HT faves Phish will set out on a 18-date tour starting with a three-night run at Bethel Woods in Bethel, NY over Memorial Day Weekend and concluding three weeks later at the nTelos Pavilion in Portsmouth, VA on June 19. This marks Phish’s first tour of 2011 after ending 2010 and starting 2011 at Madison Square Garden.
Phish Summer Tour 2011 takes the group back to a number of familiar venues from the past two summers including the Comcast Center in Mansfield, MA; the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ; the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatres in Charlotte, NC and Alpharetta, GA as well as the Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion in Raleigh, NC.
A pre-order lottery for tickets to every show on the band’s docket has started via Music Today and you can put your entry in through March 4. Summer Tour 2011 marks the first time Phish has offered different prices for pavilion seats and for lawn seats at these summer sheds. While face for lawns is $45, pavilion seats will go for $60. The public onsales are set to take place on March 11 and 12.
Here’s a look at the full itinerary…
May 27 – 29 = Bethel Woods, Bethel NY
May 31 & June 1 = PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel NJ
June 3 = DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston MI
June 4 = Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls OH
June 5 = Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati OH
June 7 = Comcast Center, Mansfield MA
June 8 = Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien NY
June 10 = Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden NJ
June 11 and 12 = Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia MD
June 14 and 15 = Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Alpharetta GA
June 17 = Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte NC
June 18 = Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion, Raleigh NC
June 19 = nTelos Pavilion, Portsmouth VA
UPDATE: Phish’s Vimeo video page has been updated to read, “Additional summer announcements will be coming. Following the summer, the band has no touring plans for the remainder of the year.”
READ ON for a more in-depth look at each venue…
Synopsis: Built on the site of the legendary Woodstock Music & Arts Festival in 2006, Bethel Woods is a gorgeous venue with an expansive, comfortable lawn. Only one road leads in and we figure venue staff will have their hands full, so be prepared for delays getting in. We’re glad to see Phish cross off another venue from our 2009 B List – 10 Venues Phish Should Play.
Synopsis: One of the first amphitheaters Phish ever played back in 1992, the band returned in 1994 and then again in 1999 and 2000. Located approximately 45 minutes from New York City, at the top of the Jersey Shore, the shed is located right next to State Police barracks, so be careful in the lots.
Synopsis: Formerly known as Pine Knob, this Detroit-area shed opened in 1972 and has hosted most of the area’s big summer rock shows over the past 40 years. This date marks Phish’s first appearance at the venue.
Synopsis: Phish returned to this Cleveland-area shed last summer for the first time in nearly a decade and threw down a barn-burner that included the only versions of Look Out, Cleveland and Instant Karma! to date as well as a heavenly take on Backwards Down The Number Line.
Synopsis: A huge shed in the Cincinnati area that opened in 1984, the Riverbend Music Center is a scenic venue located on the banks of the Ohio River. Phish first performed at Riverbend on September 20, 2000 and this summer’s stop marks the quartet’s first return trip.
Synopsis: Formerly known as Great Woods and the Tweeter Center, this Mansfield, MA shed has been a regular stop on Phish summer tours since 1999, with the exception of 2003 (and the 2000 dates were officially on fall tour). Phish first performed at Great Woods on July 21, 1992 as the opening act for Santana. The Comcast Center is located approximately 30 miles south of Boston.
Synopsis: Located between Buffalo and Rochester, this shed is located right next to an amusement park. Phish first performed at the venue shortly after it opened in the summer of 1993. The quartet returned for a pre-Great Went show in 1997 and a killer performance that got the Live Phish treatment on September 14, 2000. Phish skipped Darien last summer but played the shed on August 13, 2009.
Synopsis: Another venue with a number of name changes since first opening, the Susquehanna Bank Center was originally opened in 1995 as the Blockbuster-Sony Music Entertainment Center before becoming the Tweeter Center on the Waterfront and eventually winding up with its current name. Located across the Delaware from Philadelphia, Phish has hit this venue on every summer tour since 1999.
Synopsis: This Frank Gehry-designed venue, located approximately half way between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., opened in 1967. While the pavilion offers nice views and good sound, the lawn is notorious for poor sound and sight lines. Phish first performed at MPP on July 17, 1992 as the opening act for Santana and have returned each summer since reforming in 2009.
[Photo by Chris Lee]
Synopsis: This venue opened in 2008 and won raves from concert attendees immediately. Phish first played this shed last summer and the fans loved the neighborhood and GA floor. If the setlists are any indication, the band enjoyed the venue as well. At a capacity of 12,000, this is one of the smaller venues of the tour.
Synopsis: Originally opened as the Blockbuster Pavilion in 1991, Phish first visited this venue during Summer Tour 1999 at a show that featured a Derek Trucks sit-in. Phish returned in 2003 and again last summer.
Synopsis: Formerly known as Walnut Creek, this venue opened in 1991 and has hosted seven Phish shows since 1994. Located smack dab in the area known as the Research Triangle, the TWCMP hosts most of the region’s bigger summer concerts.
Synopsis: The smallest venue on this tour, Phish first visited the nTelos Pavilion last summer and clearly liked it enough to come back the following summer. Tickets were hard to score leading up to the 2010 show, but in ample supply the day of the concert. Many rumors had either this venue or Hampton as the home of the Memorial Day Weekend shows, displaying why you shouldn’t believe everything you hear.