The Overall Experience

7.4.10 - Alpharetta, GA (Wendy Rogell)

The perfect Phish show experience is a combination of music, space, sound, and people. While any combination of these can produce the show of one’s life, the more ingredients that are present on any given night enhances he experiential quality of that show. In venues like Merriweather and Jones Beach, one must sacrifice everything for a small sliver of dance space, while at some GA shows, people can situate themselvesĀ  in any spot they desire. While the music makes up the vast majority of any show experience, these other intangibles can make or break an absolute throwdown. During Leg I, the following five venues combined the most of these facets, providing the highest quality show experiences of tour.


1. Hershey Park Stadium, Hershey, PA – 6.13

Hersheypark Stadium (M.Ladd)

With a revamped sound system and a rubberized cover for the field, this intimate stadium that once drew the scorn of fans has been reborn as the ultimate Phish venue. With a total GA policy, large groups of friends congregated in prime real estate to rage the show together. With no barriers to space, spontaneous dance pits emerged all over the field as Mike’s larger-than-life bass lines cut the air like thunder. With easy access to wherever one had to go, Hershey Park takes home the award for The Best Venue of Leg I. Phish responded to the positive vibrations with a greatest-hits dance party in a liquid second set


2. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Alpharetta, GA – 7.3 &4

7.4.10 (W.Rogell)

A massive GA dance floor sprawled out in front of the stage for the tour’s final weekend. Completely flat concrete made dancing desirable, while a wristband policy kept, at least, the most timid fans from getting down to the floor. One section of seating provided direct sight lines to the stage before a small lawn dotted the back. The copious dance space and free-for-all floor more than made up for somewhat compromised sound that resulted from the super-high roof, designed for air circulation. Nonetheless, I’d be happy to see a return to Alpharetta scheduled next summer.


3. nTelos Pavilion, Portsmouth,VA – 6.15

nTelos - 6.15 (ctankcycle)

With a complete GA policy like its next-door neighbor, Hampton Coliseum, nTelos Pavilion was the smallest venue of tour with a capacity of only 6,500. And you couldn’t give tickets away. The GA policy caused the seat-less floor to grow over-crowed by setbreak, pushing many fans into the seats. But with no one caring where you were at anytime, this venue on the water provided a most enjoyable experience and a unique setting for Phish. The undersized tented pavilion felt crowded, though the lawn was sparsely populated. A random stop to say the least, a great time was had by all.


4. Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ – 6.24 & 25

6.24.10 (J.Thomas)

Sure, the “Susquehanna Bank Center,” as its been called the for the past few years, is part of the cookie-cutter amphitheatre series, but it is one of the best. Boasting ample nooks of space and a notably lax security force, one can pretty much wind up wherever he wants in Camden and it’s gonna’ sound great. A far less regulated scene than most east coast sheds, everyone finds space to blow it up in one of Phish’s most eventful east-coast stops.


5. CMAC Pavilion. Canadaigua, NY – 6.29

This undersized and uniquely designed amphitheatre got a face-lift since Phish’s last visit in 1995. With an up-close and personal pavilion that placed a lot of fans close to the stage, security remained notably non chalant. VIP boxes turned into mini GA dance clubs, and the stairs and aisles were fair game for ballistic raging. The sound was loud and clear inside, though I can’t speak for the lawn. All in all, the way this venue integrated into the surrounding natural landscape made it one of the most enjoyable stops of tour.


Jam of the Day:

Split Open and Melt” 6.25 I

A first-set walk on the wild side in Camden.




6.12.2010 Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH < Torrent

6.12.2010 Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH < Megaupload

Official Blossom Poster

One of the dark-horse shows of tour, Blossom offered a strong sequence to open the second set, including one of the jams of tour in “Number Line.” The first set featured, perhaps, the finest “Mike’s Groove” of the summer.

I: Look Out Cleveland*, Ocelot, Water in the Sky, Stash, The Ballad of Curtis Loew, Sample in a Jar, Time Turns Elastic, Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove

II: Rock and Roll > Harry Hood, Backwards Down the Number Line > Twenty Years Later, Instant Karma!**, The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg, Waste, Character Zero

E: The Squirming Coil

*debut, The Band, **debut, John Lennon

Source: Schoeps mk4v> KCY> Sonosax SX-M2/LS> SD 744t (@24bit/96kHz)

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648 Responses to “The Overall Experience”

  1. Lycanthropist Says:

    not much void

    just chillin…

  2. Lycanthropist Says:

    whats been goin on in the void today?

  3. voidboy Says:

    love the Avatar.

    Yeah, just checking in myself. Was getting ready to listen to that Split from 6/25.

  4. voidboy Says:


    Been working late hours. Helping my mom recover from back surgery during the day (taking care of animals and doing chores and shopping). It’s been some long days around here that’s for sure.

    Seeing any Phish shows rest of Summer?

  5. Lycanthropist Says:

    nope waiting til fall dates drop

  6. voidboy Says:

    Yeah, I’m hoping for a West Coast run of dates… maybe another Indio… Wouldn’t mind that at all.

  7. Mr. Completely Says:

    ok, whenever garretc comes back, and anyone else

    Dead Prez and the Coup

    a 21 song mix is up now:

    I think it’s well worth checking out at least the first zipfile.

    If you like it, I’m putting up some albums now, in a subfolder of that location:
    The Coup – Kill My Landlord, Steal This Album, and Party Music
    Dead Prez – Turn off the Radio and RBG: Revolutionary But Gangsta

    I have more of both if you want them

  8. BrandonKayda Says:

    What up BB?

  9. Lycanthropist Says:

    Mr. C just dropped some gold.

  10. voidboy Says:

    From the Rap discussion earlier?

  11. Lycanthropist Says:

    with the Dead Prez and Coup

  12. JP Says:

    any guesses on when those fall dates drop? pre or post leg 2?

  13. garretc Says:

    Right on Mr. C, right on!

    I’ll get to downloading!


  14. voopa Says:

    “immortal posting from @gdad up there. respect”

    Indeed. Thanks for all you do, gdad!

  15. Mr. Completely Says:

    the dp albums failed to upload the first time for some reason

    i’ll try again later or tomorrow AM

    the mix should do you for tonight

    i really love both those groups and always think of them together

  16. Mr. Completely Says:

    there are a bunch of aac files in there for whatever reason

    itunes plays ’em fine on windows including on ipods etc

  17. Lycanthropist Says:

    thanks mr c

  18. garretc Says:

    Well then I guess it’s a good thing I decided that, for once, I would (at least temporarily) forgo the whole albums and just check the mix first! I’m actually about to crash, I just had a long hot last 4 days, but I’ll definitely spin it tomorrow! Thanks again!

  19. RamblinOnMyMind Says:

    Way late to the conversation, but I saw there was some Lester Young talk earlier today. Just wanted to recommend Young’s “With the Oscar Peterson Trio” (1952). A little more room for Young to stretch out than on some of his earlier sides, and great solos as well Peterson on piano and Barney Kessel on guitar. The CD reissue has great, clear sound. Perhaps I’ll work on putting a mediafire together…

  20. RamblinOnMyMind Says:

    Such a beautiful saxophone tone

  21. voopa Says:

    Nice. Love the Prez.

  22. Mr.Miner Says:

    Music based on voice/lyrics tends not to interest me

    ^ thats why rap over old funk hooks (e.g Ice Cube’s Amerikka’s Most Wanted) or music based rap like Tribe’s People’s Instinctive Rhythms… are so sweet

  23. Help Says:

    Where were your seats at Hershey Stadium? I’m about to buy tickets for my daughter to see One Direction and I can’t get a feel for how far away she will be…

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