Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg didn’t miss a beat when asked if he’d like to have the rock group Phish perform at his theoretical inaugural ball.
“If you could get Phish to do an inauguration, that would be something,” the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, told a reporter for TMZ in the Big Apple on Thursday.
“Well, it’s worth a shot. Maybe we should ask them,” he added. “That’s a fun one to think about.”
Buttigieg brought the group up himself, as well as a number of other musical favorites, in an earlier interview, according to Variety.
“I’m kind of turning back to the classics right now,” he said. “I spent a lot of time with my dad listening to ‘Cosmos Factory,’ [the 1970 album by] Creedence Clearwater, that kind of classic.”
Asked about his college days, he cited “a lot of Dave Matthews in my life back then, a fair amount of Phish kind of thing. But also again the classics. I thought I was gonna be Jimi Hendrix on the guitar.”
He also said he was “on an ‘Angel from Montgomery’ kick lately,” referring to the John Prine classic popularized by Bonnie Raitt.
“It’s such a beautiful song. I never noticed it before. But I’m always trying to expand my horizons a little bit, get into new stuff. Any time Radiohead and Thom Yorke come out with something new, that’s pretty exciting,” he said.