TTFW: The Reawakening—Early ’09

Hampton Coliseum 2009 (Jeff Volckhausen)

As we celebrate the third anniversary of Hampton’s comeback run—yesterday, today and tomorrow—let’s take a ride back in time with an audio retrospective of this era. In only three years, Phish has brought us from Hampton to Red Rocks, from the Gorge (two times) to Telluride, and from The Greek Theatre to Hollywood Bowl. It has brought us up and down the east coast and through the Midwest more than a couple times, hitting all the staples and then sime. This era has brought us  two Halloween shows, two festivals, three more New Year’s Runs, and a whole lot of memorable multi-night stands. And above all else, this era has brought us a hell of a lot of great music. Today, lets start with my some of the earliest highlights from 2009. How long has it been since you listened to these? Enjoy the look back.


Down With Disease -> Seven Below” 3.8 II, Hampton, VA

The first deep dive of the modern era—and it still holds up just fine.



If I Could” 6.2 I, Wantagh, NY

The first performance of this song in nine years featured an alternate, more delicate interpreation.



Harry Hood” 6.2 II, Wantagh, NY

A profound, ambient take on their classic jam on only the second night of June ’09. If you were reading this site then, remember how hard I freaked on this one? Good times.



Sand” 6.7 II, Camden, NJ

This era’s first  “Sand” was a revelation, as the band infused a palette of melody into jam. This Camden excursion only foreshadowed the song’s transformation into a whole-band jam in 2010. In my opinion, the most dynamic “Sands” now live in the 3.0 era.



Tweezer” 6.7 II, Camden, NJ

The first legitimate “Tweezer” in ’09—and it was an out-of-left-field set closer! The commando lick never dies!



Ghost > Fast Enough For You ” 6.9 II, Asheville, NC

After the band blew out Camden, they came right back and threw down this “Ghost” in the next show.



Rock and Roll -> Light” 6.14 II, Manchester, TN

Paired with “Rock and Roll,” the band’s first exploration of “Light” came in Bonnaroo’s final set. These two songs would transform into the preeminent launchpads of the modern era thus far.



A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing -> Drowned -> Twist” 6.19 II, Noblesville, IN

Following an insane lightning storm, Phish came out with music to match, playing—arguably—the set of June.



Piper” 6.21 II, East Troy, WI

The standout jam of June ’09’s final show at Alpine.

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330 Responses to “TTFW: The Reawakening—Early ’09”

  1. snowbank Says:

    no contest. I’m sure all places mentioned would warrant me complaining about the heat. It’s really only the heat from 7-10am that annoys me cause I want to sleep. I should have been more specific.

    For gorge ’11 we had air conditioning and windows with blackout shades. mmmm, I’m ready for a nap.

  2. [Not Tom] Says:

    Deer Creek ’10 was blistering. It was like waking up in a sauna tent.

  3. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    @auntie em
    I am fluent in over six forms of communication

  4. lastwaltzer Says:


    that is an understatement lol

    I will never camp in any open field in the midwest ever again 🙂

  5. kayatosh Says:

    TT sesh is on.

  6. Selector J Says:

    I use those mostly for listening to music off my PC and iPod. At risk of losing fashion points/street cred, I think I’m going to start using them for DJ gigs. I’ve been using some over-the-ear headphones but they’re definitely not the best for my ears. Everything gets cranked to 11 by the end of the night.

    As far as attending shows, Etymotic have earplugs for relatively cheap (less than $15) that I haven’t used but my bro-in-law uses them when playing live music. He says they’re great. He actually prefers wearing them as long as he’s not singing since they filter out a lot of the low frequencies without degrading the mid’s and hi’s too much.

  7. Mike in Austin Says:

    Austin at South Park Meadows is stupid. It had a huge concrete tarmac in front of the stage that irradiated heat, long until the night.

    I am not kidding when I say it was 115 degrees on the tarmac.

    Oh well.

