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Phish (finally) announces Vegas return: Halloween weekend

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Back on the train: Phish hits the MGM Grand October 31-November 2.
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Las Vegas Phish phans rejoice: Your long wait is almost over.

The beloved Vermont jam band, which played here 11 times between 1996 and 2014 but hasn't been back since April 2004, has announced its return, for a trio of shows at MGM Grand Garden Arena: Friday, October 31; Saturday, November 1 and Sunday, November 2.

Fans can sign up for a pre-sale ticket lottery (through August 3) at the band's online ticketing site, with a general on-sale scheduled to begin August 7.

Historically, Phish's Halloween shows have found the band sandwiching a "costume" set—featuring the quartet covering an entire album by another artist—between two sets of its own music. The tradition began with The Beatles' White Album in 1994 and continued with The Who's Quadrophenia (1995), Talking Heads' Remain in Light (1996), The Velvet Underground's Loaded (performed in 1998 at Las Vegas' Thomas & Mack Center), The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street (2009) and Little Feat's Waiting for Columbus (2010). Last year, Phish instead filled its second Halloween set with an album's worth of then-unreleased material—most of which was eventually used on last month's new full-length, Fuego.

In addition to the 1998 Halloween show, Phish's Las Vegas history includes a 1996 Aladdin Theater show featuring Primus' Les Claypool and Larry LaLonde, along with Elvis impersonators, and a 2000 T&M performance that found Kid Rock joining the band onstage.

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