Founded in Burlington, VT in 1983, Phish has since established itself as one of the most adventurous bands of our era, with a passion for exploration that permeates all of its endeavors – from its genre-busting blend of musical styles and trailblazing approach to the live music experience to its creative packaging and inventive methods for connecting with fans.
The quartet – Trey Anastasio on guitar/vocals, Jon Fishman on drums, Mike Gordon on bass and Page McConnell on keyboards – has gone from playing club gigs along the East Coast to selling out multiple nights at such venues as Madison Square Garden, fueled largely by word-of-mouth. Along the way, they’ve received multiple GRAMMY® nominations, graced the cover of Rolling Stone and been featured in an episode of “The Simpsons.”
“Phish offers something rare in pop: a long, complex, and completely different show every night,” said the Village Voice while SPIN praised the band’s “epic, musically adventurous shows.” Its Halloween concerts, which feature Phish donning a “musical costume” and covering a classic album by another band, are legendary as are its New Year’s Eve shows. And every concert is made available as a download via LivePhish.com.
The band pioneered the concept of the single-artist music and arts festival with The Clifford Ball, held at a decommissioned Air Force base in upstate New York in 1996. Rolling Stone called it groundbreaking, marveling: “there was a real story; that in an age of corporate sponsorship, this completely home-grown thing happened that was different from any other concert." It was followed by The Great Went, Lemonwheel, Oswego, Big Cypress, It, Coventry, Festival 8 and, most recently, Super Ball IX, which took place at Watkins Glen International over Fourth of July weekend 2011. As The New York Times observed: “there may be no band in the world that goes to lengths as extravagant as Phish does to provide a multiday entertainment experience.”
Joy, Phish’s latest studio recording, was hailed by Rolling Stone as “a genuinely great album.” Recorded with Steve Lillywhite, who produced Phish’s Billy Breathes (1996), it was the first non-archival release on JEMP Records, an independent record label created by Phish in 2005.
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