Reader’s Picks: Joe Bakaitis

12.28.12, MSG (Graham Lucas)

12.28.12, MSG (Graham Lucas)

All selections and text by: Joe Bakaitis (a couple audio clips were edited to save bandwidth)

2001 > Bowie” 10.27.95 II, Kalamazoo MI

This was my first show and still to this day the best “Bowie” I have heard. When the jam starts up Trey is chanting some pretty strange stuff under his guitar work. This is a must hear for any “Bowie” fan.



Mike’s > Lifeboy > Weekapaug” 8.13.96 II, Noblesville, IN

What a night this was. Everything about this show was great. The last four songs of set one are also worth checking out, but this is by far the best “Mike’s” from the whole 96 summer tour. For the most part summer 96 seemed pretty tame, but they really let it out in this “Mike’s.”



“Theme, Punch, Ghost > Taste” 8.9.97 I, East Troy, WI

97 has so many gems, and it seemed like the bands style would change every show. The first four songs of set one was some of my favorite Phish music I have ever heard. This was my first time seeing them play “Ghost” and what a “Ghost” it was. These first four songs still seem fresh in my memory 16 years later.



Julius > Slave” 12.5.97 II, Cleveland,OH

For a 97 show this one seems to be overlooked alot, and on paper this might seem like a let down as being the heart of the second set, but this “Julius” swings harder than any Phish song I have heard them play, and then the “Slave” is out of this world.



Tweezer > Izabella” 12.6.97 II, Auburn Hills, MI

This is the best “Tweezer” ever. I’m sure just about everyone has heard this one. You really just need to listen to the whole second set.



2001 > Mike’s > Weekapug > Zero “7.17.98 II, George, WA

My friends and me did this whole summer tour and even though the tour opener in Portland was a great show, summer tour really felt like it started this night. What a magical night in the desert.



Mike’s > Simple > Bittersweet Motel” 7.21.98 II, Phoenix, AZ

This “Mike’s Song” is dark, rocking, and just out right awesome  but the best part of this show is the “Simple.” This “Simple” is just great. Trey and Pages playing is so sweet and light. This whole second set is worth listening to, but I always find myself enjoying the “Mikes > Simple” the most. I believe this was the first time they played “Bittersweet” too.



Bathtub Gin” 7.29.98 I, Maryland Heights, MO

This is the “Bathtub Gin” of all “Bathtub Gins!”



Mike’s Song” 12.30.99 III, Big Cypress, FL 

From my top ten list it would seem that I really like “Mike’s Song,” and who doesn’t, but I wanted to pick only songs from shows that I was at and I also wanted to pick out songs that are forever my first thoughts when I am asked about Phish, so behold another “Mike’s Song.” I remember CK5 filling up the swamp with the most smoke I have ever seen at a Phish show and this is one dark, electric, rocking “Mike’s Song.” I am sad to say that I feel that this is one of the last true “Mike”s Songs” with a real jam.



“Moma, Light > Taste, Fluffhead, Joy, Gin> Hood. E. Slave” 8.7.09, George, WA

For my tenth pick I’m going to have to pick this whole second set. I have thought Phish has played some great shows in their new era, but maybe its’ the openness of the Gorge but to me this show has a feel that you don’t hear very much nowadays. Every song has a pop and a lightness to them. The jams do not seem forced and the “Light” and “Gin” have epic jams for 3.0 Phish. I have not been to a lot of show in the 3.0 era, but have downloaded most of the shows, and I keep finding myself listening to this show the most out of all of the 3.0 Phish. Great Phish music all around.


This was a fun project and than you Mr. Miner for the opportunity to share my memory’s with everyone.


780 Responses to “Reader’s Picks: Joe Bakaitis”

  1. little umbrellas Says:

    Forgot i wanted to share another part of my recent toe truck story. Felipe, our driver, notices we have a six pack, and he said something like this:
    “You can drink in here if you want, just don’t tell. I drank like 18 Budweisers last night. I love beer. And you know there a lot of kinds of beer. I want to try some more kinds…
    Have you ever had a Beck’s?”
    Guy was amazing. Our angel. He had never heard of Ipa’s but said he had a really open mind about taste. We sent him home with a mixed sixpack of em. Green Flash, Eel River, Boont and Lagunitas.

  2. Jtran Says:

    I always listen for the vibe in Alaska brahz

  3. Jtran Says:

  4. Jtran Says:

    not that, this

  5. snow Says:

    Exactly jtran

  6. phlorida phan Says:

    ^ Just noticed your avatar jtran, ” YEEEAAAAHHHH” frickin sweet
    Busy day working, dropped the doughnut burger then left. Got caught up while dumping out. Lots of hilarity in these pages, love you guys, keep up the good work.

  7. Phamily Berzerker Says:


    Dick’s Undermind!

    That is all unless someone wants to share Fall Tour rumors.

  8. Snigglebeach Says:

    I like this segment of that story.

    Trey informed us we were the second most entertaining band he’d ever played with. The first had been a band that played speed metal while the guitarist did tricks on a skateboard with a wireless setup. Sounded genius to us.

    I would go see that speed metal band.

  9. voopa Says:

    I don’t care
    I love it
    I don’t care

    Phish should cover that one.

    ION, just found out about…no fees, pay when you stay, cancel up to the day of. Got a room at the Parq 55 for BGCA, $766 + tax for 3 nights!

  10. voopa Says:

    I wonder if that’s what inspired Troy to get a wireless rig and rollerskate through the crowd BITD.

  11. Roberto luongo Says:

    KYS comrades!

  12. BingosBrother Says:

    Awesome jtran!

    I would say the same to you RL, but you had to have done it by now.

  13. Roberto luongo Says:

    in honor of all our Tory dick rider lurkers I swear no more Troy bashin til tour starts. $100 fines donated to miners site if I slip up.

    long live that Alaska vibe with a bit of Alaska groove.

  14. snow Says:

    RL – I knew it was the KYS in eatme’s comment that drew you in.

    Thanks for the laughs eatme. Although it 90% me laughing at my own jokes, I still appreciate the setup material.

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  16. little umbrellas Says:

    Im a Phishie, who’s probably gonna trip again. Lord Forgive me, I wanna hear Alaska again. Sometimes I need to be Alone….

  17. Roberto luongo Says:

    bingos crushes with that. hilarious.

    since I’m on no trey (notice proper spelling) bashing I don’t really have much to say anymore. fuck.

    go hawks!

    fuck quick!

  18. little umbrellas Says:

    Fuck, i just rhymed again with again. I lose.

  19. BingosBrother Says:

    Your just like Trey lu! Work a submarine in there and you got a hit!

    C’mon RL, you can start your Tony bash fast after a few memes!

  20. Snow Says:

    One more shot…
    It’s the vibe of the thing:

  21. bobby weird Says:

    dood likes alaska? dead giveway. deeeaaaaddd giveaway….

  22. bobby weird Says:

    moving slave on joe’s list here. alaska is better, however. obviously.

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  25. Roberto luongo Says:

    I was gonna post ocelot is like SCI covering Tennessee Jed with newly penned terrible lyrics

    but I’m not rippin on trey anymore so decided I better not

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