Thoughts On The Dead

Musings on the Most Ridiculous Band I Can't Stop Listening To

In The Dark

bobby light peach
Hey, Bobby. whatcha doing?

“Looking at things in the dark.”

I meant that in a more general sense.

“Oh sure. I’m, uh, at one of these festival things. Check the watermark.”

The Peach festival. You’re in Georgia?

“Scranton, PA.”

Whatever. How’s it going?

“Good crowds, good sound, nice backstage vibe: these things are all generally fun. Get to see folks you haven’t seen in a year. Warren Haynes, obviously.”

I think he might hibernate through the winter, waking only for festival season.

“Huh. Yeah, you know: I cannot disprove that.”

It’s the anniversary of Woodstock this weekend, speaking of festivals.

“That was no fun at all, man. Bad everything.”

I read that you guys camped at a semi-decent motel out of town, refused to go to the show unless you got your money in cash, and then were helicoptered in and out.

“Yeah, true, but we didn’t play Dark Star very well at all. So, you know: that’s the narrative we’ve been going with for…how many years?”



Plus you sent said helicopter halfway across New York State to pick up some more amplifiers.

“Yeah, sure.”


“We needed more amplifiers.”

Excellent point.

“The thing no one remembers about those festivals was that they were just dreadful, y’know? For everyone involved. Bands couldn’t hear themselves and no one could hear us, the traffic was third-worldesque, and here’s the thing people really forget: there was only one thing for the kids to do. Just the band. Just one stage, too. Maybe you don’t like the band and you want to play putt-putt? This is America, right?”

Yes, Bobby. This is America.

“Then there should be putt-putt.”


  1. snivelingsneven

    August 16, 2015 at 12:47 am


    Dont scream at the peak, you’ll wake your parents… This is when I knew Treyceratops was okay, and I could be happy again:

    • Oh my GOD!!!!!!! I started screaming when you posted the damn comment! The muffled screams came in at about 11:50. I was leaning against my dresser and I slid to the floor with my eyes closed. God damn, this is why I love Phish! This is why I love the Dead! This is what gets to me. This is LOVE! Thank you!

    • I’m so glad Trey cleaned up. What a fucking champ. And oh god, Page! Page Page Page! I love you! :'( MIKE TOO! God, this whole band is so perfect! :'(

      (Lest we forget the path the Dead paved for them. Should it be written in the law that every fifth praise of Phish should also entail recognition of the Grateful Dead’s significance to this band’s massive success?)

  2. snivelingsneven

    August 16, 2015 at 12:48 am

    dont know why i posted that, but i did…

  3. RationalExpressions

    August 16, 2015 at 1:31 am

    Careful MM.If you’re real, it seems your developing brain is wired in a way that could lead down a path to… how do I put this? Oh nevermind. The jams. It’ll all work out.

  4. snivelingsneven

    August 16, 2015 at 1:40 am

    do you want another? i have more, but was going to wait for another day…

  5. snivelingsneven

    August 16, 2015 at 1:43 am

    by the way, youre welcome, Maggs. sorry for hijacking ToTD, you make my day go ’round. Much love… sorry again

    • Hey, you spelled my nickname correctly! I really don’t mind “Mags” but I’ve always had an inclination toward spelling it “Maggs.” Either one works. And don’t be sorry. You made my day.

  6. snivelingsneven

    August 16, 2015 at 1:45 am

    this is my favorite Bathtub Gin, Great Went 1996
    Sorry, audio only

  7. Bonnie Lass of Fenario

    August 16, 2015 at 11:33 am

    Here is a video of the rare cut “Jawbreaker”

    A very hot and bubbly performance, don’t you think?

  8. Last night was off the hook. Been seeing Trey and the boys for near 26 years. My 11 year old son who was with me agrees. Going again tonight.

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