So how do you follow up one of the most legendary Phish shows of all time? Well the next night you play only 14 songs TOTAL! Among those are all time versions of “Ghost” and “DWD” and a great “YEM”. Dave Calarco aka Mr. Miner is back with me to try and break it all down. The soundcheck includes a rare version of “The Happy Whip and Dung” and a hilarious look behind what was going on with the Phish stage crew taking place in “Windora Bug”.
I wished in Episode 75 that the rest of the Drum Logos Soundcheck would be released someday. Well my wish was granted! Apparently it was circulating from an old version of the spreadsheet and Michael Callahan @mjcallahan7 on Twitter sent me the rest! So here ya go! Get ready to laugh, this soundcheck is bonkers. James Bond themes and stories about Pete Carini and Fishman’s drum kit.
We have ventured into Japan! I’ve brought along my friend Dave Calarco aka Mr. Miner to help me navigate! Dave attended the entire run and will be my guest for the next five episodes giving a first hand account on these unique shows. In this episode Dave’s recaps the first 3 Japan shows and then we talk about the 6/13/2000 Club Quatrro show. The soundcheck is fun with “Ginseng Sullivan” a spacey “Jam”, an awesome “Crossroads” and some crazy Phish in “Say My Name>O Yeah!”.
Mr. Miner’s Archived Essay on Japan
One of the more intimate shows in modern Phish, the 3,200 seat Roseland Ballroom was an incredibly tough ticket. Filmed for VH1 this soundcheck features fun takes on many classics. A thirteen song soundcheck with one of the coolest venue histories make this one fun episode!
The granddaddy of them all!!! Big Cypress soundcheck is almost as big as the festival itself. You like great versions of Phish staples? You like jams? Well it’s a Phish festival tradition and the Cypress Soundcheck has two nasty jams for you.
The Las Cruces soundcheck features one of the funniest moments in soundcheck history with the “Dickie Scotland Song”. I chat with Pauly McGuire of @coventrymusic and @taopauly and he gives us the lay of the land in 1999 with some hilarious stories around this show. “La Grange” opens our show and the bonus track is killer show opening “2001”.
Episode 70 takes us to Japan and the legendary Fuji Rock Festival! I talk to Todd Ahrens who tells us what a unique experience it was. The “What’s The Use?” soundcheck is beyond gorgeous. I then get to play you one of my favorite “Ghost” for the bonus track. I love this episode!