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American rock band Phish is one of the most successful live acts in popular music history, forging a popularity in concert far greater than their album sales, radio airplay, or music video presence would otherwise indicate.
One of the major factors of Phish's live success was the fact that every show in the band's history contained a completely different song setlist. Throughout 30 years and over 1,600 shows, the band never played the same concert setlist twice. Additionally, many Phish songs were rarely played the same way twice. This approach to live performance influenced Phish fans to attend multiple nights on a particular tour, much like sports fans buying season tickets, since they were guaranteed a completely different concert on a nightly basis. Phish fans have recorded the band's concerts (with permission) and circulated the music throughout the country. Therefore, fans collect large numbers of live recordings free of charge, a practice encouraged by the taper-friendly band. Guitarist Trey Anastasio considered it "free advertising" since it enabled the band's music to be distributed and traded all over the United States and, eventually, the rest of the world.
Another notable practice is the band's Halloween tradition of "Musical Costumes", when Phish performs an entire album by a different band or artist.
In 1983, the band played at least two shows under the name Blackwood Convention. At this point, the band only played other artists' material, ranging from tunes by Creedence Clearwater Revival, Wilson Pickett, The Who, the Grateful Dead, and others.
Phish took a brief hiatus during the first part of 1984 after Anastasio was suspended from UVM. The band continued with live performances when Anastasio returned to the university in the fall, at which point they became officially known as Phish. For many concerts, Phish was joined by Marc Daubert on percussion and, on occasion, The Dude of Life on vocals. For years, the band's performance from 1 December 1984, was their earliest live circulated recording, though a recording of a performance at UVM's Slade Hall, from 3 November 1984 eventually surfaced. The band debuted many original songs that fall, including "Makisupa Policeman", "Slave to the Traffic Light", "Camel Walk", "Skippy the Wondermouse", and "Fluffhead." All of these songs, with the exception of "Skippy the Wondermouse" (whose music was later used for "McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters"), remained in the band's live rotation for the duration of their career.
In the spring of 1985, the band met keyboardist Page McConnell, a student at Goddard College who jammed with the band for a portion of their May 3, 1985 show on the campus of the University of Vermont. By September 26, he was a member of the band.
The band's shows during this period featured lots and lots of improvisation, much of which revolved around new originals and cover songs from The Grateful Dead. Mike Gordon has often cited the band's November 23 show from Goddard College as a religious experience and the musical highlight of his career.
More originals began to make their way into Phish's concert repertoire, including "McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters", "Anarchy", "Alumni Blues", "Dear Mrs. Reagan", "Dog Log", "Prep School Hippie" "Dave's Energy Guide", "Letter To Jimmy Page", and the popular classics "Harry Hood", "Run Like an Antelope", "Mike's Song", and "Possum".
In May 1986, Jeff Holdsworth quit the band; he was not replaced. Holdsworth's retirement solidified the band's classic four-man lineup of Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell, Mike Gordon, and Jon Fishman, which remained unchanged for the rest of their career.
In October, Paul Languedoc officially joined the band as sound engineer. He remained with the band until the breakup in 2004. A luthier by trade, Languedoc built all of the electric guitars that Trey would use throughout his career, as well as a number of bass guitars for Gordon.
Later that month, the band played the first of four consecutive annual Halloween shows at Goddard College.
Phish continued to perform a greater number of concerts in 1986, debuting a wealth of new material throughout the year, including "You Enjoy Myself", "AC/DC Bag", "Golgi Apparatus", "Lushington", "Sanity", "David Bowie", "Wilson", "Icculus", "I Am Hydrogen", "Halley's Comet", and many other future Phish classics.
The band also began circulating The White Tape, their very first studio project, consisting of band performances as well as solo recordings by Anastasio and Gordon. While this recording circulated in the fan community for a number of years, it was not officially released until 1998, at which point the album became officially known as Phish.
In 1987, Phish was winding down their college career and preparing to take their live performances to the next level. The band became fixtures at Nectar's during this year, playing three-night-stands, of three sets each night, on an almost monthly basis. Phish continued playing college campuses and parties during this year, and spent the majority of their down-time practicing, and honing their craft.
In the spring of 1987, Trey Anastasio submitted Phish's studio experiment, The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday, as his senior thesis at Goddard College. Many of these songs would make more frequent appearances in concert throughout the year. While this recording was never officially released, it is commonly traded throughout the community and many of the songs from this project, such as "Wilson", "AC/DC Bag", and "The Lizards", went on to become all-time Phish classics.
A wealth of original songs made their first known appearances in 1987, including "The Divided Sky", "Fee", "The Curtain With", "Harpua", "Flat Fee", "Big Black Furry Creature From Mars", "I Didn't Know", "The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday", "Fuck Your Face", "Suzy Greenberg", "Dinner and a Movie", "The Sloth", and a quirky tune called "Punch Me In The Eye" which, while completely unrelated and only performed once, served as inspiration for "Punch You In The Eye", which saw its debut two years later.
In 1988, Phish began touring outside of the Vermont area, performing concerts in New York, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and other states throughout the year. In March, the band unveiled the first complete performance of The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday. After seeing their March 12 concert, manager John Paluska booked Phish for a concert at Amherst College in Massachusetts at The Zoo co-op house at Amherst College. He would go on to manage the band until their 2004 breakup.
Musically, Phish was concentrating on large scale composition throughout most of 1988 (much of which appeared on their classic double album Junta), with multi-part suites and epics acting as centerpieces of the band's live setlists. Many of these extended pieces, including reworked older songs such as "You Enjoy Myself", "The Divided Sky" and "David Bowie", also featured lengthy improvisational excursions.
The band's original repertoire continued to grow, with complex pieces such as "Esther", "Foam", "The Lizards", "Colonel Forbin's Ascent", and "Fly Famous Mockingbird" making their debut along with future favorites "Tela", "Weekapaug Groove", "No Dogs Allowed", and "Contact."
By 1989, Phish was on the road full-time after three of the band's four members had graduated from college (Mike Gordon graduated the following year)[verification needed]. The year saw Phish aggressively covering the concert circuit in the Northeast United States, especially on college campuses, where the band found their most dedicated followers. The band's fanbase kept on growing as many fans travelled from state to state and concert to concert, attending multiple nights in a row as Phish continued to change their setlists on a nightly basis.
Phish also unveiled their most ambitious piece to date, the multi-part epic "Reba", as well as other complex and intricately composed songs such as "Split Open and Melt", "Kung", "Bathtub Gin", "The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony", "My Sweet One", "In a Hole", and "The Mango Song." Improvisation seemed to take a backseat to composition for Phish in 1989, a trend that would continue for the next three years. Throughout the year, the band recorded tracks for their fourth studio project Lawn Boy.
Legendary lighting designer Chris Kuroda officially joined Phish on March 30 of the year and would remain with the band through the rest of their career, going on to pioneer new techniques and set new standards in the concert lighting industry.
Phish entered the 1990s as a national touring act, performing coast to coast across the United States. The band teamed up with friends Widespread Panic, Blues Traveler, and Aquarium Rescue Unit for various concerts in an effort to spread their music to new audiences, and toured non-stop for the first six months of the year.
Following a three-set tour-closing show at Townshend Family Park (the second of three such annual events), the band visited Wendell Studios, in Boston MA, and recorded a wealth of material. None of these recordings have been officially released but they are available online and feature renditions of several Phish classics that have never otherwise been released on a studio album, including "Harry Hood", "Mike's Song", "I Am Hydrogen", "Weekapaug Groove", "Runaway Jim", and "Suzy Greenberg", as well as a couple of jazz standards, and other original songs.
Aside from a few isolated appearances, Phish did not tour in the summer of 1990 but remained busy, practicing several hours a day and performing a weekly set at a local jazz club, billed as the "Johnny B. Fishman Jazz Ensemble". Featuring the members of Phish, along with what would eventually become known as the Giant Country Horns, the band honed their playing on a number of jazz standards, many of which would become a part of the band's live show for the next few years.
Original songs debuted in 1990 include "Stash", "The Squirming Coil", "Buried Alive", "Bouncing Around the Room", "Magilla", "Destiny Unbound", "Don't Get Me Wrong" (a collaboration with John Popper), "Eliza", "Runaway Jim", "Tweezer", "Cavern", "Horn", "Tube", "The Landlady", "The Asse Festival", "Gumbo", "Llama", and the original arrangement of "Rift."
Like the year before, Phish performed throughout 1991 all over the United States, visiting almost every state in the country. The band's dedicated fanbase continued to grow. With no radio, TV, or mainstream press coverage, this growth was based solely on word of mouth. Fans of the band launched the Phish.Net, one of the very first Internet websites in popular music. The site connected the band and fans from all over the country and helped spread the word about upcoming concerts, setlists, and band history. It would be a few years before the band started their official website, phish.com, but phish.net remained active throughout the band's career.
Phish made the leap into the big leagues in 1991 when they signed a deal with Elektra Records, after releasing their first two albums independently. They would remain with the label until their 2004 breakup. In the midst of their touring schedule, they found time to record their major label debut, A Picture of Nectar, at White Crow Studios, in Burlington VT. Released the following year, the album featured versions of concert staples such as "Stash", "Tweezer", and "Chalk Dust Torture", among others.
1991 also saw Phish record an album with longtime associate, The Dude of Life, titled Crimes Of the Mind. The Dude, who had previously lent his writing skill to classic Phish songs such as "Suzy Greenberg" and "Fluffhead", wrote the songs on the album and provided vocals while Phish performed the music. The Dude Of Life would occasionally appear on stage with Phish, to perform this material, most notably at Amy's Farm (see below). Upon Phish's surge in popularity, this was released on Elektra Records in 1994.
Summer 1991 featured Phish touring with a horn section for the first and only time in their career. The Giant Country Horns, made up primarily of local Burlington musicians, featured on the majority of Phish's sets during this tour, utilizing both pre-written charts as well as factoring into the improvisational segments. This horn section, or a variation, would occasionally make one-off appearances with Phish in the years to come, and would eventually serve as the inspiration, and basis, for the horns in Anastasio's solo band.
Most notably, Phish also held their first official concert festival – Amy's Farm – held in upstate Maine at the horse farm of longtime fan Amy Skelton. It was a free show and, like many of their future festivals, was an outdoor camp out that closed the band's summer tour. Phish would go on to host three more summer festivals in Maine.
Fall 1991 saw Phish touring with great intensity, from coast to coast and back again, culminating in their third consecutive New Year's Eve show, and the first to run for three sets.
Original song debuts in 1991 included "Guelah Papyrus", "Chalk Dust Torture", "Setting Sail", "Poor Heart", "Brother", "It's Ice", "Sparkle", "All Things Reconsidered", and "Glide."
1992 saw Phish continue to tour intensively, all over the United States, and even enjoy their first taste of Europe. The year's live activity kicked off on 6 March, in Portsmouth NH, with a significant amount of new material. This show also featured the band clueing the audience in on their "secret language", which is a series of musical cues and signals that the band would use to communicate with one another. While this had been happening on stage for a couple of years at this point, new signals were devised to include the audience, such as the Homer Simpson "D'oh!" signal, the "turn turn turn" signal, the "aw fuck!" signal, and several others. A handful of shows early in the tour featured Trey instructing the audience on what to look out for (with the correct assumption that tape trading would effectively spread the word), and those signals featured heavily in the various jams and song intros during this year.
Another bit of audience participation premiered this year in the form of the "Big Ball Jam", where three giant beach balls would be unleashed into the audience. Each of the melodic performers would follow one particular ball and provide musical accompaniment as it would make its journey around the venue, and back towards the stage. While this often resulted in a chaotic, discordant jam, this quickly became a popular fixture of Phish shows and remained a part of their act for a few years, before the venues got to be too big.
Phish ventured to Europe for the first time in June, touring for about two weeks as an opener for Violent Femmes as well as making appearances at the famed Roskilde Festival, and a festival appearance at Brixton Academy.
Returning Stateside, Phish spent the rest of their summer playing their own shows, headlining several dates on the H.O.R.D.E. tour, and spending a couple of months touring as an opening act for Santana.
After taking time off in September and October to record the concept album Rift, Phish embarked on a busy November and December, touring the eastern half of the United States, along with two Canadian dates. After a brief break, Phish reconvened for their first four-night Holiday run, culminating in a legendary New Year's show in Boston that was broadcast live on WBCN. Taking advantage of this, Phish heavily utilized their "secret language", including many new signals, which were explained on flyers that were distributed to fans as they entered, the purpose being to confuse any radio listener who is not in the "know".
Original songs debuted in 1992 include "Maze", "My Friend, My Friend", "Mound", "NICU", "Sleeping Monkey", the new arrangement of "Rift", "The Horse", "Silent in the Morning", "Weigh", "Axilla", "Fast Enough for You", "Big Ball Jam", "Faht", "Catapult", "Buffalo Bill", and "Lengthwise."
In February, Phish released their second concept album, Rift, and immediately hit the road for six months of nonstop touring at venues all over the United States. As the year progressed, the venues got larger, especially in the northeast, where they performed at major summer sheds such as Jones Beach, Great Woods, and Darien Lake (all of which the band continues to visit). Phish also visited a large number of college campuses, theatres, a handful of clubs in smaller markets, and headlined a select number of dates on the H.O.R.D.E. tour.
Phish capped off 1993 with a four-show New Year's run. For these shows, the band performed on a stage that was designed as an aquarium. At the turn of the new year, the band's traditional version of "Auld Lang Syne" segued into the end jam from the yet-to-be-performed "Down With Disease". Footage from this performance, utilizing the stage set, was featured in Mike Gordon's video for "Down With Disease", released the following spring.
