100 and Counting…

Today represents the 100th post ever on Phish Thoughts; our own little hundredth show! I can’t believe the site has been around this long already and has grown into such a Phishy online community.  Thank you all for your reading, suggestions, and support.  In celebration of this centennial post, I wanted to think of something thematic to go with.  After extended deliberations and much soul-searching, I present to you:

“100 Things I Learned On Phish Tour”

100. Avoid buying dense weed with lots of red hairs.

99. Why wait in show traffic when you can cut it all?

98. Anything is better than lot food.

weed2_311891a97. Don’t share joints with people you don’t know.

96. Don’t eat the black gel tabs.

95. “Nothing I see can be taken from me.”

94. The ability to get two nights for the price of one at any hotel.

93. I hate burnt sage.

92. How do rage on an arena step no more than 2 x 3 feet.

91. How to never wind up dancing on an arena step.

90. Driving at night is far more efficient than driving during the day.

waffle89. Waffle House is way better than it looks.

88. Buttering up security guards is always a good idea.

87. Avoid dancing too close to dreadlocked fans for fear of getting smacked in the face by one.

86. Take a circuitous route to the show, avoiding the exit everyone is waiting at.

85. How to get free hotel rooms.

84. Don’t talk to the guys on lot with bright tye-dyes, sunglasses and mustaches.

nb_2043-76510883.Security guards like to puff too.

82. Late checkouts are always possible if you say the right things.

81. Don’t buy anything from the guy who has everything!

80. You can find anything you need on Phish lot- anything.

79. People really do ask random others if they’ve got extra floor space.

images78. Fall tour is when the shit really goes down.

77. There is no need to actually *see* the band during a show.

76. International Phish shows are the greatest experiences ever.

75. Coors Amphitheatre in Chula Vista is the best “standard” outdoor amphitheatre in the US.

images-174. Don’t leave your bong out in a hotel room, even in Vegas!

73. America’s police have low IQs and very little common sense.

72. Don’t care what songs they play.

71. The difference between all the hotel chains’ breakfast buffets.

70. The veggie burritos people sell post-show on summer tour were made pre-show and sat in the car all day.

69. A lot of people’s first names.

bjfg_smokealarm_mn68. How to negate hotel’s smoke alarms.

67. Murfreesboro, TN is really spelled like that.

66. Some people go to concerts to talk.

65. A sherlock bubbler probably shouldn’t be your car piece.

64. Shows are a workout.  Dress for one.

63. Dancing barefoot is nasty.

jointrex_175x12562. Pre-roll joints to avoid set break confusion.

61. All you really need in your pocket at a show is your ticket stub.

60. How to have an all night campfire in Dick Butkus’s “Quick Cook” grill.

59. You can get stuck in a vortex in the hallways on the 3rd floor of MSG.

58. There is nothing like hopping in the car and throwing on the DAT of the second set you just experienced.

universe57. Phish can harness the power of the universe- nightly.

56. It’s always a relief when tour gets out of the South.

55. The lawn and the pavilion are like night and day.

54. Seeing setlists on the Internet sucks.

53. A video game system is a good thing to bring on tour.

52. Phish plays “Saturday Night Specials,” and they usually include Disease.

night_driver51. Post-show driving is no more difficult that Atari’s “Night Driver.”

50. The Hampton Holiday Inn becomes a post-show war zone with passed out wooks in the hallway, pizza boxes like shrapnel, and more debauchery than imaginable.

49. The Gorge is the most stunning place to see Phish play.

48. There is nothing quite like an MSG show.

glowsticks47. Glowsticks were a bad idea.

46. Girls can go in guys bathrooms, but vice-versa- not so much.

45. Trey has a unique “show shirt” he wears for most of each tour.

44. Phish couldn’t survive without one of their members.  Apparently keyboardists aren’t as expendable as they were in the days of the Grateful Dead.

43. Grab extra paper towels from the bathroom for the inevitably spilled beer that will make dancing hazardous.

42. Portland Meadows gives you black boogers.

shoreline200041. 2000 is an underrated year.

