Opening with fan-favorite and long requested "Fluffhead" (last played 9/28/00), Phish played their first show in over four years at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, VA last night. The band played a 28 song show that focused more on their earlier mult-part compositions ("Divided Sky", "You Enjoy Myself", "Oh Kee Pa Ceremony"), as opposed to the more open-ended jamming they had relied on in recent years.
They debuted a new song, "Backwards Down the Number Line", to open the 2nd set. The song will presumably be part of the upcoming recording sessions Phish said they will start when the Hampton run is over.
The night ended with a three-song encore, "Grind" (making only its second apperance ever and sung acapella), "Bouncing Around the Room", and a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Lovin' Cup".
3/6/09 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton VA
Fluffhead, The Divided Sky, Chalkdust Torture, Sample in a Jar, Stash, I Didn't Know, Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg, Farmhouse, NICU, Horn, Rift, Train Song, Water in the Sky, Squirming Coil, David Bowie
Backwards Down The Number Line, Tweezer, Taste, Possum, Theme from the Bottom, First Tube, Harry Hood, Waste, You Enjoy Myself
Grind, Bouncing Around the Room, Loving Cup
***NIGHT 2 UPDATE***
With the wholly appropriate line, "it took a long time to get back on the train" Phish opened up night two of their Hampton comeback shows with "Back on the Train". Again focusing on more complex compositions as opposed to lengthy jams, night two saw the band trot out a 26 song show capped by a cover of The Beatles "A Day in the Life" as an encore.
The night also featured the Phish debut of "Beauty of a Broken Heart" a tune from Page McConnell's 2007 solo album, that seems to open the door of possibility of Phish digging into their respective solo projects for new material to bring to the stage.
3/7/09 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA
Back On The Train, Runaway Jim, Brian and Robert, Split Open and Melt, Heavy Things, Punch You in the Eye, Gumbo, Reba, Mexican Cousin, It's Ice, Halley's Comet, Beauty of a Broken Heart, Guelah Papyrus, Lawn Boy, Run Like An Antelope
Rock and Roll, Limb By Limb, Ghost, Piper, Birds of a Feather, Wolfman's Brother, Prince Caspian, Mike’s Song>I Am Hydrogen>Weekapaug Groove, Character Zero
A Day in the Life
***NIGHT 3 UPDATE***
Phish's final night at Hampton featured a couple of debuts, "Undermind" from their 2004 album of the same name and the last song from that album to be played live, and a cover of George Jones' "She Thinks I Still Care"
3/8/09 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA
Sanity, Wilson, Foam, Bathtub Gin, Undermind, AC/DC Bag,My Friend, My Friend, Scent of a Mule, All Of These Dreams, Maze, She Thinks I Still Care, Army of One, Tube, Cars Trucks Buses, Free, Frankenstein
Down With Disease, Seven Below, The Horse >Silent In The Morning, Twist, 2001, Moma Dance, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Wading In The Velvet Sea, Slave To The Traffic Light
Contact, Bug, Tweezer Reprise
All three shows can be downloaded for free at LivePhish.com