When you talk about live jam sessions, perhaps no one does it better than the American rock band, Phish. Although their studio albums sell well enough, they are primarily known as a live music phenomenon. Their performances are spontaneous and unique as they can improvise on any given rhythm live. From psychedelic rock to country and from pop to jazz, the band plays a variety of genres and blends them together to create new tunes each time round. Their concerts have an element of unpredictability as they never play the same set twice.
The Vermont based band recently established the Tortola Relief Fund to support and aid Tortola’s rebuilding efforts following the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma. Tortola Island in the Caribbean is guitarist/vocalist Trey Anastasio and his family’s favorite destination.
Phish’s latest studio album ‘Big Boat’ (2016) debuted at the nineteenth spot on the Billboard 200. Check out our page for their upcoming concert dates and Phish tickets.
Early Days & Debut
The rock band Phish was formed by three friends Trey Anastasio, Jon Fishman and Jeff Holdsworth while they were studying together at the University of Vermont in 1983. They soon began searching for a bassist following which Mike Forgon joined the trio. The four-member ensemble then began holding small scale off-campus music shows. During their performances they were often joined by keyboardist Page McConnell who later went on to become an integral part of the line-up. Shortly after McConnell’s arrival, Holdworth parted ways with Phish while Fishman and Anastasio transferred to the Goddard College in 1986.
Phish’s first set of recordings (also known as The White Tape) were widely circulated among the fans for years before it was officially released in 1998. Their first official album release is ‘Junta’ (1989). The group initially sold it in a cassette at local shows.
Discography, Hiatus and Reunion
Phish recorded the studio album titled ‘Lawn Boy’ in 1989 and released it the following year. Towards the beginning of 1991, the band went on a nationwide tour in which they recorded some sessions with their old friend Steve Pollak - The Dude of Life. In 1992, Phish came out with their record ‘A Picture of Nectar’ under Elektra Records. The songs on the album explore a range of genres such as jazz, neo-psychedelia, country, rock ‘n’ roll and calypso.
In the summers of 1993, Phish began headlining major amphitheaters. The group released their concept album ‘Rift’ the same year. In 1994, they released the album ‘Hoist’ and made a video of the track ‘Down with Disease’ for MTV. ‘Hoist’ had better sales than the group’s earlier releases.
During the 1990s, the popularity of Phish and their live concerts grew by leaps and bounds. Their constant touring led them to become one of the top concert draws in the country.
In 2000, Phish came out with the album ‘Farmhouse.’ It is hailed as one of their finest contributions and was their last release before they went on a hiatus. Even though the members had gone their separate ways and were no longer touring, the release of their albums kept their spirit alive among the fans.
Phish officially reunited in 2009 with three sold-out concerts at the Hampton Coliseum in Virginia. The group’s reunion tour had them perform several sporadic shows throughout the year. Besides playing live, Phish also released a new album ‘Joy’ for which they partnered with producer Steve Lillywhite who had last worked with them on their 1996 album ‘Billy Breathes.’ The record was a huge success as fans were delighted to have the artists back in the studios and on stage.
Since then Phish has simply been unstoppable. Whether it is headlining concerts, making festival appearances or performing at other events, their shows never fail to draw in huge crowds.
Phish’s latest album is ‘Big Boat.’ It was released via JEMP Records/ATO Records in October 2016 and has received a favorable response from fans and critics alike.
Their constantly increasing popularity is however the result of their live performances. Phish’s recent 13-night residency at the Madison Square Garden in New York came to an end in August 2017. The hugely successful run is the second longest in the history of the venue, behind only Billy Joel’s ongoing residency. It also marked the band’s 52nd show at the famous Madison Square Garden.
Phish constantly strives to experiment and innovate with different instrument arrangements. They can put together a new style of performance even with old music pieces. Hence their shows always have an element of excitement and anticipation.
How much are Phish Tickets
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