A Ghost Encounter

3.7.08 (D.Pecoraro)

3.7.08 (D.Pecoraro)

Phish jams provide so much more than mere music- they are experiences.  When the “Tweezer” lick or “Mike’s” riff drops, that adrenaline we feel isn’t due to the audio stimuli we are about to receive, but rather the all-encompassing life experience we are about to notch into our belt.  The experience of a Phish jam moves beyond “listening” into the realm of “living.”  These jams bring us inspiration, fear, introspection, catharsis, and revelation- this is the fabric of life.  This contributes to the humor when parents or non-Phishies ask us why we would want to attend four straight shows.  Always a difficult question to answer to those who haven’t experienced IT, we often find ourselves stuck- or talking for ten minutes- trying to explain.  It all comes down to the live experience- experience– those moments where nothing else matters; this was one of those moments.

It was Saturday night in Hampton, and Phish had just finished their best segment of music to that point.  “Rock and Roll > Limb” gave us an initial taste of 3.0’s improv.  After a ripping ride, one might have predicted a more mellow song waiting in the wings- but there wasn’t.  Lurking right around the corner was one of those experiences.


3.7.09 (D.Pecoraro)

As the peak of “Limb” ended, many needing a quick breather, but Phish would not allow it, easing their way into the opening grooves of “Ghost.”  Simply hearing this beginning after a five year absence, and knowing all the crazy rides the song had taken us on, was enough to send our energy directly through the roof.  Echoes of yesteryear came flooding into the Coliseum, hearkening back to the colossal Hampton “Ghost” of 1997.  As soon as the rhythmic patterns started oozing from the stage, that feeling returned.  That eager anticipation you feel when you couldn’t be more excited for the moment- we were about to live a “Ghost” jam for the first time in half a decade- and my brain was overdosing with adrenaline.

Hampton (D.Pecoraro)

Hampton (D.Pecoraro)

Without any noodling, Trey got right down to business, offering edgy, uncompressed lines over a methodical groove.  Soon the band joined the improvisation, crafting a communicative pattern around a three-note phrase by Trey.  Following the beginning of the jam, the music opened up quite a bit more, allowing space for Mike, Page, and Trey to play shorter, staccato melodies that fit in and around each other like an intricate jigsaw puzzle.  With no one member overpowering this segment of music, the band’s collaborative effort stood out- especially with their new live mix.

Hampton (D.Pecoraro)

Hampton (D.Pecoraro)

Coming to a natural transition, the band shifted back into a more traditional “Ghost” story, with Trey playing sustained wails over the band’s soundscape rather than focusing on dance rhythms.  The music began to ascend- chasing Trey’s emotive offerings, and before we knew it, the band latched onto his melodic geyser, following his lead into one of the most spiritual releases of the weekend.  This was the first time that Trey stopped thinking and just played what was in his heart- and it was so, so obvious.  The previously calculative Jedi had lost himself in his music, inviting us to come along, rediscovering the unbridled joy in the organic peak of a beautiful Phish jam.

3.8.09 (J.DiGiuseppe)

"AC/ DC Bag" 3.8.09 (J.DiGiuseppe)

The emotions evoked within myself, as I’m sure many others, were awing.  There we were again- merged with the band in the middle of IT- dancing our hearts out because nothing else mattered.  It was a powerful moment; rediscovering the experience of Phish as the band grew more comfortable on stage once again.  Soon after the climactic peak, the band slid down the jam’s denouement and right into “Piper.”  This “Ghost” authoritatively completed the message whose delivery had started with “Rock and Roll > Limb”- Phish’s emotional improv was back.  While much of the first three sets carried the vibe of a recital, it was this second set that announced the band’s creative return.  And it wasn’t until “Ghost” that we caught a glimpse into the soul of the band that will inspire us through the next part of our lives.

