Phish has just added an eleventh date to their summer tour: On June 10, the band will be stopping off in Knoxville, TN to play a show at the University of Tennessee’s 24,535 capacity Thompson-Boling Arena.
Knoxville is only three hours away from Manchester, TN, home of the infamous Bonnaroo festival. The festival begins on June 11, the day after the Knoxville concert.
The initial Bonnaroo lineup is scheduled to be announced on February 3.
There is much speculation about Phish’s presence at this year’s Bonnaroo because, before their hiatus, the band was known for playing only at their own exclusive festivals. However, in what Relix Magazine calls Mike Gordon’s “most in-depth interview since Phish announced its return”, the Phish bassist told the Burlington Free Press,
“Now it’s a different era…it’s just a whole different model. Now it’s like, maybe we don’t have to have our own festival to make great music. We don’t have to do that and maybe we can be even more a part of the music industry than we were before, rather than separate from it.”
A limited number of tickets for this show are available at phish.portals.musictoday.com. The ticketing request period is underway, and will end on Sunday, January 25th at 11:59AM EST.
Phish 2009 tour dates:
03/06-03/08 – Hampton, VA @ Hampton Coliseum
06/04-06/05 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
06/06 – Mansfield, MA @ Comcast Center
06/07 – Camden, NY @ Susquehanna Bank Center
06/09 – Asheville, NC @ Asheville Civic Center
06/10 – Knoxville, TN @ Thompson-Boling Arena
06/16 – St. Louis, MO @ Fox Theatre
06/18 – Burgettstown, PA @ Post Gazette Pavilion
06/19 – Noblesville, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center
06/20-06/21 – East Troy, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theater