Marble Eyes Honor Tony Markellis In Saratoga Springs
Marble Eyes paid tribute to Trey Anastasio Band founding bassist Tony Markellis, who sadly died on Thursday. The collective delivered the Markellis/Anastasio co-writes “Sand” and “First Tube” in honor of Tony during an April 30 concert at Putnam Place in Saratoga Springs, New York where Markellis was a longtime resident.
Marble Eyes is a collective that came together during the pandemic consisting of Pink Talking Fish bassist Eric Gould, The Indobox guitarist Mike Carter, keyboardist Max Chase and drummer Adrian Tramontano of Kung Fu and The Breakfast. The band shared video of “Sand” and “First Tube” along with a statement. Read it below:
The music world has lost one of its great spirits, Tony Markellis. On Friday Night, April 30th, Marble Eyes happened to be performing in his hometown of Saratoga Springs NY for a socially distant tabled concert at Putnam Place.
The band paid tribute to the bass player by closing out the 1st Set with two songs that he wrote with Trey Anastasio: “Sand” and “First Tube.” Bassist Eric Gould, who is also in Pink Talking Fish, sang lead on “Sand.” Gould pulled up a stool and sat down for the performance of “First Tube” in honor of Tony. The stool stayed on stage for the rest of the show.
Gould and Tramontano locked in on both songs, TAB Style while guitarist Mike Carter moved through the leads and solos. The energy for Tony was strong in the room full of people who loved their hometown bassist. Tony Markellis gave us a beautiful gift in this world and we will always be thankful.
Watch Marble Eyes pay tribute to Tony with “Sand” and “First Tube” below: