Dispatch announce plans for reunion tour

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Dispatch have announced plans to record a new material and embark on a summer reunion tour, which will include a homecoming show at Boston’s TD Garden.

The band will play the TD Garden on Saturday, June 25. Tickets, which will be priced at $37.50, will go on sale Friday, January 28 at noon through Ticketmaster. Fans who sign up for the band’s free mailing list will be awarded access to a special pre-sale which begins on Friday, January 21 and runs until the January 28 public on-sale.

This month, Dispatch will enter the recording studio for the first time in 11 years to work on new material. The band’s last studio effort was 2000’s Who Are We Living For?. Dispatch hopes to have some new songs available to appear in the set lists for their summer reunion tour, which is scheduled to hit six cities.

“Over these past few years we’ve really missed playing together, we’ve missed the road and we’ve missed our fans, and now we’re back like Halley’s Comet!,” the band declared in a press release. “It’s going to be a great summer.”

Social responsibility has always been a major component of the Dispatch culture and this summer’s tour is no exception.  his summer the band will roll out their Amplifying Education campaign, which will focus on educational issues here in the United States. Not only will fifty cents from each ticket sold go to benefit education in each local market, but the band is planning additional programs to spotlight education in every city they visit.

The band is offering free downloads of their entire studio album catalog to fans who help get the word out about the summer tour. By following a few simple steps – including friending Dispatch on Facebook, following them on Twitter and sending five friends an email about the tour – fans will get a special code to enable the download of the band’s four studio albums. Complete details are available here. www.dispatchmusic.com.

Dispatch, which formed at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont in 1996, is comprised of Brad Corrigan, Pete Francis Heimbold and Chad Stokes Urmston. The band, who have been credited for redefining the music industry with their innovative grassroots marketing,  released four independent albums before calling it quits in 2004. Dispatch’s final performance was a free show at the Hatch Shell in Boston on July 31, 2004. The historic show, which was chronicled in the feature film “The Last Dispatch”, drew a crowd of more than 110,000 people from 25 countries. In 2007, Dispatch reunited for a series of special benefit concerts in New York City to raise funs for charity projects in Zimbabwe. The band became the first independent band ever to sell out New York City’s Madison Square Garden, a feat they repeated for three consecutive nights.

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