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. Comrade Says:

    awww minor……couldn’t leave just a little glimmer of hope??? 🙂

    i’m happy with my Merriweather!!!

    taking my brother, best friend, and my g/f (it will be her first show!)

  2. Dave Says:

    I got two for Shoreline…My first Phish show! YESSS!!!!!

  3. bcb Says:

    just got 2 for Toyota Park, section 117. makes me feel a little better about missing out on the first round of summer.

  4. Bandnana Says:

    Nice Dave

  5. guyforget Says:

    Dave, prepare to have your tits rocked off.

  6. Bandnana Says:

    Well mine is done
    2 GA both nights Gorge
    1 Lawn Shoreline
    1 Lawn Darien Lakes
    Coast to Coast baby! Gonna try online for Toyota Park, I think I may bow out gracefully and skip RR.

  7. wall05 Says:

    has anyone still not received anything?

    My friend is still waiting.

  8. contact420 Says:

    I still have not received an e-mail, but the cc is still charged. My girl got sec. 109 row 17 for us @ Toyota Park

  9. old dude Says:

    Scored 8 for Chicago between me and the wife. All tix accounted for, gonna be a college tour buddy reunion! My 50ish show, but only 2nd since Shoreline 10-07-00! Stoked!

    A few friends have yet to hear anything good or bad…

  10. Chalkdustin Says:

    Got 2 both nights for Gorge, waiting to hear on RR from a friend…

  11. Henry Holland Says:

    Nothing yet, either e-mail or my bank account, I’m dying here (going for Shoreline > Gorge x 2, 1 ticket at each). Another 1:07 of tension. 🙁

  12. voopa Says:

    Will gladly pay face to take any Shoreline extras off of anyone’s hands…of course I’m still holding out hope for the livenation sale…

  13. Frankie Says:

    SWEET! Scored four tickets balcony section 27 for SPAC! 😀
    So glad to be able to see the band this summer finally!
    Sorry Davey! No go for RR and Gorge… hopefully you got them!

  14. Chalkdustin Says:

    Did ANYONE get RR? WTF?

  15. VTBowie89 Says:

    For those of you celebrating tonight, cheers! Have a blast watching them blow minds from coast to coast all summer. Sorry to vent, but I’m stunned. I’ve lived here in Hampton since 7/95, and never missed a show at the mothership until now. I got hosed for the reunion. Then a donut-hole for the first go-round. Now, zilch. Again. Not 1 ticket for any venue. Ticketing 3, me 0.

  16. Baboon Says:


    I got your Gorge for 2 of your SPACs.

  17. Walfredo Says:

    Anyone still heard nothing on an order? Still have 1 hope left for red rocks- but haven’t got any word yet. Fired up for the gorge!

  18. Frankie Says:

    Thanks for the offer! I’m on the east coast so it’ll be easier for me to hit SPAC! Thanks though…

  19. contact420 Says:

    Still no confirm just the cc charge!

  20. nonoyolker Says:

    Out of my whole order, i got 2 Hartford lawns and i gotta say, i am still fucking grateful. Got shut out hampton and 1st leg and at least came out with something this round a-bout. Hope folks got lucky and those that didn’t, i hope you get your shit on thur morning. Best of luck. Fuck the scumbags on stub hub and ebay already. Keep the faith.

  21. Frankie Says:

    Alpine ’97 is the first Ghost i ever heard and still one of my favorites! SPOOKY guitar by Trey! Check it out! Great show!

    Hope everybody get their tickets!

  22. Baboon Says:

    Frankie (or anyone else)

    I’ve got more Gorge tix then I can use. I am looking to trade for Hartford or SPAC pavilion. I will part with up to 6 tix for Gorge each night for good Hartford or SPAC (maybe Cambden or JB also). You will still need to pony up cash for the differential (e.g. my 4 tix = your 2 tix plus face value for the other 2 you are getting from me). Good opportunity to get a whole mess of your peeps in at once to the Gorge.

  23. nonoyolker Says:

    Nice call on that ghost frankie, shit is nasty. That show is tight. Nice Reba, great Mike’s (everything) -> Groove. Really wish they would cover Ain’t Love Funny more. That song is a sweet Cale cover.
    Cheers to all who got any tix and those that didn’t! I am celebrating dolo in a chi-town hotel getting business drunk.

  24. wall05 Says:

    Still waiting…..

  25. guyforget Says:

    i still have an open order with no email, but a pending cc charge. not much time left, hope it’s not a tease.

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