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. poop goblin Says:

    should call my pops

    that cat is like 100% in mailorders. Greek, Telly, MSG.

    phish must think it’s me cuz his address is where my Schvice got sent.

  2. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    @MiA, really??

  3. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    ::starts refreshing email accounts::

  4. Mr. Palmer Says:

    bummer Mia. have no fear. You will get in.

  5. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    that TAB Roo 02 show has permanent status on my phone. always one I carry with me. such a great one.

    you shouldn’t have much of a problem unloading SCI tix. there’s a healthy secondary market for them just like for the phish. check out cashortrade.org or the SCI PT page for resources. there’s always craigslist too if you are in a pinch to get rid of them. get thee to phish, young man.

  6. joe Says:

    listened to that Riviera show AW posted yesterday. really enjoyed it. I also dug the Trey “big band”, which I guess was 2002(?) (was that when Mike came out for the encore at Great Woods?).

    I dig Spin as well. was good in the 70V parade era. Who was that dude who played keys and guitar with Trey in that band? was he only there for the drugs?

    now I’ll be waiting for my email to come in to tell me which shows and where the seats (or hopefully, no seats) are. Figured by the total it is one “regular” show and new years for me.

  7. voopa Says:

    “We regret to inform you that you did not get the tickets that you requested through Phish Tickets”

    Sorry BBers, I tried.

  8. MiA Says:

    I liked the big band Trey a bit more than the acoustic/electric three piece stuff of ’99.

    And for PG, it has that dirty guitar.


    We regret to inform you that you did not get the tickets that you requested through Phish Tickets.

    Please note that your card was not charged and all billing info will be deleted from our system.

    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

    For any customer service related questions, please contact us at: Phishtickets@musictoday.com

  9. Mr. Palmer Says:

    …and so it begins. This thread will be at 30 pages in no time.

  10. acleo Says:

    Nooooooooo (darthvader styled,)

  11. RedRedWorm Says:

    just got my email confirmation….got floor tix for nye. Instead of the rear/front breakdown of the floor that has been discussed, my tix are described as “GA Floor-EAST GA.

  12. poop goblin Says:

    send out blast emails to my extended family to check their google mails for tory tix

  13. MiA Says:

    Congrats RRW.

  14. Mr. Palmer Says:

    come on baby!! No whammys…No whammys.. No whammys…stop!

  15. dusty Says:

    Trey with Warren. Curious the other guitarist he is talking about besides Carlos.


    Check this whos who. Billy Ocean and Chaka Khan is crazy. I would have loved to see Stevie


  16. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    love how everyone acts like they have no chance of getting tickets after getting rejected from A LOTTERY. 95% of the tickets are on ticketmaster kids…..

  17. RedRedWorm Says:

    Thanks MiA. This lottery was super kind to me. I scored floors for the 29th and NYE. 100’s for the 30th

  18. sumodie Says:

    Night 2 at Hammerstein ’03 was smokin hot! We were about 8-10 peeps straight back from Big Red, who crushed hard. One of the few times I’ve ever thought Phish/TAB was too loud

    I seem to recall not being a big fan of night 1 -we were up in the seats for that one

  19. Mr. Palmer Says:

    that would mean PTBM only has 1k tickets per show approx…

  20. MiA Says:

    RRW, need a date?

  21. MiA Says:

    Now Mr. P. Don’t start doing math in front of the Canadians to expose the fallacy of their thinking. That’s just showing off.

  22. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    @RRworm, the question is, did you request GA only???

  23. Kaveh Says:

    Yes…congrats @RRW

    @Palmer: no whammy’s indeed! 🙂

  24. voopa Says:

    MSG stage is West side

  25. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    when I win the lottery
    gonna buy all the girls on my block
    a color tv and a bottle of french perfume
    when I win the lottery
    gonna donate half my money to the city
    so they have to name a street or a school or a park after me

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