Jam Chart for AC/DC Bag (28 entries)

Date City Timing Notes
1986-04-01 Burlington, VT 5:09 Debut -> in from "Slipknot" and includes a short intro section that continued through 1988.
1991-02-15 Keene, NH 6:40 Fast as a Fall '95 "Reba," this centerpiece "Bag" is an improvisational bonanza, showcasing truly unusual and adventurous play. A series of stop/start passages invites inventive exploration (read: Mike) before Trey lays into some seriously crazy sustain; this builds to intense soloing which somehow works to reshape the song's structure, the four then casually whipping through a fierce, fun, glasses-tinkling conclusion.
1991-07-12 Keene, NH 5:43 Giant Country Horns (who also played on 7/14/91, 7/21/91, and 7/25/91). Horns are a great addition. This version was released on Live Phish Vol. 19.
1993-08-12 Rochester Hills, MI 7:40 The old intro is played although it was largely abandoned after 1988. Odd little outro jam tacked on to the back as well.
1993-08-25 Seattle, WA 9:39 The old intro section is played again. Some cool Mike action on this version.
1994-11-18 East Lansing, MI 8:15 > in from "Rift." This Bag is musically tight, yet slightly structurally different than other type I Bags. There is a litle funky piano breakdown at around 4:00 before blues-Trey rears his head in for some of the more traditional buildup-and-release jamming. At about 6:25, Trey sustains a note, and the Bag takes off before a return to the ending coda and > to Julius.
1995-06-25 Philadelphia, PA 8:29 > in from "Ya Mar." Exceptionally well-played straightforward version. Trey shreds. > to "Taste."
1995-07-03 Fayston, VT 10:04 At about 6:15, the jam section starts to get a bit beyond the conventional "Bag."
1995-11-10 Atlanta, GA 10:14 > in from "Sparkle." With several instances where the jam grinds to a near stop, this is another '95 version that stretches the boundaries of "Bag."
1996-08-13 Noblesville, IN 10:31 Intense and hard rocking straightforward version. Great Trey and Page. > to "The Lizards."
1997-06-25 Lille, France 10:22 Bust out the funk!
1997-07-25 Dallas, TX 11:16 -> in from "Makisupa." Similar to 8/13/96. Intense, stretched-out version where the band just keeps it going and going.
1997-11-21 Hampton, VA 25:42 > in from "Ghost." The band dexterously weaves together layers of hard rock, funk, and delicate, ambient space almost imperceptibly, as the transitions are so fluid. Difficult to break into easily defined sections or movements, it's more like a dynamically evolving life form. -> to "Slave To The Traffic Light." Simply must-hear.
1997-12-30 New York, NY 24:38 Opening an incredible 2 1/4 hour-long Set II, the second monster "Bag" combines the same elements as the first - funk, rock, and delicate space, but in a completely different manner and configuration. Includes "Third Stone From The Sun" and "Psycho Killer" teases with a > to "McGrupp." A must-hear dynamo that belies a short description.
1998-07-06 Prague, Czech Republic 4:11 > in from "Buried Alive." Conventional "Bag,", but a fantastic -> to "Ghost." A must-hear show as well.
1998-08-09 Virginia Beach, VA 14:48 Jam breaks at about 5:45 into a rhythmic, wavy, slightly funky groove. Gets more funky, and Trey, and then Page (on the B-3) tease "Electric Funeral" (Black Sabbath). At this point, the jam really rocks until the ending.
1998-11-07 Chicago, IL 20:51 After breaking into an upbeat, rhythmic groove, the jam works through several movements of beautiful, serenely ambient space, eventually building energy with a -> to "Ghost."
1999-09-14 Boise, ID 27:17 A masterpiece light years removed from the two big '97 "Bags." Spare on funk, the jam embarks on a somewhat dark, swirling journey. Eventually it grows upbeat, picking up rhythm and energy, arriving at a great rocking groove. Finally, it becomes eerie and outer-space-like, with Page creating chilling effects on the synthesizer.
2000-06-15 Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan 11:34 The jam portion is straightforward, but slowed to a really pleasant, mellow groove.
2003-02-14 Inglewood, CA 11:33 A very quiet, calm, yet strangely percussive jam in this strong version with a -> to "Prince Caspian."
2004-08-10 Mansfield, MA 16:16 Almost immediately breaks away from "Bag" proper into an upbeat, fierce jam that has a hazy summertime vibe to it. After settling, the jam grows increasingly upbeat and energized. Really an excellent version.
2004-08-14 Coventry, VT 20:07 Nimbly textured and surgically precise like the big '97 "Bags?" No. Highly improvisational, well played AND a great listen? Absolutely. This version is MUST-HEAR, like 11/21/97, 12/30/97 and 9/14/99. The Coventry "Bag" is full of "2.0-style jamming," is played very well overall, and it's highly listenable. -> to "46 Days."
2022-07-20 Philadelphia, PA 9:23 Who would have thought it? Following a "Baker's Dozen" fake-out, the thousand-dollar question is finally answered, with Phish (Trey) finally pushing another classic through rudimentary form into open improvisational territory, eliciting exciting jamming that, while perhaps a bit "short," is certainly sweet before a nice break for "Soul Planet."
2022-07-31 Columbia, MD 10:15 Like the old days (see 12/95's Mike's > Paugs), Trey seems intent to better, or build off from, a prior performance. Like 7/20/22, "Bag," after years of perfunctory play, is stretched out. Trey, way impressive, is way out front, with Page making vintage Phish something totally synthed-out and utterly two-thousand and twenty-two. Trey's return to the riff? Legit. Great jam.
2023-04-19 Berkeley, CA 13:37 Strong version that features great Trey from the jump. Fish dominates, though, his offbeat, cerebral play warranting multiple listens, and informing the version's primary direction. Cool play arrives when, late, Page switches up his sound and runs through his rig. Play cools before the jam truly breaks, but a welcome return to classic form - or, hopefully, a sign of things to come.
2023-07-30 New York, NY 11:38 More Burlington than Boise, the jam brings to mind early play where the band, opening a set, deftly moves through a song to extend bend-but-not-quite-breaking-free improvisation. Make no mistake, though: Trey and Fish, ticking like a bomb, decidedly get the show on the road.
2023-09-02 Commerce City, CO 12:15 Breaking the straightforward confines of "Bag" proper, the band launches into a peppy, candy-coated groove in G. This steady platform stays the course, with Trey's inspired melodic phrasing occasionally abstracting into more effects-colored textures. A brief wind-down concludes the affair, which then leads to a swift -> "Chalk Dust Torture". "
2023-12-31 New York, NY 18:50 In the shadow of a resurrected rhombus, the "March of The Multibeast" opens an improvisational portal fitting of the historic moment. At once dark and strident, sinister and celebratory, what would be an exceptional excursion under any circumstances becomes transformational in context and relentless in effect. Trey's beastly snarl is finally cooled only by the arrival of the mysterious Tela herself.
Jam chart versions are selected because of improvisational and other characteristics that distinguish these from typical versions of the song.
The jam chart team has highlighted some versions with a yellow background; these are the versions the team believes to be especially improvisational, or otherwise notable.
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