I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Bella, the youngest of Trey and Sue Anastasio’s two children. She was kind enough to answer some of my questions and genuine beyond measure; our meeting turned into six hours of hanging out and a new friendship. For a band with a following as large and rabid as Phish, who have been together for 30+ years, they have managed to stay fairly off the public radar. As a collective whole, they have also managed to allow their children to live normal, peaceful lives out of the public eye. I wanted to get a glimpse of life behind the scenes. Bella Anastasio was gracious enough to answer every question I asked……….
People love to debate on if children belong at festivals or not. Personally, I have taken both of my kids countless times and have never regretted it. I have however learned MANY handy things along the way. Below are a series of tips, some of which I utilize at all shows, not just festivals.
Festival 101 with Little Ragers
**Your children will not care about every song like you do, you cannot expect them to. Bring them things that THEY want to play with and make sure they are items that can be lost. I promise, something will be lost.**
“I feel the feeling I forgot.”
To tarp or not to tarp? Is that the question?
It is certainly a hot topic. My answer is a resounding no.
The real question is – who are we? Yes, the collective “we.” When I came on the scene there were high-five’s on lot all day and someone shouting “Free Hugs” could be heard with every step you took. After the show strangers telling strangers – travel safe, see you next run, much love. That was the community that we were all part and it was our safe haven. Tour was a place to be as free as you chose and feel safe while doing it, it was very communal. Read More
I am stepping a little outside of music box and sharing a personal blog I recently wrote. Remember, be kind. Life is short and full of wonder. Embrace the up’s and the down’s and face them head on…..
There are skeletons in my family closet. The kind that haunt you late at night when you can’t sleep. Emotionally, I have had walls up for as long as I can remember. People have always told me, you either know me well or you do not know me at all. I do not have traditional acquaintances per se, and I am certain this has deep roots in trust and abandonment issues that I have harbored my entire life. My mother, you see, is a master narcissist. Read More