Phish will kick off its first summer tour in five years with a concert at Boston’s historic Fenway Park on May 31st. The band has also added a third date (June 2nd) at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY. An online ticket request period is currently underway for the two newly announced shows at http://phish.portals.musictoday.com/ and will end April 12th at 11:59 p.m. ET. Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10:00 a.m. ET on Friday, April 17th, for the Jones Beach show and at 10:00 a.m. ET on Saturday, April 18th, for the Fenway Park show.
The band will play the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 12th and 14th. Tickets are still available for the festival as are a limited number of seats for the band’s August 11th date at Toyota Park in Chicago, IL. The rest of the group’s previously announced shows are sold out. See below for a full itinerary. For information on where to purchase tickets, visit http://www.phish.com/tourdates.
The group has already recorded demos of 20 new songs and entered the studio last week with Steve Lillywhite (U2, Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band) to begin work on Phish’s first new studio album in five years. Lillywhite produced Phish’s 1996 album, Billy Breathes. The Clifford Ball, a seven-DVD box set from JEMP Records/Rhino capturing the band’s entire performance at this landmark 1996 festival, recently debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Music Video chart.
Phish received stellar reviews for its recent three-night stand at Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, VA. The New York Times ran two features on the concerts and noted: “as the opening passage of the anthem ‘Fluffhead’ enveloped the room, the eruption of exultation was not merely for the band itself but also for the millions in the Phish diaspora who make up perhaps the most fervent fandom in pop music” while USA Today praised the group for “expertly navigating hairpin changes.” “Over a massive, four-hour set, guitarist Trey Anastasio, bassist Mike Gordon, drummer Jon Fishman and keyboardist Page McConnell ripped through dozens of crowd-favorites,” said rollingstone.com. “They kicked things off with some of their most compositionally complex tunes, from the knotted prog-funk of ‘Fluffhead’ to ‘Divided Sky,’ where the group’s quiet, mellifluous interplay of guitar, drums, bass and keys suggests they’re as well-oiled of a machine as they’ve ever been.”
Formed at the University of Vermont in 1983, the Grammy-nominated band was included in the Top 10 Grossing Concert Tours in North America from 1995-2000 and from 2002-2004. Phish has released 11 studio albums, six concert videos and a series of 44 complete live concert CDs, including 13 on its own JEMP Records. Its series of full concert downloads on livephish.com, the band’s digital download store, currently totals 91.
PHISH -SUMMER 2009 U.S. TOUR
5/31 Boston, MA Fenway Park PUBLIC ONSALE 4/18
6/2 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater PUBLIC ONSALE 4/17
6/4 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater sold out
6/5 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater sold out
6/6 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center sold out
6/7 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center sold out
6/9 Asheville, NC Asheville Civic Center sold out
6/10 Knoxville, TN Thompson-Boling Arena sold out
6/12 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival Manchester, TN ON SALE NOW
6/14 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival Manchester, TN ON SALE NOW
6/16 St. Louis, MO Fox Theatre sold out
6/18 Burgettstown, PA Post Gazette Pavilion sold out
6/19 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center sold out
6/20 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley sold out
6/21 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley sold out
7/30 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre sold out
7/31 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre sold out
8/1 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre sold out
8/2 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre sold out
8/5 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre sold out
8/7 George, WA The Gorge sold out
8/8 George, WA The Gorge sold out
8/11 Chicago, IL Toyota Park LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE
8/13 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center sold out
8/14 Hartford, CT Meadows Music Theater sold out
8/15 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion sold out
8/16 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center sold out