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…”

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  1. hairy pood Says:

    Congratulations Mark!!!! I guess all those hours of listening back in Slade paid off, huh? Come on up to Oly again sometime, or maybe I’ll swing down there,
    What did we need on the last trip to Deer Creek>Alpine? Umm…. Capri Sun. Lots of it. Oh yeah, and Sophie shouldn’t have left her id in Canada. you know who this is…. I don’t have a phone these days, so send me a facebook.

  2. Al Says:

    Congrats, guys!!!
    This Cinci 99 Limb by Limb is THE all time best.

  3. hairy pood Says:

    oh yeah and the orchestral Guyute is acually My Friend, My Friend (Intro)>Guyute, as performed on Sharin’ In the Groove by the Vermont Youth Orchestra, and a few years ago by Vermont Symphony Orchestra at the Flynn Theater in Burlington.

  4. Myhkel Says:

    Wow…unexpected pick for DotD…unless you were there you might pass over the Cincy 99 Dec. shows with all the other highlights from that tour. To me, they were Almost the sleeper shows for that tour.

  5. Dr SF Jones Says:

    Any idea if that BSO show will be available anywhere for DL ? Looks like it sounds awesome !

  6. Mr. Icculus Says:

    Tour Gear
    1. scissors a must especially when you buy a sheet thats not perferaited.
    2. Visine dont want to get caught all red eyed out on the road
    3. water water and some more water
    4. Dry Ice; what a wonderful product
    5. jumper cables (how could you forget miner)
    6. small gas can (just in case you get stuck in traffic for hours)
    7. dirty needles
    8. Crosby Jersey
    9. safe spot for your tix and stubs
    10. Hot Hippie chic

  7. c0wfunk Says:

    got some great reviews from my sister and my buddy who were at the symphony last night. Definitely more of a “trey” show than the nashville affair was. I can’t wait to hear symphonic first tube! Downloads available here soon?

  8. RobAins Says:

    Yes, very interested in hearing last night’s show. A friend was there and said he didn’t notice any tapers though. Then again, this is the same friend that didn’t notice a police car trying to pull him over for 3 miles while on the way to Waterloo Village ’95…

  9. msbjivein Says:

    This show was the 20th anniversary of the WHO tragedy. I remember all the buzz before the show was “What WHO song will they play?”
    Weird Miner, I was just reading about this show in The Phish Companion this morning. Got done walk over turned on the computer and saw it was the download of the day. Are you a “Ghost” of some sort?? This has happened before also. You have some kinda special Phish powers man.
    As for the checklist I think you forgot the MOST IMPORTANT THING………..

  10. c0wfunk Says:

    well .. I hear there was nitrous outside, so it’s hard to believe there weren’t tapers inside. Trey was there, after all 😉

  11. bhizzle Says:

    not to bring back the past, but did anyone mention zz top in yesterdays thread?

    re: today’s post – gold bond..yes..definitely..At the first Roo I would have killed for some. It’s not just for the feet.

    Icculus – I second the water AND the hot hippie chic! Not sure about the dirty needle though.?

    Miner, you mentioned Star Lake regarding finding a back way entry, is it really a nightmare to get in?

  12. El Duderino Says:

    Good Morning Folks 🙂 Nice job on the public service announcement Mr. Miner. The reality is you are gonna need these things. supplies are not just about what’s for the head…

  13. El Duderino Says:

    I’m not sure what Who tragedy your talking about? I was at the Cincinnati shows in December of ’99 and that was the place and and time of the anniversary of the Who tragedy and venue. I remember the makeshift shrine/vigil outside right in front of the venue as we all walked in

  14. El Duderino Says:

    LOL my bad I just saw the download of the day… forgive me I just woke up

  15. wanderin Says:

    Here is a review of last night’s show.,0,4923436.story

  16. Rolling Papyrus Says:

    Last night’s show was very solid, certainly like nothing I’ve seen before. On Divided, Pebbles (instrumental only), and First Tube, Trey actually jammed them out while the orchestra laid down the groove. Very cool. First Tube was definitely the highlight of the night.

