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  posted on 4/25/2008 at 02:19 PM
anyone here who where there?? i downloaded the 2 lst gigs,and it was in some ways painful to hear Trey who was such a great guitar genius play so badly.

You enjoy myself was a real mess..he hit the notes some times and sang decent and the other members rocked as usual,but it was painful to hear him play..
how is he now??any uptades on Trey Anastasio since the last 2 years??is he still playing or getting sober or out of jail..i dont know.or has he completey forgot how to play that guitar??

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  posted on 4/25/2008 at 02:24 PM
I was there. Sad in more ways than one. We were burying Phish and it indeed felt like a funeral, never mind what a clusterf*ck the whole event was anyway.
 

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  posted on 4/25/2008 at 02:34 PM
tell me more about the event..crowded? i havent heard the the complete shows..only about 10 songs from each of the last gigs..was everything else also played badly by Trey??

 

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tell me more about the event..crowded? i havent heard the the complete shows..only about 10 songs from each of the last gigs..was everything else also played badly by Trey??

 

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  posted on 4/25/2008 at 02:57 PM
It rained for something like 2 weeks solid before the event, absolutely saturating the airport where the event was held. Gates were to open at noon Friday, so of course we flew into New Hampshire Thursday night to get there early. After 5hrs in the car we stopped to get gas outside of Coventry and asked a law officer about backroads into the event. We took to his directions to avoid the interstate traffic and that made all the difference.

Once we hit the Coventry traffic it took 24 HOURS to get into the campsite and parked. The festival crews had been scrambling for days to get truckloads of wood chips, sand, etc. to make common areas manageable (because of the saturation). We got the minivan stuck almost immediately in mud on the way in. A local farmer, without hesitation, fired up his diesel tractor, drove out to us, and chain-towed us out of the hole. They had hired up all the locals that had tractors for this mess!

We wake up Saturday to the band announcing on the radio that because of the rain they couldn't get cars into the grounds and the shows were cancelled/to be made up later. Well, that didn't stop the 30miles of traffic backed up on the interstate. Those dedicated fans hiked allllll that way into the grounds, and it remains for me one of the most impressive showings of dedication I have ever witnessed in my life.

So, I guess enough fans made it in for the band to change their minds. The shows went on. We trudged through mud that was 1-1.5 feet deep for thousands of paces. You'd take a step and you're foot would go way down into the mud where there frequently were beer bottles, shoes, or whatever could be dropped and never found again. Huge swaths of land were 'no man's lands' because of the muck. People were losing balance and just falling backwards into the mud. They'd just lay there, defeated.

To top it all off, Trey was way f*cked up and emotional. He even told a story, word for freaking word, about writing one of the songs BOTH nights. The same story. Both nights. Yeah, he wasn't playing worth a lick either. Supposedly, there's a pic of Mike Gordon flipping Trey the bird as to say "Thanks, a$$hole, for effin' up yet another song".

Phish was the Grateful Dead for my generation. I'd seen them about 24 times before Coventry, with about 13 of the shows during the '97-'98 peak. I had not seen them since they had come back and if they were going to retire, I HAD to be there for the end. What a depressing end that was.

[Edited on 4/25/2008 by bdwalton77]

 

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  posted on 4/25/2008 at 03:01 PM
Sounds like that old rabid dawg needed to be shot!

 

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  posted on 4/25/2008 at 03:17 PM
wow..thats quite a story man..but i heard somewhere in the songs he could play at least ok..but not many times..i have only been a phish fan for 2 months..i have so many wonderful times and shows to download and enjoy..their music have helped me alot the past weeks..ive been very down latley and songs like Free,Wading in the velvet sea,heavy things,straneg design etc have help me to lift my spirit

 

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  posted on 4/25/2008 at 03:18 PM
how is trey since 2004?? playing great guitar again??

 

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  posted on 4/25/2008 at 05:26 PM
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how is trey since 2004?? playing great guitar again??


I haven't a clue how he's doing. I haven't sought his solo work since about 2002 and the only news I hear about him these days are legal problems. My friend and I call this period Trey's "Clapton years". I hope he comes out of it soon.

 

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  posted on 4/25/2008 at 05:37 PM
he was playing some songs with Phil and friends last year in oct i think..i read a while ago..he seems to in a better state of mind now..i just downloaded and watched from sugarmegs the video with Phish from coventry 15/8-04..it was 54 min,and it was very hard to watch sometimes..trey crying an stuff..and he couldnt barley play..Glide was a disaster..down with diasese was ok..Wading in the velvet sea was a mess in some ways but also wonderful at the same time..

 

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  posted on 4/25/2008 at 06:21 PM
have you heard the one where he starts "you enjoy myself" ....stops it, apologizes, then makes a bigger cock up of it than he did the first time. it's hilarious and sad. you're right, he's a guitar great, but they never rehearsed after the hiatus, previously... before a gig their rider was for rehearsal space, and they'd run through the set for 3-5 hours before every show. And then there were the drugs ..... I can pin a date on when Phish changed, 2-13-97, after that things were never as was, they just went all smacky ... good shows ... but absolutely lacking the intensity of before. (To be honest, a bit like Black Crowes shows now )
 

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  posted on 4/25/2008 at 08:31 PM
I was never a true Phish Head but I enjoyed their playing. Their lyrics never did anything for me. Where the Dead and the ABB reach down to my core Phish seemed like a well executed playful/fun joke on the rest of the music scene in the 90's. Looking back, what impresses me most is that I saw them in small college hockey rinks in 92/93 and was seeing them in a sold out Madison Square Garden on New Years Eve 95. Quite impressive with no radio or MTV play. I haven't played them at home or in the car in years but they were definatly fun to see live.

Stand out shows for me where Jones Beach 92 , Lehigh University 93 or 94 ? and MSG new years 95 and 97.

 

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  posted on 4/25/2008 at 09:10 PM
I had a chance to see Phish about 4 or 5 times and always enjoyed the shows I saw. I remember seeing them at Nassau in April 1998 and having a fan turn to me and say I was too old to be there (I was 39 at the time).

Saw Trey solo twice, both times at Jones Beach. The first time he headlined with Govt Mule opening up and I thought it was a heck of a show. Really enjoyed the material and thought he played well.

I saw him last year opening up for Phil and Friends and it was nowhere as good. I either read or heard that he is living in New York now but he has not made any local appearances recently that I am aware of.

 

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  posted on 4/25/2008 at 09:18 PM
Trey sounded good last year at Langerado!

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  posted on 4/25/2008 at 09:37 PM
Just started to listen to Phish and am enjoying Hampton Comes Alive alot
 

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  posted on 4/26/2008 at 12:02 PM
hampton comes alive is a good compilation..check out the live phish series..and new years eve 31/12 1995..

 

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  posted on 4/26/2008 at 03:30 PM
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hampton comes alive is a good compilation..check out the live phish series..and new years eve 31/12 1995..


Hampton wasn't a compilation (as A Live One was). It was two entire shows from Hampton '98.

 
 


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