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:

    Stashteca set 11/14/95 playing on JamON now. Sickness.

    Knicks/ Spurs on the tube. Me , about to hit the tube… Carry-on

  2. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Two legit hoops teams in NY now with the Brooklyn Nets. Gonna be a great rivalry .

  3. MmmHmm Says:

    Kaya, do you take your Arizer into shows? (MSG?)

  4. Bad Nirvana Cover Band Says:

    Checking in with these folks tonight. Great people on planet Earth. This is part of their ‘Revive the Beauty Way’ annual fund raising fall tour.


  5. Mr. Palmer Says:

    This Stones doc is pretty awesome

  6. butter Says:

    listening to SB Ashitos

    totes underrated jam

    caught that the other night Bad Nirvana, when you said we were the only sucka’s that liked that

  7. butter Says:


  8. butter Says:

    hope everyone is crushing everything in there path (in an amazing rainbow sorta way)

  9. butter Says:

    that Terminal set is sick and i’m stoked about the Robot on the first one, after deeming a tone the “Robot Tone” after Dicks

    yes i invented the robot and got 5 on it

    but seriously robots are getting cheap, pick yourself up one

  10. butter Says:

    Miner – supp buddy, hope your well, nice post today

    feelin your ’13 predictions, i can get behind that, and bring on Fest X,

    i’m going to make sure and hit the next Phish festi. festi’s have been a bit of skip for me in my career. for a variety of reasons.

    Oswego, Coventry, F8 are my 3 i’ve been too.

    think i’ll pull up to that bitch in my own RV – with just me in it – have nightly parties, kick everyone out and go to bed – X3

  11. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Agreed, palmer.

  12. kayatosh Says:

    stones = $$$

  13. Bad Nirvana Cover Band Says:

    Apparently there are 2 more fans @butter.

    That whole segment thru Bowie is my favorite.

  14. MmmHmm Says:

    stones doc is good. also check out “cocksucker blues” ..seems a good bit of footage for Xfire Hurricane came from that

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