“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. voopa Says:

    Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar


  2. Kaveh Says:

    Just posted this on the ticket exchange board. I have an extra Thursday night at Berkeley that I am looking to trade for one Friday or one Saturday Berkeley. So let me know if you or anyone you know is interested. Thanks!

  3. El Duderino Says:

    Spinnin’ this now:

    2/09/99 Wetlands Preserve – New York, NY.

    SBD > DAT > CDR

    Set: I
    Kickin’ Bach
    Hurdy Gurdy
    Feel For You
    Set II
    Cut Mullet
    Among Your Pillows
    Just One
    Deviant Dreams
    E: Hot ‘Lanta*
    Set III

    *w/ Warren Haynes


    Butch Trucks-Drums
    Derek Trucks-Slide Guitar
    Marc Quinones-Percussion
    Oteil Burbridge-Bass
    Jimmy Herring-Guitar
    Kofi Burbridge-Keyboards,Flute & Vocals
    John Popper-Harp and Lead Vocals

  4. Stupendous Says:

    Love Kickin Bach Dude!

  5. BeantownBoy Says:

    Has anyone received their PTBM for Great Woods yet?

  6. El Duderino Says:

    @ Stup

    Then I suggest you download that DTB show w/Jimmy Herring that I posted a few pages back then!

    That Kickin’ Bach is redonkulous

  7. sumodie Says:

    No Phish fest at Empire Polo Club

    Despite statements to the contrary by Phish phans, Goldenvoice says there won’t be a Phish festival this October at the Empire Polo Club.


    (page 3)

  8. Stupendous Says:

    nice will do!

  9. lycanthropist Says:

    way to just drop in and ruin my day @sumodie


  10. sumodie Says:

    @Lycan: Not my fav news tidbit either. Still holding out for a PH fest though…..

  11. lycanthropist Says:

    yeh.. the hope of a Phish Fest in the Fall is whats keepin my disappointment of not being able to make summer tour at bay

  12. Stupendous Says:

    Lycan let me know when youre hitting up your 10th

  13. Guyute711 Says:

    I think it’s time for a Phish cruise. Might be a tough ticket.

  14. lycanthropist Says:

    no doubt Stup

    we need to try and hit together if possible..

    are you getting yours this summer?

  15. Stupendous Says:

    oooooh! sign me up for that

  16. Stupendous Says:


  17. El Duderino Says:

    It would have to be the Queen Elizabeth or something on that order to hold all the phans. There also wouldn’t be a room big enough on the boat for that, but one can dream

  18. Chuck D Says:

    largest cruise ship in the world holds 5,400 according to wiki. It would be the hardest ticket on (3 hour) tour.

  19. Wharblgarbl Says:

    Here’s a suggestion for a ph festival: The Midwest.

    I know might think “lame” at first. But think about it.

    Hasn’t been done, central location, you could have it in the middle of nowhere like a random corn field which I bet the band would go for.

    Phield of Dreams.

  20. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    @ LW
    If they are iron-fortified marshmallows then it is a horse of another color, no?

  21. Mr.Miner Says:

    I’ve heard not at Indio, but another SoCal locale….

  22. voopa Says:

    Another SoCal locale?

    Edwards AFB?
    Ontario Speedway?
    Torrey Pines?
    The Culver City Porn District?

  23. Mr.Miner Says:

    FYI – glowsticks suck for everyone 😉

  24. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Glen Helen Pav where the Us Festival was.

    Or the place on the res outside of San Diego where they have done Bajabash once or twice.

  25. voopa Says:

    Yeah PB

    I thought about Glen Helen too. Would’ve seen my first SoCal Dead shows there in Fall ’95 had Jerry lived…

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