Here We Go!

Bethel Woods (Vermillion Media)

So I’m finally in Bethel, my book in finally out of my hands in its final stages of design, the book site has finally launched, and best of all…Phish is finally playing today! So as a wise man once said, “Let’s get this show on the road.” The day has finally arrived and now we stare down a massive slate of summer shows, and we are all drooling to see what the band has to offer. In a matter of hours, the wait will be over and we will again be together again in the Congregation the of Phish. With a slew of shows on our plate, Bethel represents but a three-night appetizer of all that is to come, but with word that the guys have been practicing for tour and with “Waves” played at soundcheck yesterday, I foresee these three nights to be quite the hearty appetizer.  On the site of the legendary Woodstock festival, one must wonder if Phish will give any sort of musical nod to the legendary gathering. Perhaps Trey will start the weekend with an electrifying Star-Spangled tribute to Jimi? Will they open the run, as Richie Haven did Woodstock, by covering “Freedom?” Or perhaps they will cover another of the counter-culture artists—Santana comes to mind—that graced the mud-laced mecca. And maybe they will do nothing at all and focus their energies on what we love best…Phish jams.

One would think that the glossy feel of the New Years’ Run will be gone as the band digs into the dog days of summer. Amidst the thick East Coast summer air, Phish will push the doors to 2011 wide open. Its time to blow it up folks, Summer 2011 is here in a matter of hours….But before we dive head first into the most extensive tour of this era, allow me to introduce a way of participating…

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MR MINER’S PHISH THOUGHTS: THE BOOK

The Book

I have finally launched the website for my forthcoming book:”Mr. Miner’s Phish Thoughts: An Anthology by a Fan For the Fans.” And on the book site, we are running a contest that requires you to select certain songs played in each show. The contest will be broken up into three legs of summer, and fans will accrue points as each leg of the contest progresses. We will post standings periodically and you will be able to follow your progress. Just enter your email address and make your picks! The winner of each leg will receive a free, signed copy of “Mr. Miner’s Phish Thoughts: An Anthology by a Fan For the Fans.” Click here to enter, and while your at it, peruse the book site!

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NO SPOILERS – Summer 2011

No Spoilers 2011

Summer 2011 is ready to go, and we’ve made some changes. No Spoilers is now available as a podcast. This will let iTunes (and other programs) automagically download the latest show soon after it’s available. Old-school regular downloads (either Megaupload or straight http download) will still be available. Any news will still be posted on the classic No Spoilers page and details/instructions are there now: http://phishthoughts.com/nospoilers.

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PS: I would have posted this last night, but a massive storm in the area knocked out the power of our rental house and I am currently at a local library doing work! To update, I have been swamped with finishing up the book before tour, but I am back on the blog full-force now. The time has come…see you soon!

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1,028 Responses to “Here We Go!”

  1. stitchstash Says:

    My review of tonight: I just had to take a 30 minute shower to try and wash some of this funk off me.

    I still feel dirty.

  2. Matso Says:

    Happy weekend BBers! What a great looking setlist to start the tour with and, by all immediate accounts, some seriously good jamming in there. Finally they drop Waves, which was crying out for the 3.0 treatment. Exciting.

  3. ThePigSong Says:

    Just read back a couple pages, seemed like woodland was pretty dirty on the stream, but then I had to hit the sack.

    and hats off to BK :)

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