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!

Cash or

“Thank you, fans, for setting the standard for face value tickets and fair trade. To demonstrate our gratitude, we will be selecting seven members who participate in our “New Years Eve Ticket Giveaway” and will be them two tickets to one of the following events: Phish, Furthur, Widespread Panic, Sound Tribe Sector Nine, Umphrey’s McGee, Yonder Mountain String Band, or Moe. Visit to enter!

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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378 Responses to “Trey In Symphony”

  1. butter Says:

    schwag is mack daddy if its all you can get, sometimes even the sexi mexi

    @joe – lol

    theres been times on jamcruise where a big ole elbo of schwag from whatever Caribbean country we just stopped at, really kicked off the party as peeps werent conserving their weed anymore

  2. kayatosh Says:

    being an omnivore allows you to puff tough. no worries about light headedness and the dizzies.

    admiral – hilarious.

    the humor level here is $$$

    go torch it up, boys.

    jah live

  3. butter Says:

    for the next 24 hours you smell seeds a popin

  4. kayatosh Says:

    have never tried chiesel. curious

  5. kayatosh Says:

    Chiesel? Isn’t she married to Pats QB Tom Brady?

  6. BingosBrother Says:

    Trade you some Headband for the w a x AW? I’ll throw in the oldest kid to help you light the Titanium for a night.

  7. butter Says:

    i dont have too many “night timers” kaya, but at over 24% thc at times, i try and use it as one

  8. kayatosh Says:

    DUke vs. OSU men’s BBall tonight at 9:30. epic. may need to bring out an extra fan for this game.

  9. MrCompletely Says:

    Death Star is another diesel cross I guess. I’ve puffed some but not bought any yet.

  10. butter Says:

    if TimberRidge from Alpine Valley doesnt stop emailing me i’m going to scream

    cant unsubscribe, emails reject. i wrote them saying i know where your at, when Phish plays i’ll be back. save me a suite. please stop emailing me

  11. kayatosh Says:

    nice, butter. been rockin the organic outdoor mkultra (indica dominant) – mellow gold.

  12. bob dylan Says:

    this podcast someone rec’d last night is cracking me up.

    its the one where they try and convince comedians to like phish. it takes a min to warm up but if you don’t take it too seriously its funny.

  13. kayatosh Says:

    feast of fish and chicken w/ paul hobbs crossbarn chardonnay and then some oliviers chatenuef de pape. Is it possible to love your wife and her pretty friend?

  14. kayatosh Says:



  15. MrCompletely Says:

    I’m definitely finding that the chiesel is a shut-down puff for me if I hit it really hard. It turned me into a zombie the other night when I was trying to help a friend with iTunes, it was hilarious actually

    As for OG my wife is fully hooked on the taste. That’s why it has become our baseline more than anything. I have to have something in the house that’s either OG or tastes/smells in that ballpark.

  16. MrCompletely Says:

    “Is it possible to love your wife and her pretty friend?”

    yes, but you have to be both lucky and pretty coordinated.

  17. angryjoggerz Says:

    woot, mothership just popped up on my fav pirate island.

  18. joe Says:

    11/29/98 – one of the very few shows I can 100% remember exactly where I was sitting, up very close side stage (fishman side, except he was in back by then?) and only because the setlist says that kid played the last 2 songs of the first set with them. Did he win a contest or something?

  19. kayatosh Says:

    that sounds about right, C.

  20. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Fishman didn’t sit in the back until ’99, i think.

    Seth Yacavone?

  21. kayatosh Says:

    11.13.98 DWD — $$$. epic. extra fan material.

  22. kayatosh Says:

    I got so little tail as a youth, my libido still beats strong at nearly 40.

  23. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    damn, my plot to not listen to any of the hampton/ws AUDs until i can hear the official release is being foiled left and right.
    now i hafta listen to both the bathtub AND the emotional rescue to see if either deserves 500 words or less of my time for this essay contest.

    my dilemma is, the hampton halleys, even before this, was something i would only let myself listen to a few times a year and, having just watched the video, i feel wierd listening again for the purposes of essay writing. don’t wanna ingrain those notes in my memory too well.

    but then again, it IS the hampton halleys, and the essay will basically write itself so the bathtub better make quite a case for itself right now to beat out the halleys.

  24. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    kaya – ive actually never heard that before. i LOVE hearing good phish jams that i never knew about for the first time. its a rare occurence… considering theres 40 Days worth of phish on my itunes alone.

  25. kayatosh Says:

    atta boy, purps. may have to to get after that essay contest too. torch up a titanium nail (hilarious) and put pen to paper.

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