Yesterday afternoon former and soon-to-be-once-again frontman for Phish, Ernest “Trey” Anastasio graduated from Washington County Drug Court. He spoke briefly and heartfelt and will now prepare to resume his life and touring career as a musician. He thanked family and court officials for helping him recover and get his life back on track.
“It’s hard for me to express my gratitude, but it’s deep and from the heart,” Anastasio said. He also reached out to his arresting officer, Whitehall Police Chief Richard LaChapelle.
“I really wanted him to be here,” Anastasio said. “I remember thanking him in the police station ’cause I thought even that night I got arrested, that my life was finally being saved.” Anastasio was arrested in December 2006 after driving recklessly and having prescription medication which he held no prescription for.
Trey has been writing and recording songs with his writing partner Tom Marshall. He’s already started to book summer tour dates, beginning at the Rothbury Festival in Rothbury, Mich. on July 6. His latest album, Original Boardwalk Style was released June 10. Haven’t heard it yet. A Phish reunion is all but inevitable.