“Go-Suto” (Japanese: Ghost)

Osaka 2000

As soon as Phish debuted “Ghost” in their first show of Summer ’97, the song became a staple jam vehicle for Phish. Moving with the band’s musical direction of the late-90s, “Ghost” featured groove, rock, and ambient jams depending on the era, almost always providing a highlight for any show in which it appeared. And then in Phish’s second show of 2000, at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, the band rewrote the record books for their late-90’s song. Exploring the hyper-complexities of groove and moving far beyond them into completely transcendent music, Phish threw down, perhaps, the greatest version ever played.

After such a blowout, one would figure the band continued magnifying the song for the rest of the summer, let alone the rest of the year. But they didn’t. While the Phish played solid “Ghosts” in Hartford (7.1), Chicago (9.22), and Denver (9.27), the band only took out the song six times after Radio City. And only one truly stood out – 6.15.00. Phish let loose on the final standout “Ghost” of the pre-hiatus years on the penultimate night of Japan tour in Osaka, Japan. Towards the end of the first set, the band unveiled the only Japanese version of the song, and as it turned out, the last truly great version of 2000.

6.11.00 - Tokyo (E.Sakai)

In Big Cat, a small club, elevated six floors amidst a shopping plaza, the audience squeezed into the small, square room. The predominantly Japanese audience packed it in, as the concept of personal space differed from that in the states – a lot. Before long, a combination of fans began filling the room with blown-up balloons, like a life-sized lottery bin. But when the music started, silence fell, and everyone’s focus turned squarely to the stage.

After a routine four-song, set-opening sequence, Trey quietly initiated a series of siren loops, opening the only “Ghost” of the Pacific. Following the composed section, the band oozed into the piece with a methodical, bass-led groove. Taking ample time to settle into a thick rhythmic canvas, the band pondered the early course of the jam before diving in. Mike took the melodic lead, while Trey and Page added effects, beginning the excursion in a sparse dance pattern. Trey coyly began to pick a melody within the groove, very much blending with whole, yet bringing a whole new element to the table.  Amidst a increasingly murkier plane, Fishman hit a disco-like groove that Mike immediately latched onto, bringing memories of the infectious dance odyssey weeks ago at Radio City. Page and Trey began to gently toy with the beat, and all of a sudden, the band rolled into subconscious territory.

6.15.00 Big Cat Ticket

6.15.00 - Big Cat Ticket

Offering independent melodic ideas along these uptempo rhythms, Trey stepped into prominence, before long, playing an open chord progression that would guide the band through an upbeat, out-of-character second half of the jam. The rest of his band mates picked up on his idea, gradually building a triumphant build over these changes, Meanwhile, after setting the musical plate, Trey transformed into the a cathartic waterfall of notes and melody, peaking the piece in a rolling, cyclical fashion. Uniting all the energy in the room, Phish took sailing on the majestic seas of bliss, drawing out the apex of the jam in an all-out celebration of the human spirit. After the peak, the band seamlessly slid back into “Ghost,” bringing this version to a close.

The Osaka “Ghost”  became an immediate highlight of Japan 2000, and without anyone knowing at the time, represented the last pre-hiatus triumph for the song. This moving piece of music goes under-circulated due to its international origins, and has thus been under-appreciated over the years. Everyone knows the Radio City “Ghost,” and rightfully so. This one came next.


Jam of the Day:

Ghost” 6.15.00 I Rmstr

This standout version of the song has recently been remastered by Phish Thoughts reader, “Kenny Powers,” and is available to download by clicking the orange title above.




5.23.00 Roseland, NYC, NY SBD < Torrent

5.23.00 Roseland, NYC, NY SBD < Megaupload

Roseland Ballroom - NYC

During and after the first Radio City show, fans lined the sidewalks of Manhattan to get tickets for Phish’s just-announced show at Roseland the night after. The intimate gig was filmed for VH-1’s “Hard Rock Live,” and though the show was relatively jam-less, the event provided a special night in the spring of 2000.

I: AC/DC Bag, Wilson, First Tube, Ya Mar, Mike’s Song > Simple > It’s Ice, When the Circus Comes, Back on the Train, Gotta Jibboo, Taste, Sleeping Monkey

II: Punch You In the Eye, Twist, Waste, Piper, You Enjoy Myself, Run Like an Antelope, Train Song, Bug

E: Boogie On Reggae Woman, Cavern

Source: SBD

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528 Responses to ““Go-Suto” (Japanese: Ghost)”

  1. timmy Says:

    they love the glowsticks!!!

