This is old news to most if you follow the scene closely but I realized I never got anything up on this. Trey Anastasio, the red-headed former** guitar god, recently got in a mess of trouble by driving while intoxicated, and he had his final day in court last Friday.
Trey Anastasio pleaded guilty today (April 13) to a felony drug charge in Fort Edward, N.Y., avoiding jail time in a plea agreement that drops more serious charges and orders him into a drug court program.
It’ll be good to have the story finally die, even if it will always remain emblazoned in the real fans’ memories. I’ll admit that this is a small nail in the coffin for me and the nostalgia side of jamband scene in some ways, even if it’s rather positive that Trey is going to get some help for his troubles with the law. Hopefully Trey will take some time off to re-find his muse (yet again), and in the meantime, I’ll be happily bobbing along to anything else new that comes my way.
Except for Phish Friday — that’s still relevant, right?
Just for fun, can you imagine what Trey’s booking looked like?
Officer: Sir, just relax for a moment. Were you operating a motor vehicle at the time I pulled you over?
Trey: “The tires are the things on your car that make contact with the road. The car is the thing on the road that takes you back to your abode.”
Officer: When did you last eat?
Trey: “I feed from the bottom, you feed from the top. I live upon morsels you happen to drop.”
Officer: What have you been doing for the last three hours?
Trey: “Trying to stop these demons that keep…dancing in my HEAD.”
Officer: Have you been drinking?
Trey: “Mama sing-sing when she Gotta Jibboo. Papa sing Gotta Jibboo.”
Anastasio Avoids Jail On Drug Charges [Billboard]
** – Oh no, he didn’t.