Background (Set: 1 of 2 – Song: 3 of 12 – Show Gap: 8)
After an 8 show gap Ghost appears in the early portion of the second set. Get ready for another solid version from the year 2000.
Composed Section (0:00-4:12)
Wait….NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Where are the loops? What have you done with the loops? I miss them already! I would even take Fruit Loops at this point. I knew this day was coming but never wanted it to arrive. #BringBackTheLoops
So Fishman starts this Ghost, and both Mike and Trey enter just a couple seconds behind. The crowd gives a nice roar. Tough not to be excited about a Ghost from the year 2000. The pace is nice and funky while a cool funk jam breaks out prior to the vocals.
The solo section gets some nice Page work as he finds a cool tone. Then he and Mike bring the funk. One of the better solo sections.
The pause gets a huge crowd cheer, some reverb from Trey and a bit of a sloppy drop in. Not atrocious, but not as sharp as some of our other 2000 offerings. Good energy in this intro though, you can feel the jam is going to be charged.
Disco Rocking Level 1 (4:13-7:53)
Trey grabs a hold of this jam right from the start. He comes out firing with a bad ass lick. Mike, Fish, and Page begin to build underneath him. Trey then moves in a smooth solo mode, with Fish providing an upbeat pace. Fish mixes in some great high hat work to give the initial part of the jam some spring.
Trey’s notes start to die out at the 5:10 mark. Fish continues to rock and provides the power needed to keep this thing moving. This is going to be rocking Ghost, Fish is making sure of that.
At 5:25,….Did you hear that??? LOOPS!!! I missed you! Welcome back, please don’t ever leave again. The loops move around the arena gloriously. I just want to snatch one out of the air and tell it to never leave me again. LL Cool J = Large Loops Cool Jam. That was an awful attempt at humor. I will (try to) do better.
As the loops go floating by, Page starts to make his presence felt. As he does, Fishman continues to set a blistering pace. Then at the 6:00 mark, Trey re-enters with another fantastic tone. He moves into the jam with ease while he and Fish rock out. Trey and Fish are really going after this, and Mike is providing an awesome backing. Page moves in between chords, and sweet melodies, depending on the space he reads from Trey.
Pretty much at the beginning (but I noticed it at the 7:30 mark) this upbeat Fishman beat reminds me of the Lakewood Disco Beat. It will only continue to become more like Lakewood. Just wanted to point that out now. By the way, when I say it moves more toward Lakewood, you should get excited.
At 7:45 Trey unleashes a note and gives it a hiccup, and lets it bounce around the arena. If you listen closely you will be able to hear that thing loop around. SO COOL.
Disco Rocking Level 2>David Lee Roth Gif>Punching Mother Theresa in the face (7:54-15:08)
There are really no distinct different sections in this Ghost. I didn’t want one giant section, so after that cool note from Trey I decided to break things up here.
Trey gets back into some nice soloing work at the 8:00 mark, and then starts to pick up the amount of notes he is playing. Page is providing some tremendous chords to mix with Trey’s rock-star tone. The band is certainly moving well together. At 8:18, Trey starts to repeat some notes and you can feel things gaining steam. He comes away from that lick and then starts to hang his notes a bit. Trey is using all the tricks. This sucker is going to get hot.
9:07 is party time!!!! Pants are optional for the next six minutes of this jam. If you are reading this at work….take a break, move to the bathroom, tell your boss you need to get something from the car, heck just quit. You are going to want to crank this. If you are at home, make a pie. Don’t eat it yet though, I will tell you what to do with it later….
The funk lick that Trey drops is hot! Page comes tearing through this dance party and rips of his new shirt and dances on his organ. I am dancing my ass off. DISCO PARTY!!! Lakewood is back!! Mike is moving all through this party just filling up every cup with beer. This jam and this party needs Mike. This is me during 9:07-10:05 (Which I just listened to 25 times)
David Lee Roth’d
At 10:07, things take a slight breather. Not like a Sample in a Jar breather, but certainly not what we saw in the previous minute. Fish changes the beat up just enough. At 10:30, Trey mixes in some Hendrix-like tones and the crowd is loving things.
At 10:52, Page takes full advantage of the space Trey is creating and just crushes some melodies. I am dancing so hard. I am loving this. Get it PAGE! Get it! Funky Piano! You know when they are just holding things with the funk, the fire is coming….and then….
11:45, Trey grabs the flamethrower. It has been building and building and now it is time to destroy. The crowd goes Bananas. NOBODY closes like Trey when he gets like this. The Albany crowd can feel it. Remember that pie I told you about. Get it ready….
FULL OUT MACHINE GUN TREY. Fishman is brutalizing his kit. What the heck is my name? My mind is blown and this thing is just starting. There is no way I could answer a security question after this. You think I am going to remember my mother’s maiden name, my first pet, or who my 3rd grade teacher is after I got flame thrown in the face by Trey? Oh no….
Trey unleashes Death Star Blast #2 at the 12:30 mark. People are screaming. There was a great disturbance in the force there. When Alderann was blown up that was the disturbance in the force….
The insane part of it, as much as Trey is shredding the crap out of this, Fish might be going more insane. He just played 5,347,421 notes in one second. I can prove it. Fishman controls the space time continuum. There is no other way to explain the destruction taking place on his kit right now. I wonder if drum kits get up and start running when he heads toward them out of pure fear.
By the way get that pie ready….
13:00 mark…hold the pie tight. Patience…Patience….
13:18 Trey is climbing the ladder….Patience….Patience….
Ohhhhhhh Shit…. 13:30, Trey is machine gun building tension. Almost time….almost time…..
Ok…Find someone at 13:44 and do this to them….
That was the only thing I could figure out, which would be as awesome as that peak. That was Grade A 100% ASS Kicking Phish. Any doubt how awesome that Ghost was? Just listen to the crowd!
Fishman moves into some cymbal work as Trey ices his hands. The jam slows down before a quick reprisal of the intro section. A bit of some ambient sounds brings this ship to a stop.
Another Ghost that does one thing incredibly well. Light the world on fire. From the second the jam begins, Trey is on it, and then Fishman takes it to warp speed. Incredible peak. Hard not to be blown away by this one. What a run of Ghosts in 2000.