Phish Prepares To Show Reading Pa How It’s Done

As Phish approaches the end of their 30th year together, the group has scheduled shows throughout the east coast in order to please the hometown phans (refer to #4). Meeting at the University of Vermont in 1983, Trey Anastasio, Mike Gordon, Jon Fishman and previous members Marc Daubert and Jeff Holdsworth performed small shows together until the current line up was solidified with the departure of Daubert and Holdsworth and the addition of keyboardist Page McConnell. Since 1985 Phish has grown steadily in popularity, sponsoring huge festivals like the ground-breaking Clifford Ball festival, selling out venues as popular as Madison Square Garden, and continuing to put out albums at least once every two years until their hiatus from 2004-2008.

Phish is known for their unique style and intricate compositions that will blow you away if you ever dig into the complexities of a song. Like every jam band, Phish uses their vast musical knowledge to create extended solos that guarantee no two versions of a song will sound the same. Because of this, the band’s live music is highly valued among their followers.

Today the band is going as strong as ever scheduling a whopping 37 shows from June to November. Their fall tour will be hitting some venues close to Philadelphia including the Sovereign Center in Reading, PA on the 29th of October and three shows at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall from October 30th to November 2nd, which to my dismay sold out in a matter of hours. Even though Phish’s website has announced that all shows in this area are sold out, websites like StubHub still have tickets available.

If you are even somewhat interested to hear this one-of-a-kind band, I recommend you spend the money. Without any sort of opening band, Phish is given the whole night to blow your mind. If Mike Gordon’s insane slapping won’t draw you to the show, maybe it will be Trey Anastasio’s distinctive guitar licks. None of this catches your fancy? How about some of the most technical drumming you will hear? Or the possibility of one of Page McConnell’s legendary piano solos. This band knows how to bring the right energy to every show and will not disappoint.

Below Phish performs “The Lizards” at the Clifford Ball Festival.

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