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
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
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
Phish play Shibuya On Air
East on June 9 and Hibiya Yagai Ongakudo on June 11.
For further exploration see www.phish.com