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This weekend Trey Anastasio Band took to Boston’s newest venue, Roadrunner, for two evenings lush with solo acoustic songs, Phish classics and debuts from Trey Anastasio’s newest album Mercy.

On Saturday, May 7, Anastasio and his band–Russ Lawton (drums), Dezron Douglas (bass), Ray Paczkowski (keys), Cyro Baptista (percussion), Natalie Cressman (trombone/vocals), James Casey (saxophone) and Jennifer Hartswick (trumpet/vocal)–kicked off their show with the defining “Alive Again.” They continued with the first Phish song of the weekend, “Set Your Soul Free,” before playing a newer Anastasio release, 2020’s “Love Is What We Are.” Next came 1992’s “Magilla” which was followed by “Ocelot” which debuted at the city’s Fenway Park nearly 13 years ago. Anastasio and his ensemble continued to play stand-alone songs throughout the first set hitting “Camel Walk,” “Drifting,” “The Moma Dance” and finally set closer “Night Speaks to a Woman.”

The second set started off with “Speak to Me” and “Everything’s Right.” After moving into “Gotta Jibboo” Trey Anastasio Band played their first debut of the weekend “Hey Stranger.” The show then repositioned toward the more improvisational as Anastasio and the band jammed from “Liquid Time” > “Ghost” > “Mozambique.” Next came “Ether Sunday” which was followed by a closing pairing of “Rise/Come Together” > “Sand.”

For the encore, Anastasio returned for a solo acoustic performance of “Theme From the Bottom,” “More,” and “Chalk Dust Torture.” “Chalk Dust Torture” was infused an unfinished version of “Harry Hood,” as the band joined Anastasio on stage as the song returned to form. They closed the evening with “Push On ‘Til the Day.”

On Sunday, May 8, Anastasio and company returned to the 3,500 capacity venue and opened with “Blaze On.” Much like the evening before, the first set showcased singles from the artist’s catalog. The opener was followed by the title track of his new solo acoustic album Mercy. Then came, “Undermind” and “Curlew’s Call.” Phish fixture “Tube” followed and Anastasio’s pandemic special “The Silver Light” came next. The band closed the set with “Money, Love and Change.”

The second set on Sunday started with “No Men In No Man’s Land” and “Cayman Review.” Next came “Simple Twist Up Dave” off of 2009’s Plasma. They continued with, “I Never Needed You Like This Before,” “Spin,” and “46 Days.” Next, Anastasio shared the second debut of the weekend “Roll Like a River.” The set closed with “Valentine” and “A Life Beyond The Dream.”

On Sunday, Trey Anastasio Band treated fans to a three-song encore comprised of “Heavy Things,” “Shine” and “First Tube.” Find the full setlists below.

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Trey Anastasio Band
Roadrunner – Boston
May 7, 2022

Set I: Alive Again, Set Your Soul Free, Love Is What We Are, Magilla, Ocelot, Olivia, Camel Walk, Drifting, The Moma Dance, Night Speaks to a Woman

Set II: Speak to Me, Everything’s Right, Gotta Jibboo, Hey Stranger [1], Liquid Time > Ghost > Mozambique, Ether Sunday, Rise/Come Together > Sand

Enc: Theme From the Bottom [2], More[2], Chalk Dust Torture[2] -> Harry Hood [3] > Chalk Dust Torture[2], Push On ‘Til the Day

[2] Trey solo acoustic.
[3] Trey solo acoustic; started mid song and unfinished.
This show marked the debut of Hey Stranger. Theme From the Bottom through Chalk Dust Torture were performed by Trey solo acoustic. Harry Hood was started mid song and unfinished.

Trey Anastasio Band
Roadrunner – Boston
May 8, 2022

Set I: Blaze On, Mercy, Undermind, Curlew’s Call, Tube, The Silver Light, Money, Love and Change

Set II: No Men In No Man’s Land, Cayman Review, Simple Twist Up Dave, I Never Needed You Like This Before, Spin, 46 Days, Roll Like a River [1], Valentine, A Life Beyond The Dream

Enc.: Heavy Things, Shine, First Tube

[1] Debut.