Update: Phish's Page McConnell writes letter to fans

Update: In the midst of the rumor tidal wave, Phish keyboardist Page McConnell issued a personal letter about his thoughts on a Phish reunion. The letter, dated yesterday (June 26), says McConnell and his former bandmates have talked about "the possibility of spending some time together."

notably Mike [Gordon, Phish's bassist], who made a great album and is about to hit the road in support of it. Given that I might not even see some of the guys for the next six months, I would say that the announcement of a reunion is premature. However, later this year we hope to spend some time together and take a look at what possible futures we might enjoy."

McConnell also said he feels closer to his former bandmates now than ever before in their relationship. After the break up, the band members were not talking for about two years, McConnell says, but now the men are looking forward to seeing each other, "hopefully with no distractions."

(Thanks, brad!)

The waves of speculation surrounding a Phish reunion are growing steadily wider, newly encompassing über-producer Steve Lillywhite. According to a report at Jamtopia.com, a reunion is in the works and Lillywhite will be working with the beloved jam band in the studio. When? Soon, say the rumors, but there are no definite dates in the rumor pool.

Lillywhite last worked with Phish in 1996, producing that year’s release, Billy Breathes. The renowned producer is known for working with some of the world’s most popular bands, including U2, the Rolling Stones and Talking Heads.

The four Phish men parted ways in August of 2004 after a final performance in their home state of Vermont. In a recent Rolling Stone interview, Phish frontman Trey Anastasio implied that a reunion is not out of the question in his mind.

"When Phish broke up," Anastasio said, "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 Fish and Mike and Page have been talking to each other a lot lately and now — it’s not that I can’t believe that I said that, but its 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. I certainly thought about that while I was in jail.”

The jailtime stems from prescription drug charges Anastasio faced in December of 2006.

Meanwhile, Phish lyricist Tom Marshall created ripples in an interview recently with PopMatters, saying “Trey wants Phish to come back.”

Anastasio is scheduled to appear at this year's inaugural Rothbury Music Festival in Rothbury, Mich., held July 3-6. In separate shows, other ex-Phishers drummer Jon Fishman and bassist Mike Gordon are also slated to appear. There will surely be new rumors in which to drown shortly.

Related links:
Feature: Catching Up With... Steve Lillywhite
Phish Food, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream

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