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. bhizzle Says:

    Do they rent those tux t-shirts?

  2. Mike in Austin Says:

    I did Mr. P. I don’t think it will change my plans. On points even.

  3. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    you’ll need one of these and possibly one of these*

    *flapper girl not included

    I believe operations will not be impacted by the filing. they have about $4.1B in cash, just clearing debt the ‘merican way.

  4. sumodie Says:

    Symphonic Trza sounds exciting to me

    BTW, I recently read that the NY Philharmonic had never played a note of music by Philip Glass until earlier this month when it performed ‘Koyaanisqatsi’ (complete with film)

    Hard to believe the NY Philharmonic performed Phish music before ever touching Glass’s work

    And it still hurts that I missed Trey’s NY Philharmonic debut

  5. EL Duderino Says:


  6. Robear Says:

    Literal lol. Well played T3. Searching amazon now.

  7. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    a word to the wise…

  8. SillyWilly Says:

    i think my sister got a tat from that guy

    no joke.

  9. Robear Says:

    Today’s ‘JOTD’ comes from one of my all-time favorite shows. Full on fungus face melt, Pagesidehigh. Before it was cool. All the vendors and kids. Amazing night.

  10. lastwaltzer Says:

    I’m pretty pysched about this, disappointed there isn’t something closer to Chicago. Personally I’d prefer that Trey stay away from singing with the orchestra but I thought the instrumental stuff sounds awesome.

  11. phoammhead Says:

    tux and pre-rolls lolz, robear ftw!

  12. phoammhead Says:

    i’m looking for phish to perform with orchestra some sick psych rock sickness that just sick!

  13. Mr. Palmer Says:

    lw! whats up you occupying maniac?

  14. phoammhead Says:

    anybody else using at&t webhosting and having email problems? fackin’ blows . . . second day in a row here at work.

  15. lastwaltzer Says:

    No much Palmer, just doing Occupy stuff and working. Looking forward to hearing these MSG shows, won’t be heading back east anytime soon though so no chance of catching those.

    How you been? Still married to the mob?

  16. dusty Says:

    kids puffing in Carnegie Hall…still one of the most out of place things every. Get better bane people and pre-game. Or maybe the strange non-smoking thing. Or lose your tolerance. So embarrassing already seeing people not listen at shows…let alone disrespecting nice venues.

    I recall one Trey band show, 2nd tour, Landmark in Richmond VA…tobacco repressed land for sure. Everyone putting buts out on the carpets…Keep it classy!

    Plug for Carl Craig’s Detriot Experiment album. Best one I think compared to the other two. Still need to check out King Britt’s remix of the illy one though.

  17. Robear Says:

    This ‘Gin’ FTW.

  18. SillyWilly Says:


    think of the herbs as incense at mass

  19. Robear Says:

    ::puff outside before hand::

    Thanks for Tyne heads up @Dusty! Word! Would be my first symphony after all.

  20. albert walker Says:

    It’s over one hundred years old plus it’s always renovated anyway. think it can take it.

    I believe Carnegie would prefer if we are all puffin jah herb. Give thanks and praises.

    I like a light herb cloud over a symphonic performance. Adds to the ambience.

  21. Mr. Palmer Says:

    All good LW. Not working for the mob anymore. We had a “parting of ways”. No big deal, just come police , irs, and fbi folk involved…

    Been doing some work for a friend of mine that owns his own business and flipping some other merchandise till something legit pops up.

    Going to catch the 1st and 3rd nights at MSG.

    Stay safe out there. Wear goggles.

    Spinning 9/29/99, KP remaster , then going to grab that Target Center show he has also.

  22. albert walker Says:

    I think LW may be the only kid occupying Chicago. Whenever I go by there it seems they have about a half dozen peeps.

    The 99% in Chicago must not give a fuck. Besides LW of course.

  23. Mike in Austin Says:

    Whose been putting their Kools out in my carpets? – Valentine

  24. Mike in Austin Says:

    Chicago is a rich city AW. And fantastically poor. But it’s probably more like ~4% live in Chicago. Or at least have homes there.

  25. lastwaltzer Says:


    most of the work is not happening on that corner anymore. FWIW.

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