Jam Chart for Ghost (56 entries)

Date Song City Timing Notes
1997-06-13 Ghost Dublin, Ireland 8:22 Cursory initial inspection of form and function...healthy purr from the motor...let's rev this thing up. [Debut.]
1997-07-01 Ghost Amsterdam, Netherlands 20:31 Melodious "Back of the Worm" madness. [Funk flows to "Back of the Worm" jamming, then opens to serene and melodic grooving, which eventually grows funky and percussive again. Helluva show opener!]
1997-07-03 Ghost Nüremberg, Germany 29:43 Flowing, passionate, near symphonic excursion with a "Ghost" vocal reprise. [Heavy funk turns quiet and introspective, builds energy, then follows a mildly dark, funky path before brightening into percussive, rocking jamming with "Ghost" vocals.]
1997-07-23 Ghost Atlanta, GA 26:40 Raging porno-funk that slides into a very mellow midi horn laden outro. [A multi-section masterpiece of funky '97 styles highlight this strong jam. Page skillfully deploys multiple keyboards, and the jam energy ebbs and flows repeatedly.]
1997-07-29 Ghost Phoenix, AZ 15:01 Mellow "C&P"-like groove into Monster Funk ending in Went "Gin"-like jam. [A typically funky '97 version releases and then breaks into an excellent upbeat and hose-filled groove.]
1997-08-09 Ghost East Troy, WI 15:26 Big bass techno-funk. Fine segue into "Taste." [Funk -> release as expected, but the release is short before delving into more funk, then settling to some excellent, quiet introspective play which -> to "Taste."]
1997-08-16 Ghost Limestone, ME 16:39 Mellow big bass funk groove, no climax. [A nice gradual transition from the heavy funk to more open, upbeat play, which grows dissonant before latching onto a great rocking, powerful and percussive groove.]
1997-11-17 Ghost Denver, CO 21:20 Raging space funk. [The expected funk breaks into fantastic and towering blissful play, then shifts to great rocking and funk-driven jamming which gradually mellows. A fan favorite "Ghost."]
1997-11-28 Ghost Worcester, MA 18:39 Raucous techno-funk with breakdown jam. [Strong funk through 9:45 when this one uncorks, quiets down to some cool low-key play, then rebuilds to a captivating and explosive finale and -> to "Johnny B. Goode."]
1997-12-11 Ghost Rochester, NY 16:26 Blazing, rocking funk which -> to a "DwD" reprise. [A good, funky jam settles into some low-key grooving, then gradually develops a full head of steam, igniting into a blistering, raging eclipse which -> to "DwD Reprise."]
1998-07-02 Ghost Freetown Christiania, Copenhagen, Denmark 20:40 Volcanic rock to Carmina Burana trance which passes through lush oceanic swells to the ring of fire. [Intense and fiery "Ghost" jamming morphs to pensive, melodic and dark ambient play, then brightens to upbeat and quintessentially '98 ambient transcendence.]
1998-07-06 Ghost Prague, Czech Republic 15:08 A bold funk intro that is further highlighted by a raging and intense jam with a peak so high it is unscalable by its most ardent fans...the musical equivalent of absinthe injection by machine gun in a crossfire hurricane. [-> in from "Bag." An extended intro leads to a blistering hot straightforward jam that eventually burns out and -> to "Cities."]
1998-07-19 Ghost Mountain View, CA 17:26 Great Wentian "Mind Left Body Jam"-like build into driving groove through "Who Knows" and "Manteca" themes culminating in blistering rock with "Ghost" vocal reprise. [Solid "Ghost" jamming releases, returns to funk with "Manteca"-like jamming, then builds to a raging and spirited celebratory blow-out with Fish vocals adding emphasis.]
1998-07-21 Ghost Phoenix, AZ 19:36 Funky groove into epic soaring balls-out rock and roll supernova that throbs smoothly into bluesey intro for "She Caught the Katy." [Quality and extended straightforward "Ghost" jamming eventually takes on a nice swinging blues vibe and -> to "She Caught The Katy."]
1998-08-02 Ghost Noblesville, IN 19:03 Rock star Page driving the mothership into deep outer space. [Follows the typical format, but with great contributions by Page and Mike. Then after 14:30, the jam breaks into an excellent electro-rock groove wich gradually recedes.]
1998-08-16 Ghost Limestone, ME 18:16 Relaxing cerebral massage with glow sticks and a "Foxy Voodoo" outro. [The jam here is ripe with iconic and lush '98-style ambient grooving. The most purely ambient of all versions, the band later molded "Ghost" to match its musical focus.]
1998-10-15 Ghost San Francisco, CA 16:20 Almost 30 years to the day (10/17/68) after the debut of the Steve McQueen film Bullitt, Phish provides a new score for the car chase scene. [Show opening bubbly and bouncing groove goes uptown and Trey and Page rock the house, then serene play nicely cools things off before a -> to "Water In The Sky."]
