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Will Phish be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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I'm counting down the days until Phish can be in the Hall of Fame. They have to be.

Posted by Kevin on Wednesday, 08.2.06 @ 21:25pm

it would be a real travesty to hear that Phish were ignored for a first ballot induction. They were pioneers for jam bands in the 90's.

Posted by conor on Friday, 09.8.06 @ 19:39pm

i really love phish no doubt about that but i really dont see them in the hall of fame because yes they did have their own style but it was really a musicians style, you have to be a guitar player or something to appreciate them, what im saying is somebody whos not a musician cant really sit down and listen to them because of that. and i dont see many bands other than little indie bands that followed in their footsteps. sorry trey but i dont think itll happen

Posted by curt on Sunday, 12.10.06 @ 09:37am

Yeah, Phish should get in, even though only "Heavy Things" charted. The Dead got in, why not Phish?

Posted by Ryan Gibbs on Saturday, 05.19.07 @ 13:56pm

Although I have seen Phish numerous times and consider them one of the best, (if not the best) band to come out of the 90s, and they are worthy of a Rock Hall nomination, I have a feeling that they are going to be ignored just like all the Progressive rockers have been. One might recall in the Phish movie "Bittersweet Hotel" Trey Anastasio is trying to figure out why their tour was not even listed in Rolling Stone Magazine. The jam bands have replaced the Progressives as a popular yet underground genre which consistently fail to receive airplay and mainstream press coverage. This is going to make Phish's inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a true uphill battle. That being said, I truly HOPE they do get in!!

Posted by Barry Smith on Sunday, 05.27.07 @ 17:28pm

"you have to be a guitar player or something to appreciate them"

I do not play guitar or any instrument and appreciate them..go figure

Posted by Anon on Thursday, 07.12.07 @ 12:25pm

Phish should be a lock. They have/had one of the largest cult followings in rock history and put on some of the largest event concerts for a single band in history. All without the help of the radio, MTV, etc.

Posted by Roger on Monday, 02.25.08 @ 09:40am

But does it really matter if Phish is inducted?....Music speaks for needs no ceremonial recognition....just love from the phans....In our minds Phish are already in the Hall of Fame. =)

Posted by Wharfrat on Wednesday, 03.12.08 @ 13:08pm

It would be one of the biggest travesties of all time if Phish do not get in. They are master musicians who had a fan base only matched by the Grateful Dead. PHISH should be in!! No doubt about it!

Posted by Scott Smith on Saturday, 04.5.08 @ 11:51am

As far as the entire jamband scene, Phish is more influential than the Dead. The Grateful Dead set the table, but Phish blew the doors open...even Phil Lesh acknowledges that. They also had the biggest 99-00 concert, and paved the way for the Bonnaroo festival...which wasn't the disaster of the modern Woodstocks.

Anyway, they already are in the Hall of the form of a hotdog and a side of fries.

Posted by thundercat on Saturday, 04.5.08 @ 13:00pm

"Phish is more influential than the Dead."


Posted by Liam on Saturday, 04.5.08 @ 13:06pm

The Dead Sucks

Posted by Yonosh on Saturday, 04.5.08 @ 14:47pm

learn english grammar yanosh. no, the dead didn't "suck." phish deserve to get in. name another band who had a larger milennium concert.

Posted by ph on Sunday, 04.6.08 @ 00:10am

Phish will not be ignored. It doesn't matter if they've largely been ignored by any mainstream media, they were the best selling live act of their prime (and they'd easily sell out a tour if they announced one tomorrow).

You definitely don't have to be a musician to appreciate them. You could call them a musicians' band, but I think it'd be more accurate to call them an artist' band - because they have much broader appeal than one limited to musicians.

And they did get press coverage: I'm remember on the Millineum night they got a lot of media attention for their concert in Big Cypress Florida. They had the biggest concert in the world that night, surpassing shows by Sting, Barbra Streisand, Aerosmith, Billy Joel, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, The Eagles, Eminem, Jimmy Buffett, KISS, Metallica, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Elton John. All of those acts are known to have huge concerts (and Streisand, Buffet, KISS, and Elton are known to have some of the very most loyal concert followers).

