Dispatch is back together, and it's playing its first show in four years at Red Rocks. That's a pretty big deal. Dispatch, in case the name isn't immediately familiar, is arguably one of the most successful independent bands of all time. To wit: The band played what was then thought to be its farewell show at Boston's Hatch Shell in 2004. That show, as documented in the film The Last Dispatch, drew more than 100,000 people. (To put it in perspective, Phish's, ahem, farewell show didn't even attract that many people.)
Three years later, that show was followed by three back-to-back sold out shows at Madison Square Garden in 2007. Now, four years later, the outfit, which features Brad Corrigan, frontman of the local outfit Braddigan, Chad Urmston of State Radio and Pete Heimbold, is reconvening once again for a half-dozen dates, including the kickoff at Red Rocks on Saturday, June 4.
Tickets for the Red Rocks date are $40 and go on sale to the public at noon on Friday, January 28 at DispatchMusic.com. Fans can also sign up now for a special presale on the website, which is slated to take place on Friday, January 21 at noon. As an added bonus, fans who turn become friends with the band on Facebook and then tell their friends about the tour will get access to free downloads. And here's some more news that should thrill longtime fans: Word has it the band is about to enter the studio to work on some new music. Full dates below.
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