Posted in music on January 30, 2009

This high

In the mid-1980s, the bands Phish, Ozric Tentacles, Widespread Panic, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, and Aquarium Rescue Unit, began touring and playing jam band-style concerts. These groups' fame increased in the early 1990s. Bands such as Blues Traveler, and the Spin Doctors also came from the same scene, playing jam-friendly venues and festivals. In some cases, their improvisations have taken a backseat to more polished material, which may be due to their crossover commercial successes, MTV videos, and mainstream radio airplay. Most notable in pre-jam band history was the obvious influence of the Grateful Dead.

In the early 1990s, a new generation of bands was spurred on by the Grateful Dead's touring and the increased exposure of The Black Crowes, Phish, and Aquarium Rescue Unit. Many new bands were formed in the blooming scene. These were the first new bands to actually be called "jam bands", including ekoostik hookah, Dispatch, Gov't Mule, Leftover Salmon, moe., Rusted Root and String Cheese Incident. During the summer of 1995, Grateful Dead guitarist, frontman, and genre spokesman, Jerry Garcia, died, thereby ending the group's thirty years of activity. The surviving members of the Grateful Dead created a band called The Other Ones, and then officially became The Dead. During the same period, Phish rose to prominence, and bands such as String Cheese Incident and Blues Traveler became successful.

Phish's rise in popularity in the mid 1990s may be attributed to the death of Jerry Garcia and the subsequent terminus of the Grateful Dead in 1995. However, a rapidly expanding concert-going market in the early 1990s saw Phish playing mid-sized amphitheaters already in 1993 and 1994. The band also earned chances to play at various large venues, such as Madison Square Garden, by 1994's end. [Wikipedia]

Tickets for Phish's summer 2009 tour go on sale @ 10AM.

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Comments (41)

Yes Virginia, there is other music than "indie" and "hip-hop"

Posted by V | January 30, 2009 4:26 AM

Hey nice of you to post about that band. I have found some of their songs at youtube.

Posted by MPU | January 30, 2009 7:14 AM

I love the tiny music that descends from overhead.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2009 9:21 AM

that is the worst brief explanation of phish ever

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2009 9:34 AM

phish was already huge by 95, in 1994 i saw them and they sold out 20,000 seats in frickin ALBANY for crying out loud. try again wikipedia.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2009 9:54 AM

"in 1994 i saw them and they sold out 20,000 seats in frickin ALBANY for crying out loud."

It does say that sort of actually

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2009 9:57 AM

Wow LIVE NATION IS WORST THAN TICKETMASTER! Anyone have luck?

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2009 10:10 AM

yes, wtf, no luck here

Posted by jkov | January 30, 2009 10:11 AM

crash master supreme

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2009 10:13 AM

This is so fucking funny. The entire LiveNation site is crashed.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2009 10:18 AM

they really earn their service charge

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2009 10:18 AM

TOTAL LAME, I was on the screen, pressed reload at 10:00 and haven't been able to get on livenation since.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2009 10:19 AM

lol!

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2009 10:19 AM

what the fuck is it directing me to ticketweb that are selling tix for $250+??? I'll just wait and pay that to see them at Bonnaroo. And yes, I know for a fact they will be there. David Byrne too.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2009 10:20 AM

got booted out of the waiting room 3 times. Live nation is dick

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2009 10:21 AM

Wow you got that far! Still in the red lined searching mode!

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2009 10:22 AM

I got to the point where I put my ticket request in and then the security code and then it crashed. What a joke.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2009 10:24 AM

same thing just happened to me! Never thought i'd ever say this, but i want ticketmaster back!

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2009 10:31 AM

So much for the big Live Nation ticket website. What a joke. Come back ticketmaster, all is forgiven.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2009 10:36 AM

ticketmaster wasn't any better - their site crashed when phish came back from 'hiatus'

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2009 10:46 AM

Yeah tm is better! Yikes

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2009 10:47 AM

awesome family guy pic dood.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2009 11:08 AM

I wish the Grateful Dead didn't get lumped in with all these awful bands.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2009 11:09 AM

I am going to stick to MMW...still easy to get tickets and it is an intimate expierence!

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2009 11:21 AM

Give up your life to follow Phish around.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2009 12:42 PM

i was able to get a bunch of tickets to diff shows at a physical blockbuster video location

apparently live nation has a deal with blockbuster.

there were at least 30 people waiting but we got them

blockbuster on 19th and 1st ave is king!

Posted by jkov | January 30, 2009 12:56 PM

Shows look sold out based on the virtual seat selection chart! Sucks

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2009 1:02 PM

good news for anyone who didn't get tix!
phish sucks.

Posted by jerrysdead | January 30, 2009 1:40 PM

good news for anyone who didn't get tix!
phish sucks.

Posted by jerrysdead | January 30, 2009 1:56 PM

i hate the term "jamband". it's gay. as if musical improv was something new when these bands were first forming. it's just a super-generic oversimplified explanation for those (usually burn-out wannabe-hippies or frat-fuckers) who don't know how to talk about music on any sort of intellectual level whatsoever.

anyway, back in the day i was into Phish big time and i'm certainly interested to see how this all turns out but i'm not on pins and needles and i'm making zero effort to go see them anywhere other than my home state which is not included on this tour, oh well.

i'm far more excited about the new Tortoise album out in April and i am always looking forward to the next Fiery Furnaces happening, be it a show or an album!

Posted by EFK | January 30, 2009 5:21 PM

Horrible wikipedia snippet. I was watching phish well before the mid-90's

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2009 12:15 PM

I saw them during a US journey in 1995.

Posted by Führerschein Fahrschule Polen Tschechien | January 8, 2010 12:12 AM

Great, I saw them during the summer `91

Posted by Laura | January 28, 2010 6:24 AM

I love those guys I met them and had a beer with them.

Posted by Helmut Spikker | February 26, 2010 3:25 PM

I never met them yet and I wonder that already so many people seem to know them.

Posted by Ferienhäuser Spanien | February 28, 2010 2:21 PM

I was at one of their show. It´s was weird but fun!

Posted by Bremen Bordell | March 2, 2010 3:35 PM

A nice thing. I love him

Posted by coches sin carnet | March 18, 2010 4:04 PM

very nice

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Posted by David Simmons | February 9, 2013 9:53 PM

this is gonna be awesome!

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2013 10:20 PM

Dorner just loves the Phish. The Dorn Dude Will be a +1.

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2013 10:26 PM

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