Trey Anastasio Band Fits Rarities Into Mission Ballroom Finale


The Trey Anastasio Band closed out a two-night stand at the recently-opened Mission Ballroom in Denver on Saturday night. Anastasio’s troupe dusted off a handful of songs they hadn’t played in a while, including a song first debuted by TAB that went on to become a Phish staple and seemingly disappeared from the group’s repertoire until Saturday.

Anastasio and company kicked off the concert with their first versions of “Sweet Dreams Melinda” and “Sidewalks Of San Francisco” since November of 2017. The rest of the opening frame featured more typical fare of recent shows including reworked Phish classics “Camel Walk,” “46 Days” and “Blaze On” and TAB favorites “Mozambique,” “Last Tube” and “Rise/Come Together.”

The band focused on classic material from various eras to start the second set. Oldies “Simple Twist Up Dave” and “Drifting” were followed by “Spin” from the 70 Volt Parade days. A run of “Heavy Things,” “Plasma,” “Burlap Sacks & Pumps” and “Night Speaks To A Woman” led into the biggest surprise of the night, “Undermind.” While “Undermind” was first debuted by TAB on May 27, 2003 it was last performed at a Trey Anastasio Band concert on December 27, 2006. However, the song was played a number of times during last year’s Trey Anastasio Trio tour and has been frequently performed by Phish since 2009 and served as the title track from the group’s 2004 studio album.

Saturday’s closing stanza concluded with “Ether Sunday” and “First Tube.” Then, Trey Anastasio, Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman and James Casey sang the a capella standard “The Parting To Glass” to begin an encore that also included a solo acoustic version of “More” and a “Push On ‘Til The Day” finale.

Watch fan-shot video of “The Parting Glass” captured by Michael Peterson below:

Here’s video of the “Spin” jam shared by Gregory Marcus:

Setlist (via

Set One: Sweet Dreams Melinda, Sidewalks of San Francisco, Blaze On, 1977, Mozambique, 46 Days, Camel Walk, The Way I Feel, Sometime After Sunset, Last Tube, Rise/Come Together

Set Two: Simple Twist Up Dave, Drifting, Spin, Heavy Things, Plasma, Burlap Sack and Pumps, Night Speaks to a Woman, Undermind, Ether Sunday, First Tube

Encore: The Parting Glass, More[1], Push On ‘Til the Day

[1] Trey solo acoustic.

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