With the intention of not road-testing the majority of material for their next album, original song debuts in 1993 were very slim, featuring only "Sample in a Jar", "Lifeboy", "The Wedge", and the short-lived instrumental, "Leprechaun."
The band was now a major live touring act, accomplishing such milestones as selling out both Madison Square Garden and Boston Garden, making their national television debut on the Late Show with David Letterman, earning radio play and an MTV music video with the song "Down With Disease" from their album Hoist, and beginning their Halloween "musical costume" tradition (where the band would perform an entire album by a different band). Additionally, the band's audience was growing by huge numbers, making Phish second only to the Grateful Dead with respect to the live concert cultural phenomenon that surrounded both bands.
After performing two of their albums in concert at a show in Charleston, West Virginia on June 26 (The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday and Hoist), the band jokingly bragged backstage that they could play any album at any time. Taking the idea to the next level, the band promised to play a complete album by another band on Halloween night, taking fan votes by mail. The winning album was the legendary White Album from The Beatles. Several bands would borrow this tradition in years to come, most notably Dream Theater, whose drummer, Mike Portnoy, is an admitted Phish fan.
Several of the year's highlights were compiled to form A Live One, the band's first live album, which would be released the following year.
Phish spent a week in November 1994 touring with The Rev. Jeff Mosier, who gave the band a crash course in traditional bluegrass playing. They would hone their skills on the bus and in band practice, learning several new tunes along the way, and Mosier would join the band onstage each night for a few numbers. After one such show, on 19 November in Bloomington IN, the band & Mosier gave an impromptu performance outside of their tour bus. Recordings of this have circulated in trading circles since the occasion. Home video footage of the entire crash course was edited into a documentary which circulates in the fan community as well.
1994 also featured the first home-video release by Phish. Tracking was filmed and edited by Mike Gordon and features footage of the band in the studio recording Hoist.
Once again, Phish capped off 1994 with a four-show Holiday Run, culminating in a legendary performance at Boston Garden, which featured the first appearance of the flying hot dog, in which the band rode, as it flew over the heads of the crowd before the stroke of midnight. The hot dog would go on to make two more appearances at Phish events and currently resides in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame museum.
Original song debuts in 1994 included "Scent of a Mule", "If I Could", "Wolfman's Brother", "Julius", "Demand", "Dog-Faced Boy", "Guyute", "Axilla (Part 2)", "Simple", "NO2" and "Down with Disease".
On Halloween 1994, Phish performed The Beatles' White Album. The band played every song on the double album except "Good Night", which was played over the P.A. at the end of the set ("Birthday" was covered as an instrumental, during which Fishman presented a birthday cake to Brad Sands, the band's road manager).
Before the band took the stage for their second set, the sound technician began playing "Speak to Me" over the PA, leading the audience to believe the band was about to play Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon. However, just at the moment "Breathe" would have begun, the recording immediately cut to a sample of Ed Sullivan introducing The Beatles from their famous February 9, 1964 appearance on his show. The band promptly leapt into "Back in the U.S.S.R."
Phish returned to the stage after the White Album set, and Anastasio began by playing the opening riff to "Custard Pie", the first track on Physical Graffiti by Led Zeppelin, leading some concert-goers to believe that the band would be donning two musical costumes that evening. However, the riff was only a tease, and Phish proceeded to play a third set of primarily original songs.
The show included a Halloween costume contest of audience members and Jon Fishman playing on a vacuum cleaner and gracing the stage in the nude during "Revolution 9". The show reportedly ended past 3:30 a.m. on November 1, 1994.
The show has been released in its entirety as Live Phish Volume 13.
1994 warm-up and support showsEdit
|April 13, 1994||New York City||United States||WNEW Studios|
|April 26, 1994||Atlanta||Purple Dragon Recording Studios|
|June 18, 1994||Chicago||The Loop 97.9 Studios|
|Late Show with David Letterman|
|December 30, 1994||New York City||United States||Late Show with David Letterman|
|April 4, 1994||Burlington||United States||Flynn Theater|
|April 5, 1994||Montreal||Canada||Métropolis|
|April 6, 1994||Toronto||The Concert Hall|
|April 8, 1994||University Park||United States||Recreational Hall|
|April 9, 1994||Binghamton||Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena|
|April 10, 1994||Amherst||Alumni Arena|
|April 11, 1994||Durham||Snively Arena|
|April 13. 1994||New York City||Beacon Theatre|
|April 14, 1994|
|April 15, 1994|
|April 16, 1994||Amherst||William D. Mullins Memorial Center|
|April 17, 1994||Fairfax||Patriot Center|
|April 18, 1994||Newark||Bob Carpenter Center|
|April 20, 1994||Lexington||Virginia Horse Center|
|April 21, 1994||Winston-Salem||Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum|
|April 22, 1994||Columbia||Township Auditorium|
|April 23, 1994||Atlanta||Fox Theatre|
|April 24, 1994||Charlotte||Grady Cole Center|
|April 25, 1994||Knoxville||Knoxville Civic Auditorium|
|April 28, 1994||West Palm Beach||SunFest|
|April 29, 1994||Clearwater||Boatyard Village Pavilion|
|April 30, 1994||Orlando||The Edge Nightclub|
|May 2, 1994||Birmingham||Five Points South Music Hall|
|May 3, 1994||Antioch||Starwood Amphitheatre|
|May 4, 1994||New Orleans||State Palace Theatre|
|May 6, 1994||Houston||Tower Theater|
|May 7, 1994||Dallas||The Bomb Factory|
|May 8, 1994||Bee Cave||The Backyard|
|May 10, 1994||Santa Fe||Paolo Soleri Amphitheater|
|May 12, 1994||Tucson||Buena Vista Theater|
|May 13, 1994||Tempe||Hayden Square Amphitheatre|
|May 14, 1994||San Diego||Montezuma Hall|
|May 16, 1994||Los Angeles||Wiltern Theatre|
|May 17, 1994||Santa Barbara||Arlington Theater|
|May 19, 1994||Eugene||Silva Concert Hall|
|May 20, 1994||Olympia||Campus Recreation Center|
|May 21, 1994||Seattle||Moore Theatre|
|May 22, 1994||Vancouver||Canada||Vogue Theatre|
|May 23, 1994||Portland||United States||Portland Civic Auditorium|
|May 25, 1994||San Francisco||The Warfield|
|May 26, 1994|
|May 27, 1994|
|May 28, 1994||Monterey||Laguna Seca Raceway|
|May 29, 1994|
|June 9, 1994||Salt Lake City||United States||Triad Amphitheater|
|June 10, 1994||Morrison||Red Rocks Amphitheatre|
|June 11, 1994|
|June 13, 1994||Kansas City||Memorial Hall|
|June 14, 1994||Des Moines||Civic Center of Greater Des Moines|
|June 16, 1994||Minneapolis||State Theatre|
|June 17, 1994||Milwaukee||Eagles Ballroom|
|June 18, 1994||Chicago||UIC Pavilion|
|June 19, 1994||Kalamazoo||State Theater|
|June 21, 1994||Cincinnati||Cincinnati Music Hall|
|June 22, 1994||Columbus||Veteran Memorial Auditorium|
|June 23, 1994||Pontiac||Phoenix Plaza Amphitheater|
|June 24, 1994||Indianapolis||Murat Theatre|
|June 25, 1994||Cleveland||Nautica Stage|
|June 26, 1994||Charleston||Charleston Municipal Auditorium|
|June 29, 1994||Raleigh||Hardee's Walnut Creek Amphitheatre|
|June 30, 1994||Richmond||Classic Amphitheatre at Strawberry Hill|
|July 1, 1994||Philadelphia||Mann Center for the Performing Arts|
|July 2, 1994||Holmdel||Garden States Arts Center|
|July 3, 1994||Old Orchard Beach||The Ball Park|
|July 5, 1994||Ottawa||Canada||Congress Centre|
|July 6, 1994||Montreal||Théâtre Saint-Denis|
|July 8, 1994||Mansfield||United States||Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts|
|July 9, 1994|
|July 10, 1994||Saratoga Springs||Saratoga Performing Arts Center|
|July 13, 1994||Patterson||Big Birch Concert Pavilion|
|July 14, 1994||Hopewell||Finger Lakes Performing Arts Center|
|July 15, 1994||Wantagh||Jones Beach Amphitheater|
|July 16, 1994||Warren||Summer Stage at Sugarbush|
|October 7, 1994||Bethlehem||United States||Stabler Arena|
|October 8, 1994||Fairfax||Patriot Center|
|October 9, 1994||Pittsburgh||Palumbo Center|
|October 10, 1994||Louisville||The Louisville Palace|
|October 12, 1994||Memphis||Orpheum Theatre|
|October 13, 1994||Oxford||University of Mississippi|
|October 14, 1994||New Orleans||McAlister Auditorium|
|October 15, 1994||Pelham||Oak Mountain Amphitheatre|
|October 16, 1994||Chattanooga||Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium|
|October 18, 1994||Nashville||Memorial Gymnasium|
|October 20, 1994||St. Petersburg||Mahaffey Theater|
|October 21, 1994||Sunrise||Sunrise Musical Theater|
|October 22, 1994||Orlando||The Edge Concert Field|
|October 23, 1994||Gainesville||Band Shell|
|October 25, 1994||Atlanta||Atlanta Civic Center|
|October 26, 1994||Boone||Varsity Gymnasium|
|October 27, 1994||Charlottesville||University Hall|
|October 28, 1994||Charleston||Gaillard Auditorium|
|October 29, 1994||Spartanburg||Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium|
|October 31, 1994||Glens Falls||Glens Falls Civic Center|
|November 2, 1994||Bangor||Bangor Auditorium|
|November 3, 1994||Amherst||William D. Mullins Memorial Center|
|November 4, 1994||Syracuse||Onondaga War Memorial Auditorium|
|November 12, 1994||Kent||Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center|
|November 13, 1994||Erie||Warner Theatre|
|November 14, 1994||Grand Rapids||DeVos Place Civic Auditorium|
|November 16, 1994||Ann Arbor||Hill Auditorium|
|November 17, 1994||Trotwood||Hara Arena|
|November 18, 1994||East Lansing||MSU Auditorium|
|November 19, 1994||Bloomington||Indiana University Auditorium|
|November 20, 1994||Madison||Dane County Coliseum|
|November 22, 1994||Columbia||Jesse Auditorium|
|November 23, 1994||St. Louis||Fox Theatre|
|November 25, 1994||Chicago||UIC Pavilion|
|November 26, 1994||Minneapolis||Orpheum Theatre|
|November 28, 1994||Bozeman||Brick Breeden Fieldhouse|
|November 30, 1994||Olympia||Campus Recreation Center|
|December 1, 1994||Salem||Salem Amory|
|December 2, 1994||Davis||Recreation Hall|
|December 3, 1994||San Jose||Event Center Arena|
|December 4, 1994||Chico||Acker Gym|
|December 6, 1994||Santa Barbara||UC Santa Barbara Events Center|
|December 7, 1994||San Diego||Spreckels Theater|
|December 8, 1994|
|December 9, 1994||Mesa||Mesa Amphitheatre|
|December 10, 1994||Santa Monica||Santa Monica Civic Auditorium|
|1994 New Year's Eve Run|
|December 28, 1994||Philadelphia||United States||Philadelphia Civic Center|
|December 29, 1994||Providence||Providence Civic Center|
|December 30, 1994||New York City||Madison Square Garden|
|December 31, 1994||Boston||Boston Garden|
For the first time since 1987, the band took an extensive vacation for the first four and a half months of the year, finally returning in May for the only politically based concert of their entire career – a Voters for Choice benefit concert conceived by Gloria Steinem. The majority of that show featured debuts of brand new songs, many of which would remain in the band's rotation for the duration of their career. In spite of that, Phish received mixed reviews for participating in the concert, and never participated in partisan events again.
The band headlined amphitheaters in the summer of 1995 as their first official live album – A Live One – became the first Phish album to receive gold record status. The album, released on June 28 and featuring a number of highlights from the band's 1994 tours, became the group's most successful album to date. The band was now the premier live touring band in the United States, and the group's fall tour featured several sold-out concerts in large arenas.
That fall, Phish challenged its audience to two games of chess. Each show on the tour featured a pair of moves. The band took its turn either at the beginning of or during the first set. The audience was invited to gather at the Greenpeace table during the setbreak to determine its move. Two games were played on the tour. The audience conceded the first game on November 15 in Florida, and the band conceded the second game at its New Year's Eve concert at Madison Square Garden. These were the only two games that were played, which left the final score tied at 1-1. "What Does Chess Have to Do with Phish? at Phish.net".
In their tradition of playing a well-known album by another band for Halloween, Phish contracted a full horn section for their performance of The Who's Quadrophenia in 1995. On New Year's Eve, the band performed what is considered one of their greatest concerts ever – a three-set marathon performance at Madison Square Garden. The show was later released in its entirety in 2005 to commemorate its tenth anniversary. The show was also named one of the greatest concerts of the 1990s by Rolling Stone magazine.
On 22 November, Phish performed their first of many legendary shows at Hampton Coliseum. This show featured the first "rotation jam", where each member of the band would take over for the player on their right, in the midst of an unbroken jam, until the entire band were performing on instruments other than their own. This rotation culminated with all four members performing simultaneously on McConnell's keyboards. While not becoming a concert staple, Phish would occasionally explore the rotation jam in years to come.
Original song debuts included "Spock's Brain", "Theme From the Bottom", "Ha Ha Ha", "Taste", "Free", "Strange Design", "Glide II", "Prince Caspian", "Acoustic Army", "Keyboard Army", "Cars Trucks Buses, and "The Fog That Surrounds", which featured the music from "Taste" with all-new lyrics, written and sung by Fishman. The two versions would eventually be merged into the final version of "Taste".
