iTour: Phish Tour In Your Pocket

iTour - The Phish Tour App

Before the modern world of navigation systems and the hand-held GPS, Phish tour and atlases went hand in hand. Without any electronic voice guidance or little blue ball to follow, everyone had to make sense of maps that often likened piles of spaghetti after mind-altering shows. But with each subsequent era of Phish, things got a little bit easier. Cell phones burst onto the scene in the latter part of 1.0, integrated navigation systems and Garmins seeped into the scene in 2.0, but hardly anyone had them. And by the time 2009 rolled around, we all carried the Internet in our pocket. Smart phones have rendered Rand McNally useless, and now we don’t even think as we are guided by multiple systems from point A to point B. And now, in Fall 2010, everything just got a little bit easier.

Phish fan, Marc Pechaitis, has rolled out iTour, an iPhone application designed to streamline tour navigation just in time for fall. Instead of Googling your way to venue addresses, restaurants, and liquor stores, let iTour do your work for you. Integrated with Google Maps on your iPhone, simply click on one of seven categories per venue, and iTour flips you to a map with your locales of choice already pinpointed. Choose from “Venue,” “Hotels,” “Restaurants,” Gas,” “Groceries,” “Liquor,” and “Campgrounds,” and the application will inform you of the nearest facilities around the venue. Perfect for both on-the-fly adventure and advance tour planning, iTour is the touring companion that has been begging to be made since Phish and iPhones collided. Available now in Apple’s App Store and at theiTourapp.com, the kicker is that it is completely free!

Utica "Home Page"

The home page for each show contains the address, phone number, and capacity of each venue, as well the ticket and door times. And as an extra perk, once the shows start happening, the app links directly to each setlist via Phish.net. Beta-tested on summer tour, Pechaitis is debuting the first version of iTour this fall with plans to update and enhance the service with each subsequent tour. He also plans to expand this platform for other touring bands, thus any feedback about iTour is welcome at www.theiTourapp.com.

Download iTour for for free here, or in the app store here, or search for “iTour.phish” at the App Store on your iPhone. Check it out…

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Five Tunes For Friday:

Here are five selections from last week’s Type II Trivia quiz.

8.10.10 (G.Lucas)

Bathtub Gin” 9.29.00 I – Las Vegas

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AC/DC Bag” 8.9.98 II – Va. Beach

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MSG '09 (G.Lucas)

Reba” 5.28.94 II – Laguna Seca Daze

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Wolfman’s” 9.24.99 II – Austin, TX

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Stash” 11.13.97 II – Las Vegas

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6.24.10 (J.Thomas)

Type II Trivia Update: This week’s quiz is still wide-open with nobody taking a sizable lead in the first day. A few contestants are neck in neck, but no one has an unbeatable or intimidating score. Get those entries in by 7 pm tonight for a chance to win a free TAB or Mike Gordon CD! See yesterday’s post for audio clips and contest.


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708 Responses to “iTour: Phish Tour In Your Pocket”

  1. neemor Says:

    “especially willlowed who actually scored negative points.”
    ^ pfft.

    Technology scares me.
    More often, though, it makes my pine for the earlier days of maps and printed directions…
    We are just so far removed from the things that made face-to-face connections and humanity so…….human.

    *sigh*

    I guess you can’t stop progress.

    As far as being able to identify these trivia jams, I’m realizing how incredible some of the fans surrounding this Phish world are…no other fan of any band, in my estimation, would be able to do this sort of thing.
    Amazing.
    These are the people that surround me at shows…I love that shit.
    Hope everyone’s staying dry and that this Friday brings little glimpses of joy to everyone on the board.

  2. Themanatee Says:

    Guy forget !!

  3. SillyWilly Says:

    Is the NHL the longest season of the major professionals?

    NBA doesn’t start until the end of October, right?

    and MLB has from first week in November to first week of April right?

    Hockey is a physical game only to get 4 months off.

  4. BTB Says:

    Better question Silly…how do we make baseball shorter?

