Fantastic Interview with Trey

Whether you’re a Trey-basher, a Trey-fluffer or anything in between, this is a must-read interview. I’ve always said, all interviews of any member of the popular rock band Phish should be conducted by fans. This is proof: Jess Minnen’s interview with Big Red.

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–I remember having a conversation with Paul. In the beginning there were five people who traveled with Phish: The four of us, and Paul. He used to do everything. Paul Languedoc. I remember one day he came up to me backstage and said, “This doesn’t fit.” There were all these people around and this darkness had come over the whole thing. It was seedy and depressing. I remember looking at him and saying, “God that’s the realest thing anyone has said to me in a long time.”

–So what I saw at that Bonnaroo show was so interesting. I had two people on stage with me. One was this guy who is very religious. Matisyahu. He was singing the most beautiful…His voice…He’s singing and it’s not about him. It’s about God. He’s very straight up. He’s a Hassidic Jew. The look in his eyes…they were kind of glistening. I was playing and looking right into his eyes, and it was so moving for a couple of reasons. One was that he used to follow the band… He told me he’d been to like, every Phish show for ten years. And then he went and became a Hassidic Jew and sings reggae because of the spiritual purity of a lot of reggae. He’s singing about God. So was Bob Marley. So was Bach, for that matter. Bach wrote at the top of everything he ever wrote “For the Glory of God.”

–I think our guest list at Coventry was like, three thousand people. Everyone on our crew was taking care of this ongoing scene, and it was becoming more and more difficult to do what we were supposed to be doing, which was concentrating on the music and practicing. I always think about what was to me one of the great Phish shows. I just look at it as an amazing night, symbolic of everything good about Phish: the 1996 Atlanta Halloween show when we did the Talking Heads album. It was because we spent months practicing for that thing. All the way up until four o’clock in the morning we were practicing for that show. And then we played the music once. That’s always what it was like with Phish. That’s the way I like to work. I love writing. I love practicing. I love working towards that experience on stage.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Wow!! Where do you start? So much said in such a short time .

    Keeping it short, all the negativity surrounding Bo Bice’s appearance at Bonnaroo was hogwash. Everyone (but true fans…) claimed Trey SOLD OUT-period. “He brought Bo Bice on stage from American Idol-sell out”. I saw it everywhere on the web -Jambase particularly. Not once did any of you think Trey feels the same about the show as we all do – it’s a lifeless form of crap!!!!! He got creamed for that move, and for apparently all the wrong reasons

    Bo Bice was nobody before that stupid show -can you blame him for trying to make a name? And what does Trey have to gain by bringing Bo Bice on stage, certainly not noteriety. He just wanted to make something out of nothing -create something. That’s all he’s ever wanted to do. That’s still all he wants to do…..

    Second, if I may, it is SO obvious Phish was done even before their last tour, maybe even before 2004 even began -let’s be thankful they stretched it out for as long as they did.

    Sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll will get you every time……

  2. Wow!! Where do you start? So much said in such a short time .

    Keeping it short, all the negativity surrounding Bo Bice’s appearance at Bonnaroo was hogwash. Everyone (but true fans…) claimed Trey SOLD OUT-period. “He brought Bo Bice on stage from American Idol-sell out”. I saw it everywhere on the web -Jambase particularly. Not once did any of you think Trey feels the same about the show as we all do – it’s a lifeless form of crap!!!!! He got creamed for that move, and for apparently all the wrong reasons

    Bo Bice was nobody before that stupid show -can you blame him for trying to make a name? And what does Trey have to gain by bringing Bo Bice on stage, certainly not noteriety. He just wanted to make something out of nothing -create something. That’s all he’s ever wanted to do. That’s still all he wants to do…..

    Second, if I may, it is SO obvious Phish was done even before their last tour, maybe even before 2004 even began -let’s be thankful they stretched it out for as long as they did.

    Sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll will get you every time……

  3. Scotty, I couldn’t agree more about Trey and Bo Bice — I thought it was awesome. And how is performing with Bice ANY different than Phish with Kid Rock or Jay-Z? It really isn’t. That, to me, was a case of double standards run amok.

    Bo Bice was on the show and singing Allman Brothers tunes and 70s songs and all that stuff. He wasn’t singing lovey dovey crap, he was a legit musician that tried to make a name for himself (I’m told he did so on a dare). So for Trey to let him come out and play was cool as hell…he was letting Bo get away from the Idol stereotype.

    On a personal note, my mother is a HUGE American Idol fan, and she was pretty psyched to hear her boy up on stage with mine.

  4. Scotty, I couldn’t agree more about Trey and Bo Bice — I thought it was awesome. And how is performing with Bice ANY different than Phish with Kid Rock or Jay-Z? It really isn’t. That, to me, was a case of double standards run amok.

    Bo Bice was on the show and singing Allman Brothers tunes and 70s songs and all that stuff. He wasn’t singing lovey dovey crap, he was a legit musician that tried to make a name for himself (I’m told he did so on a dare). So for Trey to let him come out and play was cool as hell…he was letting Bo get away from the Idol stereotype.

    On a personal note, my mother is a HUGE American Idol fan, and she was pretty psyched to hear her boy up on stage with mine.

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