This show featured the debut of All of These Dreams and the Phish debut of Pebbles and Marbles. Trey restarted YEM after a sloppy attempt at the composed beginning section. Trey teased San-Ho-Zay in YEM. One portion of the YEM vocal jam was based on the name “George Takei” (the actor who played Mr. Sulu on Star Trek) and another was based on the melody to Tweezer Reprise. Trey teased Can't You Hear Me Knocking in Birds of a Feather. Lyrics in Makisupa referenced “fatty,” “Waffle House,” and “Hooters.” The end of Possum included bizarre on-stage antics with Page playing Trey’s guitar from his seat, Trey playing Mike’s bass, and Mike using the “B” and “Ah” cymbals normally reserved for Cracklin’ Rosie. This improvisational Contact continued the joke of mock introductions, as Trey introduced “Al Gore.”
Tweezer Reprise and San-Ho-Zay vocal jams in You Enjoy Myself, Can't You Hear Me Knocking tease in Wolfman's Brother
Debut Years (Average: 1992)

This show was part of the "2002/2003 Inverted NYE Run"

Show Reviews

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Review by MiguelSanchez

MiguelSanchez our buddies had tix to all four shows on the "come back run," but they spent way too much money in nyc, so they said they were going to the 1st night of hampton and coming home. if we had the money and could meet them on the interstate the 2nd to hampton tix were ours. off we were...

tweezer: what a great song to come back to. the crowd went bonkers when they cranked this one up. this one was of the funkier variety with some very good opening playing by trey and page. with the energy level still high, they dropped into...

theme: decent version of theme. it worked really well out of this tweezer.

foam: wow, they are playing a toughie already. this was executed pretty damn well, especially for being the 3rd show in 2 1/2 years.

pebbles and marbles: i really liked this debut. i was wavering on it, but as happens with phish, this one really took to me after seeing them play it. very cool new tune.

yem: the crowd went bonkers when they played this one. in fact, the ovation was so loud that no one could hear how badly botched the intro was. when the ovation simmered, people, including the band, realized this yem was off to a train wreck start. trey said some stuff about how they had indeed practiced this one, so they restarted. once on track, this was a very good yem. it was not flub free, but the "improv" section was very hot. fishman and gordon sounded really nice.

set 2:

boaf: solid opener. they didn't take it too far, but this song sounded particularly good in this venue. you could hear every little nuance of this very nicely textured tune. alright version, much cooler in hampton.

wolfman's brother: this was the highlight of the show. trey and page were both really nice and funky on this wolfman's. the boys really cut loose on this one. check out this wolfman's.

makisupa policeman: nice cool down after a hot wolfman's brother. they referenced the hooters i was drinking at before the show... too bad 'ol phish was putting back at hooters preshow too...

axilla: they tried to pick up the energy on this one. a few flubs slowed this one down.

twist: not usually my favorite tune, but they found some interesting grooves in this one. after some twists and turns they work there way into...

free: this is a really nice funky free. gordon and fishman, once again, sound wonderful on this one.

all of these dreams: i could've done without this one. they should've just kept the momentum rolling and gone into...

possum: very fun possum, with some interesting "instrument switching." even before the goofiness began, this was a very nice high energy well-played possum. good closer

contact: this is the best contact i have seen or heard. it sounds weird if you have not heard this one. page owns it, and the boys really let him open up on this super jammed out contact. i love a good predictable song played in a very unpredictable manner. well done!

tweezer reprise: good rowdy closer!


there were some flubs smathered all over this show, but that was too be expected. with the flubs, came several really nice highlights. was it worth the drive to get down there? after having not seen the guys since cuyuhoga falls 2000, hell yes!!!

set 1:
tweezer>theme, yem(just to hear the train wreck that ensues before they take a 2nd stab at it)

set 2:
wolfman's, twist>free, contact
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Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads Tweezer is certainly played at a slower--I don't hasten to say sloppier--tempo here than usual, though the jam is miraculous, ending in a Floydian cooldown that I feel legitimately and organically segues into Theme. Funny how they seem to have more trouble with Theme than with Foam, a tune that's arguably more challenging to recite. Pebbles and Marbles debuts with a straightforwardly rocking jam without many sidetracks or frills. YEM is infamously restarted and features the George Takei vocal jam (following, of course, the neverending splendor that is any YEM!)

