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Tuesday December 31st, 2002
Madison Square Garden
New York, NY USA

Set 1: Piper[1], Guyute, NICU, Horn, Wilson[2], Mound, The Squirming Coil > David Bowie[3]

Set 2: Waves[4] > Divided Sky, Lawn Boy, Carini, Rift, Harry Hood > Character Zero

Set 3: Sample in a Jar, Seven Below[4] > Auld Lang Syne > Runaway Jim[5] -> Time Loves a Hero, Taste, Strange Design, Walls of the Cave[4]

Encore: Wading in the Velvet Sea

[1] Low Rider tease.
[2] Castaway intro and "Tom Hanks" guest appearance.
[3] DEG tease.
[4] Debut.
[5] What's the Use? tease.


Phish returned from their hiatus with their first public show since October 7, 2000. The pre-show music alluded to the end of the hiatus with such songs as the theme from Welcome Back Kotter, Feels Like the First Time, Back in the Saddle Again, Reunited, and The Boys are Back in Town. The final selection was Foreplay/Long Time, during which time the band took the stage. Piper included a Low Rider tease. Prior to Wilson, a scene from the Tom Hanks movie Cast Away was played in the arena (referring to Hanks’ character searching for his volleyball/companion named Wilson). Trey subsequently introduced Hanks to sing the final lyric. Major news media reported the Hanks appearance, but the guest singer was actually Page’s brother, Steve McConnell. Mound was played for the first time since November 19, 1996 (276 shows). Bowie included a DEG tease. This show included the debuts of Waves, Seven Below and Walls of the Cave. Appropriately, Seven Below began about seven minutes before midnight. During the song, the crew lowered a disco ball from the scoreboard and created a “snowfall” on stage. Dancers dressed in white as snow creatures took the stage and circled the band before dispersing into the crowd. Some of the dancers ascended ladders and donned stilts to become snow angels. At midnight, white balloons and confetti were dropped on the crowd. A dwarf remained on each front corner of the stage, popping balloons, while the snow angels continued to dance. The transition between Jim and Time Loves a Hero (first since August 11, 1998, or 151 shows) included a What’s the Use? tease. The evening was capped with perfect post-show music: Let’s Stay Together.

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Tuesday December 31st, 2002
Madison Square Garden
New York, NY USA

Set 1: Piper[1], Guyute, NICU, Horn, Wilson[2], Mound, The Squirming Coil > David Bowie[3]

Set 2: Waves[4] > Divided Sky, Lawn Boy, Carini, Rift, Harry Hood > Character Zero

Set 3: Sample in a Jar, Seven Below[4] > Auld Lang Syne > Runaway Jim[5] -> Time Loves a Hero, Taste, Strange Design, Walls of the Cave[4]

Encore: Wading in the Velvet Sea

[1] Low Rider tease.
[2] Castaway intro and "Tom Hanks" guest appearance.
[3] DEG tease.
[4] Debut.
[5] What's the Use? tease.


Phish returned from their hiatus with their first public show since October 7, 2000. The pre-show music alluded to the end of the hiatus with such songs as the theme from Welcome Back Kotter, Feels Like the First Time, Back in the Saddle Again, Reunited, and The Boys are Back in Town. The final selection was Foreplay/Long Time, during which time the band took the stage. Piper included a Low Rider tease. Prior to Wilson, a scene from the Tom Hanks movie Cast Away was played in the arena (referring to Hanks’ character searching for his volleyball/companion named Wilson). Trey subsequently introduced Hanks to sing the final lyric. Major news media reported the Hanks appearance, but the guest singer was actually Page’s brother, Steve McConnell. Mound was played for the first time since November 19, 1996 (276 shows). Bowie included a DEG tease. This show included the debuts of Waves, Seven Below and Walls of the Cave. Appropriately, Seven Below began about seven minutes before midnight. During the song, the crew lowered a disco ball from the scoreboard and created a “snowfall” on stage. Dancers dressed in white as snow creatures took the stage and circled the band before dispersing into the crowd. Some of the dancers ascended ladders and donned stilts to become snow angels. At midnight, white balloons and confetti were dropped on the crowd. A dwarf remained on each front corner of the stage, popping balloons, while the snow angels continued to dance. The transition between Jim and Time Loves a Hero (first since August 11, 1998, or 151 shows) included a What’s the Use? tease. The evening was capped with perfect post-show music: Let’s Stay Together.

