Trey In Symphony

Carnegie Hall, 2009 (Chad Batka - NYT)

Just yesterday, Trey shed some light on the band’s early 2012 plans by announcing a his first ever symphony tour. Hitting four cities over the course of a month beginning on February 9, Trey will focus on his fourth current project, and it seems that Phish will remain quiet for at least the first quarter of the year. Trey will perform in Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Denver and Los Angeles, with seemingly plenty of time has been factored in for rehearsals, as each date will feature Trey with a different local orchestra. Scott Dunn, however, will be conducting the entire tour. Despite the ho-hum reaction from much of Phish’s fan base, these shows promise to be unique musical experiences that illustrate diversity of skills possessed by our red-headed Jedi. After annihilating a monstrous summer with Phish and having completed work on his first Broadway musical, “Hands on a Hardbody” with Amanda Green, Trey carved out time to play with the Trey Anastasio Band while also heading into the studio with his solo outfit. Now, as our jack-of-all-trades gets ready to implode Madison Square Garden in a highly-anticipated year-end bash, he has his sights set on a more placid project in the new year. When Phish came back in 2009, all band members said they wanted to leave space in their lives for other endeavors, both musical and familial, and thus far, that is exactly the path they have followed.

9.12.09 - Carnegie Hall (B.Slayter)

Trey first opened this chapter of his career in September of 2008, before Phish came back at Hampton. On September 26th, backed by Orchestra Nashville in Nashville, Tennessee, Trey debuted “Time Turns Elastic” (in its proper setting) while also playing a first set or orchestral pieces, with the only rearranged Phish piece being “Divided Sky.” The following year, in 2009, Trey appeared in Baltimore and New York City for orchestral performances that featured far more Phish material and solo compositions. The second came on September 12 at Carnegie Hall with the New York Philharmonic—a phenomenal night of music that ended with a standout orchestral translation of the Phish opus, “You Enjoy Myself.” The New York Times hailed this ground-breaking performance as:

“that rarest of rarities, a classical-rock hybrid that might please partisans from both constituencies. Set amid a generous group of popular Phish songs — gentle, string-cushioned ballads like “Brian and Robert” and “Let Me Lie,” as well as the audacious, intricate instrumentals “Guyute Orchestral” and “You Enjoy Myself” — the new piece [“Time Turns Elastic”] could hardly have gone wrong.”

Trey’s upcoming, four-show tour will allow him to take the next step step down this cross-cultural career pathway, one that he has taken to notable enthusiasm. As Phish continues to mature together, they will also continue to mature apart from each other. Whether the time apart has taken the form of the Mike Gordon Band, the Trey Anastasio Band, a new child, or simply time-off, the guys of Phish seem to have a solid understanding of what they want out of life these days, and they are doing everything within their power to grow in many directions at once. For most of their lifetimes, these guys have dedicated themselves to Phish, and it’s only natural that their musical interests would diversify over time. But for every musical experience that band members have away from Phish, they bring back new approaches, styles, and ideas to the main stage to push forth the development of our favorite quartet.

9.12.09, Carnegie Hall (Ben Slayter / Slayter Creative)

Those fans hanging onto rumors of winter or early spring dates, however, will have to stash those hopes away for the time being, as it now seems that the earliest we will see Phish come 2012 will be the late-spring, and likely not too much before the beginning of a potential summer tour. The band has previously stated that 2012 would be a light year of touring, specifically because Page is having a child, and this may be the start of such a schedule. Speculation seems pointless now, however, as we still have the biggest stand of the year coming up in just one month! But while we ready ourselves for a return to Madison Square Garden, tickets will go onsale for Trey’s four-show 2012 Winter Tour. The details are as follows:

Tickets will be available through a real time presale beginning Thursday, December 1, at 10:00 am ET and ending Wednesday, December 7, at noon ET at Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, December 8, for Denver and Los Angeles, and Friday, December 9, for Atlanta and Pittsburgh. Visit for further details.

  • 2/9: Atlanta Symphony Hall, Atlanta, GA
  • 2/14: Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2/28: Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver, CO
  • 3/10: Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA

The Carnegie Hall “You Enjoy Myself




The Prize

To promote giving this holiday season, Phish Thoughts is giving away two free copies of the hotly-anticipated 7-disc box set release of Hampton and Winston Salem ’97! All you need to do to win a copy is submit a description of your favorite jam from the three shows in 500 words or less. I will select the five most creative, interesting, and engaging  entries, assign them each a number, and draw the two winners out of a hat! Let’s add some creativity to the contest. The winners, and likely the top five entries, will have their pieces posted next Monday.

