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. msbjivein Says:

    A famous Animal quote”WOMAN! WOMAN!”

  2. c0wfunk Says:

    animal’s the best! Max Roach is a fav as well.. I recently got a recording of him and pianist abdullah ibrahim just going off – it’s absolutely amazing; Art Blakey’s another..

  3. bhizzle Says:

    adam deitch drummed for Scofield

  4. wizzle1986 Says:

    nobody on this board listens to them probably, but Pnuma Trio has a badass drummer, grew up with the kid, lived across the street, he’s no jazz drummer and I’m not into electrnica but he throws down some chunky grooves, asked him about his influences and he said, “emulating Memphis rap”, interesting

  5. msbjivein Says:

    Can’t forget about Zigaboo of the Meters!!! Can’t wait to see Zigaboo’s funk review w/ the New Orleans allstars featuring Johnny V, George Porter,Ivan Neivelle,Theresa Anderson & Tony Hall @ Jazzfest in a couple weeks!! Anybody going to Jazzfest this year???

  6. msbjivein Says:

    @Hizzle, Yep Deitch was In Scolfields band for a while. When he was doing that crazy funky electronic groove. The rythem guitar player in that band also played in Lettuce.

  7. bhizzle Says:

    the drummer from OM Trio

  8. bhizzle Says:

    @msbj – I need to hear more Lettuce

  9. msbjivein Says:

    DUUUUDE, Beware that shit is almost to funky! CAUTION WHILE DRIVING

  10. Selector J Says:

    Don’t forget JA! They don’t indulge in too many solos but, like Fishman, they don’t really need to.

    Here are some of my favorites :

    Sly Dunbar- He was unbelievably good with The Revolutionaries and The Professionals. Just on another level than other mortals.

    Horsemouth Wallace- comparable rockers and steppers era drummer with the best nickname ever.

    Carlton Barrett- one drop king but excellent in other styles, too (see early Upsetters).

    Santa Davis- developed the propulsive ‘flying cymbal’ sound with producer Bunny Lee and backs many classics.

    Style Scott- under appreciated Roots Radics dynamo that dominated in Channel One during the early 80s.

  11. c0wfunk Says:

    I actually worked a festival that pnuma trio was at last weekend, but didn’t make it that late after a long rough week..

  12. Mr. Completely Says:

    the n’awlins drummers deserve the love, good call – Stanton, Johnny V and the impeccable Zigaboo – go I love that stuff, especially the Meters from the 70s – the funkiest music of all time

    re: neal peart – anyone here watch freaks & geeks? one character, it’s the guy who later made Forgetting Sarah Marshall, is a bad drummer and huge Peart worshipper. there is this incredible episode where his semi-girlfriend’s dad totally schools him on real drumming – I think he plays him a live Buddy Rich album – it is just a great scene.

    And the closing episode of that show is one of the best things ever seen on TV – sure to touch the heart of anyone who ever left for tour of any kind. very very cool show

  13. msbjivein Says:

    Can’t forget about Lenny White,

    Leonard White III, better known as Lenny White (born December 19, 1949) is an American jazz funk drummer, who is best known for playing in Chick Corea’s Return to Forever and being one of the forerunners of jazz-rock/funk.

    White was born in New York City. A self-taught, left-handed drummer on a right-handed kit, he began his career in local groups, and playing regularly with Jackie McLean in the late 1960s. In 1969, he first appeared on Miles Davis’ historic recording on Bitches’ Brew and later in 1970 he played with Freddie Hubbard on Red Clay before joining Corea’s Return to Forever and Azteca in 1972. A year later, Azteca dissolved and he became dedicated to RTF. For five years, he recorded a number of albums with Return to Forever including the award winning No Mystery and Romantic Warrior. When the group split up in 1977 White signed with the Nemperor label (via Atlantic) and recorded two albums as leader.

  14. Mr. Completely Says:

    i must say Rush songs are fun as hell to play in Rock Band though. Can’t front on that. Hitting the big power chords out of the solo in Tom Sawyer is a total rush. But of course there’s no Zep, Floyd, the really good stuff, minimal Dead, and no Phish – the stuff that would really kill.

  15. spideyguy0 Says:

    My “your tickets will ship 7-10 days before the event” Jones Beach tickets for 6/2 that I bought this morning just shipped. Awesome.

  16. harryhood Says:

    Anyone looking for a Phish message board check out,


    I’m a mod there and we are always looking for new members. A lot of folks who post came from The Rhombus (if you’ve ever heard of it) after it closed in 2007.

    We’re also linked off Mr. Miner’s main page.

  17. harryhood Says:

    Anyone looking for a Phish message board check out,

    Oceans of Osyrus (click my name above)

    I’m a mod there and we are always looking for new members. A lot of folks who post came from The Rhombus forums, if you’ve ever heard of it, after it closed in 2007.

    We’re also linked off Mr. Miner’s main page. Sorry if this double posts, I can’t get the site to put up a comment for some reason.

  18. SOAM Says:

    any dead tix for tom in worcester out there-I didn’t want to do it but wtf

  19. Jesse Says:

    completely, i was just thinking about that episode, it’s hilarious. i was gonna write it here too but i was too lazy. and yeah that last episode made me cry – great song choice with box of rain.

    where is the love on here for terry bozzio?

  20. Billy Breathes Says:

    howz ’bout Carter Beauford. that man is a genius.

  21. In Flagrante Delicto Says:

    Andrew Barr from the Slip can rip it.

  22. Dr SF Jones Says:

    Good call on the Freaks and Geeks. Lindsay going on tour and that episode with the drummer are top notch.

  23. msbjivein Says:

    Can you say STANTON MOORE??????? One of my fav also.

  24. Dr SF Jones Says:

    great editing in the scene where he’s playing drums to Rush and hearing what he thinks he sounds like and then cut to his old man who hears what he really sounds like. awesome.

  25. oneshowatatime Says:

    Mr. Miner, THANK YOU for posting these–just incredible… I can’t stop listening. That Shakedown is epic!

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