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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Phish Fall Tour 2010: The Tour Dates and a Look at Each of the Venues


After two scintillating legs of summer touring, Phish has just announced the schedule for Fall Tour 2010. The 15-show tour starts with a headlining set at Austin City Limits and brings them to a number of venues they haven’t played before including the new 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, CO; the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta, ME; the Utica Memorial Auditorium in Utica, NY; the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH and Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

Phish also visits three venues they have played before – the North Charleston Coliseum in North Charleston, SC (11/18/1995 & 10/27/1996), the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI (12/29/1994, 12/12/1995, 04/04/1998, 04/05/1998 & 12/13/1999) and the Mullins Center in Amherst, MA (04/16/1994, 11/03/1994, 12/04/1995 & 12/05/1995). The tour ends with a three-night stand at Boardwalk Hall that includes a three-set Halloween performance in which the band will don a musical costume by covering another group’s album.

In a first, the group will give ticket buyers free MP3 copies of the shows they attend after it happens at The band’s MusicToday site will be updated momentarily for online ticket requests with the request period ending on Friday, September 3rd at Noon. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Sept. 10 and 11.

October 8: Austin City Limits – Austin, TX
October 10 – 12: 1st Bank Center – Broomfield, CO
October 15 – 16: North Charleston Coliseum – N. Charleston, SC
October 19: Augusta Civic Center – Augusta, ME
October 20: Utica Memorial Auditorium – Utica, NY
October 22: Dunkin Donuts Center – Providence, RI
October 23 – 24: Mullins Center – Amherst, MA
October 26: Verizon Wireless Arena – Manchester, NH
October 29 – 31: Boardwalk Hall – Atlantic City, NJ

READ ON for a look at the venues Phish will play…

1st Bank Center

Capacity: 6,500
Synopsis: AEG’s new venue outside of Boulder, the 1st Bank Center opened with a Furthur show on March 5. The small arena has held concerts, sporting events and family shows since opening.

North Charleston Coliseum

Capacity: 14,000
Synopsis: The North Charleston Coliseum opened in 1993 and is part of complex that also holds a smaller theatre and a convention center. Therefore, there are tons of hotels and restaurants located near the arena in a setup that is similar to Hampton. The local airport is extremely close as well making the need for a rental car not essential.

Augusta Civic Center

Capacity: 6,777
Synopsis: This city-owned venue was built in 1973 and holds more conventions and gun shows than rock shows these days. Over its history, the small arena has held concerts by the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue, Guns ‘N Roses and the Allman Brothers Band. Augusta is located about two hours into Maine up I-95 from the New Hampshire border.

Utica Memorial Auditorium

Capacity: 5,700
Synopsis: The smallest venue on the tour, the Utica Memorial Auditorium opened in 1960 and was the model for the current Madison Square Garden. The Aud’s other claim to fame is that parts of the movie Slap Shot were filmed there. While Phish has never played The Aud, Trey Anastasio performed at the venue on November 11, 2005 in a show that was hyped with a “Countdown to Utica” clock on his website. Both Mike Gordon and Jon Fishman sat in with Big Red that night.

Dunkin’ Donuts Center

Capacity: 14,500
Synopsis: Fans that haven’t visited this venue – which was known as the Providence Civic Center at the time – since the last Phish show there in 1999 will hardly recognize the place. First opened in 1972, the mid-sized arena underwent an $80 million renovation in 2005 that included a significantly expanded lobby and concourse, an enclosed pedestrian bridge from the Convention Center, a new LCD video scoreboard, new restaurant, 20 luxury suites, 4 new bathrooms, and all new seats with cupholders in the arena bowl. Both the Providence Bruins (AHL hockey) and Providence Friars (NCAA basketball) call “The Dunk” home.

Mullins Center

Capacity: 10,600
Synopsis: Phish performed at the Mullins Center four times between April ‘94 and December ‘95 but haven’t been back since. The venue, located on the campus of UMASS-Amherst, opened in 1993 and hosts the UMASS basketball and hockey teams, numerous concerts, family shows, theater shows, and commencements each year.

Verizon Wireless Arena

Capacity: 10,050
Synopsis: “The Verizon” first opened in 2001 and hosts the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL. The venue has seen its share of concerts from the likes of Van Halen, Justin Timberlake, Styx and Bob Dylan as well as many preseason Bruins and Celtics games. Manchester, located approximately one hour from Boston, is the biggest city in Northern New England (ME, VT and NH).

Boardwalk Hall

Capacity: 14,770
Synopsis: The largest and oldest venue on the tour, Boardwalk Hall opened in 1926 and was declared a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1987. Starting in 1926 the Hall held the Miss America contest each year until 2004. Back in 2001 the venue underwent a $90-million restoration that upped the capacity and focused on preserving elements of the site’s original design. The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, The Police, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen and Madonna are among the impressive list of artists who have performed at Boardwalk Hall.