Although the band performed The Who's Quadrophenia for Halloween 1995, the voting reportedly ended differently. Frank Zappa's album Joe's Garage got the most votes, but the album's complex overdubs, potentially offensive lyrics, and several tunes that Zappa had requested never be performed live again (such as "Watermelon in Easter Hay"), caused the band to perform Quadrophenia with a horn section instead (which reportedly came in second in the voting)
Later in the night during the band's third set, "You Enjoy Myself" was performed for over forty minutes. The band ended the night with "My Generation", a song made famous by The Who but not included on their Quadrophenia album. The band destroyed their instruments at the end of the encore, just as The Who did decades before.
The show has been released in its entirety as Live Phish Volume 14.
1995 warm-up and support showsEdit
|May 14, 1995||Burlington||United States||Jon Fishman's House|
|Voters for Choice Benefit|
|May 16, 1995||Lowell||United States||Lowell Memorial Auditorium|
|Late Show with David Letterman|
|July 13, 1995||New York City||United States||Late Show with David Letterman|
While taking the first half of 1996 off to begin recording a new studio album, Phish made two one-off live appearances in the spring. The first saw the band headline the 1996 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in April. The second was a surprise club appearance under the name "Third Ball" at a small club in Woodstock, New York, just miles from Bearsville Studios where Phish was finishing their new album.
That summer, the band once again toured Europe with Santana for the first time in four years. These dates would be the last time Phish toured with another act on the bill. By August, the band was finally back in the US for a brief summer tour that saw most of the shows sold out well in advance. The band also began performing multiple nights at certain venues, such as Indiana's Deer Creek Music Center (where Phish's August 13 show was released as Live Phish 12) and Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Phish's audience had grown so much that the enormous influx of Phish fans to the town of Morrison, Colorado, resulted in Phish being banned for 10 years from playing Red Rocks.
Phish was so popular that the band drew 70,000 to a decommissioned air force base in remote Plattsburgh, New York for a two-day Phish festival called The Clifford Ball. It was the largest rock concert of the year. Phish played seven sets over two days, one of which featured a jam atop a flatbed truck cruising through the campground in the middle of the night. The second day featured a symphony orchestra performing classical music in the mid-afternoon. MTV made a documentary of the experience.
In October, the band released their long-awaited, commercially successful studio album Billy Breathes. That fall, the band headlined major arenas and covered Remain in Light by the Talking Heads at their 1996 Halloween show at The Omni in Atlanta. The performance of the groove-based album, which was influenced by funk and African polyrhythms, was cited by band members as a major influence on the group's stylistic change in 1997 and beyond.
Original song debuts included "Waste", "Character Zero", "Train Song", "Talk", "Swept Away", and "Steep"
For their third musical costume, Phish's rendition of the Talking Heads' Remain in Light lasted 62 minutes and 16 seconds (compared to the Talking Heads's original, at under 45 minutes; elsewhere reported as 54:12), and featured a horn section and Santana percussionist Karl Perazzo.
The show has been released in its entirety as Live Phish Volume 15.
1996 warm-up and support showsEdit
|New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival|
|April 26, 1996||New Orleans||United States||New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival|
|June 6, 1996||Woodstock||United States||Joyous Lake|
|Opening for Santana|
|July 3, 1996||Trento||Italy||Stadio Briamasco|
|July 5, 1996||Rome||Stadio Olimpico|
|July 6, 1996||Pistoia||Piazza del Duomo|
|July 7, 1996||Milan||Parco Aquaitca|
|July 9, 1996||Deauville||France||Centre International|
|July 10, 1996||Paris||Zénith de Paris|
|July 17, 1996||Vienne||Theatre Antique|
|July 18, 1996||Nice||Nice Jazz Festival|
|July 19, 1996||Arles||Les Arénes Romaines|
|July 22, 1996||Cologne||Germany||Tanzbrunnen|
|July 24, 1996||Hanover||The Music Hall|
|July 25, 1996||Hamburg||Stadtpark|
|Los Angeles Lakers game|
|December 5, 1996||Inglewood||United States||Great Western Forum|
|Europe Summer 1996|
|July 11, 1996||London||England||Shepherd's Bush Empire|
|July 12, 1996||Amsterdam||Netherlands||Melkweg|
|July 13, 1996||Dour||Belgium||Dour Festival|
|July 15, 1996||Sesto Calende||Italy||La Marna|
|July 21, 1996||Nuremberg||Germany||The Forum|
|July 23, 1996||Hamburg||Markthalle Hamburg|
|U.S. Summer 1996|
|August 2, 1996||Park City||United States||Wolf Mountain Amphitheatre|
|August 4, 1996||Morrison||Red Rocks Amphitheatre|
|August 5, 1996|
|August 6, 1996|
|August 7, 1996|
|August 10, 1996||East Troy||Alpine Valley Music Theatre|
|August 12, 1996||Noblesville||Deer Creek Music Center|
|August 13, 1996|
|August 14, 1997||Herhsey||Hersheypark Stadium|
|The Clifford Ball|
|August 16, 1996||Plattsburgh||United States||Plattsburgh Air Force Base|
|August 17, 1996|
|North America Fall 1996|
|October 16, 1996||Lake Placid||United States||Olympic Center|
|October 17, 1996||University Park||Bryce Jordan Center|
|October 18, 1996||Pittsburgh||Civic Arena|
|October 19, 1996||Buffalo||Marine Midland Arena|
|October 21, 1996||New York City||Madison Square Garden|
|October 22, 1996|
|October 23, 1996||Hartford||Hartford Civic Center|
|October 25, 1996||Hampton||Hampton Coliseum|
|October 26, 1996||Charlotte||Charlotte Coliseum|
|October 27, 1996||North Charleston||North Charleston Coliseum|
|October 29, 1996||Tallahassee||Leon County Civic Center|
|October 31, 1996||Atlanta||Omni Coliseum|
|November 2, 1996||West Palm Beach||Coral Sky Amphitheater|
|November 3, 1996||Gainesville||O'Connell Center|
|November 6, 1996||Knoxville||Knoxville Civic Coliseum|
|November 7, 1996||Lexington||Rupp Arena|
|November 8, 1996||Champaign||Assembly Hall|
|November 9, 1996||Auburn Hills||The Palace of Auburn Hills|
|November 11, 1996||Grand Rapids||Van Andel Arena|
|November 13, 1996||Minneapolis||Target Center|
|November 14, 1996||Ames||Hilton Coliseum|
|November 15, 1996||St. Louis||Kiel Center|
|November 16, 1996||Omaha||Omaha Civic Auditorium|
|November 18, 1996||Memphis||Mid-South Coliseum|
|November 19, 1996||Kansas City||Municipal Auditorium|
|November 22, 1996||Spokane||Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena|
|November 23, 1996||Vancouver||Canada||Pacific Coliseum|
|November 24, 1996||Portland||United States||Veterans Memorial Coliseum|
|November 27, 1996||Seattle||KeyArena|
|November 29, 1996||Daly City||Cow Palace|
|November 30, 1996||Sacramento||ARCO Arena|
|December 1, 1996||Los Angeles||Pauley Pavilion|
|December 2, 1996||Phoenix||America West Arena|
|December 4, 1996||San Diego||San Diego Sports Arena|
|December 6, 1996||Las Vegas||The Aladdin Theatre|
|1996 New Year's Eve Run|
|December 28, 1996||Philadelphia||United States||CoreStates Spectrum|
|December 29, 1996|
|December 30, 1996||Boston||FleetCenter|
|December 31, 1996|
1997 proved to be the band's most prolific songwriting period, as no less than 20 new originals were debuted in concert throughout the year. This year also marked a major shift in the band's sound and style, where improvisation became more prevalent than ever, focusing heavily on funk and groove, with rapid-fire guitar solos taking a back seat. It would not be uncommon to see the band's setlists feature five titles, or less, while still running 90 minutes or more. Traditional "jam" numbers were taken to new extremes while other songs that were not previously utilized as improvisational springboards, such as "Tube", "AC/DC Bag", and "Halley's Comet", were explored to great effect. The band's Worcester show on 29 November featured a version of "Runaway Jim", to kick off the second set, which lasted 58 minutes – the longest "song" performance of their career.
The band headlined a winter tour of Europe in February and March. Excerpts from the 1 March show at Markthalle in Hamburg were later released as the live album Slip Stitch and Pass. Before embarking on their summer tour of the United States, they returned to Europe in June and July for a series of concerts that focused heavily on brand-new material. Most of these shows were headlining gigs, but there were a number of festival dates including a return to Roskilde and the band's only appearance at the famed Glastonbury Festival. The band's 6 July performance in Desenzano, Italy, is notable in that the band's afternoon soundcheck was open to the public and became a performance in itself, with one-off songs and jams, audience requests, audience karaoke (with the band backing them up), and even a limbo contest on stage.
Phish returned to the United States in July for a month-long summer tour of sold out amphitheaters, culminating in another huge festival – The Great Went – held in remote Limestone, Maine in the upper northeastern corner of the US. 70,000 fans attended the festival, which once again included seven sets of music from Phish over two days (one of which was a late night "disco set" with all four members on keyboards).
On 7 November, Phish made their first appearance on Late Night With Conan O'Brien, to promote Slip Stitch And Pass, with all four members of the band sporting beards. Rather than performing a track from the album, or another well known tune, they unveiled a brand new song called "Farmhouse". It would be quite some time before this song made it into the band's regular rotation, making this performance a relative anomaly.
Following their Conan appearance, Phish embarked on a November/December tour that saw them further exploring dark, groove-based improvisation (dubbed by fans as "cow funk"), with songs stretched out to previously unheard lengths. This tour culminated in a four-show holiday run, including three sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden.
Original song debuts in 1997 included "Walfredo", "Rock-a-William", "Dogs Stole Things", "Carini", "Twist", "Limb by Limb", "Piper", "Vultures", "Ghost", "Olivia's Pool", "Water in the Sky", "Wading in the Velvet Sea", "I Don't Care", "Saw it Again", "Bye Bye Foot", "Dirt", "Meatstick", "Black-Eyed Katy", "Waking Up", and "Farmhouse."
1997 warmup and support showsEdit
|German Radio Performance|
|February 26, 1997||Baden-Baden||Germany||SWF3 Studios|
|Late Show with David Letterman|
|March 5, 1997||New York City||United States||Late Show with David Letterman|
|Phish Food Launch Benefit for the Waterwheel Foundation|
|March 18, 1997||Burlington||United States||Flynn Theater|
|Philadelphia Flyers game|
|May 18, 1997||Philadelphia||United States||CoreStates Spectrum|
|June 6, 1997||Charlotte||United States||Brad Sands's and Pete Carini's House|
|Late Night with Conan O'Brien|
|November 7, 1996||New York City||United States||Late Night with Conan O'Brien|
|Philadelphia Flyers game|
|December 1, 1997||Philadelphia||United States||CoreStates Spectrum|
|Europe Winter 1997|
|February 13, 1997||London||England||Shepherd's Bush Empire|
|February 14, 1997||Brussels||Belgium||Le Botanique|
|February 16, 1997||Cologne||Germany||Alter Wartesaal|
|February 17, 1997||Amsterdam||Netherlands||Paradiso|
|February 18, 1997||Paris||France||Bataclan|
|February 20, 1997||Milan||Italy||Teatro Smeraldo|
|February 21, 1997||Florence||Tenax|
|February 22, 1997||Rome||Teatro Olimpico|
|February 23, 1997||Cortemaggiore||Fillmore|
|February 25, 1997||Munich||Germany||Incognito|
|February 26, 1997||Stuttgart||Longhorn|
|February 28, 1997||Berlin||Huxley's Neue Welt|
|March 1, 1997||Hamburg||Markthalle|
|March 2, 1997||Copenhagen||Denmark||Pumpehuset|
|Europe Summer 1997|
|June 13, 1997||Dublin||Ireland||SFX Centre|
|June 14, 1997|
|June 16, 1997||London||England||Royal Albert Hall|
|June 19, 1997||Vienna||Austria||Vienna Arena|
|June 20, 1997||Prague||Czech Republic||Archa Theatre|
|June 21, 1997||Scheeßel||Germany||Hurricane Festival|
|June 22, 1997||Sankt Goarshausen||WDR Festival|
|June 24, 1997||Strasbourg||France||La Laiterie|
|June 25, 1997||Lille||L'Aeronef|
|June 27, 1997||Pilton||England||Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts|
|June 29, 1997||Roskilde||Denmark||Roskilde Festival|
|July 1, 1997||Amsterdam||Netherlands||Paradiso|
|July 2, 1997|
|July 3, 1997||Nuremberg||Germany||Serenadenhof|
|July 5, 1997||Como||Italy||Piazza Risorgimento|
|July 6, 1997||Desenzano del Garda||Spiaggia di Rivoltella|
|July 9, 1997||Lyon||France||Le Transbordeur|
|July 10, 1997||Marseille||Espace Julien|
|July 11, 1997||Escalarre||Spain||Doctor Music Festival|
|U.S. Summer 1997|
|July 21, 1997||Virginia Beach||United States||GTE Virginia Beach Amphitheatre|
|July 22, 1997||Raleigh||Hardee's Walnut Creek Amphitheatre|
|July 23, 1997||Atlanta||Coca-Cola Lakewood Amphitheatre|
|July 25, 1997||Dallas||Coca-Cola Starplex Amphitheatre|
|July 26, 1997||Austin||Southpark Meadows|
|July 29, 1997||Phoenix||Blockbuster Desert Sky Pavilion|
|July 30, 1997||VEntura||Ventura County Fairgrounds|
|July 31, 1997||Mountain View||Shoreline Amphitheatre|
|August 2, 1997||Geroge||The Gorge Amphitheatre|
|August 3, 1997|
|August 6, 1997||Maryland Heights||Riverport Amphitheatre|
|August 8, 1997||Tinley Park||First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre|
|August 9, 1997||East Troy||Alpine Valley Music Theatre|
|August 10, 1997||Noblesville||Deer Creek Music Center|
|August 11, 1997|
|August 13, 1997||Burgettstown||Coca-Cola Star Lake Amphitheatre|
|August 14, 1997||Corfu||Darien Lake Performing Arts Center|
|The Great Went|
|August 16, 1997||Limestone||United States||Loring Air Force Base|
|August 17, 1997|
|U.S. Fall 1997 (Phish Destroys America)|
|November 13, 1997||Las Vegas||United States||Thomas & Mack Center|
|November 14, 1997||West Valley City||E Center|
|November 16, 1997||Denver||McNichols Sports Arena|
|November 17, 1997|
|November 19, 1997||Champaign||Assembly Hall|
|"November 21, 1997||Hampton||Hampton Coliseum|
|November 22, 1997|
|November 23, 1997||Winston-Salem||Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum|
|November 26, 1997||Hartford||Hartford Civic Center|
|November 28, 1997||Worcester||Worcester Centrum Centre|
|November 29, 1997|
|November 30, 1997|
|December 2, 1997||Philadelphia||CoreStates Spectrum|
|December 3, 1997|
|December 5, 1997||Cleveland||CSU Convocation Center|
|December 6, 1997||Auburn Hills||The Palace of Auburn Hills|
|December 7, 1997||Dayton||Ervin J. Nutter Center|
|December 9, 1997||State College||Bryce Jordan Center|
|December 11, 1997||Rochester||Rochester Community War Memorial|
|December 12, 1997||Albany||Pepsi Arena|
|December 13, 1997|
|NYE Run 1997|
|December 28, 1997||Landover||United States||USAir Arena|
|December 29, 1997||New York City||Madison Square Garden|
|December 30, 1997|
|December 31, 1997|
Whenever Phish was off the road in 1997, the group worked on a new studio project that continued into the early months of 1998. Feeling a bit restless, the band took a few days off in April to play The Island Tour. The tour consisted of two shows on Long Island, New York, and two shows in Providence, Rhode Island. These shows continued the "cow funk" vibe of the previous year, featuring long, spaced-out funk jams and a number of new-song debuts, including the soon-to-be-classic, "Birds Of A Feather". All four shows were released as live albums.
