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


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~ 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. thedayman Says:

    sounds solid enough duke, seems pickings are tough. on a related wookish note, you got any extras left over? a few of my buddies are in need. please and thanks man.

  2. MrCompletely Says:

    Chiesel is really a nice strong strain. I’m getting used to having it around. Makes a great match with OG.

    Symphony tour, @AW!!!! see u there mothafuckaaaaahhhh!!!!


  3. Mr. Palmer Says:

    That was standard operating procedure in dorm rooms i think. The good old blow tube w/ fabric softener. Ha!

    Duke- what’s the problem? Your trading your 29s for 30s? nothing wrong there. In da house!

  4. MrCompletely Says:

    got some relatively weak headband though. looked nice, smelled nice, buzz is just meh. picked it up randomly. fortunately the fam came thru with the OG/chiesel hookup shortly after so its all good.

  5. albert walker Says:

    love me that chiesel.

    hate the cheeze solo but works well with the sour. nice.

  6. MrCompletely Says:

    yeah reading back I’m with u AW

    OG is the baseline strain now. Gotta have it around. Rotate other things through the other jar but I like keeping OG in stock.

  7. albert walker Says:

    Chicago is a headbandless city for some reason. hasn’t come through in ages.

    worst pot name evah btw

    OG and sour is what we usually see. right now trying to figure out how to get a bit more concentrates in this bitch though.

    have some BS called OG blush which is OG x blueberry kush

    lame name but puffs great actually. nice flava

  8. albert walker Says:


    I was just thinking this whole torch, globe, nail thing could use some extra hands for efficiency

    this is when i wish I did have kids to help out a bit

  9. MrCompletely Says:

    yeah the chiesel is truly strong. it really hits.

    this batch came out super, super dense too

    funny thing is my heady friends for a few years were down on diesel crosses. like it was just categorically a bad idea. eating their words now.

  10. albert walker Says:

    I’m no farmer but kids that do always tell me sour is known for the amazing taste but kinda lacks in punch. I’ve noticed the same just from a custy perspective.

    the scent and flava can be insanely strong but for heavy high lean more towards the OG

    find myself puffin sour just for the taste and a nice high.

    OG has that great full taste and the disgustingly heavy high

    love that shit.

  11. albert walker Says:

    I’ve been hearing rumblings of the Death Star from west coast and Michigan kids lately too

    seems to be loved

    haven’t really seen much flow here though

    we get this Skywalker OG also that a lot of the clubs like out west. seems nice from what I’ve seen. not sure what the cross is.

  12. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Get a few of those blow torch face masks and your all good.

  13. butter Says:

    let me hit this outdoor og tube, shower and jump in


  14. butter Says:

    got some outdoor and indoor A+ OG put away for the holiday run

    this outdoor isn’t quite as potent as the inn, but smacks you with the fresh cali sun = smile on your face

  15. Admiral Ackbar Says:

    I’ve been hearing rumblings of the Death Star from west coast and Michigan kids lately too


  16. dusty Says:

    still kicking the PK as my solid. OG only for product. Old school chemdawg with no bag appeal, cindy, jilly bean and mat t for the stash. Skywalker is an apollo/cindy cross I think.

  17. albert walker Says:

    fresh OD nor cal OG here too Butter

    can’t go wrong with jah soil and sun

  18. butter Says:

    going to have some chiesel too for the holiday run

    hopefully a bunch of u cats get to try it, that havent…of course by then with headful of this and that it will just truly be

    “all good”

  19. joe Says:

    I’ve got some northeast commercial I can stash on the bus ride down.

  20. Hoedown Says:

    Blueberry + Dairy Queen = $$$$

  21. vegas wolfmans Says:

    11/29/98 is a fire show capping a fire run capped by a fire sequence in the form of that Gin>YEM. Top shelf. Thanks for the reminder, Miner.

  22. phoammhead Says:

    don’t know of what you cats speak


    which is probably why i don’t bane too much these days

    what is worse? being a non-puffer or puffin’ schwag? or, is it the same?

  23. phoammhead Says:

    to all you faceb00kers

  24. BingosBrother Says:

    “Chicago is a headbandless city for some reason. hasn’t come through in ages.”

    Not true.

  25. albert walker Says:

    Non puffer Def worse

    Fuck non puffers

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