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 Relix.com
Here’s a look at last night’s setlist via Phish.net
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