Tonight Phish front man Trey Anastasio opened for one of his musical heroes, Neil Young, at the Borgata in Atlantic City, New Jersey by playing a rare solo acoustic set. Neil Young organized the show to raise funds for victims of SuperStorm Sandy and headlined the evening backed by Crazy Horse.
[Photo by @chriskel]
Trey stuck mainly to unplugged versions of Phish classics such as Sample In A Jar, Theme From The Bottom, Brian and Robert and Back On The Train. The guitarist did play both Architect and Let Me Lie off his latest album, Traveler, noting that the former was written recently with his friend Steve “The Dude of Life” Pollak. Anastasio, a New Jersey native, discussed his time spending summers on the Jersey Shore between Let Me Lie and Wolfman’s Brother and dedicated Water In The Sky to his wife Sue.
Before starting Chalk Dust, Big Red mentioned that he’d only seen Neil Young perform with Crazy Horse once and called it among the best musical experiences of his life. Anastasio has remained a huge fan of Young and even penned an essay about him for Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists List.
Soundcheck: Sample In A Jar, Character Zero, The Wedge
Set: Back On The Train, Let Me Lie, Wolfman’s Brother, Theme From The Bottom, Water In The Sky, Sample In A Jar, Brian and Robert, Architect, Chalk Dust Torture, Backwards Down The Number Line
[Soundcheck setlist via Phish.net]
Neil Young and Crazy Horse delivered their typically potent Alchemy Tour set with the exception coming towards the end, when they dusted off Rockin’ In The Free World for only the second time all year. For the encore Neil and the Horse offered the fitting Like A Hurricane. Unfortunately “Trezy Horse” was not to be as Anastasio did not sit in with Young and his band.