Don’t Forget…


6.26.04 Alpine (Craig)

While Phish tour is a feel-good vacation from everyday life, it is also a clandestine mission to reach the most epic peaks of exaltation and self-discovery.  Fun spliced with spirituality- and a whole bunch of friends.  But anyone who has undertaken whole tours, or legs of tours, will tell you, it is not always a walk in the park.  Getting from show to show and state to state requires not only forethought, but organization.  Whether you are camping, staying in hotels, or crashing at rest areas, traveling two to six hours every night takes its toll.  Or if you are the type to get some sleep and get a move-on during the mid-day traffic, a whole different set of obstacles present themselves.  While negotiating this nationwide labyrinth of highways, back roads, and parking lots, there are some things that can help you along the way.

img_1605As we enter the last full weekend before the first summer tour in five years, people may be a little out of practice.  While many of us will use part of this three-day weekend to begin packing and getting ready for our three week adventure, I thought that some might need to reminded of some things they may be forgetting.  So as you prepare yourselves for your return to the road, here are some things you should probably not forget.

ultrabungeecords_lRope, Bungee Cords: You’ll use them at some point, somewhere along the way.

Duct Tape: Whether repairing a car, a shoe, or camping equipment, duct tape is usually the answer.

duct-tape-rollsGarbage Bags: For both inside and outside your car.

Needle, Thread, and Safety Pins: Someone in your car will need em at some point- and if not, it’s because you had ’em.

advilAdvil, Tylenol, Allergy Medicine: Hangovers, cornfields, and night time lot injuries are only some of the uses for these necessary medicines.  You never know in what part of the country your allergies will kick in.

CDs, iPods, Hard drives: Nothing is more important than road tunes, and at this point it’s almost all iPods.  Make sure to bring the proper wires to connect in cars and to computers.  I’m bringing a mini-hard drive to dip my pod in daily. A portable hard drive (pocket-size) is useful when you’re hanging out in a hotel room with some folks who did the same.  Note: Those dj mixes make for great late night driving at 80 minutes a clip.

ipodPaper, Pen, Pencils: You never know when inspiration will strike.  The computer may be packed away.

Laptop: In this digital age, every hotel, motel, and Holiday Inn has wireless, so bring it, and be able to log onto Phish Thoughts anywhere you go!  And your fantasy baseball team won’t go down the tubes when you don’t set your rotation for a month because you’re disconnected from the world.

kaenon-polarized-sunglassesSuntan lotion, extra sunglasses, hat or visor, bug spray: This is Summer Tour- it’s gonna’ be hot once we get to Bonnaroo! And the east coast mosquitoes suck!

Socks, socks, and more socks: I bring as many “freshies” as shows, and then you gotta’ figure you’re living life and not doing a lot of laundry.  Someone once told me to bring two times the socks and underwear as days between laundry- take it for what you will.

blufilasocks1Atlas and/or GPS: One way or the other, you gotta find your way.  Sometimes maps look like spaghetti when you’re really spun, so a GPS may be useful- an iPhone will do the trick these days. But when trying to find that back route around the traffic at Star Lake and Alpine, you better break out that atlas.

AAA Card: A lifesaver in so many situations- make sure someone in your car has one.

image0307vGrinder, your favorite rolling papers, lighters, air-tight container, Ozium: If you’re puffing, you gotta have the goods.  And if you don’t bring papers, it’s gonna be an EZ Wider and Zig-Zag summer for you.

Gold Bond Medicated Powder: The “voodoo” herb contained within can be the cure for many a summer ailment.

300_400280Bathing Suit and Towel: This is Summer Tour- remember?

Extra Pair of Shoes: You will use them after getting caught in that post-show downpour.

Rain Gear: There’s no festival this year, but you’ll get caught in a shower at some point and be glad you have it.

carkeysExtra Set Of Car Keys: And don’t leave ’em in the car!

Snacks: While convenience stores are one of the most frequented places on tour, they aren’t always so convenient if you’re lost or running late.

Corkscrew, scissors, pocket knife: All handy on too many occasions to not have them, and you can store ’em any where.

Chargers for all your equipment: Phones, iPods, laptops, and whatever else can be run without a plug.

Now, that’s a good start!  If you have most of this tour gear, you’ll be ready for many a tour catastrophe, and be able to avert many others.  If you forget any of this stuff, there is always Flying J’s and Walmarts to fill in your gaps, but if you’re prepared, you’ll just keep on rolling.

What other tour gear must you not live without, and what has come through for you in the clutch?



phishdestroysamericaCongratulations to George Fetner, Mark Leporati, and Robert G.! ALL THREE of these guys nailed the setlist track for track- a three-way tie!  Honestly, I never expected this to happen, but I guess I made it too easy!  Anyhow, after some consultation with the winners, the only fair way to decide who gets the free ticket is to have a high stakes playoff tiebreaker!  Today, I will craft a tiebreaker mix of Fall ’97 material to find out who is the true maestro of the tour.  I am definitely going to make it more challenging, and I will post it with the Weekend Nuggets for others.  I also want to congratulate Phish Thoughts reader, Rolling Papyrus, who only missed the second two tracks.  For now, the contest moves on!  The track listing to this week’s mix is below.

