October 2, 2008 |
Grab your tackle box: Phish is back. The Vermont-based jam band, which became one of the top draws in the concert business during the 1990s and early part of this decade, will reunite for shows March 6 to 8 in Hampton, Va., and is expected to announce additional performances for 2009. When the group called it quits in 2004, guitarist Trey Anastasio said his thinking was that "Phish has run its course and that we should end it now while it's still on a high note." The band's final shows Aug. 14 and 15, 2004, in Coventry, Vt., drew about 80,000 fans and movie theaters around the country carried some of the performances.
October 30, 2005 |
Trey Anastasio "Shine" (Columbia) * * * ANASTASIO was wise to let it all go. Phish was everything, the meaning of life itself to a dedicated caravan of cultists, an endless jam session of sunshine and formless noodling, and profoundly uninteresting to most everyone else. By dissolving Phish last year, to the great horror of true believers, Anastasio finally set himself free. It shows on "Shine," his first album (in stores Tuesday) since that breakup.
February 17, 2003 |
Phish is not a band of equals. Not now, as the quartet returns to action after a two-year hiatus. They are all fine players, at times capable of striking passages of rock, jazz and folk, but their celebrated improvisations hinge on the creative whims of just one player: guitarist Trey Anastasio. At least that was the case Friday at the band's three-hour Valentine's Day concert at the Forum. Phish's musical energy during long instrumental sections rose or fell on the strengths of the guitarist.
May 31, 2002 |
Trey Anastasio has found the funk. For his first tour as a solo artist, the guitarist and primary songwriter for Phish has left that band's baroque song structures behind and dug his heels into big, brassy grooves that take their cues from James Brown, Little Feat and Fela Kuti. Anastasio's L.A. solo debut at the Greek Theatre on Wednesday was less jam band and more jam on it. He was working with a larger band than Phish's four-piece lineup.
May 2, 2002
Trey Anastasio, "Trey Anastasio," Elektra. The guitarist breaks from Phish's rock quartet format on his solo debut, but the album is marked throughout by familiar Phish characteristics. Also: Ali, "Heavy Starch," Universal Big Tymers, "Hood Rich," Cash Money/Universal Brant Bjork & the Operators, "Brant Bjork & the Operators," the Music Cartel Blackalicious, "Blazing Arrow," MCA C-Murder, "Tru Dawgs," D3 Ty Herndon, "This Is," Epic The Rocking Horse Winner, "Horizon," Equal Vision Sawyer Brown, "Can You Hear Me," Curb Spider-Man, "Music From and Inspired by Spider-Man," Columbia/Roadrunner/Island Def Jam/Sony Music Soundtrax Various artists, "Sharp Dressed Men: A Tribute to ZZ Top," RCA
April 28, 2002 |
**1/2 TREY ANASTASIO "Trey Anastasio" Elektra Phish fans would likely follow band leader Anastasio anywhere--after all, they went for last year's messy experiments with his Oysterhead collaboration with Les Claypool and Stewart Copeland. He takes them to a few new places on this solo debut (due in stores Tuesday), breaking from his regular band's rock quartet format by employing a horn section, some Afro-Caribbean rhythms and full orchestrations in a few places.