Russell Wilson’s Phish Connection
Thirty-something years ago a college senior in northern Vermont penned a song about an evil dictator named Wilson. He wrote the tune as part of his senior thesis, a song-cycle narrating the tale of a mythical land called Gamehendge, and the man who accidentally stepped into it.
The college senior’s name was Trey Anastasio and soon after composing “Wilson” he co-founded the band Phish.
Over the next three decades he, Mike Gordon, Page McConnell and John Fishman built the jam-band into one of American music’s most significant touring acts – with “Wilson” a regular fan favorite of their legendary concerts.
Today, the song has found a second home in Seattle, used as a way to excite the crowd and cheer on the Seahawks’ starting quarterback Russell Wilson. The relationship was recently explored by NFL Films. Watch their video here.
Producer Paul Camarata sat down with Armen Williams on Radio Row to discuss the song, the band, and how it came to become a Seattle Seahawk staple. Hear their talk below and go to NoTicketSports.com for more of my thoughts on Phish.