HT fave Trey Anastasio begins his first-ever orchestral tour tonight in Atlanta. Back in December we presented a list of 10 songs HT EiC Scott Bernstein is hoping the Phish front man would perform with the symphonies, so we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to re-publish his list. Check out Phish.net’s brief history of Trey’s orchestral work for more.
Earlier this week Phish front man Trey Anastasio announced his first-ever orchestral tour, a four-show swing that is set to kick off on February 9 at the Atlanta Symphony Hall. Big Red isn’t a stranger to performing with symphonies and his two most recent orchestral gigs from 2009, May 21 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and September 12 with the New York Philharmonic, have shown Trey’s willingness to dig deep into his solo and Phish repertoires for such events.
For this week’s B List I’ve prepared a list of ten songs I’d like to see Trey at one or many of the 2012 Winter Symphony Tour performances. Here’s what I came up with…
Considering how good of a job Anastasio and the symphonies did with If I Could at the 2009 gigs, a ballad is a fine fit for the orchestral setting. Dirt has plenty of room for the orchestras to work their magic behind Trey’s gentle vocals.
9. Limb By Limb
I’d like to see Trey and any of these orchestras tackle one of the many Phish songs written in 6/8 and I can just imagine what a symphony’s percussion and woodwinds section could do with this Anastasio/Herman/Marshall original.
8. It’s Ice
The structure of It’s Ice makes it a perfect candidate for the symphony tour and I think for this one, I’d rather hear the strings or woodwinds interpret the lyrics rather than have Trey sing along. Hopefully the ensemble find a creative way to take advantage of the “jam.” The last time Trey toyed with the arrangement for It’s Ice, the 70VP “metal” version, he did so with rather impressive results.
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