In keeping with our big wrap-up week of Phish’s fun-filled first leg of their summer tour, today we bring you an A to Z rundown of the highlights, songs, venues, jams and surprises which added to an overwhelmingly positive reception to the 18 show extravaganza.
[Photo by Adam Kaufman]
A is for Alpharetta – To one of my new favorite summer venues, thanks for a great time. Nice lot scene, easy-in easy-out traffic management, decent bathroom set ups, a nice lawn with trees for shade, and oh baby, that Pit! With a pretty well-functioning wristband system to keep it from getting too crowded from folks getting stubbed down, yet a remarkably easy pavilion, the Pit feels like the Hampton of summer. Even the hotels kind of have that Hampton feeling (and the Marriott is the crown jewel).
B is for the Best Shows – The whole second half of the first leg really knocked it out of the park: the second night of SPAC kicked things in to high gear, Camden dropped the hammer, and the rest of the shows took it home. If forced to make a top three list, it’d all about the Sunday shows. In first place, the 4th of July show took home top honors as it hit both the surprises and improvisations for a perfect combination of fun, energy, and rarities. In second place, the second night of Merriweather proved to be the hottest show of the tour in terms of actual temperature, but second best in terms of playing, and then finally, SPAC II takes third.
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