Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio was in Troy, New York Friday night for the second show of a short acoustic run that began Wednesday in Northampton, Mass. While Northampton contained a number of first time acoustic performances from Trey, Troy was full of great stories, gems and the run’s first cover, not to mention a few more debuts. Also, as Jambase pointed out, Trey managed to deliver a show on Friday night with only three repeats from Wednesday.
After opening with the Phish tune “Strange Design, highlights included an early “Mountains in the Mist,” the first performance of the Trey acoustic favorite in six years; and a solo acoustic debut of the Oysterhead’s—Trey’s side-project with Primus bass player Les Claypool and Police drummer Stu Copeland—“Rubberneck Lions,” which Trey cited as his favorite Oysterhead song. But fans really had to have been excited about the solo acoustic debut of the classic Phish song “The Lizards.”
Trey was also in full storyteller mode, even relating the story of when he was arrested in nearby Whitehall in 2006. While Trey gets emotional at one point he still keeps the story lighthearted and humorous, before going into the heartfelt tune he wrote shortly after with good friend Tom Marshall, “Backwards Down the Number Line.” Another big moment came when Trey busted out the run’s first cover, David Bowie’s “Rock & Roll Suicide” as part of the encore, which Phish recently played in Las Vegas for their Halloween musical costume.
You can check out “Rubberneck Lions," “The Lizards” and “Backwards Down the Number Line" below. Trey will be hitting the road with the Trey Anastasio Band this spring. Click here for select TAB tickets on AXS. Phish’s unprecedented 13-night “Bakers Dozen” run at Madison Square Garden begins July 21 and runs through Aug. 6.