  2. El Duderino Says:

    The glow stick thing is definitely tired IMO!
    Second night Gorge ’09
    We’re down in the pit area up front, same exact spot as the night before. We got these youngin’s next to us. We’re high, they’re high, we’re all high. Well, this one chickadee decides she’s gonna open one of the glow sticks and start throwing that toxic, nasty ass shit everywhere, herself, her friends. Ridiculous shit IMO. It’s also not very show friendly when durring a Hood Jam or whatever jam and you have to look awy from the stage or whatever and keep an eye out so nothin’ smacks you upside the head. Stupid shit. The crowd’s older now time to drop that adolescent behavior

  3. snowbank Says:

    I hear ya A.Dubs. I was being tongue-in-check about the cool kids business. I was just curious if I was missing something.

    I am just looking for ways to bring energy to the show. I like a good glow ring war but everybody’s different.

    That said, I am still pissed about the tools who kept shining lasers on the burble. What a waste. Throwing anything at the band is beyond stupid and glowsticks are dangerous. Shouldn’t bring them near a show cause there is always someone stupid enough to throw one.

  4. angryjoggerz Says:

    My favorite people who brought energy to shows were the California GD crew who would literally throw invisible energy balls to each other throughout the venue. It was like a big invisible game of energy catch… you could see the music.

    I think invisible glowsticks are teh way for 10. Just act like you are throwing them, let CK5 do the rest.

  5. snowbank Says:

    Again difference of opinion, but I rather enjoy acting more adolescent at shows… spraying the innards of glowsticks is stupid…

  6. Stupendous Says:

    I dont mind The skinny noodles flying everywhere, Its actually pretty cool to see… but the traditional thick glowsticks shouldn’t be thrown around.

    Im all for clapping during stash, but no claping to the beat of whatever jam the band is playing. but then again thats the power of the collective,
    if something in thath moment invited every one in the room to clap, well
    then clap. Im just not a big fan to the clapping to the beat of a jam…

    @Timmy if you want to grab a brew or something sometime just shout!

  7. albert walker Says:

    And yes the lazer pointer kids make the glow stick kids look like productive members of society

  8. Stupendous Says:

    AW lol !!!

  9. El Duderino Says:

    Throw Marshmallow’s like in the GD days or tortillas

  10. timmy Says:

    i can’t believe some of what i’m reading here right now

  11. albert walker Says:

    That’s the problem

    Phish shows are about 90% people that I’m surprised natural selection didn’t take out by now

    If they have glowsticks

    They will throw them at Page’s Piano
    They will break em open

    You know there is a band playing right kids?

  12. timmy Says:

    stupendous, my buddy adam lives in siesta key

  13. albert walker Says:

    Some epic marshmallow wars at Red Rocks in 95 and 96

    Def fun to just chuck something at someone that just bounces right off

    Great memories

  14. Stupendous Says:

    Cant understand the disrespect towards throwing something at the band
    thats just dumb. Those kids belong at a Green Day concert.

  15. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Phish shows are about 90% people that I’m surprised natural selection didn’t take out by now

    Earth is about 95% people that I’m surprised natural selection didn’t take out by now

  16. lastwaltzer Says:

    ‘Throw Marshmallow’s like in the GD days or tortillas”

    PLEASE NO. Talk about a mess for the cleaning crew, not to mention wasting food.

  17. lycanthropist Says:

    sometimes AW, I don’t think they do

  18. Stupendous Says:

    Timmy, cool man hit me up if ur in the area, would love to meet some fellow
    heads around, although I might be moving soon, but got time to hang…
    t h e b e a s e l @ g m a i l . c o m

  19. kayatosh Says:

    kayaTosh = anti-glowstick. distracting; doesn’t add to the vibe.

  20. lastwaltzer Says:

    Natural Selection>artificial selection

  21. albert walker Says:

    LW is super hippy

    You know how many starving kids those hundred marshmallows could feed?

  22. Stupendous Says:

    The best glowstick action Ive seen was in the middle of the R&R from lakewood in 2000 from the pavillion it looked amazing…

  23. BTB Says:

    Desire for High Fructose Corn Syrup > Desire for Life

  24. lastwaltzer Says:


    fair enough. Nobodys anemia is going to be fixed by a mallow.

  25. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    nothing like a glowstick war in the middle of rest and relaxation eh

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