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Published: 2012/10/19

Trey Anastasio Band Debuts Traveler Tracks at Tour Opener

A look at last night’s show via Anastasio’s Facebook page

Trey Anastasio Band kicked off their first 2012 tour at Detroit, MI’s The Fillmore last night. Timed with the release of Anastasio’s new, indie-leaning album Traveler, the tour featured a new version of the Phish guitarist’s solo band: In addition to returning members Natalie Cressman (trombone), Jennifer Hartswick (trumpet), Russ Lawton (drums), Tony Markellis (bass) and Ray Paczkowski (keyboards), the ensemble now includes Cyro Baptista (percussion) and Lettuce’s James Casey (tenor saxophone). To help recreate Traveler’s many soundscapes, the Trey Anastasio Band horn section all played small keyboards for much of the show.

The eight-piece band kicked off their two-set show by debuting _Traveler_’s opening track, “Corona,” and proceeded to premiere Traveler songs like “Scabbard,” “Architect” and “Traveler” later in the show. Trey Anastasio Band also dotted their setlist with previously debuted Traveler numbers “Frost” (debuted 10/6/11), “The Land of Nod” (debuted 10/7/11), “Let Me Lie” (debuted 4/26/06), Gorillaz’s “Clint Eastwood” (debuted 2/19/11) and “Valentine” (debuted 8/7/08).” They also offered the Anastasio/Tom Marshall original “Pigtail,” a song Phish debuted on 12/28/10, but Anastasio eventually gave over to his solo band (they debuted the number of 10/07/11) and recorded for Traveler.

The guitarist sprinkled in some rarer TAB originals too—most notably “Words to Wanda,” “Wherever You Find It” and “Curlews Call”—and ended his first set from a segue from “Gotta Jibboo” and “Goodbye Head.” As his rehearsal video hinted, Anastasio played a Fender on “Corona” and “Scabbard.” With Chris Kuroda working Justin Bieber’s tour, Anastasio also introduced My Morning Jacket lighting designer Marc Janowitz to run the boards at his show as well as a new backdrop reflective of Traveler’s album art.

Trey Anastasio Band’s tour continues in Chicago this evening.

Be sure to read Baptista’s tour blog on
Here’s a look at last night’s setlist via

Thursday, Oct 18, 2012, The Fillmore Detroit, Detroit, MI

Set 1: Corona, Push On ‘Til the Day, Words to Wanda, Simple Twist Up Dave, Burlap Sack and Pumps, Cayman Review, Scabbard, Frost, Drifting, Wherever You Find It, Gotta Jibboo > Goodbye Head

Set 2: The Land of Nod, Money, Love and Change, Let Me Lie, Curlew’s Call, Pigtail, Clint Eastwood, Valentine, Architect, Small Axe, Sand, Tuesday, Traveler

E: The Devil Went Down to Georgia, First Tube


There are 8 comments associated with this post

Col October 19, 2012, 12:43:01

The show was superb. The entire band was smiling and geeked to be finally onstage playing after all the rehearsals. Trey was jumping up and down and pumping his fist. He repeatedly joined in the percussive rhythms a la Coral Sky…his heart is truly into TAB (not that it isn’t with Phish) but he yearns to hear the melding of all these complex sounds from varying instruments weave into the bliss that it was. Trey was very accommodating before the show talking to fans…he’s a class act and truly kind soul…with an amazing grasp on music composition.

lambeauphan October 19, 2012, 14:35:35

that second set looks like poo

joerobbie October 19, 2012, 14:57:20

great picture!

Trey Fan October 20, 2012, 09:11:04

@lambeauphan, if you think that 2nd set looks like poo, then it’s obvious to me that too much Packer cheese has infected your brain. It’s NOT PHISH, which is why there are no Phish songs. The sooner you figure that out and stop sounding like an IDIOT, the better. If you were actually there, you would have seen that the entire night from top to bottom was spectacular. The Trey Anastasio Band are all excellent musicians much like their leader, and it was a pure treat to watch them up close. Open your musical minds you phreaks, and realize he creates wonderful music that doesn’t have to have anything to do with Phish. And… without this creative outlet there probably wouldn’t be a Phish anymore.

Spaz October 21, 2012, 09:10:51

He’s just saying that the setlist for set 2 wasn’t optimal. I’d have to agree. I am sure their was a great vibe up in that place and that they played great. Toss in a Liquid time and Plasma and that 2nd set gets a lot more interesting to me. $.02

michael from florida October 21, 2012, 14:40:24

How smart is it to judge shows from setlists anyway? Jeez

Trey Fan October 22, 2012, 07:49:42

Maybe you all should download the show and listen to it before you throw out silly poo comments. The energy especially in the 2nd set was even better than the 1st, Trey is a master at controlling the energy in the room. And indeed, I don’t even know why you’d judge a show at all from the setlist without listening to it. I just really don’t like it when peeps show up expecting to hear Phish and bit*h about it after. For me this is much better than Phish anyway, Trey is really showing all the many sides of his talent without the shackles of fan expectation.

BobbyQ October 22, 2012, 09:09:40

looks exactly like last year with a few Traveler songs in there. Yawn…

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