fans are known to be master sleuthers when it comes to what the band has planned in the near future, but in the band’s current state of fandome in 3.0 land, even sleuthing their way through the band’s recent history seems relevant and something that could light up Phantasy Tour for a few hours.

Remember when broke up?

Why yes I do, thanks for asking, jerk!

14 years ago today, we saw some frightful news posted on — and the post was actually never updated to reflect the band’s return in 2009.

Any reason they are still hosting this?

Not that I can think of. And frankly, it should direct to a 404 that’s even more clever than the JamBase 404 – Page Not Found, get it?!? — but so far at press time, the band’s page is still live.

“We’re done.”

Those two word sentences really pack a punch. I remember really having a hard time reading that.

In case you never saw this originally and haven’t cried enough about this band over the years, here is the letter re-printed below.

Last Friday night, I got together with Mike, Page and Fish to talk openly about the strong feelings I’ve been having that has run its course and that we should end it now while it’s still on a high note. Once we started talking, it quickly became apparent that the other guys’ feelings, while not all the same as mine, were similar in many ways — most importantly, that we all love and respect and the audience far too much to stand by and allow it to drag on beyond the point of vibrancy and health. We don’t want to become caricatures of ourselves, or worse yet, a nostalgia act. By the end of the meeting, we realized that after almost twenty-one years together we were faced with the opportunity to graciously step away in unison, as a group, united in our friendship and our feelings of gratitude.

So Coventry will be the final show. We are proud and thrilled that it will be in our home state of Vermont. We’re also excited for the June and August shows, our last tour together. For the sake of clarity, I should say that this is not like the hiatus, which was our last attempt to revitalize ourselves. We’re done. It’s been an amazing and incredible journey. We thank you all for the love and support that you’ve shown us.

— Trey Anastasio

Why should they take this letter down?

Because they’re back. In a big way. 2009-2018 has been insanely fruitful. This year is super busy for the group.

Seriously, though…are they really back?

Just think of how far the band has come since that crazy summer.

I’m obviously teasing on the band a bit hard here, it’s fine to leave the letter up and keep that piece of history as relevant as ever if you feel like sending out a few tweets on the subject and waxing nostalgic about how that was a bummer. In some ways, if that letter never went up, I would have never started this blog or kept following the band so voraciously once they were back.

Let’s all enjoy it extra hard this year and really take it in. We’re lucky fans that this note can confidently be called a bad memory that’s been replaced with many good ones.