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. xpun Says:

    DF. I love shitty sections.

  2. William H. Bonney Says:

    got 28th and 29th looking for 30/31st on sat….good luck with the onsales gents….

    at least I don’t have any funeral to attend for this onsale…

  3. bobby weird Says:

    acupuncturist wife?

    thats some good shit right there.

  4. Dr Pronoia Says:

    Hello boys, looks like I hit for the 28th, so I’m looking for singles for the other shows if anyone is already sitting on extras

    I’m already pre-grovelling because I’ll be at a bday party at the Bronx zoo on Saturday, with minimal ability to even try onsale by phone

  5. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    anyone want a 400 section NYE for a floor for any other night?

  6. William H. Bonney Says:

    I will trade a London Knights ticket for it….

  7. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    bdragon89 @ hotmail.com

  8. Frankie Says:

    So thrilled to have scored these front floor NYE tickets… The Phish gods have smiled upon me… See you all there!

  9. RedRedWorm Says:

    Just got in from a work function. To those who were asking a few pages back, I put in for best available for each night….hit the jackpot. GA East for 12/29, Sec 115 for 12/30, GA East for NYE

    Put in 2 ticket requests

    NYE tickets got hit in one request

    12/29-12/30 got hit on the other request

  10. jdub Says:

    Totally shutout. 0- 3. Will be trying mighty hard on Saturday. Otherwise, groveling for tickets it is.

  11. Dr Pronoia Says:

    ^^ that’s great guys. Love when the light shines on the BB

  12. jdub Says:

    Thrilled for all all you cats that landed tickets, hopefully Saturday brings even more good news.

  13. RedRedWorm Says:

    Still can’t believe how well did in this lottery. I’ve never been on the floor at MSG. Got the normal pre-lights going down butterflies just thinking about it…

    Good luck to all on Saturday morning!

  14. ae Says:

    Looks like I went zero for 6 requests. Total shut out.

  15. MmmHmm Says:

    Wow after pages and pages of TAB/Indie Troy hate and that fucking weird video, the wind is really sucked out of my sails for the Beacon show…on top of that I got skunked in the lottery. What a huge anti-Troy day I am having.

  16. Mr.Miner Says:

    nobody is shut out. tickets haven’t gone on sale yet. come on, people.

  17. MmmHmm Says:

    nice point Miner. Ticketbastard onsale is such a cluster fuck though. load-page for a few mins then sold out. OH but stubhub has hundreds of tickets at that same moment. So fucking crooked.

  18. bobby weird Says:

    high demand. that is not all bad.

  19. acleo Says:


  20. joe Says:

    seriously bb:


    weekend almost here for me. Good vibes needed for interview tomorrow. Chance for me to go back to be a regular working asshole with regular hours instead of nights and weekend with not much to do but post during my mostly free time at work.

  21. xpun Says:

    ive scored a few on TM in the past, including bgca, but have a 0% chance of being able to attempt this weekend due to obligations. so yeah i’m bummed right now. but not like i wont find a ticket, just would love to have that piece of mind right now

  22. ae Says:

    good luck joe. be careful what you wish for. 🙂

  23. sumodie Says:

    Good luck, joe!

  24. sumodie Says:

    Wow after pages and pages of TAB/Indie Troy hate and that fucking weird video, the wind is really sucked out of my sails for the Beacon show…on top of that I got skunked in the lottery. What a huge anti-Troy day I am having.

    Dude, never let BB bitchslapping impact your live experience

    Weird video? The Land of Nod video? Cause that’s awesome, regardless of whether one likes the tune. And normally i hate music videos

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