Phish briefly toured Europe in July before returning to the United States for another month-long summer tour. The dark grooves of the previous year and the Island Tour, had somewhat subsided by this point, and Phish had begin to settle into a new style that, while still relying heavily on improvisation, was far less murky.
On August 1, Phish began debuting a brand new cover song at nearly every show, starting with "Ramble On" by Led Zeppelin at a show at Alpine Valley in East Troy, Wisconsin. Covers by Cole Porter, Smashing Pumpkins, Van Halen, the Velvet Underground, Allen Toussaint and the Beastie Boys, followed by a rendition of the Grateful Dead's Terrapin Station as the band stopped in Virginia Beach on August 9, the third anniversary of the death of Jerry Garcia. These were in addition to covers by Ween, Corneille, 2Pac, Los Lobos, Johnny Winter, Dry Bread, ZZ Top (x2), The Who (x2), Marvin Gaye, Son Seals, the Blues Brothers, the Rolling Stones (x2), Edgar Winter, Led Zeppelin (not Ramble On), Jimi Hendrix (x2), Neil Young, Robert Palmer, Steve Earle, Talking Heads (x2), Jane's Addiction, Richard Strauss, Stevie Wonder, Syd Barrett, Neil Diamond, Bob Marley, Little Feat, B.B. King, Blues Image and Henry Mancini at points throughout the tour as well. Phish had been relentlessly compared to the Dead throughout their career and often cited as the apparent heir to the Dead's throne, resulting in Phish making a strong effort to distance themselves from the Dead. The band had not performed a Grateful Dead song in concert since April 1, 1986 – twelve years earlier – when they were a five-man college band that had yet to play outside of Vermont. For the encore in Virginia Beach, Phish performed the Dead's multi-part suite "Terrapin Station". Former members of the Grateful Dead extended a "thank you" to Phish in their quarterly newsletter. A few months later, Dead bassist Phil Lesh reached out to Trey Anastasio and Page McConnell to join him, former Dead vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux and others to perform three nights of Dead and Phish music in April 1999. Members of Phish and the Dead now have a strong relationship, with Trey having played guitar in the Dead's 50th anniversary "Fare Thee Well" lineup, and bands such as Rhythm Devils and SerialPod containing members of both bands.
The band finished their summer tour with another huge festival in Maine called The Lemonwheel. 60,000 people attended and the band played seven sets over two nights, including an instrumental set of ambient music surrounded by candles made by fans throughout the weekend.
In October, Phish performed at the annual Farm Aid festival, jamming onstage with Neil Young, Willie Nelson, Paul Shaffer, and others. After an unannounced show at The Fillmore, in San Francisco, Phish appeared at Neil Young's annual Bridge School Benefit, performing two nights in a rare acoustic setting, featuring several debuts, stripped-down versions of Phish classics, and onstage collaborations with Neil Young, Sarah McLachlan, and Kevin Hearn. Two days later, Phish appeared on the PBS program, Sessions At West 54th, conversing with host David Byrne and performing a set that drew heavily from their soon-to-be-released seventh studio album.
Capping off their busy-but-non-traditional October was the release of The Story of the Ghost. A relatively accurate studio representation of the "cow funk" period, much of the album was culled from hours of improvisation that took place in the studio throughout 1997 and 1998, and combined with several of the songs that had been debuted in Europe the previous year. They marked the occasion by performing "Birds Of A Feather" on Late Show With David Letterman on the day of release, before embarking on their fall tour, two days later.
On Halloween night in Las Vegas, the group performed Loaded by the Velvet Underground as their annual musical costume. Two days later, the band surprised fans by performing an unannounced rendition of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon at a show in West Valley City, Utah. Phish continued touring throughout November, including two nights at Hampton Coliseum, which were later released as the boxed set, Hampton Comes Alive, and they capped off the year with a four-night stand at Madison Square Garden, the band's first extended run at their beloved second home.
Original song debuts in 1998 included "Birds of a Feather", "Frankie Says", "Roggae", "Shafty", "Meat", "Fikus", "Brian and Robert", "Bittersweet Motel", "The Moma Dance", "Never", "Sleep", and "Driver".
Though many fans were unfamiliar with the album, some songs including "Rock and Roll" became concert staples and fan favorites.
The show has been released in its entirety as Live Phish Volume 16.
It is widely believed that the impetus for Phish to cover Dark Side two days after the Vegas Halloween show was that the Utah venue was relatively empty with thousands of unsold tickets while just two days prior in the neighboring state, the venue was filled to the brim with many attendees having paid well above face value and spillover fans without tickets remaining outside.
Unlike the Halloween extravaganzas, the performance has not been officially released but is currently being circulated through fan tape trading websites.
1998 warm-up and support showsEdit
|October 3, 1998||Tinley Park||United States||Farm Aid '98|
|October 15, 1998||San Francisco||United States||The Fillmore|
|Bridge School Benefit|
|October 17, 1998||Mountain View||United States||Shoreline Amphitheatre|
|October 18, 1998|
|October 20, 1998||New York City||United States||Sessions at West 54th|
|October 27, 1998||Late Show with David Letterman|
|November 3, 1998||Boulder||United States||KBCO Studios|
|Island Tour 1998|
|April 2, 1998||Uniondale||United States||Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum|
|April 3, 1998|
|April 4, 1998||Providence||Providence Civic Center|
|April 5, 1998|
|Europe Summer 1998|
|June 30, 1998||Copenhagen||Denmark||The Grey Hall|
|July 1, 1998|
|July 2, 1998|
|July 3, 1998||Ringe||Dyrskuepladsen|
|July 5, 1998||Prague||Czech Republic||Lucerna Hall|
|July 6, 1998|
|July 8, 1998||Barcelona||Spain||Zeleste|
|July 9, 1998|
|July 10, 1998|
|U.S. Summer 1998|
|July 15, 1998||Portland||United States||Portland Meadows|
|July 16, 1998||George||The Gorge Amphitheatre|
|July 17, 1998|
|July 19, 1998||Mountain View||Shoreline Amphitheatre|
|July 20, 1998||Ventura||Ventura County Fairgrounds|
|July 21, 1998||Phoenix||Blockbuster Desert Sky Pavilion|
|July 24, 1998||The Woodlands||Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion|
|July 25, 1998||Austin||Southpark Meadows|
|July 26, 1998||Dallas||Starplex Amphitheatre|
|July 28, 1998||Bonner Springs||Sandstone Amphitheater|
|July 29, 1998||Maryland Heights||Riverport Amphitheater|
|July 31, 1998||Columbus||Polaris Amphitheater|
|August 1, 1998||East Troy||Alpine Valley Music Theatre|
|August 2, 1998||Noblesville||Deer Creek Music Center|
|August 3, 1998|
|August 6, 1998||Atlanta||Coca-Cola Lakewood Amphitheatre|
|August 7, 1998||Raleigh||Walnut Creek Amphitheatre|
|August 8, 1998||Columbia||Merriweather Post Pavilion|
|August 9, 1998||Virginia Beach||Virginia Beach Amphitheater|
|August 11, 1998||Burgettstown||Coca-Cola Star Lake Amphitheater|
|August 12, 1998||Vernon||Vernon Downs Raceway|
|August 15, 1998||Limestone||United States||Loring Air Force Base|
|August 16, 1998|
|U.S. Fall 1998|
|October 29, 1998||Berkeley||United States||William Randolph Hearst Greek Theatre|
|October 30, 1998||Las Vegas||Thomas & Mack Center|
|October 31, 1998|
|November 2, 1998||West Valley City||E Center|
|November 4, 1998||Denver||McNichols Sports Arena|
|November 6, 1998||Madison||Kohl Center|
|November 7, 1998||Chicago||UIC Pavilion|
|November 8, 1998|
|November 9, 1998|
|November 11, 1998||Grand Rapids||Van Andel Arena|
|November 13, 1998||Cleveland||CSU Convocation Center|
|November 14, 1998||Cincinnati||The Crown|
|November 15, 1998||Murfreesboro||Monte Hale Arena|
|November 18, 1998||Greenville||BI-LO Center|
|November 19, 1998||Winston-Salem||Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum|
|November 20, 1998||Hampton||Hampton Coliseum|
|November 21, 1998|
|November 24, 1998||New Haven||New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum|
|November 25, 1998||Albany||Pepsi Arena|
|November 27, 1998||Worcester||Worcester's Centrum Centre|
|November 28, 1998|
|November 29, 1998|
|1998 New Year's Eve Run|
|December 28, 1998||New York City||United States||Madison Square Garden|
|December 29, 1998|
|December 30, 1998|
|December 31, 1998|
Phish took the first half of 1999 off from touring and recording. Trey Anastasio embarked on his first ever solo tour in the spring, and Page McConnell compiled tracks from Phish's 1997 and 1998 recording sessions to produce The Siket Disc, an instrumental album that was released online in June (the disc would be available in stores the following year).
The band finally hit the road in the summer, embarking on another annual summer tour of the United States. Phish performed their first of two Fourth of July celebrations with a two-night stand in Atlanta. The first night featured the unveiling of "The Meatstick Dance", which would be performed by band and audience throughout the year. Instead of throwing another huge summer festival to close out the tour, the band decided to focus all festival activities to the Millennium New Year's Eve celebration. However, at the eleventh hour, Camp Oswego took place at an airport in upstate New York. 65,000 people attended and Phish played five sets of music over two days. A number of other groups such as Ozomatli, the Del McCoury Band, and Son Seals performed on a side stage throughout the weekend. The festival took place a week before Woodstock 1999, which was being held just miles away, with the violence and rioting at Woodstock being reported all over the news but without mention of the incident-free peacefulness of Camp Oswego (even though the success of the Phish event was mentioned on television by New York governor George Pataki).
The end of the summer tour saw Phish make their first journey to Japan, to perform four shows at the Fuji Rock Festival.
During the summer and fall, the band adopted a number of songs performed by Trey Anastasio just months earlier on his solo tour. Many of these songs contained repetitive bass lines and techno & electronica themed improvisational excursions (with Anastasio and McConnell using a series of electronic effects), a sound that Phish would hone throughout 1999 and 2000.
On December 30 and December 31, Phish held the largest Millennium New Year's Eve concert in the entire world, eclipsing attendance numbers at other concerts from performers such as Barbra Streisand, KISS, Elton John, Billy Joel, Sting, and others. It was the largest Phish concert ever and also the longest, and was voted the greatest Phish show of all time by readers of The Pharmer's Almanac. 85,000 people made the trek to the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation in the Florida Everglades. Once again, the band turned the concert area into a makeshift city with food, clothing, a post office, an arcade, carnival games, and areas incorporating the various wildlife of the Everglades. Phish played three sets the first night, and began New Year's Eve with a two-hour set at 7 PM before returning at midnight to play a marathon seamless seven-and-a-half-hour second set that ended at sunrise.
Original song debuts in 1999 included "My Left Toe", "Mountains in the Mist", "What's the Use?", "Bug", "The Happy Whip and Dung Song", "Mozambique", "The Inlaw Josie Wales", "First Tube", "Gotta Jibboo", "Sand", "Quadrophonic Toppling", "Heavy Things", "Windora Bug", and "Jennifer Dances."
