1999 Tour

B List: 10 Things You Might Not Remember About Trey Anastasio’s First Solo Tour

In May of 1999, Trey Anastasio hit the road for his first solo tour. For this 12-show tour, Trey kicked things off with an acoustic set before welcoming drummer Russ Lawton and bassist Tony Markellis for an electric second set. The debut TAB tour contained plenty of standout moments, but there are a few highlights that generally get forgotten about in Trio Tour discussions.

This week’s B List continues “Trey Week” by detailing 10 Things You Might Not Remember About Anastasio’s First Solo Tour. As the Phish front man sets off to embark on a tour tomorrow with the same number of shows and same format as the 1999 TAB tour, let’s take a look back at that initial run…

10) Type THAT into The Internet

“Golden Banter” as they say. It was 1999 and none of us were nearly as familiar with The Internet as we are now. After reading that his band had covered Voodoo Child when they had not Trey accurately pointed out, “There’s all this information but half of it is wrong!”. Then, there was also Trey’s reneged promise that the first person to type a song title into The Internet for his new acoustic ditty would have naming rights. Turns out that both the Internet’s pick of Minestrone and Trey’s pick of Purple Hugh didn’t stick and Page ultimately named the song The Inlaw Josie Wales. In this audio montage we hear all of this banter plus Trey’s hilarious take on his song’s “duologies.”


UPDATE: The nice thing about online publishing is that we can do things like this. So after being reminded by my good friend Brett aka “This guy here in the front row is yelling” reminds me of another chapter in Instrumental Internet Namegate. So here is the audio from Asheville that didn’t make it into the above montage.


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