1998-11-11 Ghost Grand Rapids, MI 15:47 You enjoy my Ghost while I set fire to this transformer substation leaving behind a smoldering pile of carboniferous goo. [Great groove with awesome funky Page playing with all his toys, then Trey takes the con and leads the jam to an incendiary, multi-summit peak.]
1998-11-19 Ghost Winston-Salem, NC 17:56 Soaring incandescent groove to old skool cow-funk culminating in full band screaming orgasm and a molten metal outro. [As a good dark groove gradually lightens and energizes, the jam takes an unexpected shift when Page hits the B-3, turning the expected peak into a dance party.]
1998-12-31 Ghost New York, NY 15:45 Orgasmic "sleety" symphony which breaks down into throbbing B&D industrial metal that ratchets abruptly into "Ha Ha Ha." [The jam moves beyond the typical structure, breaking into gritty and pulsating play that bridges the ambient sound of '98 and sparser grooves of '99 and '00 quite well.]
1999-07-20 Ghost Toronto, Ontario, Canada 16:12 Uncle Ebenezer's frozen head revivified through the injection of a steaming hot blast of ectoplasm. [Mighty Mike's monstrous Modulus groove massacres the minions at Molson.]
1999-07-23 Ghost Columbus, OH 16:48 Relentless molten neon electro rockslide that comes to rest in a glistening mountain lake. [Fish and Mike lead a fantastic, uptempo groove, and as Trey pours it on, you can literally hear the audience get whipped into a frenzy, then soothed with a great outro.]
1999-07-30 Ghost Niigata, Japan 22:10 A twilight stroll from the fields of heaven through the garden of infinite pleasantries that culminates in the discovery of the noisy generator powering the lanterns in the garden. [Fish is noticeably strong in a tight "Ghost" jam, which then breaks into a great Page-led groove, mellows to sublime ambient space, and rebuilds to a dark, fiery ending.]
1999-09-09 Ghost Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 15:27 Add nine grams of ground decarboxylated cannabis to nine ounces of Bacardi 151. Heat mixture to 151 degrees Fahrenheit for ninety-nine minutes. Strain and decant through nine ice cubes into nine medicinal glass vials. Take nine drops over the course of the next nine days. [An ethereal version, lush with the swirling and alluring sounds of '99, but also featuring a strong, Mike-led groove beginning around 7:45, which eventually dissipates.]
1999-09-12 Ghost Portland, OR 29:42 Colossal virtual reality train ride across the wind-swept moors of ninth century England diving into a vortex which dumps out into orbit around Saturn. [Departs a high energy "Ghost" at 14:00, breaking into a great bouncy groove which then become otherworldly and effects-laden, similar to the end of the 9/14/99 "Bag."]
1999-10-09 Ghost Albany, NY 23:01 A drive up Saddle Road to the summit of Mauna Kea to watch the sun set and the sky explode with stars. [Classic '99-style "Ghost" jamming breaks into a serene and light groove that some hear as "My Left Toe," but it's not. Instead, it's just great Phish. -> to "Free."]
1999-12-11 Ghost Philadelphia, PA 19:06 Endurance run through the Nevada desert crests the ridge into the Groom Lake Basin to behold the arrival of the mothership. [-> in from "Sally." Strong, slow tempo straightforward version with great Mike blasts off into deep outer space after 13:00 and explores the universe before -> to "2001."]
2000-05-22 Ghost New York, NY 26:56 Mesmerizing conglomeration of tesselation and coruscation. [Mellow groove with some spacey effects rolls along until 13:55, when the jam gets more rocking, then breaks into a fantastic and serene groove that swells and dissipates.]
2000-06-15 Ghost Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan 18:01 Generally patient deconstruction of the "Ghost" theme that veers into Albany "YEM" ("Oh Happy Day") jamspace for a few then resolves to glorious peak that leaves you asking "Why doesn't Phish jam the fuck out of songs in the first set ever anymore?" [A quality '00-style "Ghost" groove rolls along, breaks into great swinging section, and then cranks it up into some serious hose-jamming before returning to "Ghost."]
2000-07-01 Ghost Hartford, CT 16:24 Sleek bullet train jumps the tracks at the top of a steep grade escapes Earth's gravitational pull and goes supernova as it nears light speed. [A quick-tempo "Ghost" jam acelerates even further, Trey shreds amidst uniquely '00 sounds, and then the jam gets crazed before blasting off into outer space.]
2000-07-07 Ghost Burgettstown, PA 17:21 Polyrhythmic wormhole to 1995 which switches gears toward a wide droning gyre ornamented with spirals and dimensional flanging and a vaguely tubular resolution. [A haunting version which breaks into a distinctive dark groove at 9:00 and stays there, with little of the typically blissful jamming associated with "Ghost."]
