Phish is set to make its first-ever splash in front of an Oklahoma audience at Oklahoma City's Zoo Amphitheatre.
In fact, Phish's summer tour is full of first-time appearances at a number of venues. The much-loved jam band — with a following as loyal as the Grateful Dead's legion of Deadheads (and dubbed Phish Heads) — kicked off the second leg of its current concert run with a first-ever show at Long Beach Arena in Southern California on Aug. 15 and moved on to debuts at San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, the Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, Mo., and St. Louis' Chaifetz Arena, all leading up to Phish's initial bow at the Zoo at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Ticket prices for each specific date on the tour will include a free MP3 download of the evening's entire show (a fully mixed soundboard recording) that can be redeemed at www.LivePhish.com shortly after the band leaves the stage, according to a news release.
For the second year in a row, Phish will end its summer outing at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., over Labor Day weekend.
No additional Phish dates will be scheduled for summer or fall of 2012, according to the release.
Phish celebrated Record Store Day in April by releasing “Junta,” its first full-length studio album, as a limited edition deluxe three-LP vinyl set. Originally self-released on cassette tape in May 1989, “Junta” was remastered and rereleased as a double CD and cassette in October 1992, but — until this year — had never been heard on vinyl. Copies are still available at Amazon.com from participating independently owned record stores and include a free MP3 download of the entire album, transferred from the vinyl master.
“Joy” is the band's most recent studio album, recorded in 2009 to coincide with its most recent reunion, of which there have been several.
Guitarists Trey Anastasio and Jess Holdsworth, bassist Mike Gordon and drummer Jon Fishman founded Phish in 1983 at the University of Vermont. They recruited percussionist Marc Daubert in 1984, and for a time were billing themselves as a Grateful Dead cover band.
Daubert exited the band in 1985, and Page McConnell joined as a keyboardist that same year. Holdsworth left the group after graduation in 1986, and the lineup of Anastasio, Gordon, McConnell and Fishman has remained intact ever since — with the exception of one or two breakups and a hiatus here and there.
Phish's original material and playing style was heavily influenced by the Dead — an eclectic, free-form mix of folk, jazz, country, bluegrass and pop, shaped and reshaped by improvisation in their live performances.
Their presence on the 1990s-2000s music scene has, in the minds of many fans, served to fill the void created by the death of Grateful Dead leader Jerry Garcia in 1995.