Phish is an American rock band noted for their musical improvisation, extended jams, blending of musical genres, and dedicated fan base. Formed at the University of Vermont in 1983 (with the current line-up solidifying in 1986), the band's four members—Trey Anastasio (guitars, lead vocals), Mike Gordon (bass, vocals), Jon Fishman (drums, percussion, vocals), and Page McConnell (keyboards, vocals)—performed together for over 20 years before going on hiatus in August 2004. They reunited in March 2009 for Phish in Hampton, a series of three consecutive concerts played in the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia, and have since resumed performing regularly.
Phish's music blends elements of a wide variety of genres, including rock, jazz, progressive rock, psychedelic rock, hard rock, funk, folk, bluegrass, and blues. The "Phish experience," and the band's musical essence, are based on a pure and sometimes-abstract improvisation style, which results in each concert being a "brand new" show that has never been performed that way. Specifically, whereas the typical modern rock band will repeat many of the same songs from their prior show (and thus lacking a degree of originality from show to show), Phish's style is to never repeat a song from the prior show. Moreover, each song Phish truly improvises will result in a brand new musical product each time. Thus, Phish's success is based on this model of creating a brand new experience on all levels, from the individual song - to each show - to each tour.
Although the band has received little radio play or mainstream exposure, Phish has developed a large and dedicated following by word of mouth, the exchange of live recordings, and selling over 8 million albums and DVDs in the United States. Rolling Stone stated that the band helped to "...spawn a new wave of bands oriented around group improvisation and super-extended grooves". They remain a very popular and successful touring act.Continue reading at Wikipedia... Wikipedia content provided under the terms of the Creative Commons BY-SA license