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Thursday January 2nd, 2003
Hampton Coliseum
Hampton, VA USA

Set 1: Chalk Dust Torture > Bathtub Gin[1], It's Ice > Back on the Train, Round Room[2] > The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Stash, Water in the Sky > Character Zero

Set 2: 46 Days[3] > Simple -> My Friend, My Friend, Limb By Limb, Thunderhead[2] > Run Like an Antelope[4] > Cavern

Encore: Mexican Cousin[2]

[1] Spill the Wine tease.
[2] Debut.
[3] Debut. Can't You Hear Me Knocking tease.
[4] James Bond theme tease from Page.


Gin included a Spill the Wine tease. Trey referenced the New Year’s Eve Tom Hanks prank by again “introducing” Hanks, this time prior to It’s Ice. Round Room, Mexican Cousin, Thunderhead, and 46 Days (complete with a Can’t You Hear Me Knocking tease) all debuted. Antelope included a tease of the James Bond theme from Page. 

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Thursday January 2nd, 2003
Hampton Coliseum
Hampton, VA USA

Set 1: Chalk Dust Torture > Bathtub Gin[1], It's Ice > Back on the Train, Round Room[2] > The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Stash, Water in the Sky > Character Zero

Set 2: 46 Days[3] > Simple -> My Friend, My Friend, Limb By Limb, Thunderhead[2] > Run Like an Antelope[4] > Cavern

Encore: Mexican Cousin[2]

[1] Spill the Wine tease.
[2] Debut.
[3] Debut. Can't You Hear Me Knocking tease.
[4] James Bond theme tease from Page.


Gin included a Spill the Wine tease. Trey referenced the New Year’s Eve Tom Hanks prank by again “introducing” Hanks, this time prior to It’s Ice. Round Room, Mexican Cousin, Thunderhead, and 46 Days (complete with a Can’t You Hear Me Knocking tease) all debuted. Antelope included a tease of the James Bond theme from Page. 

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Friday January 3rd, 2003
Hampton Coliseum
Hampton, VA USA

Set 1: Tweezer > Theme From the Bottom, Foam, Pebbles and Marbles[1], You Enjoy Myself[2]

Set 2: Birds of a Feather, Wolfman's Brother > Makisupa Policeman[3], Axilla > Twist -> Free, All of These Dreams[1], Possum[4]

Encore: Contact, Tweezer Reprise

[1] Debut.
[2] Restarted. One portion of the vocal jam was based on the name "George Takei" and another was based on the melody to Tweezer Reprise.
[3] Keywords referenced "fatty," "Waffle House," and "Hooters."
[4] Instrument switching.


Phish introduced two more concert debuts: Pebbles and Marbles and All of These Dreams. Trey restarted YEM after a sloppy attempt at the composed beginning section. 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. 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.”

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Friday January 3rd, 2003
Hampton Coliseum
Hampton, VA USA

Set 1: Tweezer > Theme From the Bottom, Foam, Pebbles and Marbles[1], You Enjoy Myself[2]

Set 2: Birds of a Feather, Wolfman's Brother > Makisupa Policeman[3], Axilla > Twist -> Free, All of These Dreams[1], Possum[4]

Encore: Contact, Tweezer Reprise

[1] Debut.
[2] Restarted. One portion of the vocal jam was based on the name "George Takei" and another was based on the melody to Tweezer Reprise.
[3] Keywords referenced "fatty," "Waffle House," and "Hooters."
[4] Instrument switching.


Phish introduced two more concert debuts: Pebbles and Marbles and All of These Dreams. Trey restarted YEM after a sloppy attempt at the composed beginning section. 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. 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.”

setlist via phish.net