Phish, legendary jam band and heirs to the Grateful Dead throne, has announced a 10-city 2018 tour kicking off in Stateline, NV at Harvey’s Outdoor Arena in Lake Tahoe on Jul 17 & 18 and wrapping in Commerce City, CO at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Sep 2. Stops along the way include San Francisco, CA, Austin, TX, Alpharetta, GA, Camden, NJ, Raleigh, NC and Columbia, MD.
Prior to Phish's summer tour, Trey Anastasio embarks on a solo acoustic mini-tour that begins Feb 8th in Morristown, New Jersey and wraps Feb. 18th in Athens, Georgia.
Who is Phish?
Phish was formed in a dorm room at the University of Vermont in 1983 where they all attended. Frontman Trey Anastasio, bassist Mike Gordon, drummer Jonathan Fishman and later addition keyboardist Page McConnell released their first album in 1988 entitled Junta.
The band was successful enough at selling records, but their live shows are what really created the large contingent of loyal fans. Similar to The Grateful Dead, their fans consider them more of a way of life than a band...a live phenomenon with a reputation for never playing the same set twice. By cultivating its cult-like following, Phish has been able to bypass regular mass-media channels and become one of the hottest live attractions.
Phish hasn’t always existed in blissful harmony. The band took a hiatus after their tour in 2004 and re-emerged in 2009. In a Rolling Stone interview, it was reported that Anastasio could be a demanding taskmaster, which created tension among the band members. Says Fishman about the frontman. "He never meant to squelch anyone else's ideas ... but I think it stepped on people's toes at moments. There was no bad intent."
When the band re-connected they all agreed to a “No Analyze” time period after a show where no criticism could be levied. This certainly provides insight into past troubles where it was reported that post-shows devolved quickly into finger pointing and negative energy.
It’s certainly worked and the group has found what Anastasio calls “hard-earned happiness.”
Phish’s music, somewhat similar to Grateful Dead’s sound, is an eclectic form of rock & roll with elements of folk, jazz, country, bluegrass, and pop. The main difference is that Phish leans more into the jazz-derived improv than folk. It’s what gives them the air of uniqueness that keeps their loyal fans attracted to their live performances.