This just showed up in my inbox:
Phish To Play Three Concerts
Phish returns to the stage for three concerts at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia on March 6, 7 and 8, 2009.
A limited number of tickets are available directly through Phish Tickets’ online ticketing system at http://phish.portals.musictoday.com/. The ticketing request period is currently underway and will end on Wednesday, October 8th at 11:59AM EST.
Tickets go on sale to the public on Saturday, October 18th at 10 AM EST and may be purchased online at ticketmaster.com or by phone at 757.671.8100, 757.872.8100 or 804.262.8100. Tickets will not be available at the venue box office and there is a two-ticket limit per show.
The band intends to announce additional touring in 2009 early next year.
I highlighted that last line myself. It could be that I’m a little bit excited about this.
UPDATE: More, from AP:
4 years after disbanding, Phish to reunite
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Phish will swim again.
The Vermont-bred jam band, which disbanded in 2004, announced Wednesday it’s reuniting for three dates next March in Hampton, Va., and more after that.
Phish has booked dates for March 6, March 7 and March 8, 2009, at the Hampton Coliseum. Other 2009 dates will be announced later, according to a notice posted on the band’s Web site Wednesday.
A spokesman for the Coliseum, who wouldn’t give his name, confirmed the booking. Ambrosia Healy, a spokeswoman for the band, didn’t immediately return telephone calls seeking comment, but confirmed the dates in a news release.
It’ll be the band’s first concerts since August 2004, when Phish said goodbye to its legions of fans with a two-day festival at Newport State Airport in Coventry, Vt.
Phish, which got its start at the University of Vermont in 1983, earned a Grateful Dead-style following in the 1980s and 1990s with its amorphous blend of rock, jazz and other styles. It was among the nation’s top touring acts when band members called it quits in 2004.
Rumors of a reunion have swirled since last May, when all four — Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell, Mike Gordon and Jon Fishman — appeared together to accept a lifetime achievement award at the Jammy Awards in New York. They didn’t play that night.
Hampton Coliseum holds special meaning for Phish. It has played there a dozen times, and recorded “Hampton Comes Alive,” a six-CD set, there in 1998.
The Wife and I last saw them at Camden, the band’s last show before heading to what was a sloppy, musically and otherwise, farewell at Coventry. We saw a good show, and compared with the nightmare at Saratoga earlier that summer, had a good experience at Camden; in fact, I thought at the time I was happy to wrap up my time with Phish on a night like that.
But to have a chance to see them again? Yes, please…