There’s a reason why Phish’s summer trek will only take the band as far west as Commerce City, CO, where – for the fourth consecutive year – the group will wrap things up with a trio of Labor Day weekend shows at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (August 29-31). Today Phish revealed plans for a 12-date fall tour that will take the band to seven West Coast cities.
An online ticket request period for the fall tour is currently underway at http://tickets.phish.com/. Tickets for the Seattle date will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, August 8. For details, visit http://phish.com.
Phish will kick off the autumn outing on October 17 with its first-ever show at Matthew Knight Arena, which will also mark the band’s first show in Eugene, OR in 20 years. The group will play two consecutive nights at Santa Barbara County Bowl (October 21 & 22), a venue Phish first played as openers for Santana in 1992, and its first show at Los Angeles’ Forum since Valentine’s Day 2003. The tour will conclude with Phish’s first shows at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas (October 31 – November 2).
The band’s new album, Fuego, was produced by Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel) and debuted in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 earlier this month. Rolling Stone readers named Fuego as one of the “10 Best Albums of 2014 So Far” and NPR Music hailed it as Phish’s “finest work in more than a decade.” The New York Times’ Jon Pareles praised it as “frisky” and noted the depth of the lyrics for songs like “The Line” suits the band as it “recharges for its fourth decade.”
“After the reflective gratitude of 2009’s Joy…the party is back in full swing,” said Rolling Stone and The Associated Press concurred, noting, “It’s a fun, spirited, rocking record.” “Featuring female backup vocals, powerful horns and a gripping wah-wah solo from frontman Trey Anastasio, Fuego’s ‘555’ takes a page from the book of Allen Toussaint funk. Phish captures that sophisticated-groove vibe and makes it its own, said Time Out New York. “[Fuego] feels bigger, brighter…than anything else they’ve ever done,” said Entertainment Weekly.