Phish back in the swim

Written by Scott Mervis on .

PhishOne Fish,

Two Fish,

Old Fish,

New Phish.

Word has come down today that Phish will reunite in March of 2009 after what will be an almost five-year hiatus - setting up the prospect of a summer show at the Post-Gazette Pavilion.

OK, we're getting ahead ourselves.

For now, the Dead-like jam band from Vermont has announced a three-night run March 6-8 at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Va., where it recorded the boxed set "Hampton Comes Alive," and long further activity next year. (Tickets for the Hampton shows will be offered through the band's ticketing system on its web site through Oct. 8, then go on sale to the general public Oct. 18.)

Singer-guitarist Trey Anastasio, bassist Mike Gordon, keyboardist Page McConnell and drummer Jon Fishman signed off in August 2004 with farewell gigs in Coventry, Vt., having racked more than $175 million in concert grosses since 1989.

The reunion rumors began last May when they appeared to accept a lifetime achievement award at the Jammy Awards in New York. Apparently, producer Steve Lillywhite has been lined up for the prospect of studio work.

This is clearly good news for jam-band fans (who have found solace in groups like moe. and String Cheese Incident), for a concert industry desperate for big headliners and for the members of Phish, who haven't transcended the band's popularity on their own.

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