In the spring of 2000, the band finished up recording the new studio album Farmhouse, which featured mostly songs that had been performed onstage as far back as 1997. Anastasio was responsible for most of the album's writing and direction. In mid-May, Phish performed their first concerts at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The band underwent their most intensive promo tour, on release of Farmhouse, recording several short sets for various radio and TV programs.
In June, the band visited Japan for the second time in two years, performing a number of headlining and festival shows. By the end of the month, Phish was back in the United States for another month-long summer tour, kicking off with a star-studded opening night in Nashville featuring appearances by Wynonna Judd, Ricky Skaggs, and the Del McCoury Band. In mid-July, Phish performed on the long-running series Austin City Limits. For the first time since 1995, the band did not hold an annual end-of-summer festival. Additionally, for the second year in a row, Phish did not perform their annual Halloween music costume.
Towards the end of their fall tour at a webcast show that would be released on DVD as Phish: Live in Vegas, Trey Anastasio announced that the band was taking an indefinite break following the tour's end. Therefore, for the first time since 1988, there would be no Phish New Year's Eve concert. On October 6 & 7, the band played a two-night stand at the Shoreline Amphitheatre just outside San Francisco, which would be the band's final concerts before their indefinite hiatus. The band went their separate ways following the shows.
Phish debuted no new material in 2000, with the exception of "Guy Forget" (a song played in soundcheck since 1993).
|2000 New York City Run|
|May 21, 2000||New York City||United States||Radio City Music Hall|
|May 22, 2000|
|May 23, 2000||Roseland Ballroom|
|Japan Summer 2000|
|June 9, 2000||Tokyo||Japan||On Air East|
|June 10, 2000||Zepp|
|June 11, 2000||Hibiya Outdoor Theatre|
|June 13, 2000||Nagoya||Club Quattro|
|June 14, 2000||Fukuoka||Drum Logos|
|June 15, 2000||Osaka||Big Cat|
|June 16, 2000||Zepp|
|North America Summer 2000|
|June 22, 2000||Antioch||United States||AmSouth Amphitheatre|
|June 23, 2000||Atlanta||Lakewood Amphitheatre|
|June 24, 2000|
|June 25, 2000||Raleigh||Alltel Pavilion|
|June 28, 2000||Holmdel||PNC Bank Arts Center|
|June 29, 2000|
|June 30, 2000||Hartford||Meadows Music Theatre|
|July 1, 2000|
|July 3, 2000||Camden||Blockbuster-Sony Music Entertainment Centre|
|July 4, 2000|
|July 6, 2000||Toronto||Canada||Molson Canadian Amphitheatre|
|July 7, 2000||Burgettstown||United States||Coca-Cola Star Lake Amphitheater|
|July 8, 2000||East Troy||Alpine Valley Music Theatre|
|July 10, 2000||Noblesville||Deer Creek Music Center|
|July 11, 2000|
|July 12, 2000|
|July 14, 2000||Columbus||Polaris Amphitheater|
|July 15, 2000|
|U.S. Fall 2000|
|September 8, 2000||Albany||United States||Pepsi Arena|
|September 9, 2000|
|September 11, 2000||Mansfield||Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts|
|September 12, 2000|
|September 14, 2000||Corfu||Darien Lake Performing Arts Center|
|September 15, 2000||Hershey||Hersheypark Stadium|
|September 17, 2000||Columbia||Merriweather Post Pavilion|
|September 18, 2000||Cuyahoga Falls||Blossom Music Center|
|September 20, 2000||Cincinnati||Riverbend Music Center|
|September 22, 2000||Rosemont||Allstate Arena|
|September 23, 2000|
|September 24, 2000||Minneapolis||Target Center|
|September 25, 2000r||Bonner Spings||Sandstone Amphitheater|
|September 27, 2000||Greenwood Village||Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre|
|September 29, 2000||Las Vegas||Thomas & Mack Center|
|September 30, 2000|
|October 1, 2000||Phoenix||Blockbuster Desert Sky Pavilion|
|October 4, 2000||Chula Vista||Coors Amphitheatre|
|October 5, 2000||Irvine||Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre|
|October 6, 2000||Mountain View||Shoreline Amphitheatre|
|October 7, 2000|
Phish regrouped in late 2002 with the surprise release of their ninth studio album, Round Room While two of the songs had been previously performed by the Trey Anastasio Band, the remainder of the material was brand new. This occasion was marked by the announcement of a four-show holiday run as well as performances on Saturday Night Live and Late Show with David Letterman, each appearance featuring a performance of a different song from the album ("46 Days" and "All Of These Dreams", respectively). Additionally, the members of Phish appeared with Jimmy Fallon, Horatio Sanz, and Al Gore in a "Jerrod's Room" sketch, performing a snippet of "Contact".
Including their TV debuts, five songs made their first appearances this year – "46 Days", "All Of These Dreams", "Waves", "Seven Below", and "Walls Of The Cave".
|2002/2003 New Year's Eve Run|
|December 31, 2002||New York City||United States||Madison Square Garden|
|January 2, 2003||Hampton||Hampton Coliseum|
|January 3, 2003|
|January 4, 2003|
For two years, the members of Phish concentrated on outside projects and other musical endeavors. Trey Anastasio worked with the Vermont Youth Orchestra and formed the supergroup Oysterhead, but spent most of 2001 and 2002 working on his solo career. Mike Gordon made two films and an album with guitar legend Leo Kottke. Jon Fishman toured with both the Jazz Mandolin Project and Pork Tornado. Page McConnell formed the electronic trio Vida Blue.
In late 2002, Phish reunited in the Vermont mountains and recorded a brand new studio album, Round Room, the first Phish album since Lawn Boy in 1990 to feature a number of extended jams. The band soon announced that their hiatus was over and that they would be returning to the road in 2003, starting with a New Year's Eve concert on December 31, 2002, at Madison Square Garden. The New Year's run was a three night stand at the Hampton Coliseum in early January.
After appearing on the front cover of Rolling Stone, the band launched their first winter tour of the US since 1993. The brief tour was only two weeks long. The band launched a US summer tour in July that culminated in another festival in upstate Maine. 60,000 people attended the It festival which featured seven sets of Phish music over two nights, including a set performed live from the very top of an air traffic control tower. A DVD film and PBS special was made to document the festival.
Phish played only sporadically after the summer tour, including a brief four night run in late November/early December to celebrate their 20th anniversary. The third night of the celebration featured an appearance from founding Phish guitarist Jeff Holdsworth, who had not played onstage with Phish in over 17 years. The group closed out the year with a four night New Year's Eve run in Miami, featuring a surprise appearance from Parliament/Funkadelic.
Original song debuts in 2003 included "Round Room", "Thunderhead", "Mexican Cousin", "Pebbles and Marbles", "Anything But Me", "Seven Below", "Mock Song", "Friday", "Spices", "Scents and Subtle Sounds", "Discern", "Secret Smile", "Two Versions of Me", "Army of One", "Spread it Round", and "Crowd Control."
After a three-night stand in Las Vegas in mid-April, Trey Anastasio announced on the band's website that Phish was officially breaking up for good following a brief summer tour. However, the band continued to debut new material throughout the year, opening their farewell tour with a new song titled "A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing" from their final album Undermind, which was released shortly after the breakup announcement. The tour's opening night was also broadcast in movie theaters across the country and eventually released on DVD and CD as Phish: Live in Brooklyn. The band also debuted another original in Brooklyn titled "Nothing", and the band's final original debut, "Access Me", was unveiled on June 26 at a show in Wisconsin.
On 21 June, Phish appeared on Late Show With David Letterman, performing atop the outside marquee. For the broadcast, Phish performed "Scents And Subtle Sounds" (sans intro) and then they went on to play a short set, featuring truncated versions of several of their songs, for the few hundred fans gathered below.
After a brief run of shows in June (June 18 included an appearance from Jay-Z), the band took most of the summer off before returning for a final week of concerts in August. While the June performances featured an inspired band, eager to put an exclamation point on their career, the August leg of the tour was marred by major crowd control issues, high emotions, and notoriously sloppy performances.
Their final show, at least at that point, was also to be the last Phish summer festival – Coventry – named for the town in Vermont that hosted the event. 100,000 people were expected to attend, and it was simulcast to thousands more in movie theaters across America. After a week of rain that prompted rumors of a sinking stage, Mike Gordon announced on the local radio station that attendees should turn around, no more cars were being allowed in. As only about 20,000 people had been admitted, many concert-goers abandoned their vehicles on highway roadsides, shoulders and medians and hiked to the site, some as far as thirty miles. With the number of people that walked in, the crowd grew to an estimated 65,000 in attendance. Phish played six sets over two nights to officially close out their touring career....for the time being.
Original song debuts in 2004 included "A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing", "Access Me", and "Nothing".
|2004 Vegas Run|
|April 15, 2004||Las Vegas||United States||Thomas & Mack Center|
|April 16, 2004|
|April 17, 2004|
|Early Summer 2004|
|June 17, 2004||Brooklyn||United States||KeySpan Park|
|June 18, 2004|
|June 19, 2004||Saratoga Springs||Saratoga Performing Arts Center|
|June 20, 2004|
|June 23, 2004||Noblesville||Verizon Wireless Music Center|
|June 24, 2004|
|June 25, 2004||East Troy||Alpine Valley Music Theatre|
|June 26, 2004|
|Late Summer 2004|
|August 9, 2004||Hampton||United States||Hampton Coliseum|
|August 10, 2004||Mansfield||Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts|
|August 11, 2004|
|August 12, 2004||Camden||Tweeter Center at the Waterfront|
|August 13, 2004||Coventry||United States||Newport State Airport|
|August 14, 2004|
|August 15, 2004|
On October 1, 2008, Phish announced a three-show reunion concert at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia. The shows took place 6–8 March 2009. During the second phase of the band's career, their lack of practice had made it impossible for them to perform the complicated "Fluffhead", much to the chagrin of fans. Fittingly, the first song Phish played upon their return was "Fluffhead", which was met with thunderous applause.
Proving that the Hampton shows were not a one-off, Phish went on to perform fifteen concerts in June 2009, including two days at Bonnaroo Music Festival. The shows kicked off with the band's first ever performance at Boston's Fenway Park and wrapped up at Alpine Valley in East Troy, Wisconsin on June 20–21. During these dates, several new songs were debuted, as the band was working on their eleventh album, Joy. These shows marked a return to song-based performance, as the band initially steered away from extended improvisation. The result would be some of the band's longest setlists since the early 90's.
On March 17, 2009, Phish announced another dozen dates as a late summer tour, with a four-night stand in Red Rocks, Colorado (their first shows there since being banned in 1996), and ending at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in New York on August 16.
In September, Phish's reunion album, Joy, was released on the band's own label, JEMP Records. Produced by Steve Lillywhite, the album featured the songs that the band had premiered over the course of the summer. A limited edition boxed set version of Joy was packaged with a bonus album called Party Time which featured several outtakes from Joy as well as a some older rarities and solo recordings. Several of the songs from this set made it to the Phish stage and eventually this was released as its own vinyl set.
Phish played three nights, October 30 and 31 and November 1, in Indio, California, for their eighth festival, aptly named Festival 8.[needs update] The Halloween weekend featured Phish's normal tradition of covering a different artist's entire album, with a performance of The Rolling Stones classic, Exile On Main St. Festival 8 also featured, on Sunday morning, the first fully acoustic performance to ever occur during one of Phish's own functions. Video footage from Festival 8 was filmed in 3D and formed the basis for the 2010 theatrical release, Phish 3D.
On October 9, 2009, Phish announced they would embark on a Fall tour (their first since 2000, just prior to the first hiatus) beginning on November 18 in Detroit, Michigan and concluding on December 5 in Charlottesville, Virginia. This 13 show tour included two-night stands at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio, the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Times Union Center in Albany, New York as well as a three night stand and return to Madison Square Garden (their first shows there since the New Year's Eve 2002 show that ended the first hiatus).
On December 28, 2009, Phish once again returned to Miami, Florida after six years for four days of music, culminating with New Year's Eve on December 31.
Original songs debuted in 2009 include "Backwards Down the Number Line", "Beauty of a Broken Heart", "Undermind", "Ocelot", "Light", "Time Turns Elastic", "Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan", "Kill Devil Falls", "Twenty Years Later", "Let Me Lie", "Sugar Shack", "Joy", "Alaska", "The Connection", "Windy City", "Party Time", "I Been Around", "Invisible", "Sleep Again", "Tomorrow's Song", and "Gone."
Leading up to Festival 8, the band's festival which took place over the weekend of Halloween, the band's website featured a gallery of various albums which were narrowed down to twelve by the week before the festival.
The entire gallery of costume choices can be accessed here: Festival 8 Countdown
These final eight albums' titles provided the names of the eight campsites on the festival grounds:
- David Bowie – Hunky Dory
- Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
- The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Electric Ladyland
- King Crimson – Larks' Tongues in Aspic
- MGMT – Oracular Spectacular
- Prince – Purple Rain
- Radiohead – Kid A
- The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main St.
