Saturday 12/18/1999 by phishnet

YAY, PHISH

Phish know American music really well and they play it really well. And I like improvisation. They're the best there is at improvisation.

Charlz Franz, quoted in Newport News Daily Press, 12/18/99
Wednesday 06/30/1999 by Lemuria

HOT RIZE & CATS

Once I was driving three cats to the vet. They were loose, running around my feet, and since I'm allergic, I needed to get out of the car fast. But then 'Nellie Kane' by Hot Rize came on, so I just went around and around the cul-de-sac in front of the vet's office until the song was over.

Mike Gordon, Outside Magazine, June 1999
Tuesday 06/01/1999 by Lemuria

PHISH HIDES ADS

When we play an arena, we cover up all the ads  as much as we can -- the corporate sponsorship thing has nothing to do with music. We've had offers, but forget it. I know when we tour  we're going to have to play SFX buildings, because they can control everything. But our goal is to take more and more in-house by promoting our own shows and releasing our records through our own mail-order business, and move in exactly the opposite direction that everyone is moving.

Trey Anastasio, Providence Journal, 6/1/99
Saturday 02/13/1999 by Lemuria

QUOTE

I genuinely believe that you can't fool people with music.

Trey Anastasio, on CNN 2/13/99
Friday 01/01/1999 by Lemuria

QUOTE

Phish and the Grateful Dead are not the same band. It must be said they were and remain one of my favorite bands. In fact, the Dead are one of the most important American bands, if not the most important. To me, the Dead are a genuine link to traditional American music. They moved music history forward. Jerry Garcia was as important a figure in this country’s music history as Bill Monroe or Elvis. Phish has learned a lot from them. They are an influence. But, that said, we are also very different. The most important lesson we learned from the Dead was how to be a live band.

Trey Anastasio, New York Post 1/1/99
Friday 01/01/1999 by Lemuria

TREY'S MOM

I'm the overbearing leader type, although I sometimes shy away from that. If Page is the father, I guess I'm the mother.

Trey Anastasio, New York Post 1/1/99
Friday 01/01/1999 by Lemuria

TREY'S FAVORITE GUITARISTS

My three all-time-favorite guitarists are Jerry [Garcia], [Jimi] Hendrix, and [Frank] Zappa. They are all totally unique from one another, yet oddly similar. They were all striving for this depth where a solo would take you on a journey. But the journey was their own vibe: Zappa was sarcastic, Hendrix was bluesey, Jerry was downhome. I guess I have a suburban vibe. But I still want to get to the places that they got to.

Trey Anastasio, New York Post 1/1/99
Friday 12/25/1998 by Lemuria

PHISH & THEIR FANS

Listening has been at the heart of the Phish aesthetic, almost from the start. Part of what differentiates the band's following from the Dead-heads to whom they are regularly (and unjustly) compared is the intelligence and intensity of their listening habits. Not only are Phish-heads voracious music fans likely to know anything from Count Basie to P-Funk to the latest house records, but they're uttery discerning, actually following the music instead of simply bobbing along in a state of mood-altered bliss.

J.D. Considine, Guitar World, 12/98
Friday 12/25/1998 by Lemuria

FISHMAN ON INVENTION VS. INNOVATION

There are two ways to create original music: You can lock yourself in a closet and not listen to anything, and whatever comes out will be something that sounds like nothing else; or you can immerse yourself in every traditional way of making music, and then what comes out of you is your own personal, unique blend of the best.

Jon Fishman, quoted by Gemma Tarlach in the 12/25/98 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Tuesday 10/20/1998 by Lemuria

ANASTAI

We spent a year inside your head.

Trey to David Byrne, Sessions at West 54th (10/20/98)
Tuesday 10/20/1998 by Lemuria

ANASTASIO TO BYRNE

We spent a year inside your head.

Trey to David Byrne, Sessions at West 54th (10/20/98)
Saturday 10/17/1998 by Lemuria

OAKLAND TRIBUNE REVIEW

The Phish sound is closely related to the rambling mind of maestro lead guitarist/vocalist Trey Anastasio, who has the ability to play any distinct guitar style he chooses. At the turn of a Fishman time change, Anastasio switches gears from obscenely fast classical scales to straight-up bluegrass fingerpicking, from gentle, liquid rock ballad lines to throw-down funk.

Doug Miller, Oakland Tribune, 10/17/98
Thursday 10/15/1998 by Lemuria

MIKE ON ALBUM GOALS

How our albums are going to turn out is never conscious for us. But we do sort of go in with certain goals in mind, and whatever comes out, comes out. And the goals this time were, first of all, to make a shorter album than A Live One — which was real long — and try to make an album that was vinyl length, the length of a record, because we thought that sort of matches people’s attention spans better. And then, another goal was just to really experiment a lot without bringing in a lot of influences — no guest musicians, no record company people walking around the studio. And just to really experiment.

Mike Gordon to the The Onion, 10/15/98
Thursday 10/01/1998 by Lemuria

RS: PHISH IMPORTANT

Given their sense of community, their ambition and their challenging, generous performances, Phish have become the most important band of the Nineties.

Rolling Stone review of Lemonwheel by Matt Hendrickson, pp.20-22, 10/1/98
Monday 04/06/1998 by phishnet

INTERVIEW: TREY ANASTASIO, 4/98

In April 1998, Good Citizen posted the first half of a two-part interview with Trey.

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