Phish Frontman Jams Out Sober
Now six years clean, Trey Anastasio talks about the battle with addiction that drove his band apart.
Psychedelic rock band Phish may have a loyal following among stoners, but lead singer Trey Anastasio ended his extended jam with drugs in 2006. "There was always drinking, pot, psychedelics. I'm sure there was a lot of self-medicating, self-discovery going on," Anastasio tells Rolling Stone. Eventually his descent into substance abuse began to take its toll and shortly before the band broke up in 2004, he was hitting bottom. "Once that line was crossed, it sucked all the life out of the music and relationships," he recalls. "I'd let everyone down, which was my worst nightmare ever." It wasn't until two years later that he finally got help, after he was busted for "erratic driving" and possession of prescription drugs, including Percocet and Xanax, that were not in his name. He was ordered to complete 14 months of limited-mobility treatment and community service duties that included scrubbing toilets, and has been in recovery ever since. "I fucking hate drugs," he says now. "I really do." Since mending things with his bandmates and reuniting with Phish in 2009, the singer and guitarist also released a solo album last month. "Trey's work ethic is unbelievable," says drummer Jon Fishman. "He's not dabbling. He's pushing himself hard." Anastasio isn't the only Phish-head to abstain from substances: a group of sober fans have formed a "Phellowship" group, offering support and information for "anyone who wishes to remain clean and sober at shows."