Pre-Ball Odds and Ends

6.10.11 (G.Lucas)

Trey In Rolling Stone: In a short but candid interview published in Rolling Stone yesterday, Trey mentioned that Phish will be working on a new album this winter, 2012 will be light on touring, and that he is considering covering Metallica’s “Master of Puppets.” Read the whole piece here!

An interesting excerpt from Trey on the history of Phish festivals:

The festivals grew organically out of our early scene in Vermont. We were always a party band and we used to play outside a lot. People always seemed to show up. I remember a big pig roast at our friend Ian’s farm one summer – everyone came and slept in the field. We did a gig at our friend Amy’s farm in Maine and suddenly it was 5,000 people. Then we went to Plattsburgh and it was 50,000. You have to keep in mind, though, that there were no festivals to speak of when Phish was doing those early ones. I remember hearing about Burning Man, but even that was just getting going in the Nineties. Now there are tons, but it all felt very cutting edge in the mid-Nineties. There was no playbook. We were making it up as we went along.


Live Bait Vol. 5

Live Bait Volume 5: With Super Ball IX just around the corner, Phish archivist, Kevin Shapiro, dropped yet another in the ongoing series of free (MP3) Live Bait download compilations. This time, Kevin featured selections exclusively from Phish “festivals” dating all the way back to 1989. Totaling 34 tracks, this is the most extensive Live Bait to date. Download the selections here!


Phish Thoughts Book Contest #2 Results: This time around, there was much more parity amongst the top contenders, with only two points separating 13 entries. But the only person to score 7 points was Dave Lieben! Congrats, Dave, your prognostication skills have won you a free, signed copy of Phish Thoughts: The Book! Contest #3 is now open. Make your picks for the second leg of Summer Tour, including Colorado. Get your entries in by June 21st to qualify for a free, signed copy of Mr. Miner’s Phish Thoughts: An Anthology By a Fan For the Fans! Below are the tight results of contest #2.

7 – Dave Lieben

6 – Shane Collins, Peter Jans, Lauren

5- Matty Tiscornia, Proj Mersch, Michael Pearlman, Matt Colna, Martin Foster, Kimchi McGee, J.R. Haun, Ed Mello, Don Kane



944 Responses to “Pre-Ball Odds and Ends”

  1. marcoesq Says:

    yeah, horns are great. closest I came to seeing that was michael ray on stage albany ’00. sick stuff though, crazy set

    i would love to see some horns

  2. [Not Tom] Says:

    Can someone help fill in some gaps in a show that I purchased a long time ago from LivePhish. I deleted them way back when I didn’t know how to properly manage music files on a PC.

    I need tracks 1,4 and 5 from 12/31/2002 – the first reunion show.

    1. Piper
    4. Horn
    5. Wilson

    The LP release. thanks!

  3. joe Says:

    picking through live bait. (skipped to Clifford ball, will do early stuff sometime later). Haven’t listened to most of this stuff since hearing it live. What a great kick-down from the band to someone like me who isn’t an avid collector but will grab stuff if it’s easily available and of good quality. (why I listen to the newer stuff more these days I guess)…

    anyway, best laid plans foiled. Downloaded livebait at work onto flashdrive, was planning on breaking into one of my friend’s apartments (with his permission and directions on how to do so) to grab some herbs – probably of a kind that most of you would turn your nose up at – and then was going to crack a few beers and listen to this stuff with the proper headspace. Lady gone for the evening, so it was going to be a nice quiet uninterrupted listening session…SHE Took the laptop and won’t be home till Monday. damn

  4. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Caught Phish w/ the GCH at the Beacon in ’94- one of my fondest phish memories.

    Was at that Michael Ray show also Marco. Didn’t they bring a bunch of fans on stage to dance during Sand? I was behind the stage for that show but remember this happening for some reason.

  5. tela'smuff Says:

    i really liked 2003 Winter tour. hardly a down show all run. 2004 Vegas were the worst shows i’ve seen, even more so than Coventry. Vegas did have a great Twist though.

  6. marcoesq Says:

    nice, p. yeah he brought fans on stage during hood. biggest blue balls ever though not finishing that hood. rest of the set was super fun. first tube false start by fish before sand

  7. butter Says:

    Kangfirmed, Trey has found the smooth daddy way to segue to # line. I used Port Light as an example yesterday. After spinnin Cincy again today I noticed the fee outro was used to segue in a very similar fashion

    Love it

    An yes on Port Timber, Miner
    They have found an elasticity to their jamming, where time is no longer part of the equation

  8. Mr. Palmer Says:

    tela’s- I love that winter tour in 2003. Chicago, Worcester, Nassau, Cincy, and Greensboro all smoked. Nassau is in my top 2 or 3 shows i’ve ever seen.

  9. btb Says:

    Most of these Shapiro releases are of interesting, well-played snippets, but he stops short of releasing the epic jams most of the time.

    Even at the festivals (IT, Coventry, F8) he tends not to stream crazy jams on the Bunny station. I’m assuming this is all done on purpose

    ::Big Cypress SBD’s Burning Hole in his Pocket::

  10. tela'smuff Says:

    yeah Mr. P. Nassau was great, as was the night before. The Cincy shows were huge, and there are moments from both of those nights that still rank very high for me. Tube>Gin, Piper>Weekapaug, and the Waste>2001 all are memorable.

    don’t sleep on 2/16/03 Vegas. Entire show smokes. One of my favorite Bowies and the Piper>Makisupa is fun.

  11. marcoesq Says:

    Lets not forget inglewood on valentines day. show always gets overlooked but that WOTC>Carini and Gin are both as nasty as they come

  12. marcoesq Says:

    yeah, and vegas for sure. that weekend gets mixed reviews but i loved them.

  13. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    “he stops short of releasing the epic jams most of the time.”

    went DWD> bathtub gin

  14. marcoesq Says:

    I think shapiro was more dead on this time than on previous releases. I’m more excited about this LB than any others yet

  15. btb Says:

    DF – most of the time

    If you or I had all the festi SBD’s at our disposal I’m just saying I think the Live Bait list would look a little different, ya know? Some quality stuff in what he released though. it’s just Shapiro’s style was all I’m saying

  16. tela'smuff Says:

    agreed marco. the Forum show is actually pretty damn underrated. that Gin is huge.

  17. marcoesq Says:

    weird how we just got the “split jam” from coventry and not the song itself. that 4min must’ve broke the bank.

    ->Ghost woulda been nice 🙂

  18. themanatee Says:

    fascinating pics from Watkins Glen 1973 Summer Jam

  19. Robear Says:

    Miner, was the Went DWD recorded in heaven, then broadcast thru the stage speakers?

    Shapiro, way to destroy my Phish Phast.

    I bet the guy goes on the set of The Biggest Loser with a case of Ben and Jerrys.

  20. Tom Says:

    wow great find on those photos. Superb Quality

  21. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    word btb, there’s nothing even from the cypress midnight set on there

  22. marcoesq Says:

    this split jam is supreme though

  23. sumodie Says:

    just looked at those Watkins Glen pics too -some awesome shots in there. Gotta luv the hippie chicks climbing on stage during the GD set -security seems totally absent (thankfully the Hell’s Angles weren’t ‘helping’ at WG)

  24. btb Says:

    Tela – I remember that cinci 03 GIN as being pretty redic. Listened to it last year and i think it holds up pretty good.

    I only hit cinci on winter 03, but I left a pretty happy camper.

  25. butter Says:

    to all the lurkers out there

    its throw a post up there Saturday, come out of the shadows

    you know who you are

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