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. Mr. Palmer Says:

    cool , thanks.

    That Iolite looks like a little walkie talkie. The Atmos looks preety sweet also. Small hits only is what you’re saying Luongo?

  2. kayatosh Says:

    thanks for the atmos link.

    vape recs: portable: arizer solo. rechargeable lithium. (stay away from ilolite runs on butane.)
    plug in model: vapro.

    greensky @ blockley:

  3. kayatosh Says:

    joe: thanks for reminder on stones doc.

  4. kayatosh Says:

    2 cases procured: dale’s pale and west coast IPA

  5. ren Says:

    the price on some of these handheld vape units is ABSURD

  6. roberto luongo Says:

    constantly refilling Palmer. it’s a pretty small pen. seems to be the issue with the portables though.

    it’s a quick easy fill but you would constantly be doing it. basically a vaporized one hitter.

    given my tolerance just doesn’t work. I dig the Atmos though for what it is.

  7. Phlorida Phan Says:

    ^A. Iverson can point you in the right direction in the vape department,

  8. Phlorida Phan Says:

    ^^too late of the refresh

  9. kayatosh Says:

    going for a trifecta

  10. roberto luongo Says:

    been following IDF on Twitter

    those cats are ready to blow some shit up. even their twitter feed is hawkish as all shit lately.

  11. ren Says:

    I haven’t been able to find one of these handhelds that covers all the bases well. They all have at least one major flaw….which varies from model to model.

    I’m all for a healthier intake system…but it need not be so complicated

  12. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    looks like i finally have a birthday show!


    new date from ’89 that the band had forgotten about.

  13. kayatosh Says:

    Israelis can only afford to have so much patience w/ the process.

  14. roberto luongo Says:

    check out the recent move in MDBX Kaya

    they sell bio metric dispensary machines.

  15. ren Says:

    Good to see you PHW!

    Vibes your way…hope things are starting to look up a bit

  16. Mr. Palmer Says:

    yeah, those little fuckers are expensive. Probably just get another small glass tube. Hopefully wife doesn’t drop this one.

    Purps – 12/2/09…. MSG. You were probably there, birthday boy.

  17. kayatosh Says:

    mdbx! monster move on miniscule volume, small float. dubious

  18. kayatosh Says:

    made it through an ocelot w/o turning it off – charlotte 2012.

  19. ren Says:

    Not an Ocelot fan either Kaya….good “family” Phish song though…I imagine kids dig that one

  20. MiA Says:

    Davinci reviews? Saw one selling one locally for $249. Seems pricey. Heard they were nice though.

  21. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Oh, I get it now Purps. That date is your actual birthday.. Damn, I’m fucking old.

  22. Mr. Palmer Says:

    1989 I was getting drunk,, experimenting with pot, and finger blasting skanky chicks…. and you were born… fuck me.

  23. MiA Says:

    Thank goodness it was your finger Palmer, or that one could be yours.

  24. 4thDimension Says:

    9:15 mark of 46 Days Brooklyn 96 = welcome to the 4th dimension

  25. Dorn76 Says:

    Israel. Palestine… So sick of all of it.

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