40. A bad Phish show is an oxymoron.

39. Some people took on “lot names” – oh the absurdity.

38. Phish is a giant metaphor for life.

37. Trey’s rhythm licks sound a lot like Jerry on many occasions.

36. 12.28.98 is one of the best and most underrated shows ever.

pipefp22_thumb35. Sterilize the mouth pieces of random glass pieces with the lighter if you care to indulge, you’ll be happy later.

34. There is no such thing as a piss break at a Phish show.

33. Any song can go anywhere at anytime.  Still waiting for the twenty minute Bouncin’.  (Think about it before you guffaw.)

072208mike_gordon32. Gordon always plays exactly the note you never expected- all the time.

31. Canadian drug dogs can smell a month old roach under your seat that you never knew was there.

30. It’s always good to sleep between shows at some point.

29. Strangers can turn into friends over night.

nymiami_tickets28. New Years Runs should always be in Miami.

27. Chicken Fingers is a good order anywhere you go.

26. Phish festivals are super-sized psychedelic playgrounds for adults.

25. Some people will pay a lot of money for front row tickets- every single night.

24. Try to avoid the automotive nitrous.

23. Patchouli is no better than body odor.

wod53011cwd_prd22. If you roll with herb, roll with Ozium.

21. Some people care more about what sticky pass they have than what the band is playing.

20. 93-95 = 97-99; they are just like two different bands.

19. There is nothing like ’94 Rebas.

18. Just be yourself.

17. People pay money to dance in the hallways of arenas, unable to hear what they are dancing to.

phish116. Phish is a portal to the divine.

15. Scent of a Mule is not the best choice to drop in the middle of the second set.

14. Something was in the air at SPAC ’04.

13. 1 for $3, 2 for $5 pretty much works for anything.

12. Post-hiatus takes far too much unjustified grief. 2003 was amazing.

11. Most lot dogs are named Marley or Kaya.

flying-j10. Flying J truck stops have anything you could possibly need.

9. A month of Phish shows are good for the head.

8. There is a nitrous mafia in Philadelphia.

7. The Island Run was a different thing all together.

6. 12.30 is a better night than 12.31.

5. Bathroom lines are only an illusion.

phish-lights14. The 12.6.97 Tweezer is perfection.

3. LSD and Phish is like peanut butter and jelly.

2. Phish is much more effective under Democratic Presidents.

1. There is nothing I’d rather do on any given night than see Phish.



11.13.97 Thomas & Mack, Las Vegas, NV < LINK

tm001Eleven years ago today, Phish began one of their most legendary tours ever- Fall ’97.  With more insane shows than you can shake a stick at, it all started here.  With a curtain cutting off almost half the venue, the show took on an intimate feel.  With the debut of “Black-Eyed Katy,” a solid YEM, and a hot Split anchoring the first set, the show unfolds in after halftime.  A twenty-minute “Stash” that got into some tribal territory, officially got the tour underway.  A strong set ends with a standout Mike’s Groove.  This one is historic.  Enjoy it!

I: Chalk Dust Torture, Black-Eyed Katy*, Theme From the Bottom, Train Song, Split Open and Melt, Beauty of My Dreams, My Soul, You Enjoy Myself, Character Zero

II: Stash, Punch You in the Eye, Prince Caspian, Bouncing Around the Room, Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove

E:  Loving Cup

*First time played


30 Responses to “100 and Counting…”

  1. themanatee Says:

    Best Post Yet….

    some things I learned…

    1. It would seem….

    2. guys with mustaches/gel tabs…bad call every time – you are right miner

    3. infinity can seem like a moment and a moment can feel like infinity

    4. harry hood is the cure for almost anything

    5. halley’s comet to begin a second or third set is the most joyful gift of all

    6. to dance

    7. who i am

    8. who i want to be

    9. one intense night of dancing with someone essentially makes you a friend forever.

    10. smiles can get no bigger

    11. i am sometimes scared

    12. some people stand still when tweezer drops.

    13. phish plays power ballads

    an all kinds of other things….but i second many of your ideas…people will pay to talk, pay to listen to nothing, be in the scene…

    and during the went slave i learned i was the luckiest kid alive.

  2. #33. totally and completely agree. i’m waiting as well.

    sidenote. i recall those black gel tabs being great summer ’99.

