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.


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. El Duderino Says:

    @ Robear

    You may want to decide if you would like a camera that can record in 1080p.

    If you have one of those than you can down-convert to any resolution.

    Just a thought.

  2. SillyWilly Says:

    Montana, Florida, Nor. Cal (Does Mr. Miner technically live in San Fran, or on Phish tour? and garretc is 6 ft 7!!? I select him for the first round of the BB 3 on 3 tourney), So. Cal, Robear-Land a.k.a Humboldt County apparently the bandwidth sucks out there, Oregon (the new Galilee with Mr. C spreading the good news of psychedelia), Washington (T-ghost in for the late night chatter, while the rain keeps ZZYZX in while he computes our stats, betcha cant have just one!), Utah (Fee4zy getting down with Joeseph Smith “its really not that bad after you get used to it), Colorado, Texas, mostly Austin (home of the Selector J dub radio extravaganza) , Minnesota (the home of existence erasing Blue Berry stout), Wisconsin (Milwaukee is a hot bed of kind BBers, Col. Joy, Cal, etc), Chicago, ELL-inois (really the only city AW feels he could live in), Mississippi (Lycan throws a ball around with Brett Benedict Favre, or Brent Fav-ray), Kan-TUCK-eee (Last of the Mohicans Style), Ohio (I pity the fool, too, LJ and BTB takes the woes of Cleveland on his back as he is obviously destined for Canonization by Benedict the 16th) North Carolina (El Dude pointing out the best auds and reminding us “Friends don’t let friends listen to MP3s, while Leo Weaver gets the BBQ ready) , Philadelphia, Boston (Type III’s interpreting the words of Icculus as we speak, while Kenny Powers mixes some killer auds), NYC (there’s a bunch of you. Kind of a big city, as cities go. Special shout out to Dr. Pro, a true gentle warrior battling the darknesses in the human mind), Upstate New York, Greater Baltimore area (apparently the water their makes for near psychic capabilities for calling setlists, just ask BK) Canadizzle (DF, eh?), Connect-I-Cut, London (Matso, fish and chips, mate?)

    and wherever KWL is stranded now.

    this was all sparked by El-Dude’s Montana comment and too much coffee this morning.

  3. zzyzx Says:

    Yes, it was the camera mic and the sound quality freaked me out too.

  4. verno329 Says:

    Hey BB!

    Finally getting a chance to check in as I’m trying to settle into the new digs in Tuscaloosa. And finally getting a chance to listen to the shows from Summer Tour. May have to fill in a missing show or two but I’m looking forward to digging into that stuff. Had a great time in Charlotte and got to meet Leo, Dude, BTB, Chef, Robear and a few others as well. It was pretty crazy since it was essentially my going away party so I didn’t get as much time to chill with the BB’ers as I wanted but there’s always Fall, right? Anyway just wanted to check back in and say hi.

  5. locust the lurker Says:

    likes silly’s caffeine-inspired mad rant

  6. locust the lurker Says:

    and yes, we are everywhere.

  7. BTB Says:

    Verno – hey man. Hope the move has done you right partner. Good to meet you.

    Slow day on the BB it looks like. I made a new Wo0k Blazer post if your looking to pass the time

    “Poster and the Wo0k are dead…how about a goldfish?”

  8. BTB Says:

    “Weir Everywhere”

  9. SillyWilly Says:


  10. locust the lurker Says:

    I know I could look this up online but who are the guitarists and bass playing with Mickey and Bill on that Horning’s vid?

  11. KWL Says:

    did you forget the hippie part of the hippie speedball today silly?

  12. Robear Says:

    he did^ @ kwl.

    locust, the acoustic player is keller williams. not sure on the electrics.

  13. willowed Says:

    How dare you cut CT. Silly
    Home of Neemor, jdub and the Willowed.
    Shakes clenched fist in the air!!

  14. YborCity Says:

    God, I love this board. I’ve never had so much fun checking my e-mail at work, Robear. And since my friend isn’t coming out here anymore, I technically have a place to crash if anyone traving out to the bay area is desperate. Though it’s a small apartment.

    I’ll be a ticket vulture any day of the week!

  15. El Duderino Says:


    The pleasure was all ours man.

    I hope Bama works out for you.

    Stay in touch

  16. El Duderino Says:

    Or gdad in Philly or gcub in Louisville, KY

  17. Robear Says:

    coming in from Minnesnowta. can’t get shut out in the cold^ @ ybor

  18. verno329 Says:

    @Dude I may be hitting you up to help me fill in the gaps to any shows I missed from Summer. Just fair warning 😉

  19. El Duderino Says:


    A small apartment in the Bay area?
    Expensive as all get out too?
    You don’t say?

  20. YborCity Says:

    @Robear – Mark Twain said, “the coldest winter you’ll ever see is a summer in San Francisco.” He was a southern pussy. I’ve been here for 2 months now, and the weather is great. I might say it’s brisk. Might. 🙂 I am an avid skier, and a native Minnesotan, so when I see kids out here with down jackets and scarves and it’s only 50^ outside… it’s hilarious.

  21. YborCity Says:

    @El Dude – It’s hell, but at least it’s not home.

  22. El Duderino Says:

    @ robear

    I meant to ask this when you were in town…

    Are you from Gross Point, MI. ?

    And thanks for the DVD’s

    If you have not sent them yet could you complete the 12/29/09 for me?
    I hate having only one set of a two set dvd.
    If not no biggie.
    It’s just the collector OCD in me

  23. El Duderino Says:

    @ YborCity

    Have a friend who just moved from S.F. to ATL
    Him and his wife had this small one bedroom in the Inner Sunset 9th and Judah. 1300 a month and the stove while very clean and well kept was from like 1950.

    Very expensive city

  24. locust the lurker Says:

    Actually Twain never said that ( but it’s a great and oft-repeated quote nonetheless.

  25. lastwaltzer Says:

    So anybody go back to those Lights after yesterdays posts? I listened to the jam portions of hartford, camden and raliegh in a row. Really interesting to hear the progression. It seemed like they were building on each other. If I recall correctly at the end of the Camden light mike tries to bring it make to the main theme, next version in Raleigh they did bring it back around.

    I may be getting them mixed up but Mike plays a few lines that sound like Phil towards the end of the raliegh one. Really like were this tune has been heading.

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