Phish bassist Mike Gordon and keyboardist Page McConnell were each spotted in Chicago this weekend supporting guitarist Trey Anastasio, who is performing with Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bil Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Jeff Chimenti and Bruce Hornsby at Soldier Field for Fare Thee Well – Celebrating 50 Years Of Grateful Dead.
Gordon spoke with CNBC personality Steve Liesman for an interview aired on the Fare Thee Well post-show last night. “Like most people I think that he’s the perfect choice. One reason is that he was very influenced by that music, as was I, and I think he gets it on a deep kind of level. On the other hand he doesn’t get in there and mimic what was done before,” the bassist said about the decision to have Trey play with the Fare Thee Well band. “Of course he wants to learn the signature licks for certain songs and even some things about the tone, but Trey is excellent about being himself,” Mike added.
The Vermonter went on to talk about how he was influenced by the Grateful Dead. Mike was asked what he’d say to Deadheads in advance of the final shows. “It was such a monumental accomplishment in music, why not look at the artists and traditions in music that influenced the Grateful Dead and indiviual members and sort of broaden. Go 50 years before the Grateful Dead, look 50 years into the future and look at that overall context.”
Fare Thee Well – Celebrating 50 Years Of Grateful Dead concludes tonight in Chicago.