They continuously sold out huge, nation-wide tours as well as tours in Europe. You don't have to have radio hits to be in the rock hall - Phish was huge without radio hits, but they still played rock music to millions of rock phans for many years and are an undoubted lock for the Hall.

Posted by Mountaineer on Tuesday, 07.15.08 @ 11:41am

Phish doesn't deserve to get in and I hope they don't. Their music is largely forgotten by all but die-hard fans a mere 4 years after they broke up. Their music was derivative, uninspired, and boring. As others have pointed out, they played prog-rock and prog-rockers have had a hard time getting into the Hall anyway. Unlike the Dead, who had distinct stages in their career (their folk period, their psychedelic period, their country-rock period, etc), Phish only had one period: the sucky period. A really sucky band that is a product of their times. Their unmemorable music has quickly become dated.

Posted by DeadFan on Tuesday, 09.2.08 @ 19:07pm

DeadFan is a liar. Phish had many different periods....towards the end of the 90s they switched their approach every year...extremely diverse band, much better musicians than the Dead, not as good as the Dead when it comes to songwriting, but their live show was totally and completely unique.

80% of the Dead's jams sound exactly the same....smacked out Jerry noodling over two of the worst drummers in rock.

Posted by DeadFan Sucks on Monday, 09.22.08 @ 20:44pm

They are already in..The hot dog shake and fries from the Boston Garden Nye 94...So I don't see why they wouldn't be in when they are eligible..

Posted by abyssj2 on Sunday, 11.2.08 @ 13:17pm

The way i see it a fan of almost all types of music (Jazz, Rock (or rock n roll), r&b, hip hop (or rap), blues, funk, and a lil pop (like MJ)!! However, there are some bands thayt may never get in--->big shame they are skillful, sophisticateed, and emotionally felt virtuoso musicians not to mention thier ital contribution to constructing progressive rock gems and standards for the genre for most of the time it existed. Phish conveyed aspects of these qualities an in the former band I just named; their gits are differen tho. Phish is less technical, intellectually true, masterful at their instruments (although only by slightly) etc. But they are more lyrically interesting and rythmic, better singing (sorry Rush is defined as legendary not because of Geddy Lee's voice haha!), more expansive in certain genres. Anyway, their both gret bands but they probably wongt get into the Hall of fame anytime soon if ever!!

Posted by Don Juan on Saturday, 11.15.08 @ 23:37pm

hey pretty excited about what Phish is going back on stage in 2009! can you believe that?

Posted by jme_j on Thursday, 02.5.09 @ 11:21am

If you don't like Phish, that's fine... it's definitely idiosyncratic... BUT, to claim that they didn't make compelling music is ridiculous on the face of it. The loudest noise I've ever heard was the cheering of the crowd at a Phish concert. This year's reunion is nothing short of inspirational, as they demonstrate that they're still on their game. And their fan base is still as committed as ever, selling out all summer shows in minutes. They've done something that's utterly unique in the rock canon, and it does deserve to be recognized. If the phans can have any influence on the nominations, you can be sure they'll be on top of it. Long live teh Phish.

Posted by Greasy Fizeek on Thursday, 04.2.09 @ 20:43pm

I will have lost all faith in mankind if Phish isnt a first ballot Hall of Famer. Name another group that can attract 80K fans to a show only show casing them? Have never had a music video (minus the horrid DWD) on MTV, Played a 12 hours set straight with no break? Inspired an entire new genre of jam bands (they are much different than the Dead btw)? should I go on?

Posted by Joshua PTer on Saturday, 04.4.09 @ 16:40pm

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a Joke!

Posted by tony on Saturday, 04.4.09 @ 16:41pm

phish is the greatest band ever. no one does it like them. theres a reason they were the highest grossing touring band of the 90s.


Posted by Colonel Forbin on Saturday, 04.4.09 @ 16:48pm

Rolling Stone kisses Phish's ass now. They called Phish the most important band of the 90s. That says it all.They are definitely getting in. They've accomplished too many legendary feats not to! They are simply the apex of artistry when it comes to live roc n roll music.

