Phish, the most beloved “jam band” since the Grateful Dead, is preparing for another jaunt across the United States (and one stop in Canada) over the next few months. The tour starts next week on July 3 in Bangor, Maine and ends with three shows on Labor Day weekend in Commerce City, Colorado, between August 30 and September 1 – full tour dates are listed below.
To tide its large cult of fans over until then, Trey Anastasio and company have released (as of last week) a mega box set entitled Ventura. The 6-CD set contains two shows from the late ’90s (July 30, 1997 and July 20, 1998) at the Ventura County Fairgrounds in (you guessed it) Ventura, California. As if that weren’t enough, until supplies run out, fans ordering from Phish Dry Goods will also get a bonus seventh CD called “Buenaventura” that features 10 songs selected from a March 21, 1993 concert at the Ventura Theatre. The popular fan site LivePhish.com is selling it in high quality digital (MP3, FLAC, and ALAC) and physical CD forms. SiriusXM’s Jam On channel debuted both shows in their entirety over the course of four nights in the past two weeks.
Phish tickets have been on sale to the general public for a few months, but there is still plenty of time to catch them on this tour. You’ll likely get a long, blissful and career-spanning set of songs at each show (at least three hours in length) going back 25 years to 1988 when (platinum-selling) debut album Junta was recorded. Their last studio effort was 2009’s Joy, which was produced by Steve Lillywhite, who also produced Phish’s successful mid-’90s album Billy Breathes.
2013 Summer Tour Dates
July 3 @ Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion – Bangor, Maine
July 5–7 @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center – Saratoga Springs, New York
July 9 @ Molson Amphitheatre – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
July 10 @ PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, New Jersey
July 12 @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, NY
July 13–14 @ Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, Maryland
July 16–17 @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – Alpharetta, Georgia
July 19–21 @ Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island – Chicago, Illinois
July 26–27 @ Gorge Amphitheatre – George, Washington
July 30–31 @ Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys – Stateline, Nevada
August 2–4 @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium – San Francisco, California
August 5 @ Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles, CA
August 30–September 1 @ Dick’s Sporting Goods Park – Commerce City, Colorado