Noticing an obvious gap in the “bands I can follow around while spending my parents’ money and doing drugs and generally avoiding any responsibility or general usefulness to society” market, former lead guitarist and singer Trey Anastasio of Phish has hinted here that the band may be on the verge of reuniting.
I must confess, regrettably, that I went through a long Phish phase. I was a young, naive college student whose musical boundaries had up to that point not been tested much further than your standard alt-rock radio and classic rock fare. My willingness to step outside of my boundaries, heavily persuaded by a multitude of bong rips, led me to Phish. I became an expert on the band, purchased all of their albums, and attended four shows here in Austin.
Years later, I would sober up and realize that the band, while technically very good musicians, sucks balls if you’re sober. I still have some of their albums (too scratched up to sell to a used record store), and I have a difficult time getting past thirty seconds of any song without turning it off in disgust. While I will always have a soft spot in my formerly weed-ravaged heart for these lovable goofs and their music (the album A Picture of Nectar in particular), I just can’t stomach listening to any of their music without being stoned off my ass. That hasn’t happened in probably six or seven years, so I think it’s safe to assume that you won’t catch me flocking to any reunion concerts. Bring on the flames, hippies!
I can still listen to this one sometimes, though:
**UPDATE** Phish piano player Page McConnell has addressed these rumors himself in a letter on Phish’s website. Seems there is no reunion coming anytime soon, but possibly in the future. Sorry to add to the rumor mill, Phish phans.