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Keyboardist Still Swimming In The Phish Tank

Of the Oakland Press

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Phish fans will be delighted to hear that keyboardist Page McConnell made his first solo album with a little help from his friends.

Among the players on the “Page McConnell” are all three of the keyboardist’s former Phish mates — guitarist Trey Anastasio, bassist Mike Gordon and drummer Jon Fishman. And even though Phish ceased working as a group in 2004, McConnell says that “a comfort level for me in working with these guys” made it fully appropriate to use them on the album.

“We’re all still friends,” notes McConnell, 44, who’s also part of the currently dormant band Vida Blue. “I was really happy to have them play on it, and I don’t want to try to overanalyze it too much or figure out what it means or says. The feeling for me was just some friends helping me out, more than anything else.

“I think it speaks to the maturity and the depth of the friendship that we share and the bond we have that we’re still able to work together beyond (Phish).”

So is it appropriate to ask about the R word — as in, reunion?

“Certainly people ask me that,” McConnell says with a laugh. “I always say the same thing; I do hope some day that happens. I love those guys. I think it would be too bad if we didn’t play together again sometime. But I don’t see it happening any time soon.”

Page McConnell and Neil Cleary perform Tuesday (June 12th) at the Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $27 in advance, $30 day of show. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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