    ::east coast BB’ers spit out coffee and begin to type pro baseball posts::

  5. SillyWilly Says:

    @BTB

    I am not anti-baseball, but I agree.

    wayyy too many games.

    I don’t feel the need to pay attention until after the all-star break.

    But, that being said, I love going to baseball games.

  6. kenny powers Says:

    I need more shows.

  7. neemor Says:

    Baseball will always be 162.
    Football, on the other hand, should drop a pre-season game and add one that counts, IMO.

    That way, the Steelers going undefeated will be even more impressive!

    Enjoy the day, kids.

  8. BTB Says:

    I think pro football is going to 18 games.

    KP – Word bro. I won’t be hitting anything on Fall or NYE. I’m pissed.

  9. fat bastard Says:

    me neither btb…how can they not hit cincy after last year?

  10. carrotsticks Says:

    I’ll take my beat up ’03 Rand McNally road atlas over electronics ANY day. Half the fun of Phish tour is finding things on your own, and what better way to explore the country by looking at every state while your GF is driving?

  11. P.S.H.S. Says:

    going to the app store, then im gonna drain the battery on this sucker!

  12. willowed Says:

    Back in my day I used to navigate Phish Tour by using the stars, moon, sun and my hetty crystals.

    Now it’s all Iapps and teleporters.

    Can you believe that you don’t need a self adressed enevelope to land phish mail order anymore?

    WTF?????

  13. ThePigSong Says:

    archive app FTW! This could become a serious vice in my life.

  14. BTB Says:

    Dick Bong

  15. BeantownBoy Says:

    Seriously, Willowed.

    Half the fun of mail order was going to the post office on the day that the envelopes needed to be postmarked by and seeing a bunch of irie fans trying to understand the directions (wait I need separate money orders; self addressed envelope).

    Seriously, the kids these days don’t know nothing. All they have to do is scrounge for a few extra credit cards and hit a few buttons.

    Pfft!

    Happy Friday, BB!

  16. kenny powers Says:

    BTB – bummer how your neck of the woods is getting the shaft this go-round. One of these days I’d like to hit up a Cinci show. Never been there, heard it’s a nice town.

  17. fat bastard Says:

    dont know what dick bong means but i aint hittin it

  18. willowed Says:

    money order. I bet these kids don’t even know what a money order is.

    It’s all Paypal electronic interweb mail

    I’m just kidding.

    this interweb communication portal has been nice to have. Even though I tossed all my maxell’s in the garbage.

    The man hours that went into those….Jesus

  19. SillyWilly Says:

    One day, when all the kids punch in an address in their Iphone and it beams them straight to Broomfield, CO, Ill be posting on the BB:

    I remember when we had to use a program called “App-li-ca-tions” to DRIVE our broke asses to the show in an Au-to-mob-ile.

    Mr. Silly, I think I’ve heard of those…weren’t they called “Cars” or something?

  20. YborCity Says:

    Hey guys! I hope all is well on the BB.

    I’ve been away from the board for a long time. For the past month and a half I’ve been studying abroad in Istanbul and, as of two days ago, Fez, Morocco. Figured I’d check in just before tour kicks off. Enjoy the shows and everything that comes with them.

  21. SillyWilly Says:

    Ybor City

    you, sir, are a baller.

    thats really cool, man!

  22. YborCity Says:

    Hopefully no one goes through a ticket ordeal like I went through during the Greek run.

  23. BingosBrother Says:

    Bong State Park

    Although I don’t have a cell phone, huge props to Marc Pechaitis, what a fine human being and fan. He could have made enough $$$ to pay for this tour and many more and actually would have deserved it what with all the work to make this fine app, but he chose to share. Kudos to fans like Marc and Miner and many fine others who make this community a beacon of light.

  24. YborCity Says:

    I appreciate it Silly. I’d recommend Istanbul to anyone and everyone. Far and away one of the best cities I’ve ever visited.

  25. Robear Says:

    +1 for carrotsticks

    -1 for getting ‘Garminized’ on tour.

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