Billed as the 1990s answer to the Grateful Dead, Phish created an eclectic fusion of jazz, bluegrass, funk and rock and became famed for their free-form, improvisational live shows. Formed at the University of Vermont in 1983, Trey Anastasio (vocals, guitar), Jon Fishman (drums), Mike Gordon (bass), Page McConnell (keyboards) built a loyal cult following thanks to fans trading bootlegged cassette tapes of their gigs before moving from the US underground into the mainstream with concept album Rift (1993). Vowing to never play the same set twice, their live shows became legendary while albums Billy Breathes (1996) and The Story Of The Ghost (1998) made the US Top 10 and propelled their record sales to over 8 million albums. The band split in 2004 after a farewell gig to over 65,000 people in their home town, but reunited in 2008 and celebrated their 25th anniversary with eleventh studio album Joy (2009).

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