Miner’s Mailbag VI

6.11.11 (Brian Ferguson)


@RichLevy00: Since everyone is so tease obsessed…What do you really consider a tease?? One that’s worthy of a footnote…

In my opinion, a tease must include clear intent on behalf of a band member and be 100% non-debatable (e.g. Page’s “Green-Eyed Lady” in Dick’s ’11 “Tweezer” or Trey’s “Norweigan Wood” in Worcester ‘12 “Taste”). If there is any question as to whether something was a tease or not, I don’t feel it should be noted on an official setlist. There have been teases noted where I can understand what the person heard but I don’t think it’s a tease at all (e.g. alleged “Live and Let Die” in Pelham ‘12 “Rock and Roll”) and then there are teases that make no sense whatsoever to me. I’m not sure why Phish fans are so tease-crazy, I’ve always thought it to be odd phenomenon. To recap—clear intent and no subjectivity.


@TimberCarini: What are your favorite five “one-time covers” you have seen live and why were they special?

In no particular order:

“Running With the Devil” 8.6.98, Atlanta: As a huge Van Halen fan from early on in my life, this encore from Lakewood ’98 shocked me in the best way. To hear Trey play Eddie’s licks, even if they weren’t so clean, was a sublime experience that united my childhood and young adult life.

“Terrapin Station” 8.9.98, Virginia Beach: Click here to read a post about this magical moment.

 “Thunder Road” 6.19.11 Portsmouth: When the band started the intro to “Thunder Road” to honor the passing of Clarence Clemmons, I could hardly believe my ears. Once again the band had inserted one of my absolute favorite songs into their live show. Even though it was pretty much off the cuff, the power of hearing Phish cover meaningful songs from your life is undeniable.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” 12.31.96 III, Boston: For a tripped out tale about this experience, click here.

“So Lonely” 11.14.98 E, Cincinnati: My first two favorite bands in life were Duran Duran and The Police, thus when the band pulled this song out of nowhere as the encore at The Crown and bled into “Tweezer Reprise,” I was totally floored.


@mcary23: …five songs or even segments of songs that you consider lyrically to be Tom and Trey’s best work…

Some of my favorite lyrical pieces are “It’s Ice,” “Lifeboy,” “Sand,” “Silent In the Morning,” “Velvet Sea,” “Frankie Says” and “Spices.”


@bryantweathers: What do you expect from #Phish in 2013 in terms of tour dates?

A lot of people have asked this very question, so based on nothing at all, here is my prediction for 2013: a two-legged summer tour featuring Festival X, a Halloween run, a Thanksgiving/30th Anniversary Run and New Year’s Run. As the band members now have families, I think full-blown fall tours are a thing of the past.


@diller24: Where does Madison Square Garden rank among top Phish venues?

If considering both the show experience and musical output MSG is right up against the Gorge for top venue of all time. I’ve always thought of it as the top indoor venue to see Phish. While Hampton has a better show experience and better sound, it doesn’t have the history of MSG. Phish hasn’t performed close to as many memorable shows and jams in The Mothership as the New York’s midtown Mecca. This upcoming holiday run will make 27 total shows at MSG—almost a month of Phish in one venue! And if I were to list the all-time jams that have gone down in The Garden, it would be a post of its own. I did a whole series of MSG memoirs a couple years ago before MSG 2010, and I plan to repost them in anticipation of this New Year’s Run. While some of the 3.0 shows at MSG haven’t quite been up to snuff, there is little question that the venue has hosted more top-shelf Phish shows than any in the land.


@stillwading: If you were to have the band over for breakfast, which cereal would you have in stock for each member and why?
Trey: Cap’n Crunch—because he leads the ship.
Mike: Cinnamon Life—because Mikey likes it.
Page: Smorz—because they are as close to a sandwich as you can get in breakfast cereal.
Fish: Fruit Loops—to match his dress and demeanor.
@HeyCrutch: If you could change one thing about Phishtory, what would you change?

The band would have played Halloween shows in ’97 and ’99. (I guess that’s two.)


Jam of the Day:

Light” 7.1.10 II, Raleigh, NC

One of the highlights of early summer 2010, as “Light” was coming into its own.




Don’t forget to pick up your New Year’s Run quadtych at Noon EST tomorrow at Masthay Studios!

“The Terminal” AJ Masthay



214 Responses to “Miner’s Mailbag VI”

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  1. MiA Says:

    Great read. Love the Summer of Covers of ’98. Add Rhinocerous to that list for me.

