Trey Tour starts tonight at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City, site of the VH1 special and last-minute performance from May 2000. Hopefully, Big Red will be back to machine gun status and rip our heads off with some oldies and goodies.
In other Phish news, mail order (excuse me, online ticket requests) for Phish's Hampton Coliseum shows in March 2009 is over. You'll have to duke it out at Ticketbastard with scalpers who have technology to boot everyone offline and off the phone when tickets go on sale to the general public Saturday, October 18 at 10 a.m. EST.
If you're really a glutton for punishment you can try to get tickets the old 20th Century method -- by telephone!
(757)671.8100, (757)872.8100 or (804)262.8100
Of course, Phish says they plan to announce additional 2009 tour dates sometime in the near future. Everyone say a little prayer for me that they will at least come to Portland, Oregon and play Portland Meadows (site of LivePhish 17, my ex-wife's first show, and at the time my personal acid test to see if we had a future together; she was hooked for life during the wind-up in Guyute -- leaned over and said to me, "How many days in a row are we going to see them?" The answer: two more at The Gorge -- July 16 & 17, 1998) or at least the Rose Quarter if not to Oregon then to The Gorge, which is only about five hours away as the crow flies from my adopted hometown of Bend, Oregon.
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Here is a good article on Phish and the possible resurgence of the Jamband scene over at Yahoo!
You have seen the video splash page posted to Phish's website, haven't you?
What else is going on ... Oh, of course! If you haven't heard Trey's new masterpiece, Time Turns Elastic performed at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee with Orchestra Nashville, you can download it here.
Even better, here is video footage of Divided Sky from rehearsal that afternoon.
The entire performance, as reported by Andy Gadiel (the creator of Jambase and my primary source of Phish news and information for years) unfolded like this:
Set One: XL (Scearce), Divided Sky (Anastasio, arr. by Don Hart)*, Concertino (Hart)**Orient and Occident (Part), Le Tombeau de Couperin (Ravel)
Set Two: Time Turns Elastic^ (Anastasio/Hart)
Encore: Let Me Lie**^ (Anastasio, arr. by Don Hart)
*Trey on electric guitar
** Trey on acoustic guitar
^ Trey on electric guitar and vocals
Check out Trey's performance from the Newport Folk Festival, which is now streaming at npr.org
And of course, Phish @ The Roxy in Atlanta is out. Read about it here.