Jambands.com's Rob Turner reports that Trey joined Les Claypool's band at The Variety Playhouse in Atlanta on Tuesday, 7/12/05, starting late in the set for "mainly rhythm accompaniment on 'High Ball with the Devil' (the title track of Les' release with his Holy Mackerel band). After a drum segment featuring Jay Lane and Mike Dillon - Claypool returned with the rest of his band which included Gabby La-La on sitar, electric ukulele, Theremin (and others) and sax ace Skerik who had just performed in the same venue two days previous with Mike Clark and Robert Walter. ... Anastasio [later] rejoined the septet to deliver more aggressive guitar to the set- closing "D's Diner." Trey stuck around for the encore as well, which consisted solely of a newer composition entitled, "Cohibas Esplenditos," during which Gabby La-La delivered an extended Theremin - prompted many smiles on stage and off, and Claypool to move to stage right for a brief Theremin duel..."
Official archivist Kevin Shapiro will host/DJ a fourth LivePhish CD release party at The Canal Room in New York City, Tuesday 7/9/05. Kevin, assisted by James Olness & J.O.E. Lightshow, will share exclusive music and video from the Live Phish Island Tour releases plus vintage tracks, rare video and stills from the Phish Archives. Island Tour CD's and merchandise, including limited edition posters, will be available at the party. In addition, ticket holders are eligible to win some great door prizes, including Island Tour releases, limited edition posters and merchandise. Tickets are on sale now at phisharchiveparty.rlc.net and are only $12.50. (Reported by Jambase)
Jambands reports that, "Phish archivist Kevin Shapiro will appear on longtime Relix/Jambands.com contributor Adam Foley's SIRIUS radio program, Gone Phishin', this is Friday. In celebration of the official LivePhish release of Vermont-quartet's 1998 Island Tour, the Phish gurus will play 60-minutes of highlights from the four-show set."
Unconfirmed, but reported that Trey played at Fishbones, a restaurant in downtown Detroit, on 6/30/05, then walked across the street to the Greektown Casino to play a few songs with Thornetta Davis and the drummer from his "new" band.
In this short (3.5 minute) interview with KBCO, Trey mentions changes in his band, including an unnamed bassist (rumored to be TL), Red Rocks being his favorite venue, and a few other interesting snippets.
Phish is holding a contest for copies of the coming [see 6/29/05 news above] release, if you can identify the source of the soundcheck provided.
Leo Kottke and Mike Gordon will follow their superb first release as a duo (Clone - get it!) with Sixty Steps, August 23rd on RCA Victor. It apparently draws on a calypso feel, and was rehearsed in Costa Rica, then recorded (at Compass Point Studios) in Nassau, Bahamas, with Clone mixer David Z. The duo was joined for the sessions by Neil Symonette, described in a press release as "Nassau's uintessential session player and renowned house drummer at Compass Point." The tracks feature originals by Kottke, Gordon, and the duo, as well as covers including one of Aerosmith's "Sweet Emotion". Kottke, Gordon, and Symonette are currently on a ten-date tour including Telluride Bluegrass Festival and the High Sierra Music Festival.
The Mockingbird Foundation, an all-volunteer group of Phish fans, has announced 14 new grants totaling nearly $60,000. This brings the Foundation to a total of more than 120 grants in 33 states, and nearly $420,000 in total disbursements. The group plans to invite more proposals in September, and to continue announcing new grants every six months for many years to come.