Posted by JC GREASY on Saturday, 04.4.09 @ 17:08pm

Really, I think the larger point to them getting in is not whether you like them or not, which seems to be most of the posts previous to this' point of view. The larger point is their overall impact on Rock & Roll, which is also debatable. They were one of the top touring acts of the '90s and as far as today are one of the top touring acts of 2009. That says a lot no matter who you are.

This is not to mention the hordes of jam bands that were influenced by their art. Now, you can attribute this to the dead too, but Jam Bands didn't really become a genre until around 2000 with really only Widespread Panic as another band in that category. But I wouldn't even consider Phish a Jam Band even though I think they are a pioneer of that genre. I think there is really no one else who makes any music that is even somewhat similar to what Phish does, like it or not.

While their influence on pop music is undoubtable not apparent, their influence on a subgenre or music is certaintly there. Frank Zappa is in the hall of fame and the most casual listeners of music have cannot name one of his songs. I really think that that coupled with their touring numbers makes them a lock for the hall. But who knows, Jimmy Buffett is a top touring act and he is not yet inducted (but I think that is just a matter of time).

Posted by easy t on Wednesday, 07.22.09 @ 18:15pm

Just over a year ago I left my two cents on this band on here, and on one point I was entirely correct:
"It doesn't matter if they've largely been ignored by any mainstream media, they were the best selling live act of their prime (and they'd easily sell out a tour if they announced one tomorrow)."

They announced a tour earlier this year and I had my eyes on 2 shows near me (I'm in WV, if you can't tell by my name): I saw Burgettstown, PA (near Pittsburgh) and Columbia, MD (near Baltimore). So I was on the net an hour before tickets went on sale for each show, my hand on the mouse and my credit card number ready. I clicked at the exact moment the tickets went on sale. SOLD OUT IN 3 SECONDS! You name me one other band that can do that. I challenge you. If it weren't for some close phriends and a phew good connections within the phamily, I would've missed both shows. But my brothers got ahold of some extras and I got into both shows and THEY KICKED ASS!!! They were my eighth and nineth shows and they were no less incredible than my first show in Cincinnati in 1999.
In a Phish concert, it's a different world. You never know where you're going to end up or what you're going to hear. But %99 of the time it ROCKS and ranges from straight up rock and roll at its best, then to jazz, then to all out funk, then to acapella, and then to... who knows what? They've got about a dozen of original studio albums to draw songs from and then they have a huge catalog of live cover songs that they play in concert unexpectedly. They always surprize the audience with something different - something that ROCKS. This summer I saw them play four long, incredible sets of all original material. They did do an incredible, emotional version of Los Lobos' "When the Circus Comes to Town" and Trey nailed the vocals and just blew everyone away with an emotional, powerful solo. And then they came out for the encore and what happens? In Pittsburgh, they were just kind of goofing around and next thing I know Trey (lead guitarist) gets on the drumkit and they're playing "Bike" from Pink Floyd's early days! It was totally unexpected and the crowd ate it up. Then they ended the encore set with a BADASS rendition of the Stones' classic "Lovin Cup". Man, they turned that shit out. All the while, they are churning out a ton of their own orginals but throw in some great versions of great classics to pay tribute to great musicians with their own brand of incredible, spontaneous, and always jammin rock and roll.
Then, earlier this month in Maryland, they tear it up on The Velvet Underground's "Sweet Nuthin" during the second set and "Good Times Bad Times" was one of the encores.
But that's just a percentage of Phish's greatness. Phish is a band that knows music - they all graduated from the University of Vermont with music degrees, and they know what they're doing!! They can cross genres like no other band, they can nail a song and a solo like nobody's business. All of them. They're so diverse and that's one of the things that makes them great. But they're style is always anchored and distinct, and that style is this: spontaneity, EXETREME proficiency, and wide diversity. Unlike any other act, Phish never goes on stage and just churns out a few select hits. They don't need hits. They don't need radio. Great music is about great music, not about what singles sell and what is marketable. A concert is the test of a great band, not how a producer overlaps certain segments of a song. An actual performance is the greatest measure of a great band - and that's why Phish sells out concerts faster than any band on the planet.
This probably isn't important to snobby critics who think more like pretentious American Idol panelists and are basically telling thier readers what albums to buy (not what bands to see in concert). Phish doesn't need those endorsements. Their performances speak for themselves without critics - they speak directly to people who love music and go to concerts. That's why they openly allow bootlegging - Trey has said that he considers it the best kind of advertising. They don't need advertising, primetime coverage, or reviews in magazines like Rolling Stone.
If that's not enough, here's some great proof to Phish's greatness - people who have been honored to take the stage with this legendary band. Here are people who have joined Phish in concert:

Jon Popper (of Blues Traveler)
Victor Wooten (anybody who plays bass knows that this guy is the most talented bass player in history)
Carlos Santana
Dave Matthews
Bruce Springsteen
Merl Suanders
Les Claypool (Primus)
Bela Fleck
Neil Young
Jim Carrey (haha! just another example of Phish's sense of humour)
Derek Trucks
Alison Krauss (most beautiful voice ever)
Kid Rock (lol)
Jay-Z (lol)

And more and more. Phish is THE live band in rock history.

Ok, what better way to end my comment with some phresh and phriendly videos. They're bottlegged so they aren't the best quality, but they sound good. The first is a cover, the second is an orginal:
Go to Youtube and type in "Phish 1997-08-13 Frankenstein" and then search for "Phish - 01.03.03 - Free"

Posted by Mountaineer on Friday, 08.28.09 @ 02:18am

And let me ask just one question? Have you ever seen a band performing deep into a rocking jam, then stop suddenly, they all trade instruments, and then continue right on target and keep the jam going? Phish is that band.

Posted by Mountaineer on Friday, 08.28.09 @ 02:27am

I can't think of any band in the last 30 years more deserving of the Hall than Phish. They have consistently pushed the boundaries of what is possible in a live setting. They easily have the most dedicated fan base and have only grown each and every year of their existence. I have been seeing Phish for 17 years and have amassed a total of 96 shows in that time. I can't recall a bad show, ever. They have been consistently great for so long. Their comeback in 2009 was a huge victory in showing that they still could play complex compositional pieces note for note in a live setting, while also being able to take their audience on interplanetary exploration with 20 minute jams. Greatest American Band, hands down.

Posted by PB on Wednesday, 12.16.09 @ 12:33pm

To say that there weren't jam-bands before Phish is not digging deep enough into rock history. Certainly the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers can stake some claim to pioneering the genre. Jazz players going back to the 20's and 30's can also claim to have been the first to 'jam' on music - and stretch things beyond a standard chord progression or melody.
But regardless of that, I have to agree that Phish is a quality candidate to be elected to the Hall of Fame. As has been suggested, they flat out DID influence a large influx of jam-bands that started coming up in the late 90's to today. Trey's guitar tone is something of legend among Phish fans, and has been very inspirational to a new generation of guitarists. Top it off with their monstrously successful touring, and then trading of shows amongst fans and you clearly have a band that has stood at the top of their industry. If the Hall of Fame is willing to look beyond hit-singles and record sales, then Phish is a lock for induction.

Posted by PhishDead Fan on Monday, 12.28.09 @ 10:58am

to Curt: post 12-10-06,
Guitar player or not, Dude, you're fool! Sorry to say.
Phish is one America's most successful rock'n'roll groups of all time, without being a commercially recognized artist. To not ultimately select them to be inducted into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame would be a travesty and those who govern over the balloting are not paying attention, just as commercial radio has not.
When more the 80k people show up for a three day festival for one band, that was not commercially advertised, shows someone IS paying attention. More people showed up for Phish's own festival than have for any of the contemporary festival going on today (ie; Bonnaroo, Rothbury, All Good , Wanee, Coachella, and on and on and on)

Posted by humblejon on Sunday, 01.24.10 @ 16:25pm

The "phi" in Phish is the 21st letter in the Greek alphabet. Many people believed that the Greeks spelled fish that way because they lisped badly. However, that is incorrect. Phi is a voiceless labiodental fricative, which has to do with constricting air through a narrow passage at the place of articulation. So the Phi is the noise gills would make if fish could talk.