    Hopefully a recording will surface, but unless it’s an official release I’d be surprised. The security dudes were VERY serious about their jobs.

  17. Brimley Says:

    A huge must have for the hot summer days…deodorant. Bring it peeps. Cinci LxL is exploratory and different, but that doesn’t always equate to good for me…It was quality and more out there than most of the many LxL’s during ’99, but 10/9/99 2nd set opener Limb is by far the best jam for that song….

  18. Brimley Says:

    Actually I forgot that the first set of the 10/9/99 show has a top 5 ghost in my opinion that slowly builds into a classic ’99 style peak, and then goes space funk for about 5 minutes, with a perfect segue into Free…Do yourself a favor and go DL this show for another weekend nugget…

  19. jbailey Says:

    Tour Gear:
    1) David Hasselhof’s “Ride The Lizard 1974 Summer Tour” CD
    2) Pack of Trojan Magnums
    3) Jar of Peanut Butter
    4) Extra large can of Astroglide….or KY Jelly….whatever you prefer
    5) Deck of Cards

  20. Danny B Says:

    Good call on Gold Bond!!! Always comes through in the clutch. The only thing I can think of that hasn’t been metioned is Plastic Cups. Many lots have cracked down since the late 90’s, even if you are over 21 you will still need them for many of the upcoming shows, like Jones Beach.

  21. cottle Says:

    Miner…glad to see Gold Bond is on your list of must have items. Gotta dust the boys daily in the summer heat. After walking a few miles in the hot sun every day, once that chafe kicks in it can ruin your day, and leave you doing the zombie walk until it goes away. After learning this lesson the hard way, GBP is right up there with toothbrush at the top of the list.

  22. nonoyolker Says:

    Gold bond… the Bond that binds. I still remember the day my father introduced me to gold bond. It was a special day in our father/son development. Some years later, I returned the favor by introducing him to gold bond medicated. A little “student has become the teacher” action.

  23. cottle Says:

    Man…looking over this list of tour gear to bring just makes me realize how great we’ve got it these days. Anybody remember bringin walkie-talkies to communicate between cars on the road or on lot, back before cell-phones were everywhere? Now we’ve got GPS units to tell us where we need to go, no more atlases or maps to fuss with. Not to mention the ipods…no more big CD binders, or even those old caselogic racks full of cassettes. Not to mention the internet…being able to look up when and where each show will be, no more calling the tour hotline or relying on the Schvice to plan out your tour schedule. Thinking back even just ten or twelve years ago…it all seems so ancient now.

  24. Anonamer Says:

    I was at the BSO show last night, and though the word was used for Hampton over and over again, I really thought that this show was TRIUMPHANT, as the recently sober man who’s band is back together and who’s sister recently passed took the stage with all eyes on him…and he delivered. This was most apparent at the end of Time Turns Elastic as the crowd (and if I remember correctly, the orchestra) gave Trey a standing ovation, to which he seemed extremely humbled. Trey played pretty much perfectly (besides starting Leet me Lie in the wrong key, but he had just finished TTE, so he shouldget a pass), and with the general silence during the show, any flub would have been quite apparent, and horrifying! I went with excitement to see Trey, but not too much expectation. As Trey worked through Divided Sky I was thrilled that I had the chance to see this truly unique show. His tone and the crispness of his notes was just fantastic, which was really highlighted during pebbles and marbles. There was a great moment when they started First Tube and a general “knowing laugh” and applause broke out from the crowd, as if to say “are they really playing this?!” The tribute to his nephew was very nice, and was the first time that the unsuspecting symphony fans sitting near me showed a lot of interest. Final note, Let Me Lie is a really good song. I had not heard it before and was really surprised to find that Trey had written it (is that right?), as it didn’t sound like him (in my opinion). Oh, and to comment on Minor’s earlier post about what they will play this summer…TTE has some incredible moments that are sure to become incredible Phish moments. Oh, and one other thing…it was very interesting to watch the crowd try to contain themselves throughout, especially during the Guyute climax! OK, sorry to take up so much space, thought some might be interested

  25. El Duderino Says:

    True that cottle on the talkies and Schvice… simpler times

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