1. Funk Jam following Possum 12.3, Philadelphia >
2. Ghost 12.2, Philadelphia >
3. Down With Disease 12.29, MSG >
4. Bathtub Gin 11.23, Winston-Salem >
5. Stash 11.23, Winston-Salem >
6. Jam following Johnny B. Goode 11.17, Denver >
7. Mike’s Song 12.31, MSG >
8. AC/DC Bag  11.21, Hampton >
9. Drowned 12.11, Rochester >
10. Gumbo 11.14, Salt Lake City >
11. Wolfman’s Brother 12.31, MSG >
12. Ghost 12.5, Cleveland >
13. Emotional Rescue 11.21, Hampton >
14. Mike’s Song 11.22, Hampton



Trey performed the east cost debut of his orchestral composition, Time Turns Elastic last night with the Baltimore Symphony Orcestra.  The setlist is below.  It looks like a much Phishier affair than the Nashville premiere!

Trey W/ Baltimore Symphony Orchestra 5.21.09

I: Divided Sky, Brian and Robert, Inlaw Josie Wales*, Water in the Sky*^, Pebbles and Marbles, First Tube

II: Time Turns Elastic, Let Me Lie, Guyute

E: If I Could

* Acoustic Guitar
^ Dedicated to Trey’s nephew (in attendance), son of  his sister, Kristy Manning, who recently passed away



12.3.99 The Crown, Cincinnati, OH < LINK

12.3.99 The Crown, Cincinnati, OH < TORRENT LINK

1999-12-03moThis is the first night of December ’99’s two night stand in Cincinnati.  The more exploratory and psychedelic night, this show was smoking all the way through.  No doubt the best playing came in the second set with a heavy, dissonant “Sand,” one of the greatest and most exploratory “Limb By Limbs” ever played, and raging late-’99 “Piper,” one of the best periods of the song.

I: First Tube, Wolfman’s Brother, Bouncing Around the Room, Get Back on the Train, Billy Breathes, AC/DC Bag > Possum, Slave to the Traffic Light

II: Sand*, Limb by Limb, Bug, Piper, Harry Hood

E: Rock and Roll

*With Trey on keys.

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147 Responses to “Don’t Forget…”

  1. cottle Says:

    I remember hearing alot about 2CB around that time. One of my friends who was on tour at the time was travelling with a chemist who was producing 2CB. I heard some interesting descriptions of it, but never tried it myself. If I remember correctly, it was still perfectly legal at that time (it may still be…I don’t know). I can’t imagine travelling around on tour with tons of legal hallucinagens at my disposal….

  2. msbjivein Says:

    I tried that once on the 1st jam cruise. Didn’t like it all. I have a sensitive stomach to man made shit. Except some good “L”

  3. Mr. Completely Says:

    nothing touches the classic, of course

  4. Manny Phresh Says:

    I was more a fan of 2C-I than 2C-B, but in the end there was nothing better a good hit of clean fluff.

  5. Frankie Says:

    Thanks for all the books suggestions… ill check em out for sure!

  6. Manny Phresh Says:

    Yes thanks for the book suggestions too… I’m sure they will come in handy while I’m hanging out at the airport waiting to catch my flight that has been delayed.

  7. Pence Says:

    I really hope they come back with Axilla part 2. I love that version a lot more. AXILLA AXILLA AXILLA AXILLA AXILLA AXILLA YEEEEEEEAAAAH

  8. whole tour! Says:

    the best gold bond is the extra medicated kind in the light green container. i tend to double dip the ole duffel bag and it’s like snow in alaska, the winter cold.

  9. Mr. V Says:

    Anathem or Cryptonomicon both by Neal Stephenson

  10. Wilson Says:

    @msbjivein: agreed on chris mccandless.

    as for books, might i suggest some Pynchon?
    namely: “The Crying of Lot 49”

  11. Mr. Completely Says:

    nice, Wilson, I threw down Vineland earlier cause its about hippies

    he’s got another new one coming already. always cause for excitement

  12. A_Glide Says:

    One of my boys hooked up with some 2CI @ a Blottopia. (Mr. Blotto Festival for all you coasters) he was rocking it all night and into the morning. Said he just wanted it to end. I believe the quote was “the first 10 hours were awesome, but come on man…”

  13. Wilson Says:

    Good News Completely! sorry i missed vineland skimming thru the thread. maybe i’ll throw it in my Fenway sack this weekend. His stuff is dense, but very cool. ive read Lot 49 several times now. takes me back to my college days, when my mind really opened up with stuff like that. ahhhh…. the days.

  14. A_Glide Says:

    I just got word I need 1 more for Deer Creek. If anyone can help me out that would be sweet.

  15. Frankie Says:

    9 days ’til lift-off !!!!

  16. fromthetub Says:

    @ Frankie – thanks for that! Just watched it again and am getting so excited. Have a great weekend everyone!

  17. BingosBrother Says:

    Everyone on here has some great taste. I could read Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates every day and be happy. Currently reading Mr. Robbins latest “B is for Beer”. Happy happy oh my friends.

  18. Mr. Icculus Says:

    just watched the Trey utube video “if i could” i felt like he was really being reserved, just not singing like he was into it, just my opinion.

  19. Selector J Says:

    I love Tom Robbins is great. I haven’t read for fun in quite some time but I was a big fan when I did.

    I think my favorite book of all time is “Confederacy of Dunces” by John Kennedy Toole, a kind of Don Quixote set in 1960s New Orleans.

  20. derreck Says:

    The five P’s of tour per WLH…

    Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance

  21. Jon Bailey Says:

    One thing you absoutley need on tour:

    Your tickets!!! Don’t forget those

  22. Harpua Says:

    Bring any instruments you have, people. Last tour, I bought a $20 keyboard at a walmart outside of Alpine and had a hell of a time with it’s “authentic” lazer sounds. The lot can get very boring when there is no creativity to behold!

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