Phish fans looking for a fix while the band is on extended hiatus can satisfy their craving by checking out guitarist/singer Trey Anastasio's just-announced solo tour.
The 10-date, exclusively Eastern U.S. jaunt is expected to follow the same format of Anastasio's highly successful 1999 solo run, which included an acoustic set and an electric set, and featured a combination of Anastasio originals, Phish numbers and cover songs. The shows likely will sell out quickly.
Anastasio has tapped the same lineup of bassist Tony Markellis (Unknown Blues Band) and drummer Russ Lawton (Gordon Stone Band), both of whom were well received last time around, and has added new guests, including Giant Country Horns' Dave "The Truth" Grippo on saxophone, Jennifer Hartswick on trumpet and Andy Moroz on trombone.
Grippo, Hartswick and Moroz played on Phish's 2000 album Farmhouse, a disc comprised largely of tunes written by Anastasio and debuted on his last solo tour. One of those songs, "First Tube," is nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental; Anastasio's tour kicks off in Boston on February 21, the night of the Grammys ceremony in Los Angeles.
Anastasio also will join the Vermont Youth Orchestra for two sold-out concerts this weekend. The shows, featuring classical works by composers including Samuel Barber, Maurice Ravel and Anastasio himself, are set for Friday in Troy, New York, and Sunday in Burlington, Vermont.
Phish announced their hiatus expected to last at least through the end of this year last September. Phish manager John Paluska told the New York Times last October that, after 17 years of touring and recording together, the group members needed a rest and wanted to devote more time to their families.
Trey Anastasio tour dates:
2/21 - Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre (on sale 2/2 at 10 a.m.)
2/22 - Syracuse, NY @ Landmark Theatre (on sale 2/4 at noon)
2/23 - New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom (on sale 2/4 at noon)
2/24 - Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theater (on sale 2/3 at 10 a.m.)
2/26 - Cleveland, OH @ State Theatre (on sale 2/2 at 10 a.m.)
2/27 - Blacksburg, VA @ Burruss Auditorium (on sale 2/2 at 10 a.m.)
2/28 - Richmond, VA @ Landmark Theatre (on sale 2/3 at 10 a.m.)
3/2 - Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium (on sale 2/2 at 10 a.m.)
3/3 - Columbia, SC @ Township Auditorium (on sale 2/2 at 10 a.m.)
3/4 - Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre (on sale 2/3 at noon)