Posted by Vilos Cohaagen on Sunday, 02.7.10 @ 11:21am

Four musical geniuses that always leave you wanting more and guessing what's gonna happen next. There styles cover nearly every spectrum of music, and have influenced many large acts, even if they don't admit it. The fact that most of the fan base either play music on their own, or at least have a deep understanding of it's potential, proves their influence on both the mainstream and underground scenes. If this band does not get nominated, it will be a shame. Regardless of your opinion on their music, no one can deny the success they have obtained on their own terms, and the ability to sell out an entire tour without selling out their own desires or talent!

Posted by Turd_Hopper on Tuesday, 02.23.10 @ 07:27am

DeadFan is a liar. Phish had many different periods....towards the end of the 90s they switched their approach every year...extremely diverse band, much better musicians than the Dead, not as good as the Dead when it comes to songwriting, but their live show was totally and completely unique.

Post of the page, spot on brother

Posted by Ryan on Tuesday, 02.23.10 @ 14:04pm

Any band the Rolling Stone calls "The most important rock group of the 90's" will be inducted into the Rock and Roll HOF

Posted by Ross on Tuesday, 03.16.10 @ 00:53am

Introducing THE Genesis should have been a clue that they would vote THE Phish into the hall of fame... but after butchering THE Genesis tOOns, THE Phish will just have to pay, like everyone of us, to see their beloved hot dog...

Sorry Treigh

Posted by TheMuleStinks on Tuesday, 03.16.10 @ 08:28am

To all the doubters:

Phish is a shoe in for the RR Hall of Fame, period!! It will not happen for many many years, but there is zero chance they will not make it. This band sells more tickets to more concerts than ANYONE! If phish played 20 nights at red rocks this summer every single one would sell out. Maybe you people aren't old enough to remember the days when Jerry and the Dead would sell out 12 nights at MSG each September. Bands that improvise the JAM like crazy don't get the respect of the mainstream media OR radio stations, but they certainly get the respect of REAL music fans and in turn sell more tickets!!

Plus, there is not a band on this planet that can cover other bands tunes like phish - talented beyond belief, so all those that think they will fall short should stick to bands that play each song the same for their entire career - because you are not worthy of musical vibe that this band puts fourth!!!

Posted by Mike on Thursday, 03.18.10 @ 15:57pm

Phish will be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for the following three reasons:

1) Phish embodies innovation. Phish has created a genre of music that blends rock, jazz, progressive rock, psychedelic rock, hard rock, funk, folk, bluegrass, reggae, country, blues, avant garde, and classical. Many of their songs contain both complex composition sections and boundless improvisation sections.

2) Phish embodies independence. Phish has been the most successful touring band for the past twenty years, playing more sold out shows than any contemporary musical act. Despite the absence of radio hits, music videos, and publicity from the music industry, Rolling Stone Magazine hailed Phish as "the most important band of the 90s".

3) Phish knows how to throw a party. Phish has hosted eight musical festivals, drawing tens of thousands of people to remote areas of all over the United States. Phish's Big Cypress millennial festival hosted 85,000 people, making it the largest millennium eve concert on earth, surpassing shows by Sting, Barbra Streisand, Aerosmith, Billy Joel, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, The Eagles, Eminem, Jimmy Buffett, Kiss, Metallica, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Elton John.

In summary, Phish is the underground juggernaut in the music world; inspiring and developing the culture through their scents and subtle sounds.

Lastly, Phish already has their giant Hot Dog from NYE 1994 suspended from the ceiling of the main entrance of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum.

Posted by My Friend on Saturday, 11.13.10 @ 17:08pm

To My Friend: Though I agree Phish should make it in. They did not create a genre of music.

Posted by DAO on Thursday, 01.13.11 @ 16:15pm

all you people debating this are crazy.

they're a first year lock, without a doubt.

