July 24, 2004

Phish Finale To Hit Satellite, Theaters

Vermont jam-band titans Phish will give fans who can’t attend its upcoming retirement bash a chance to peek in via satellite radio and local movie theaters. As previously reported, the group plans to call it quits after its Aug. 14-15 Coventry festival in its home state.

The band has struck a deal with XM Satellite Radio for live broadcasts of all six planned Coventry sets, as well as feeds throughout the weekend from the band’s on-site radio station “The Bunny.” The XM broadcast stretches from 6 a.m. on Aug. 14 through 6 a.m. on Aug. 16 on the XM Live and XM Music Lab channels. The band says it will post information on its Web site next week with details on a special discounted rate for Phish fans who’d like to subscribe.

For those desiring the full visual experience of Coventry, the band is planning to simulcast the event on both days at select Regal, Edwards and United Artists movie theaters. Specifics on theater locations and ticket information are not yet available, but the group says it will sell separate tickets to simulcasts on Aug. 14 and Aug. 15. This follows a theater simulcast of a June 17 concert at New York’s Coney Island.

Phish’s final studio album, “Undermind,” was released last month via Elektra and debuted at No. 13 on The Billboard 200.

Source billboard.com.

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Live Pearl Jam Tracks Hit The Radio

Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready will preview tracks from the group’s upcoming double-disc concert set “Live at Benaroya Hall” via a live, one-hour radio broadcast beginning 8 p.m. ET Sunday (July 25). A band spokesperson confirms such outlets as WBCN Boston, KNDD Seattle, WWDC Washington, D.C., KOMP Las Vegas, XTRA San Diego, WRIF Detroit and WMMR Philadelphia will carry the program.

In addition, McCready was interviewed by XM Satellite Radio for broadcast on the Ethel XM47 show, which will air Sunday at 7 p.m. ET and Monday at 10 p.m. ET.

Due Tuesday, “Live at Benaroya Hall” is Pearl Jam’s first release since splitting with longtime label Epic, and will be issued via the band’s own Ten Club fan organization with distribution by BMG. The largely acoustic set was taped Oct. 22, 2003, as part of a benefit for the Seattle-based aid organization YouthCare.

In related news, Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard is scheduled to appear Tuesday morning on KNDD’s Morning Alternative show.

Source billboard.com.

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Beastie Boys, Sonic Youth, Gomez Highlight Voodoo Music Experience Oct 16-17

The Beastie Boys, Green Day, Kid Rock and Velvet Revolver are among the more than 60 acts that will play the sixth annual Voodoo Music Experience. Following last year’s expansion to a three-day format, promoter Stephen Rehage has scaled this year’s event back to a two-day event in New Orleans’ City Park on Oct. 16-17.

As previously reported, the Pixies and Black Rebel Motorcycle are on a three stage bill that now also features the reunited A Tribe Called Quest, Paul Van Dyk, the Polyphonic Spree, the Killers, Cypress Hill, Shinedown, New Found Glory, Sonic Youth, Phantom Planet, Cowboy Mouth, Snow Patrol, Particle and De La Soul.

Also on the initial confirmed artist list is Gomez, the Thrills, Supagroup, Wylde Bunch, Kill Radio, Gooding, Ghost, Gogol Bordello and Metric, as well as Alter Bridge, the band formed by Creed songwriter/guitarist Mark Tremonti and drummer Scott Phillips with original Creed bassist Brian Marshall and former Mayfield Four singer/songwriter Myles Kennedy. More artists will be confirmed as the festival approaches.

Voodoo Music Experience tickets go on sale Aug. 2 via Ticketmaster and the event’s Web site. Tickets are priced at $40 per day or $70 for a two-day pass through Sept. 30.

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