Today is Trey Anastasio‘s 56th birthday! Born on September 30th, 1964, Phish‘s fearless leader may not have had the most expected trip around the sun for much of this year, but he still managed to stay busy. Prior to the shutdown of live music, Big Red reunited with Les Claypool and Stewart Copeland to revive the long-dormant Oysterhead project with a pair of shows in Colorado. As quarantine put a halt to live music, stalling Phish’s show count for 2020 at a mere four, Anastasio still kept us entertained with a steady stream of new songs coming out almost weekly from his Brooklyn apartment. Then came the release of Phish’s widely heralded 15th studio album, Sigma Oasis, as well as Trey’s solo album, Lonely Trip, comprised of his quarantine material. With so many accomplishments for a highly unconventional year, and a birthday to celebrate, let’s look back at just a few of the many memorable Trey Anastasio moments over the years.
See below to watch the “Roses are Free” jam from 1998’s “The Island Tour”, the famous “Chalk Dust Torture” from Randall’s Island 2014, “First Tube” from Bonnaroo 2002 with the Trey Anastasio Band, memorable guest spots with Dave Matthews Band and The Fab Faux, performances of “Standing on the Moon” and “Scarlet Begonias” into “Fire On The Mountain” from his appearance with the Grateful Dead at 2015’s Fare Thee Well shows, the 30+ minute “Lawn Boy” from the 2017 Baker’s Dozen Run, the 38-minute “Ruby Waves” from the band’s 2019 Alpine Valley Music Theatre run, and his performance of quarantine original “I Never Needed You Like This Before” with The Roots on The Tonight Show in August—which made him the first in-studio musical guest at a late-night show following the shutdown.
Phish – “Roses Are Free” – 4/3/1998
Phish – “Chalk Dust Torture” – 7/13/2014
Trey Anastasio Band – “First Tube” – Bonnaroo 2004
Dave Matthews Band ft. Trey Anastasio – “Lie in Our Graves” – 8/14/07
The Fab Faux ft. Trey Anastasio – “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” – Jammys 2008
Fare Thee Well – “Standing On The Moon” – 7/14/15
Fare Thee Well – “Scarlet Begonias” > “Fire On The Mountain” – 7/13/15
Phish – “Lawn Boy” – 7/25/2017
Phish – “Ruby Waves” – 7/14/2019
Trey Anastasio w/ The Roots – “I Never Needed You Like This Before” – The Tonight Show
Happy birthday, Trey!!!