Background (Set: 2 of 2 – Song: 3 of 7 – Show Gap: 4)
This is the final Ghost before the hiatus. This versions continues the trend of falling in the beginning part of the second set. The segues from Gumbo and into The Mango Song were not significant, and therefore not been included.
Composed Section (0:00-4:19)
The last Ghost of 1.0 fittingly greets the crowd with some Trey loops. Fish and Mike come in shortly after but Mike backs away for a second. Gordon flirts with trying to play something different but eventually settles on the Ghost theme. The tempo is slower than normal.
The solo section continues the groove for the most part. Page gets a little crunchy and Mike gives a bit of funk. Nothing special.
The pause is a bit longer than normal, and the band delivers a nice drop in. Not picture perfect, but still very nice. A solid way to leave Ghost for a couple of years.
Mellow Groove (4:20-8:22)
The jam starts with some sectioned off measures. Nobody takes full control. Trey does start to lead out a bit, around the 4:40 mark. Page finds a great space right away and delivers some fantastic piano melodies. Fish is providing a pretty fast paced beat to work from. Mike is giving a nice solid laid back bass groove.
Much like the previous Ghost in Rosemont, Trey and Page find a nice harmony. With a controlled Trey holding notes, Page once again finds plenty of opportunity to deliver incredible melodies. 4:45-6:40 is another great example of outstanding interplay between Trey and Page. Not to be outdone, Mike continually finds spots to deliver precise, strong, bass notes.
At the 6:45 mark, Trey starts to repeat a lick and injects some life into the jam. When Trey comes away from the repeating lick at 7:30, he continues to solo. He also revisits that same lick quickly for a second.
Hungry, Hungry Build (8:23-10:34)
The jam then settles back for a bit as Trey starts to draw some notes out. Mike though starts to lay down some dirty bass. At the 8:23 mark, Mike gets hungry. His tone drops and his appetite starts to show.
The angry hungry sound from Mike really gives this jam some energy. I can get down to that. I am sleeking around my house. Trey moves in nicely at 8:35, and works off of Mike. Once again you see more brilliance form Mike Gordon, giving this jam a new and better direction.
At 8:45 Trey starts to develop a lick that will help build this jam. Once again as he repeats that lick, the rest of the band builds the jam around him. Mike is still noticeably outstanding in my opinion. Every time Trey repeats that lick the jam gains strength.
At 9:20, Trey lets the air out just a touch. He releases away from that lick and gives some rock-star soloing. He only does it for a few seconds and then just moves to less intense soloing. Trey stays within himself and by doing so allows the jam to build even more powerful.
At 10:09 Trey holds a note and you can feel that we are about to rock this sucker out. Here we go!!!!
The peak (10:37-14:25)
At 10:37 Trey quickly repeats a lick letting you know it is time to rock! At 10:53 Fish drops a fill and all systems are go. Trey responds with some shredding guitar work.
I hear Page in this peak section more than normal. He is really on top of his game. Slides, runs, chords, you name it Page is blasting away on the keys. Trey backs off the gas just a touch around the 11:30 mark.
Then he begins to pick up the amount of notes he is playing before turning this peak on its head. He starts to repeat a high pitched lick at 11:50. Trey is building the tension furiously and the band is responding with a fury behind him. Trey building tension makes me feel like he may do this at any moment…
That high pitched lick from Trey with Fish, Mike’s hungry bass, and great chord work from Page is outstanding. Fishman’s use of the splash cymbal is kick ass as well.
When Trey releases the tension he actually doesn’t provide the full on onslaught which I thought might have occurred. He does play some fantastic controlled shredding though. It is Fishman that is the crazy one. He drops a HUGE fill at 12:34. Another at 12:42. Then one more monster at 12:53. Big stuff from the man in the dress.
The jam begins to work its way down after that last fill and gets a nice cheer from the crowd. Mike plays the Ghost theme as the jam breaks down. By the 13:40 the jam has almost nothing left except for few notes from Fish and Page, and an occasional hello from Mike. The jam fades away like a ripple in the water until there is nothing left. I do love when that happens!
The last Ghost of 2000, and all of 1.0 is another solid effort. There are parts in the opening section that are a bit lull. Mike however breathes life when he and his bass gets hungry. An excellent build, followed by an alright peak, and a cool ending. Another good Ghost just not one that breaks any ground.