On October 31, the only album cover that did not have an axe or a knife through it in the gallery on the website was Exile on Main St., which the band played in its entirety later that night
|2009 Hampton Reunion Run|
|March 6, 2009||Hampton||United States||Hampton Coliseum|
|March 7, 2009|
|March 8, 2009|
|Early Summer 2009|
|May 31, 2009||Boston||United States||Fenway Park|
|June 2, 2009||Wantagh||Nikon at Jones Beach Theater|
|June 4, 2009|
|June 5, 2009|
|June 6, 2009||Mansfield||Comcast Center|
|June 7, 2009||Camden||Susquehanna Bank Center|
|June 9, 2009||Asheville||Asheville Civic Center|
|June 10, 2009||Knoxville||Thompson–Boling Arena|
|June 12, 2009||Manchester||Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival|
|June 14, 2009|
|June 16, 2009||St. Louis||Fox Theatre|
|June 18, 2009||Burgettstown||Post-Gazette Pavilion|
|June 19, 2009||Noblesville||Verizon Wireless Music Center|
|June 20, 2009||East Troy||Alpine Valley Music Theatre|
|June 21, 2009|
|Late Summer 2009|
|July 30, 2009||Morrison||United States||Red Rocks Amphitheatre|
|July 31, 2009|
|August 1, 2009|
|August 2, 2009|
|August 5, 2009||Mountain View||Shoreline Amphitheatre|
|August 7, 2009||George||The Gorge Amphitheatre|
|August 8, 2009|
|August 11, 2009||Bridgeview||Toyota Park|
|August 13, 2009||Corfu||Darien Lake Performing Arts Center|
|August 14, 2009||Hartford||Comcast Theatre|
|August 15, 2009||Columbia||Merriweather Post Pavilion|
|August 16, 2009||Saratoga Springs||Saratoga Performing Arts Center|
|October 30, 2009||Indio||United States||Empire Polo Grounds|
|October 31, 2009|
|November 1, 2009|
|November 18, 2009||Detroit||United States||Cobo Arena|
|November 20, 2009||Cincinnati||U.S. Bank Arena|
|November 21, 2009|
|November 22, 2009||Syracuse||War Memorial at Oncenter|
|November 24, 2009||Philadelphia||Wachovia Center|
|November 25, 2009|
|November 27, 2009||Albany||Times Union Center|
|November 28, 2009|
|November 29, 2009||Portland||Cumberland County Civic Center|
|December 2, 2009||New York City||Madison Square Garden|
|December 3, 2009|
|December 4, 2009|
|December 5, 2009||Charlottesville||John Paul Jones Arena|
|2009 New Year's Eve Run|
|December 28, 2009||Miami||United States||American Airlines Arena|
|December 29, 2009|
|December 30, 2009|
|December 31, 2009|
On 15 March, Trey Anastasio inducted Genesis into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Genesis did not perform, so Phish played in their honor, taking on "Watcher of the Skies" and "No Reply At All", the latter featuring a horn section. This occasion was the only instance of Phish performing these songs.
On 13 May, Phish appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, who was devoting a week to artists covering songs from Exile On Main Street. Phish performed "Loving Cup" as well as their own "Kill Devil Falls".
Spring 2010, Phish announced a 29-date summer tour. It consisted of a return to Chicago, Hartford, Saratoga, Columbia, Noblesville, East Troy, Jones Beach, and Mansfield. They also played 2 shows at Town Park in Telluride, Colorado. That followed a 3 night run at The Greek Theater in Berkeley, California. It was Phish's first time back there since 1993.
Phish played a 2-hour set at the Austin City Limits festival in Austin, Texas this October.
In the fall, Phish played a 14 date tour. The tour started with a 3 night run in Broomfield, Colorado. Followed by 2 shows in North Charlestown, South Carolina. On the release date of Mike Gordon new solo album "Moss", Phish played The Augusta Civic Center in Maine. The smallest venue played on the tour was The Utica Memorial Auditorium in Utica, New York. Then for the first time since 1999 they made a return to Providence, Rhode Island. Then north to Amherst, Massachusetts, the band played 2 nights at the UMASS Mullins Center, which was the first time back since 1995. Then to finish the tour was one show in Manchester NH, first time back since 1994 and then a sold out 3-night Halloween Run at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
The New Year's run was announced as a 5-date tour starting with two shows in Worcester, Massachusetts. Then a 3-night sold-out run at Madison Square Garden on 12/30, 12/31, 1/1/11.
Songs debuted this year include "Show Of Life", "Idea", "Summer Of '89", "Halfway To The Moon", "Dr. Gabel", "Pigtail", "The Birdwatcher", and "Burn That Bridge".
|Early Summer 2010|
|June 11, 2010||Bridgeview||United States||Toyota Park|
|June 12, 2010||Cuyahoga Falls||Blossom Music Center|
|June 13, 2010||Hershey||Hersheypark Stadium|
|June 15, 2010||Portsmouth||nTelos Wireless Pavilion|
|June 17, 2010||Hartford||Comcast Theatre|
|June 18, 2010|
|June 19, 2010||Saratoga Springs||Saratoga Performing Arts Center|
|June 20, 2010|
|June 22, 2010||Mansfield||Comcast Center|
|June 24, 2010||Camden||Susquehanna Bank Center|
|June 25, 2010|
|June 26, 2010||Columbia||Merriweather Post Pavilion|
|June 27, 2010|
|June 29, 2010||Hopewell||Constellation Brands – Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center|
|July 1, 2010||Raleigh||Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek|
|July 2, 2010||Charlotte||Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre|
|July 3, 2010||Alpharetta||Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park|
|July 4, 2010|
|Late Summer 2010|
|August 5, 2010||Berkeley||United States||William Randolph Hearst Greek Theatre|
|August 6, 2010|
|August 7, 2010|
|August 9, 2010||Telluride||Telluride Town Park|
|August 10, 2010|
|August 12, 2010||Noblesville||Verizon Wireless Music Center|
|August 13, 2010|
|August 14, 2010||East Troy||Alpine Valley Music Theatre|
|August 15, 2010|
|August 17, 2010||Wantagh||Nikon at Jones Beach Theater|
|August 18, 2010|
|October 8, 2010||Austin||United States||Austin City Limits Music Festival|
|October 10, 2010||Broomfield||1stBank Center|
|October 11, 2010|
|October 12, 2010|
|October 15, 2010||North Charleston||North Charleston Coliseum|
|October 16, 2010|
|October 19, 2010||Augusta||Augusta Civic Center|
|October 20, 2010||Utica||Utica Memorial Auditorium|
|October 22, 2010||Providence||Dunkin' Donuts Center|
|October 23, 2010||Amerst||William D. Mullins Memorial Center|
|October 24, 2010|
|October 26, 2010||Manchester||Verizon Wireless Arena|
|October 29, 2010||Atlantic City||Boardwalk Hall|
|October 30, 2010|
|October 31, 2010|
|2010/2011 New Year's Eve Run|
|December 27, 2010||Worcester||United States||DCU Center|
|December 28, 2010|
|December 30, 2010||New York City||Madison Square Garden|
|December 31, 2010|
|January 1, 2011|
The first leg of the Summer 2011 tour was announced in February with more dates announced in April. It began in late May with a three-night run in Bethel and moved on to visit Holmdel for two nights, Clarkston, Cuyahoga Falls, Cincinnati, Mansfield, Corfu, Camden, 2 nights in Columbia, 2 nights in Alpharetta, Charlotte, Raleigh, and Portsmouth.
The ninth festival held by Phish was held after the first summer leg over the Fourth of July weekend. Super Ball IX was a three-day festival in Watkins Glen, New York at the Watkins Glen International which featured many themed sets such as a beach ball set.
The second leg of the 2011 Summer tour was centered around the west coast. Its shows included a two night run in at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Phish's first show at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, and a two night run at Harveys Outdoor Arena in Stateline.
Phish played 2 sets at the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.
The band went on to close the summer with 3 night runs at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, and Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City over Labor Day Weekend, the latter of which would become a longstanding tradition. Another tradition regarding the Dick's shows, at least for the first few years, was the band's playfulness with at least one of the setlists during the run. In this particular case, every song the band performed on 2 September began with the letter "S".
Phish's home state of Vermont suffered much destruction from flooding after Hurricane Irene made landfall in the northeast. Phish paid tribute by performing a special show on 14 September, in Essex Junction at the Champlain Valley Exposition. All of the money raised from the event went to relief efforts for the state. The show featured a special appearance from Vermont's Governor, Peter Shumlin.
The year for the band closed with a four night New Year's run at Madison Square Garden on December 28, 29, 30, and 31.
Songs debuted this year include "Steam", "Susskind Hotel", and "Babylon Baby".
|Early Summer 2011|
|May 27, 2011||Bethel||United States||Bethel Woods Center for the Arts|
|May 28, 2011|
|May 29, 2011|
|May 31, 2011||Holmdel||PNC Bank Arts Center|
|June 1, 2011|
|June 3, 2011||Clarktston||DTE Energy Music Theatre|
|June 4, 2011||Cuyahoga Falls||Blossom Music Center|
|June 5, 2011||Cincinnati||Riverbend Music Center|
|June 7, 2011||Mansfield||Comcast Center|
|June 8, 2011||Corfu||Darien Lake Performing Arts Center|
|June 10, 2011||Camden||Susquehanna Bank Center|
|June 11, 2011||Columbia||Merriweather Post Pavilion|
|June 12, 2011|
|June 14, 2011||Alpharetta||Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park|
|June 15, 2011|
|June 17, 2011||Charlotte||Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre|
|June 18, 2011||Raleigh||Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek|
|June 19, 2011||Portsmouth||nTelos Wireless Pavilion|
|Super Ball IX|
|July 1, 2011||Watkins Glen||United States||Watkins Glen International|
|July 2, 2011|
|July 3, 2011|
|Late Summer 2011|
|August 5, 2011||George||United States||The Gorge Amphitheatre|
|August 6, 2011|
|August 8, 2011||Los Angeles||Hollywood Bowl|
|August 9, 2011||Stateline||Harveys Outdoor Arena|
|August 10, 2011|
|August 12, 2011||San Francisco||Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival|
|August 15, 2011||Chicago||UIC Pavilion|
|August 16, 2011|
|August 17, 2011|
|September 2, 2011||Commerce City||Dick's Sporting Goods Park|
|September 3, 2011|
|September 4, 2011|
|Benefit for Vermont flood recovery|
|September 14, 2011||Essex Junction||United States||Champlain Valley Exposition|
|2011 New Year's Eve Run|
|December 28, 2011||New York City||United States||Madison Square Garden|
|December 29, 2011|
|December 30, 2011|
|December 31, 2011|
Phish took most of 2012 to focus on other activities and limited the band's touring to two summer legs and a New Year's run.
The first summer leg ran from early June through early July and focused on the east coast, including stops at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and three nights at Bader Field, in Atlantic City. Other dates include two nights in Portsmouth, Cincinnati, Burgettstown, Cuyahoga Falls, 2 dates in Noblesville, 2 nights in East Troy, a 2 night Fourth of July run in Wantagh, and 3 nights in Saratoga Springs.
The second portion of the tour ventured away from the northeast with dates in Long Beach, 3 nights in San Francisco, Kansas City, Pelham, Atlanta, Charlotte, St. Louis, Oklahoma City (Phish's first performance in Oklahoma,) and another 3 night run over Labor Day Weekend at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. In keeping with the playful setlist tradition, the first letter of each song played at the 31 August show spelled out "Fuck Your Face", before the band ended the second set with the song of the same name.
There were no Phish shows played in the fall, so the next shows were a four-night New Year's run at Madison Square Garden, the culmination of which involved a golf theme (in honor of Page's impending 50th birthday, the joke being that he would retire to the golf course, as ya do), including an onstage driving range (where the band and crew would launch commemorative golf balls into the crowd), a live runaway golf cart marathon on stage, and several songs in the third set that utilize golf terminology, such as "Iron Man", "Fly Like An Eagle", "Sand", "The Wedge", and "Driver", among others.
This year is uncharacteristic in that no new original material was debuted on stage.
|Early Summer 2012|
|June 7, 2012||Worcester||United States||DCU Center|
|June 8, 2012|
|June 10, 2012||Manchester||Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival|
|June 15, 2012||Atlantic City||Bader Field|
|June 16, 2012|
|June 17, 2012|
|June 19, 2012||Portsmouth||nTelos Wireless Pavilion|
|June 20, 2012|
|June 22, 2012||Cincinnati||Riverbend Music Center|
|June 23, 2012||Burgettstown||First Niagara Pavilion|
|June 24, 2012||Cuyahoga Falls||Blossom Music Center|
|June 28, 2012||Noblesville||Klipsch Music Center|
|June 29, 2012|
|June 30, 2012||East Troy||Alpine Valley Music Theatre|
|July 1, 2012|
|July 3, 2012||Wantagh||Nikon at Jones Beach Theater|
|July 4, 2012|
|July 6, 2012||Saratoga Springs||Saratoga Performing Arts Center|
|July 7, 2012|
|July 8, 2012|
|Late Summer 2012|
|August 15, 2012||Long Beach||United States||Long Beach Arena|
|August 17, 2012||San Francisco||Bill Graham Civic Auditorium|
|August 18, 2012|
|August 19, 2012|
|August 22, 2012||Kansas City||Starlight Theatre|
|August 24, 2012||Pelham||Oak Mountain Amphitheatre|
|August 25, 2012||Atlanta||Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood|
|August 26, 2012||Charlotte||Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre|
|August 28, 2012||St. Louis||Chaifetz Arena|
|August 29, 2012||Oklahoma City||Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheatre|
|August 31, 2012||Commerce City||Dick's Sporting Goods Park|
|September 1, 2012|
|September 2, 2012|
|2012 New Year's Eve Run|
|December 28, 2012||New York City||United States||Madison Square Garden|
|December 29, 2012|
|December 30, 2012|
|December 31, 2012|
2013 featured no touring until July, as the band was in the studio writing and rehearsing the material that would eventually become their next album. The entire tour routing of Summer 2013 was announced in March. The first show of the year featured the band's first performance at the Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, Maine. On the heels of this opening show was a three-night run at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, New York. The tour was scheduled to continue with the band's first performance in Canada in thirteen years, at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre in Toronto, however an abnormal amount of rainfall the day prior to the show forced the band to postpone, citing lack of power and public access to the venue. The routing continued onto Holmdel, New Jersey, Wantagh, New York, two performances in Columbia, Maryland, two performances in Alpharetta, Georgia, three performances at the Charter One Pavilion in Chicago, two performances at The Gorge Amphitheatre in Washington, two shows in Stateline, Nevada along Lake Tahoe, three shows in the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California, and a show at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
After the show in Los Angeles, the band took a monthlong break before returning to the stage for their third annual three-night run at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado over Labor Day Weekend. Continuing with the playful setlists, the first night at Dick's featured a setlist where the first letter of each song, when read in reverse order, spelled "Most Shows Say Something".
