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Published: 2012/12/07

Trey Anastasio Opens For Neil Young in Atlantic City

Here’s a look at “Like a Hurricane” from earlier in Neil Young’s fall tour

Trey Anastasio played a solo acoustic opening set for Neil Young last night. The single-set performance took place at Atlantic City, NJ’s Borgata Event Center and benefited the victims of Superstorm Sandy. The Phish guitarist grew up in Princeton, NJ.

Anastasio’s set focused mostly on Phish songs, including “Back on the Train,” “Wolfman’s Brother,” “Theme From the Bottom,” “Water in the Sky,” “Sample in a Jar,” “Brian and Robert” and “Chalk Dust Torture.” He also performed “Let Me Lie” and “Architect” from his new studio album Traveler (the latter song was a solo acoustic debut). Anastasio paused a few times during the show to reminisce about seeing Crazy Horse and dedicated “Water in the Sky” to his wife Sue. Anastasio’s set came to a close with “Backwards Down the Number Line,” a song which began its life as an acoustic duet with Mike Gordon at Rothbury in 2008.

To the disappointment of many, Anastasio did not sit in with Neil Young & Crazy Horse during their feedback-heavy show. Young mostly stuck to his standard fall setlist, but he did include “Rockin’ In The Free World,” which he’s only played at festival-style events like Bridge School Benefit and Global Citizens Festival this past fall. The evening ended with an appropriate run through “Like a Hurricane,” another song Young has only played a handful of times in 2012.

Here’s a look at Trey Anastasio’s setlist via

Thursday, December 6, 2012, Borgata Event Center, Atlantic City, NJ

Set 1: Back on the Train1, Let Me Lie1, Wolfman’s Brother1, Theme From the Bottom1, Water in the Sky2, Sample in a Jar1, Brian and Robert1, Architect1, Chalk Dust Torture1, Backwards Down the Number Line1

[1] Trey solo acoustic
[2] Trey solo acoustic; dedicated to Sue

Here’s a look at Neil Young & Crazy Horse’s set via Sugar

Thursday, December 6, 2012, Borgata Event Center, Atlantic City, NJ

Love And Only Love, Powderfinger, Born In Ontario, Walk Like A Giant, The Needle And The Damage Done, Twisted Road, Singer Without A Song, Ramada Inn, Cinnamon Girl, Mr. Soul, Rockin’ In The Free World, Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)

E: Like A Hurricane


There are 21 comments associated with this post

Jon December 7, 2012, 11:57:05

Trey can’t mesh with Neil his sound is to cheesy. Trey sings about fairy tales Neil is to hardcore for that Disney whatever.

Dave Brooks December 7, 2012, 11:52:53

It’s a shame he didn’t join Neil. Makes me a little concerned for Summer Camp. I can only hope he’ll sit in with someone while he’s there playing 2 sets with TAB.

Jon December 7, 2012, 12:00:04

Trey can’t mesh with Neil his sound is to cheesy. Trey sings about fairy tales Neil is to hardcore for that Disney whatever.

Ultimatelywhogivesafuck December 7, 2012, 11:10:36

NEIL IS THE MAN!!!!!!!!!! FUCKIN FAROUT! GROOVY MAN! HE WAS FUNNY AS HELL TOO! FLASHBACK ALBUM RUN!!! andFUCKIN ROCKED!!!!FEEDBACK HEAVEN!!! Went to sleep with WAArrrfffooooeeerrrrfgfhjiuytfccdssdfghjaaaaAHHHHRR WEeeeeeeeeeeeer!in my head.HOW GOOD IS Crazy H n NEIL??i could cry

bowchickawowwow December 7, 2012, 11:28:25

It’s really a shame that there was no cross-pollination between these two awesome artists…. would’ve been cool if something like this happened again:

sluggobeast December 7, 2012, 12:51:59

Jeez, Trey with Neil would’ve been pathetic. He’s too lightweight for the Horse.

bj December 7, 2012, 12:36:59

i agree dave. i’m really hopin for a sit in with umphrey’s or moe, particularly umphreys. when he sat in with cheese on outside and inside a few years ago he killed it and i can only imagine him doing the same on an um tune. i will be very disappointed if he doesn’t sit in w/ anyone at all.

SUCKIT December 7, 2012, 15:15:24

You NOOBS dont know sheet! Neil sat in with phish for a farmaid back in the 90s and they completely crushed down by the river. Learn some music you tools.

Dave Donohue December 7, 2012, 16:40:03

From “A two-chord Crazy Horse jam is no less transcendent than anyone else’s note-filled extravaganza,” Trey said in The Phish Book. “Neil Young blazes a direct path to the soul without clogging it up with too much thought. I didn’t understand him at all in high school, but the older I get, the more he speaks to me.” Trey has also cited (in an interview with the influence of Tonight’s the Night on the making of Phish’s Farmhouse album, and (in The Phish Book) the influence of Young’s “Thrasher” on Tom Marshall’s writing of “The Wedge.” Several Round Room tracks, especially “Thunderhead,” also show a strong Tonight’s the Night influence.

jeffro316 December 7, 2012, 17:17:23

Anastasio was boring as hell and seemed arrogant to me….how is this guy popular? I went and got a beer hoping he was done by the time I got back. Neil crushed it…Crazy Horse was awesome…being able to see Neil and Crazy Horse was perfect.

Henry December 7, 2012, 18:07:38

Trey is whack he needs to stay home that set he did made me feel like him the day he got arrested. He was all rite in the 90s. Get a life if you want to see that tool play with even bigger fuck ups like umphreys McGee fuck start listening to real music. Peace

Bon December 8, 2012, 00:07:01

Blah blah blah blah blah. Jeez. Enough said.

Davino December 8, 2012, 04:45:53

Watch this video and amend the negativity, if you could be objective:

Davino December 8, 2012, 04:48:18

dk70 December 10, 2012, 17:58:20

Neil > Trey. Trey is awesome with Phish but his solo acoustic thing is a total yawn. Neil could play solo for literally 16 hours and it would never get old. An enormous catalog of great songs done by a master singer, songwriter, guitarist and story teller.

Ron December 11, 2012, 01:16:59

@Henry…good thing I probably won’t ever run into you at a Phish or Umphrey’s show. You sound like a total douchebag.

dragen December 11, 2012, 11:05:10

Whatever dude. TREY brings on the heat way better than any of the other old timers can’t! TREY RULES AND Crazy HORSE!!!!!!!

Trey Fan December 12, 2012, 10:00:43

Trey Anastasio has more talent at the end of his thumb than anyone posting here. There is a reason he was up there opening the show and NOT ANY OF YOU IDIOTS. Trey has forgotten more about how to play all kinds of music than any of you ignorant fools ever knew. Just because he doesn’t suck at the teet of hollywood mainstream stardom doesn’t mean he has to live up to some bullsh**t standard that idiots like those posting here seem to have. Open your minds you tools. Neil Young could have picked 17 million different performers to open his show and he picked Trey. Because once again, unlike the FUGGN IDIOTS posting here, he recognizes true talent. And he doesn’t expect that talent to conform to what HE wants to hear….

dragen December 12, 2012, 11:54:48


swee-t December 13, 2012, 13:48:12

The two artists have collaborated in the past. In 98 at farm aid Neil sat in with phish for a killer 20 min version of down by the river.

dk70 December 14, 2012, 13:06:18

Yeah , what he said! Idiots! lol.

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