  3. Most of these are spot on although I strongly disagree on a small few. Lot grill cheese, all day for me. You can’t really mess that up and they were my main food source for many many shows. I love the smell of burning sage. It brings me back to a special place. It’s like going home again. Only on the lot do I like it, but it’s great there. As far as the guy who has everything, we had one of those at Camp DeadCreek. He hooked us up for three straight nights with whatever, and it was all good. After a few tours, you can start to pick the good peeps from the bad.

    Nice list though, I hope Phish tours next fall because there really is nothing better than fall tour.

  4. Drinks>Chainsaw Says:

    10. People cutting in traffic lines are only making the wait longer for those who are waiting like gentleman. If everyone waited politley, the traffic would be shorter by reducing the bottleneck

    9. The only reasons to enter the floor for a GA show is to have drunk girls rub their boobs on your back and to dance in vomit. Both have positive and negative qualities.

    8. VIP passes are only a good thing for festivals

    7. Yes, alot of people do stop dancing during the dark-ambient-quiet-groove- sections, and yes, they do look at you like you’re nuts when you’re still cut’n a rug like Michael Jackson circa 84.

    6. I can dance

    5. Candy flipping is not just something ravers will do, and making that journey provided some unbelievable highlights to my life.

    4. someone will say ” Mooooo !!” While waiting in line to get into or out of a show.

    3. I’ve made some of the most critical decisions of my life while gettin’ down to a 2001.

    2. Trey is playing jamming to how I am dancing.

    1. Phish is a religious experience.

  5. I agree with so much of this….#50 for next March though…not so much. The Holiday Inn has been booked for over a year before the announcement of Phish for some conference or something. No heads/phamily in the Holiday. Those people are going to be wondering what the hell descended down on them that weekend!!! 😉

  6. Jerrydamule Says:

    Miner, brilliant, just great stuff! Here’s a few that’ve stayed with me.
    6. Don’t assume that you can walk down the mountain at Sugarbush to your camp site and still expect to retain your buzz (that’s why camping on the mountain was better).
    5. Along the same lines, don’t get juked by the size of the hotels in Vegas; although they look close, they are a 45 min walk from the Mack (post-show buzz leads to delusions of grandeur).
    4. Don’t assume your RV will make it through that ditch at Big Cypress – it won’t.
    3. Don’t ride in the back of any 4×4 gators post-show in the fields at Limestone – you will get hurt!
    2. Always try and pitch your tent where it will benefit from shade in the a.m.
    1. Don’t believe that your costume is the bomb walking in to 10/31; you will always find some genius costume to which you will bow in reverence.

  7. VelvetSeaWader Says:

    love this one.. and MAZEL TOV on your 100th posting, Miner!!!
    there are too many things I’ve learned on phish tour to even count, so i won’t even try. i pretty much learned to be me, found out who i am as a person, and why my life has meaning.. i was put on this earth during the phish era and i would have it no other way.

  8. “Post-show driving is no more difficult than Atari’s “Night Driver.””



  9. @ Drinks>Chainsaw – “3. I’ve made some of the most critical decisions of my life while gettin’ down to a 2001.”

    Perfectly captured!

    The longer I read this blog, the more I realise just how much very deep stuff was going on in the minds of a lot of people during those shows.

  10. Here’s one:

    Never miss a show in the state of Utah.

  11. #101 betty ford clinic is aptly named.

  12. In Flagrante Delicto Says:

    Excellent post, Minor, and congratulations. I’m already looking forward to the birthday post (365).

    A few personal observations to add:

    1. Taking the wrong exit once you’re north of the last exits on I-95 can be disasterous.

    2. If you’re going to take nitrous, do it sitting down.

    3. That awesome camping spot that everyone seems to be avoiding for no good reason? Poison ivy.

    4. The farther north and east, the more phishier-than-thou the crowd.

    5. Hometown shows rock.

    6. Dress in layers over New Years, even if it is 2 degrees outside. They’ll come off.

    7. Authority figures respond well to respect and courtesy.

    8. Hydrate.

    9. A tour is not a sprint. Pace yourself.

    10. Sober shows can be the trippiest.

    11. Don’t speed through Jersey.

    12. The taper, the mics, the generation, and the setlist matter, but not really.

    13. When it is good, nobody in the room is having more fun than Ernesto.

  13. Too funny!!! Thanks Miner!

  14. I’ve learned one very imoprtant thing:

    Unless you want to hold it all weekend the best time to hit a port-o-let at a festival is in the early morning when you see the truck go by with a few new ones!!

