On Tuesday night at the House of Blues in Cleveland, Trey Anastasio kicked off a run of tour dates with longtime bandmates Tony Markellis and Russ Lawton, marking the first Trey Anastasio Trio dates since their inaugural tour in 1999. The evening also served as the 20th anniversary of the first time the three musicians played together (as 8 Foot Fluorescent Tubes) on April 17, 1998 in Vermont (read a recent piece written by Lawton for Relix on the 20th anniversary of TAB here).
Last night’s show appropriately opened with “Gotta Jibboo,” a tune written back in 1999 by the TAB Trio members, and continued with a career-spanning two-set show. The first set also featured the TAB Trio’s debut cover of Los Lobos’ “When the Circus Comes to Town,” which Phish debuted in 1997 and have played off an on since (Anastasio has also played the cover as an acoustic number). Immediately after, the trio debuted their version of Phish’s “No Men In No Man’s Land.”
Also of note were the first full TAB versions of Phish cuts like “Camel Walk,” “Farmhouse,” “Steam” and “Water in the Sky,” though, like “NMINML,” these have been played by Anastasio as solo performances during TAB shows. Last night’s second set also included the first full TAB “46 Days” since 2006, coming after set opener and newer Anastasio tune “Soul Planet.”
For Tuesday’s encore, Anastasio offered a solo acoustic rendition of “Waste” before the trio ran through a couple classic cuts that were included in the 1999 TAB run, “Heavy Things” and “First Tube.”
See the full setlist below as it appears in our Box Scores section, along with some fan-shot videos from the night.
Trey Anastasio Trio
House of Blues Cleveland, OH
Trey Anastasio, Tony Markellis and Russ Lawton
Set I: Gotta Jibboo, Tuesday, Everything’s Right, Camel Walk, When the Circus Comes*, No Men In No Man’s Land*, Dark and Down, Drifting, Pigtail, Bounce
Set II: Soul Planet > 46 Days, Farmhouse, Steam, Night Speaks to a Woman, Water in the Sky, Sand
Enc: Waste^, Heavy Things, First Tube
*Trey solo band debut
^Trey solo acoustic