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Posted by Opponnams on Tuesday, 09.27.11 @ 10:07am

Phish will indefinitely be inducted. However , would it make a difference if they were ? they already are immortalized =)

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Posted by Lourgerve on Thursday, 10.6.11 @ 08:29am

not one band comes close to what phish brings to the table, they are just on another level. Can"t wait til the new years run at MSG

Posted by Jcouv on Friday, 10.14.11 @ 15:37pm

U2 got in. And U2 is complete bullshit. If Phish doesn't get in, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame no longer holds any value. Because if they neglect Phish, they're opinions are obviously shit.

Posted by Maxwell on Thursday, 02.23.12 @ 22:12pm

agreed. also, phish got where they are by being themselves. they didn't have to sell out to fit the public's image of what a good band should be. the public eventually caught on. this is just one of many reasons why phish should get into the RRHOF.

Posted by jon on Thursday, 02.23.12 @ 22:20pm

Going to see them at Bonanaroo in June! Fired up about it. Phish fans have helped make it a hard ticket to get this year.

Posted by Paul in KY on Friday, 02.24.12 @ 07:25am

Curts a dumbass

Posted by Trey on Saturday, 03.31.12 @ 20:10pm

They will get in eventually.

Posted by Ron on Tuesday, 09.4.12 @ 20:29pm

They are the 3rd greatest jam band. Only behind the Greatful Dead and The Allman Brothers Band. I don't know if the third greatest would be enough to get in though, although I would like to see them in.

Posted by Ryan on Monday, 09.24.12 @ 19:22pm

People still talk about 95, 97, and 98 on a regular basis, whoever said their music was forgotten four years after hiatus has no idea whats he's talking about. Every member is an accomplished musician, they are going to be in one day, probably as soon as they are eligible.

Posted by Rutherford on Sunday, 11.11.12 @ 03:33am

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is about as lame as it gets. This is all as meaningless as the countless award shows with the same people getting awards over and over. Music isn't a sport, there shouldn't be winners and losers. If it means anything to the boys to get in, then I hope they get in, but when they start putting in bands like Guns-N-Roses it means the threshold for membership has gotten pretty low.

Posted by terrapin on Tuesday, 12.11.12 @ 20:14pm

If phish doesn't get in they didn't pay the bribe. Any band that got a crowd rocking so hard you thought the venue would fail deserves the recognition.

Posted by Babbles on Saturday, 12.29.12 @ 19:34pm

Deadfan can eat one. If phish does not get into the rock and roll hall but the beastie boys do? at least phish can play instruments and put on consecutive aw-inspiring performances. Their on stage performance is unique and there is nothing else like a phish show. Thus they should be inducted in the next few years or i have completly lost faith in music today

Posted by meltinfacesTreyStyle on Thursday, 01.24.13 @ 13:10pm

" phish can play instruments"

so can the beastie boys

Posted by GFW on Thursday, 01.24.13 @ 13:12pm

Why are the Beastie Boys suddenly the low bar? Stick to Yahoo and HuffPo instead of embarrassing yourself here.

Posted by DarinRG on Thursday, 01.24.13 @ 16:05pm

I wouldn't put my faith in today's music in an institution whose main goal is celebrating yesterday's music.

Posted by The_Claw on Thursday, 01.24.13 @ 17:21pm

Saw them at Bonnaroo. Lot of their songs sound the same. It was drizzling rain all during their marathon (4 hour) set, so that might have colored my recollection. On big TV screens, the only person they ever close-uped was Trey.

Posted by Paul in KY on Friday, 01.25.13 @ 10:43am

Phish is an obvious choice for the hall of fame. That being said it will take awhile... because its clear that whoever has a vote for the hall of fame don't know shit about music... example how the hell are the Meters not in the hall of fame. The godfathers of funk and the city of new orleans (where more music iss made than anywhere eles) get snubbed every year.... now I'm not comparing the 2 bands at all just the fact that it seems that bands u don't hear on the mainstream radio stations get overlooked...n like some previous peeps coments the hot dogs in the hall of fame and they did induct genesis so at least there on the halls radar

Posted by tourkid13 on Wednesday, 03.20.13 @ 18:35pm

The hall is filled with bands that didn't chart or sell extremely well. Along with album sales you have to take into account their influence and longevity, as well as intangibles. Phish might not have sold millions of albums but tens of thousands line up to see them play live every year. They are absolutely one of the greatest live bands ever. They probably won't get in on the first try but they'll get in for sure.

