For over thirty years, the band Phish has been unforgettably touching the minds and spirits of audiences throughout the world. The core band members, Trey Anastasio, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon and Page McConnell joined together in the early 1980’s. Contributing to their astounding concert success is the fact that every show contains a completely different song setlist. Keeping each performance fresh, exciting and new is what brings Phish fans coming back for more.
This versatile band has been transcendent in the music industry. Phish and their timeless music has allowed them to book a lengthy residency at one of the most prolific venues in the country. Madison Square Garden will host Phish for 13 shows before they cross the country for a weekend at Dicks Sporting Goods Stadium for three shows in September.
Science shows that jazz is the most stimulating genre of music, it relieves stress and stimulates creativity. Artistically supplying the undeniable power of live music, Phish’s performance of the hit song “Stash,” will keep your body moving to the music all night long.
The first official studio release album of Phish was Junta. Released in 1992, the album includes music that has the character of a symphony and the excitement of classical rock. Named after their first official manager, Junta includes “You Enjoy Myself,” a favorite in Phish live performances.
Phish also delivered on their 1993 album, Rift, and it is still a favorite among Phish fans. Rift pulls you directly into the music through the accompanying narration. The lyrics and music take you on a frightening, dark, yet irresistible journey. This soundtrack displays the bands versatility and encompasses the stylings of rock, psychedelia, Latin jazz and funk. It is undeniably a masterpiece reflecting the individuality of the band. Rift was Phish’s fourth studio album and their second concept album.
Fuego, Phish’s latest album, was released in 2014 and has been a major hit with fans that have been with the band since the beginning.
A mix of rock, soul, reggae and bluegrass, Fuego was released in the summer of 2014. This soundtrack perfectly transforms the magic of onstage “life” into each track.
Front man Trey Anastasio found unlikely inspiration for one of the best songs on the album as well.
The inspiration for “The Line” came from the heart-warming story of Darius Washington Jr., a basketball player from the University of Memphis. Washington missed two free-throw shots, causing his team to miss the NCAA tournament, a heartbreaking experience to witness with so much on the line.
“Darius Washington Jr.’s story was incredibly moving to all of us in Phish,” said Anastasio. “It really spoke to me on a personal level, because I’ve gone through some difficult moments in public, too. You learn a lot about what’s really important in life when something like that happens.”
Trey Anastasio was born on September 30, 1964, in Fort Worth, TX. He is the lead singer of Phish and one of the most famous musicians in the world. A world-renowned guitar player, Anastasio also plays the keyboards, drums, and Marimba Lumina. He received the 2013 Dramatist Guild Frederick Loewe award for Dramatic Composition for his musical contribution in Hands on a Hardbody.
Jon Fishman, a native of Philadelphia, just might be the most important band member. The band Phish was named after him (his common nickname “Fish”). Anastasio has said that he called the band Phish because if he could watch anyone during a show, it’d be Fishman. As one of the co-founders of the band, Jon has been the drummer for Phish since 1983.
Mike Gordon is another founding member of the band, bass guitar player, and vocalist. Gordon became a member of the band Phish, as a result of answering a flyer posted by Trey Anastasio looking for a bass player, while attending college.
Page McConnell, the final member of the current band, is also from Philly. Fans duly note his position on the right side of the stage as “Page Side, Rage Side” during live concerts. McConnell plays the keyboard for Phish and a talented songwriter.
Inspirational, talented and unique, the band Phish encompasses all the ingredients needed to become a success and remain successful for decades. A major part of the band’s prosperous journey in music has been through their live performances. A major part of their greatness onstage comes from their days of relentless practice. Even at the height of success, Phish worked hard at their practice sessions. Phish’s brilliant live performances seamlessly move from one genre of music into the next; providing their fans with the unforgettable feelings that keep them coming time after time. The audience is always an intrinsic part of their performance.
One thing is for sure, when Phish takes the stage their live performances are hard to beat! View the Phish upcoming schedule and find your Phish tickets at TicketNetwork!