Happy Birthday Trey Anastasio: Big Red On Fire Part IV – Non-Phish Edition
As mentioned earlier, today marks Phish front man Trey Anastasio‘s 52nd birthday as he was born in Fort Worth, Texas on September 30, 1964. We continue our Big Red On Fire series with two new installments. This morning we published the Phish edition of our look at the guitarist at his most ferocious and now here are five clips of Trey in non-Phish settings:
Trey Anastasio Band – 02/24/2001 – Gotta Jibboo
One of the best moments in Trey Anastasio Band history came on February 24, 2001 when TAB unleashed a version of “Gotta Jibboo” for the ages. Anastasio spends the first 10 minutes building “Jibboo” to a rolling boil and then wails away for the remainder of the 24-minute classic. Just when you think Trey and his band have climaxed the song they just keep going in an impressive display of musicianship and stamina.
Dave Matthews & Friends – 12/17/2003 – Sweet Up & Down
In December of 2003 Dave Matthews took his Dave Matthews & Friends project on the road for the first time. Matthews was joined in the band by Trey, Tim Reynolds, Tony Hall, Brady Blade and Ray Paczkowski. On December 17, 2003 Dave Matthews & Friends played Madison Square Garden in New York City, where as one YouTube commenter said “Jedi Trey took over” during “Sweet Up & Down.”
Phil Lesh & Friends with Trey Anastasio – 06/30/2006 – St. Stephen
While we featured Trey’s unbelievable solo from when he joined Phil Lesh & Friends for “St. Stephen” in Camden, New Jersey on June 30, 2006 in our first installment of Big Red On Fire it’s just too good not to share again. While Anastasio sat-in with Phil & Friends many times over the course of a Summer Tour in 2006, his outrageous playing on “St. Stephen” in Camden was the highlight of his time on stage with the Grateful Dead bassist. Phil was so impressed he held his mates back from cutting Trey off and let Anastasio unload a breathtaking solo. Lesh’s huge smile says it all.
G.R.A.B. – 07/14/2006 – Who Are You?
In the summer of 2006 Trey reunited with Phish bassist Mike Gordon and recruited drummer Joe Russo and keyboardist Marco Benevento to form a band lovingly known as G.R.A.B. In the middle of the tour Anastasio, Gordon, Russo and Benevento performed at the 2006 installment of All Good in Masontown, West Virginia. The set was highlighted by an impressive 25-minute cover of The Who’s “Who Are You?” featuring relentless fretboard fireworks from Trey.
Dave Matthews Band with Trey Anastasio – 08/14/2007 – Lie In Our Graves
During the Dave Matthews Band’s 2007 visit to SPAC in Saratoga Springs, New York Trey made a surprise appearance to help out on “Lie In Our Graves.” Anastasio was arrested the previous December and his performance with DMB was a coming out party of sorts. Matthews recently talked about how special the sit-in was in a documentary about the venue, “I love Trey’s playing but that particular night was one of the most beautiful, eloquent times I’ve ever heard him play. He hadn’t played for a while. He just came out that night and it was one of those really magical moments.”