Selected by Dan Grunebaum


Courtesy of Smash


America' favorite jam band and inheritors of the hippie mantle from the Grateful Dead, Phish return to Japan for their first solo tour following last summer's successful Japan debut as part of the Fuji Rock Fest.

Guitarist/vocalist Trey Anastasio, drummer Jon Fishman, guitarist Jeff Holdsworth and bassist Mike Gordon formed Phish at "Groovie UV" (The University of Vermont) in 1983. Dedicating themselves to the improvisational approach pioneered by the Grateful Dead and mixing together elements of rock, folk, jazz and country, Phish were soon jamming at college campuses and bars across upstate New York and New England.

In 1988, Phish recorded their first tape Junta for sale at shows (subsequently re-released by Elektra), and began touring up and down the East Coast. Of the many Grateful Dead-style bands spawned on US campuses at the time, Phish emerged from the pack on the back of their strong musicianship.

In 1990 they released their first album, Lawn Boy (Elektra), and began touring North America, now with newly added percussionist Marc Daubert and sometimes-collaborator vocalist Dude of Life.

In the summer of 1992 Phish issued A Picture of Nectar, and raised their profile by appearing on the bill of the first H.O.R.D.E. tour. The band was now beginning to develop a cult following, with fans pursuing them on tour and trading tapes of live shows Deadhead-style.

Rift, the band's fourth album, appeared in 1993, soon to be followed by Hoist in 1994. Next came Billy Breathes in '96 and several live recordings including A Live One in '95, Slip, Stitch & Pass in '97 and the six-disc Hampton Comes Alive in '99.

A new studio album, Farmhouse, is scheduled for release on May 16, and on May 21-22 the band headlines New York City's legendary Radio City Music Hall before heading to Japan.

Phish play Shibuya On Air East on June 9 and Hibiya Yagai Ongakudo on June 11.

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391: Super Furry Animals
390: Ben Folds
389: Elton John
388: Dido
387: Papa Roach
386: Beast Feast 2001
385: Summersonic
384: David Sylvian
383: Maxi Priest & Big Mountain
382: Fuji Rock Festival 01
381: Roxy Music
380: Bo Diddley
379: John McLaughlin & Zakir Hussain in Remember Shakti
378: Paul Weller
377: Coolio
376: Backyard Babies
375: Marcus Miller
374: Black Crowes
373: Megadeath
372: Dionne Warwick
371: Arrested Development
370: Mouse on Mars
369: Duran Duran
368: Linkin Park
367: Maceo Parker
366: Japan Blues Carnival 2001
365: Ben Harper
364: Cheap Trick
363: Stephen Malkmus
362: Mogwai
361: Weezer
360: Marilyn Manson
359: Green Day
358: AC/DC
357: Richard Thompson
356: Bob Dylan
355: J. Mascis
354: Leigh Stephen Kenny
352/3: Limp Bizkit
351: Boyz II Men
350: Reef
349: Park Tower Blues Festival
348: Roni Size
347: Compay Segundo
346: Incognito
345: Jimmy Page and The Black Crowes
344: Bad Religion
343: Japan Soul Festival 2000
342: Rocktober 2000
341: Richard Ashcroft
340: Motorhead
339: Festival Halou
338: Ricky Martin
337: Taj Mahal
336: Asian Dub Foundation
335: Lou Reed
334: Earth, Wind & Fire
333: Sting
332: No Doubt
331: Camel
330: Fuji Rock: Smash Talks
329: Summer Sonic
328: Mt. Fuju Aid 2000
327: Salif Keita
326: Buena Vista Social Club
325: Bill Frisell
324: Maxi Priest
323: Lenine
322: Rage Against the Machine
321: Tommy Flanagan Trio
320: Smashing Pumpkins
319: Pet Shop Boys
318: Japan Blues Carnival
317: Gipsy Kings
316: Steely Dan
315: Pshish
314: Big Night Out
313: Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
312: Harry Connick Jr.
311: Sonny Rollins
310: Speech
309: Santana