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The Short Story Of Phish Essay

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The band Phish has been jamming out since 1983. They formed together at the University of Vermont in Burlington. The band is comprised of guitarist/singer Trey Anastasio, bassist/singer Mike Gordon, pianist/singer Page McConnell, and drummer Jon Fishman. Together over the years they have played over 1120 concerts and performed over 620 songs for Phishheads, the devoted fans of the band, all over the world. (Gehr 20-21)After the band formed in Vermont in 1983 they didn't just get a cakewalk onto the main stage. Hours and days and months and years of time, practice, and love of music got them to where they are today. In the mid to late 80's, Phish struggled to make its mark on the music scene in the Northeast. (Thompson 76) They started getting a fan base in the local Burlington bars in 1986 and worked their way up from there. After a couple years of playing the bars in Burlington their fan base was spreading and the next step, like every other to come, was going to be big. (Thompson 87)The next step for the band was to get out of Vermont and take their show to a new crowd. In 1987 the band decided to promote a couple of shows in Boston. This was important because it was the first time they ever really played to a new crowd. Well, they had a successful couple of shows and returned to the Boston area for many more shows that year and the years to follow. Boston was like a breakthrough though because they started playing more and more shows away from their native Burlington, Vermont bar scene. And with all the good revues and support they knew that this band was going to be a big success. (Thompson 111)In 1988 Phish had their next big step to take. They planned a series of shows to be held in different towns around Colorado. They were very optimistic and were looking forward to the shows, but that didn't prove so well once it came time for them to play. After a promoter fell through on them they didn't get to play as many shows as hoped, and they ended up losing money by playing the few shows they could. All in all it wasn't bad though. They had a good time and expanded their music to a different audience. (Gehr 45)Colorado didn't set the band's sites back at all the next year they had a full-fledged tour planned out and promoted. The tour was huge everywhere they went the people loved them. The word was spreading all over the place about the band. Many people were attending the concerts and buying their first CD Junta. (Gehr 69) Phish was in the market for good and would soon pave the way for many other jam bands.After the first tour it would only get better. In the early 90's the band would be playing in small bars and theaters, but would soon grow out of those. (Thompson 119) By 1994 they were playing the biggest ampatheaters and concert halls around the United States. Not only that but they would sell out every show. (Gehr 77) The band would continue touring and selling out practically every show till they took a hiatus in 2000.The hiatus was a...

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