Looking Into June

12.29.09 (W.Rogell)

After an extensive run down the eastern seaboard, hitting up all the classic sheds, Phish will wind up the first leg of summer with their return to Atlanta. Visiting Encore Park in Alpharetta, for the first time, fans will find this venue setup perfectly for a tour-ending party. With an over-sized GA orchestra “pit,” there will actually be the ever-elusive dance floor right in front of the band! Seats don’t even come into play until the “100” section of the venue, behind the first moat of the pavilion. Only one of strip of seats will line the inner pavilion before an undersized lawn rounds out a rather intimate 12,00o person amphitheatre, 7,000 less than Phish’s usual stop in Lakewood.

Alpharetta Seating Chart

This medium-sized landing point for summer’s first leg seems to be an alteration of the classic cookie-cutter shed. While still bearing the Verizon Wireless brand, Atlanta’s design team had some foresight, putting removable chairs in the lower pavilion, creating the potential of a huge GA orchestra section, something that should be a staple at every venue built going forward. With open space to throw down, and a fully-oiled Phish, sixteen shows into tour, Atlanta has the makings of a tour ending gala.

The July 4th weekend is part of five two-night stands during leg one, as only six shows will float alone. Catering to less travel for everyone, Atlanta provides a final destination weekend for fans from all over the country. Coupled with SPAC, Alpharetta comprises the north-south highlights of the first leg, and, arguably, the four most-anticipated shows of June. But there are a few others.

nTelos Pavilion - Portsmouth, VA

What started as a down-low highlight has blown up into one of the most anticipated shows of tour at nTelos Pavilion in Portsmouth, Virginia. With a tiny capacity of 6,500, and a first come, first-serve GA policy, one can be sure people will be lining up long before doors open for this gig. With rail spots at stake, there will be a mad dash to the front where people will sit for hours before showtime. With everyone able to go anywhere, dance space could materialize nicely at the smallest show of June. Located on the water in Southeastern Virginia, only a stones throw from Hampton, Portsmouth is one of only two sold-out shows of the first leg, the other being Great Woods, and looks to be a special Tuesday night.

Camden '09 Poster

Two weeks later, Phish will make their return to Canandaigua, New York for the first time since the infamous “Theme >Tweezer > Reprise” set during Summer ’95. An out of the way stop on a Tuesday night spells a recipe for free tickets, but, simailarly, CMAC looks like the quintessential show that many will skip in favor of continuing south from Merriweather to Raleigh. The combination of rural New York, a Tuesday night, and many heads moving south, creates a forecast for a standout show.

While the venue nor locale are anything special, everyone knows Camden will blow up – it always does. One of the other shows that looks like a gem-in-waiting is the band’s return to Walnut Creek in Raleigh, the site of so many momentous Phish shows dating  back to ’94. Coming in the last four-pack of tour, the band will be firing when they return to the familiar environs, and this could materialize as an indelible tour highlight. We can sit here and predict all night, however, sometimes that’s all there is to do when there’s only 58 days left before tour.

Tick, tock…tick, tock…tick, tock…


Jam of the Day:

Stash > I Didn’t Know” 6.15.95 I

A dip into darkness during the first set of Lakewood.




4.13.92 After The Gold Rush, Tempe,AZ SBD < Torrent

4.12.92 After The Gold Rush, Tempe, AZ SBD < Megaupload

Tempe, AZ

I: Golgi Apparatus, Uncle Pen, Stash, The Lizards, The Landlady, NICU, Fee, All Things Reconsidered, Foam, Take the ‘A’ Train, David Bowie

II: Llama, Fluffhead, Sparkle, Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Magilla, Ya Mar, The Squirming Coil, Cold as Ice > Love You > Cold as Ice, Possum

E: Memories, Fire

Source: SBD


868 Responses to “Looking Into June”

  1. Mr.Palmer Says:

    NYE run is right after the holidays and Phish, more or less, has made NYC home. There really isn’t that much to read into it. They know they won’t have 1/3 empty arenas the 1st two nights either. Seems like an easy decision for band and management.

