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. Mr.Miner Says:

    good go hear. there is this one poster whose actual name is banks who ALWAYS gets caught up in moderation. I figure I had to give him a break. He probably still has no clue that others get their comments posted immediately!

  2. gavinsdad Says:

    wax on
    wax off

    one thing that doesn’t get discussed enough around here that i am not astute enough to comment on but which i love: Page’s two hand attack. love when he’s claving and pianoing, or claving and hammonding or hammonding and pianoing at the same time. skillz. got a great taste of that in the slip stitch mikes on the way to work this am.

    i think ive made it clear that i’m not much of an aud guy. i can’t pick up on enough of those subtleties on auds…i had some breakthroughs since reading this site/board with auds when zooted, but when i’m just cleanheaded i lose alot of the instrumentation in the mire on auds…specially mike’s pluckiness, or indiv. notes, and page two-handed separation attack when it’s in play.

  3. Tom Says:—illustration-red-wax-seal-isolated-on-white-background/&docid=1RzqUrIo-pJ29M&itg=1&imgurl=,r:0,s:0&tx=174&ty=92&vpx=181&vpy=139&hovh=216&hovw=233

  4. Tom Says:

    hmm, larger then I expected. Sorry about that

  5. butter Says:

    and Busta and Luda

  6. Mike in Austin Says:

    PNC meat stick
    Who wants instructions to dance?
    Fuck this haiku shit

  7. gavinsdad Says:

    msg mist
    msg saw it again
    msg billy b

    and some realjamz

  8. gavinsdad Says:

    to blast off proper
    you need a zone and homies
    who understand IT

  9. Mike in Austin Says:

    I airpage a lot at concerts. It’s like air guitar but better.

  10. Mike in Austin Says:

    Gdad is just jackin with me now.

  11. gavinsdad Says:

    nite peeps and lurkers

  12. garretc Says:

    This PNC ’99 Split is hot too. Super laid back Trey with some filthy lines

  13. butter Says:

    is eminem getting face surgery’s ?

  14. MrCompletely Says:

    I rock mad haiku!
    Or, so tweeted the Cactus.
    …worst phish cred ever.

  15. angryjoggerz Says:

    Split Open and Melt
    MSG: Looking at You
    Redefine that shit.

  16. Mike in Austin Says:

    I think I am done
    Glad I came back for all that
    G’Nite everyone.

  17. butter Says:

    you can see that lil wayne has a script for sizurp in this pic

  18. garretc Says:

    Portsmouth Sand has some fire in it. The actual “Sand” part of the jam isn’t much, but once they go plinko watch out. Then the stop start Page claving?


  19. BingosBrother Says:

    “He probably still has no clue that others get their comments posted immediately!”

    So awesome.

  20. chefbradford Says:

    nite gavinsd…oh…busted

  21. sumodie 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.

    Good ole waxy’s review is too funny. I’m sure in some alternate (and much lesser) universe Wax Banks is the creator/blogger of Phish Thoughts


    thank god I’m in this universe

  22. DukeOfLizards Says:

    ^ You know, for the record, I was serious when I said that.

    The guy may miss the forest for the trees with some of the things he says, but I think he hit the nail on the head with that analysis.

  23. alf Says:

    good go hear. there is this one poster whose actual name is banks who ALWAYS gets caught up in moderation. I figure I had to give him a break. He probably still has no clue that others get their comments posted immediately!

  24. alf Says:


  25. alf Says:

    congrats miner, what a huge accomplishment

    can’t wait to pick one up in NY

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