Wednesday, July 6, 2011

What Remains of Polaris Amphitheater

These shots were found on the "columbusunderground forum" by spocksbrain on PT. They are on the Flicker photo stream of user cdubya1971 and were taken on July 2nd, 2011.

From the photographer: "Polaris Amphitheater, or Germain as it was called when it closed in 2007, is now just in decay and ruin. Following the 2007 concert season the facility and property were auctioned for sale but received no bids from buyers. Seats have been uprooted and there is quite a level of untouched vandalism and graffiti." See the rest of the photos here.

Billy Ray Cyrus played the first concert at Germain Amphitheater in 1994. Toby Keith played the final show on September 16, 2007. The last Phish shows took place there July 14th and 15th in 2000.

Friday, 07/14/2000 
Polaris Amphitheater, Columbus, OH

Set 1: Sample in a Jar

Set 2: Punch You In the Eye > Timber (Jerry), Gotta Jibboo > Boogie On Reggae Woman, Stash, Bouncing Around the Room, Foam, Dog Faced Boy, Farmhouse, Taste, Golgi Apparatus

Set 3: Mike's Song > Frankie Says > David Bowie, Waste, Sand, The Lizards, Weekapaug Groove

Encore: The Inlaw Josie Wales, Driver, Guyute
Notes: After the Sample opener there was a 26-minute break due to a major thunderstorm.

Saturday, 07/15/2000 
Polaris Amphitheater, Columbus, OH

Set 1: AC/DC Bag, First Tube, Limb By Limb, NICU, Dirt, Roses Are Free, Wolfman's Brother > My Soul, Julius

Set 2: Down with Disease[1] -> While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Makisupa Policeman[2], Piper > The Mango Song[3], Bug, You Enjoy Myself

Encore: Loving Cup

[1] Unfinished.
[2] Key phrase was "heady nuggets."
[3] The jam out of Mango included a Have Mercy tease.
Notes: Disease was unfinished. The jam out of Mango included a Have Mercy tease. The key phrase in Makisupa was “heady nuggets.”


  1. Thanks for posting these. I'll never forget huddling in that pavilion during the storm at that 7/14 show. I've never seen a storm move across the sky so quickly.

    1. We split a ten rack two ways lol that storm will forever be burned into my head

  2. Also played 7/31/98 and 7/23/99 there - both very notable including the 7.23.99 Ghost > Free > Birds > Meatstick w. Big Cypress Announcement.

    Friday, 07/31/1998
    Polaris Amphitheater, Columbus, OH
    Set 1: My FriendMy Friend, My Friend[1] > Ya Mar, Roggae, Rift, Cities, Water in the Sky, Stash

    Set 2: CurtainThe Curtain > Free > If I Could > TMWSIYThe Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Avenu Malkenu, Twist -> Izabella, Julius > Cavern

    Encore: PYITEPunch You In the Eye > SlaveSlave to the Traffic Light

    [1] Guyute tease.

    Notes: My Friend included a Guyute tease in the intro. If I Could was played for the first time since August 5, 1996 (150 shows).

    Friday, 07/23/1999
    Polaris Amphitheater, Columbus, OH
    Set 1: Ya Mar, NICU, Back at the Chicken Shack > PYITEPunch You In the Eye[1], FEFYFast Enough for You, BOTTBack on the Train, BowieDavid Bowie, Strange Design, Possum

    Set 2: Ghost -> Free > BOAFBirds of a Feather > Meatstick > Fire

    Encore: Bouncin'Bouncing Around the Room > Rocky Top

    [1] Trey played keys for part of PYITE.

    Notes: Trey played keys for part of PYITE. During Meatstick, Trey talked about the band’s desire to teach fans the Meatstick Dance and break the world record. He then informed the crowd that the New Year’s Eve concert would be played in Florida.


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