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`Major concert announcement' for Cleveland; Phish for Star Lake

January 8, 2009 - Andy Gray
This morning Live Nation sent an invitation for a press conference Monday at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum regarding a “MAJOR CONCERT ANNOUNCEMENT.” Most concert announcements don’t merit a press conference, just an email, so it might truly be “major.”

Since it is at the Rock Hall, it could be a concert connected to the induction ceremonies, which will be held in Cleveland for the first time in a decade. Probably is.

But if it’s not, the choice of the location would imply that the concert involves a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. British music mag NME is stoking rumors about a Led Zeppelin reunion tour again, although the latest rumblings indicate that Robert Plant definitely will not be involved (and does a Zep reunion without Plant qualify as a “major concert announcement”? I’d say no).

It’s probably not Phish, which isn’t a Rock Hall inductee and isn’t scheduled to come to Cleveland. However, the jam band is reuniting and, according to Billboard magazine’s Web site, coming to Post-Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake.

Star Lake is one of only eight venues listed on the tour schedule. However, the list also is missing Bonnaroo, and rumors have been circulating for weeks that Phish would headline the June 12 and 13 shows at the Tennessee music festival (Bruce Springsteen is the rumored headliner on June 14).

The Star Lake date is June 18. According to the band's management, tickets will go on sale Jan. 30-31 at all eight venues. However, fans can sign up for tickets through a presale on the band's Web site through Jan. 17.


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