Their first hiatus in the early ’00s was short. Their second, in the mid ’00s, was longer. And we’re guessing Phish lost quite a few of their followers during the breaks. But we’re also guessing that their biggest tour since reforming last year is a cause for celebration among the group’s most faithful fans. They also released Joy, their first album in five years, in 2009. But like spiritual forefathers the Grateful Dead, there’s not a whole lot to Phish’s studio discography. Ask anyone who cares more about the band than personal hygiene and they’ll tell you the real magic happens onstage. And for sure, guitarist Trey Anastasio, drummer Jon Fishman, bassist Mike Gordon, and keyboardist Page McConnell can work their way in and out of a groove more adeptly than any of their jam-circuit contemporaries. But Phish transcended that scene some time ago, didn’t they? With a multimillion-dollar business responsible for extensive merchandising, downloadable live albums, and keeping a legacy alive, they’re a culture. Even if it has gotten a bit smaller and less enthusiastic over the years. Phish play Blossom Music Center at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $50. —Michael Gallucci (follow me on Twitter @mgallucci)
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