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. kayatosh Says:

    re-spinnin greensky bluegrass live from the blockley set II. shit is smokin hot. $$$. those boys bring it.

  2. 4thDimension Says:

    8:35 mark of AV 12 Light = welcome

  3. roberto luongo Says:

    If Ya’ll been following the Captain Murphy saga at all. must watch shit here.


  4. kayatosh Says:

    i not only feel welcome in the the 4th D, i have a vacation home there.

  5. roberto luongo Says:

    no one is sure who Captain Murphy is yet but pretty sure it’s at least Flying Lotus on the beats and possibly the rappin too

  6. ren Says:

    i not only feel welcome in the the 4th D, i have a vacation home there.

    ^LOL…you sharp today son

  7. kayatosh Says:

    wow. cap’t murphy is some severely tripped out hip hop shit.

  8. thedayman Says:

    lb r&r + 2 brothers heavy handed ipa = $$$. just need to get baked now for the trifecta.

  9. kayatosh Says:

    ^^^ trifecta FTW.

  10. Kaveh Says:

    Anyone have any access to high quality 98 UIC shows? Hopefully in a non-mp3 format? Please let me know. Thanks!

  11. kayatosh Says:

    capt’n murph link posted by RL ^^^^ = welcome to 4D.

  12. BingosBrother Says:

    4D = New Timer

  13. ren Says:

    WOOSTA HOOD! don’t mind if I do

  14. Guyute711 Says:

    I received a gift card for Panera and went in that place for the first time. It was ok I guess but there was something creepy about that place. Like the new restaurant run by the police state for all the yuppies. I saw 5 cameras in clear view and this is in an alright neighborhood. How much does Panera need to know about me? Surprised they didn’t ask for my e-mail to order.

  15. thedayman Says:

    tripping into the 4th dimension. i dont know what to think. exhaustion. to the max. never been more tired in my life. someday this will be worth it. need to reconcile that w/the present. don’t want to abandon this fucked up headspace for sleep just yet.

  16. MiA Says:

    Wookie Jesus t-shirts and tarter sauce.


  17. SillyWilly Says:


    yeah, dude. best to stick to funky corner hipster spots for coffee.

    bad-lighting. borderline dirty bathrooms. floors are only swept at the very last minute.

    that’s when you know they can’t afford to spy on you.

  18. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Round Room will reach 4D status on 12/28.

  19. Spasm Waiter Says:

    The room, not the song.

  20. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Want to get a vape, preferably a a small portable one. My life situation doesn’t lend itself to the whole ” bag” thing ala volcano.

    Most of the small pens I’ve seen seem to be for the concentrates though. Anyone have a suggestion for a “flower based” portable Vape?

  21. ren Says:

    Good question Palmer.

    I own the Iolite….its ok a best. Had my eye on the Arizer solo for a bit…and then talked myself into looking at non-portable vapes.

    Curious to hear other opinions here

  22. Jtran Says:


    Link for greensky?

  23. roberto luongo Says:

    Atmos makes a pen style p that works with flowers. I believe its the RAW vape pen.

    Very small fill though.

  24. joe Says:

    Stones doc on HBO tonight looks really good

  25. roberto luongo Says:

    here ya go P

    you can put flowers right in. put hash on top of flowers and even buy an extra attachment to convert it to a concentrate pen.


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