Trey Anastasio (guitar, vocals)
Les Claypool (bass)
Stewart Copeland (drums)
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Oysterhead are considered one of the only successful supergroups in rock history — "supergroup" indicating that each member originally played for a band that had already achieved mainstream success. Anastasio was in Phish, Claypool from Primus, and Copeland played with The Police.
The first time the three played together, they never intended to develop into a band. The three musicians collaborated for a performance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in May 2000, intending for it to be a one-off performance. However, the performance was so dynamic that the three agreed that further collaboration was in order. This culminated in studio sessions for the band's only album, 2001's The Grand Pecking Order, as well as a subsequent North American tour.
The band has reunited twice since the end of their 2001 tour, both times in 2006. The first reunion appearance was a two hour set at Bonnaroo, the second at the Allgood Music Festival. The band has expressed interest in reuniting to record more music if their schedules permit it.
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