Trey Anastasio’s solo tour continued last night at Wilmington, DE’s Grand Opera House. The performance marked the first time a member of Phish has performed in Delaware since 1994 and, like all of Anastasio’s solo shows, featured some local banter between songs.
The concert fell on Mardi Gras, and the Phish guitarist fittingly opened the night with “Gumbo,” before segueing into “Cayman Review.” Soon after, Anastasio offered his first-ever solo acoustic version of “Mercury,” a song that was cut off of Phish’s Big Boat but lives on in the band’s live show. Anastasio also played Till We Meet Again,” the new original he wrote for his old friend Chris Cottrell, who recently passed away after a struggle with caner, and played the Shine song “Black” for the first time since 2014. (Before that electric Trey Anastasio Band performance, he hadn’t played the song since a 2011 acoustic show.)
During one of his between-song narratives, Anastasio also shouted out Broad City stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, describing them as the “two coolest women.” He then jokingly downgraded them to the fifth and sixth coolest girls he knows, behind his wife and two daughters.
The Broad City creators happened to be together during Anastasio’s show and quickly responded on social media, posting an Instagram story where they said, “Phish, We are freakin. Y’all shouted us out. We love you so hard.”
Jacobson, who grew up near Delaware outside Philadelphia, is a lifelong Phish fan who attended many shows growing up. She has also snuck a few Phish references into Broad City, most recently this last season during an episode where she took mushrooms.
Anastasio’s tour will continue in Washington, DC this evening.
Here’s a look at last night’s setlist via Phish.net
Tuesday February 13, Grand Opera House, Wilmington, DE
SET 1: Gumbo> Cayman Review, Brian and Robert, Mountains in the Mist, Mercury (*), Black, Cavern, The Inlaw Josie Wales, Winterqueen> Light, The Wedge, Till We Meet Again, Waste, Farmhouse, Theme From the Bottom, Fuego -> The Horse > Silent in the Morning > Backwards Down the Number Line
E: Strange Design, The Lizards
(*) Trey solo acoustic debut.