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. gavinsdad Says:

    Probably just get another small glass tube.

    ^finally folded after 2 years of spying on product and got a nasty Toro double hex. easy to soak/clean. short. can fit in a safe.

    paraphernalia in the safe = welcome to the 4th dimension

  2. BingosBrother Says:

    Asked my bro for a sign that he was there at St. Louis. Boom. Sand.

    Flowing through the hourglass
    Pushing through the funnel
    Turn once more while racing
    All your siblings for the tunnel

    Slide and let the silicone
    Embrace you as you fall
    Then bounce and land you let
    Your brothers crush you to the wall

  3. voopa Says:

    “Brooklyn 96”

    Wait, what dimension is this?

  4. MiA Says:

    Whose chair is this?

  5. roberto luongo Says:

    just got the last tube on the bottom right

    don’t like double bubs cuz the ice melts and fills the second chamber. also that small compartment just gets dirty so fast.

    went with the single beaker. but damn that 5 piece downstem is just buttery as all hell

    smoothest tube I’ve ever pulled. has me puffin flowers again just cuz it’s so fuckin smooth.


  6. gavinsdad Says:

    i got the ice dont fit model. smooth as silk.

  7. Bad Nirvana Cover Band Says:

    crushed ice

  8. BingosBrother Says:

    Don’t forget the Brooklyn 96 Free. So good they composed it ahead of time.

    Fav lyrics = Strange Design

    Been a long time since I caught that one.

  9. 4thDimension Says:

    12:13 mark of Island Roses jam = welcome

  10. Phlorida Phan Says:

    Tube Tip

    Pour water in the bell area, fill just under where the stem is, stick in freezer…… all ice bottom, with ice up top, can’t beat it! Couch ter at its finest.

  11. roberto luongo Says:

    I go no ice on concentrates in my mini bubbler

    but won’t even hit a tube with flower in it unless it’s chilled

    ice for life yo

    can’t mix pieces since the concentrates don’t create any resin. always cleaning the flower bong. never touchin the concentrate bubbler.

  12. roberto luongo Says:

    I go no ice on concentrates in my mini bubbler

    but won’t even hit a tube with flower in it unless it’s chilled

    ice for life yo

    can’t mix pieces since the concentrates don’t create any resin. always cleaning the flower bong. never touchin the concentrate bubbler.

  13. ren Says:

    I still have my same Graffix (LOL! IM OLD) glass tube from college….with the fluted glass….gotta be 13-14 years old!

    Only smoke it in the 4th dimension

  14. gavinsdad Says:

    mines you can swap reg bowl for nail/dome.

  15. gavinsdad Says:

    nite gents.

  16. BingosBrother Says:

    Soul filling stoner fucks.

  17. 4thDimension Says:

    9:39 mark of DCU Carini = welcome to the 4th dimension

  18. Bad Nirvana Cover Band Says:

    thanks for the Action Bronson heads up RL.

    that’s the shit i do like

    i want to try your clean concentrates.

  19. sumodie Says:


    Star Lake 98 DWD official vid

  20. snow Says:

    Capt Murphy is welcome on my ship.

    +1 for arizer solo. very nice unit.

  21. sumodie Says:

    Hey robear, cpu issues have my attention distracted…

    Limerick Maine? I really dont know that part of maine, except its so far south, near Kittery (& NH & MA) that its bound to be popular with folks working out of state. And coastal maine from kittery to portland is much more developed with beach tourism than inland maine or other coastal areas of the state. Not necessarily bad, just different

    Not sure i can add more, but feel free to ask

  22. snow Says:

    I really like how the Captain Murphy tunes are bitonal.

  23. roberto luongo Says:

    Call me some time bncb

    Our process has changed a bit with good results since our last chat

  24. MiA Says:

    Thanks for the reminder Sumo. I love how Trey is just shaking his mop head to the beat, and Mike is just bopping straight up and down. Page has his legs spread wide apart, holding down his piano and Fishman has the best beard and flowing locks of his life.

  25. BingosBrother Says:

    Is page within touching distance?

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