Phish to reunite for tour in 2009

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After dropping hints earlier this summer, Phish has announced plans to reunite for three dates in Hampton, Va. next March, with additional cities and venues to come later in 2009.

Rabid fans of the legendary jam band can purchase tickets to the March 6, 7 and 8 concerts at the Hampton Coliseum (capacity of 13,800) in a couple of different ways. A small number of tickets are available at the band's online ticketing system, with the request period ending at 11:59 a.m. EST on Oct. 8 (fans can only request up to two tickets). General public tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. EST on Oct. 18 via Ticketmaster. All tickets are $49.50.

By March of 2009 it'll have been nearly five long years since Phish disbanded in 2004, after a particularly emotional goodbye at its Coventry, Va. concert. And it wasn't a unanimous decision, either. Bassist Mike Gordon toldRolling Stone back in 2004 that Phish frontman Trey Anastasio called a band meeting and "simply announced, 'I can't do this anymore,' and started to cry." (Gordon was the lone dissenting voice out of the four members). But Anastasio had long maintained he wanted the band to go out on top and on its own terms, despite the obvious turmoil it caused him and his bandmates.

"How much longer was Led Zeppelin gonna last after In Through the Out Door if John Bonham hadn't died? We all heard that album," Anastasio said. "Things don't go on forever, and the quicker you accept that change is inevitable, the happier you're gonna be."

Four years later, Anastasio is singing a different tune (much to the delight of his legions of devoted fans). Expect further announcements about Phish reunion tour dates in the coming months.

Those concert dates again:

6 -
Hampton, Va. @ Hampton Coliseum
7 - Hampton, Va. @ Hampton Coliseum
8 - Hampton, Va. @ Hampton Coliseum

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