Second set opens with a rollicking Birds with plenty of gusto, though the song portion (i.e., the composed portion) does suffer a bit from whatever factors. Trey totally kicks Wolfman's ass, since he's who I focus on most often when he's playing like this, but the whole band does this WoBro justice. Twist briefly goes into electronic territory, which absolutely thrills me whenever Phish attempts it in any song, but is concluded all too soon for my liking. All of These Dreams is debuted, and for my money is a truly great song. I think it has a similarity to Mountains in the Mist, which is another contender for my favorite Tom Marshall lyric. Possum rips, naturally!

The non-jamming songs in this show didn't hold my interest like they might in another context or mood, but while I'm starting to see the validity to the laments about great jams but poor composed portions, I'll continue my 2.0 odyssey, and I don't feel remiss rating this show 3/5, though one contributing factor is the sheer joy of having Phish back. From my spotty listening to the higher-recommended shows from 2.0, including repeated, close listens to It and Coventry, I know that Phish accomplishes some great things from here on out. So thankful for a sober Trey in 3.0!
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Review by SolarGarlic505

SolarGarlic505 Was on the floor for this, and just wanted to note that towards the end of Wolfman's, there was some commotion on mid floor maybe 20-30 "rows" back in the GA floor, center to stage. Security/police grabbed someone and began to remove him from concert, and thats when they dropped into Makisupa. Priceless.
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Review by Bob_Loblaw

Bob_Loblaw This is just one of those confused sounding shows. It gives the impression of the guys not really knowing what they want to play or should play. Which is often problematic.

Tweezer feels very off to kick things off it's not until about the 9min park that things slightly come together, but Trey still sounds very off. Trey kind of redeems himself with a fantastic solo section in Theme. Foam gets stretched out slightly and has a cool peak at the end. You can't talk about this set without mentioning the infamous YEM false start, unfortunately the 2nd take isn't much better. I love the George Takai vocal jam though.

The 2nd set starts with a fairly average and meandering BOAF. Wolfman is the highlight of the show. It has a fairly average Wolfman funk jam with a little extra. This whole second set feels confused the Axilla, Twist-> All of these dreams segment is bizarre and not well thought out. I would say the saving grace is Possum to cap the set, but even that is fairly underwhelming.

On paper the encore looks like a super generic Contact > Tweeprise. But the middle of Contact contains a really cohesive funk jam that is quite nice.

Overall a totally forgettable show.
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Review by FunkyCFunkyDo

