Anastasio Open To Future Phishing Expeditions
A reunion of Phish? Trey Anastasio expects it to happen, though nothing has been planned -- or is being planned, at the moment.A reunion of Phish? Trey Anastasio expects it to happen, though nothing has been planned -- or is being planned, at the moment.
"Who knows what the future holds for us," the guitarist, who releases his seventh solo album, "Bar 17," on Oct. 3, tells Billboard.com. "Just the fact that it would make so many people happy to see us play would make me happy. Phish was kind of about the fans. We know people would be really happy [to see a reunion]; nothing would make me happier than watching them be happy."
But, Anastasio adds, "I talk to those guys all the time and nobody's setting a date or anything like that. It's much more comfortable right now."
The four members of Phish parted ways in the summer of 2004 and have concentrated on solo projects since. Anastasio says he still considers it a "healthy" move and chalks up the need for the split to "the idealistic mistakes about the way we arranged our lives and our organization that are probably the same ones a million other bands have made." Most of those have been dealt with, he adds, paving the way for future Phish opportunities.
And it's not like the musicians have been shy about continuing to work together on an individual basis; bassist Mike Gordon, who toured with Anastasio this summer, appears on several "Bar 17" tracks, and drummer John Fishman plays on one.
"We talk a lot; we're still very close," Anastasio says. "It was exciting playing with Mike this summer because we sort of got to know each other in a way we didn't in Phish. We spent a lot more time together, just the two of us. And when you play with a lot of [other] musicians, you really gain even deeper appreciation for how great those [Phish] guys are when they're gone. There's some things only they can do, and you reach a point where you want to do it with them again. So, we'll see."