All entries must be submitted by this Friday, December 2, at 5 pm Pacific time to


From Cash or New Years Ticket Giveaway!

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Thank you for taking a stand against ticket scalping and continuing to “Embrace the Face!”
~ Brando and Dusty


Jam of the Day:

Bathtub Gin > YEM” 11.29.98 II

Thirteen years ago tonight, this stellar sequence closed out Phish’s final show of Fall ’98



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  1. Mike in Austin Says:

    Love the writeup miner and great contest. Now I need to to get writing.

    Great Gin too.

  2. bhizzle Says:

    more excited for miner’s contest than symphony tewr…although a package from Crozet, Va came in the mail yesterday so I’m thinking I will find the Hampton / Winston – Salem in my stocking this year.

  3. jonacho Says:

    Ho-hum reaction? hmmmm.
    Seems that my crew is pretty excited about Trey playing with a symphony.
    I think this is a fantastic, exploratory, different musical experience.

  4. Guyute711 Says:

    To each their own. I am not interested in a symphony tour at all. 4 shows is hardly a tour anyway. Let Trey do his thing though and those who don’t want to go only need to stay home.

  5. angryjoggerz Says:

    I agree, let him do what he wants. Rock mixed with classical just kind of begins to set off my pretentious meter, but Trey is of that generation and academic background.

    Why is it when men who rarely wear suits wear suits they feel compelled to wear black shirts… often with red or silky ties? Shit is so mafia 1994

  6. angryjoggerz Says:

    When snarks attack.

  7. Mr. Palmer Says:

    snark week

  8. dorn76 Says:

    These are live snarks, they will tear your head off.

  9. Fly Says:

    My academic background can beat up your academic background!

  10. ThePigSong Says:

    Really great article, solid points on how it’s easier to just make peace with this touring schedule. At least we’ve got a band, right?

  11. bhizzle Says:

    Definitely let Trey do his thing. We can’t have him getting tired of doing the same old same old with the Phish. We also can’t have him getting lax either.

  12. albert walker Says:

    this is Shaq wanting to be an actor and and a rapper

    something being the psych rock guitar god just isn’t enough.

    I’m with AJ on this one. If I see a dude with a guitar with a orchestra standing behind him I run and hide.

    but Trey’s the artist. do your thing man. just dont forgot why all us wooks love that psych rock band of yours. If this was in CHicago I’d catch it over TAB just cuz at least it’s weird and different.

    have a good one kids
    starting to get that MSG buzz

  13. seif Says:

    statement of the obvious:

    phish/trey create compositions in many phish songs; sections, movements, complete tempo changes, etc. working with a symphony is a natural progression for him.

    FWIW – I saw trey with the Scorchio Quartet at Princeton and it was enjoyable. My face didn’t melt but I was happy I went.

  14. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Hello Comrades- Great original piece today miner. I think it is great that Trey does what fulfills him artistically. He is the consummate artist. Personally, I am cool with missing the orchestra. I like that our boy does shit that gets him accolades in the bigger music community and the Times. Sort of an “in your face” to those shit talkers who say he just makes druggy music…

  15. Guyute711 Says:

    “I like that our boy does shit that gets him accolades in the bigger music community”

    That’s why he was recognized as one of the top 100 guitar players right? 😉

  16. dusty Says:

    Haven’t caught trey’s symphony action. Can see how it would compare to the Glass/Smith/Bryne/Trey symphony show though. Seeing Glass do some of David’s Berlin pieces would be sick.

  17. angryjoggerz Says:

    Hands on a Hardbody? Sounds like horseplay.

  18. GhostDog Says:

    Any JGB show recommendations this morning? Outside of Mr. C’s sickness. Top 5s out there? Looking to beef up the Jerry collection a bit from the movin on inspiration.

  19. Guyute711 Says:

    Ugh, that shit hits a little close to home now that the Syracuse stuff is going on. Just hoping Boeheim doesn’t get the axe now but that is some serious damage to the program I love. Fucking Bernie you piece of shit.

  20. win butler Says:

    Hmmmmm. Fluffing Symphony tour may get Miner that Trey interview after-all.

  21. bhizzle Says:

    “…Trey debuted “Time Turns Elastic” (in its proper setting)…”

    What are you trying to say Miner?

  22. win butler Says:

    Bhizzle, kind of a boxing style:

    Fluff, jab, jab, fluff

  23. Mr. Palmer Says:

    anyone book flights to NY on American Airlines?

  24. Robear Says:

    No Palmer.

  25. Robear Says:

    I guess I can’t bitch about West Coast symphony dates! Time to book a flight, rent a tux, prepare the pre-rolls.

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