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. bhizzle Says:


  2. wanderin Says:

    The Omnivore’s Dilemna – Michael Pollan
    Blink – Malcolm Gladwell
    Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell
    Panic – Michael Lewis

  3. bhizzle Says:

    Diary – Palaniuk

  4. bhizzle Says:


  5. Rolling Papyrus Says:

    Into the Wild by Krakauer

  6. msbjivein Says:

    I read into the Wild. That Dude was asking for it. IMO

  7. Mr. Completely Says:

    The Illuminatus! “trilogy” by Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea. Hefty but will keep you entertained. If you crack the right part of it while tripping post-show one night it may rearrange your synapses permanently.

    If you’re up for it, Vineland by Thomas Pynchon is a really really great book with a deep counterculture theme

  8. nonoyolker Says:

    Ooh, for Palaniuk, i liked Invisible Monsters. Read them all and i think that one is the best.
    A Heart Breaking Work of Staggering Genius is also the shit. One of my favorite books.

  9. Mr. Completely Says:

    Also: PIHKAL

    If you just hang out in the lot conspicuously reading this book you may find yourself meeting some very interesting people.

  10. wanderin Says:

    The Ballad of The Whiskey Robber – Julian Rubinstein

    True Story takes place in Hungary about an outlandish crook in uncertain times. You will cheer for Atilla. This book quickly became one of my all time fav’s. I just read its becoming a movie. Everyone on here should read this.

  11. Mr.Miner Says:

    Tom Robbins is my favorite psychedelic literature

  12. Chalkdustin Says:

    I second (or third) Palahniuk. Anything by him.

  13. Brimley Says:

    Any Danielle Steele novel….

  14. wanderin Says:

    For more on Julian Rubinstein’s The Ballad of The Whiskey Robber

  15. Rolling Papyrus Says:

    jivein, I agree that the dude in Into the Wild had it coming, but I still thought it was quite a story. Makes you think about doing crazy stuff but making sure you have enough of your shit together to get out of it.

  16. msbjivein Says:

    Yeah, It’s a good read for sure. That dude did some crazy shit like canoe down the Colorado River. Crazy bastard.

  17. Doc Says:

    Krakhauer’s “Under the Banner of Heaven” is excellent. It’s about a murder spree in Utah by two fundamentalist Mormons who think they’ve been called upon by God to kill. Also goes into the history of the Mormon church. At one point, he compared the energy of an outdoor Mormon revival to a Phish show.

  18. Mr.Miner Says:

    Also: PIHKAL

    ^ all about Tikhal- the tryptymines!

  19. Jay Says:

    Kiln People by David Brin

  20. Mr. Completely Says:

    word, Miner – but in any case the Shulgins should be read by everyone who explores psychedelics to any degree.

    wider reading list

  21. Mr. Completely Says:

    @Jay, Brin’s a good SF writer, I haven’t read that one. You like Iain Banks?

  22. Rolling Papyrus Says:

    Doc, read that one too, man there is some crazy shit in that book. Particularly the towns in the desert where everyone is married to everyone else and it’s still going on today.

  23. Mr. Completely Says:

    although among the phenethylamines I was a big fan of 2CB when it was on tour in 99-2000. It was different enough from everything else to be really worthwhile. Extremely visual stuff, I spent a whole Shoreline show down in the pavilion finding vast new landscapes in Kuroda’s work.

  24. Mr. Completely Says:

    the “qualitative comments” section of this page are pretty well on point, as usual

  25. Mr.Miner Says:

    ^ i don’t like 2cb- leaves me feeling synthetically drugged in the end. It is very visual though. there is only one drug for me

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