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Meeting Phish the First Time.

You may already know that I got to host a Live from Studio M with Trey Anastasio during the period when we thought Phish had broken up for good, and I’ll get to that story later this week.  But what you might not know is that I met him and Mike Gordon once before. My BFF is NPR Weekend Edition host Liane Hansen. Every year we used to have a girls weekend in NYC. Sometimes I got us tickets to a show, sometimes she did. Several years before Phish had graduated from venues like the Barrymore to Alpine Valley, she did an interview with them. They told her they were fans of HER show as well, so when she asked to interview them again in the late 90’s they jumped at the chance. Of course, we got tickets to see the show at Madison Square Garden. After the show, we got in line for a meet and greet so we could thank the guy from the Phish organization that got us the tickets. As we were waiting, a kid turned and asked us, “Are you the band’s Moms?”  Oh man…LOL Anyway, the next day we headed to the NPR studio in NYC for her interview. Trey and Mike showed up. First Trey shared a story that just happened. As he was getting out of the cab to come to the studio, a 14 year old boy recognized him and came running up to tell Trey that his mother had given him tickets to the show for his birthday and was SO excited to see him!!! Trey spent a few minutes  chatting with the boy. What a nice guy! I can’t remember much about the interview with Liane, but I remember sitting in the control room listening with THE BIGGEST grin on my face. Oh yeah, the same grin I have in the photo we took afterwards!

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