FunkyCFunkyDo A five song first set!? You better believe it. 2003 were the days when a 4/5/6 SET (either 1 OR 2) was common. Imagine that... ::drifts off into a daydream:: Anyyywayyyys. A swampy Tweezer opens the second night at the Mothership. I am prepared for the beating I may receive for my appraisal of this Tweezer, but I stand by what I am about to say. This Tweezer reminds me of 1997. It is slow, it is thick, and it is gooey. Mike and Fish anchor a solid-but-not-too-fancy rhythm section that Trey and Page later over for a solid ten minutes, culminating in a delicious peak. Pace and feel-wise, this Tweezer could absolutely find a home in 1997, although tone-wise, it is easy to tell it is 2003. Still, this slow-downed, molasses-y Tweezer is a fantastic show opener. Tweezer melts into Theme where, again, the version reminds me of the high-flying versions of 1997. This versions absolutely soars for 10 minutes. A true gem. Foam hits next, following the cycle of the previous two nights of Jams -> Compositions. Foam is a little botched in the opening (wah wah) but Page really steals the show with his solo. Fancy-pants piano work from Page. The Chairman finally relents to Trey, who not to be outdone, takes drippy, inspired, delicate solo himself. Trey is showcasing some super nimble fingering during his go-around and it makes for a rousing rendition of Foam when paired with what Page was able to accomplish a couple minutes earlier. 1-2-3, BAM!BAM!BAM! What a start to the show! Pebbles and Marbles makes it debut in the 4-slot of an already gargantuan first set, and this version, much like the debuts of Walls, Waves, Seven Below, 46 Days, and Thunderhead, absolutely stuns us. If THIS is their new material... holy crap! Pebbles absolutely RIPS! A smokin hot 15 minute shred fest. YEM comes next and completes the all-star caliber starting 5 for this show. Before I get to the jam, you will most obviously hear the opening segment of YEM being stopped completely - then restarted - with Trey saying in an endearing and heartfelt way, "..we know this one SO well..." Maybe I am reading too far into the sentimentality of this, but the way Trey stopped this and addressed the crowd showed after the flub (to me at least) was a message that Phish was as committed to themselves and their fans as they ever had been, and they want to provide an experience that reflects it. Well done Trey. The jam features two really astounding peaks from Trey, the likes of which (had they happened in any year from 2009 onward) would warrant IMMEDIATE reactions of "OMG that YEM crushed! Best in the last six years!" ...or something of that ilk. My point here is, for 2003 or "2.0" this YEM is pretty standard, but if you were to place it contextually in 2009/10/11/12/13/14/15 we would be losing our minds at how amazing it is. This is saying two things 1) YEM used to absolutely melt faces with its intensity and peaks... so much so that even a YEM like this one is relatively "normal" for the time it happened. 2) Post-2009 YEMs, for the most part, lack the luster and zeal of their predecessors (save 12.4.09, 12.31.10, 7.14.13, and 10.31.14... and maybe a couple others). Long story short, for a set 1 closer, or for any setlist position, this is a pretty good YEM. Plus it had a super fun "George Takai/Tweezer Reprise" vocal jam mashup. When all is said and done, this set is an absolute barn-burner, non-stop jam fest from start-to-finish, and in some respects, could be placed right into 1997 without missing a beat.

Set 2 takes off right where Set 1 left off. A smoking hot BOAF gets the dance party going, wasting no time for Trey to send the Mothership on a collision course with the sun. Fans of Birds should seek this out, as it seethes energy and electricity. Wolfman's drops in next. Following the same pattern and general sound as the show-opening Tweezer, this Wolfman's is slowed down just a bit and has that swampy, thick 1997 sound to it. With the exception fo Trey's tone, this version is absolutely reminiscent of 97 Wolfmans. It is slow, groovy, and deep. About halfway through, it picks up the pace and hits a tremendous, celebratory peak before setting a different course to outer space. The final minutes are ethereal and cosmic, very pretty indeed, as they fade into Makisupa. This policeman is especially playful, having no time to write tickets or enforce the law, this version takes on a light-hearted (more so than usual) and comical jam segment. Axilla hits next and is perfectly placed and executed - keeping the already volcanic energy erupting from both band and fan. The set loses a little luster with a pedestrian 3rd quarter pairing of Twist > Free. Not much to write about with these two. Oh well. Can't always have a PERFECT show now can we... especially since we are only 7 sets into their come back (we can be so persnickety!!). All of these Dreams is okay. That's all I have to say about that, as I prefer the Anything but Me ballad to this one. To each their own. Next up is a show-closing Possum that is WHITE HOT!!! Holy crap! Much like YEM, if a Possum like this were to drop at any point in the last six years, we phanners would be losing our minds -- yet at the time, this Possum was standard fair... well maybe not standard (as this version really rages) but you get the idea. Three distinguishable peaks culminate a show that is really, really well-played even without having a true tent-pole jam (well, maybe Wolfman's.) Fans of Possum and fans of scorching Trey need to listen to this version ASAP.

Contact comes in the encore slot and let me tell you, I listened to this version three straight times. It is SO FUN! Incredibly economical for the amount AND type of improv it showcases, this Contact is (dare I say) among the best ever. Pure FUN!!! Tweezer Reprise puts about 14 exclamation points on an exceptional show, filled with peaks, flow, consistency, and talent.

Must hear jams: Theme from the Bottom, Foam, Pebbles and Marbles. Wolfman's Brother, Possum, Contact
Probably-should-listen-to jams: Tweezer, YEM, Birds of a Feather, Makisupa Policeman
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Review by spreaditround

spreaditround SET 1: Tweezer: Really slow start exudes confidence. Big, big loops to introduce the jam. Beginning of the jam almost as a California Love feel to it. Roaring jam. The quiet two minutes at the end are not to be discounted though, good stuff in there… >

Theme From the Bottom: Intro is a MESS. The jam though, smoking!