    FWIW, I also hear “Live and Let Die” in Rock and Roll.

    Everyone have a great day!

  2. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Hey folks! All good here. Nice work Miner. Those Q & As are cool. A little shout out for Silent in the Morning as well. Interesting.

  3. willowed Says:

    Page: Smorz—because they are as close to a sandwich as you can get in breakfast cereal.

    Nice one Miner

  4. Phlorida Phan Says:

    Thursday Selecta Day!! Know It

  5. borderline Says:

    Question for next time: Name 5 of your post-show glowing reviews that you later came to question.

  6. Selector J Says:

    Morning, fLEGIONNAIRES.

  7. bhizzle Says:

    Here’s a Jam of The Day for you Miner:


  8. Kaveh Says:

    Top of the morning BBers:


    @MiA: went and spun the Hampton 98 Gin this morning a couple of time; it is a good one as well. But that UIC version just real goes for it. Going to find and listen to Barcelona; which I believe was your other recommendation. Thanks.

  9. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Killer jam here, from 1:50 on…


  10. sumodie Says:

    Laying the groundwork for the Quad C Halleys…

    Duran Duran

    March 11, 1984 at the Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, ME, USA Setlist:

    1. “Tiger Tiger” 2. “Is There Something I Should Know?” 3. “Hungry Like The Wolf” 4. “The Reflex” 5. “New Moon on Monday” 6. “Union of the Snake” 7. “New Religion” 8. “Cracks in the Pavement” 9. “Of Crime And Passion” 10. “Friends of Mine” 11. “The Seventh Stranger” 12. “The Chauffeur” 13. “Save A Prayer” 14. “Planet Earth” 15. “My Own Way” 16. “Careless Memories” 17. “Rio” 18. “Girls on Film”

    Was almost 15 y/o. Cant recall who opened but recall being disappointed that some songs didnt sound exactly like the album version

  11. Bad Nirvana Cover Band Says:

    sumo, u r the man!! Did they jam ‘Hungry Like the Wolf’??

    got any Maine info for me?

  12. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I’ll only listen to that DD CCCC show if it is in lossless

    on that tour I believe the big jam vehicles were The Reflex and Rio.

  13. MiA Says:

    UIC has several themes almost, and when it sounds like it’s over, there is another 8+ minutes left. Hampton is a one theme powerhouse, but it’s great for what it is.

    Each ’98 jam is a little different although all seem to share the same components in it. I love Ventura’s Gin, and you can tell it’s the predecessor to Riverport, but different, and more.

    The Barcelona Gin, is also a real treat. I listened to Lakewood ’00 this morning and it’s been my goto over the Holmdel and Philly Gin, but I still have moment in the Shoreline ’00 Gin that just hit me in the chest.

    So much to be said for being there when it hits.

    Was in St. Louis (Riverport) and no question, my favorite Gin of all time.

  14. MiA Says:

    Sumo, that is awesome. Did you get a T-shirt?

  15. MiA Says:

    What is the earliest concert T-shirt that you have from a concert you attended, that you still own.

    I have a John “Cougar” Mellencamp from 1982 and a Prince Controversy from 1982. I was 14 at the time. I have a Zappa ’84 Concert T, Dire Straights ’84 and Prince Purple Rain from Christmas Day ’84.

  16. Mr. Palmer Says:

    The Reflex was my jam….

  17. El Duderino Says:

    GD ’94 Summer Tour… use it as a night shirt

  18. Bad Nirvana Cover Band Says:

    20 minute JAM -> ‘FLEX FLEX FLEX’

  19. ren Says:

    The boys being in the barn right now= GAME CHANGER!

    Get your asses in the building!

  20. voopa Says:

    Phish Spring ’94 “Posta Phish” purchased at the Warfield. I may still have a GD Mountain Aire ’87 bootleg shirt I got on the side of highway 49 while passing through w/the fam.

    I think my first concert shirt was Sting’s Dream of the Blue Turtles tour, Greek ’85. Great show too.

  21. ren Says:

    1994 Division Bell Tour shirt….looks like swiss cheese….and I doubt I’ll ever get rid of it.

  22. Mr. Palmer Says:

    yeah, they are gonna fuck shit up this run..

  23. phlorida phan Says:

    That blue trey band shirt from summer 2001, where trey in all white stepping on the wah pedal, never bought a concert tee prior.

  24. SillyWilly Says:

    When did this news that Phish is practicing at the barn drop?

    I’m really pumped

  25. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Palmer- Here is the Cleveland GRAB show:


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