Learning that Phish string-bender and Dave Matthews pal Trey Anastasio has been busted for driving with a controlled substance in his car is about as shocking as learning Bobby Brown has been arrested for not paying his child support. (Although the cops letting Bobby drive himself to jail was original.) But Trey wants the world to know he, as Billy Joel once sang, is an innocent man
On Tuesday, Anastasio pleaded not guilty to seven charges, including three felony counts of illegal possession of prescription painkillers stemming from a December bust where cops
found heroin, hydrocodone, Percocet, and Xanax in his Audi. And he
managed to do it without once breaking into a two-hour long guitar solo.
Like John Popper sitting in on harmonica, his lawyer explained on the Fort Edward, NY, courthouse steps:
"The hope is he will go on with his life and not have any incarceration. He has a narcotic problem, and he’s dealt with that, and he’s working on that. He’s led an exemplary life. He told me, ‘I’m here to face the consequences and work it out with the court and go on with my life.’"
There’s some hope for everybody who still hasn’t gotten over Jerry Garcia dying. If this case drags on, a Phish reunion tour might be necessary to pay the legal fees.
Photos: Trey Anastasio and Dave Matthews