Trey Anastasio & Classic TAB Debut 3 New Songs At Chicago Tour Opener

Trey offered premieres of “What’s Going Through Your Mind,” “Poppyhead” and more.

By Nate Todd May 10, 2024 1:40 pm PDT

Trey Anastasio and Classic TAB kicked off their spring tour at Chicago’s Salt Shed following a canceled appearance at Southern California’s Beachlife Festival due to high winds making the Chicago show Trey’s first outing since Phish’s debut at the Sphere in Las Vegas. The guitarist took the opportunity to unveil three new songs during the second set in a show full of Phish songs.

Trey Anastasio and Classic Tab — drummer Russ Lawton, keyboardist Ray Paczkowski and bassist Dezron Douglas — launched the concert with “Back On The Train.” “The Moma Dance” then preceded the relatively new song “A Wave Of Hope,” which didn’t quite get the sprawling treatment it has at Phish concerts of late. Next, “Ocelot” slinked around for nearly 13 minutes ahead of “46 Days” and a well-jammed “Wolfman’s Brother.” “Sand” sealed the first frame.

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Set two got going with “Oblivion,” a song Trey debuted around the same time last year in Denver with the Trey Anastasio Trio. The full-tilt funk of “No Men In No Man’s Land” followed.

The quartet then got into the new material beginning with “What’s Going Through Your Mind,” a boppy narrative song laced with electric piano from Ray and reminiscent of Bob Dylan’s “Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts” in its lyrics, which Phish.net notes are by by Tom Marshall and Scott Herman. The song received a vibey jam for about six minutes.

Next, the band kept up up the funk as Dezron laid down some wahed-out low end with Trey joining him and Ray sprinkling clavinet on top of a pocket groove from Lawton to get the band into “Outside the Lines,” another song debuted in Denver last year.

Anastasio then led the group through another premiere, a song called “Poppyhead.” Phish.net notes the reggae number has lyrics by Trey Anastasio and following the song Trey said, “That song’s called ‘Poppyhead.’ And if you have to ask, you don’t know.”

He continued: “That other song earlier by the way was called ‘Your Mind.’ And the subject matter is… your mind.” Trey then thanked the audience for being there and greeted the bartenders and asked them if they were getting tips.

“We’re gonna do a song now that’s a true story, true story. It’s called ‘Demons’… I hope you like it as much as we do. Dezron likes this song, this is for Dezron. Dezron Douglas on the bass.”

The final debut of the evening was a happy-sounding number despite the title and another trip inside the mind with some very interesting lyrics. Trey couldn’t deliver the line “choked the little fucker with some waxless dental floss” without laughing, who could? Check out a clip of “Demons” here.

The second set came to a close with a pairing of “Everything’s Right” and “First Tube.” “Cayman Review,” really the only true TAB song in the show, kicked off the encore. Trey and company capped the concert with “Ghost.”

Official audio of Trey Anastasio and Classic Tab at The Salt Shed is available via LivePhish.

Trey Anastasio and Classic TAB’s spring tour continues tonight in St. Paul. Check out Trey’s full tour routing with ticket info below:

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Setlist (via Phish.net)

SET 1: Back on the Train, The Moma Dance, A Wave of Hope, Ocelot, 46 Days, Wolfman’s Brother, Sand

SET 2: Oblivion, No Men In No Man’s Land, What’s Going Through Your Mind [1], Outside the Lines, Poppyhead[1], Demons[1], Everything’s Right > First Tube

ENCORE: Cayman Review, Ghost

Notes:

[1] Debut.

This show featured the debuts of What’s Going Through Your Mind, Poppyhead, and Demons. What’s Going Through Your Mind was introduced by Trey as “Your Mind.”

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