Originally created as a one-night event to take place July 14, 2007, "Dispatch: Zimbabwe," has grown into a three-night event. Set for July 13, 14t and 15, the Boston based three-piece, Dispatch, will reunite in order to raise money and awareness for the alarming situation in Zimbabwe.

Dispatch will donate 100% of the proceeds towards fighting disease, famine, and social injustice in the African country . In an effort to bring the fight to their own country, Dispatch will make monetary contributions to local charities they have long supported, and have involved themselves with Books for Kids, Rock For A Remedy and Musicians on Call who will organize book, food and CD drives during the Madison Square Garden run. The three nights, which sold out in 30 minutes each, has already made history, making Dispatch the first independent band to headline, and more importantly, sell out Madison Square Garden.

Since Dispatch's farewell show in 2004, Brad Corrigan, Pete Francis and Chad Urmston have focused their efforts on tragedy and devastation in all parts of the globe: the tsunamis in Southeast Asia, the hurricanes in the United States and the genocide in Darfur. As individuals, each of the guys has done work to try and make a difference. As Dispatch, they feel like they can do more.

The economic crises in Zimbabwe are worsening at an alarming rate. At the beginning of 2007, Zimbabwe's inflation rose to 1,281.1%, the highest in the world. Unemployment is over 85%, poverty over 90%, and foreign reserves are almost depleted. Over four million persons are in desperate need of food.

One in four citizens are HIV positive. Coupled with severe malnutrition, thousands are dying every month. To do something as simple as buying a loaf of bread is near impossible for most Zimbabwean families. Combined with a consistent lack of potable water, power, perpetual regional drought, over all environmental degradation and the recent displacement of hundreds of thousands desperately poor from urban areas, the country is on the brink of ruin.

The band will take the next six months to decide which specific organizations it will donate the proceeds to. Dispatch will visit the African country in May.

For almost ten years, the three members of Dispatch have made a strong impact on the American music industry, releasing album after album on their own label and rising up without the assistance of a major record company.

They became pioneers in the music industry, playing to capacity at major venues across the country and selling more than 600,000 albums. All created by an incredible word of mouth popularity that was built off of file sharing, Napster, in the early 90's and active touring. In 2004 Dispatch decided to call it quits and celebrated an amazing eight-year run by performing a free farewell show in Boston, MA. More than 110,000 fans from 25 countries showed up, making it the largest independent music event in history. Now Dispatch is back, coming together for a cause that's greater than anything that drew them apart.


[Published on: 2/16/07]

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Dolemite starstarstar Fri 2/16/2007 09:46AM
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doobliebop starstarstarstarstar Fri 2/16/2007 10:12AM
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They used to be known as One Fowl Swoop. Their music is great! I saw them once live in Philly, and I think they were having an off day or something. Always wanted to give them another chance, but they broke up and their blow-out last show was too close to Coventry for me to swing both. I can't wait to hear the live recordings of these shows!

OzzieSmith Fri 2/16/2007 10:35AM
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Dispatch is actually pretty tight. They are bigger out east. Unfortunately I didn't get into them until I bought their farewell show on CD. Hopefully they schedule some shows in the midwest.

superstar007 Fri 2/16/2007 10:46AM
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dispatch is soooo lame.total college girl band.

JakeCinningerisgod Fri 2/16/2007 12:06PM
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ya they r pretty good ive heard some shows that i really like and then like superstar they have a lot of stuff that is very college girl aka dave shit. Excited to hear the recordings, how many songs do these guys have? Will the setlist be different everynight?

bmelon08 starstarstarstar Fri 2/16/2007 12:11PM
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I've been into spatch almost from their beginning and no matter what people think about them, they did do a lot givin that they were totally independent. Great cause that they are supporting, but you know these shows are gonna be filled with the new young teen crowd who just heard about them from their last show. Also I can't help but be uneasy about their return after their supposed "last show." Although it seems like a easy way to come back by justifying it with a benefit concert, I almost don't want them to do any more shows after this.

gmoo starstarstarstarstar Fri 2/16/2007 12:21PM
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I'm not into Dispatch's music, but don't you think the young crowd deserves to see this band? I'm sure not all of these teenies are shallow and some of them are 'worthy' to see the band, as if they had to earn the right to see decent music anyway. A lot of people talk the talk, but Dispatch is walkin the walk. Very noble and selfless idea. Maybe the POLICE or VAN HALEN should take notice of this, but I suppose that's why they ARE The Police and Van Halen. Sting could learn a bit or two about selflessness from these individuals.

dispatch24 starstarstarstarstar Fri 2/16/2007 08:40PM
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Actually I'm pretty sure they were fromely known as One Fell Swoop.

bmelon08 Sat 2/17/2007 08:04AM
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One Fell Swoop it is.

smpatero starstarstarstar Sat 2/17/2007 01:59PM
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I have tickets to this show! now i just have to see if i can swing a way to get there. i've been into dispatch for a long time. their live stuff is fantastic. love the reggae influences and their ability to switch instruments all day. in response to how many songs they have, were talking 4+ albums worth of tracks, although im sure there will be some repeats of their most popular stuff from night to night. its gonna be sweet. cant wait

happydestiny Sun 2/18/2007 02:38PM
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I would go just to see them play 'the general' live an old favorite of mine

mctopf3 Sun 2/18/2007 02:54PM
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not very good musicians

pinkfloydfan420 starstarstarstar Mon 2/19/2007 08:00AM
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Dispatch has some cool songs, if you don't beleive me, check out "Open Up". I think it's on their myspace page. Too bad I don't live in NYC, and even if I did, I'm sure the price would be a little outta my league. Never got to see 'em live, hopefully this will be a pre-cursor to a reunion tour?

Schweizappa starstarstarstarstar Mon 2/19/2007 05:01PM
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So...take a shower and shine your shoes...It would do Stasik justice

smpatero Mon 2/19/2007 05:21PM
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tix were only like 45 bucks, which really isnt that bad, especially for charity. heres to hoping for no reunion tour though, because i like the one night only (or three, whatever) deal. makes it seem more special

funkypunk01 starstarstarstarstar Fri 3/9/2007 07:40AM
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they are great musicians, with very tight harmonies, really good stuff

ttf12896 Sat 3/17/2007 10:36PM
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fuck you, fuck you. Dispatch is the shit and FUCK YOU WHO HATE ON DISPATCH

dmitch713 Mon 3/26/2007 08:54AM
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Dispatch is the shit, i dont care what any of yall have to say. I live right outside of Boston and i was at the last the show and it was fucking sick. Ya some of their stuff isn't that hard to play but listen to songs like "Carry You" or "Question Apocalypse". I love that spanish indie!! They put on a great show, the hatch shell was one of the best shows of my life. Faces painted tribal colors, hundred thousand people around, smell of sweet sweet herb for blocks, cant get much better than that

TSGP starstarstarstarstar Sun 6/17/2007 04:20AM
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Ive got Bats in the Belfrey