing back the “Ass Handed” theme.

When the jam settled, the band brought the audience back to life with a heavy drop in “Funky Bitch”. Page shone through this tune and took an impressive solo before sharing the spotlight with Trey ripping blues-licks with a passion. The band reached an intense climax before moving on to a rare set of two “Reba”. After reaching the composed section, the band fell into an exquisitely delicate jam that lingered in this ease for a while before picking up speed and topping hard several times. This “Reba” was relentless and continued long after it could have been over. When the jam was over, during the whistling section of the song, the band returned to the “Little Squirrel” narrative, fitting it perfectly into the song followed by Trey repeating “Ass Handed” before ending things.

After a quick breath, Trey started the countdown to the next tune with a hefty “One, two, mother fuckin ‘THREE” before falling into the funky groove that is “Sand”. Fish ran this beat, allowing Trey to explore a truly beautiful place where Mike and Page complimented him nicely. The “true” jam reached great heights before the 12-minute mark, where it mutated back to “Tweezer”. Although it was not noticed as such on LivePhish, this was definitely “Tweezer” again, and the jam ran uninterrupted, with Trey and Fish locked as close as humanly possible. Fish threw in a “Yeah” sound effect and said what we were all thinking, while Trey continued to tear it to pieces.

The band then effortlessly joined “Sigma Oasis”, which ripped harder than usual, reaching an end before embarking on the first “Walk Away” in 47 shows. Page took the microphone and growled with an intensity that continued until the end of the barn burner. The band felt it so clearly that they reached the melody perfectly. After about three and a half minutes, Trey took the stage, showing his chops and tearing absolutely top after top, creating a madness in the room that was unparalleled for the rest of the evening. Lots of sweaty, hot people thrashed around to this peak of phish as Trey maintained an elongated tone, creating a suspense-and-release beyond what anyone could have asked for. The band ended the tune with a deafening roar of applause from an extremely satisfied audience before leaving the stage.

When they returned, the band broke into the optimistic “Julius” and made people move again. This swinging number grooved in its usual way before the ultimate show closer, the only “Tweezer Reprise”. Probably three or four of the best minutes in rock ‘n’ roll, this song was the cherry on top of yet another spectacular phish sundae. With two shows down and two left to close undeniably one of the best tours in a long time, the excitement and anticipation is at the highest level, with fans whirling about what might come next.

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