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 themselves  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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Jam of the Day:

Split Open and Melt” 6.25 I

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

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/ph2010-06-25t09.mp3]

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DOWNLOAD OF THE DAY:

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. joe Says:

    it is the market I guess. but it sucks. markup of $250 over face. I’m no math wiz, but that’s a little under $1500 (after fees) profit it you scored 2 tickets to each night. I guess it scalping does pay in some cases.

  2. zzyzx Says:

    J3r – I was already awake by the time the peacocks started stirring…

  3. Robear Says:

    still misses Jerry sometimes. 🙁

    thank heavens for the amazing recordings. 🙂

  4. Gavinsdad Says:

    Kids and beach tomorrow, weather permitting.

    Nite guys/gals.

  5. Mr. Completely Says:

    @garretc – fuck yeah. later tonight

    immortal posting from @gdad up there. respect

  6. BrandonKayda Says:

    I really like this GD convo. I think I’m gonna spin some now.

    Acoustic set from 1970.06.24 sounds about right! 😀

  7. jdub Says:

    So does the band feel some added pressure to release the beast considering the demand for these shows? Phish seems to rise to the occasion way more often than not. Trying not to have heightened expectations but I am so looking forward to hearing what comes out of this run.

    And what’s up with no love for Snoop Dog. I have to abstain from this rap convo due to limited rap exposure but his first album was a white boy anthem in the nineties, that and Dres Chronic. Which I prefered.

    I was into funk a lot in high school and hearing all the JBs and Parliament cuts in those tunes made me kind of interested. But not that much.

  8. Wharblgarbl Says:

    http://www.thesmokinggun.com/backstagetour/phish/phish1.html

    Phish tour rider for whoever asked for it. Not sure when it’s from

  9. Uncle Ebeneezer Says:

    I just got Kool Moe Dee’s “Go See The Doctor”, jive records first press…the first rap I ever memorized word for word because I thought it was so funny. Nothing like rapping about safe sex and stayin in school. Word to your mothers…

  10. joe Says:

    rap worked for me in the reverse. got me totally interested in finding out where the samples came from. (and then discovered a few more recently with Mr. C’s funk mix) So for that, I am thankful.

  11. jdub Says:

    Digital Underground was the other rap group I new well. Back in 8th grade “I once got busy in a burger king bathroom” was constantly in my head. In fact it still is.

    I’m a surface level hip hop listener. Digable Planets, Tribe, De La, J5, Mos Def, and Beastie Boys all have been in some sort of a rotation over the years.

  12. angryjoggerz Says:

    Really looking forward to the Greek, for sure. My first shows in Cali since the final GD run at Shoreline (and last GD shows in California!). Also really looking forward to meeting some bb’ers along the way.

  13. jdub Says:

    And you could throw the Roots in there as well.

    Give me a decent groove in my hip hop and I will listen.

    G’night all.

  14. Mr.Palmer Says:

    TicketHunter shares his methods. Copy/paste ladies and gents……

  15. angryjoggerz Says:

    For anyone who hasnt check’ed it, here is that Antipop record I mentioned earlier, love this one. On some next shit at the time, and still, honestly.

    http://www.mediafire.com/?qzzonmiigir

  16. sumodie Says:

    Y’all lost me with the rap convo

    Music based on voice/lyrics tends not to interest me

    But rap grounded in hard rock, that I dig

    Beasties all the way, baby

    As for Snoop, I’ll never forget seeing folks at the Roo go nuts for him

    As I stood in the pit line for pH

    Stranger in a strange land

  17. sumodie Says:

    Funny how my love of psychedelic hard rock finally got me, as a latecomer (several years ago now), into two genres I long resisted: rap and electronica

    Except my love of rap has only ever extended to the Beasties

    Whereas with electronica, once it began with the Chemical Brothers, a whole new world of music opened up before my eyes

  18. sumodie Says:

    Phish fast?

    I’m not fasting so much as working up a healthy appetite

    Then I plan to pig out, Greek style

  19. Robear Says:

    Nappy Roots – Wooden Leather

  20. BrandonKayda Says:

    So how is everybody (read: Robear/Sumodie) doing tonight?

  21. Uncle Ebeneezer Says:

    @sumo have you heard blakroc yet?

  22. BrandonKayda Says:

    Anybody still up?

  23. Lycanthropist Says:

    i am bk

  24. voidboy Says:

    Hey, just making my evening check in on the BB…

  25. voidboy Says:

    Hey Lycan,

    How’s it going?

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