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Jam band Phish back
on the road in '09

Phish tour info
By Dan Plutchak
Reviewed: Jan. 23, 2009

EAST TROY, WI -- Is this the Renaissance of the jam band?

The days of the long, melodic and improvisational mega shows appeared to be over when Phish announced in 2004 they would no longer tour.

But within the last few weeks, Phish, as well as the remaining members of the Grateful Dead, have announced that the lure of performing live will bring them back to the stage for separate tours this year.

Phish, featuring Page McConnell, Trey Anastasio, Jon Fishman and Mike Gordon, will perform two shows at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre near East Troy, Wis., June 20-21.

A limited number of tickets are available directly through Phish Tickets' online ticketing system HERE.

Request your tickets before noon Jan. 17.

General tickets go on sale Jan. 31 at 10 a.m. CST at

The show is the first announcement at Alpine Valley for the summer season.

Also this summer, surviving members of the Grateful Dead will take to the road, but this time, the tour won't bring them to Alpine Valley.

The band members' last reunion, as The Other Ones, included a stop here in August 2002.

Concerns over security and safety came to a head when Walworth County Sheriff David Graves took on entertainment giant Clear Channel Communications -- Alpine's owner -- and threatened to cancel the show.

An agreement eventually was hammered out, and the band played two days of sold-out shows.

Original band members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann say they've worked out their differences and will begin a 19-city tour April 12 in Greensboro, N.C. They will play Chicago's All State Area May 5.

Dead reunion schedule is HERE. Here's what you'll need to know about the Phish show:

--The Phish Web site is HERE.

--Alpine seating is HERE.

--Map to Alpine Valley is HERE.

--Walworth County lodging can be found HERE.

--A review of Phish's 2003 Alpine show is HERE.

Contact Dan Plutchak at

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