Fans of extended jams, lengthy improvisation sessions and unusual covers can look forward to this fall, when the unofficial successors to the Grateful Dead touring regimen, Phish, are due to return to the road.
The jam-happy rockers will get back on the tour circuit -- to support their September release, The Story of the Ghost -- for 22 dates, beginning at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, according to the band's official website. A representative from Phish's publicity firm would not comment on the plan to tour.
Following the L.A. opening night, the quartet will head to Las Vegas for a pair of dates, including their famous annual Halloween show, before cycling through the Midwest, making a brief step in the South and finally wrapping up back home in New England with three Massachusetts dates.
Formed in Vermont in 1983, and currently comprising guitarist/vocalist Trey Anastasio, drummer Jon Fishman, keyboardist Page McConnell and bassist Mike Gordon, the foursome have drawn comparisons to the Grateful Dead for their improvisation-heavy live shows.
Although not known for their studio albums, Phish registered a minor hit with the tune "Down With Disease" (RealAudio excerpt), from their 1994 LP Hoist.
Covers are a staple of Phish shows, from their Halloween tradition of jamming on their unique versions of entire albums, such as the Beatles' White Album, to recent reworkings of such songs as "Rhinoceros" (Smashing Pumpkins), "Been Caught Stealing" (Jane's Addiction), "Ramble On" (Led Zeppelin) and "Loving Cup" (the Rolling Stones).
Phish Tour Dates:
Oct. 29; Los Angeles, Calif., Greek Theatre
Oct. 30; Las Vegas, Nev., Thomas & Mack Center
Oct. 31; Las Vegas, Nev., Thomas & Mack Center
Nov. 2; West Valley City, Utah, E Centre
Nov. 4; Denver, Colo., McNichols Arena
Nov. 6; Madison, Wis., Kohl Center
Nov. 7; Chicago, Ill., UIC Pavilion
Nov. 8; Chicago, Ill., UIC Pavilion
Nov. 9; Chicago, Ill., UIC Pavilion
Nov. 11; Grand Rapids, Mich., Van Andel Arena
Nov. 13; Cleveland, Ohio, CSU Convention Center
Nov. 14; Cincinnati, Ohio, Crown
Nov. 15; Murfeesboro, Tenn., MTSU Murphy Center
Nov. 18; Greenville, S.C., Bi-Lo Center
Nov. 19; Winston-Salem, N.C., Lawrence Joel Coliseum
Nov. 20; Hampton, Va., Hampton Coliseum
Nov. 21; Hampton, Va., Hampton Coliseum
Nov. 24; New Haven, Conn., New Haven Coliseum
Nov. 25; Albany, N.Y., Pepsi Arena
Nov. 27; Worcester, Mass., Centrum
Nov. 28; Worcester, Mass., Centrum
Nov. 29; Worcester, Mass., Centrum