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. Mitch Says:

    wait, “reserving inside space for those with ladies” ms mango would appreciate 😉

  2. Mitch Says:

    we just hung up the tps report at my work.

    hows that imac treatin ya?

  3. SillyWilly Says:


    shooting you an email about plans for June 11-12.

  4. Mr. Palmer Says:

    On my way to this show. 12.9.95, i had to pull over on the thru-way because it was snowing so hard and my little saturn could go no furthur. My buddy was at Siena, picked us up at a rest area and got us to the show for the opening notes of Maze.

    Great YEM- yes nono!

  5. EL Duderino Says:

    Notice the 3 Jerry tunes to close the first set!

    How many times did that happen folks?

    Ah, maybe never…

  6. neemor Says:

    I used to have the TPS report at work in my cubicle..
    I sent an email of the last copy of the “Things I learned from the BlackBoard” to some…still needs some work.

    Things I Learned On The Blackboard

    * Positivity enriches the scene
    * Don’t skip the sleeper
    * Leave no one behind – even if he’s just seen Icculus.
    * Glowrings look cool in the air, not hanging on a Cactus
    * Never trust a w00k in a blazer
    * Balloons should float
    * We can’t hear Page through your blathering
    * Expectations breed disappointment – leave them in the lot
    * Show the Wheel some love

    * There’s only one tree in Wisconsin
    * I have a good friend in all 50 States
    * This band sounds nothing like DMB
    * My boss hates Phish
    * The grey areas were the best part
    * A visit from the wife is a good thing!

    * A really good way to start a day is to kick it off the neemsbane way

    * You CAN describe this music with words

    * Everything!

    Thank You, Mr. Miner

  7. Kaveh Says:

    @ Mr. Palmer – how does this 12.09.95 YEM compare to the monster we got on Halloween night 1995?

  8. Mr. Palmer Says:

    @ Mitch- so far, so good. Gotta get in for some one- to -one lessons though. Maybe on friday. Lots of stuff i’m clueless on.

    Eldude- is that show the debut of Tom thumb as well? i might be wrong on that.

  9. Kaveh Says:

    @El Dude…went back to find where the GD talk was coming from….thanks for the new link. I’ll have to check this one out. Summer 85 Boards are crispy for sure, and I’m sure this one doesn’t disappoint.

  10. BabyBigPerm Says:

    ok, I can’t take this anymore—where’s this smiley face you speak of?

  11. fat bastard Says:

    that would be a great alpine lot shirt-

    “There is only one tree in Wisconsin”

  12. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:


    down there

  13. jdub Says:

    RCMH, seems like a perfect fit. Why would Phish end a tour in the middle of the week. Besides, NYC is right around the corner from Jones Beach. Either RCMH or a festival and I would think a festival would have more information leaked by now.

    And yes, the synchronized swimmers seem to be an obvious clue.

    Re: T-shirt. I had no idea about that small little smiley face, as if he has been watching over us the whole time, sending good vibes.

    I like HH/Marshalls idea as well. FMS or Bane = LLFA would give the inside joke angle I think we need. Maybe just leave at that.

    Very bummed that BTB fest may not be in the cards for me. I almost convinced myself and wife it could happen but it seems a long shot, especially if RCMH is in my scopes.

  14. fat bastard Says:

    big worm look at the bottom of rhe page. smaaaal liiitle smiley face

  15. Mr. Palmer Says:

    kaveh- i can’t give an honest comparision. I’d have to listen to both again. Going with my faded memory will not be accurate. I will re-visit the Halloween ’95 YEM later today.

  16. EL Duderino Says:

    @ Palmer

    No. It’s the final Superstitious.

    But Phil busts out the…

    “I started out on Heineken, but soon hit harder stuff”

  17. BabyBigPerm Says:

    ohhhhh! Nice. I obviously wasn’t looking hard enough.

  18. zzyzx Says:

    Starting to look like I’m going to pass on leg 1 unless plane tickets to Norfolk plummet. Might have tickets to sell (for face) if that happens, but I’m going to wait a while.

  19. EL Duderino Says:

    Halloween ’95 YEM is historical! 45 minutes

  20. BabyBigPerm Says:

    I really like the idea about a black shirts with gray 3/4 sleeves.

  21. lastwaltzer Says:

    @silly, do you still have that space available?

  22. Mr. Palmer Says:

    thanks Dude- i think i only had Set II of that one on tape. Def. grabbing it later. I remember the Heinekin line though. llfa…

  23. kayatosh Says:

    speaking of jerry, just popped on jerry band 1-27-1976 knockin on heavens door. sooo slow, so good, but maybe think of the one’s i’ve lost, one in particular, and the sadness came on hard. bane and jerry can make you vulnerable.

  24. SillyWilly Says:

    I gotta head to class.

    finalizing plans with Cal about BTB fest is making this seem likes its not too far away!

  25. halcyon Says:

    Morning Everyone! Beautiful day and morning by me. Yesterday I woke up to see it snow sideways, and rain mud. Seriously, these dust storms roll in from the west, and the far east (mongolia). Hard to believe, but instead of seeing a wet car in the a.m. I saw my car covered in mud.

    Not to sound as if I just woke from a long slumber, or have fell from the moon, but there is no smiley face on my screen 😕

    Happy Hump Day.

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