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Published: 2011/05/26

Phish, RatDog, The Doors Enter the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom Hall of Fame

This summer, the legendary Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom will pay tribute to its past with 13 “Hall of Fame” banners hung around the venue’s walls. Each of the banners will represent a past performance by a band, artist or comedian that has played a role in its storied history. Chosen for inclusion are performances by Phish from July 7, 1991; The Doors from August 9, 1967; Duke Ellington from July 12, 1936 and more.

Of particular note to our readers is the inclusion of Ratdog’s performance from August 9, 1995, which took place just hours after Jerry Garcia’s passing was announced. Weir insisted that the show go on and the event quickly became an emotional tribute. Speakers were mounted on the venue’s back deck and thousands of devoted fans filled the streets to pay respect to their fallen hero.

Andrew Herrick, the ballroom’s marketing director, recently explained to the Eagle-Tribune:

One of the things everyone seems to hang on to is this rich history…We’ve developed this sort of ownership from the consumers. It’s sort of like Red Sox Nation for music. And when you look around the room, we didn’t do a great job of highlighting that…We tried to summarize our history. They are not the greatest shows to ever play the ballroom, but rather the Hall of Fame shows in terms of the 20th century and historic points of growth and direction for the storied room. We looked at each period and then chose them.

All 13 Hall of Fame performances are listed below:

Duke Ellington (July 12, 1936)

Louie Armstrong (Aug. 9, 1941)

Simon & Garfunkel (July 16, 1966

The Doors (Aug. 9, 1967)

Janis Joplin (July 11, 1969)

Led Zeppelin (Aug. 27, 1969)

Jethro Tull (July 12, 1971)

George Carlin (3 decades of sold-out shows)

U2 (May 24, 1981)

Jerry Seinfeld (Aug. 11, 1988)

Phish (July 7, 1991)

Bob Weir & Ratdog (Aug. 9, 1995

Godsmack (Oct. 15-16, 1999)

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