To many dedicated fans, Phish isn’t just a band, it’s a lifestyle. If you’ve ever been at a Phish show, the level of energy and appreciation for one of the world’s most successful jam bands is hardly comparable to anything else experience during a live show. Phish has remained relevant since its start in the 80s, and hasn’t slowed down touring since.
Phish was able to generate its success by creating an entirely different concert-going experience for fans. Rather than re-use set lists and perform songs to almost mechanized sameness, Phish guaranteed its audience a different set list and song performance every, single, time. It sounds amazing because it is, and is responsible for Phish’s unbelievable success.
Phish has only produced one single music video for MTV for its song “Down With the Disease” and has never had a radio hit or an original album top the Billboard Charts. But if you ask typically anyone at a Phish concert how many Phish concerts they’ve been to into their lifetime, you can immediately tell why Phish has become a worldwide sensation; people just don’t “go phishing” once. A first-time experience typically turns into a lifetime committing to Phish concerts.
This upcoming summer, Trey Anastasio will be filling in for gone-but-not-forgotten Grateful Dead member Jerry Garcia during the Grateful Dead reunion tour in early July. This is an honor that only further proves the impact that Phish has on the music industry.