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. mitch Says:

    I’ve got the trey self titled in hd DVD. Neat on surround sound cause the horns all come from diff speakers.

  2. poop goblin Says:

    Fuck ya vest is tight yo

  3. poop goblin Says:

    Drug court Mitch

    That was our 28 day vacation to lower tolerance to get high again phase.

    I was in a couple months later

  4. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    “Oh to be drunk and 19. He just laughed and said “goodnight fellas””


  5. mitch Says:

    “We call this next new tune ”ken Griffey jr didn’t have to cork his bat'”

  6. poop goblin Says:

    Naked raygun and the dwarves new years in Chicago if I don’t hit MSG

    Talk about a weird time machine crowd. Fuck.

  7. Henry Says:

    What’s the best strategy for public onsale?

    Go for NYE because that’s going to be the toughest ticket to acquire in the secondary market but risk striking out?

    Or try to secure 28th or 29th with more ease, leaving 30th and 31st for later?

  8. Dorn76 Says:

    Trey tells Bobby about how the Dead in HFD ’83 changed his life. (10-14-1983 – Dick’s Picks 6).


    It all began here in CT, folks. Trey took a night away from being a boarding school douche at Taft and caught a hot show. Rest is Phistory.

  9. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    henry, NYE

  10. TrippingBilly Says:

    my buddy went to this festival recently. he said this was one of the highlights


    I put in for some phish new year’s run tickets, but might not be making it since I picked up stringcheese tickets too in case I go out to Colorado to ski this year. anyone know how hard it will be to get rid of stringcheese tickets?

  11. acleo Says:

    I got Giants 3-1.

  12. voopa Says:

    Yeah Leo! Giants win the WS over the Tigers in 6.

  13. acleo Says:

    I don’t know voop….
    We will have to take it one game at a time.
    Tigers in 6 sounds right.

  14. MiA Says:

    Decided to spin all of Bonnaroo 2002 TAB.

    Just into Money Love and Change 25:18 (huge flute solo)
    Cayman Review 7:54
    Mozambique 12:14
    Sand 23:51
    Last Tube 19:45
    Night Speaks 38:47
    Mr. Completely 26:38

    Yeah, this band was hot as shit.
    Not that I’m timing anything.

  15. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Nice OldSkool- I had that t-shirt for years also. Finally met it’s maker a little while ago. Those Hammerstein shows were rippers.

  16. acleo Says:

    MiA…got a link to that set?
    Is my lotto still alive? Does anyone have a
    Magic 8 ball answer?

  17. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:


    free from nugs.net

  18. mitch Says:

    Palmer, how’d you know he designed the shirt? He advertises that nugget of info?

  19. lumpyhead Says:

    that’s funny that there’s a review of a phish show by matisyahu

  20. MiA Says:

    The spreadsheet is another option.

  21. acleo Says:

    Home Run type3!

  22. MiA Says:

    Yeah Lumpy. A kinda terrible review.

    Thank goodness for Mr. Miner.

  23. MiA Says:

    The spreadsheet is a SBD also fwiw. Not the greatest sounding, but aligned with the rest of shows from that era.

  24. poop goblin Says:

    I loved the 99 TAB tour. still some of my fav music I’ve heard Red play.

    I like shit simple and dirty. with grooves. and great covers.

    caught about 5 shows in the midwest. what a blast.

  25. MiA Says:

    Just got the regret e-mail(s).

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