Earlier today, a couple of Phish-related blogs picked up on a message from a Twitter account labeled Page_McConnell saying “is absolutely amazed, exhausted and exhilarated, but it’ll all be worth it! We promise.” Considering how quiet the band members have been since they announced their return it struck me as odd that “the quiet one” would be promising anything. Turns out my suspicions were correct, Phish’s publicist has confirmed to HT that “The Chairman of the Boards” doesn’t have a Twitter account.
[Photo by Jeremy Gordon]
Fake Page’s previous tweets including “is thinking Chalkdust” and “Staying happy and healthy. Sleeping in my own bed. Trying not to focus too much on secondhand sources and random gossip” were also giveaways that Mr. McConnell wasn’t behind the messages. Mike Gordon – on the other hand – does have a Twitter account that is authentic, which he hasn’t updated since late December. The band itself also has a Twitter account, but they only use it to post headlines of Phish.com news stories.
Phish fans are an amazing bunch, but they also love to start fake rumors. Can you imagine starting a fake Twitter account just to screw with other fans? As Page said back in June, “Try not to focus too much on secondhand sources and random gossip. If there is anything real to announce, it will come from the four of us as a group.” Shoulda warned about Fake Leo’s!