Whether you attended the shows or only got to listen some time later, Phish’s 20th Anniversary run in 2003 was a major milestone for a band who started playing to small bar rooms and theaters two decades earlier. Fast forward some time later, and Phish is selling out Madison Square Garden for New Years perennially and playing some of the greatest venues in the country. Hard work pays off kids.
On December 1, 2003 the foursome from Vermont rolled into the familiar site of the Pepsi Arena in Albany, NY and came out with an electric performance with a few surprises to spare. Igniting the show with a “Chalk Dust Torture,” the first set also featured a standout version of “Wolfman’s Brother” as well as Led Zeppelin’s “Good Times Bad Times” and a rare “Thunderhead” from 2002’s Round Room. To date, it is the last time “Thunderhead” was played.
Set two opened with an inspired, all-star selection of “Tweezer” > “2001” > “You Enjoy Myself” before Phish welcomed in former band member and guitarist Jeff Holdsworth for a couple of tunes (“Camel Walk,” “Possum,” “Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress,” “Run Like An Antelope,” “Fire”). Holdsworth left the band in its most primitive stages back in 1986, and had not performed with them since. He is still credited as the writer for “Camel Walk” and “Possum.”
You can listen to the entire performance from December 1, 2003 below:
Setlist: Phish at Pepsi Center, Albany, NY – 12/1/2003
Set 1: Chalk Dust Torture, Stash, Guyute, Thunderhead > Sparkle, Wolfman’s Brother > Good Times Bad Times
Set 2: Tweezer -> Also Sprach Zarathustra > You Enjoy Myself, Camel Walk, Possum, Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress > Run Like an Antelope
 Jeff Holdsworth on guitar and vocals.
 Jeff Holdsworth on guitar and Tom Marshall on vocals.
 Jeff Holdsworth on guitar.