It’s hard to believe that over 13 years have passed since Trey Anastasio’s first solo tour. For that May 1999 excursion, the Phish front man gave fans a taste of his newest material and Phish classics during an acoustic first set and then treated attendees to more new tunes and a killer batch of covers for an electric second set in which he was backed by drummer Russ Lawton and bassist Tony Markellis.
For today’s Full Show Friday we set the HT Time Machine for 1999 and land at one of the TAB Trio’s first performances – May 6th, 1999 at The Riviera in Chicago. The highlights are many as in the first set you have the only solo acoustic Punch You In The Eye of the tour and one of only two unplugged Runaway Jim’s and then in the second set TAB takes Sand and Gotta Jibboo deep. There’s also a heartfelt take on I Can See Clearly Now, Marc Ribot’s Aqui Como Alla and the way-too-rare Somantin. Both sets are on YouTube thanks to thegreatboognish. Blow off work and take a look…
Set 1: Back on the Train, Farmhouse, The Inlaw Josie Wales, Sample in a Jar, Driver, Snowflakes in the Sand, Brian and Robert, When the Circus Comes, Mountains in the Mist, Punch You In the Eye > Runaway Jim
Encore: Silicone Fairy
 Trey solo acoustic.
 Trey solo acoustic; TAB debut.
 Trey solo acoustic; TAB debut. Trey whistled the guitar lines in the “Landlady” segment.
Notes: First set Trey solo acoustic, second set electric TAB. During “PYITE,” Trey whistled the lead guitar lines for the “Landlady” segment. “Sample,” “When the Circus Comes,” “PYITE” and “Runaway Jim” were TAB debuts.
[Hat Tip – Dave Lott]