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”

  1. joe Says:

    Night Nurse at Manchester was a recent favorite one time cover of mine. A staple of the reggae show I listen to, Rockers on 88.9 wers. Also modern lovers Roadrunner for same reasons, a 101.7 wfnx track (RIP fnx and BCN. And WCOZ “kick ass rock and roll from my youth)

  2. sumodie Says:

    Earliest coolest tour tshirt that i may still have is from R.E.M.’s 11.04.86 tour stop at tje Quad C. Monkey riding a bike with a parrot on it.

  3. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Thanks Vegas Wolfie! You da man.

  4. ren Says:

    SW- Steve Pollak tweets mentioned yesterday I believe

  5. Bad Nirvana Cover Band Says:

    sumo, big snubbings. any info. on interior Maine? LImerick area, north or south? basically close to white mountains in NH.

    or is all the action over on the coast?

  6. SillyWilly Says:

    nice, ren

    that is great news

    was an album mentioned, perhaps?

    I’m cool with just general practicing either way

  7. Selector J Says:

    Delayed Wulf this morning.
    Stash AC10 from LP Vol. 7… just getting 4th* (5th?) dimension.

    * Just realized while typing: Nothing all that special about 4d. That’s like an everyday thing, amirite?

  8. BingosBrother Says:

    Been caught stealin. Debut at my 1st show back after bingo died and again on the 1 year anniversary. Special.

  9. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    that was a fun debut, bingosbro, as was the Ramble On opener. We were walking up the side to get ahead of the crowd during the encore and when that dropped we dove into the lawn to throw down. crowd went NUTS for that BCS>Reprise

  10. Bad Nirvana Cover Band Says:

    the crazy thing about ‘Ramble On’ in ’98 was how much the end of ‘Cities’ from 8/10/97 sounded like a ‘Ramble On’ jam. Must have been a bit of whiplash for peeps that attended both.

    best cover ever:

    ‘Smells Like Teen Spirt’


  11. Mr. Palmer Says:

    spinning Dick’s 1 for first time in a bit. Love this show. First Tube ( which is totally killer) –> Meatstick there is nary a lull in the action. favorite 3.0 show.

  12. Bad Nirvana Cover Band Says:

    palmer, it’s such a journey. by the time they hit CDT you’re in the 5th dimension.

  13. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    don’t forget the 5.9.92 Harpua with said song as well 😉

  14. SillyWilly Says:

    “best cover ever:

    ‘Smells Like Teen Spirt’


    I lol’d that one.


  15. Bad Nirvana Cover Band Says:

    92 Harpua’s = #TooWordy

  16. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    very worthwhile download

    LoS from the Georgia Theatre this Fall. With Jason Carter on fiddle the whole show and David Lowery sitting in for several songs in the second set.

    Set I

    Zombie Jamboree
    Gold Hill Line
    Tu Nas Pas Aller
    Gulf of Mexico
    Kentucky Skies
    The Other Side
    Aquatic Hitchhiker
    Bayou Town
    I Don’t Know You
    Down in the Hollow
    Keep Drivin

    Set II

    Lucy in the Sky-Doin my Time
    Get Off This*
    Teen Angst*
    Sing up to the Moon
    Highway Song
    Morning Sun
    Walking Shoes
    Lonesome Fiddle Blues
    Here Comes the Night

    E: Up On the Hill Where We Do the Boogie

    Jason Carter plays the whole show
    *W/ David Lowery

  17. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Vegas- thanks for that GRAB show. Looks like a two-setter with some big jams. My recent dive into some of their stuff has revealed some real nice live moments and serious jams. Not the cleanest and tightest sounding, I mean, we are talking Trey in ’06, a few months before his arrest.

    I think in the moment, I was down on this band because it wasn’t Phish. It was like, “Stop teasing us douche, and get the band back together.” I never gave it a fair shot. The one show i caught was Jones Beach and I partied like tony montana in the lot before the show, so I probably didn’t care what was happening on stage. Oh well. Thank goodness for recordings

  18. SillyWilly Says:

    I don’t believe in Harpua anymore.

    Having never seen him personally, I simply don’t believe he exists.

    Call me Doubting Thomas if you want, but until my head is in the jaws of that damn dog, I refuse to accept he exists.


  19. Bad Nirvana Cover Band Says:

    palmer, i never even heard of phucking GRAB till I got the vault. I would have been pissed. would have called it ‘Money GRAB’ if I knew better.

    Aside from a couple great tours with TAB early on, Trey is like Tartar Sauce….

    Kind of sucks without Phish

  20. Bad Nirvana Cover Band Says:

    palmer, i never even heard of phucking GRAB till I got the vault. I would have been pissed. would have called it ‘Money GRAB’ if I knew better.

    Aside from a couple great tours with TAB early on, Trey is like Tartar Sauce….

    Kind of sucks without Phish

  21. Mr. Palmer Says:


  22. Bad Nirvana Cover Band Says:

    i know man. it was worth the paddling to repeat.

  23. voopa Says:

    GRAB had its moments, but the Oysterhead webcast from Bonnaroo in ’06 was a lot of fun.

    Similar to Trey’s Bonnaroo ’04 set just 7 weeks before Coventry…genius before disaster.

  24. El Duderino Says:

    Hap Nappy is my favorite GRAB tune or is it a MGB tune. either way, the one I caught @ Northerly Island was great IMO

  25. El Duderino Says:

    Do you folks’ know about this WeTransfer site?

    You can send lossless files with speed and ease-just sayin’

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