Trey's Road Recovery


Road Recovery Goes Phish'n with Trey Anastasio!
Singer/Songwriter Participates in Road Recovery's Master Class Series

Tuesday, January 29, 2008 - Schuylerville, NY – population: 1,372: Road Recovery teen participants, entertainment industry supporters and Road Recovery staff caravanned 180 miles from NYC to a meeting room above Dwell, the home of KOBO pure soy candles where proprietor Louis Hotchkiss graciously hosted Road Recovery's Master Class with Phish frontman - Trey Anastasio.

Sharing a funny tale about himself, Trey's laughter captivates
everyone's attention during his Road Recovery Master Class

Like the fluency of his signature jams, Trey Anastasio led Road Recovery Master Class participants through a three hour journey seamlessly weaving an interactive discussion of personnel accounts of his childhood, the inner creative evolution of Phish, life on the road, of music's power to unite people, fames fleeting lining, and humbly shared his shortcomings as a man, father, and celebrity. Trey concluded his discussion by unveiling a NEW untitled song that incorporated many of the sentiments expressed during his round circle Master Class.

Trey performs NEW music during his Master Class

Trey dismantled any awkwardness between himself and the Road Recovery crew of strangers by instantly seeking information about the teens' experiences, citing connections and similarities to his own life. Trey's openness and interest in hearing from the group of teens led to a lively discussion about life and the commonalities that forever unite us all in our human condition.

After everything was said and done, Trey connected with everyone by picking up his guitar and jamming with Road Recovery teen guitarist - Ryan . Everyone witnessed how two perfect strangers communicated clearly and effortlessly through the language of music. The room erupted into freestyle dancing, singing and handclapping accompaniments by Road Recovery teens, staff and supporters.

Trey and Road Recovery teen guitarist, Ryan jam

"Trey Anastasio is an amazing person to sit down and talk to in so many ways. I feel like I've known him all my life! He is an inspiration to me in both music and recovery. Trey's musicianship is an extension of who he is as a person and the combination of speaking and playing with him is what touched me the most. His playing was phenomenal and he was so supportive of my playing. I will never forget that jam and his words of wisdom." –Ryan, guitarist/singer, age: 19, sober: 3 years

Feelin the love and each others heat.
Road Recovery teens, supporters and staff surround Trey

"Road Recovery is a beacon of light in a dark and confusing world. Addiction is so tricky and insidious and community is the cure. Road Recovery is all about community, a great organization with amazing programs. I'm so happy to be sober and grateful to be in the company of people getting the point early!" -Trey Anastasio, singer, songwriter, Phish

Road Recovery wishes to thank Bob Kravitz and Dr. Scott Bienenfeld whose efforts made Trey Anastasio's Road Recovery Master Class possible.

[Published on: 2/5/08]

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wilson021 Tue 2/5/2008 02:31PM
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Tight... So with what band and when is the tour?

pottad Tue 2/5/2008 02:34PM
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Excellent news. Maybe this will be the end of the junk for trey. Those kids may have talked some sense into him.

BRabbit Tue 2/5/2008 02:38PM
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I hope to see you soon Trey. And i agree pottad, i hope it is the end for the junk and the new begining of funk.

stukinkendall starstarstar Tue 2/5/2008 02:49PM
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rider11 starstarstarstar Tue 2/5/2008 03:04PM
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Trey, I am glad your sober. NOW PLAY SOME MUSIC!! Give us some clues of when I can fly around the country to see you rip it. BTW, it wouldn't be the worst thing to leave that acoustic guitar in rehab!!

gratefuled starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/5/2008 03:23PM
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Right on, Trey! If only Jerry would have taken this step and stuck with it.

rulosa01 Tue 2/5/2008 03:24PM
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good news

nuke_ticketbastard starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/5/2008 03:33PM
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yeah its all good for sure....

but china cat - "just as long as he keeps smoking grass and doin psych. YOU

will be happy?????? i think you may be missing the point here.

anyhow how cool would it be to sit and jam w/ trey like that..

i would school him...haha NOT!

mhc10 Tue 2/5/2008 04:04PM
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What a narrowminded comment there ChinaCat.

Really, get with the program here.

RedMule Tue 2/5/2008 04:15PM
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It's sad that we glamorize Trey for overcomming his ego and selfish addictions. Its important for us to build a sense of community around positivity, love, and kyndness.

Conjugal Burning Tue 2/5/2008 04:16PM
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vollostcom Tue 2/5/2008 04:34PM
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Jenny Jen Tue 2/5/2008 04:44PM
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Jenny Jen

Story hardly hits glamorization RedMule, admiration (if that) for trying to kick habit and educate/inspire a few kids. "Love" and "positivity" and "community"? But wait, let's talk crap about people, sounds like Perez Hilton or some crap...

