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. Chris Says:

    let’s not forget the sit ins during Phish shows. 99 Phil and 00 Bobby. In 99, during the composited parts of YEM, the tramps came out for Trey and Mike. Then a third micrphone. And then a third tramp! Then as Trey and Mike were jumping, Phil pops out from behind Trey’s setup. The crowd went nuts. Phil proceeded to jump on the tramp doing turns and everything. The jam was sweet; eventually evolving into a bass duet with Phil and Mike. Check it out.

  2. Jacob Says:

    Just jumped into the conversation, but has anyone mentioned Phil’s guest spot with Phish in Sep.99? I wasn’t there, but that stands up as one of the big nights for Phish.

    And, it may just be because it’s the song that got me into Grateful Dead, but is the Cold Rain and Snow from that show incredible to anyone else? I mean, like career highlight type stuff? Maybe it’s just me, but I can hear so much emotion and inspiration just in Trey’s guitar licks in that song.

  3. Mr. Completely Says:

    @Dr. SF – yes on the editing in that one scene of him playing in the headphones – so awesome

    @Chris and Jacob – yeah – those were cool. At the phil gig we had redic 100 level pav seats so we go to watch it all unfold close up. We knew he was going to play, but didn’t know about the tramps. We were there with our biggest dead family friends, kind of jaded people, fun to be with but you know how it is, nothing is that cool – but then Phil gets on the tramp – and my friends screamed “OH MY GAAAAAHHHHD!!!! AHHHHH!!!!” like little girls seeing the Jonas Brothers or whatever. SO freaking classic.

    I’ll be honest, we were worried for Phil. thought he might bust his ass. the dismount was a tense moment but he stuck it!

    and the music was great. holds up I think.

  4. RamblinOnMyMind Says:

    @WholeTour – Thanks for the note about good/bad seats at Jones Beach.

    @Mr. Completely – Freaks and Geeks has some of the greatest television music moments of all time. That whole drumming episode is amazing….the opening sequence with the dry ice, Lindsey’s dad turning him onto Buddy Rich, playing “Crossroads” for a tryout with a “real” band and playing “Sunshine of Your Love” with their shitty garage band (which they wanted to call Creation). And yes, the final episode is great.

    Also great: Nick (the drummer) jamming with the ultra-Christian chick on “Jesus is Just Alright” at a party, and the guidance counselor doing an acoustic version of Alice Cooper’s “Eighteen” in his office.

    And since I’ve already made it known that I’m dorky enough to be able to list this stuff off the top of my head, let’s not forget the tragic effect that John Bonham’s death had on Nick’s fragile psyche. He tries to feel up Lindsey, and when she rejects him, he apologizes by saying that he’s confused because John Bonham just died. I now use Bonham’s death as my excuse anytime I go for second base at an inappropriate time.

  5. Stun the Puppy Says:

    How come Yoshiki isn’t getting any drummer love??

    Funny stuff…I did a quick “best drummers” search on google and #1 was this Yoshiki dude. Never heard of him…went to Youtube and found a few gems. Not sure where this dude ranks among drummers, but the theatrics are worth watching…..looks like it could be a pretty cool experience on some mind-altering doo-dads.

    Check it out…(I’m not sure if I’m impressed, or laughing?…)


  6. Mr. Completely Says:

    Last thing I want to say on this thread is something I have mentioned before but is more appropriate today than it has ever been. The level of respect and crossover that exists between fans of the 2 bands today is really a great thing. It hasn’t always been this way. In the early 90s it was a pretty ugly thing at times. There really were not that many people who were into both.

    PT notwithstanding, and I don’t go there so I don’t care, even Phish fans that are completely not into the Dead generally treat the band with respect. Obviously the crossover stuff has helped with that a lot, since the Phish guys clearly love the Dead and dead music it’s led to a lot more openness. I don’t think everyone that loves Phish “should” or “has to” be into the Dead, and that’s not how it is. But the hate’s not there any more. And that’s awesome.

    At this point most of the holdouts are crusty old Deadheads who would rather listen to DSO than anything new, and still think of Phish as “those silly kids that play that zappa type stuff.” Their loss and that’s all you can really say.

    It’s really been cool to watch it unfold. It’s actually turned out better than I thought it would. Neat to see.

  7. Mr. Completely Says:

    @Ramblin the guidance counselor on that show is just incredible – so hilarious – god, what a show that was…so real

  8. SOAM Says:

    how about freckledick-the drummer for the Keir Weir band

    sick chops!!!!!!!!!kid pounds out ..life in the fastlane>little miss can’t be wrong

    just like scarlet-fire from Cornell…sweet

  9. Stun the Puppy Says:

    Buddy Rich is pretty much untouchable….


  10. Mr. Completely Says:

    Stun the Puppy wins the thread with that link


  11. wanderin Says:

    Buddy Rich vs. Animal

  12. voopa Says:

    I remember seeing Buddy Rich do that on TV when I was a kid, and thinking “Holy shit!”

    Of course, don’t forget this:


  13. voopa Says:

    Missed it by THAT much…

  14. McGrupp Says:

    Miner – can you do a write-up on Wax Banks one of these days?

    I just love his writing, it’s so easy to comprehend and he always hits the nail right on the head.

    I can always count on reading his work and totally getting it.

    It’s as if he KNOWS EVERYTHING!

    He is just so Amazing.

  15. apple toast Says:

    wax banks = page mcconnell?

  16. Mr.Miner Says:

    good call Chris- Gotta add a paragraph about that….

  17. Mr.Miner Says:

    Post edited to include Phil / Bobby sit ins with Phish- not sure how that slipped my mind! Thanks Chris 🙂

  18. Cactus Says:


    I’m looking for Jones Beach 6/4 and I have a 6/2 extra. Let me know if you’re still looking. I just saw your post from this morning.

    Lemme know yo.

  19. hairy pood Says:

    dennis chambers, as far as drummers who are stlll alive, is pretty much untouchable

  20. Mr.Miner Says:

    ^^ where is your 6/2?

  21. Cactus Says:

    Should’ve been Mike and the Italians as opposed to GRAB during summer 07. Great write up Miner, once again.

  22. hairy pood Says:

    i was at the essex junction, SPAC, and All Good GRAB shows. the sit ins in VT were great. I almost cried during Phil’s set in SPAC, more out of sadness than joy. I think I preferred seeing him play first, even though he obviously has seniority in the scene.

  23. Cactus Says:

    Mezz…Section 21. Not great. Where’s your 6/4?

  24. Mr.Miner Says:

    Mike and the Italians WAS the best name!

  25. Mr.Miner Says:

    Stad sec 14L

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