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Phish to Play New Year's Eve in New York

Band announces five holiday dates, including a three-night stand in NYC

September 23, 2010 6:12 PM ET

For the first time in eight years, Phish will return to New York's Madison Square Garden to ring in the New Year. Five dates were announced for Phish's holiday run, including a three-night MSG stand kicking off December 30th and two nights, December 27-28, at Worcester, Massachusetts' DCU Center. The ticket lottery for all five shows is up now at the Phish ticketing site, and a public sale is set for October 9th.

Phish performed at Madison Square Garden on December 31st in 1995, 1997, 1998 and 2002. The band recently announced their autumn tour, which includes a Halloween show at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall. [Phish]

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