  8. garretc Says:


    Yeah, Messi went off, that’s insane! Looking forward to checking out those highlights…

    I’m just glad Milan was able to hang on. They played a GREAT game over the weekend in Serie A, they were just really set up for a let down match against Arsenal.

    I have faith they’ll be able to return to form in the next round

  9. dusty Says:

    South Park meadows…that’s the field’s name. I recall being able to watch the encore from the hill outside slinging food. Lots of your typical Texan frat boys. And first set izabella closer.

    another thumbs up for Etymotic plugs. Also great ear bud headphones from them.

  10. voopa Says:

    Thanks dusty! I’m a fan of the Brown Sugga…

  11. snowbank Says:

    Peyton watch is going to be great fun:

  12. tela'smuff Says:

    Bradford Cox of Deerhunter/Atlas Sound responds to the review of his MN show on Monday night. This is one of a few nuggets from an interview he did with Pitchfork today. I’m a big fan of this kid, and find this pretty amusing.

    “Section three: I am a terrorist. As a homosexual, my job is simply to sodomize mediocrity. I am terrified and horrified and shocked that anyone would mention Phish in any article related to me.”

    Chapter six: My terror, continued. People had a fantastic, great time at this concert. At the end of the night, the majority of the audience was on stage dancing and having a great time. I’m a good time kind of guy. I’m like Sly from the Family Stone. I’m all about smiling and good times and white teeth. It was a very natural show and the people that didn’t like it can suck my dick. They got the full fucking set of emotional fucking sincere whiny white people music. And then they got fucking ‘My Sharona’ as interpreted by Faust. It was like a death trance.”

  13. Kaveh Says:

    @snowbank: Should be interesting to see where he goes. Miami has a great new head coach and Peyton would be a good fit there. But we will see. And Peyton-watch is going to be WAY better than Favre-watch.

  14. BingosBrother Says:

    We are too bradford. If Phish played My Sharona for an hour it would not have been them making noise while Mike played that bass line the whole time and we’d be creaming our pants about the hour long jam.

  15. snowbank Says:

    I can’t decide if I want Peyton to come to Seattle or not… but I don’t see how else the seahawks upgrade at QB. getting a good QB just seems impossible.

  16. snowbank Says:

    I’m oddly optimistic for a 2nd season of t-jack. He showed signs of promise. what I really want to read: an article on t-jack practicing with mike williams. he needs to learn that williams is open 90% of the time… if you can put the ball in the right place.

  17. lumpyhead Says:

    TreasureReprise Says:
    March 7th, 2012 at 2:28 pm
    I’ve been wanting to go back to Indio since F8. Any extras for Coachella first weekend floating around?

    ^ No. quite the opposite.

  18. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I think Manning ends up either on the Redskins or the Dolphins.

    Does he want to play in the NFC east and face Eli twice a year?

    Dolphins just hired a new coach, do they usurp his authority and get Manning, who is essentially a coach for the team that gets him?

    Will be interesting. Peyton hold all the cards here. Arizona is my darkhorse team.

  19. Mr. Palmer Says:

    There is an old Celtics/Lakers game on ESPN classic.

    The athletes of today are far superior, but man, they don’t play the game like these guys used to. Magic, Worthy, Bird, McHale, Worthy. Jabbar..

  20. garretc Says:

    I’m kinda bummed Alex Smith pulled through well enough last year that the Niners seem to be off the table…

    Oh well, can’t REALLY complain about our quarterback becoming good enough that we don’t need to splurge on a better one, I guess

  21. garretc Says:

    I don’t think Worthy is worthy of being listed twice, particularly in that group of players…

  22. voopa Says:

    Manning will go to Houston, AZ or Miami.

  23. joe Says:

    like 7 or 8 hall of famers on the court at once in some games. and sick mustache, short shorts combos that would make any hipster weak in the knees (padded of course)

  24. Mike in Austin Says:

    Worthy is worthy. Metta.

  25. TreasureReprise Says:

    @ Lumpy: Good lookin’ out yo!

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