Trey Anastasio @ Orpheum Theatre, October 27
Photos and Words: Parker Harrington
Trey Anastasio Band’s nine-show tour, which has taken them everywhere from Detroit to Chicago to Columbus to New York City, landed last night at the famed Orpheum Theater in Boston. The sold-out show was the next to last performance before the band closes out the tour back in New York at the recently reopened Capitol Theater in Port Chester on November 5th. (date rescheduled from Sunday due to impending storm).
As Halloween approaches, there was a fair share of costumed fans among the energetic crowd who seemed thrilled to have Trey back in town. An upbeat Money, Love and Change opened the show which was heavy with Traveler material. Corona and Architect were stand-outs from the new tunes with the latter featuring particularly outstanding lighting work by lighting designer Marc Janowitz. The geometric shapes of the lights and the way Trey was framed and his guitar highlighted really helped to tell the story of the song. Pigtail, Clint Eastwood, Let Me Lie, Scabbard and Frost were also played from the new album. The only song that hadn’t been performed regularly this tour was first set bust out Flock of Words which hadn’t been performed by TAB since 2010.
It will be exciting to see which songs from Traveler make it into the Phish repertoire as many of them seem like prime material for Trey’s other band to tackle. However, last night in Boston, that question didn’t matter much as the crowd was fully engaged with TAB and on their feet all night. The workhorse, always spirited and quintessential TAB song, First Tube, closed the second set prior to a Show of Life encore. And the band, indeed did, shine for a while in this marvelous show.
Set 1: Money, Love and Change, Sweet Dreams Melinda, Cayman Review, Burlap Sack and Pumps, Let Me Lie, Scabbard, Frost, Drifting, Simple Twist Up Dave, Flock of Words, Push On ‘Til the Day
Set 2: Corona, Gotta Jibboo, Valentine, Tuesday, Magilla, Pigtail > Goodbye Head > Architect, Sand, Clint Eastwood, First Tube
Encore: Show of Life
[Setlist via Phish.net]
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[Playlist: Scabbard, Frost, Drifting, Simple Twist Up Dave, Flock of Words, Push On Til The Day, Corona, Gotta Jibboo, Valentine, Tuesday, Magilla, Pigtail, Goodbye Head, Architect, Sand, Clint Eastwood, First Tube, Show of Life]