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”

  1. Clay Says:

    most rejections went out around 4pm EST…nothing since then apparently has been sent out…

    still here waiting

  2. gills Says:

    also waitin….. Wonder how miner made out

  3. old dude Says:

    i broke my refresh button

  4. Clay Says:

    I wonder what the hell they can possibly be doing between 9pm est and 11:59

    Remember that Schvice, it was like 96 or 97

    Someone wrote in and asked what the band does during set breaks.

    Answer was
    “We use this time for drugs” hahah

  5. wizzle1986 Says:

    I think Phish would gladly do tickets by mail if it were a legitimate option, I don’t think it is though, I also think people underestimate the control ticketbastard and individual venues hold (as I have previouly stated), I know Pearl Jam and Prince have their own fan-club system set up, as well as many other bands like B.B. King; this, I believe, is set up more for ticket priority (getting tickets before on-sale dates) more than it is for getting more seats granted to the band instead of ticketbastard. So, basically Phish does the same thing with it’s lottery…so in short, regarding Phish tickets by mail….IMO it’s not just that easy

  6. wizzle1986 Says:

    @clay, while you may be joking, it’s probably very true, bathroom break,drink a beer, smoke a J, etc. Seems pretty straight forward

  7. Mr.Miner Says:

    i am awaiting 8 tix- though none appear to be red rocks, since they will most likely fill those in full. Anyone got the magic 448 charge for 8 RR?

    339.40 on one order = 6
    119.80 on another = 2

  8. Clay Says:

    My charges went from HOLD to actual CHARGES

  9. Bandnana Says:

    I got the 119.80 I figure thats 1 each night gorge, but no email.

  10. elbows Says:

    I just called Musictoday to check on the status of my order, and the guy said they’re still sending out e-mails…I asked if they sent out rejections first, and now they’re doing the confirmations, but he said he thinks they’re still sending out both. Take it for what it’s worth, the guy sounded like a regular, phone-stressed employee, so who knows what’s going on…but I’ll be pissed if I’ve been led on this hope-inducing wait just to get rejected at midnight. Anyways, GOOD LUCK TO ALL. awaiting their e-mails and for the Thurs TM debauchery.

    No matter how stressfull this game is, it’s all worth it once those lights go down. We’ve got out Phish back, we just have to swim upstream and fight the current to get through the doors.

  11. Billy Breathes Says:

    just pulled Darien Lake, Sect 102 Row 4. whoa mama.

    waiting on the rest…

  12. walfredo Says:

    I would say 100% they are still going to send out rejects. No way me and my 4 friends batted .1000 and all scored 2 4 day passes to Red Rocks… Just not ready to believe that is a possibility! It would be cool… But come on!

  13. Clay Says:

    If you still have a hold on your card at this late juncture things are looking verrrrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy good for you!!!!!!!

  14. guyforget Says:

    just got my confirmation email for one of my two orders.
    2 each for shoreline and both nights at gorge.

    here they come……

  15. guyforget Says:

    walfredo, do all 4 of you have holds on your CC??

  16. jer-z Says:

    I just scored 8 red rocks tickets!!!! WHoo HOO!!!

  17. walfredo Says:

    nope. Can’t find any charges on 2 of them. That seems to be the magic bullet- neither of the other two are for the full amount…

    Did you just receive a confirmation in the last 10 minutes?

    We ordered Gorge and Red Rocks- and its 8 tickets for each- so the charge for half the amount could be either. The gorge- I’m not worried at all about tickets and will go either way (about 2 hours from my house)- Red Rocks- I don’t think I can justify another Hampton with $1200 for tickets + travel etc. etc. etc. – but if I can score tickets- I will totally go.

    Hoping we got hooked up with at least 2 Red rocks 4-days- praying for 4 so we can all go!

    We shall see. I’ve started drinking to calm my nerves a little.

  18. gills Says:

    time to pull another tube cant take it anymore

  19. Clay Says:

    given out tons of ticket karma in the past few months
    waiting for karma to come my way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. guyforget Says:

    yep. last 5 minutes.
    nice work Jer-Z.

  21. contact420 Says:

    8 RR tickets how the hell does that happen?

  22. guyforget Says:

    4 shows X 2 tickets each???

  23. walfredo Says:

    Contact- I’d have to say at this point I believe its 1000x more likely we went 0 for 8 then 8 for 8. I would much rather have some outliers. Maybe at least one rejection to get my hopes up for the other 3?

  24. walfredo Says:

    Got confirmation on one order- for 8 Gorge tickets! and 0 Red Rocks tickets 🙁 Oh well… Still got 3 more tries- and the Gorge will kick some serious ass in 2009!

  25. contact420 Says:

    @ guyforget I know the math 🙂

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