More Phish Reunion Rumors: Tom Marshall Confirms

I’m not sure whether to file this under “news” or “rumors” considering that this speculation of Phish getting back together seems to have picked up a set of legs. Popmatters recently sat down with Tom Marshall, longtime Phish lyricist and best-friend to Trey, and he made it pretty clear that they’ve been writing together and feeling pretty good about what they’ve accomplished so far.

“Trey wants Phish to come back.”

Are we to worry that Trey may be getting a little bit ahead of himself by announcing all of this to the media ahead of actually sitting down with the band and hashing through all the gory details? How many Vida Blue songs will they play? How much of Trey’s solo work will appear? Do they care about any of this right now? No. The interview makes it pretty clear that Anastasio and Marshall are still in the early stages of writing again, and that it feels, to them, like they’re young again and in the midst of producing some of that original magic that made Phish the band it was.

Marshall was elated about his recent work in the studio with Anastasio. “We’re on our fourteenth, fifteenth song in like two months,” said Marshall. “We’re extremely productive and got the drive again. I have the old Trey back, which is incredible.”

I’m excited to hear all the speculation again, because it’s warming us all up to the idea that this thing might be able to come back with a tremendous amount of passion that fans realized was missing from the final few tours. They were smaller tours and we all expected that, but we didn’t always expect to see the band come up short on fan expectations (read: Vegas Run ’04). When you see comments like this, there’s a tremendous amount of hope and excitement in those words that I’m sure many fans are considering

“It’s spilling out of us. We’re both look wide-eyed when something meshes up because it’s meshing up a lot better these days then it did when we were under the fog, under the haze,” said Marshall. “We’re not in the haze. We’re just moving forward, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.”

And regardless of whether or not the band comes back, I think everyone could agree that it’s a great thing to read that last snippet. It’s inspirational to see them putting the pieces back together, and I really hope it all works out for Trey. He really brought a lot of joy into my life musically, and rather selfishly, I hope that it continues.

Phish lyricist in studio with Anastasio, hints at Phish return [Popmatters]

Previously: Trey Anastasio Hints at Phish Reunion

10 COMMENTS

  1. Yes please. Phish has inspired me as a musician and has inspired my life. Phish has offered me great music and some of the best times of my life and for that I will always be grateful. one love

  2. Yes please. Phish has inspired me as a musician and has inspired my life. Phish has offered me great music and some of the best times of my life and for that I will always be grateful. one love

  3. amen. I really would love it for phish to come back, but more importantly, for trey to stay off the hard drugs. trey needs to stop being a rockstar, and start being a musician again. nothing good comes out of a heroin addiction or an addiction to pills. if they can come back and keep the evil temptations away, you know the playing and writing will be top notch. they had a lot to prove in the 80’s, and prove they did. i think they are in another position, especially trey, where they have to prove themselves again, considering the number of “off-nights” that coalesced in the years following the 99/00 runs (minus a few awesome shows, i.e. 2/28/03). very blessed to be there.
    thanks boys!

  4. amen. I really would love it for phish to come back, but more importantly, for trey to stay off the hard drugs. trey needs to stop being a rockstar, and start being a musician again. nothing good comes out of a heroin addiction or an addiction to pills. if they can come back and keep the evil temptations away, you know the playing and writing will be top notch. they had a lot to prove in the 80’s, and prove they did. i think they are in another position, especially trey, where they have to prove themselves again, considering the number of “off-nights” that coalesced in the years following the 99/00 runs (minus a few awesome shows, i.e. 2/28/03). very blessed to be there.
    thanks boys!

  5. Phish will be back in some form. Trey wouldn’t mess with his fans like that. I know he’s a prankster at times but he knows that the hope and excitement he’s generating in all of us is a serious thing. It won’t happen soon though. They’ve already gone down the road of reuniting before they were completely ready. They’re going to get all of their ducks in a row and then do it. I still think I’ll attend Rothbury though. It sounds like a blast. Thank you Mr. Minor.

  6. Phish will be back in some form. Trey wouldn’t mess with his fans like that. I know he’s a prankster at times but he knows that the hope and excitement he’s generating in all of us is a serious thing. It won’t happen soon though. They’ve already gone down the road of reuniting before they were completely ready. They’re going to get all of their ducks in a row and then do it. I still think I’ll attend Rothbury though. It sounds like a blast. Thank you Mr. Minor.

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