Is a Phish reunion imminent?

Trey Anastasio wants to lose his left nut
Trey Anastasio wants to lose his left nut

It's busy out there on the possible band reunion front. Add to that list Phish, who, according to insiders, may get together to record an album for release next year. U2 and Dave Matthews producer Steve Lillywhite is said to be on board to turn knobs.

Phish formed in 1983 and broke up in 2004 following a blowout concert intheir home state of Vermont. In May, all four members were on hand in New York to accept a lifetime achievement award from the Jammys, but did not perform live or address the possibility of a reunion.

Later that month, however, guitarist and frontman Trey Anastasio said, "When Phish broke up, I made some comment about how I'm not gonna go around playing You Enjoy Myself for the rest of my life. And it's so funny because [Jon] Fish[man] and Mike [Gordon] and Page [McConnell] have been talking to each other a lot lately and now - it's not that I can't believe that I said that, but it's symbolic of how much I lost my mind or how much I lost my bearings or something. Because at this point in time I would give my left nut to play that song five times in a row every day until I die."

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.