BREAKING NEWS: Phish to play Fenway

Bostonians beware: on May 31st, we are about to be under attack from legions of dirty hippies (and ex-hippies who have cleaned up their acts and gotten real jobs). In other words, the rumors are true: in addition to Dave Matthews this year, Fenway Park will also play host to the first show of the hotly-anticipated reunion tour of legendary Vermont jam band Phish. Tickets, for those of you into that sort of thing, go on sale April 18 (next Saturday). Good thing the show is on a Sunday, otherwise we would be terrified. Press release after the jump:


Online Ticket Request Period Is Underway;
Tickets Go On Sale Next Week To General Public

Band Begins Recording Next Album With Producer Steve Lillywhite


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 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

  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 "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."

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