Phish have confirmed their summer reunion tour, the band's first in five years. After Live Nation accidentally spilled the beans by revealing the famed jam band will play Burgettstown, Pennsylvania on June 18th, more dates continued to stream out. According to the band's reps, the tour opens with a two-night stand at Wantagh, New York's Jones Beach on June 4th and 5th. The band will then hit what used to be the Great Woods Amphitheatre outside Boston — a venue which has hosted its share of great Phish shows — on June 6th and head back south for a concert in Camden, New Jersey on June 7th. (Check out all the dates below.) The band's official Website now boasts a video that depicts planes skywriting "Phish Summer Tour 2009."
Those with keen eyes will notice a bit of a gap between the Asheville show on June 9th and the St. Louis show on June 16th. Is it any coincidence that this year's Bonnaroo will take place June 11th through 14th, in the town of Manchester, Tennessee which is conveniently situated between Asheville and St. Louis? Despite sources telling Rock Daily Phish will appear at the fest, no official 'Roo announcements have been made — the initial lineup will be revealed February 3rd — but it's looking like a safe bet that Phish will be headlining two nights of the festival.
Of course, all this takes place after the band has its official reunion after a four year hiatus by staging a three-night affair at the Hampton Coliseum in Virginia on March 6-8th. In other Phish news, the band will release its marathon 1996 Clifford Ball concert from Plattsburgh, New York, will be released as a seven-DVD set on March 3rd through the band's Dry Goods store. Tickets for the tour go on sale to the public beginning Friday, January 30th at 10 a.m. ET, and a limited number of tickets will be distributed via the band's online ticketing system (it's accepting requests now through January 17th).
March 6-8 Hampton, Virginia @ Hampton Coliseum
June 4-5 - Wantagh, NY @ Jones Beach
June 6 Mansfield, MA @ Great Woods Amphitheatre (Comcast Center)
June 7 Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Centre
June 9 Asheville, NC @ Asheville Civic Center
June 16 St. Louis, MO @ Fox Theatre
June 18 Burgettstown, PA @ Post Gazette Pavilion
June 19 Noblesville, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center
June 20-21 East Troy, WI @ Alpine Valley
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