Phish plans concert to help Vt. flood victims

September 7, 2011 - 5:05 AM

ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) — The jam band Phish is returning to its home state of Vermont to help the victims of Tropical Storm Irene with a benefit concert.

Phish will play on Sept. 14 at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction, its first Vermont show in seven years.

The Burlington Free Press (http://bit.ly/nVQYWX ) reports that tickets go on sale Saturday.

In a statement issued Tuesday, Phish keyboardist Page McConnell says: "It's been heartbreaking to see all the loss and destruction that came from the storm."

McConnell also says he hopes the money raised from the concert will make a difference in the recovery and rebuilding effort.