Phish returned to the road for a Fall tour that kicked off with three shows at Hampton Coliseum and then moved its way up the east coast before settling in Atlantic City for a three-night affair at Boardwalk Hall that included the band's 7th Halloween show to feature a musical costume.
Rather than covering another band on Halloween, however, Phish chose to perform the entirety of its own forthcoming album (at the time it was known as Wingsuit) before going into the studio to record it in November. None of this material had been performed by Phish prior to this date, with only "Winterqueen" having been played by Trey's solo band. Most of this material, along with other songs, became the band's Bob Ezrin-produced 12th studio album, Fuego, released in 2014.
Phish capped off 2013 with a four-show run at Madison Square Garden that led up to a New Year's Eve performance that celebrated the band's 30th anniversary. The second set featured the band performing on top of a replica of their first van, adorned with the JEMP logo, which was driven into the middle of the venue floor. Using hockey sticks for mic stands (a nod to their first-ever show), Phish performed a set of songs that dated from their early touring years (no songs newer than 1991 were played in this set). Video montages were screened during the evening and, at one point, cake was served.
Songs debuted this year include "Yarmouth Road", "Architect", "Frost", "Say Something", "Wingsuit", "Fuego", "The Line", "Sing Monica", "Waiting All Night", "Wombat", "Snow", "Devotion To A Dream", "555", "Winterqueen", "Amidst The Peals Of Laughter", and "You Never Know".
|July 3, 2013||Bangor||United States||Darling's Waterfront Pavilion|
|July 5, 2013||Saratoga Springs||Saratoga Performing Arts Center|
|July 6, 2013|
|July 7, 2013|
|July 10, 2013||Holmdel||PNC Bank Arts Center|
|July 12, 2013||Wantagh||Nikon at Jones Beach Theater|
|July 13, 2013||Columbia||Merriweather Post Pavilion|
|July 14, 2013|
|July 16, 2013||Alpharetta||Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park|
|July 17, 2013|
|July 19, 2013||Chicago||Charter One Pavilion|
|July 20, 2013|
|July 21, 2013|
|July 22, 2013||Toronto||Canada||Molson Canadian Amphitheatre|
|July 26, 2013||Geroge||United States||The Gorge Amphitheatre|
|July 27, 2013|
|July 30, 2013||Stateline||Harveys Outdoor Arena|
|July 31, 2013|
|August 2, 2013||San Francisco||Bill Graham Civic Auditorium|
|August 3, 2013|
|August 4, 2013|
|August 5, 2013||Los Angeles||Hollywood Bowl|
|August 30, 2013||Commerce City||Dick's Sporting Goods Park|
|August 31, 2013|
|September 1, 2013|
|October 18, 2013||Hampton||United States||Hampton Coliseum|
|October 19, 2013|
|October 20, 2013|
|October 22, 2013||Rochester||The Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial|
|October 23, 2013||Glen Falls||Glens Falls Civic Center|
|October 25, 2013||Worcester||DCU Center|
|October 26, 2013|
|October 27, 2013||Hartford||XL Center|
|October 29, 2013||Reaeding||Santander Arena|
|October 31, 2013||Atlantic City||Boardwalk Hall|
|November 1, 2013|
|November 2, 2013|
|2013 New Year's Eve Run|
|December 28, 2013||New York City||United States||Madison Square Garden|
|December 29, 2013|
|December 30, 2013|
|December 31, 2013|
April 2014 saw Phish return to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival for a headlining performance.
Phish's 12th studio album, Fuego, was released on 24 June. That same day, the band appeared on Late Show with David Letterman where they performed "The Line" as well as an additional full set of songs that was later broadcast on the web series Live on Letterman.
The majority of July and August found the band on the road, performing multi-night stops in Saratoga Springs, Philadelphia, Columbia MD, Portsmouth VA, New York's Randalls Island, and Northerly Island in Chicago, as well as several single-night stops, before winding it all up at their annual three-night stand at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, in Commerce City CO.
Continuing their tradition of performing a crafty setlist at the Dick's shows, the first ten songs of the first night's set spelled out "Lushington", which is a title of a very short-lived Phish song from the 80's, one that has not been played since, and one that has gained almost mythical status. Earlier that year, Rolling Stone conducted a reader's poll to rank the Phish songs in order and there was a fan campaign to stuff the ballot box for "Lushington", in hopes that perhaps the band would play it. The campaign worked and the song appeared in the #1 slot, despite it being one of the most obscure songs in their catalogue. Upon the setlist spelling out the song title, it was expected that the band would perform the song, however, they continued on with "Ha Ha Ha" instead. To date, "Lushington" remains on the shelf.
Phish returned to the road in October, playing a series of shows that concluded with a three-night Halloween run in Las Vegas. For their musical costume this year, Phish utilized the 1964 Disney sound effects album, Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House, as the basis for an elaborate stage show that featured several brand-new instrumental songs, a graveyard-themed stage set, dancing zombies, a narrating crypt-keeper named "Esther", and a haunted house, inside of which the performed several numbers before "exploding" to reveal the four members of Phish in white tuxedoes and zombie makeup. That this all occurred in between two otherwise normal Phish sets, in their normal clothes and without the stage props or even a word of acknowledgement, made this set even more of a shock and this is routinely considered one of the band's greatest achievements. Several of the instrumentals from this show went on to become fixtures of the band's live rotation, most notably "Martian Monster", "Your Pet Cat", and "The Dogs".
The Vegas run concluded on 2 November, which was also the last date of the fall tour. The band capped off 2014 with a New Year's run in Miami, this time commencing on New Year's Eve.
Songs debuted this year include "Plasma", "The Haunted House", "The Very Long Fuse", "The Dogs", "Timber", "Your Pet Cat", "Shipwreck", "Chinese Water Torture", "The Birds", and "Martian Monster".
|April 26, 2014||New Orleans||United States||New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival|
|July 1, 2014||Mansfield||United States||Xfinity Center|
|July 3, 2014||Saratoga Springs||Saratoga Performing Arts Center|
|July 4, 2014|
|July 5, 2014|
|July 8, 2014||Philadelphia||Mann Center for the Performing Arts|
|July 9, 2014|
|July 11, 2014||New York City||Randall's Island|
|July 12, 2014|
|July 13, 2014|
|July 15, 2014||Hopewell||Constellation Brands – Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center|
|July 16, 2014||Clarkston||DTE Energy Music Theatre|
|July 18, 2014||Chicago||FirstMerit Bank Pavilion|
|July 19, 2014|
|July 20, 2014|
|July 25, 2014||Charlotte||PNC Music Pavilion|
|July 26, 2014||Columbia||Merriweather Post Pavilion|
|July 27, 2014|
|July 29, 2014||Portsmouth||nTelos Wireless Pavilion|
|July 30, 2014|
|August 1, 2014||Orange Beach||The Amphitheater at the Wharf|
|August 2, 2014||Pelham||Oak Mountain Amphitheatre|
|August 3, 2014||Alpharetta||Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park|
|August 29, 2014||Commerce City||Dick's Sporting Goods Park|
|August 30, 2014|
|August 31, 2014|
|October 17, 2014||Eugene||United States||Matthew Knight Arena|
|October 18, 2014||Seattle||KeyArena at Seattle Center|
|October 21. 2014||Santa Barbara||Santa Barbara Bowl|
|October 22, 2014|
|October 24, 2014||Inglewood||The Forum|
|October 25, 2014||Chula Vista||Sleep Train Amphitheatre|
|October 27, 2014||San Francisco||Bill Graham Civic Auditorium|
|October 28, 2014|
|October 29, 2014|
|October 31, 2014||Las Vegas||MGM Grand Garden Arena|
|November 1, 2014|
|November 2, 2014|
|New Year's Eve 2014|
|December 31, 2014||Miami||United States||AmericanAirlines Arena|
|January 1, 2015|
|January 2, 2015|
|January 3, 2015|
2015 kicked off with the last three shows of a four-show New Year's run in Miami.
The summer tour kicked off on 21 July, in Bend OR, winding its way across the country for a month before the band ended up in Watkins Glen NY, and its tenth big festival, Magnaball. Their first such festival since 2011 featured eight sets over three days including a late night set on the second night, performed an hour-long improvisation behind a drive-in-theatre screen.
For the fifth year in a row, Phish returned to Dick's Sporting Goods Park, in Commerce City CO, for a three-night Labor Day run. Continuing the tradition of performing a clever setlist, the songs from the extended encore on the third night spelled out "Thank You". While the band would continue their Dick's run in the years that followed, this was the last occurrence of the setlist tradition.
After taking the autumn off, Phish reconvened at Madison Square Garden for a four-night Holiday Run that began on 30 December and concluded on 2 January 2016.
Songs debuted this year include "Shade", "No Men In No Man's Land", "Blaze On", "How Many People Are You", "Scabbard", "Heavy Rotation", "Mercury", "The Last Step", and "Can't Always Listen".
|Summer 2015 Tour|
|July 21, 2015||Bend||United States||Les Schwab Amphitheater||15,999 / 15,999||$1,039,935|
|July 22, 2015|
|July 24, 2015||Mountain View||Shoreline Amphitheatre||15,173 / 22,000||$805,845|
|July 25, 2015||Inglewood||The Forum||12,388 / 14,550||$715,185|
|July 28, 2015||Austin||Austin360 Amphitheater||10,170 / 13,164||$601,710|
|July 29, 2015||Grand Prairie||Verizon Theatre||6,455 / 6,631||$419,575|
|July 31, 2015||Atlanta||Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood||26,451 / 37,736||$1,449,755|
|August 1, 2015|
|August 2, 2015||Tuscaloosa||Tuscaloosa Amphitheater|
|August 4, 2015||Nashville||Ascend Amphitheater||6,778 / 6,778||$352,670|
|August 5, 2015||Kansas City||Starlight Theatre||6,847 / 7,538||$445,055|
|August 7, 2015||Cuyahoga Falls||Blossom Music Center||14,062 / 20,451||$745,752|
|August 8, 2015||East Troy||Alpine Valley Music Theatre||34,716 / 71,010||$1,859,160|
|August 9, 2015|
|August 11, 2015||Philadelphia||Mann Center for the Performing Arts|
|August 12, 2015|
|August 14, 2015||Raleigh||Walnut Creek Amphitheatre||12,175 / 19,980||$669,755|
|August 15, 2015||Columbia||Merriweather Post Pavilion||36,760 / 38,000||$1,877,760|
|August 16, 2015|
|August 21, 2015||Watkins Glen||Watkins Glen International|
|August 22, 2015|
|August 23, 2015|
|September 4, 2015||Commerce City||Dick's Sporting Goods Park||69,907 / 75,156||$3,851,213|
|September 5, 2015|
|September 6, 2015|
|New Year's Eve 2015 Run|
|December 30, 2015||New York City||United States||Madison Square Garden|
|December 31, 2015|
|January 1, 2016|
|January 2, 2016|
|Total||267,881 / 348,993||$14,833,370|
Phish began 2016 right where the previous year had left off....with two shows at Madison Square Garden. Two weeks later, Phish performed their first-ever shows in Mexico, with a three-night destination performance at the Riviera Maya resort. As the band were performing right by the water, several nautical-themed songs made appearances throughout the run, including "A Song I Heard The Ocean Sing", "Prince Caspian", "Free", "Theme From The Bottom", "Drowned", "Sand", "Wading In The Velvet Sea", and others, while the third night's encore was a cover of Led Zeppelin's "The Ocean".
Phish's summer tour began in St. Paul, Minnesota, on 22 June and continued towards the east coast, including two nights at Wrigley Field, before heading west and wrapping up in Chula Vista, California, on 23 July. In August, the band made their first appearance at Lockn' Festival, headlining on the 26th and 28th, before making their way out to their annual Labor Day run at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, in Commerce City CO. For the first time since they began this run, in 2011, the band did not incorporate a cleverly-written setlist into one of the shows.
7 October 2016 saw the release of Phish's 13th studio album, Big Boat. Produced by Bob Ezrin, this album featured several songs that had been debuted in the prior two years and included writing and vocal contributions from all four members of the band. The occasion of this release was marked with an appearance on the Tonight Show, on 10 October, where the band performed "Breath And Burning" and "Blaze On". Four days later, the band embarked on a 12 date fall tour that began in Charleston, South Carolina, and landed in Las Vegas, for a four-night Halloween run. Between those stops, the band performed in Jacksonville, Florida, two nights in Nashville TN (the first of which featured Bob Weir on most of the second set), two nights in Alpharetta GA, and two nights in Grand Prairie TX.
The band's musical costume at this year's Halloween show was The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, by the late David Bowie (who had passed away earlier that year). Augmented by horns and a string sextet, the band ably paid tribute to their fallen hero. "Rock And Roll Suicide" was performed with Trey on lead vocals, crooner style, with no guitar – the only time in his career that he has performed in such a way.
Phish capped off 2016 with four shows at Madison Square Garden, culminating in a New Year's Eve third set that featured the horns from the Trey Anastasio Band for the duration of the set, as well as stage dancers for the New Year's gag, which was based on the song, "Petrichor", and its "rain" theme.