MusicIsGood starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/5/2008 05:02PM
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Good news. Very good news.

moephishH2O starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/5/2008 05:09PM
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Good news indeed!

I'm still hoping for a Phish @ Big Cypress this NYE :-)...

schofizzl Tue 2/5/2008 05:20PM
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trey's the man, with or without the drugs. hopefully he can draw lots of inspiration from sobriety, like john frusciante but funkier.

chidodger Tue 2/5/2008 05:21PM
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phishluvr starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/5/2008 05:40PM
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Great Trey, glad to hear you are sober and helping other people to stay sober. Best wishes to you and the people of Road Recovery.

Now get the band back together.


Jenny Jen Tue 2/5/2008 05:41PM
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Jenny Jen

Good point chidodger! It doesn't seem that strange to me that this gets some headlines in the light of his recent jailtime (I'm sure he has a publicist!)Who knows what (if any, that is) other kinds of comm. service he has done, I thought he was sentenced to perform up to 15 months way back in April. But yeah, whether or not he or any other public figure for that matter really gives a crap about fulfilling their obligation is really hard to tell. Good news though...

welting Tue 2/5/2008 05:45PM
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it would have been far out to be in that class

Waterinthesky Tue 2/5/2008 06:21PM
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Even if Trey doesn't really "give a shit" about this cause....Does it really matter? Even if he did "put an act on", he successfully inspired and touched out to several kids suffering from the same problems he's struggled with. At least he's taking the necessary steps to improve his image and get his life and career back on track. What headline would you rather see?? Trey get's popped again? Give the guy a damn break already...

radioboy Tue 2/5/2008 06:29PM
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Everyone above me except for gratefuled, rulosa, kizzy,mhc, jcohen, schofizzle, jesposito, phishluvr and welting are all asses, that's all I have to say, you people are funny, like a (JOKE)!

Trey much love and much respect, thanks.

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Matthew Jaworski starstarstarstar Tue 2/5/2008 06:41PM
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Matthew Jaworski

Thanks for covering this story. Respek, Trey.

GooNanny Tue 2/5/2008 07:00PM
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When does tour start again? My goo balls have been frozen since '04. Ready to thaw out & oil up that ol'leaky VeeDub!!!!

Did I say please please???!!!!!!?

21mmer Tue 2/5/2008 07:11PM
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right on, trey. i'm willing to jump on board with this and believe that it's not a p.r. move or a get-out-of-jail-free-gimmick.....just don't prove me wrong big red.

ps- as someone who spent some dark years in various "programs", i would have liked to hear a little more about road recovery

Jenny Jen Tue 2/5/2008 07:18PM
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Jenny Jen

Hey Waterinthesky...Listen as I write to you, read the words that flutter through, my comments were mistaken by you. Closed minded and full of hate, you filtered out the true point I made, are you listening...dude? I'm clearly discussing (in response no less) the way the media is handling this, I could care less if Trey were high at this function (that would suck though), if you would have read my above comments you would see that you totally agree with every word I said. I think it's great he's doing this, and I hope he gets better for the sake of his health and for the possible future enjoyment of his fans...

acomma Tue 2/5/2008 07:24PM
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Definitely some dime pieces on the far right. Hope Trey stays on his path.

Scarlett5446 starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/5/2008 07:28PM
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I don't know about anyone else, but I'm glad to see Trey in the headlines for something positive, like cleaning up, instead of an OD. Too many musicians have fallen to their addictions, so we don't need to add another one to the list. It sucks that Trey had to get busted in order to sober up, but I hope he pulls through and stays clean for himself. Go Big Red!

JimmyDean starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/5/2008 07:46PM
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I hope he takes care of himself. lots of music left in Big Red! hopefully we'll get to enjoy some more of it soon!!

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hnkscrpio starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/5/2008 09:15PM
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It is always awesome to see that musicians as big as Trey would open up to some unknowing strangers like this to help each other in the enduring road to recovery. It is nice to see people promoting being clean. Everyone who has lost someone they love to an overdose realizes how great it is to see things like this on Jambase. I always hope that we all can know how to control ourselves and never lose it. Peace and love to everyone.

loudooben10 starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/5/2008 09:54PM
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Can you see the light?the real road to recovery is to get back togethger with mike,john and page. bless up trey

trini. starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/5/2008 10:17PM
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"Addiction is so tricky and insidious and community is the cure. Road Recovery is all about community ... "

Much love Trey.

