Could Phish be ready to reunite? According to an online report, the beloved jam band will do exactly that at some point in the near future, when it hits the studio to make an album with producer Steve Lillywhite, reports Billboard.com.
Phish broke up in August 2004 following a blowout concert in its home state of Vermont. Of late, rumors have heated up that a reunion might be in store, based on comments guitarist Trey Anastasio has made in interviews.
All four members were also on hand in New York last month to accept a lifetime achievement award from the Jammys, but did not perform live or address the possibility of a reunion. A Phish spokesperson was unavailable for comment at deadline.
Lillywhite previously produced Phish's 1996 album Billy Breathes. Through a spokesperson, he offered a no comment to Billboard when asked if he was planning to work with the band again. At present, Lillywhite is in Dublin recording with U2, with whom he's collaborated for three decades.
Since disbanding, Phish's members have released a wealth of solo and collaborative music, often featuring each other. Due up next is an album from bassist Mike Gordon, The Green Sparrow, due Aug. 5 via Rounder, which features guest turns from Anastasio and keyboardist Page McConnell.
Phish's web site has also offered the regular release of archival live material. Due Aug. 5 is the double-DVD set Phish Walnut Creek, taped July 22, 1997, at the Raleigh, N.C., venue of the same name. Fans who pre-order from the site will receive a 75-minute bonus audio CD featuring performances from prior Walnut Creek shows.