Phish will reunite for a series of shows this March. As of press time, the quartet’s first full performances since 2004 will take place at Hampton, VA’s Hampton Coliseum on March 6, 7 and 8, 2009. Earlier this month the band also played a surprise three-song set at the wedding of longtime road manager Brad Sands. The group is expected to announce a handful of additional dates in the near future. Hampton Coliseum’s intimate size and general admission seating has made the venue a fan and band favorite since the group first headlined the room in 1995. Since that time Phish has filled the Coliseum on eleven additional occasions, most recently on its farewell tour in 2004.
This is not the first time the group has selected the room for a special event. After returning from hiatus in 2002, three of Phish’s first four shows took place at the spaceship shaped arena, and the group booked a last minute Hampton, VA show after announcing its breakup in 2004. Phish’s November 20 and 21, 1998 performances in the room were released as the box set Hampton Comes Alive. Rumors of a Phish reunion have reached new heights in recent months after the four musicians accepted a lifetime achievement award at New York’s Theatre at Madison Square Garden last May. Since that time the players have appeared onstage in a number of different configurations, most recently when Mike Gordon sat in with Page McConnell at South Burlington, VT’s Higher Ground this past Saturday. Trey Anastasio has also tested out a number of new possible Phish songs onstage, most notably his co-compositions with longtime lyricist Tom Marshall andquot;Alaskaandquot; and andquot;Backwards Down the Number Line.andquot;