We miss you.

green024 starstarstarstarstar Wed 2/6/2008 12:05AM
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Way to set a good example for the new generation, Trey. Hope he gets on the road soon, Trey/Mike and Phil Tour was nice!

burner72450 starstarstarstarstar Wed 2/6/2008 12:54AM
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great news! congrats on being sober Trey! stick with it, it would be a shame to loose another great musician to drugs, you don't need drugs to enjoy or play great music.

ScIFreak Wed 2/6/2008 04:04AM
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That's awsome! Good for you Trey, you are my favorite guitar player, and I'm glad to know you are healthy. Now don't get me wrong, I would consider myself a "user" of certain drugs, but why give up the heads? I know there was nothing about that, but I wonder if Trey still smokes a little Buds.

phishr82 Wed 2/6/2008 07:45AM
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glad to hear he's getting better. we love you trey!

philhitz Wed 2/6/2008 08:17AM
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got get 'em trey -- hope to see you soon!

fsu420 starstarstarstarstar Wed 2/6/2008 11:03AM
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hell ya trey!! finally an update that actually gives us an official hint to treys status and lets us know that hes healthy and happy!! tour time?

Waterinthesky Wed 2/6/2008 11:05AM
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KristopherApa starstarstarstarstar Wed 2/6/2008 12:21PM
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Good to see Trey is staying on the right path. I hope he stays sober. Even if it means becoming completley straight edge like SRV. Remember when Stevie became clean? His playing was amazing up until his untimely death. Keep it up Trey!

stuhooper Wed 2/6/2008 12:44PM
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I don't see it as an act at all. I've seen many court ordered to certain programs, and live them long after they have fulfilled their legal obligation. Probably doing it to stay sober as well as help others to do the same.

I wish him well as he trudges the happy road of destiny...sober.

pianote starstarstarstarstar Wed 2/6/2008 02:14PM
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great story, and i agree about getting back to the road, [phish or whoever]

But can this really happen?

It would take a lot of will power to be in that kind of atmosphere with all sorts of tempting treats around him . Just the smell of the air at a show could get him into some sort of trouble.

Lets just hope the greatest band on the planet regroups and rocks out!

wayda go Trey!

dilaudid Wed 2/6/2008 03:57PM
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I have been clean and sober now for over a year, and it has been a challenge to get to this point. I was a heroin addict, and it is not an easy road. I am proud of Trey for staying clean this long. Once you decide not to use anymore, its not so hard to stay clean. I still go to shows, festivals, and all that, One Show at a Time.

Mule86 Wed 2/6/2008 07:41PM
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Awesome, Trey needs it for sure. Phish is one of my favorite bands..but I'm one of the few fans, who doesn't want them to get back together...I mean what are the chances of Trey relapsing at a craazy time like a 2008 Phish tour? High, its too soon and it takes time if its even gonna happen. Im a bit of a glass half-empty kind of guy, so ill guess that Phish will never regroup...sorry y'all, I aint just being realistic

acomma Wed 2/6/2008 08:17PM
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I think many of you are ill-informed about what addiction really is. Sure, weed and psychadelics aren't physically addicting, but the mentally addictive properties have the potential to be far worse to overcome than the former. If his problem is that severe, it's best for him to stay sober, meaning nothing extravagent enters his system. For many addicts, one toke means the cycle has begun again, and next thing you know the junkie that was is now the junkie that is. Be smart Trey, you have a family and millions of fans that care about you.

n-1 Wed 2/6/2008 10:55PM
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thats the not the first time i heard a comment like china cat the two are very different substances, but it should be his choice and a no matter what we do not want him back on the pharms at all costs

webalienz starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/7/2008 03:54AM
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Really great to see Trey talking with these teenagers and being a positive force in their lives.

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DI519 Thu 2/7/2008 08:27AM
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I applaud trey (Ernie) for being sober. Maybe now he can play without that silly "fuck face". I'm not a big fan of their music but at least he is doing something positive.

Shmo-Kaine starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/7/2008 08:53AM
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Nice to see Trey doing something other than drugs. He's a great guy who has done alot for the scene and music in general. I still say his b-day is 4-13-1966!!! If you don't agree look at his mug shot. he's still a bad ass though! Keep doing good things Trey!!!!

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Cheezefreek starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/7/2008 11:21AM
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i new there was reason i followed this band around the country for so many wonderful years. i get butterflies just reading this article. see you this summer trey. and im sure whoever the band consists of it's gonna rock!!

