Happy Monday folks! I hope all is well. Today I want to introduce a new segment. It is called "Phuckin with Phil". Most of you know by now that Phil is our stage manager and our go to guy as far as crew is concerned. For those of you that don't know or haven't met Phil, get out from under that rock you're living under and come to a show!
In order to help keep your head straight while on tour, bands always develop little games or somehow figure out ways to mess with one another. It just so happens that crew guys get a lot of the wrong end because..... well, it's funny and they usually deserve it. We hold true to this as well. We always tend to find a way to break up the monotony on tour and have a little fun while on the daily grind.
At the beginning of last tour we stocked up on silly string right before we left out and made a deal amongst ourselves that the first time Phil falls asleep before midnight, we were going to douse him in silly string. Sure enough, right as soon as we left out, at about 2pm Phil fell asleep on the couch and he got the silly string treatment. That was too much of a mess, though, so instead of silly string we came up with a jingle inspired from the movie "Night at the Museum". It's called the "Dum Dum Give me Gum Gum" song. It's pretty self explanatory, those are the only words to the song and we all crowd up by Phil's bunk and sing this song to him until we get whatever reaction we were looking for. Dumb.... I know, but we never claimed to be normal to begin with.
Another piece to this section is a little episode that randomly breaks out at any given point. I Call it the Stick and the Stump. Cody, who is super tall and slender(stick) and Phil, who is short and stocky(Stump) always get into the ultimate wrestling matches that are quite entertaining! It depends on the day as to who wins these matches. It's a coin toss so they are always great to witness!
Another thing we do to Phil is introduce him to venue staff and sound guys as Bill. They've never met him and don't know the difference so we see how many people we can convince to think his name is Bill. There is a solid handful of people spread out across the country that legitimately think his name is Bill, so we have been Semi-successful thus far.
One thing that is for sure is "Phickin With Phil" is a running gag and it will continue because it helps moral on the road, and he loves it! You have to find little ways like this to get smiles and laughs while on the road and this just happens to be one way, but definitely not the only way. Come to a show soon and catch an episode first hand and maybe even join in the fun! Take care of one another and we will see you soon at a show. Cheers!