Trey Anastasio Performing Solo After Russ Lawton Tests Positive For COVID-19
Updates on the status of the remainder of TAB's current tour are forthcoming.
Trey Anastasio will perform solo tonight (Tuesday, September 28) after Trey Anastasio Band drummer Russ Lawton tested positive for COVID-19. Anastasio goes by his lonesome this evening for an acoustic concert at EXPRESS LIVE! in Columbus.
The show in Columbus was originally booked as a TAB show. Anastasio’s troupe was already sans horns for the remainder of their current tour due to trumpeter Jennifer Hartswick testing positive for COVID-19. Lawton is out for rest of the run, which is currently expected to end with two nights at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall on October 2 and 3. However, Trey’s announcement noted fans should “stay tuned for more info on this week’s shows.”
The tour started on Friday, September 17 at Thompson’s Point in Portland, Maine and featured changes to TAB’s lineup. Bassist Dezron Douglas replaced co-founding bassist Tony Markellis, who passed away earlier this year. Additionally, saxophonist held down James Casey‘s spot while TAB’s regular saxophonist undergoes colon cancer treatment until the group started performing without a horn section in the wake of Hartswick’s positive COVID-19 test result. Gastelum did miss a TAB show in Boston for which the group recruited former member Jeff Cressman to play trombone alongside his daughter, TAB trombonist Natalie Cressman.
Anastasio was joined by Lawton, Douglas, keyboardist Ray Paczkowski and percussionist Cyro Baptista for the previous two shows of the current tour. Read the message from Trey announcing he’ll perform solo acoustic tonight below: