Trey Anastasio is a founding member of the jam band Phish as well as the frontman for the Trey Anastasio Band.
Additionally, Anastasio has participated in a number of projects/supergroups including Oysterhead, Dave Matthews & Friends, Bivouac Jaun, SerialPod, and Phil Lesh and Friends. He’s also performed with the Grateful Dead.
Anastasio was born Sept. 30, 1964 in Fort Wort, Texas but moved to New Jersey when he was three. His father was an executive and his mother was editor of Sesame Street Magazine.
Anastasio graduated from the Taft School, located in Connecticut, and then attended the University of Vermont and Goddard College (also in Vermont).
It was during his time at the University of Vermont that he formed Phish. In fact, Phish played their first gig on Dec. 2, 1983 at an on-campus cafeteria.
Phish went on to rival the Grateful Dead as the world’s greatest jam band. The group was known for never playing the same setlist twice, their Halloween musical costumes, and their eight-hour set that rang in the 21st century.
Phish broke up in 2004 and reunited in 2009. While the band has sold Phish tickets all over the world, they’ve only moved a few million albums and have never charted a single on the Billboard Hot 100.
The Trey Anastasio Band (TAB) refers to two different groups of musicians.
It refers to any group of musicians who backed Anastasio in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Then in 2006, the group 70 Volt Parade was renamed The Trey Anastasio Band.
While at Goddard, Anastasio wrote his famous song cycle, The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday. Phish recorded the “concept album,” but it was never officially released.
Anastasio has written more than 150 Phish songs as well as several classical-style pieces. One of those pieces, “Time Turns Elastic,” has been performed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic.
Anastasio co-wrote the music to the Broadway musical Hands on a Hardbody. Although the show ran for just 56 performances, Anastasio picked up a Tony Award nomination for Best Original Score.
On Dec. 15, 2006 Anastasio was pulled over in Whitehall, New York for erratic driving. He was then arrested for possession of heroin and illegal prescription drugs.
The felony drug charges forced Anastasio to spend 14 months rehabbing and performing community service. When it was all said and done, the charges were reduced to a misdemeanor and Anastasio emerged sober.