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granola Thu 2/7/2008 01:40PM
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Well since trey has not written a decent song in forever and hasnt done anything worth a damn solo maybe its because hes been too fucked up. Maybe sober he wont suck like he has for quite a while. U people need to quit thinking hes so great anybody that has seen him play without phish and enjoyed it obviously is to brainwashed to realize how bad it is

PooDolla Fri 2/8/2008 01:08PM
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While obviously he has not bettered his music since Phish, there still are some pretty good songs that he has made solo. Those shows were hot when he had the horns with him. As for songs he released on studio albums, I think the song Spin from Shine was the best song he has written since Phish.

radioboy Fri 2/8/2008 01:15PM
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Some of you sound like your really good friends with trey, that's cool. Next time you see him can you tell him it sucks about the patriots for me, thanks. 2010.......!

RRmama starstarstarstarstar Sat 2/9/2008 09:06AM
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All I have to say is I was there... to meet Trey and in recovery. He is just a chill guy who is on the other side of a hellish existance. Yeah Ryan and Trey did rip it up... we also had a junk band going on with Ryan 2, PK, ME, Russ, alissa, Steph, Ash, AMANDA, and others. Thanks BOB, without u this would be so much harder. BTW the Helping Friendly Book is not the Big Book. Thank You Trey.

yemmw Sat 2/9/2008 09:58AM
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"why I prefer more the adventurous sounds of The Mars Volta over any phish after 96. And thats just, like, my opinion man"

That's because you're a nubenschtizzle.

radioboy Sat 2/9/2008 11:35PM
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doo doo doo doo do do do do dooo doo do dooo do doo doo doo doo doo dooo doo o do oo do doo doo dooo oo doo dooo doo do doo doo....!

STEG187 star Mon 2/11/2008 07:51AM
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sad, all the way around.

fsu420 starstarstarstarstar Mon 2/11/2008 12:46PM
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sndtribefreak you obviously have been brainwashed by the lowdown. clearly you werent in atlantic city new years 06/07 because he lifted the roof off of the house of blues in atlantic city, and this is coming from someone who just got back from 4 nights at the tabby for the 07/08 new years shows. tribe is great and all but dont think because mike page and fish arent around big red forgot how to shred, perhaps he just didnt care steal your face but he sure stole mine =)

juice9 starstarstar Mon 2/11/2008 03:27PM
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Really good to see Trey reaching out. Hopefully he can get to that new place where he is comfortable reaching out to the rest of his fans. We all need to surrender to the flow and realize that we may never get to go back again... as much as we all love to take a bath...lives are an evolution. Just don't skip your court appointments!

BlewW044 Mon 2/11/2008 08:26PM
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God Phucking Damn-It, PLAY!!!! When bands break-up there is just an absurd waste of talent. Maybe it is better to burn out than fade away, but if you fade away at least we get to watch.

treypooper Fri 2/15/2008 03:40PM
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When will he realize that it was not he who was good, but that it was Phish that was good! Stop stallin' and put the band and your life back together!

adubvu starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/19/2008 11:57AM
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trey is a drug addict and this "road to recovery" is a front. Good work though, look at all the dummies who buy it. ^.^ the things you do to avoid jail time. Now, click the thumbsdown sign you ignorant donks.

bksfg4 Wed 2/20/2008 12:50PM
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Why so much hostility adubvu? Your right. Trey is an addict and always will be an addict but that does not mean he is wrong for trying to help people and get a little good publicity. Let the man live his life how he wants and quit trying to make yourself feel good by bringing other people down with your comments. Try looking at your own life and I am sure it is as flawed as the rest of ours. No ones perfect and trey has never claimed to be. Wouldn't you do community service to keep yourself out of jail? I doubt you can find someone who wouldn't go play guitar to avoid prison. Its something people do all the time who have nothing to gain.

sniffles starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/11/2008 11:55PM
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right on trey... does anyone understand how hard it is to stop shooting dope. You cant just smoke herb and listen to tunes and everything will get better, this shit is hard. I only pray I can find strengh and beat this terriable affliction myself... Way to go Trey....

WrkinMan starstarstarstar Mon 4/28/2008 02:40PM
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I know I am late getting into this one but I have to comment based on my own personal experiences....I am not comepletely clean but alot cleaner than I was a year or so ago - playing any type of music and continuing to pound out something quality and outside the box takes a toll on you emotionally and spiritually. Hell yes its easier at first to satisfy that desire/expectation - by using (more than buds/booms). It will not last for long. Remember that ETA was not the only one that was burnt out *BUT* put his balls on the line a bit more imho by going right back out BIGTIME and has therefore put himself at higher risk (especially with his energy level). I hate to tell some of you this but - the brilliance can fade. Not that he will not come back some day with another brilliant style - but the old days (8?-96ish) are gone and some of the "phans" need to come to grips with that and GET OFF HIS BUTT! Not hatin - Just being real! Hng in there bud!