  2. butter Says:

    thanks guys if i drive, its the premium for sure

    @Nono / Beantown – thanks for the offers

    ebutter 1 @ mac dot com

    i’d love to talk about some of the butter family does Bean Town offline

  3. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    you need to be a little forceful, but the best way is to make sure that when you get to the first set of cones, be in the right lane. then you can work some jedi magic, provided you aren’t wook-like in your approach to it. it has worked pretty well for me thus far. we got four vehicles one row from the front of the last “GA” section by the limo lot in front of the venue last year.

  4. zzyzx Says:

    Not Tom – I agree with you which is why I’m going to be staying out of town and plan to spend my days in the hotel playing on the Internet. 1 or 2 days might be spent exploring NYC, but I’d much rather be looking at alligators in Big Cypress National Preserve…

  5. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    Yes, Palmer, you are correct, sir.

    I’m just not convinced that Phish really wants NTM to be happy. 😉

  6. ChefBradford Says:

    Chuck- Fuck yes

    or at least sometime this fall. Not everybody can take time off to fly or drive across the damn country

  7. SOAM Says:

    If phish goes to Hawaii-it’ll be Miner, 25 custy’s and some islanders at the gigs..fucking Hawaii-Limestone Maine is much prettier than Hawaii imo….plus the ferry ride to Hawaii is long and arduos and pearl harbor coud be attacked again…….dangerous.

  8. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    NOLA NYE would be super fantastic. Still can’t believe they haven’t played there again. Schedule a two night Memphis run just before it.

  9. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    If I was drinking coffee, it’d be on my computer screen right now, SOAM.

  10. zzyzx Says:

    NOLA or Hawai’i would be so much nicer than NYC but no one lets me choose venues.

  11. SOAM Says:

    The Freedom Trail starts at my wife’s tits and then follows the line going south……….Twist around, then Joy!!

  12. llamalee Says:

    reason why phish NYE MSG is no good:
    1.) can’t drive or who the hell wants to drive around NYC and pay parking
    2.) freezing
    3.) everythings ridiculously expensive
    4.) tickets are going to be incredibly tough to get and pricey unless you land them in the onsale
    reason why phish NYE MSG is awesome: phish is playing MSG! Phish wins!

  13. BTB Says:

    ma – lol

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  15. Kenny Powers Says:

    thanks for the advice

  16. Chalkdustin Says:

    “and pearl harbor coud be attacked again…….dangerous.”


  17. BTB Says:

    At all costs, stay away from the WTC and Pearl Harbor. PH – don’t be stoopid.

  18. BTB Says:

    SOAM – that may be the funniest quote I’ve ever read on here. lol man.

  19. ChefBradford Says:

    I would do Memphis, too. I grew up in west Tennessee

  20. posternutbag Says:

    Memphis = delicious rendezvous ribs = happy posternutbag

  21. Robear Says:

    ^what llamalee said.

    would not want to be in nyc for new years. yet, there’s nowhere else i’d rather be on new year’s eve than a phish show….

  22. BTB Says:

    CB – Memphis? who started that? We start shooting for a BBQ pit in memphis, next thing you know we’ll be in Albuquerque covered in dust wearing a poncho on NYE>

  23. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    great. now I’ve got Memphis in the Meantime running through my head…

    have a great evening, all. I’m off to procure my JB1 tix!

  24. ChefBradford Says:

    BTB, it’s just wishful thinking from NTMarshall and myself. Y’know, two nights in Memphis leading into the NYE run in NOLA


  25. gavinsdad Says:

    work! why must you thwart me?!?

    @little buddy – nice call on Plants and Animals many pages back. “parc avenue” was totally slept on.

    @SOAM – nice call on GW walfredo opener.

    i pushed the NYE bakers dozen rumor only because a guy i know at LN told me about it. He told me the Hershey and Camden dates before tour was announced too so…i thought I might give him a little credence. It does sound totally far-fetched.

    what it really sounds like is….no real Fall tour. Halloween>NYC. We might need to get our heads around a band that is calling the shots on how/where they wanna play.

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