Phish to return to the road, announce Maine show

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Phish have announced plans for another leg of their ongoing reunion tour. The Vermont-based jam band heroes will make one stop in New England with a show scheduled for Sunday, November 29 at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine. General Admission floor, as well as Reserved seats are $50 (tapers must have GA Floor) and will go on sale Saturday at 9 a.m. through Ticketmaster.

Phish will be touring in support of the brand new release, Joy. The album, which was produced by Steve Lillywhite (U2, Dave Matthews Band), is their fourteenth studio effort and first since 2004’s Undermind. In addition to the compact disc and double-vinyl varieties, the band is offering a limited edition deluxe box set. The “Joy Box” features Joy, a second album entitled Party Time, an extensive hard-bound booklet, ten individual limited edition posters (designed by a different artist for each of the album’s ten songs) and a special DVD featuring footage from the band’s summer tour opener at Fenway Park and their set at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival.

The November 29 show will mark first time the band has performed at the Cumberland Country Civic center since 1999, as well as the first time in Maine, since their IT festival in 2003, at the former Loring Air Force Base, in Limestone.

The latest batch of tour dates, which also include a three-night stand at Madison Square Garden, will follow the Phish’s three-day festival, dubbed “Festival 8”, later this month in California. The band will take over the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, home to the Coachella and Stagecoach festivals, from Friday, October 30 through Sunday, November 1. The band will perform eight sets over the three days and continue their Halloween tradition by performing a set in costume and covering another band’s album in full. Phish has not stated what album they will perform but have been dropping hints on the festival’s website. The band has been killing off album covers each day and speculation that the band will tackle Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run is mounting after the album cover was edited on the website to show guitarist Trey Anastasios’s Languedoc guitar in place of Springsteen’s normal Fender Telecaster.

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