Trey Anastasio Emerges for Phil Lesh & Friends Performance
On Saturday Trey Anastasio made his second public appearance since entering a drug rehabilitation program to perform with Phil Lesh & Friends at Glens Falls, NYs Civic Center (the small arena where Phish covered the Beatles White Album on Halloween in 1994). Anastasio played with Lesh throughout his entire two-set show, jamming on Grateful Dead selections like Alabama Getaway, Bird Song, Viola Lee Blues, Unbroken Chain, Friend of the Devil, Dark Star, Help on the Way, Slipknot!, Franklin’s Tower and Box of Rain, among others. The guitarist also offered the title tracks from two of his recent solo albums: 2003s Plasma and 2005s Shine.
Before his gig, Lesh was appointed the honorary mayor of Glens Falls for the day in a ceremony officiated by city mayor Roy Akins. According to the local paper PostStar.com, after receiving his honor, Lesh said, ‘As my first act as honorary mayor, it is my intention to pardon Trey Anastasio.’ Several fans have also pointed out that many songs from Leshs setlist dealt with the police, arrest or incarceration, including Alabama Getaway (Heard your plea in the courthouse), Friend of the Devil (spend my life in jail), Viola Lee Blues (the judge decreed it, the clerk he wrote it), Wharf Rat (Half of my life, I spent doin’ time, for some other fucker’s crime) and Help on the Way (I will pay day by day, anyway, Lock, bolt and key). In a recent site interview, former Phil Lesh keyboardist Rob Barraco mentions that the bassist often ties his setlists together with a lyrical or conceptual theme.