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Phish in concert at Jones Beach

THE LOWDOWN

The guys in Phish are known for their three-hour concerts broken into two sets complete with improvisational jams and a wild light show. The band hardly ever duplicates a set list, making sure their fans get a fresh show every time.

In the spirit of the Grateful Dead, Phishheads attend multiple shows, follow the band around the country trading concert recordings and creating a community atmosphere in the parking lot.

HOW IT ALL BEGAN

Phish began as a college band from the University of Vermont playing Dead covers in 1983 before unveiling their first official release, the legendary double album "Junta" in 1988.

The band rose to popularity without any radio play or video rotation but survived off a cult fan base. Their sound is everything-but-the-kitchen-sink -- mixing rock with folk, alternative bluegrass, psychedelic, country, blues and, yes, even barbershop quartet-style a cappella.

They started a tradition by playing a landmark album by a legendary band on Halloween, calling it their "musical costume." Through the years, they've conquered The Who's "Quadrophenia," the Beatles' "White Album" and Frank Zappa's "Joe's Garage."

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After taking two years off to do solo projects, the band -- guitarist-singer Trey Anastasio, bassist Mike Gordon, drummer Jon Fishman and keyboardist Page McConnell -- reunited as musical guests on "Saturday Night Live" with Vice President Al Gore hosting in December 2002.

Phish first headlined Madison Square Garden on Dec. 30, 1994, and has repeatedly played the arena for multiple shows on New Year's Eve up to and including last Dec. 31.

WATCH ONLINE

Can't get or afford a ticket to the show? No problem. Phish will display the concert via a webcast at livephish.com for only $14.99. The band will cut you a deal if you want to see both shows for $25.99. Be part of the full Phish experience by getting a Jones Beach event T-shirt with your single webcast ($36.99) or double webcast ($47.99). In fact, you can even download an audio recording of either show for as low as $9.99 each. Aren't these guys accommodating?


WHO Phish

WHEN | WHERE 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

INFO $60, 800-745-3000, livenation.com

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