January 7th, 2009
Y’know, in these harsh economic times, so dour and filled with uncertain uncertainty, we just need JAM BANDS as a form of escape that makes us feel secure in a world that is anything but. Safe in world that is not.
Ergo the return of both Phish AND the Grateful Dead! Billboard is reporting that a full-fledged Phish reunion tour is “taking shape”:
This morning, LiveNation.com was listing a Jan. 30 on-sale date for a Phish show on June 18 at the Post-Gazette Pavilion outside Pittsburgh, which lines up nicely alongside rumors of an appearance at the Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tenn., the previous weekend. The link has since been removed.
Meanwhile, a June 6 show at Great Woods outside Boston is up on Ticketsnow.com, a secondary ticketing company owned by Ticketmaster.
For now, the only confirmed Phish shows are March 6-8 at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Va., the band’s first since August 2004.
Meanwhile, the Dead will play 19 shows in 16 cities this spring — Philly is one of only three cities (New York and Boston the others) getting two consecutive nights of shows, as the lineup of Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, plus guitarist Warren Haynes and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti (singer-guitarist Jerry Garcia = still dead) will play the Wachovia on May 1st and 2nd. We’ll keep you stinky hippies posted on a Philly Phish date when it’s announced.