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JMart 1. that's not what shade is.
2. why does it bother you and everyone else so much that someone says a show was good and not great? What on earth does that cost you?
3. Is groupthink ever a good thing? Would you be lining up to suck this show off if it had some GOFT or KV song deep in the second set you didn't like? Are we allowed to not like anything Phish does? If so, why isn't the reviewer allowed to be annoyed by flubbed songs?
4. I happen to think this show is bitchin' from top to bottom, but it's tiring reading these reductive comments shitting on reviewers for actually having an opinion other than "GREATEST SHOW EVARRRR!"

The fundamental point of this review seems to be “phish shows are subjective.” Yeah, we get that. What we don’t get is why you need to throw Shade on what is clearly a standout show in 2019 for fans and band alike. This is Phish trying their collective hardest to further that mystique of both Camden and Sundays in general. No big jams in first set because you have (count em’) FIVE very technical songs, two of which had to be soundchecked first! If you’re going to point out the mistakes (a copious task in 3.0), Mangos needs special mention for how clean a version this was. Don’t gloss over my Mangos! There are times to critique and times to bow down; Camden 3 is one of the latter.
Perfect setlist construction pales in comparison to thorough shredding and calculated risks, which this show has in spades. This review, while well-articulated and entertaining, smacks of the pervasive one-upmanship I see so much of these days. Here’s one golden rule: if there is that one jam you’ll be “ listening to for years to come” it’s a damn good show and it deserves decent, non-hipster-jaded treatment. Camden 3 has multiple great, original jams and bust outs. I just can’t for the life of me understand downplaying the many upsides here just to make the very tired and self-evident argument that concert experiences are subjective.
I wasn’t in Camden, sadly, but even the most condescending “I’ve seen better” review can’t alleviate the deep sense I have of missing out on something massive.


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