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 datingĀ  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. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I can make you feel better (i.e. less embarrassed) about your injuries…

    When I was in third grade my friends and I used to spin around in circles until you got dizzy and fell down on the grass (we did one rotation for each letter of the alphabet – I’m sure you all did something similar as a kid). Oddly enough, I am not and have never been a spinner at shows, but that may be due to the following experience.

    So I’m at the bus stop on a Monday morning, which was basically a corner in our neighborhood. I decide it is a good idea to do my spinning thing while I wait and when I stop after the full rotations and wait for the dizzy to hit me SMACK! I fell backwards and hit my head on the curb behind me. I get up, holding my head with my hand and notice that everyone else there is slowly backing away from me. I take my hand away from my head and my entire arm (including the sleeve of my awesome Members Only ™ jacket) is covered in blood. Commence crying.

    Long story shortish, I got three stitches in the back of my head for my trouble. Lesson learned. Spinning is a helluva drug.

  2. BTB Says:

    Members Only Jacket


  3. kayatosh Says:

    @BTB: just hearing about BTB fest fills me with warmth. fun gatherings to celebrate life — that’s what it’s all about. you da man!

  4. Mr. Palmer Says:

    El Dude- I wore my old cassette of that show to the bone. thanks for throwing it up here. Music Never Stops is a ripping version if i remember correctly.

  5. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:


    I’ve got your TPS Report cover sheet right here, brotha.

  6. SillyWilly Says:

    Im so f’in pumped for BTB fest.

    Its gonna be a great weekend. Toyota Park>Blossom. all the BTBers.

    Some of you all will be heading on to Hershey.

    BTB love the poster your girl made!

  7. lastwaltzer Says:

    Someone please come quick, kidnap ME now, please, can’t work tweleve hour day, help, must get outside, dance, smoke, smile, be happy……………………..today is going to be a long one.

  8. Leo Weaver Says:

    Morning guys…wish I were gonna make it up to BTB fest, looks and sounds like it’ll be a helluva time. I like the smiley face idea.

  9. BTB Says:

    TIII – I’m going to have to watch all of Lost on DVD, I’m too late.

  10. lastwaltzer Says:

    man, btb I really wish I didn’t click the link to your blog. Looks like tis going to be awesome.

  11. Kaveh Says:

    Good morning everyone!

    A nice write up for my post: I have two PIT tickets for the 4th of July, thus I’m looking to trade straight up for Friday or Saturday Greek tickets. (one or two, whatever works.)

    Getting ready to get my Stash on from the JOTD.

    @nonoyolker – excellent show!

  12. kayatosh Says:

    oh my, this 7-17-99 timber is the bomb. it’s raising my opinion of 99.

  13. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    whoops. that wasn’t the link you were supposed to get. try this one:

    TPS Report

    sorry! šŸ˜³

  14. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    and the “brotha” thing was a total coincidence. gee, that was a total fail on all counts. Oh well, The Sloth will make me feel better about all of it…

  15. Stupendous Says:


    BTB fest will be awesome, wish I could attend…
    There should be a gathering like that of sorts for every show,
    It be like having a a smaller tribe within the main tribe.

    RCMH I’ll say it again…. thats the biggest clue given on the summer tour vid
    with fishman and the sync swimmers…. RCMH is the home of the fabulous
    Rockettes who dance in sync formations… I would assume that’s your tour
    leg 2 closer…

    Carry on wayne…..carry on garth…

  16. cal Says:

    Mornin’, all! Will you people stop reminding me about BTB fest so I can stop daydreaming and get something useful done????

    –but that reminds me: what exactly are the camping arrangements for the fest? SW, are we squared away on that?

    Mitch–personally, I think your idea for the shirt would be perfect without any of the quotes. Nothing against the quotes; just not my style, really.

    garrett–I’m gonna put some thought into your request, hopefully have some ideas for you later.

  17. BTB Says:

    Awesome, I just sent that to my co-workers with ATTN: FILL THIS OUT…HURY – ASAP!

  18. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I used to have a version of it without the website link on the bottom but I can’t find it. you can delete that in the version you distribute to your seven bosses.

  19. nonoyolker Says:

    Buried Alive (in a) > Bag opener is a powerful pill. Akin to a Punch you in the > Bag opener.

    This show got my day in gear. Raging first few joints > divided sky cool down.

  20. BTB Says:

    Cal – Bring a tent is my first suggestion. I’m going to try and get some air mattresses. Probably reserving indoor spots for BBers bringing ladies along (sorry dudes).

    Also, my ladyfriend is making BTB Fest her “birthday party” b/c she’ll be in Italy for her actual birthday, thus, the Fest will be featuring a bunch of 22 year old ladies, so… No sausage party, which is nice.

  21. Mr. Palmer Says:

    spinning this bad-boy in honor of my 1st successful torrent last evening!

    12/09/95 (Sat) Knickerbocker Arena – Albany, NY

    Set 1: Maze, Theme From the Bottom, NICU, The Sloth, Rift, Bouncing Around the Room, Free, Billy Breathes, Dog Faced Boy, Chalk Dust Torture

    Set 2: Timber Ho, Wilson*, Gumbo, You Enjoy Myself**, Lawn Boy, Slave to the Traffic Light, Crossroads, Sweet Adeline***, E: Loving Cup

    Comment: * With Beavis and Butthead “this sucks” electronic noises. **With silent jam. ***Acapella

  22. EL Duderino Says:

    @ Palmer

    It’s one of the best versions of the ’80’s

  23. Mitch Says:

    i’m with you, quotes arent my thing but i thought we were sticking with it. we can get those shirts made up easy if you guys want. i like it.

    that reminds me, i gotta get my tent from back home!!

  24. Kaveh Says:

    @ Mr. Palmer…congrats welcome to torrent-land! Looks like a rocker of a show indeed, especially a Maze opener!

  25. nonoyolker Says:

    Albany YEM, ahhhhhhhhh… Dec ’95, the gift that keeps on giving.

    Have the same TPS report on my office wall. Priceless. “I have people skills dammit!!”

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