Friday, December 15, 2006

Well, it's (n)o-phishal....

In spite of the rumors that have been swirling across the web for the past few weeks, it looks like Phish will not be getting together for a reunion tour anytime soon after all.

Trey Anastasio (birthname Ernest Anastasio) was charged with driving under the influence of drugs at 3:30am this morning. Cops also found a wide array of scrips and pills in the car, although none of the medication (legal or not) was prescribed to Trey, the former lead guitarist for the (greatest) band (ever) Phish. Anastasio was charged, booked, and released with a date to appear in court.

Here's more:
The former Phish frontman was pulled over by an officer who saw his car failing to keep to right side of the road at about 3:30 a.m., Whitehall village police said.

A search turned up quantities of the painkillers hydrocodone and Percocet, as well as the anti-anxiety drug Xanax, that had been prescribed for someone else, police said.

Anastasio, who was driving with a suspended New York license, was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and driving while intoxicated-drugs, police said.
Considering how absolutely TERRIBLE the last few years of Phish were (pre and post hiatus), I cannot say I am that surprised. However, Trey has claimed many times that he has been sober since the break up of Phish, that Phish and "the scene" made him do drugs.
Anastasio lives in Vermont and has been performing solo since Phish broke up in 2004.

The Phish tour was well-known for its active drug scene, and Anastasio said in a 2005 Associated Press interview that part of the reason he went solo was to escape that atmosphere.

Asked how sobriety had affected him, he said, "It affects you positively in every possible way that you can imagine, 'cause it's YOU. ... Any feeling you're trying to achieve using hard drugs you're gonna achieve through sobriety."
Well, Trey; you certainly weren't playing to 100,000 people last night, melting face, when you were arrested with enough drugs to kill a large child, now were you? Don't blame anyone but yourself for throwing away an amazing talent.

I'm ashamed.


Blogger Catzmaw said...

Oh my god, they arrested Chuck Norris!

Sorry, I keep remembering that SNL episode where Trey Anastasio keeps getting mistaken for Chuck Norris.

But seriously -- Trey's like a lot of addicts I've dealt with who have a huge laundry list of excuses for why they use. With any luck some judge will hang a heavy sentence over his head and order him into a good inpatient treatment program with supervised probation and lengthy followup. Of course, none of that will make a damn bit of difference if he doesn't want it for himself.

5:31 PM  
Blogger Phriendly Jaime said...

All I can say is the fact that you know the Chuck Norris/Trey look alike innuendo makes me love you so much more. :)

5:42 PM  

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