, a US
rock band, was formed in 1983
(1983 in music
) at the University of Vermont[?]
by guitarist/vocalist Trey Anastasio
, guitarist Jeff Holdsworth[?]
, and drummer Jonathan Fishman[?]
, later joined by bassist Mike Gordon[?]
. Jeff soon left the band and Page McConnell[?]
joined on keys, finalizing the lineup. Phish began playing at local clubs in Burlington, and their live shows gained a reputation for extended improvisational jams. Their musical ethos (a playful mix of skilled improvisation, psychedelic rock
and intricate compositions) is very similar to The Grateful Dead
. Their original compositions (such as "Theme from the Bottom" and "Farmhouse") tended towards a psychedelic-rock and bluegrass fusion, with more rock elements than the Grateful Dead and other earlier jam bands. They recorded their debut album, "Junta" in 1988
(1988 in music
), and began touring national soon after, playing 150 concerts in 1990
(1990 in music
) alone. They were signed to Elektra Records
Their fame grew with each successive release and, instead of succumbing to the pressures of huge stadium concerts, the band began organizing massive festivals such as the Clifford Ball[?] (1996 in music), Great Went[?] (1997 in music), Lemonwheel[?] (1998 in music), Oswego (1999 in music), and a 3 day millennium concert at the Big Cypress Seminole reservation at the end of 1999 (1999 in music). Phish toured throughout the summer and fall of 2000, and began a hiatus at the end of the tour. The band members have begun embarking on side projects: Trey fronting his own band, Page forming the trio Vida Blue[?] with Russell Batiste and Oteil Burbridge, Fish performing with Pork Tornado, and Mike working on films such as Outside Out and The Deep End.
Phish ended the self-imposed hiatus with a sold-out New Year's eve (12/31/02) show at Madison Square Garden in New York City followed by a 3 show run in Hampton, VA. They have a February tour scheduled and are now playing plenty of new material at their shows, mostly from the recently released album, Round Room.
Ben and Jerry named a flavour of ice cream after them, "Phish Food".
Phish are not to be confused with Fish.
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