The Resounding Echoes Grow

Barefoot Bob (1975-2013)

Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of the Phish experience is the people we meet while on the ride. Amidst personal exaltation and sonic revelation, the friends we make are the most lasting treasures of the traveling circus we call home. So many of the people we hold dear at this point in life we have met through the interconnected circles of the Phish universe. As we have gotten older, however, many of us in the Phish community have dealt with unexpected losses of people with whom we have shared such powerful life experiences. There is nothing more heart-wrenching than a kindred soul plucked from the earth before his time, and on January 7, the community lost another dear friend who was taken from us far too soon. Robert Eckhart, known to many as Barefoot Bob, succumbed to cancer at the young age of 37.

Bob was a significant presence in the Phish world in several ways, specifically through his participation on Phish.net and Twitter. Sharing his passion for Phish, The Grateful Dead and other bands with fans far and wide, Bob actively reccomended his favorite shows and provided copies for anyone who needed them. He helped initiate the Phish Twibe Listening Party, a weekly online get-together for participants to listen to and discuss classic Phish shows. Above all else, however, Bob was an exceptional person. His love for people and enthusiasm for music were catalysts for the formation community and close friendships, and his influence moved far beyond those who were lucky enough to meet him in person.

Barefoot Bob (right)

When Bob was diagnosed with tongue cancer in May of last year, he went through painful surgeries to have part of his tongue and the lymph nodes in his neck removed. This was followed by many difficult radiation treatments, and when his doctors finally thought he was cancer free and all he had left was to rebuild his body and learn how to speak and eat again, tumors began to appear around his stomach. The only course of action was a brutal schedule of chemotherapy. For a time, it looked like an experimental trial conducted at the University of Chicago would provide Bob and his family with a bit more time together, and he even had hopes of attending some of December’s New Year’s shows at MSG. Sadly, though, Bob’s health quickly declined. Thankfully, he and his family were able to spend one last Christmas together. Bob leaves behind his wife, Danelle, and two sons, Joseph (7) and Noah (6).

The community to which Bob gave so much of himself is now giving back to his family. Both Phish and Phish fans have generously donated more than 50 prizes for a raffle and an auction to raise money for a memorial fund  which will help pay for the education of Bob’s young boys. The prizes for the raffle include an autographed Fishman, show-used drumstick, a $100 Ticketmaster gift card and a wide variety of concert prints including a Boston 20th Anniversary Pollock. There are even more items available through the auction, including a set of two 2010 SPAC Pollocks and a set of three 2010 Atlantic City Duvals. To enter the raffle, just make $20 minimum donation to his memorial fund and then forward your email receipt to bobmemorial2013@gmail.com.

The Eckharts

Watching our community rally around Danelle, Joseph, and Noah has been truly special, and you can contribute to this effort. Please consider entering the raffle, bidding in the auction or donating to the fund today. You’ll have a chance to pick up some incredible Phish memorabilia while helping out a family in need. We ask you to dig deep and give generously. That’s the way that Bob lived his life, and you can honor his memory by doing the same.

Complete rules for the raffle, as well as links to the auction and more on Bob’s life and courageous battle can be found here.

LINKS:  Memorial FundRaffleAuction, & Memorial Site

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Jam of the Day:

Waves -> Undermind” 8.15.11 II

From what I gather, this UIC show was one of Bob’s favorite in recent years.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/ph2011-08-15s2t05.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/ph2011-08-15s2t06.mp3]

426 Responses to “The Resounding Echoes Grow”

  1. angryjoggerz Says:

    I actually really like these dates, booked Alpine just in case. I now have two summer reservations based on fake PT dates.

    January’d

  2. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    bethel, toronto, festival, gorge, dick’s

    i would be happy with “just” those.

  3. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    those dates seem fake mostly just because of how many shows it is. i hope they’re mostly right.

  4. bob dylan Says:

    Irie, its only a day dude. A week and you can should start to wonder.

  5. angryjoggerz Says:

    Yeah, 44 shows if I counted correctly. How many are in a normal summer?

    Well, this aint no normal summer so fuck it.

  6. bob dylan Says:

    Llfa @ black fly in Chardonnay

  7. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    leg 2 was like 10 shows last year

  8. MiA Says:

    Was Dick’s the 3rd leg?

  9. MiA Says:

    Can you book every weekend in June at Alpine right now? Hmmm…

  10. gavinsdad Says:

    that type of spacing would help the marriage

    bethel 3 pack up front.
    hershey (they MUST. place is dicks east).
    fest.
    dicks.

    wizards – please post last years leg 1 summer announce date again?

    why oh why wont they post both legs at the same time? saves so much arguing and guesswork!

  11. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    can’t get any better for me than molson amp on june 19. i hate that these are rumours/fake.

  12. Henry Says:

    2/29/12

  13. gavinsdad Says:

    will finally hit my 100th this year if the wife doesnt put a leash on my nutsack. only took 15 years longer than the GD.

  14. gavinsdad Says:

    henry – thanks mang

  15. MiA Says:

    This is worth watching now though…

    http://summer2012.phish.com/

  16. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    gdad, at least by now we know that the best music comes in leg 2, so we know to save money/time off for that.

  17. thedayman Says:

    hey bb,

    hope all is well. taking a step back and running through 2012 highlights. overwhelming highs $$$.

    anyone have a good over the ear headphone rec? best bang for the buck?

  18. Mr.Miner Says:

    lol at those dates

  19. MiA Says:

    (Feb 29th was the date of the release methinks).

  20. MiA Says:

    http://vimeo.com/40057950#at=48

  21. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    “lol at those dates”

    🙁

  22. MiA Says:

    Dayman…

    http://www.glidemagazine.com/hiddentrack/tech-tuesday-great-headphones-for-about-20-yup/

    I’ve bought plenty of stuff from Monoprice and had no problems.

    Caveat Emptor.

  23. bob dylan Says:

    Bowers and Wilkins makes some good overear headphones.

    GDad how long did it take to hit 100 GD shows?

  24. gavinsdad Says:

    I’m going to the shore in aug. my best bet is gonna be Dicks

  25. thedayman Says:

    thanks fellas. will check those out!

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