Trey Anastasio wrapped up his brief solo acoustic tour on Sunday night with a show at the Classic Center in Athens, GA, that once again gave the Phish frontman an opportunity to share stories and jokes along with his music in an intimate setting.
Anastasio kicked things off with a couple of Phish staples, “Heavy Things” and “Farmhouse,” and got the stage banter flowing early. As JamBase reports, the guitarist shared a few memories of Athens from his earlier days, including playing shows with local favorites Widespread Panic at the nearby Georgia Theatre and Panic bassist Dave Schools introducing him to see Aquarium Rescue Unit playing to a tiny crowd at the 40 Watt Club. Anastasio also mentioned late Panic guitarist Michael Houser, who he called a “kind, quiet, sweet guy.”
The tour finale, like many of the previous offerings, also featured a couple of solo debuts for Anastasio. After delivering well-known tunes like “Ghost,” “Sand,” “Bouncing Around the Room,” “The Lizards” and “Blaze On,” Anastasio played “Slave to the Traffic Light” solo for the first time. For his final encore, the guitarist opened with the instrumental “The Inlaw Josie Wales” and continued with “The Wedge” and another solo debut, the frequent Phish encore vehicle “Character Zero.”
See the full setlist below, along with a couple videos from the evening. Next up for Anastasio is a tour with his solo band, kicking off April 17 in Cleveland, OH.
Classic Center, Athens, GA
Heavy Things, Farmhouse, Dog Faced Boy, More, NICU, Miss You, Fee, Ghost, Waste, Water in the Sky, Sand, Brian and Robert, Bouncing Around the Room, Theme From the Bottom, Strange Design, The Lizards, Blaze On, Slave to the Traffic Light*
Enc: The Inlaw Josie Wales, The Wedge, Character Zero*
Notes: *solo debut