Phish End Hiatus, Schedule Winter Dates

New Year's Eve, New Year shows in works for returning jam band.

Nearly two years after they last played together in public, Phish announced Wednesday (August 14) that they are ending their extended hiatus.

A winter mini-tour has already been scheduled and will include three sets on New Year's Eve at New York City's Madison Square Garden, followed by three shows January 2-4 at Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia.

The band plans to schedule additional tour dates in 2003 and will likely record an album next year, the group's management said.

Phish will sell tickets via its online system from September 5-8. Tickets will then be available through Ticketmaster for Madison Square Garden on September 20 and for the Hampton shows on September 21.

The band's third round of Live Phish releases are due in stores on October 29. The third set includes all four of the band's legendary Halloween shows (in which they play another band's album in its entirety) bookended by "normal" sets. Phish performed the Beatles' White Album in 1994 at Glens Falls Civic Center in Glens Falls, New York; the Who's Quadrophenia in 1995 at the Rosemont Horizon (now the Allstate Arena) in Rosemont, Illinois; Talking Heads' Remain in Light in 1996 at the Omni in Atlanta; and Velvet Underground's Loaded in 1998 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Each of the previous Live Phish rounds has included seven shows.

Due on November 12 is the concert DVD "Phish: Live in Vegas." The show, which took place on September 30, 2000, included an explanation by guitarist Trey Anastasio of the approaching break and a "Happy Birthday" tribute by fans in honor of Anastasio's 36th birthday (see "Kid Rock Joins Phish At Vegas Show").

While the members of Phish have been guests during one another's side projects in the last 22 months and Anastasio has joked on at least one occasion about surprise Phish shows, the band has performed together only once since playing its final show at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California, on October 7 (see "After 17 Years, Phish Take A Break"). The occasion was co-manager Jason Colton's wedding.

Phish have yet to announce any plans to build a city.