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Phish is an American rock band noted for its musical improvisation, extended jams, exploration of music across genres and devoted fan base. Formed at the University of Vermont in 1983, the band's four members performed together for over 20 years until an official breakup in August 2004. The band reunited in 2009 for three shows at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia, and have resumed their former activities with a full summer, a fall tour, a new album titled Joy, their eighth festival in Indio, California, and four shows in Miami, Florida, culminating on New Year's Eve. On March 15, 2010, Phish performed two Genesis songs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in New York City. Trey Anastasio gave a speech and inducted Genesis into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Phish music blends elements of a wide variety of genres, including rock, jazz, progressive rock, psychedelic rock, funk, bluegrass, reggae, country, blues, and classical. Each of their concerts is original in terms of the songs performed, the order in which they appear and the way in which they are performed. Although the band has received little radio play or mainstream exposure, it has developed a large and dedicated following by word of mouth, the exchange of live recordings and selling over 8 million albums and DVDs in the United States. Rolling Stone stated that the band helped to "...spawn a new wave of bands oriented around group improvisation and superextended grooves."

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Following the reunion weekend, the band played thirteen shows of a summer tour, including an inaugural concert at Fenway Park, and headlined Bonnaroo 2009 in June with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Beastie Boys, and Nine Inch Nails. During their first set of the second day, Phish was joined by Springsteen on guitar for "Mustang Sally", "Bobby Jean", and "Glory Days". Twelve additional dates in July and August were announced as a Late Summer Tour, including four nights at Red Rocks, two nights at The Gorge, a stop in Chicago, and several nights in the Northeast.

The rumor regarding the collaboration with Lillywhite became fact as they worked together on Phish's fourteenth studio album, Joy, which was released September 8, 2009. A single from the album, "Time Turns Elastic", was released on iTunes in late May. The band played nine of the ten tracks throughout the course of the first leg of their summer tour, starting with "Ocelot" on the first night of the tour. The band announced a "save-the-date" for a three-day festival on October 30 & 31 and November 1. Phish.com contained an animated map of the United States, and individual states were slowly removed from the map, leaving California. Confirming several rumors, the band announced that Festival 8 would take place in Indio, California. Festival 8 featured the band covering the Rolling Stones album "Exile on Main St." as their traditional "musical costume", and also featured the band's first full acoustic set on Sunday, just after noon.

Phish entered the foray of video games via Rock Band in 2009. Included in the Bonnaroo song pack, with other artists playing at the Bonnaroo Festival that year, is Phish's "Wilson" (December 30, 1994 at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY as released on A Live One), the first of their songs to appear in the game. A Phish "Live Track Pack" for Guitar Hero World Tour became available on June 25, 2009. Recordings of "Sample in a Jar" (December 1, 1994 at Salem Armory, Salem, Oregon), "Down With Disease" (December 1, 1995 at Hersheypark Arena, Hershey, Pennsylvania) and "Chalk Dust Torture" (November 16, 1994, Hill Auditorium, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, as released on A Live One) have been released, compatible with Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii.

The band has since completed a fall tour taking the band throughout the Great Lakes, New England, and the Mid-Atlantic. They have performed in Florida at Miami's American Airlines Arena for a 4-night New Year's Eve run.

It has recently been announced that footage from Festival 8 will be released in April 2010 as a 3D movie: "PHISH3D."

Phish band has also recently announced a 29 show summer 2010 tour which includes a two night stop in Telluride, CO.