“Twist > 2001 > Moma”

3.7.09 (S.Wiltse)

3.7.09 (S.Wiltse)

One of the tightest musical segments of Hampton, and certainly one of the most exciting, was the “Twist > 2001 > Moma” late on night three.  Combining three of the last remaining songs in their eighty tune
repertoire for the weekend, Phish put together the run’s biggest musical climax.  In a show that featured the most precise and highest-energy playing from the band, these jams fit right in.  This crowd pleasing knockout punch featured some of the biggest outright dance grooves of a weekend that focused more on composition and abstract jamming.

3.8.09 (J. DiGiuseppe)

3.8.09 (J.DiGiuseppe)

Trey growled out of the composed section of “Twist,” speaking through his raunchiest, uncompressed tone, and Mike shot laser beam bass lines, similar to several ambient ’03 “Twists.”   Their interplay to start the jam stood out; Mike taking the lead melody as Trey spat distorted, yet expressive, licks with his guitar.  Page chimed in with some electro-sounds, adding a completely new sonic element to the puzzle.  This music represented some supremely different electro-Phish, as all three non-drummers used unique and over the top tones.  The band morphed into a dark psychedelic milieu before the music slowed down quite a bit.  Turning blissfully ambient, Phish used their “amoeba-like jamming” to create surreal textures.  But minutes into this deepening musical path, the band subtly- on the drop of a dime- slipped out of the sonic stew into the beginning of “2001!”  Trey led the way with a beautiful descending melody, carrying everyone into outer space as Mike revved up the bass-heavy groove.

In one of the slyest transitions of the weekend, Phish transformed

3.7.08 (S.Wiltse)

3.7.08 (S.Wiltse)

Hampton Coliseum into “The Mothership,” and the venue careened through the corridors of outer space.  With slammin’ funk grooves, the band initiated a short, but oh-so-sweet, dance session that brought the highest energy of the night.  An old-school version, this “2001” was simple, chunky, and ripping.  Like candy for the mind, the rhythmic patterns dusted off a part of our soul that had lay dormant for five years.  As the band quickly reached the second peak of the song, what would they launch into?  What did they have left?

3.8.09 (J. DiGiuseppe)

3.8.09 (J.DiGiuseppe)

As Phish sustained the climax of the song for seconds after the last note, they collectively made the hugest drop of the weekend into the tar-thick funk of “Moma Dance.”  It was virtually a joke how well this setlist was written, forcing everyone to dig deep into their reserves of energy- but no one had any trouble finding them.  A song with a bit of Hampton history, this performance gave a raucous nod to 1997’s epic “Tweezer > Black-Eyed Katy.”  Page absolutely tore up the clav all over this song, much like every other song over the weekend with one keyboard or another. With the smoothest lounge-funk, Phish completed what was the tightest and most energetic excursion of the run.

Phish saved some of their most spectacular playing for late in their three-day magic show.  Leaving the audience with the best music of the run throughout the last set, the band left people jonesing for more.  Blowing up one of the standout musical stanzas of all three shows right near the end, Phish left many a fan with the question, “Is it June yet?”



3.7.09 Hampton Coliseum < LINK

3.7.09 Hampton Coliseum < TORRENT LINK

I: Get 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

II: 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
E: A Day in the Life

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144 Responses to ““Twist > 2001 > Moma””

  1. SOAM Says:

    I think I was there-forget-did they do easy chair one night.? before it ?

  2. Weyoun42 Says:

    Before you hope for any shelving of 2.0 songs, just re-listen to Undermind from this weekend again. There is absolutely no way to know what those songs will come out sounding like this time around. Just because they were never able to get some of those songs to where they wanted to before doesn’t mean they won’t be able to now. I say let them play whatever they want!

  3. Little Buddy Says:


    I totally forgot about that Easy Chair. We were playing Sweatheart of the Rodeo by the Byrds the whole way driveand then they busted out Easy Chair. Coincidence? Maybe so, maybe not… I’m so glad you brought that up b/c I had completely forgotten about it.

  4. guyforget Says:

    sure did, and spocks brain..my friend opener, etc. retarded..

  5. old dude Says:

    amen, Weyoun. i hope the boys take a page from the Dylan playbook and rearrange at will. hell, turn Simple into a gospel song. or reggae-ize Guelah. Prince Caspian bluegrass. death metal to Grind!

  6. SOAM Says:

    absolutley great tune-Basement Tapes with Bobby Dildo and the band rock

  7. old dude Says:

    and speaking of Allman’s – Derek Trucks Band new album opens with cover of Down in the Flood from Basement Tapes. Coincidence?!

  8. SOAM Says:


    last night I regurged boomers, gas , hooch, goo balls, chocolates, budweisers and whiskey in my 3-2 beer league overtime loss.

  9. SOAM Says:

    Good music is good music-period doing a winterland 73 black throated wind.

  10. old dude Says:

    i always thought Basement Tapes would make a great Halloween costume. Plenty of song variety to highlight the vocal stylings of Cactus and Leo.

  11. old dude Says:

    wait. beer league has overtime?

  12. guyforget Says:

    nice work kid. good to hear you skate to offset your otherwise healthy lifestyle!!

  13. guyforget Says:

    just finished “Garcia – An american Life” last night. My god, JG was a medical nightmare. Glad to hear he died with a smile on his face though. Soam, you should not follow in his footsteps!!!

  14. SOAM Says:


    Forget-I get a little rip on with the brews and hooch but no persian any more.

  15. SOAM Says:

    Jerry also had an apple in his hand when they found him-which is incredibly ironic considering he was hooked on chili dogs, burgers fries m and m’s and haagen dass-god love that incredibly talented porker-miss those secong set dews, stellas, standings and peters.

  16. voopa Says:

    “I always like Carini because that’s about as close as Phish comes to being Metal.”

    Saw it Again!

  17. alumnidog Says:

    for those looking to get the abb show from last night with trey and page – here it is:

  18. contact420 Says:

    Amen SOAM I miss my Jerry Licks too, so very much!!!

  19. Selector J Says:

    Twist>2001>Moma was definitely one of my favorite listening spans from the Hampton shows. I’m not the biggest fan of the “woo” in Twist. (Sorry SOAM.) I let a lot of Phish’s cheesy/goofy stuff slide but that “woo” irritates the crap out of me.

    The rest of the song is fine, good even. and I definitely love the jams that Twist spawns. And when an especially nice Twist jam drops into the 2001 beat… Wow. And when a 2001 leaps into a Moma. Double wow. That would be the highlight of most any show.

    I thought Scents and Subtle Sounds was one of the best songs from 2.0.
    I’d like to see them take a stab at the Scents intro and then come back later and play the song proper (kind of like a reverse Tweezer). If they tried this, they’d need to find an arrangement that would work live. I think they pulled it off this past weekend with Undermind but it works the other way, too. Secret Smile is beautiful on the album but, unfortunately, is just plain terrible live.

  20. SOAM Says:

    If you are irritated at a gig you should hang out with my wife who is irritated when I’m at gigs solo.

  21. SOAM Says:

    Thunderhead and meat were shockingly absent and i have been pissed ever since…

  22. Chalkdustin Says:

    Thanks so much, alumni! Appreciate it, man!

  23. contact420 Says:

    The Twist “woo” part is an influence from the glam rock era ala T-Rex! that’s where that influence comes from y’all

  24. SOAM Says:


  25. Mr.Miner Says:

    LINK UP for 3.7. Sorry it took so long- will re-post as part of weekend nugs.

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