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. El Duderino Says:

    Whatever! How about being in the moment. again let some nerd do it I’ll just focus on the music

  2. Mdawg Says:

    What will the setlist writers do about 1st time bust outs at Jones Beach?

  3. msbjivein Says:

    That’s when you write a big “New Bust Out!!” One of the greatest moments in setlists writing.

  4. Mdawg Says:

    Revenge of the setlist writers part 3.0

  5. msbjivein Says:

    We’re Back……………………..

  6. Mdawg Says:

    9 days 8 hours and 30 mins.

  7. SOAM Says:

    I thought I would share this you freakers and tweekers-it is a comment I made on a blog about a kid who was shot at Harvard University over a pot deal. It is a response to comments made regarding pot and referring to it as a “dangerous drug”
    SOAM says-
    I guess all you brilliant people, including Mr. Zero Tolerance-have no idea that POT was decriminalized in this state and to posses and smoke less than an ounce is NOT AGAINST THE LAW. You can’t drive under the influence of it and you can’t smoke it in public but it is the equivalent of a speeding ticket and when more old schoolers move out of governmant it will be legalized and industrialized. The hypocrisy of alcohol and tobacco being more harmful-yet legal is close to an end. If people couldn’t deal it-(and if it’s under an ounce is it even a crime to sell it) there would be a major reduction in this types of problems. Bottom line-to put pot in a category with hard drugs -the war on drugs-the old school policy on drugs is antiquated, hypocritical and causes more problems and wastes more money than all the other much more dangerous drugs out there. College kids party -HARD- and pot is the safest substance to use when partying. Legalize it and end the hypocrisy. And if your kid has more money than you get out of the Denile river.

  8. VTsnowboarder802 Says:

    @Mr. C – If you’re on today, thanks very much for the Marley show yesterday. It’s making my morning.

  9. msbjivein Says:

    “Legalize it don’t Criticize it”

  10. Manny Phresh Says:

    To all those that previous link failed on for Trey w/BSO. Try these

  11. bhizzle Says:

    Thank God Trey is not wearing that purple suitcoat. Damn that was hideous.

  12. Chalkdustin Says:

    @Manny Was just about to post those as well. Thanks.

  13. SOAM Says:

    I prefer to try and recall the setlist over a morning cannon with my Bro-who always remembers way more than me. I would have a hard time writing while shaking my skull and ass cheeks into oblivion..but to call set list writers “Mo’s” is a little extreme-even for me.

    Leave it to Dino the dbag to start a fire on pleasant morning-although at a typical show-I bet there is one gay guy to go along with the 9 girls -which makes 10 people there not raging-drug and alcohol induced heterosexual males

  14. ColonelJoy Says:

    Single kids should definately bring condoms on tour, or thier BC of choice. Would also recomend that you are able to keep your diddlies clean just in case some lot-lovin’ drops in you….Nobody likes unclean diddlies…

  15. SOAM Says:

    If they play sweet caroline I might start a brawl.

    Just kidding

  16. msbjivein Says:

    You never know when your gonna bang some random hippie chick in the lawn.

  17. msbjivein Says:

    I’m amazed by people who can remember the entire setlist. BADASS i tell ya!!

  18. WaitingForFenway Says:

    Baby wipes. Gotta have them. Days of tenting it in the summer heat. Perfect for your face, pits, and taint. These things are key. They gotta make the list.

  19. RamblinOnMyMind Says:

    Sorry to sound so out of it, but could you perhaps elaborate on “vacuum-sealing your shit”? And more generally, dealing with that stuff as far as getting into the show, any do’s or don’ts would be helpful and much appreciated for a noob who has always just had a bowl and never had to hide it.

  20. voopa Says:

    Extra CD’s to give to random peeps
    Car bong

    Thanks for the BSO reviews!

  21. msbjivein Says:

    If you get a vaccum sealer you can seal your shit air tight. Dogs can’t smell it. A must IMO. And THE ONLY WAY TO FLY. More for traveling than taking shit into show. For show either doobs or oney or small bowl in your crotch. That’s the way I roll.

  22. Pencilneck Says:

    Don’t hit the road without toilet paper! and those “wet one” thingies!

  23. cottle Says:

    @ Ramblin’:

    For me personally, I usually just worry about sneaking in a sizeable nugget. Usually it’s much easier if it’s not in a bag (no crinkly plastic sounds when they do the patdown). Let someone else worry with getting their glass in…then make friends with someone in your section who has a piece.

    Of course, you can always find a cheap onie or “throw away piece” (I hate that term…I don’t know any glass blowers who would refer to any of their work as throw-away) on lot if you absolutely have to bring in your own utensil.

  24. Pence Says:

    I just bought a 20 ft retracktable flag pole, ANYBODY KNOW OF ANY COOL FLAGS OUT THERE? I think I’ll get a couple fish windsocks too

  25. msbjivein Says:

    @Pence, I made the one I used to fly. Just some sorta Light durable material and some permanent markers. You getting ready for Roo???

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