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. BingosBrother Says:

    Gold bncb.

    I guess I’ll keep on ramblin. Awesome moment.

  2. roberto luongo Says:

    hope you kids livin it.

    need 2 extras for all 4 nights MehSG! help a brother out yo!

    new Action Bronson just got dropped at noon. free download and can be streamed here.


    have fun comrades

  3. Jtran Says:

    morning beliebers

    thanks for the gRAB

  4. kayatosh Says:

    spinnin 7.17.99 (again). went through DWD. just barely a keeper. ahh, but the wolfman’s>sally>timber sequence is golden $$$. the move from wolfman’s to sally is of the stealth variety.

  5. Dorn76 Says:

    practice? we talkin’ bout practice?

  6. kayatosh Says:

    nice drop, RL. will check that action later. deep in dark timber.

    kush yourself

  7. ren Says:

    SW- From what I’ve heard they are working on some new material on top of the practicing. If they’re in the barn I’d think they are trying to tap into the mojo that place holds for their creativity. We’re also a good 6 weeks out from the run. If all they wanted to do was practice i would think it would happen closer to the dates

    As for Harpua….I think we can keep him on the shelf. Its often takes up too much time that could be better spent on other ideas with bigger payoff.

  8. ren Says:



  9. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I hope, nay, expect to see this shirt at a show very soon. make it happen, people.

  10. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    if it has to be me, so be it.

    /order placed

  11. BingosBrother Says:

    Can The Lost Tapes, coming to you on vinyl Dec. 3rd.

  12. snow Says:

    Without PooG to post fake jerry videos, I thought I would try to pick up the slack.

  13. snow Says:

    way to take one for the team T3.

  14. kayatosh Says:

    dang, snow. I withstood exactly 12 secs of that. yikes.

  15. kayatosh Says:

    did someone say practice?

  16. Guyute711 Says:

    Happy early Thanksgiving folks. We we we are gonna have a good time!!!


  17. ren Says:

    You heard right Kaya! Make preparations

  18. MmmHmm Says:

    I remember seeing GRAB (Mike and the Italians) in Walnut Creek (summer 06 i think)…I had hit Mike & the Duo the night before in Asheville hoping Trey would come out with them (due to his vocal love of Asheville) but alas, he didn’t. Mike and the Duo were hot and I remember when Phil and Friends came on, Joan Osbourne just ruined the Dead tunes for me. The next night in Raleigh I distinctly remember (P&F opened) a mass exodus after the Phil opener from a lot of the old guard Dead heads who wanted nothing to do with Trey & Co. I remember GRAB being good but somewhat sloppy on Trey’s part. Place was half empty. Mike and Marco definitely anchored that band. Mike had really been evolving as a solo artist at that point after touring and working with Kottke and the Duo. Never found a crisp copy of either nights to relisten…

  19. TeabagDunk Says:

    On last week’s American Horror Story, I’m pretty sure the “Anne Frank” character whistled “Guyute.” Can anyone else confirm this for me?

  20. MmmHmm Says:

    Ren no Harpua? Blasphemy! We are long overdue for some Trey storytelling. Esp at MSG on these hallowed dates. I was lucky enough to see the mangy beast at SPAC ’09 and Portsmouth ’11 but I am not satiated…Im not saying its gonna happen, just noting we are overdue.

  21. Dorn76 Says:

    Get yer popcorn ready!

  22. phoammhead Says:


    thanks for LoS download link . . . gonna check that out later

  23. MmmHmm Says:

    “a young boy named J. Belieber went to a local shelter to adopt a dog. Little did he know the trouble he was getting himself into…”

  24. MmmHmm Says:


    Anyone ever heard this show?

  25. ren Says:

    I see where you’re coming from MmmmHmmm…..been there for my share of great Harpuas…..but I’ll take a 25min jam instead these days.

    I have no problem with watching a Harpua from couch though on NYE with doritos and bong rips aplenty 😉

    ::hopes he doesn’t regret decision to rage the couch on the 31st::

Leave a Reply