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Trey’s Triumphant return at Rothbury

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Posted by admin On July - 6 - 2008
-A.S. It is hard to say who was happier Sunday afternoon. Was it the crowd to finally get the king of the jam band scene back? Or Trey Anastasio, the king himself, to take his spot back where he belongs on stage in front of thousands?

For Trey, this show represented so much more than just one man and his guitar.

With his trusty Martin in hand, Trey led the crowd through both solo material and Phish songs. He went with some of the newer with “Driver” and some of the older with “Sample in a Jar.” No matter what it was that Trey served up, the crowd ate up every last bit, singing along to every word.

This is the only photo I got where they don't look like ants.

Then it happened. A moment that many fans of Phish have been waiting for all weekend, and for some much longer than that. Mike Gordon took the stage with his bass in hand. Trey announced that they were going to debut a couple of new tunes, the first one written by longtime Trey collaborator Tom Marshall. He did make sure to add that all they needed now was keys and a drummer (yes, even the Festival Crashers are going to perpetuate Phish reunion rumors).

“Backwards Down the Number Line” is a song that Marshall sent to Trey on his birthday, and it sounded great. Next up was “Alaska.” If these two songs don’t have Phish fans yearning for new material, I don’t know what will. To close off the exciting half Phish party, Mike and Trey treated everyone at Rothbury to “Chalkdust Torture.”

Trey was all smiles on Sunday.

~Z.T.~ Grinning from ear to ear the entire time, Trey seemed genuinely grateful to be back on stage again. For the first 45 minutes, it was just him and an acoustic guitar on stage. His new songs were poignant, fresh and earnest. The Phish songs were sparse without a band, but great reminders that Trey still has it and he kept it personal.

“Farmhouse” took me back to Camp Chi, “Waste” will always make me relax, “Sample In a Jar” was my favorite sing-along and “Chalkdust” had me yelling the words, feeling happy to be alive. Flashes of a Phish reunion made me hungry for more. Bring on Fishman and Page. It’s time. On that note … off to catch more Mike.

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