Trey Anastasio was arrested at 3:30 this morning in Whitehall, NY, for "third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and DWI - drugs" (Burlington Free Press), mugshot and all. He "was observed to be under the influence of a narcotic substance ... had a suspended driver's license in New York and allegedly was found with an assortment of prescription medications including hydrocodone, Percocet and Xanax, which were prescribed for another person" (Times Union).Trey was driving a black 2004 Audi sedan when Whitehall Police Patrolman Andrew Mija observed him crossing into an opposing lane. Trey failed several field sobriety tests, but passed a breath test for alcohol. He reportedly told Mija that he'd smoked hash and consumed some prescription pills. His license had been suspended for not responding to an August 1998 ticket for driving 84 mph in a 65mph zone in Chester. (PostStar). He was released to a friend, picked up his car from a towing company this morning (and drove off in it, despite the license suspension, according to the PostStar), and is scheduled to re-appear on January 10th. (See also, WNYT.com.) Several accounts quote his November 2005 interview discussing how the band let their guard down in 1998 about keeping "hard drugs" away. (By that account, things not only degenerated to the point of a two-year hiatus, but became worse afterwards, resulting in the band's 2004 breakup.) Trey reportedly told Whitehall Police Chief Richard LaChapelle, "'You know what, I've got a problem and I've got to take care of it. Everything happens for a reason." (PostStar) Whitehall is a small town (population 4,035, per U.S. Census) in rural Washington County in upstate New York, approximately 70 miles north of Albany, N.Y. and 10 miles west of the Vermont/New York border.
The first hiatus (at least the first named as such) lasted the 815 days from October 7, 2000, to December 31, 2002. The "breakup" began after the second Coventry show, on August 15, 2004, which was 815 days ago today. In short, the breakup has now lasted longer than the hiatus.
Doesn't seem to be on-sale yet, but we're told that Mike will perfect with Marco Benevento at Tonic (in NYC) Wednesday 11/1/06 at midnight.
Every band may need skyscrapers, but U2 is actually building one.
Drummer Raymond Weber is off Trey's fall tour (10/8-31) "due to an abrupt and serious case of appendicitis". He'll be replaced by Jeff Sipe, formerly of The Aquarium Rescue Unit, with whom Phish toured almost exclusively for years, sharing both stages and hotel rooms.
Phish lyricist and sometimes guest Tom Marshall has posted blog message he characterized (at the end) as bullshit, but which includes ideas about and tangential to reunion issues - as well as a number of potentially aggravating, even alienating thoughts about the band members and their personal lives.
The cover of Trey's new album was designed by Phish.net vet, Jambands writer, and Mockingbird statistician David "ZZYZX" Steinberg (a.k.a. ""The Timer"). It involves a complicated equation to connect Bar 17 (the album title) with "18 Steps" (a track title), and employs Galois Theory, Set Theory, Combinatorics, and basic trigonometry and calculus, ultimately (if simplified) expressing the equation "17 + 1 = 18".
The Mimi Fishman Foundation has announced a new auction to benefit Delta Gamma Center for Children With Visual Impairments and Col Bruce Hampton's medical expenses. The auction ends September 14th, and includes Jon Fishman cymbals signed by him, as well as many Phish laminate packages.