Foam: Love it. They take it down to almost silent at 7:00 and the crowd is so entranced they stay silent, hard to do at Hampton Coliseum. This Foam SMOKES.

Pebbles and Marbles: For a second somewhere in the 8:30’s it sounds like CDT. Has some DWD to it to around 9:20. Trey is just destroying this. 10:33 just going for broke – sick. The 11:00’s are just incredible – Trey off the deep end, possibly drooling and just generally rearranging your face.

You Enjoy Myself: Restart, lol. How embarrassing. Pre-nirvana section is very heady. First shot at the note is awesome. Second one sucks. Mike is so, so good in this jam. They go on rage the hell out of this. How aggressive is Trey starting at 16:45? 17:56 look out below, all hell is released.

SET 2: Birds of a Feather: Good jam to open up the set. The ending has some slop to it.

Wolfman's Brother: This is so nasty. The funk is very thick. Nice held note by Trey in the mid 12’s and into the early 13’s. >

Makisupa Policeman: Really, really like this little jam. Nice, fat yet subtle loops going on in the background. I could listen to this all day long on repeat.

Axilla: Standard. >

Twist: I LOVE the head space this one finds itself in the last couple of minutes. Way into outer space. The effects are fantastic. ->

Free, All of These Dreams: Standard. Possum: Standard.

ENCORE: Contact: Fun, funky version.

Tweezer Reprise: Standard.

Replay Value/Summary: The whole first set. Seriously. Highlights throughout and Wolfman’s, Makisupa, and Contact. Show smokes. I give it an even 4 out of 5. Tons and tons of highlights.
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Review by JezmundTheFamilyBeserker96

JezmundTheFamilyBeserker96 Set 1 Highlights: Tweezer, Pebbles and Marbles*, You Enjoy Myself* (*Standout Version)

Set 2 & Encore Highlights: Wolfman's Brother > Makisupa Policeman, Possum*, Contact* (*Standout Version)

Night two of Phish's return to Hampton Coliseum begins with the opening riff of Tweezer sneaking out of the speakers. This Tweezer is a wonderful, extra-funky version that you can tell got the crowd rocking immediately. Tweezer slides into a perfectly placed and well-played Theme from the Bottom after a strong peak. After a minute or so of silence, Fish kicks into the drum beat of Foam and you can tell already that this set is going places. Foam itself is very well played and you can tell they spent some time really practicing that song. The debut of Pebbles and Marbles, one of my favorite "once a year" songs, comes next. This version absolutely smokes and you can hear just how excited the band was to play it as they go into the jam. The final seven minutes of the song feature some really explosive, (don't throw rocks) DWD-esque playing by Trey. The band takes a couple well deserved minutes to catch their breath and figure out what to play next. The return of YEM serves to be the perfect decision all falls apart in the intro. Trey has some hilarious banter about how they had practiced the song and how disappointed he is. They give it another go and immediately, you could tell that Trey was internally really pissed that they blew that song of any as an intensity that prevails throughout the whole version. The George Takei vocal jam is pretty funny too and I'm not a big fan of vocal jams. Definitely worth checking out even beyond the novelty of the initial trainwreck. Overall, I loved this set and it is my favorite of this New Years Run by a pretty considerable margin. I feel like it serves as the precursor of some of the very well-crafted 2003 first sets (7/9, 2/20). Birds of a Feather begins the second set in straight ahead, high intensity fashion. A super slinky Wolfman's Brother comes up next and features and an extended version of the normal Wolfman's jam with a very strong peaked tacked on before dropping into a fun, spacey Makisupa Policeman, complete with Trey shouting out the everyone's favorite Waffle House that's right across from the Coliseum's entrance. The next segment leading up to Possum didn't do much for me. Possum closes out the set in rocking fashion with Trey repeatedly striking at the peak, a very fun version. Contact opens up the encore and features a must-hear, extended funk jam before dropping into Tweezer Reprise to close out the night. Overall a great show with a little bit of a lag in the fourth quarter. Absolutely must-hear first set though!
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