Furthur Friendship


10.20.07 Glens Falls, NY (A.M. Saddler)

Once the Phil and Friends shows established a relationship, both personally and musically between Phil and Trey, the Phish and Dead communities began to blend together. Led by the musical model that had wowed everyone for three nights, the two cultures- a generation apart- began to grow closer.  Everything seemed cool now; there was much less ill will between the bands’ followings; the scenes began to intermingle and lines became blurred.  The musicians themselves formed relationships, as members of Phish and The Dead went on to collaborate on future projects.

9.17.99 (J.Blakesburg)

9.17.99 Shoreline (J.Blakesburg)

Later the same year, when Phish passed through Shoreline for two nights on their fall tour, they returned the invitation.  Inviting Phil to sit in for much of the second set of 9.17, the two scenes fused in a more Phish-centric way.  As Phil came out for “YEM,” Brad brought out a third trampoline!  In the ultimate gesture of Phisy approval, Phil bounced up and down with Trey and Mike  during the tramps part of the jam.  To the giddy delight of all involved, this guest sit-in carried more meaning than any before.  Morphing into a bass duet with Mike out of “YEM”, Phil stuck around for “Wolfman’s,” and a poignant cover of The Dead’s “Cold Rain and Snow.”  For the encore, they brought Phil back and Warren Haynes and played an extensive “Viola Lee Blues.”  At this point, Phish and The Dead had grown closer than ever.

In their penultimate show before their hiatus, also at Shoreline, Phish invited Bob Weir to the stage for a three-song encore of “El Paso,” “Chalk Dust,” and “West LA Fadeaway.”  Though not as musically impressive as Lesh’s stint with Phish, Weir’s sit-in carried as much symbolic weight as anything.

Mike, Russo, Phil Benevento TreyRAB & Phil (jrushingmail)

Mike, Joe Russo, Phil, & Trey (jrushingmail)

Once Phish broke up in 2004 and Trey toured with the much-maligned 70 Volt Parade for 2005, he began popping up with Phil in 2006.  Teaming up with Mike, drummer Joe Russo, and piano visionary Marco Benevento, Trey toured with the horribly-monikered GRAB as a co-bill with Phil and Friends during the summer of ’06.  This tour was a legitimate merging of the Phish and the Dead scenes as each band drew from their respective fan bases, most who stayed to watch both acts.  Although GRAB hit some grooves and played fun shows, the greatest parts of these evenings were when Trey came out with Phil and Friends and played Dead music.  Sometimes it was for a song or two, and sometimes, like Camden (6.30), Hartford (7.3), Jones Beach (7.7), and Scranton (7.11), it was for the entire second set.  These sets were the high points of the entire tour, and I’m pretty sure Phil would agree.  One of the highlights of this run of sit-ins was the sublime second set at Camden, where the entire band was tapped in.  (Just look at Phil’s face as Trey rips apart St. Stephen in the video below!)  Trey elevated the play of Phil’s band to another level each time he took the stage, and it were these sets that I continued to listen to when the summer ended.

Phil & Trey @ Vegoose 10.29.06 (Unk)

Phil & Trey @ Vegoose 10.29.06 (Spector1)

Trey also sat in with Phil and Friends at Halloween’s Vegoose Festival in Las Vegas in ’06, not only for the festival set, but for an entire two-set late night gig as well.  Earlier in the year, before GRAB/Phil tour, Phil joined GRAB onstage at Bonnaroo for a rendition of “Casey Jones.”  Gradually, it seemed like playing with Phil was Trey’s new favorite stage.  He got to improvise freely over Dead classics, standing in for Jerry, while sprinkling in songs from his own catalog.  He was loving it, and the fans were too- Phil didn’t have too many friends with the guitar prowess of Trey.  But less than two months after Vegoose, on December 15th, Trey was arrested and sequestered to Whitehall, NY and its surroundings.

The Rhythm Devils w/ Mike @ Vegoose '06 (Dan B.)

The Rhythm Devils w/ Mike @ Vegoose (Dan B.)

Taken out of the scene for a while, Trey’s next big appearance was actually with Phil and Friends at the nearby, hence legal, Glens Falls Civic Center on 10.20.07.  At his stop in Glens Falls, Phil was actually granted the symbolic power of being mayor of Glens Falls for the day.  And as his “power” was granted, Phil said, “As my first act as honorary mayor, it is my intention to pardon Trey Anastasio,” voicing his support for his friend.  Trey was welcomed by Phil back to the stage that night, sitting in with Phil and Friends for two sets of Dead music, while adding “Shine” and “Plasma.”  Phil had Trey’s back, as he was no stranger to addiction, and it was with his friendship and backing that Trey returned to the stage for the first show since his arrest.

"Serial Pod"

"Serial Pod"

Beyond Trey and Phil’s relationship, Mike also got in on the Phish / Dead collaborations.  In fall 2006, Mike played a series of shows with Mickey Hart and Billy Kreutzmann’s “Rhythm Devils,” with Steve Kimock on guitar, including a slot at Vegoose.  And yet another collaboration between the two bands was “Serial Pod,” a project between Mike, Trey, and Billy in 2005.  Nevertheless, all of these sit-ins and hybrid projects were sparked by those three epic nights at The Warfield.  Going where no one dared go before, Trey, Page, Phil, Kimock, and Molo fused past and current counter-culture; the circle was now complete.


Trey’s solo in “St. Stephen”w/ Phil and Friends – 6.30.06, Camden, NJ (!!)



4.17.99 Phil & Friends @ The Warfield < LINK

4.17.99 Phil & Friends @ The Warfield < TORRENT LINK

I: Dark Star > It’s Up to You, Days Between > Dark Star (first verse) > My Favorite Things, Mississippi Half-Step, Birdsong

II: Terrapin Station > Down with Disease > Dark Star (second verse) > Friend of the Devil, Casey Jones, Morning Dew, Goin Down The Road Feelin Bad* > And We Bid You Goodnight

E: Box of Rain

* w/ Donna

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137 Responses to “Furthur Friendship”

  1. old dude Says:

    Molo’s aight. I’m loving the mesh of the rocket and cosmic guitars though. Listened to that first show again last night – why, oh why, did Phil not let Page sing Sugaree?!

  2. youenjoy09 Says:

    Trey vs. Jimmy Page……….your thoughts?

    After listening to both extensively for years, there is no doubt in my mind that Trey is the better guitarist. Phish even rocked some Led Zeppelins songs harder than they ever did. It seems to me that Trey has an extra gear – the highest peak of his solos are usually going to be higher than the peaks from Mr. Page. And don’t get me wrong, Jimmy Page kills it. I had this revelation yesterday (after watching ‘the Song Remains the Same,’ and then listening to some killer Phish jams later) and thought it would be good to hear any opinions…..sorry for the thread hi-jack, seems pretty slow today anyways though

    @Mr. Miner – any chance you would want to create a discussion board where subjects such as this or other aspects of Phish could be debated? In the current context, I either have to hi-jack a thread or go to the menacing PT to discuss things outside of the days write-up. I would love to have discussion forums/threads here similar to PT, without the negativity, hatefulness, and douchebagery. Just a thought…..

  3. old dude Says:

    legitimate is as hangover does

  4. Mr.Miner Says:

    ^I’ve thought about it- there are pros and cons…I’ll look into it a bit more, but the issue becomes moderation. We’ll see…

  5. old dude Says:

    Jimmy sweats more profusely

  6. Mr. Completely Says:

    at least he didn’t call one “brown hole”

  7. fromthetub Says:

    Hey Miner, I have extras for 6/2, but they are in the the second row of 14L — I think you were looking for Orch. I’m hoping to trade for 6/4.

  8. bhizzle Says:

    all this drummer talk and no love for Stanton Moore!?!?!?!?!?

  9. whole tour! Says:

    three times the charm i guess…my first two posts didn;t show up for some reason:

    there are no bad seats at jones beach. If you have ever been there or seen pics from the venue, it is set up with seats in the back being elevated in an almost bowl like set up. The upper seats are better IMO.

  10. old dude Says:

    innuendo, Mr. Completely. i so subtle.

    why does everyone get a woody from that dude from Rush? maybe because i was never a Rush fan, but i don’t get it. Bonham is clearly the quintessential heavy metal drummer.

    that bandit from Def Lepperd is also sweet.

  11. Mr.Miner Says:

    @sniggle…there may be an extra Dark Star on that set list…..not sure. The whole show is def there though

  12. Jay Says:

    looks like fenway will be tough ticket. a ton of tickets have been sold today. Especially with the presale url and password leaked out.

  13. Weyoun42 Says:

    I like Neil Peart. Then again, it’s partly just the fact that he’s surrounded by something like 300 different surfaces he can bang on and manages to always do what he wants with it. But, for best drummers, I mean, come on: Keith Moon. He could be having a seizure back there and it would be hard to tell the difference, but it was awesome.

  14. Mr.Miner Says:

    If we are talking drummers, I gotta throw Alex Van Halen into the mix… 🙂

  15. Jay Says:

    I gotta go with any New Orleans drummer. You got that second line groove down pat then you can play anything with anybody.

  16. whole tour! Says:

    nick mason from floyd is often overlooked, but the guy had impeccable timing and a magic touch.

  17. Jack O Roses Says:

    Gotta give some drummer love to Adam Deitch from Soulive and Lettuce.


  18. voopa Says:

    Elvin Jones
    Art Taylor
    Roy Haynes
    Art Blakey
    Terry Bozio
    Vinnie Colaiuta
    Buddy Rich

  19. old dude Says:

    WT: One of These Days from Live at Pompeii is one of the greatest drumming videos of all time! (despite the “high tech” editing).

    I always crack up thinking about the interview in that movie where Mason has a brain spasm and gobblygook rewind comes out of his mouth. ah, flashbacks…

  20. wanderin Says:

    Latin Jazz Drummers…..Poncho Sanchez…Bobby Matos….Johnny Blas…..to name a few

  21. SOAM Says:

    we are talking drummers but not scumbag drummers (ie. anyone in VH)

    Keith “motherfucking” Moon-animal behind the kit.

  22. wanderin Says:

    Nobody has mentioned Animal from the Muppets…..that thing could pound the skins!

  23. snigglebeach Says:

    I will second Animal from the Muppets.

    I have been a John Bonham fan since i was 6, and still think no one stacks up with him.

    Thanks for track listings. i think the days between goes back into it, but that is all on 1 track.

  24. msbjivein Says:

    Adam Dietch isn’t the drummer in Soullive. Alan Evans is the drummer in Soulive. The organ players brother. Neal Evans plays organ w/ Kraz on guitar. Either way Dietch is the shit. Can wait to see Lettuce in a couple weeks at Jazzfest!!!!!!! What about Johnny Vidacovich!!!!

  25. Jesse Says:

    neal peart = most overrated anything ever.

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