Phish's Phinal Exit after the Last Notes of Coventry :: 08.15.04 :: By Jeff Kravitz
There have been times when I felt Trey's decision has opened big doors for me, and I should be forever indebted to him for ending Phish, though I would have continued to play with Phish happily.
THOUGHTS ON PHISH
Talking with a man who dominated most of the mid-nineties through Phish, I couldn't resist the urge to inquire into his thoughts on the fan response to the band's breakup and if people still ask him if they're going to get back together.
"I talk to people, and I go out a lot. They don't ask as much as they did six months ago. I have my hotline too and people leave messages. People are more in an acceptance mode, so they're not really pushing it."
Mike Gordon & Trey Anastasio :: 08.14.04 :: Coventry, VT
By Libby McLinn
"The grieving process is a lot easier then I thought it would be. It's not nearly as bad as divorce. There have been times when I felt Trey's decision has opened big doors for me, and I should be forever indebted to him for ending Phish, though I would have continued to play with Phish happily."
"This way it's just forcing me. There was so much of Phish that was done for me: the songwriting, the managing, the planning of the big festivals, the newsletters, stuff that earlier on I used to help do. Now I feel like it's just really a chance to try and express myself. I should have tried harder with Phish instead of getting so deeply into filmmaking, but for whatever combination of reasons I didn't in the last years - although on tour I always loved it. I always loved playing."
"The hardest thing is not the feedback from other people but the internal feeling that you're not living up to before. It is a challenge, but I kind of feel like I appreciate the challenge. It makes me want to try even harder to have fun and to have life still be an adventure."
Phish :: 9.20.90 :: Somerville Theatre, MA
By B.C. Kagan
"It's not just the end of Phish - it's turning 40, things are just a little bit different. Life can and should still be an adventure. Sometimes touring with Leo I wish we could extend jams for longer periods of time, and sometimes we do. We have such a good open communication that if one of us has a thought or idea, we talk about it or do it without any hard feelings built up."
"Playing with The Duo (Benevento/Russo) has been really fun too. Those guys are just so easy to hook up with, and they're just so up for having fun. Up for exploring and anything, and I can't say enough. I'd love to go out and play with them again."
"But then I'll go back and listen to some old Phish tape or something, and there is this intangible quality that comes from twenty years of chemistry that is deep, even deeper than the music - something in the friendship and the hanging out and the way that couples with the music."
"There was something that was fading - the inclination to do new things at the rate we needed to continue to stay a band. But in terms of just the sailing quality of the jam - I was getting a lot of that in our last tour."
"A lot of people don't have the experience of doing the same thing from eighteen to forty. Even if it's the most amazing thing in the world, you start to wonder, 'Should I be trying other things too?'
Mike Gordon & Leo Kottke Fall 2005
09.15.05 | Liberty Hall, Lawrence, KS
09.16.05 | Mississippi Nights, St. Louis, MO
09.17.05 | Blue Note, Columbia, MO
09.19.05 | The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC
09.21.05 | Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA
09.23.05 | Austin City Limits, Austin, TX
09.27.05 | Lensic Theatre, Santa Fe, NM
09.28.05 | Paramount Theatre, Denver, CO
09.30.05 | House of Blues, West Hollywood, CA
10.01.05 | Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Palo Alto, CA
10.04.05 | The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, CA
10.06.05 | The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
10.09.05 | Moore Theatre, Seattle, WA
10.18.05 | Barrymore Theatre, Madison, WI
10.19.05 | Park West, Chicago, IL
10.21.05 | The Music Mill, Indianapolis, IN
10.22.05 | Bogart's, Cincinnati, OH
10.23.05 | Michigan Theatre, Ann Arbor, MI
10.25.05 | Higher Ground, South Burlington, VT
10.26.05 | Toad's Place, New Haven, CT
10.28.05 | Berklee Performance Center, Boston, MA
10.29.05 | Irving Plaza, New York, NY
10.30.05 | Theatre of the Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA
11.01.05 | Starr Hill Music Hall, Charlottesville, VA
11.02.05 | 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
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