Vida Blue Announces 1st Tour Dates Since 2004
Vida Blue will return to the road in September for their first tour in 15 years. The band featuring Phish keyboardist Page McConnell, Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge, funky METERS drummer Russell Batiste and newest member, guitarist Adam Zimmon (Ziggy Marley/Shakira) will play a total of three concerts between September 18 and 21 as per a new interview with Page posted by Rolling Stone.
The tour begins at the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C. on September 18. From there, the quartet brings the first Vida Blue tour since 2004 to the Fillmore in Philadelphia on September 20. Vida Blue are currently scheduled to conclude the run at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York on September 21.
Rolling Stone asked McConnell about what fans can expect at the shows:
I don’t know. I know what they were like in the old days with the trio. I think it’ll be fun. I didn’t want to book a huge six-week tour or something. I just wanted to get my feet wet again. One of the things I love about being in Phish is I don’t have to lead every moment of the band. I can be in the band, but not calling the songs or counting the tempos or that sort of stuff. And that’s not a luxury I have in this band, because I have to do that stuff, which is fun but a different discipline for me
News of the tour comes after Vida Blue released a new single entitled “Analog Delay” off their forthcoming Crossing Lines LP. McConnell produced the eight-track effort, which is the first Vida Blue album since 2003’s The Illustrated Band. Crossing Lines is due on September 20 via Page’s Keyed Records label.
A real-time fan pre-sale for all three concerts begins on Wednesday, July 24 at 10 a.m. ET via Vida Blue Ticketing. Tickets for the 9:30 Club show go on sale to the general public this Thursday, July 25 at 10 a.m. ET. Tickets for The Fillmore and The Capitol Theatre go on sale this Friday, July 26 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. ET respectively.