In the spring of 2003, as Phish was preparing for their first Summer Tour following a two-year hiatus, guitarist Trey Anastasio set out with his band for a batch of shows in May and June. The 10-show run was punctuated with a two-night stand at the Memorial Auditorium in Burlington, Vermont that was part of the 20th Annual Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. Video footage of the Trey Anastasio Band’s June 8, 2003 concert recently surfaced on YouTube.
Original TAB members bassist Tony Markelis and drummer Russ Lawton were joined by longtime member Ray Paczkowski on keys and Cyro Baptista on percussion. The lineup that night was rounded out by a horn section made up of Dave “The Truth” Grippo on saxophone, Jennifer Hartswick on trumpet, Russ Remington on flute and saxophone, Andy Moroz on trombone and multi-instrumentalist/saxophonist Peter Apfelbaum.
Set one opened with “Simple Twist Up Dave” and “Mozambique,” followed by a performance of “Undermind” predating the Phish debut of the song by nearly six years. TAB staples “Mr. Completely” and “First Tube” surrounded the rarely played (and since shelved) “Every Story Ends in Stone” and a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog,” sung by Hartswick at center stage, closed out the first set.
“Alive Again” was chosen by Trey to open the second set, followed by the funky “Burlap Sack And Pumps” and ballad “Flock Of Words” that again prominently featured JHa’s vocals. Anastasio ripped into a fiery solo during the subsequent “Cincinnati,” which was trailed by Trey sporting an acoustic for the instrumental “At The Gazebo.” The guitarist showed off his skills inside a well-jammed “Pebbles And Marbles” and set down his instrument to dance and conduct the ensemble during the set closing pairing of “Last Tube” and “Caravan.”
Debuted a few days earlier at the Warfield in San Francisco, Anastasio (again sans guitar) and Hartswick teamed up at the front of the stage to rap on a cover of The Beastie Boys’ “Root Down” for the evening’s encore, drawing the show and tour to a rowdy conclusion. Watch the video shared by telekinetica below:
Setlist (via Phish.net)
Set One: Simple Twist Up Dave , Mozambique , Undermind , Mr. Completely , Every Story Ends in Stone , First Tube , Black Dog
Set Two: Alive Again , Burlap Sack and Pumps , Flock of Words , Cincinnati , At the Gazebo , Pebbles and Marbles , Last Tube -> Caravan
Encore: Root Down
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