Dispatch will reunite for a six-city tour later this year. The jam-trio will play amphitheaters, arenas and other marquee venues across the country. The group—which formed at Middlebury College in the mid ‘90s—is one of the most successful independent bands to form in the last 20 years. After going on indefinite hiatus in 2002, Dispatch came together for a farewell show at Boston’s Hatch Shell in 2004. The free gig reportedly drew over 110,000 people. The members of Dispatch reunited for three sold out shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden in 2007 as well as an acoustic show at Washington, DC’s Kennedy Center in 2009. All four gigs benefited the people of Zimbabwe.
“To oversimplify, things felt pretty good all around,” Dispatch’s Chad Stokes told Relix/Jambands.com of the band’s decision to reunite. “The field feels pretty open as far as what we can do—everyone is a good place.”
Dispatch’s summer tour will run from June 4-25. The band also plans to enter the studio to work on new material before hitting the road. Highlights on the tour include the first ever concert at the 25,000 capacity, brand new Red Bull Arena soccer stadium in Harrison, NJ. Dispatch will also make its first headlining appearances at Morrison, CO’s Red Rocks Amphitheater and Berkeley, CA’s Greek Theatre. The group hinted at its summer tour via a series of encoded images on its Facebook page earlier this fall.
Tickets go on sale to the general public at 12 Noon local time on January 28 at www.dispatchmusic.com. Fans are also invited to sign up at www.dispatchmusic.com today for access to a special presale which begins at 12 Noon local time on January 21 and runs until the public onsale. Fifty cents from each ticket sold go to benefit education in each local market. The band is planning additional programs to spotlight education in every market they visit.
“If I could predict the future, I’d say that doing something like this every two or three years isn’t out of the question,” Stokes says of the band’s future plans. “If something comes up that the three of us feel really psyched about we can get our act together and do it. So I think we are going to be a little bit closer to being able to be spontaneous with the band. But that being said, I don’t see Dispatch as a regular thing.”
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Here’s a look at Dispatch’s summer tour
June 4 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
June 8 Chicago, IL Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park
June 11 Berkeley, CA Greek Theatre
June 18 Harrison, NJ Red Bull Arena
June 21 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheatre
June 25 Boston, MA TD Garden