Posted by Jayson Schneider on Tuesday, 05.28.13 @ 16:22pm

Phish should be in first ballot. Hands down one of the greatest live bands of all time. I'm not a Phish head but I have seen them about 6 times over the last two decades and every show was great. Their music will be passed onto generations to come and will influence thousands of musicians. This is one band that will stand the test of time. I've also seen the dead a few times, and Phish doesn't sound anything like the dead. Other than a faithful following I'm not sure how folks even talk about the two in the same sentence. Both are great bands but musically quite different.

Posted by Tshuts on Wednesday, 05.29.13 @ 01:31am

Phish will get inducted in 2013/2014!

2013 Phish marked 30 years with original members
2013 Phish joined the "Immortals" in Rolling Stone Magazine
2013 Trey received Tony nomination (bonus points)
2013 "Wilson" chanted for NFL player Russell Wilson
2012 "Tweeprise" celebrated Michael Phelps in NBC montage
2010 Phish inducted Genesis into the R&R Hall of Fame
2010 "Clifford Ball DVD" received Grammy nomination
2009 Trey started performing with orchestras (bonus points)
2009 Phish songs featured in Rock Band video game
2008 Phish received lifetime achievement Jammy
2003 Phish covered Rolling Stone Magazine (RSM) v913
2002 Phish featured on The Simpsons s13e16
2002 SNL received highest ratings ever with Al Gore and Phish
2000 "Heavy Things" climbed into the Top 40
1999 "First Tube" received Grammy nomination
1999 "Hampton Comes Alive" received Grammy nomination
1999 Big Cypress was the largest NYE concert on earth**
1998 Phish deemed "most important band of the 90s" RSM v796
1997 Ben & Jerry introduced "Phish Food" ice cream
1996 Clifford Ball is the template for the modern music festival
1994 "Down with Disease" music video featured on MTV
1994 NYE flying hot dog displayed in the R&R Museum
1983 Phish was the quintessential American college party band**

It's hard to think of another band that has had such a constant presence in popular culture without being accepted by popular culture. I believe the most important reason why Phish should be inducted into the R&R Hall of Fame is because rock & roll came from improvisational blues and that spirit should be recognized in modern artists. The Grateful Dead merged improvisational blues and bluegrass with rock, then Phish took the reins and expanded improvisation with the sounds from their generation and personal interests (hard-rock, prog-rock, jazz, funk, reggae, calypso, broadway, avant garde, classical). Moreover, Phish continues to influence the next generation of improvisational musicians.

Phish has been the underground juggernaut in the music world.

Still not convinced? Listen to the entire Tahoe Tweezer...

Posted by Fluffyfluffyhead on Wednesday, 09.25.13 @ 20:21pm

They are awful!

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 11.13.13 @ 07:35am

I have a hairy penis, my son Roy is very angry about it, sorry everyone

Posted by Roy's Mom on Monday, 12.22.14 @ 16:39pm

Phish's New Harmony: How America's Greatest Jam Band Learned to Get Along

Posted by Roy on Friday, 10.21.16 @ 21:31pm

Phish completed their recent 13 show residency at MSG in NYC last night.

13 shows in 17 days. 26 sets of music. 237 different songs played. No repeats - though there were two song "reprises" in the final encore on night 13.

What other band on the planet could pull that off? And still left a good number of fan favorite songs on the shelf they could have used to fill out several more shows without a repeat.

Perhaps that will catch the attention of the nominating committee and Phish will get their first nomination?

Posted by Shrek on Monday, 08.7.17 @ 18:27pm

For the love of God, please put them in and soon.

Posted by Justin on Wednesday, 08.9.17 @ 20:32pm

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