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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.