Trey Anastasio has been in a world of hurt these last few months. It appears, however, he may finally be ready to move forward with his life and career.
For those of you who don’t know, Anastasio was arrested Dec. 15 in Whitehall, N.Y., after being found with Xanax, Percocet, Vicodin and heroin at a traffic stop. After failing a field sobriety test, the former Phish frontman was charged with two counts of possessing a prescription pain-killer prescribed to someone else, driving under the influence of drugs, driving under the influence of alcohol, heroin possession, and possession of an anti-anxiety medication prescribed for someone else.
According to Billboard, Anastasio pled guilty to one felony drug charge and criminal possession of a controlled substance, avoiding jail time in a plea agreement that drops the several more serious charges against him and orders him into a drug court program.
In the program, he will spend the next 12 to 15 months making weekly court appearances. He will also be subject to drug-testing and will have to perform community service.
Anastasio declined to comment to reporters outside the courthouse, but his lawyer, Stephen Coffey, said, “He’s committed to this. He was wrong. He admitted he was wrong.”
Looks like everyone holding their breath for a Phish reunion can exhale for the time being. And anyone looking for reasons beyond the “We’ve been together so long, it’s time to try something else” one given for their 2004 break-up, here you go. Sure, this is your basic Behind the Music bottoming out we’ve come to expect from rock stars, but it’s sad nonetheless.
Last year in a Rolling Stone interview, Trey said that one of the most important lessons he learned from the last few years of Phish was, “Don’t freebase before going on stage.” That’s a pretty good line, but an alarm or seven should have gone off. If he was freebasing before taking the stage for 50 thousand people, imagine what he had to do to get his kicks on a mundane December Friday in upstate New York.
His music career is a secondary concern right now. Here’s to Trey clearing his head, getting his life together and moving forward from this unfortunate low point.
This is rock bottom, Mr. Anastasio. Hope you don’t enjoy the view too much.