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, 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:

    but if you dont tube up all you grind it instantly becomes stale

  2. butter Says:

    top of page’d

  3. butter Says:

    get the fucking book


  4. Mr. Palmer Says:

    speaking of ’79, Dancin>Franklins from 10/27 just came up on the shuffle. So, so good.

  5. MrCompletely Says:

    I consider 79-80 one era

    81-84 another

    and 85 is an era unto itself

  6. Mr. Palmer Says:

    The few 1980 shows i have ( Alaska shows? and Nassau ) are very solid.

  7. butter Says:

    word C

  8. MrCompletely Says:

    couple quick lesser known ’79 for your head

    9.2 Augusta Let it Grow > jam > space in a second set

    9.5 MSG Scarlet > Fire

  9. Mr. Palmer Says:

    81-84 seem to be the lost years. Some heavy usage during that time, at least with Jerry. This is what i always perceived anyway. I remember spinning some Hartford shows from ’82-’83 back in college that were hot. I should track them down on LMA and give a re listen.

  10. MrCompletely Says:

    trying to smoke this super dense chiesel without grinding it first is a suicide mission

  11. Mr.Miner Says:

    so surreal. i have volume in my hand. wow.

  12. butter Says:

    yes, and its a fine line with grinding tubes im finding, you need the loose grind

    to fine and its harsher, kangfirmed.

  13. MrCompletely Says:

    Nassau is great

    I think the Alaska shows are just solid. Which is cool. Good versions of a lot of great tunes. But I don’t love them.

    there are a lot of other legit shows from 80…but I don’t know the whole year all that well yet really

    And sure there are definitely good shows or at least good sets or at least good songs all through 81-84. It’s just really hard to listen to Jerry’s voice, for me I mean, and while Jerry plays fast a lot he also plays sloppy a lot and sounds disconnected from the band much of the time

  14. butter Says:

    thats a real accomplishment Miner

    very awesome follow thru

  15. MrCompletely Says:

    you had an idea, Miner

    and now it’s a physical thing

    pretty sweet!

  16. butter Says:

    i hear ya C

    coming up in my older teens the Brent sound was just younger and cooler to my ears

    were the Pigpen and Keith sounded old fashioned

    my take at that time

    listening to it now and judging it yes, it makes perfect sense what your explaining

  17. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I totally understand where butter is coming from. Felt the same way coming up. Almost like the GD of 70-74 was more an acquired taste, like a fine wine.

  18. joe Says:

    chosen randomly tonight 9-7-1985. skipped around a bit past a few I don’t like but played the shakedown jam 2 times. I like fast jerry

  19. MrCompletely Says:

    I like those ’85 Red Rocks shows. Classic ragged but fun ’85 dead. Love those Oade Bros. pulls, too. Sick shit. Their 6-21-85 Greek pull would still be a jawdropper by modern standards.

  20. JeffieM Says:

    Epic Gin for the JOTD, Miner. It’s going great with some Hockey and a beer. Love the space in the 98 sound.

  21. Gavinsdad Says:


  22. Gavinsdad Says:

    Congrats bro you had the Vision.

  23. Gavinsdad Says:

    Love me some 420thoughts too. Always grind at home. Can’t wait for first puff tomorrow nite.

  24. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Not sure if this has been posted here or not, but He Who Literally Cannot Be Named Around These Parts wrote a really wonderful state-of-the-Phish musical analysis of where the band is right now as his review for 9/4/11.

  25. kayatosh Says:

    Congrats, Miner! Still relatively ignorant as to the book concept,a nd I like it that way. look fwd. to reaidng it w/a fresh head, i.e, no preconceived notions.

    The album Dead Set was one of my main gateways to the GD, so that jer tone is essential. later came to appreciate that 72,73 trumped pretty much anything from 1980 on.

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