Songs debuted this year include "Miss You", "Breath And Burning", "Things People Do", "Waking Up Dead", "Friends", "Let's Go", "Ass Handed", "Petrichor", "Home", "More", "I Always Wanted It This Way", and "Running Out Of Time".
|Riviera Maya 2016|
|January 15, 2016||Riviera Maya||Mexico||Barceló Maya Beach|
|January 16, 2016|
|January 17, 2016|
|June 22, 2016||Saint Paul||United States||Xcel Energy Center|
|June 24, 2016||Chicago||Wrigley Field|
|June 25, 2016|
|June 26, 2016||Noblesville||Klipsch Music Center|
|June 28, 2016||Philadelphia||Mann Center for the Performing Arts|
|June 29, 2016|
|July 1, 2016||Saratoga Springs||Saratoga Performing Arts Center|
|July 2, 2016|
|July 3, 2016|
|July 6, 2016||Portland||Cross Insurance Arena|
|July 8, 2016||Mansfield||Xfinity Center|
|July 9, 2016||Hartford||Xfinity Theatre|
|July 10, 2016||Syracuse||Lakeview Amphitheater|
|July 15, 2016||George||The Gorge Amphitheatre|
|July 16, 2016|
|July 18, 2016||San Francisco||Bill Graham Civic Auditorium|
|July 19, 2016|
|July 20, 2016|
|July 22, 2016||Inglewood||The Forum|
|July 23, 2016||Chula Vista||Sleep Train Amphitheatre|
|September 2, 2016||Commerce City||Dick's Sporting Goods Park|
|September 3, 2016|
|September 4, 2016|
|October 14, 2016||North Charleston||United States||North Charleston Coliseum|
|October 15, 2016|
|October 16, 2016||Jacksonville||Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena|
|October 18, 2016||Nashville||Ascend Amphitheater|
|October 19, 2016|
|October 21, 2016||Alpharetta||Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park|
|October 22, 2016|
|October 24, 2016||Grand Prairie||Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie|
|October 25, 2016|
|October 28, 2016||Las Vegas||MGM Grand Garden Arena|
|October 29, 2016|
|October 30, 2016|
|October 31, 2016|
|2016 New Year's Run|
|December 28, 2016||New York City||United States||Madison Square Garden|
|December 29, 2016|
|December 30, 2016|
|December 31, 2016|
Phish began 2017 with a three-night destination show at the Riviera Maya resort, in Quintana Roo, Mexico, which ran from 13–15 January.
Phish's summer tour in 2017 was a rather unconventional one and began with three nights at Chicago's Northerly Island, followed by isolated one-night performances in Dayton and Pittsburgh, before the band got down to business.
Keen to stay off the road as much as possible, Phish instead booked thirteen consecutive shows at Madison Square Garden. Known as the "Baker's Dozen", the shows ran from 21 July through 6 August. Partnering with Philadelphia's independent Federal Donuts, the band created a different theme for each night's show, based on the various flavors of donuts, and those who got in the door early were treated to a sample of that night's flavor. The shows' themes were as follows: Coconut, Strawberry, Red Velvet, Jam-Filled, Powdered, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Jimmies, Maple, Donut Holes, Lemon, Boston Cream, and Pink Glazed. Each night's setlist would tie in to the flavor somewhat, with both existing and newly-learned songs making appearances (for example, the band performed Shuggie Otis' "Strawberry Letter 23" on "strawberry" night). Many of the shows would begin with a cover song performed a cappella, and it became a guessing game as to what songs may appear in a given night. Another feature of the Baker's Dozen was that, over the course of thirteen shows, Phish did not repeat a single song, performing 237 unique songs over the course of 26 sets of music, and they performed without any special guests.
For their efforts, and because of the sheer number of times Phish has sold out the venue, Madison Square Garden installed a banner that commemorates the Baker's Dozen, which hangs in the arena with the other championship banners.
For the seventh consecutive year, Phish returned to Dick's Sporting Goods Park, in Commerce City CO, for their annual Labor Day run. Once again foregoing the clever setlist game, the shows were heavy on improvisation and the result of a band still riding the momentum of the Baker's Dozen.
Phish concluded 2017 with a "long-awaited triumphant return" to Madison Square Garden for a four-show run that concluded on New Year's Eve. The gag this year was based on an aquatic theme, laid out in the song, "Soul Planet" (which was debuted that evening). The stage was transformed into a pirate ship, with sails, cannons, and a Phish-themed jolly roger flag. Audience members were given glowing bracelets that made the venue look like the sea. The remainder of the show contained songs that feature nautical themes.
Songs debuted this year include "Everything's Right", "Leaves", "Love Is What We Are", "Corona", "Thread", "Tuesday", "Crazy Sometimes", "Marissa", "Rise/Come Together", "End Of Session", "Sunshine Of Your Feeling", "Most Events Aren't Planned", and "Soul Planet".
|Riviera Maya 2017|
|January 13, 2017||Riviera Maya||Mexico||Barceló Maya Beach|
|January 14, 2017|
|January 15, 2017|
|July 14, 2017||Chicago||United States||Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island|
|July 15, 2017|
|July 16, 2017|
|July 18, 2017||Dayton||Wright State University Nutter Center|
|July 19, 2017||Pittsburgh||Peterson Events Center|
|The Baker's Dozen|
|July 21, 2017||New York City||United States||Madison Square Garden|
|July 22, 2017|
|July 23, 2017|
|July 25, 2017|
|July 26, 2017|
|July 28, 2017|
|July 29, 2017|
|July 30, 2017|
|August 1, 2017|
|August 2, 2017|
|August 4, 2017|
|August 5, 2017|
|August 6, 2017||227,385 /236,278||$$15,041,405|
|Labor Day Weekend 2017|
|September 1, 2017||Commerce City||United States||Dick's Sporting Goods Park|
|September 2, 2017|
|September 3, 2017|
|2017 New Year's Run|
|December 28, 2017||New York City||United States||Madison Square Garden|
|December 29, 2017|
|December 30, 2017|
|December 31, 2017|
|July 17, 2018||Stateline||United States||Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena|
|July 18, 2018|
|July 20, 2018||George||The Gorge Amphitheatre|
|July 21, 2018|
|July 22, 2018|
|July 24, 2018||San Francisco||Bill Graham Civic Auditorium|
|July 25, 2018|
|July 27, 2018||Inglewood||The Forum|
|July 28, 2018|
|July 31, 2018||Austin||Austin360 Amphitheater|
|August 3, 2018||Alpharetta||Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park|
|August 4, 2018|
|August 5, 2018|
|August 7, 2018||Camden||BB&T Pavilion|
|August 8, 2018|
|August 10, 2018||Raleigh||Coastal Credit Union Music Park|
|August 11, 2018||Columbia||Merriweather Post Pavilion|
|August 12, 2018|
|August 17, 2018 (canceled)||Watkins Glen||Watkins Glen International|
|August 18, 2018 (canceled)|
|August 19, 2018 (canceled)|
|August 31, 2018||Commerce City||Dick's Sporting Goods Park|
|September 1, 2018|
|September 2, 2018|
|October 16, 2018||Albany||United States||Times Union Center|
|October 17, 2018|
|October 19, 2018||Hampton||Hampton Coliseum|
|October 20, 2018|
|October 21, 2018|
|October 23, 2018||Nashville||Ascend Amphitheater|
|October 24, 2018|
|October 26, 2018||Rosemont||Allstate Arena|
|October 27, 2018|
|October 28, 2018|
|October 31, 2018||Las Vegas||MGM Grand Garden Arena|
|November 1, 2018|
|November 2, 2018|
|November 3, 2018|
|2018 New Year's Run|
|December 28, 2018||New York City||United States||Madison Square Garden|
|December 29, 2018|
|December 30, 2018|
|December 31, 2018|
|Riviera Maya 2019|
|February 21, 2019||Riviera Maya||Mexico||Barceló Maya Beach|
|February 22, 2019|
|February 23, 2019|
|June 11, 2019||St. Louis||United States||Chaifetz Arena|
|June 12, 2019|
|June 14, 2019||Manchester||Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival|
|June 16, 2019|
|June 18, 2019||Toronto||Canada||Budweiser Stage|
|June 19, 2019||Cuyahoga Falls||United States||Blossom Music Center|
|June 21, 2019||Charlotte||PNC Music Pavilion|
|June 22, 2019||Columbia||Merriweather Post Pavilion|
|June 23, 2019|
|June 25, 2019||Bangor||Darling's Waterfront Pavilion|
|June 26, 2019|
|June 28, 2019||Camden||BB&T Pavilion|
|June 29, 2019|
|June 30, 2019|
|July 2, 2019||Saratoga Springs||Saratoga Performing Arts Center|
|July 3, 2019|
|July 5, 2019||Boston||Fenway Park|
|July 6, 2019|
|July 9, 2019||Uncasville||Mohegan Sun Arena|
|July 10, 2019|
|July 12, 2019||East Troy||Alpine Valley Music Theatre|
|July 13, 2019|
|July 14, 2019|
|August 30, 2019||Commerce City||Dick's Sporting Goods Park|
|August 31, 2019|
|September 1, 2019|
Musical costume is a term for the band Phish's elaborate Halloween concerts that involved the band performing an entire album by another artist and including it as the second of three sets. For the 1994 and 1995 Halloween shows, Phish fans were able to vote via newsletter for their choice in which album was to be played. Fans were invited to wear Halloween costumes and take part in costume contests and were given a "Phishbill" which identify the album and the band's relationship to it. Nine official musical costumes have been played by Phish to-date, plus one surprise performance of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon on November 2, 1998—just two days after the band performed the music of The Velvet Underground. The band has played a total of fourteen times on Halloween night: 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, and 2016 with special audience participation costume contests being a part of the 1990, 1994, and 2010 shows.
During their comeback year of 2009, Phish performed the Rolling Stones' album Exile on Main Street as part of Phish Festival 8 at Indio, California. In 2010, they covered Little Feat's album "Waiting For Columbus" in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Four of the Halloween shows have been released in their entirety as a part of the Live Phish Series; 1994's Live Phish Volume 13, which included the cover of The Beatles' White Album; Live Phish 14, which included the 1995 cover of The Who's Quadrophenia; Live Phish 15, which included the 1996 cover of Talking Heads' Remain in Light, and Live Phish 16, which included the 1998 cover of The Velvet Underground's Loaded. Phish has also released the Halloween shows from 1991, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, and 2016 separately via their Livephish website.
List of musical costumesEdit
- 1994: The Beatles by The Beatles
- 1995: Quadrophenia by The Who
- 1996: Remain in Light by Talking Heads
- 1998: Loaded by The Velvet Underground and The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd
- 2009: Exile on Main Street by The Rolling Stones
- 2010: Waiting for Columbus by Little Feat
- 2013: Wingsuit (later retitled Fuego) by Phish
- 2014: Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House by Walt Disney Records and Laura Olsher
- 2016: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars by David Bowie
- 2018: I Rokk by Kasvot Vaxt (new material by Phish disguised as an obscure album by a fictional 1980s progressive rock band from Scandinavia)
Tickets by MailEdit
Phish Tickets By Mail (or PTBM) was a service that sold tickets to performances by Phish before their general on-sale date through Ticketmaster and other traditional ticketing outlets. The service exists today in a limited form for concerts involving Trey Anastasio, Mike Gordon, Page McConnell and Jon Fishman. Beginning in the mid-1990s, the Phish ticket presale was done through mail order. For each Phish tour (starting with "taper only" tickets for the December 1994 New Years Run, and both taper and regular tickets for Summer Tour 1995) specific instructions for mail order were listed in the band's newsletter, "Doniac Schvice" (and, later, Phish.com), usually involving envelopes of a specified size, postcards and return postage in the event the ticket order was not fulfilled. There were very specific details that needed to be done, in an effort to deter scalpers and ticket brokers. The ticket orders were then outsourced to a business to fulfill the orders. In the final years of the mail order process, ticket orders were processed by the staff at the Flynn Theatre in Burlington, Vermont. The order in which ticket requests were fulfilled was random, and no seniority or special treatment was given to any fan. These tickets were printed in limited amounts on colored paper with foil and some sort of design, and only issued through mail order.
In 2001, while Phish was on a hiatus, Trey Anastasio booked a tour of amphitheatres and major venues. It was his largest tour, at the time, without Phish. With Phish's management, Dionysian Productions scaled down during the hiatus, Anastasio and Dionysian used an internet-based ticket presale service run by Musictoday, who has been running a similar service for Dave Matthews Band's Warehouse Fan Association since 1999. Instead of fans filling out postcards, they went to a website, requested shows and put in credit card information. For this tour, the orders were still processed at the Flynn Theatre. This would be the last tour where PTBM would run from Vermont.
When Trey Anastasio went on tour in 2002, he used the Musictoday service again. However, unlike the 2001 tour, the final processing process took place at Musictoday's home base in Charlottesville, Virginia. Later that year, when Phish announced their return tour, PTBM used that service as well. All ticket presales for Phish and side projects, from that point on, used Musictoday's online service.
As Phish side-project tours have become smaller following Phish's 2004 disbandment, most presales have been real-time sales, with a first-come-first-served approach in place of the lotteries employed in Phish's touring heyday. With Phish's return to the stage in 2009, the band is once again using Musictoday's online service.
Phish's 2015 tour prices ranged from US$40.00 – $70.00. Shows with special events attached to them tend to run towards the higher end of the spectrum given that they typically have an extra set of music included in the show.
The first Phish concert setlist archive was "The Helping Phriendly Book", a section of the fan-based Phish.net website unveiled on the Internet in 1991. Two books, The Pharmer's Almanac and The Phish Companion, contained detailed collections of Phish setlists, the first appearing in six volumes between 1995 and 2000 and the latter prepared to release a third volume in 2016.
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