LISTEN TO 3.7’s “GHOST” NOW! < LINK (Roll over link and press play)


“The Mothership” – Photo: Dave Pecoraro



8.6.96 Red Rocks < LINK

8.6.96 Red Rocks < TORRENT LINK

8.4.96 (J.Richter)

8.4.96 Red Rocks (J.Richter)

Moving right along, here we have night three of 1996’s famed stint at Red Rocks.  If you are following along, we will go though every show the band has played at the legendary venue this week. The no-brainer highlights of this show are the first set-ending “Antelope” and a sublime “Tweezer” that is one of my personal favorites.  Look for the gorgeous “Hood” that concluded the night’s jamming.  This one is a keeper.

I: Makisupa Policeman, Rift*, Suzy Greenberg, Simple, Theme From the Bottom, Lizards, Dinner and a Movie, Horn, Run Like An Antelope

II: The Curtainb> Tweezer**, Prince Caspian, A Day in the Life, Big Black Furry Creature From Mars, Purple Rain, Harry Hood#, Tweezer Reprise

E: Johnny B. Goode

*Contained “This is Red Rocks, This is the Edge” (referring to U2’s live album “Under a Blood Red Sky”), by Trey. **With “Norwegian Wood” jam. #First appearance of the “Hood!” chant after the band sings “Harry,” which was initiated by flyers passed out at the show.

Source: FOB > DFC/9th row > Sonic Studios Dsm6’/Pa6lc3s (w/60khz bass rolloff) > D7 @48k > Clone

Taper: J.P.

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438 Responses to “A Ghost Encounter”

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  1. Al Says:

    This GHOST was the jam Highlight of the reunion weekend and the creative rebirth into the 3.0. era.

  2. Al Says:

    Guys, all 20 LIVEPHISH CD Volumes are available for download at LIVEPHISH.COM, now! Just as an info.

  3. Davey Says:

    LOVE Ghost!!! One of my favorite songs and this version was absolutely chronic.

  4. c0wfunk Says:

    the moment when this jam peaks and Trey explodes in Sonic Glory is right up there with the top moments of the weekend. Great run through, thanks again!

  5. RobAins Says:

    Couldn’t sleep last night, so I ran downstairs for a quick toke, and to grab my ipod. Hadn’t listened to the SBD mixes through headphones yet (awesome mix, could’ve had a little more Mike) and this Ghost is where I started listening. I guess I had kind of overlooked it over the last week or so. Holy crap! It was smokin’!

    Good luck to everyone with the lotto. I’m 0 for 2 so far, and am hoping I don’t strike out……

  6. Ziggy Says:

    “The experience of a Phish jam moves beyond “listening” into the realm of “living.” These jams bring us inspiration, fear, introspection, catharsis, and revelation- this is the fabric of life. ”

    After a long time of sitting on the sideline and being a very faithful follwer of this site, I have decided to jump in for a swim. This site has filled a void and is the next best thing to being at a show.

    For me the music of Phish has always been a sort of a soul cleansing. In their music you can find anything that you need. That is a difficult thing to explain to anybody who just does not get IT.

    Miner, you have a true gift and you must go to sleep every night feeling very fulfilled that you are having such a positive impact on so many people. Keep sharin’ the groove.

  7. JeffD Says:

    Hampton.Ghost.Peak. Enough said. Highlight of the weekend for me. I’ve relistened about 200 times since.

  8. Brimley Says:

    Did anyone else think that they were going to play Twist at first when they started the opening lines of Ghost…? It sounded to me on first listen that Mike started that bass line…Anyhow, a great version of Ghost and probably one of my most played from the Hampton run…

  9. notkuroda Says:

    That 8/6 show is one of the top 5 phish shows I’ve ever seen. The energy in that venue was out of this world. The entire place was getting down HARD durning Rift, then during the pause, Trey points at the audience and says “this is Red Rocks, this is the edge” and the place completely explodes!!! First set featured Dinner and a Movie, Horn, Suzy, and a fiery Antelope. Meanwhile as the sun was setting, a storm was rolling in. You could see the setting sun reflecting off these huge billowy clouds. The rain started in the second set, not enough to soak or make anyone uncomfortable, just enough to cool everyone off. If you listen to the tapes, you can hear the crowd cheer as it seemed the lightning was being thrown by Kuroda, at perfect places in Tweezer, Day in the Life, and Hood. Not to mention the BBFCFM where Trey freaks out and the Purple Rain was, well, purple. The perfect Phish experience. I can’t wait for this summer!!!

