Oct 28, 2017 • 12:00 pm PDT
There was one big omission from our original report that can now be confirmed. Early in the first set, the Trey Anastasio Band performed the long-lost instrumental “Sidewalks Of San Francisco.” TAB debuted the funky track at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston on February 21, 2001 – the first show of the project’s second ever tour.
“Sidewalks” was a staple on Winter Tour 2001 as well as following runs including a pair of performances as part of TAB’s Spring Tour 2003. The song then went missing until Friday’s tour opener. Anastasio and his troupe had last played “Sidewalks Of San Francisco,” which was featured on Trey’s 2007 studio album The Horseshoe Curve as well as the accompanying The Lucius Beebe EP, way back on June 4, 2003. Last night’s performance is among the biggest bust outs in TAB history.
Listen to the version of “Sidewalks Of San Francisco” from The Horseshoe Curve:
Images by: Paul Citone
The busiest year for Trey Anastasio‘s Trey Anastasio Band since the ’00s continued with the start of fall tour on Friday night. Anastasio led TAB through a marathon performance at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas in Sin City that opened with a beautiful tribute to the victims of the mass shooting on October 1 and the featured what Trey described as a “Soul Sandwich.”
Friday’s concert and the tour began with Trey and the horn section of Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman and James Casey stepping to the front of the stage without their instrumentals. The foursome delivered a moving a capella rendition of the ballad “Over The Rainbow” by Harold Arlen/Yup Harburg that was written for The Wizard Of Oz. Anastasio held a candle during the heart-warming opening. While “Over The Rainbow” was a TAB debut, Phish has performed the song a number of times including solo Theremin versions by Page McConnell and a pretty rendition connecting “Waste” and “You Enjoy Myself” at an August 9, 1998 show best remembered as the night the quartet played “Terrapin Station.”
The show continued with a full band rendition of a new original which JamBase has confirmed is titled “Set Your Soul Free.” Anastasio handled lead vocals on the song with Hartswick providing powerful harmonies. “Set Your Soul Free” is another in a series of Trey tunes about celebrating life including “Everything’s Right” and “Rise/Come Together.” TAB’s opening set of the tour also featured “Pigtail,” “Money Love & Change,” “Alive Again,” “Sometime After Sunset,” “Magilla,” “Curlew’s Call,” “Land Of Nod,” “Dark & Down” and more. “Sidewalks Of San Francisco,” perhaps the evening’s biggest surprise, was the fourth song of the night. The instrumental had been shelved since June 4, 2003 – a span of 342 shows. Anastasio’s troupe concluded the frame with “Bounce.”
Friday’s second set was a more a jam-heavy affair with lengthy versions of “Simple Twist Up Dave,” “Sand,” “Push On Til The Day” and “Liquid Time” included within. “Drifting” opened the set and the closing stanza ended with a powerful “Night Speaks To A Woman” ahead of “Shine” and “Everything’s Right” and “Valentine.” When TAB returned for the encore, Anastasio mentioned he just wrote a song about the current events of the day. Trey told the crowd the audience was a “soul sandwich” and the fans soon learned what he meant, when TAB unveiled the new original which JamBase has confirmed is titled “Soul Planet.” James Casey and Jennifer Hartswick both shined on the first ever “Soul Planet.”
The Trey Anastasio Band returns to Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas on Saturday.
Check out a gallery from Friday’s show captured by Paul Citone:
Watch video of Friday’s “Simple Twist Up Dave” shot by Kindlot.com:
Here’s a clip of the debut of “Soul Planet” captured by Shana C:
Check out a taste of “Set Your Soul Free”:
Setlist (via Trey.com / H/T Jambands.com)
Set One: Over The Rainbow, Set Your Soul Free, Sometime After Sunset, Sidewalks Of San Francisco, Pigtail, Money Love & Change, Curlew’s Call, Dark & Down, Magilla, Land Of Nod, Alive Again, Bounce
Set Two: Drifting, Simple Twist Up Dave, Sand, Liquid Time, Night Speaks To A Woman, Shine, Everything’s Right, Valentine
Encore: Soul Planet
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