May 27, 2021 Rock & Roll, Entertainment, Sports and Americana
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 5/27/2021

Offered is an incredible Phish concert tour collection from the archives of the tour bus company that served them for years during the 1990s and early 2000s. The collection includes:

  • 8 x 10 inch band-signed photograph, with Trey Anastasio, Jon Fishman, Mike Jordan and page McConnell. The shot captures tour bus owner and drive Dominic Placco on stage playing trumpet with the band!;
  • four Phish tour itinerary booklets, Fall 1998, Summer 1999, December 1999 and Summer 2006;
  • ten different Phish Backstage passes, both laminates and stickers;
  • two Phish holiday greeting cards;
  • CD with handwritten label marked "Phish First Union Spectrum December 10, 1999, Encore";
  • March 23, 1999, letter on "PHISH, INC." letterhead discussing tour bonus to the tour company;
  • Phresh Phish record store laminated plaque/poster, 12 x 16 inches, possibly custom made;
  • Phish The Story of the Ghost record store poster;
  • six Phish A Live One record store posters, five 12 x 12 inch and one larger poster;
  • Phish Elektra Entertainment promotion photo, 8 x 10 inches;
  • two photographs of Phish on stage;
  • Phish "Deer Creek Music Center August 10 & 11, 1997 backpack;
  • Phish fleece pullover, "North Shore Trading" brand,
  • "Phish Tour 96" concert t-shirt (sleeves cut off);
  • "Phish Summer 97" concert t-shirt; and 
  • "Tastes Like Fishman" souvenir t-shirt

The band was formed by Anastasio, Gordon, Fishman and guitarist Jeff Holdsworth, who were joined by McConnell in 1985. Holdsworth departed the band in 1986, and the lineup has remained stable since. Phish began to perform outside of New England in the late 1980s and experienced a rise in popularity in the mid 1990s. In October 2000, the band began a two-year hiatus that ended in December 2002, but they disbanded again in August 2004. Phish reunited officially in October 2008 for subsequent reunion shows in March 2009 and since then have resumed performing regularly. All four members pursued solo careers or performed with side-projects and these projects have continued even after the band has reunited.

Smooth Ride Rock & Roll Tour Bus Collection

Each item in the collection is accompanied by a signed letter of authenticity from owner Sandra Placco. Her letters read in part:

Smooth Ride Custom Coach Leasing operated for over 40 years providing tour bus services to rock & roll bands. We began building coaches in our driveway in Red Hook, New York back in 1974. The first tour was with a band called Orleans (their big hit was “Still the One”), and we operated until 2014. We went on to provide tour bus services to dozens and dozens of different acts, including Prince, KISS, Phish, Trey Anastasio, Bob Dylan's “Rolling Thunder Revue”, Janet Jackson, Alice Cooper, TOTO, Bruce Hornsby, Don Henley, Steve Miller, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Neil Young, Weezer, Fall Out Boy, Arcade Fire, to name just a few!

The business originally started as “Land Yacht” and gained the trusted name of “Smooth Ride” in the early 80s. Our reputation grew, and tours just came in as entertainers found that we provided a better way to get from point A to point B. I personally handled the tour booking, tour contracts with the bands and management companies and our company financials. Around 1984, we started working with Florida Coach, who built custom coaches for us, and later we worked with Night Train Coach of Nashville, Tennessee, as well as many other custom coach companies, over the years. We stopped operating in 2014, as I was preparing for retirement. 

Incredible Phish Concert Tour Collection Including Band-Signed Photo (Beckett Certified), Concert T-Shirts, Backstage Passes, Posters, Tour Documents, Live Recording and MORE! (36 Pieces)
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $250
Final prices include buyers premium: $288
Estimate: $500 - $1,000
Number Bids: 1
Auction closed on Thursday, May 27, 2021.
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