Recent comments in Rolling Stone by Trey Anastasio and Mike Gordon have led many bloggers and fans to believe that one of the most successful touring acts in the country, Phish, might be ready to take to the stage again. In this digital age, the rumors came full circle incredibly fast prompting Page McConnell to post this statement on the bands website:
Given the volume of speculation and rumors that have bubbled up recently, I have been asked to make a statement…Here goes. For me, the last four years have been great. I’ve spent quality time with my family and have watched my daughter grow. I took great pleasure and pride in writing and recording an album. I’m living a healthy lifestyle. I travel as little as possible and I sleep in my own bed. It took a couple of years after the break up to begin talking to my old band mates, but once the conversations began to flow it wasn’t long before the friendships were rekindled. And I can honestly say that I’m closer with all of them now then I’ve ever been in our 20-year relationship. Recently the conversations have turned toward the possibility of spending some time together. Currently many of us have plans and projects already in the works, most notably Mike, who made a great album and is about to hit the road in support of it. Given that I might not even see some of the guys for the next six months, I would say that the announcement of a reunion is premature. However, later this year we hope to spend some time together and take a look at what possible futures we might enjoy. In fact the only real decision that has been made is that when we do get together, it will only be the four of us, hopefully with no distractions. I am really looking forward to that.I want to say just a few more things. The prospect of Phish reuniting is something I consider very seriously, and I think about it a lot. And lastly, as always, there is plenty of misinformation floating around. Try not to focus too much on secondhand sources and random gossip. If there is anything real to announce, it will come from the four of us as a group.
What can we gather from this letter?
1. Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.
2. Page obviously wants Phish back. The band is closer then they ever have been? It has to be only a matter of time.
3. Page has been hanging out with his fam for the past few years eating soy and carrots.
4. He says that calling this a reunion is premature, but they plan on getting together later this year to evaluate things. It looks like patience is golden.
Trust me, I have no aspirations for jumping on tour and following a band around the country. If they come to The Garden or Nassau Coliseum you can bet your boots that I'll be there. Why?
1. Mere curiosity. Could they revive that groove after so many years?
2. Because they are my favorite band of all time and all of their shows are downloadable practically within hours of the performance.
3. Because Coventry, their last show/festival ever, sucked.
If you got through all of this, thank you. Most of my friends here in Smithtown HATE Phish. But to me, it would be a dream come true to hear those dudes once again.