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Old 09-20-2022, 01:48 PM   #31
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Re: Ranking the DMB Venues

My top 10 of current/recurring venues on tour, albeit with some recency bias likely blended in. This list just reflects the venue itself, not taking playlists or the greater region/activities into account.

1. Gorge
2. Hollywood Bowl
3. Blossom - Cuyahoga Falls
4. Charleston - Credit One Stadium
5. MSG
6. Alpine
7. Camden
8. Merriweather Post Pavilion
9. JPJ in Charlottesville
10. Molson Amphitheatre - Toronto

If I included all time venues, Red Rocks slots in at #1, and Montage Mountain would be somewhere in the 7-10 slot.
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    Re: Ranking the DMB Venues

    After going to Gorge this year, Gorge blows every other venue out of the water.
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    Old 09-20-2022, 02:39 PM   #33
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    Re: Ranking the DMB Venues

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    My top 10 of current/recurring venues on tour, albeit with some recency bias likely blended in. This list just reflects the venue itself, not taking playlists or the greater region/activities into account.

    1. Gorge
    2. Hollywood Bowl
    3. Blossom - Cuyahoga Falls
    4. Charleston - Credit One Stadium
    5. MSG
    6. Alpine
    7. Camden
    8. Merriweather Post Pavilion
    9. JPJ in Charlottesville
    10. Molson Amphitheatre - Toronto

    If I included all time venues, Red Rocks slots in at #1, and Montage Mountain would be somewhere in the 7-10 slot.
    Interesting Camden over Merriweather.
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    Old 09-20-2022, 02:44 PM   #34
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    Re: Ranking the DMB Venues

    I've been surprised to see people rank Charlotte over Raleigh. I couldn't name one thing about Charlotte that I found superior to Raleigh.
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    Old 09-20-2022, 03:46 PM   #35
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    Interesting Camden over Merriweather.
    In fairness, I think I prefer the interior of MPP over Camden substantially, but I was a big fan of the Philly skyline view strolling around the lawn pre-show.
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    Old 09-21-2022, 01:26 AM   #36
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    Re: Ranking the DMB Venues

    1. Gorge
    2. Pine Knob
    3. Alpine
    4. Van Andel
    5. Deer Creek
    6. SPAC
    7. Blossom
    8. Budweiser Stage (Toronto)
    9. Tinley Park
    10. Marcus Amphitheater (Summerfest) — would not go here if the band was playing their last show ever here
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    Old 09-21-2022, 10:02 AM   #37
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    So SPAC is a great for the 5,000 people in the pavilion but not the 20,000 in the lawn? To me, that kind of eliminates it. I realize it gets 2 night stands and great set lists, but a great venue should be great for a majority of those in attendance.
    Go sit on the lawn at Gorge and tell me the sound is great there...
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    Old 09-21-2022, 10:10 AM   #38
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    Re: Ranking the DMB Venues

    I haven't been SPAC, Bethel, MSG, CMAC, Syracuse, Hartford, Darien, and whatever the Albany, NY arena is now called (was going to Gorge this year but family emergency cancelled).

    Although I love SPAC I need to make note of Bethel as a favorite of mine - it doesn't quite beat SPAC because it's in the middle of nowhere and there isn't alot to do super close by like SPAC and MSG - the setlist tends to be a 1 night setlist and doesnt get may liberations - BUT the venue itself is beautiful with a large lawn. I mean it is on the original location for Woodstock so there is some history there.

    SPAC grounds are on a beautiful state park with lots to do golfing, hiking etc. Bethel has that great Woodstock museum, and some historical locations from Woodstock.

    If judging by venue alone Bethel and SPAC for me is a very close heat - sometimes Bethel wins sometimes SPAC wins... judging on venue alone.
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    Old 09-21-2022, 10:15 AM   #39
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    Go sit on the lawn at Gorge and tell me the sound is great there...
    havent seen enough shows elsewhere to make a list but was literally just at the gorge on the lawn and the sound was great
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    Old 09-22-2022, 11:57 AM   #40
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    Been to Gorge and others, not delusional. Gorge has a view. I'll take everything else at SPAC and MSG over it. And MSG has the best city in the world, and some views of its own.

    Don't get me wrong, I very much appreciate the Gorge, and I totally get why people put it at the top...it's just not at the top for me, and that doesn't make me delusional.

    If ALL we are taking into account is the venue (not the crowd, surrounding area, etc.), then yes, I agree Gorge. But that doesn't seem to be the case here.
    Red Rocks has great, different, views.
    Part of why I will take RR over Gorge because when you take everything else into account, I thinks itís better

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    And I can find a downfall to any venue thatís not ideal for the majority
    Gorge, wind and phasing issues of sound
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    Go sit on the lawn at Gorge and tell me the sound is great there...
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    havent seen enough shows elsewhere to make a list but was literally just at the gorge on the lawn and the sound was great
    Hit or miss imo
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    havent seen enough shows elsewhere to make a list but was literally just at the gorge on the lawn and the sound was great
    Can concur
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    Old 09-22-2022, 05:54 PM   #42
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    glad there is some love for the Hollywood Bowl. Iconic. Dave said he was intimidated by being there considering its history. Never been to the Gorge, but it seems to be a list of its own with the camping isolation aspect. No one show and go. You are all in or not. That must create a community feel that is hard to replicate elsewhere.
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