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. c0wfunk Says:

    tweeprise sunday night encore?

  2. plord Says:

    Sunday Encore, or tomorrow’s opener 🙂

  3. negev79 Says:

    alright I’m out. See you all tomorrow! Happy first nigh† of tour!

  4. Luther T. Justice Says:

    It would be nice to bookend the weekend

  5. c0wfunk Says:

    mt night ya’ll couch tour’s been fun. wine -> bane -> bed.. gnight 🙂

  6. BrandonKayda Says:

    I just love the change in tone from the first act to the second. Everything is all wrapped up and then darkness falls.

    How was the Tweezer? and hell yes on Tweezer->MFMF to open a tour. Was Wolfman’s->Walk Away a segue? KDF open jam? Carini? Boogie->Waves->Caspian? Late set Crosseyed?

    Interesting looking show for sure.

  7. Luther T. Justice Says:

    Pleasant dreams c0w

  8. Mike in Austin Says:

    I think the tweez felt a little cut short.

  9. BrandonKayda Says:

    I figured that.

  10. c0wfunk Says:

    bk I missed the first set but they say tweezer was short but sweet, kdf had a big “type 2” jam;

    carini was short but powerful; train had nice peak, boogie on melted down nicely and spaced out into waves which had an extended second jam on the ambient side.. caspian was pretty straight forward;

    late set crosseyed had a spacey trey led outro jam that fed into wading. stream cut there.

    all of the above is from the stream but the dude standing next to the mic semed to be having a good time 😉

  11. c0wfunk Says:

    and now im really gone 🙂

  12. BrandonKayda Says:

    http://www.sendspace.com/file/udge1m

    PadeliMike untracked AUD of set 1 up already.

  13. plord Says:

    @BK hard to tell, stream was chop, but what I heard was:
    Solid smooth Tweezer but short, 8-9 minutes max, > not -> to MFMF
    Wolfman’s a strong -> into Walk Away. Walk Away annihilated by Trey.
    KDF went legit type II, highlight of 1st set it seemed.
    Carini nasty, brutish, short.
    Mike dropped mad funk on the Boogie On, then a grindy meltdown freakout for a minute or more, pure -> into Waves arising out of the mist, Waves first solo fluidly ripped, ambient meltdown and very very sparse and pretty atmospheric full band sound collage > into Caspian. Extremely sweet.
    The C&P came out of nowhere, sounded strong but my stream was choppy for most of it.
    Strong statement for the tour opener. I will be interested to see Miner’s take from the inside.

  14. butter Says:

    interesting dark theme weaved around some rock is what i’m gathering, partially with the help of a txt from AW

  15. butter Says:

    we got our waves

  16. plord Says:

    He dig it butter?

  17. butter Says:

    if anything it seems they showed us they are very interested in jamming

  18. Luther T. Justice Says:

    And I’m interested in their jamming

  19. butter Says:

    seems like it, hearing about this “new jamming style” in KDF

  20. plord Says:

    OK, I’m out. Dogs looking at me like it’s my fault they aren’t asleep.

  21. BrandonKayda Says:

    This gets me really excited. Especially the fact that (from the sounds of it) they jammed on Waves and Boogie On and Kill Devil Falls, and left out the bigger jam vehicles/played them in set I.

    2 weeks from tomorrow until I see Phish!!!! Psyched about this tour.

  22. BrandonKayda Says:

    32% finished with my Bethel set I download. Looking forward to hearing it.

  23. Voidboy Says:

    hey bk

  24. Pencilneck Says:

    HOT DAMN! (wow)

  25. BrandonKayda Says:

    Hey @Void!

    How have you been man? Haven’t seen you around these parts in awhile.

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