Hello Again

This is a new era of Phish. Call it what you will, but there is no doubt that we are entering the next phase of the band’s sprawling and illustrious career. After 19 months off due to the pandemic, the band will step on stage tonight—in Arkansas of all places—to rev up the engine once again. And I won’t be there. I am not feeling fully comfortable with pandemic Phish at the moment. I feel there are too many distractions and peripheral stressors for me to close my eyes, let go and immerse myself in the expansive, boundary-less experience that I have come to know and love over the course of 26 years. I was planning on going to Atlanta, Nashville, Deer Creek and Atlantic City this run, and for now, it seems that I am going to be skipping until Deer Creek at the earliest. I have traditionally distanced myself from the shows while I am not there, because after seeing every show from for so long, missing them was always a bitter pill to swallow. I don’t webcast the shows and sometimes I don’t even listen to them right away. But it feels different this time since I am opting out rather than not going because I am unable, and so I am thinking perhaps that I will try to engage with the music differently while being home.

Subsequently, I am thinking I may write some thoughts on this site for the first time in a long time. I won’t try to review the shows—that would make no sense without being there, as Phish is a live experience. But perhaps some stream of consciousness thoughts about the music, the jams, the new songs as I digest them from afar. I am not sure what form this might take, and I might start and feel like it isn’t going anywhere and bail right away, but maybe it will help me metabolize this new experience as it unfolds. We will see what happens. Stay tuned.

41 Responses to “Hello Again”

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  1. jtran Says:

    Fresh Miner!

  2. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    BK this is the year you should be doing a whole tour

  3. sneaking sally Says:

    We’re back!!!!! I’d love to hear your thoughts!

  4. Matthew G Archer Says:

    Yes! I was just thinking about how much I enjoyed your reviews of the shows that I am not attending! I will be checking out your site daily during ter!

  5. Sneaking Sally Says:

    We’re back!!! Would love to hear Miner’s thoughts!!

  6. LeoWeaver Says:

    Good to see the light’s still on in here. Looking forward to your thoughts, Miner!

  7. jtran Says:

    @DF are we sure BK has seen a show yet?

  8. Sven Says:

    Welcome back all!

  9. GamehendgeTraveler Says:

    Welcome back. Please bring back the reviews. Really enjoyed your insight and times change, situations change, life changes. Just write. We appreciate it.

  10. Kevin D Says:


    A sincere thank you from a long-time fan I’d your writing. I’ve always enjoyed your ear and ability to express what so many of us feel and love about Phish shows.
    So thank you for sharing your thoughts about the shows to date.
    Would be great to see you in Deer Creek.
    I have two fields for Weds Hershey w your name on them if you’re inclined to go.
    I can’t make it and would love to know you put them to use.

  11. kenny powers Says:

    Awwwww shiiiiit here we go!

  12. kenny powers Says:

    testing for OG avatar

  13. kenny powers Says:

    that’s odd not sure what happened but fuck it, y’all know me by now!

    pork chop sandwiches

    i miss this

  14. Nick Says:

    I’m so glad you are back, nobody can analyze the band like you do. I’m looking forward to waking up after a show to read your thoughts. A friend texted me and asked what happened to you, I says he doesn’t post anymore, then checked. Thank you

  15. Aquaman Says:

    Good seeing the fresh comments. Just catching up now. Welcome back everyone.


  16. Nick P. Says:

    So glad you’re doing these again. I started seeing Phish in 2012 and your site was a go-to for me after nearly every show. You were part of my initial Phish experience and I welcome you back!

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