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. msbjivein Says:

    Here you go dude. Check this out PHISH FLAG $19.95

  2. Rutherford B. Lizard Says:

    I love my life, but for a second this post made me wish i were free to just drop it all and go touring…oh well…Phenway, Great Woods, and SPAC will make for a beautiful summer.

  3. mmm hmm Says:

    The BSO show last night was pretty outstanding. Quite unlike anything else you’ll see from Trey. The venue was superb (except for the alcohol stands) and you could hear a pin drop during each tune. Some moron next to me yelled YEAH TREY really loud right after Divided Sky before Brian and Robert and Trey looked over and kinda scowled/shook his head like who is this monkey hollering at the Symphony. Must say, I did feel a tad underdressed in a tshirt and jeans when old timers were wearing tuxedos and pearls. Trey played with incredible delicacy and had the whole room fixated on his every movement. He did not disappoint in any fashion. The My Friend, My Friend Guyute was sweet and the chuckle during the first notes of First Tube was great. The bass player was warming up with the bass line for First Tube while people were taking their seats during warmups. Great night! So nice to see Trey so flattered and smiling. He played the old ‘Doc last night. Pretty sure the new one will be just for studio use…

  4. Mr. Completely Says:

    @VTsnowboader – my pleasure, enjoy that, it is a real gem

    you know what’s gay? homophobes. that’s weak sauce in this day and age.

  5. Mr. Completely Says:

    thanks for the download links, I’ll wait til the frenzy dies down – what’s the source like? sound ok?

  6. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Sealable Mylar Cooking Bags for obfuscating your contraband while under locomotion. Dogs can smell through some varieties of commerically available plastics bags and wraps.

    box of fabric softener dryer sheets, both for the laundry and to freshen up the ride. unfold two and place under the individual seats. put two in wherever you are stowing your dirty laundry, both literal and figurative.

    Chopsticks and a sierra cup

    You preferred brand of hot sauce. Can fix a meal pretty quickly

  7. Mr. Completely Says:

    last one – posted yesterday and maybe you all know about it already, but it fits perfectly with today’s topic:

    I love this list of organic restaurants near each venue…a cool effort.

  8. voopa Says:


    The recording’s OK…a bit flat, and very quiet, but very listenable.

  9. Chalkdustin Says:

    Video of If I Could. I guess security was harsh and asked this guy to turn off the camera. It cuts off a bit short at the end. But the recorder perfectly captures the evening’s energy when Trey starts the song and you can hear him say “If I Could, oh my fucking god.”

  10. Litteringand Says:

    Here is a little tip when it comes to disposable pieces/piece in a pinch. If you go to any walgreens/cvs in the country the will have an eye care section. For around 1.50 you can get a pack of two glass eye droppers with removable rubber tops. The first couple of rounds are little rough but once you get a good resin build up around lip your good to go. If and when they break or you have to ditch your out a whole 1.50 and their will be another CVS at your next stop

  11. cottle Says:

    ^Thanks Bro!

    Looking at last night’s setlist, they did much more Phish material than they did at the Ryman show last September. If I remember correctly, Divided Sky was the only Phish tune played at that show.

    I can’t wait to hear the Baltimore performance.

  12. Chalkdustin Says:

    My Friend, My Friend is giving me goosebumps.

  13. Pence Says:

    Thats right MSB. I saw that flag…I should get it, although it looks kinda plain

  14. msbjivein Says:

    That’s enough guys……….I’m at work and can’t download anything til later. Your making me tweak out a bit. Keep your comments to yourself please.

  15. msbjivein Says:

    Fly that w/ some little fishes that would be cool. IMO Easy spot from a far.

  16. Chalkdustin Says:

    Sorry msb, I’ll refrain.

  17. Manny Phresh Says:

    As I will be doing plenty of flying this summer seeing Phish I was wondering what book(s) you would recommend.

  18. msbjivein Says:

    “Plain” maybe a little. But it makes a huge statement 20ft up! It represents a way of life!!!Eat Drink and Sleep PHISH!!

  19. Frankie Says:

    Thanks for that link, Mr. Completely, that is way cool! 🙂

  20. msbjivein Says:

    @Manny, The Music lesson by Victor Wooten. Must read for a musician. Even if your not a musician any music lover should read this book. Makes you see music in a new light. Victor is the Carlos Canstanda of music.

  21. Frankie Says:

    I love that book! I agree that every musician or even fan of improvised music MUST read it… Cheers for that!

  22. snigglebeach Says:

    One thing i don’t see on there, is Sunblock. I have gotten such ridiculous burns at shows.

    And something like Lanacane, or something to soothe said sunburn afterwards. I am going to burn no matter what so I find this as important as the sun-block.

  23. wanderin Says:

    @ manny….read Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely…insights into behavioral economics, and human behavior with interesting experiments and studies to illustrate…..entertaining read.

  24. nonoyolker Says:

    Other good reading for the road is any beat-ish about… being on the road/search for America, yadda yadda. Pick up Kerouac “Big Sur” or “Dharma Bums”, ish like that and hit the road.

  25. bhizzle Says:

    @ Manny – Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates

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