2003-02-15 Ghost Las Vegas, NV 18:38 Swaggering space roullette "Oh Happy Day" groove with a watery wobblefunk rage side slide into deep space cathedral vespers outro. [An awesome and very groovy early section with great Page gradually cycles up to euphoric party mode, breaks into a funky reprise, and settles to great quiet play.]
2003-02-26 Ghost Worcester, MA 14:54 Creepy decomposition into a thick electric groove with a purpose that builds smoothly into a killer "Low Rider" jam. [Improvisational and dynamic version with a bubbly and bouncy groove that explores varied terrain, gradually grows in power, shifts to overdrive and -> to "Low Rider."]
2003-07-12 Ghost George, WA 18:09 Blistered Bella machine gun becomes a fiery pinwheel of metallic jizz before winding back down into a "Ghost" reprise outro. [Strong and varied jamming leads to a release section with "Izabella"-like hose jamming, which cooks nicely before eventually cooling off and returning to "Ghost."]
2003-07-27 Ghost Raleigh, NC 18:25 A seven course prix fixe culinary exploration of the deliciously dank flora, fauna, and fungi of the nocturnal arboreal outback. [Dark and very improvisational. A few moments point to the customary upbeat "Ghost" release, only to be passed over in favor of more ominous exploration.]
2003-08-03 Ghost Limestone, ME 31:47 Keep out of the reach of children...there is a sense that IT could happen at any moment. [Excellent, celebratory "Ghost" jamming through 19:00, when the jam grows dissonant, angry, and effects-laden, then resurfaces to a rocking section and winds down.]
2004-06-26 Ghost East Troy, WI 16:03 Euphoric space-disco firehose dance party in Pere Lachaise Cemetery. [-> in from a strong "BORW." Improvisational and exploratory jamming morphs into a bouncy upbeat groove which grows increasingly celebratory. > to a strong "Free."]
2004-08-15 Ghost Coventry, VT 17:30 Through a crack in the fabric of space-time a horde of flaming orange locusts cascaded down the fetid slope of manure, became a cyclone of debris, limbs, and offal in the muddy bowl then coalesced into a sheet of light which rapidly withdrew upslope back into the void of infinity. [-> in from a strong "SOAM." The jam breaks into an angry, rocking groove that grows dissonant, tension-filled, and includes Trey's eerie yelling and digi-guitar effects.]
2009-11-28 Ghost Albany, NY 22:25 Festive post-tryptophan aerobicize flanges into crystal elves riding bullfrogs down to the hypersonic neon metallic dragon boat races. [A multi-section improvisational juggernault. This jam travels far, and little of it sounds like familiar "Ghost" territory. Eventually the jam builds to a rocking firestorm.]
2009-12-31 Ghost Miami, FL 14:15 Subsonic (wow Gordo!) quantum-tunneling rock drill with an "Auld Lang Syne" jam that finds its way to the dentists office. [Great Mike early-on gradually builds to a nice peak. Then the jam shifts to a solid, snappy section replete with an "Auld Lang Syne" tease and more, and -> to "NO2."]
2010-12-31 Ghost New York, NY 13:48 May this one find you when you are feeling down, it will lift your heart and your feet from the ground; building the euphoric bridge that allows you to cross that river of tears. [A strong straightforward version. By shifting to D major just before 7:00 and staying in that place for over 6 minutes, the bliss or release section is accentuated.]
2012-07-01 Ghost East Troy, WI 9:42 You ever have a pulled pork slider that's got so much flavor packed in such a small bite that it makes you crosseyed? It's like that. [An excellent short but improvisational version promptly departs standard "Ghost" at 5:30 to survey good and varied terrain, includes "C&P" quotes, then -> to "BOTT."]
2013-10-31 Ghost Atlantic City, NJ 13:55 A superbly chiseled marble sculpture of Venus which is then vajazzled with some glittering clusters of hard rock and heavy metal bling. [A well played straightforward version peaks, settles, and breaks into some rhythmic exploration, then powers up again into a rocking, blues-infused upbeat conclusion.]
2014-07-12 Ghost New York, NY 16:32 Those who believe in wormholes will shout "Timber" when they catch a chilling thrilling glimpse into a future haunted house during the early moments of this quarter speed heartbreaker that evolves into a twirling fountain of incandescent sparks passes through a cyclotron and emerges as a multi-dimensional space funk groove. [A strong, rocking "Ghost" includes jamming that is the likely genesis of "Timber," as well as an extended pulsing and electric outro jam that is well regarded by many.]
