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Chad Urmston, Brad Corrigan, and Pete Heimbrold started the group while attending Middlebury College. They incorporated reggae, acoustic rock and folk and played in and around the local Vermont bar scene before relocating to Boston following graduation. Dispatch gained national recognition as independent artists who benefitted from Napster and constant touring to develop a national following. They built their fan-base largely around their live shows and evolved into a jam band known for their musical spontaneity. They released their debut album Silent Steeples in 1996 and toured constantly to promote the disc. Dispatch released their sophomore set, Bang Bang, featuring the radio-friendly single, "The General", which has become a staple of rock radio.
Dispatch released two more albums Four-Day Trials in 1999 and Who Are We Living For? in 2000 and toured extensively until 2002 when rising tensions forced an extended hiatus. Dispatch announced their break-up in 2002 and scheduled a final concert in 2004. The event known as "The Last Dispatch" was intended for an audience of about 30,000 at Boston's outdoor Hatch Shell venue; However, an estimated 100,000 fans from all over the world descended on the open air venue to see their last performance. The experience was chronicled in the documentary The Last Dispatch which details the final two weeks of the band's existence.
Following the break-up, all band members remained active in the music industry. Urmston fronted "State Radio", while Corrigan and Heimbrold went solo. Dispatch reunited in 2007 for a concert performance at Madison Square Garden to benefit Zimbabwe and the recent political upheaval that plagued the African nation. Due to high demand, tour dates for the benefit concert were extended and they added an additional two shows. In 2009, Dispatch was invited to the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. to perform an acoustic show at the behest of Zimbabwean Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai.
More recently, Dispatch announced in January, 2011 that a reunion concert tour was in the works. Dispatch tour dates have the band traveling throughout the country for the better part of Summer, 2011. In addition, Dispatch tour dates are slated alongside Dave Matthews Band on the DMB Caravan. A new EP was released in May, 2011 which featured the first set of original material in over a decade! Don't miss a tour date of this historic reunion. Use Eventful as your source for Dispatch tour dates and concert schedule information.