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December: 14 | 19 | 31

Link Saturday, 12/14/2002
Studio 8H, NBC Studios, New York, NY

Set 1: 46 Days, CDTChalk Dust Torture

Notes: Phish performed on Saturday Night Live, with former Vice President Al Gore as host. Gore introduced both performances. Earlier in the show, Phish had appeared in the recurring “Jerrod’s Room” sketch series, where Jimmy Fallon plays a college dorm room web-show host. In the sketch, the band was forced to hang out with Jerrod and his friends after being involved in a car accident with one of them. Gore appeared in the sketch as one of the students’ professors. All four members of Phish joined in to play a snippet of Contact in the dorm room. Later, Robert Smigel’s TV Funhouse cartoon parodied the ability of Charlie Brown and his Peanuts friends to transform and enliven anything (e.g., a dumpy Christmas tree) by just “waving their arms around a lot.” Phish appeared as the “transformed” version of Schroeder and his friends, who had been playing music themselves. During the cartoon, two pieces of You Enjoy Myself were used as the Peanuts characters danced around.

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Link Thursday, 12/19/2002
Ed Sullivan Theater, New York, NY

Set 1: All of These Dreams

Notes: Phish were the musical guests on The Late Show with David Letterman.

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Link Tuesday, 12/31/2002
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

Set 1: Piper, Guyute, NICU, Horn, Wilson[1], Mound, CoilThe Squirming Coil > BowieDavid Bowie

Set 2: Waves[2] > DividedDivided Sky, Lawn Boy, Carini, Rift, HoodHarry Hood > Character Zero

Set 3: SampleSample in a Jar, Seven Below[2] > Auld Lang Syne > Runaway Jim -> Time Loves a Hero, Taste, Strange Design, WotCWalls of the Cave[2]

Encore: Velvet SeaWading in the Velvet Sea

[1] Castaway intro and "Tom Hanks" guest appearance.
[2] Debut.

· Low Rider tease in Piper
· Dave's Energy Guide tease in David Bowie
· San-Ho-Zay tease in Walls of the Cave
· Weekapaug Groove tease in Runaway Jim

Notes: 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. Runaway Jim contained a Weekapaug tease from Page. Time Loves a Hero was lsat played August 11, 1998 (or 151 shows). Walls included a San-Ho-Zay tease from Trey. The evening was capped with perfect post-show music: Let’s Stay Together.

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