New To YouTube: Trey Anastasio, Mike Gordon & Bill Kreutzmann Team As SerialPod In 2005

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2005 was a tough time for Phish fans as the band had recently broke up and it didn’t seem as if they would ever get back together. A ray of hope came ahead of the 2005 Christmas Jam when it was revealed Trey Anastasio and Mike Gordon would pair up at the Asheville, North Carolina benefit concert. Soon before the Christmas Jam weekend word started to spread that Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann would join the Phish guitarist and bassist, which is exactly what happened. All these years later multi-cam video of the trio’s performance has surfaced on YouTube.

Trey, Mike and Billy named their band “SerialPod” and the trio made their debut with a brief set at the Christmas Jam Pre-Jam at The Orange Peel on December 16. SerialPod played a lengthier set at the Asheville Civic Center as part of the Christmas Jam the next night. The band’s loose and wild performance saw them weave Phish and Dead classics with such covers as Jimi Hendrix’s “Angel” and “Sweet Thing” by Van Morrison. There was no break throughout the 80-minute performance as the trio swerved from one song to the next.

Legendary keyboardist Ivan Neville joined the action for the set-closing sequence of “Waves,” “Angel” and “Loose Lucy.” At points the set was magical and at points the set was incredibly sloppy. For Phish fans, it was just nice to see Mike and Trey share the stage again.

Watch just-surfaced video of the set shared by Frank Musillami:

Setlist (via Phish.net)

One Set: Jam > Cumberland Blues > Chalk Dust Torture -> On a Plain > Wave the Ocean > Sweet Thing -> Jam[1] > Waves[1] -> Jam[1] -> Angel[1] > Loose Lucy[1]

[1] Ivan Neville on keyboards

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