Phish plays flood benefit in Vermont

Phish front man Trey Anastasio performs during their benefit concert at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction, Vt, on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011.  Proceeds will benefit the people of Vermont impacted by Hurricane Irene.    The band, which first began playing in Burlington in the early 1980s, hasn't held a concert in the state since 2004, when members put on a show to celebrate their break-up. AP Photo/Alison Redlich)
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Phish front man Trey Anastasio performs during their benefit concert at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction, Vt, on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011. Proceeds will benefit the people of Vermont impacted by Hurricane Irene. The band, which first began playing in Burlington in the early 1980s, hasn't held a concert in the state since 2004, when members put on a show to celebrate their break-up. AP Photo/Alison Redlich)

ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) — Phish is coming to the aid of victims of Vermont flooding.

The Burlington-bred jam band, which formed in the early 1980s, played a benefit concert Wednesday for those affected by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene, which killed four people and damaged hundreds of roads, bridges and homes across Vermont.

The band drew about 12,000 fans — at $75 and up per ticket — to the Champlain Valley Exposition fairgrounds in Essex Junction, opening a three-hour set with "Chalk Dust Torture."

First, Gov. Peter Shumlin made a brief appearance on the stage, talking about how resilient Vermont residents have been through the disaster.

It was Phish's first show in Vermont since 2004, when its breakup show in Coventry was plagued by bad weather and traffic problems.