Trey will host a Q&A tomorrow night at the 92nd St Y in NYC, scheduled prior to his bust and already sold out but could be interesting. (This editor would ask if he's written anything since December 15th and, if so, what he can say about it.)
Phish has released the University of Central Florida Arena show, in video and audio, via the growing LivePhish.com catalog, featuring "crystal clear, mastered soundboard audio". Get the full show in MP3s for 9.95, FLAC files for $12.95, or fifteen videos for $19.95. The videos will play on any player that supports MPEG-4, and users can freely transfer videos onto popular portable video players, including Apple's video iPod. Other recent released include 12/29/07 at Madison Square Garden; and the historic "Headphones Jam", recorded near the beginning of the Undermind album sessions (and from which proceeds go to Ocean's Harbor House in New Jersey)
A Washington County, NY, grand jury filed a felony drug possession charge against Trey yesterday. The degree of the charge is not yet public, but represents an upgrade from misdemeanor criminal possession of a controlled substance and indicates a grand jury finding that there was sufficient evidence for the DA to bring a felony case.As reported earlier (see below), Trey was arrested December 15th with 60 pills (prescribed to someone else) and heroin, after crossing into the wrong lane, while driving with a license that had been suspended because he failed to show up for a previous court date.
he Smoking Gun has posted the "Supporting Deposition" (the arrest report) with details of Trey's being stopped, field tested, and interviewed at the station.
Trey, who performed Michael Jackson's "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" as his first song of 2007, apparently also had heroin in the car when he was stopped and will probably need to go through rehab to avoid jail time.That Jackson tune's final lyrics provide some topical self-help, and perhaps constitute Trey acknowledging and owning his drug problem as steps towards resolving it: "Lift your head up high and scream out to the world, 'I know I am someone', and let the truth unfurl."
The Washington County DA is considering felony charges due to the amount of pills Trey had on him, according to The Times Union.
Trey - whom Glide says is now "a real rock star" - has issued a statement of apology. Several sources (e.g. E! Online) cite an e-mail from his manager saying "I feel terrible about what happened last night" and "I am deeply sorry for any embarrassment I have caused my friends, family and fans." (The apology may have been longer; it was not sent to Phish.net, and we're only seeing these extracts from it third-hand.)
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.