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. kayatosh Says:

    11.13.98 DWD — worth the spin for sure, purps. very 99sih. thematic soaring jam, building to a celebratory peak before the coda.

    now GD 6.20.80 Easy To Love You. some GD fans cringe, but I love this tune and this version. Jerry’s on point, as is brent on the boards. vocals are $$$. a beautiful slice of GD.

  2. halcyon Says:

    Office Fans will get a kick out of this

  3. voopa Says:

    15 years ago tonight. Strong show, overshadowed by the huge show the next night:

    Friday, 11/29/1996
    The Cow Palace, Daly City, CA

    Set 1: Frankenstein, NICU, Cars Trucks Buses, Character Zero > Divided Sky, Bathtub Gin, Life on Mars?, Maze, Suzy Greenberg

    Set 2: Wilson > Simple -> Sparks > Sparkle > Taste > Swept Away > Steep > You Enjoy Myself[1], Waste > Harry Hood

    Encore: Sample in a Jar

    [1] Trey broke a string during YEM, leading to some odd jamming.

    Sparks was played for the first time since October 29, 1994 (173 shows).

  4. voopa Says:

    ^^no one knew NICU. Only played on the west coast once before in LA in ’92. Us westies took a lot of shit for that on rmp.

  5. phoammhead Says:

    what’s worse . . . schwag such as sexi mexi or some over fertilized kind?

  6. kayatosh Says:

    anyone else dig jerry’s tone and laid back playing in 1980?

  7. kayatosh Says:


    ^^^^ S show foreshadowing. bring out the extra fan

  8. butter Says:

    oh and i’ve been doing the book shippers way of grinding before tubing with the super dense og indoor

  9. butter Says:

    for whatever reason kaya my favorite GD coming up was 79-85

    so yes i really dig that Jer

  10. butter Says:

    ill take the over fert kind

  11. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Kaya- good call on the hoops game Duke-OSU. I’ll be on that later.

    Watching Pitt- Rangers beat the living crap out of each other on the ice at MSG. As much as everyone hates Sidney Crosby, he is still great for the sport. Kid misses almost a full year due to concussions and comes back and dominates like he never left. A remarkable athlete.

    Red Sox sign Bobby Valentine as new manager. Great. He’s the best. Boston will love him.

  12. butter Says:

    ^over sexi mexi

    jah praises all da herb, mon

  13. phoammhead Says:

    so, over fert is a real phenomenon?

  14. phoammhead Says:

    over zealous farmers?

  15. Mr.Miner Says:

    got one advance copy of the book today! Hard to believe I am holding it and paging through it. Unreal. Never thought this day would come 🙂

    The shipment is due in b/w 12/12-12/15, and I will be shipping out immediately.

    Preview pics tomorrow….

    Thanks for all of your support over the past years. It means everything.

  16. phoammhead Says:

    congrats, miner!!!

  17. joe Says:

    awesome Miner.

  18. sumodie Says:

    excellent news, miner. can’t wait to get my copy in the city

  19. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Nice work Miner. Well done.

  20. butter Says:


  21. sumodie Says:

    just installed the free flac player foobar

    5 minutes later I’m spinning King Crimson – Live in Zurich ’73

    one step closer to lossless heaven!

  22. Esteban Says:

    @Miner, that has to be a very surreal feeling! Congrats on all of your efforts and achieving your vision!

  23. MrCompletely Says:

    I like the early Tiger tone pretty well, yeah. 79-80. Too bad about his voice tho there were points in ’80 where it was OK.

    Not a fan of 81-84 though obv there are a few huge outliers in every tour

    85 is one of the really oddball years. Hard to categorize. Weird songs in rotation (Walkin’ the Dog? Down in the Bottom? Midnight Hour? Why Don’t We Do It In the Road?). Jerry playing very fast some nights and nodding off others. Nights where they were totally out of sync and nights where they were completely on point.

    Love the highlights from 85 though. Still haven’t heard all of Spring and Fall.

  24. MrCompletely Says:

    overfertilizing is a classic n00b grower error for sure

  25. butter Says:

    agree that when u say 79-85

    the highlights are 79 and 85

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