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.
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