Miner’s Mailbag III

8.5.11 – The Gorge (Graham Lucas)


 ‏@alicht: What’s the least favorite show you attended and why?

I am often asked this question, and my usual response is Raleigh 6.25.2000. (I don’t really consider Coventry an option.) The only redeeming part of this show was the first-set closing “Melt.” The rest of the show was totally uneventful, and considering the shows that surrounded it (Lakewood and PNC stands), this one really stood out as a stinker. Just look at this second set—nothing.ever.happened. The second set starts with a generic “Jibboo” opener and it just gets worse from there. “What’s the Use > Slave” is a cool show-closing combo, but after a lackluster set, its effect was totally lost, not to mention that the “Slave” was nothing special. Throw in a mid-set “Scent of a Mule” followed….just shoot me in the face.

I. NICU, Sample in a Jar, The Old Home Place, Punch You In the Eye, Water in the Sky, Funky Bitch, Horn, Heavy Things, Dirt, Split Open and Melt

II. Gotta Jibboo, Fast Enough for You, Scent of a Mule, Meat, Maze, What’s the Use? > Slave to the Traffic Light

E: Uncle Pen, Bold As Love


@Dustinlewis148: If you had chance to interview phish collectively, but could only ask three questions, what would they be and why?

1)  What is your intent when you take the stage each night and has it changed over the years?

2)  How do you decide when you will jam and when you won’t?

3)  What happened at Dick’s?


@GeeRubbs: What is your favorite indoor and outdoor Phish venue? And where have you not been but want to go?

Indoor: Any venue that has a truly GA Floor. The Centrum is pretty dialed in at this point now that they took the seats off the floor

Outdoor: Any Festival due to unlimited space and freedom.

Not Been (but would like to go): With all the cool venues they’ve hit this era, there is really none on my list.


 @Teddier If you could ask Phish to play segues they have never tried what would be your top 5?

I’d like to see them out of songs and then creatively work their way back. They did this more when they were younger. How about:

Tweezer -> Mike’s (with second jam) -> Tweezer

Bathtub Gin -> Roses are Free -> Gin

Harry Hood -> My Left Toe -> Hood

Split -> What’s the Use? -> Split

Reba -> Splinters of Hail -> Reba


@stillwading: 3 songs in the TAB rotation that you’d most like to hear the Phish interpretation of?

“Dark and Down,” “Spin,” and “Greyhound Rising”


‏@hombredelrey: In your opinion, what song(s) have potential to become future 2nd set jam vehicles?

“Stealing Time” and “Ocelot” have carried potential since their debut, but as my high school football coach said, “Potential never won a ball game.” To answer your question, I honestly have no idea. I hope some new songs to show their face very soon.


@robjeschke: What was the hardest part about putting together your book? #mrminersphishthoughts #phish

The most difficult part was figuring out how the book would flow. At first I had a tremendous amount of content (that all needed editing) but no real organization. I had developed “chapters,” but the second half of the book felt detatched from the first half. When my designer and I came up with the idea of “connectons,” a light bulb went off in my mind—it could be a giant, Phish-based, choose your own adventure book! All of a sudden, the sprawling volume had a thread running through it. The reader could navigate the book—and the band’s entire career—in any order they chose. We had a system that created a non-linear flow to the book, a similarity and correlation to Phish jams themselves. But the incredible minutae that went into creating the entire system of connections was staggering; it was a entire project on its own. But it worked, and it came out great!

I’ll use this opportunity to plug the most recent sale that is going on over on the book site. From now through the holidays, Mr. Miner’s Phish Thoughts is on sale for $29.99 plus shipping and handling. This is the lowest price the book will ever sell for, as I am barely making any money on each sale. Do your holiday shopping for your favorite Phish fan in your life today! Grab one now!


Jam of the Day:

Split Open and Melt” 7.12.99 I, Mansfield, MA

A blood red sunset provided the backdrop to this stellar “Split.”




376 Responses to “Miner’s Mailbag III”

  1. MiA Says:

    StubHub has floor west for $820/ticket cheapest for NYE.

  2. sumodie Says:

    df, on 1 order I requested Floor Only for 12/28-30

    at least I think I did

  3. sumodie Says:

    lol, just scored ANOTHER pair for 12/30, also front floors

  4. MiA Says:

    You will have another chance to purchase tickets on the public on-sale date. For specific on-sale information please refer to the tour dates section at http://www.Phish.com/tourdates

  5. Kaveh Says:

    @sumodie: I’ll take your extras. 🙂

  6. MiA Says:

    Praise Wookiee Jesus! Sumodie’s taking it to the bank.

  7. sumodie Says:

    whoops, scratch that last comment, not true

  8. RoosterPizza Says:


    I am stupid. I went to the page and did that runaround already. I couldn’t find the dates.

  9. Kaveh Says:

    Praise Wookiee Jesus!

    ^ Interesting…I like it!

  10. gavinsdad Says:

    nobody likes the ticket exchange board anymore?

  11. sumodie Says:

    the two orders I scored on are the only two I previously confirmed with bank holds

    also not yahoo accounts either

  12. Calpain Says:

    cheers for that @MiA.

    will post the oysterhead link later

  13. MiA Says:

    Rooster, I clicked on the “details” tab on the tour page.

    Public Ticket Information:

    Tickets will go on sale to the public on Saturday, October 20that Noon EST. Tickets can be purchased online at or charge by phone at 866.858.0008. If tickets are still available, they may be purchased at the venue box office beginning Monday, October 22nd (Mon

  14. kayatosh Says:

    came back to an ole favorite — green flash’s Rayon Vert. different, refreshing, and tasty. described as a belgian pale ale. unique smell and taste — musk and horse barn.

  15. sumodie Says:

    I can add MSG to the Tix Exchange Board right now

  16. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Oh My God!

  17. sumodie Says:

    Miner’s Tix Exchange Board updated! All 4 MSG shows listed

  18. Kaveh Says:

    That would be sweet @sumodie. Thanks.

  19. jdub Says:

    Boo hoo, I’m 0 for 2. Just waiting on that lucky 3rd. Come on home now.

  20. gavinsdad Says:

    sumo – thank you for updating that. i’ve definitely used that board to make trades and straight hookups.

  21. kayatosh Says:

    at least Mitt didn’t say “blenders full of women.”

    mormon pimp

  22. joe Says:

    behind stage with both I got:

    12/29 – sect 114
    12/31- sect 113

    actually got a little bit more interest from the lady about going New Year’s, which I thought was going to be a definite no. big job interview tomorrow which would open up the whole run for me if I can land the gig. wouldn’t have to worry about taking days off from my current job. cart before horse and all that though

  23. sumodie Says:

    In case you don’t know, the link for Miner’s Tix Exchange Board is on the home page, look down the right side

    here’s the ugly link version:

  24. sumodie Says:

    Refresh refresh refresh, gaaaackkkk!!!!!!

  25. Mr. Palmer Says:

    those are nice Joe. 100 level behind stage at msg is $$$

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