2014-07-20 Ghost Chicago, IL 11:29 Swirling Samurai with a Sawzall wields the power blade on a scintillating space disco mirror ball. [A really solid, rocking and improvisational version features great playing by all four, especially Mike. Little of this jam sounds anything like "Ghost." -> to "Weekapaug."]
2014-07-26 Ghost Columbia, MD 10:48 "Ain't Nothing But a Good Time!" [A strong and atypical jam is loaded with positive vibes and rocking, feel-good sentiments, before growing mildly dissonant and transitioning to "Steam."]
2014-10-27 Ghost San Francisco, CA 16:36 Flubtastic Trey plays it off legit allowing the band another opportunity to polish a steaming turd into a fine scintillating gem. [Get beyond some glaring Trey miscues in the "composed" section, and enjoy one of the most unique and improvisational "Ghost" jams of the 3.0 era.]
2014-12-31 Ghost Miami, FL 16:35 A tall and tasty tropical sun splashed sugar rimmed whipped cream topped boat drink shared with old familiar friends provides the expected results. ["Ghost" jamming turns blissful, settles into serene, quieter musing, energizes and returns to "Ghost" before finally turning funky and spacey and > to a strong "Theme."]
2015-07-31 Ghost Atlanta, GA 12:42 Patient and soulful dance around the boneyard staring at the spiraling arms of the galaxy twirling in the inky dark sky above. [A delicate, serene version breaks to bliss mode with multiple, peaking sections, before returning to "Ghost" to wind down.]
2015-08-21 Ghost Watkins Glen, NY 11:38 Loose and crunchy Echoplex fuzzfest turns on the Radiohead and it's afterlife is saved by Rock and Roll [Heavy use of various guitar and instrumental effects transforms the basic "Ghost" structure into an altogether different and compelling presentation.]
2016-07-08 Ghost Mansfield, MA 12:07 Short electric sheep walk through a dark and dangerous alley into an old town speakeasy for a frosty tumbler of gin. [The gnarly tones of "Ghost" warp into major mode musings, but manage to maintain some grit instead of settling for I-IV nirvana. Some tantalizing trilling from Trey and a Molotov from Mike obliterate the darkness and clear the way for a must-hear > "Light."]
2016-07-15 Ghost George, WA 11:52 A Useful Cross-eyed and Drowsy Ghost Goes Robo-tripping in No Ghost Land. [All "Ghost"ly signs of this tease-infused hybrid disappear shortly after the six minute mark. Trey bolts for the Marimba Lumina, Mike drops some bombs, Fish picks up the pace, Mike and Page join him on percussion, and Fish riffs vocally on "No Man In No Man's Land." By the time everyone has moved back, they're (arguably?) reprising "NMINML" proper, and by the time you realize it, they're already off into -> "CDT."]
2016-07-19 Ghost San Francisco, CA 11:15 Drops from an empty cob-webbed attic through a revolving Echoplex multiverse trap-door into a merry go round of incandescence. [Trey dials in his gnarliest, grittiest "2.0"-era tone, and employs his favorite "3.0"-era toy to multiplex ghoulish echoes over the early parts of this "Ghost" jam, as Fish pushes the pace into a trance-like state. Trey's trills and Fish's fills take hold and bump things up a step and the jam slides seamlessly into major mode bliss, where Page's piano shines brightly and Mike's fluid bass lines just won't quit.]
2016-08-26 Ghost Arrington, VA 13:28 That scene in The Right Stuff where the aboriginal shaman sends the cloud of fireflies to repair the heat shield on the Mercury capsule so John Glenn can safely re-enter Earth's atmosphere. It sounded like this. [In from "Fuego" ->, the Lockn' "Ghost" starts out with some staccato MuTron work from Trey and some wah-infused Clav' from Page, before Mike and Fish shove the jam into a bright, upbeat space that Trey fills and trills with sustained joy. After a bit of "WOO!" and a McGrupp fake-out, they slide right into -> "Gin."]
2016-12-30 Ghost New York, NY 16:53 Severe weather alert: if the thunder don't get you, then the lightning wheel. [Mike opens the door to a more contemplative major-key space, and Trey hits on a gorgeous repeating note pattern. Page moves to piano and the jam turns warmer and richer, then settles down into a chilled-out late-night groove. Superb version that > into a killer "Light" -> "Party Time" duo.]
2017-01-15 Ghost Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico 12:56 Little drummer boy... OH BOY! [The first "Ghost" of 2017 screams "Hose before bros." "Little Drummer Boy" teases and a muddy tone are ditched five minutes in for a cleaner tone and greener pastures. Buoyed by Fishman's peppy beat and Mike's melodic Modulus work, Trey dials up the Happy while Page plays the shit out of his piano, leading to a massive trill-fueled loop-spun serotonin flood.]
All versions in a jam chart are recommended, but yellow rows indicate highly-recommended versions.
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