  15. Awesome. Way to go Miner, keep it up!

  16. tour!!!!

  17. Canadian drug dogs are also surprisngly fond of my brothers stinky gym shoes.

  18. please stop hating on the south. We have fun at phish shows too

  19. ^^Its not you guys, it’s your laws / law enforcers. Love the south as a region!

  20. “10. People cutting in traffic lines are only making the wait longer for those who are waiting like gentleman. If everyone waited politley, the traffic would be shorter by reducing the bottleneck”

    that is not what he is talking about, he is referencing the LoPeg Navigation System. Its better then Garmin.

  21. taking road less traveled so to speak.

  22. shpongleyez Says:

    yes yes yes. 20 minute bouncin’! amen.

  23. Congrats at #100!

  24. Drinks>Chainsaw Says:

    KillBill……it’s what I am tlaking about though, it’s one thing I learned. ; )

    Along those lines, I picked up a Maine Gazateer for the first Maine Festival. It came in handier than any GPS device for the rest of those festivals.

  25. So, I have to know how to achieve number 94 and number 85. PLEASE!!!

  26. Drinks>Chainsaw, #5 Absolutely CandyFlipping should never be looked down upon, if you do it right it helps lead to your #1….the religous expereicne that IS Phish

    Also Drinks>Chainsaw, you are wrong about your #2…Trey is playing to how I am dancing not you! 😉

    In Flagrante Delicto #13….TOTALLY!

  27. tubeopener Says:

    congrats on 100. i learned to pace myself whenever i’m at a 3 night deer creek run. and definitely no the the automotive nitrous. ugh.

  28. CactusFunk Says:

    11/13/97…what can be said? My first show. Things would never truly be the same after this night. While I couldn’t appreciate it for what it truly was at the time, being a 17 year old kid out with his older brother and his friends, I knew I was in the midst of something different, unique and special.

    To my luck this show featured a lot of songs I had become familiar with. I had A Live One and Billy Breathes on constant rotation coming into this show. So the Chalk Dust opener had me feeling very in tune. The birth of the Katy was next, a funk driven number that made you wonder if it really was 4 white dudes from Vermont on the stage. Then back into familiarity, Theme From The Bottom was my first favorite song and I can’t tell you how happy I was to hear this one. I felt completely at one with the band at this point and with the follow up of Train Song (just like on BB) I could have walked out of the T&M happy at this point. A nasty, driving SOAMelt tore my idea’s down of what concert music should be. Beauty of My Dream and My Soul (neither of my favorites) brought me back down to earth contemplating the ability of this band to effect me in both good and bad ways. Then it happened. YEM. I thought SOAMelt was a mind fuck? This was it, quintessential PHiSH, I was in love. A great Zer0 to close had me singing BAH BAH BAHHHH in my head all set break.

    Set 2 started off hot with a ripping Stash and a follow up of PYITE…crowd participation was the theme to start this set off. Caspain was forgettable, as was Bouncin, in hindsight I may have been more excited to see these two played than I lead on. Then a wonderful Mike’s Groove that turns out to be a very debated topic. The part leading into Hydrogen is considered flawed by a lot of people, and if it is they made up for it in the Weekapaug. A double time jam that had me ready to jump out of my own skin. A typical Loving Cup encore capped the night off in fine fashion.

    The tour to follow this would leave this show in relative obscurity. So much great playing happened that it’s easy to forget about this show. Also in terms of Vegas shows, 11/13/97 is sandwiched between an amazing show on 12/6/96 and a legendary Halloween Run in 98. If there is one forgotten show from Vegas it’s this one. But it was my first and I will never forget.

  29. In response to the #1 posting: except see Widespread Panic!!!!!!!

  30. Too bad I don’t like Phish or drugs.

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