Trey Anastasio Band Debuts Horn-Driven ‘Camel Walk’ In St. Petersburg
Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio led the Trey Anastasio Band through the first night of a brief four-concert tour on Tuesday at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida. TAB unveiled a horn-driven rendition of the Phish classic “Camel Walk” and dusted off a song the group hadn’t played in over eight years as part of opening night.
The group kicked off the first of two sets with “Set Your Soul Free” and then went with staples “Cayman Review” and “Mozambique.” Next, TAB busted out “My Problem Right There” from the Hands On A Hard Body musical for the first time since February 27, 2011. Another surprise followed as the first ever “Camel Walk” was introduced by Anastasio with, “You guys have heard it before but not like this.” While the guitarist had performed the song solo at TAB shows in the past and played a number of versions with the Trey Anastasio Trio in 2018, last night was the premiere of the full-band rendition featuring the horns. “Camel Walk” and “Possum” are the only songs written by co-founding guitarist Jeff Holdsworth that Phish still plays.
“Blaze On,” which was performed with horns for the first time last month, came next along with “Curlew’s Call.” Then, TAB dusted off both “Frost” and “The Song” after nearly two years on the shelf. “Alive Again” led into the day-appropriate “Tuesday” to end the set. Last night’s closing stanza got underway with “Sometime After Sunset” and a 13-minute “Everything’s Right.” From there, “Alaska” bled into “Magilla” before the pairing of TAB classics “Money, Love & Change” and “Ether Sunday.” Anastasio then went back to Hands On A Hard Body for “Burn That Bridge.”
A raucous “Sand” came next and was followed by the traditional “The Parting Glass” sung a capella by just Trey, James Casey, Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman. “Push On ‘Til The Day” closed out the frame ahead of an encore featuring “Valentine” and “Gotta Jibboo.” The tour continues tonight in St. Augustine.
Fan-Shot Videos (Captured by WardenJune)
Set Your Soul Free
Burn That Bridge
Push On ‘Til The Day
Setlist (via xYEMx)
Set One: Set Your Soul Free, Cayman Review, Mozambique, My Problem Right There, Camel Walk, Blaze On, Curlew’s Call, Frost, The Song, Alive Again, Tuesday
Set Two: Sometime After Sunset, Everything’s Right, Alaska > Magilla, Money Love & Change, Ether Sunday, Burn That Bridge, Sand, Parting Glass, Push On Til’ The Day
Encore: Valentine, Gotta Jibboo