Phish Return to the Road Summer 2010 With Monster Tour

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Bust your patchwork pants out of mothballs and tune-up your VW Bus. After last year's triumphant return to summer touring, Phish have announced that they will hit the road again for a 29-date tour that kicks off June 11th in Chicago. The upcoming trek features multiple-night stands in major cities, including three back-to-back nights at the relatively intimate Greek Theatre in Berkely, California, starting August 5th. And while Phish haven't planned have any of their trademark festivals — such as last October's Festival 8 in Indio, California — the band has slotted in plenty of shows in more bucolic settings, such as the two-night stand at the scenic Telluride Town Park in Telluride, Colorado.

Check out photos from Phish's Festival 8.

A ticket request period is currently underway through this Friday at 11:59 at Phish's website; tickets will go on sale to the general public on April 2nd.

The announcement follows weeks of speculation that the jam-band kings would tour. On March 4th, bassist Mike Gordon hinted to Rolling Stone, "It's looking like [a tour] is in the talks. We knew we wanted to wait until summer to do something."

Of course, Phish haven't exactly laid low over the past few days. On Monday in New York, Phish paid tribute to Hall of Fame inductees Genesis, performing note-perfect live versions of the prog-rock kings' "Watcher of the Skies" and "No Reply At All." If you missed that performance, expect those tunes to pop up in their set lists for the upcoming tour.

Check out a gallery of Phish-heads hanging out pre-show at the band's Hampton reunion gig.

To get fans pumped for the upcoming tour, Phish will release a 3-D version of their Halloween festival in April. Details on theater locations and ticketing will be announced shortly; more information is available here.

June 11 - Chicago, IL @ Toyota Park
June 12 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
June 13 - Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium
June 15 - Portsmouth, VA @ Telos Pavilion at Harbor Center
June 17 - Hartford, CT @ Comcast Theatre
June 18 - Hartford, CT @ Comcast Theatre
June 19 - Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
June 20 - Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
June 22 - Mansfield, MA @ Comcast Center
June 24 - Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
June 25 - Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
June 26 - Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
June 27 - Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
June 29 - Canandaigua, NY @ CMAC
July 1 - Raleigh, NC @ Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
July 2 - Charlotte, NC @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 3 - Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre @ Encore Park
July 4 - Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre @ Encore Park
August 5 - Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre
August 6 - Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre
August 7 - Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre
August 9 - Telluride, CO @ Telluride Town Park
August 10 - Telluride, CO @ Telluride Town Park
August 12 - Noblesville, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center
August 13 - Noblesville, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center
August 14 - East Troy, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre
August 15 - East Troy, WI @Alpine Valley Music Theatre
August 17 - Wantagh, NY @ Nikon Theater at Jones Beach
August 18 - Wantagh, NY @ Nikon Theater at Jones Beach