One of the most celebrated genre-transcending, improvisational groups of all time, Phish has been touring for almost four decades — accumulating a massive and loyal fanbase along the way. With over eight million albums and live DVDs sold, Phish is a testament to the staying power of pure showmanship, organic support, and word-of-mouth-propelled success.
Co-founded by songwriter, vocalist, and lead guitarist Trey Anastasio at the University of Vermont in 1983, the original lineup included Jon Fishman on drums and Mike Gordon on bass. Page McConnell joined the band as its keyboardist in 1985 and the lineup of Trey, Mike, Page, and Jon has remained unchanged for over 30 years.
Phish began playing small clubs in Burlington, Vermont. It wasn’t long before they became a national touring act, performing at bigger venues and eventually arenas worldwide. Their shows are larger-than-life productions, and the band’s fans are famously passionate — analyzing every facet of the band’s concerts. In addition to their iconic live shows, Phish has recorded over 14 studio albums for Elektra Records and their own label, JEMP Records. Their studio debut Junta was released in 1989 and certified platinum in 2004.
Considered to be one of the greatest live bands of all time, Phish continues to tour regularly. In the summer of 2017, the band performed a milestone 13-show run at Madison Square Garden titled The Baker’s Dozen, playing 26 unique sets and a total of 237 songs without any repeats. “The Baker’s Dozen isn’t the first time Phish has defied logic,” wrote The Huffington Post. “It’ll keep fans guessing how this veteran band, or anyone, can possibly top it.”
Recordings of the concert series were released as a limited edition box set in 2018.