Phish Get Set For Summer

Dude, pass over that carton of Phish Food...

Phisheads have much to be happy about these days. Not only can they munch on

the new Ben & Jerry's phishy flavor Phish Food after a hard day of toking and

spinning around in circles, but they can pack their bags in anticipation of the

non-sequel sequel to last summer's massive "Clifford Ball" event.

This

summer, Phish are holding a two-day celebration/festival they're calling "The

Great Went," which, as previously reported in ATN, will take place at the

Loring Air Force Base in Limestone, Maine on Saturday and Sunday, August 16-17.

The Phishfest will be preceded by a 17-date cross-country tour during July and

August.

Like last summer's massive Clifford Ball, the biggest North

American concert of 1996 (over 135,000 tickets sold), The Great Went will

feature on-site camping, three sets from the band each day, food vendors, arts

and crafts, a variety of performers and plenty of Phish-like surprises and

mayhem. Tickets for The Great Went go on sale May 16th (check the band's web

site, www.phish.com, for updates).

The band will play a benefit show for

Lake Champlain conservation in their home state of Vermont on March 18 in

Burlington. The show is also a launch party of sorts for Phish Food, for which

the band have generously decided to forego any moneys, instead diverting 100%

of their royalties from the flavor to a still-unnamed Lake Champlain

conservation fund.

Phish will then return to European shores for some June

and July dates. In the meantime, a source tells ATN the group has been in and

out of studios experimenting and jamming on some new material, although they

aren't working on a new specific project yet. "They just had such a good time

working this way last time that they've been doing it again," said the source.

[For the Phish summer U. S. tour dates, please use "Continued" icon

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