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Phish 9.1.17

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Commerce City, CO

Words by Mitch Melheim
Photos by Doug Fondriest Photography


Fresh off of this summer’s historic Baker’s Dozen run at Madison Square Garden, Phish returned to Colorado’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Park for their only 2017 shows west of the Mississippi. The exclusivity of which made the already tough ticket nearly impossibly to get for those who procrastinated, even in the slightest. The cheapest Friday tickets on StubHub were over $100 each and it only got worse as the weekend progressed ($300 for Sunday). Enough to scare most fan bases away, but after what had unfolded in New York City the month prior, phans eagerly flocked to Colorado, many ticketless, in hopes that the magic of those thirteen nights would spill over to the Rocky Mountains.

The lot scene was in full force, as expected at Dick’s. Shakedown Street was more like a full neighborhood and featured live music between vendor stations. Hundreds, maybe thousands were walking around with …

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