Trey Anastasio Shares Remembrance Of Chip Hooper
Chip Hooper & Trey Anastasio – Fall 1994
On Saturday, the music industry lost a behind-the-scenes legend when Chip Hooper died after a long battle with cancer. As noted in a previous article, Hooper was the worldwide head of music at Paradigm Talent Agency and was the personal agent for Phish and the Dave Matthews Band and many others. Phish frontman Trey Anastasio shared a beautiful note about his relationship with Chip Hooper on the band’s Facebook page:
In Memory of Chip Hooper
Chip was a genuinely beautiful soul. He had a huge smile, and a heart of gold. He was a true friend. I have so many memories of walking around the corner on the way to the stage, and there would be Chip, and suddenly we’d be cracking up about some ridiculous thing and everyone would have to wait a couple minutes to go to the stage. He was always talking about his family or his work with such pride. He cared. It really hurts that we lost him. Even at the very end, visiting with him in the hospital, he’d be laughing and commanding the room with his huge joyous presence.
It’s impossible to overstate the effect that Chip had on Phish’s journey, and subsequently on the journeys of every Phish fan. He was there every single step of the way. He felt more like a brother than a booking agent. We are really going to miss him. – Trey Anastasio
Hooper guided Phish’s touring activities from their early days as a national act through recent years. Anastasio is one of many who have weighed in on Chip’s contributions to the music world and beyond. Head here for a few others. Chip Hooper was 53.
Last November, Trey Anastasio dedicated “Show Of Life” to Hooper as part of TAB’s visit to Oakland. Watch Trey’s heartfelt dedication to Chip Hooper: