Often cited as the heir to the Grateful Dead's torch, Phish long ago found a place for themselves in the jam band firmament. It was at the University of Vermont in 1983 that guitarists Trey Anastasio and Jeff Holdsworth teamed up with bassist Mike Gordon and drummer Jon Fishman to form Blackwood Convention. By their second gig, they had become Phish.
As a Grateful Dead cover band, they were joined by percussionist Marc Daubert in 1984, who left less than a year later. Page McConnell then came on board to play keys in 1985. Upon his graduation in 1986, Holdsworth departed, leaving the foursome that would stay in place from there on out.
While still in college, the group released a number of self-pro