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Trey Anastasio Touring Solo Again Before Phish Reunion

Mike Gordon, Jon Fishman also hitting road before Phish reunite

East Coast college-bound Phish fans who are serious about getting their phix

might want to see if it's not too late to get a fall semester deferment.

Phish leader Trey Anastasio has announced plans to get his solo rocks off

one more time before the band's eagerly awaited return to touring (see [article id="1457024"]"Phish End Hiatus, Schedule Winter

Dates"[/article]).

Anastasio will take his nine-piece solo band on a nine-date East Coast swing

of theaters and small arenas that'll kick off with an October 22 benefit for

an arts organization in his hometown of Burlington, Vermont. According to a

spokesperson, given the bandmembers' busy schedules and Anastasio's Phish

commitments, the dates will likely mark the last time this lineup tours

together.

While keyboardist Page McConnell's Vida Blue side project are taking a

break, drummer Jon Fishman will tune up for the upcoming Phish shows by

taking his side band, Pork Tornado, on the road beginning October 9 in

Northampton, Massachusetts. The spokesperson said bassist Mike Gordon will

announce a string of tour dates with guitar virtuoso Leo Kottke next week.

Phish will end their nearly two-year hiatus with a New Year's Eve show at

New York's Madison Square Garden, followed by three shows January 2-4 at

Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia. More dates in 2003 are expected, and

the spokesperson said the group plans to show off a "considerable" amount of

new material at the shows.

Trey Anastasio tour dates:

  • 10/22 - Burlington, VT @ Burlington Memorial Auditorium
  • 10/24 - Portland, ME @ Cumberland County Civic Center
  • 10/25 - Utica, NY @ Utica Memorial Auditorium
  • 10/26 - Bethlehem, PA @ Stabler Arena
  • 10/28 - Charlottesville, VA @ University Hall
  • 10/29 - Louisville, KY @ Palace Theatre
  • 10/31 - Asheville, NC @ Asheville Civic Center
  • 11/1 - Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
  • 11/2 - Pompano Beach, FL @ Pompano Beach Amphitheater
  • For more sights and stories from concerts around the country, check out MTV News Tour Reports.