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Published: 2013/05/06

Jon Fishman Joins J. Willis Pratt in Burlington

Long before he was a star, Phish drummer Jon Fishman made a promise to his Goddard college pal J. Willis Pratt that if either of them ever made it to an arena, they’d let the other one open. Fishman made good on his promise by inviting J. Willis Pratt & We’re Bionic to open for Phish at Albany, NY’s Pepsi Arena on December 12, 1997. He also co-produced and played drums on Pratt’s early ’90s album Lost Paradox, which was a Phish Dry Goods staple for many years.

On Saturday night, Fishman played drums with Pratt at Burlington, VT’s Radio Bean. According to our friends at Hidden Track, Fishman joined a version of We’re Bionic that included Pratt, bassist John Kasiewicz and guitarist Arthur Lafreniere. Kasiewicz—who played guitar in the onetime New Groove of the Month Rasinhill—once told Relix and the following about Pratt’s Pepsi show in 1997: “[The members of Phish] sat in the front row and laughed at us while we soundchecked.”


There are 7 comments associated with this post

william vaughan May 7, 2013, 12:04:04

ouchhhhhhh ^^

Matthew Chaney May 7, 2013, 15:43:19

Fishman helped make several J. Willis Pratt CDs, not just one.

jwillis May 7, 2013, 19:39:40

fish as aways ben the main drumer for the band

jwillis May 7, 2013, 19:45:33

we will be recording in sep when phish takes a brake & may be releasing the very best of hopfuly on vinyl whit the well mixed trackes

jwillis May 7, 2013, 20:00:37 check us out be for your dumb enouth to say we suck

Kevin May 8, 2013, 10:13:52

You tell em Willis. I have Rhythm of the Sun and Bleeding in a Shark’s Tank and they fucking rule. I Don’t Need Your God is an epic tune.

jwillis August 10, 2014, 15:32:19

i dont know if the was a promise but fish did say he do a lot of cds whit me he is a menber of the band just some time he cant be there so we use anouther drumer but he my main guy hope to get phish to do a few covers to Arthur Lafreniere grew up listing to my tape the lost paradox thanks to a band mate from lava moss haveing me open for them at charleios got to freind them & hr became part of band bassist John Kasiewicz and guitarist Arthur Lafreniere. john Kasiewicz came to my door he heard my tape & had to meet me he had 2 60s of old mil dog lol that how we met 2 years lader he became my base man

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