  10. contact420 Says:

    my two RR tickets for 4 Sat. Alpine tickets…Anyone?

  11. PlethoraOfPinatas Says:

    One of my favorite things about listening to old shows is not hearing the “HOOD!” or “WIIIILSON” chants. The first time I heard Wilson from 2/20/93 (one of my first B+P hookups) I was like, “whoah, the BAND sings Wilson?

  12. Edison Says:

    awesome peak in that jam. the soaring sould lifting type stuff that just makes you weak in the knees. the only downer is wanting it to go on and on and on….unfortunately…the show must go on. but it’s wonderful to bask in those moments every now and then.

    3/7 set II = my favourite from the weekend. i had been waiting for some Type II action and this set delivered. to the point. spot on. soul lifting type jams. awesome!

    good luck phans!

  13. AbePhroman Says:

    That Ghost was an awesome jam.

  14. Chalkdustin Says:

    “It all comes down to the live experience- experience- those moments where nothing else matters.”

    Yes, Miner, YES! A Phish show goes way beyond any typical connotations of a “concert.” It’s not just about going to see your favorite band play, partying with friends, and buying a souvenir t-shirt. It’s about the way the music makes us feel, the way it changes us and shapes our lives. The lights, the sound, the crowd, the strong emotions- all contribute to the adventure that is Phish. IT is so hard to understand for those who haven’t seen Phish because IT is incomparable to any other experience. Once you step into a Phish show, you come out forever changed and constantly wanting to feel that feeling again and again!

  15. Little Buddy Says:

    ^ Chalkdustin


  16. contact420 Says:

    I read this and I think to myself wasn’t there a band 25 years before Phish that transcended live music into the cosmos? Hmmmm…..

  17. Los Says:

    pHISH, thier music and concerts are the closest thing to a religious experience I have ever felt…like a soul revival

  18. SOAM Says:

    Lets just hope we get some fucking tickets…every tweaked out, wacked phish freak who frequents this outstanding site should be first on the list.

  19. Chalkdustin Says:

    Phish IS my religion! Found god once again on 3.6.2009!!

  20. SOAM Says:

    during horn..

  21. dyda Says:

    i won the lotto! (finally) got darien & spac! fuck yeah! same deal with not getting an e-mail yet or it showing up in my online bank account, but the cash is gone and it says it went to phishticketing so….

    miner did you get my e-mail? i forgot to put a title on it. it was just an attached text doc with the list of all the full shows available on this site. i’ll send it again as the body of a message and remember to put a title on it this time.

    mike sounds fine to me in my mix. then again i don’t mess around when it comes to stereo systems. there are some sbds that sound like he’s more prominent, but with those the whole mix is louder.

    yeah spac will be my 7th show. wow. maybe check out the adirondacks between the two. agree about trying to shake people off by going from outside buffalo up to ct then down to outside dc then back up to upstate ny.

    i seriously didn’t even expect to get anything from the lotto…

  22. Pence Says:

    agreed SOAM, Ive spent hundreds of dollars on Phish.com, I have been to their site at least once everyday since coventry hoping that their was a tour announcement. That should be taken into consideration. Ive been shutout of every lottery.

  23. whole tour! Says:

    i ain’t afraid of no ghosts….
    i ain’t afraid of no ghosts….

    who you gonna call???

  24. Los Says:


    You aint the only one…I have never ever ever ever ever scored through the lottery!

    Every single time through tickets by mail…

    Fuckinig sucks!!!!

    Congrats to those who have! Lucky fucks!

  25. SOAM Says:

    d bag fever.

    I’m gonna have to get a credit card under an alias and buy 12 tickets for 24,000 bucks-tour and then split…

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