This past Saturday, January 6th at Radio City Music Hall in New York, music fans from all over came together for an evening of charitable giving and fantastic music at A Concert For Island Relief. The show featured performances from Hurray For The Riff Raff, Aaron Neville, Trey Anastasio Band and, finally, a Dave Matthews solo acoustic set to close the evening.
However, while Dave’s set was predominantly a solo affair (aside from some added brass on “Mercy”, “Satellite”, and “Save Me”), the highlight of his set came at its end, when he returned to the stage and invited Anastasio to join him for a duet on the first of four encore songs.
Trey took the stage with an acoustic guitar, and together the two ran through a beautiful version of Phish‘s “Waste”, written by Anastasio and Tom Marshall more than twenty years ago. Following the performance, which saw Trey and Dave trade verses before harmonizing on the chorus and bridge sections, Dave giddily leaned in to the microphone.”That’s Trey,” he remarked, pointing to Anastasio. “That’s my favorite song.”
That assertion from Matthews has plenty of historical background. Dave Matthews Band covered the song 15 times on their 2001 tour, and two more times in 2002. Then, during Phish’s hiatus, Trey joined Dave on Dave & Friends tour, during which the pair would include an acoustic duo portion of their sets, covering songs from both Phish and Dave’s catalogues–often including “Waste”.
Watch the multi-camera video (synced with taper audio) of Trey Anastasio and Dave Matthews playing Phish’s “Waste” below via YouTube user ChesterCopperpot5:
For more videos and a full review from the memorable evening, head here.
SETLIST: Dave Matthews | A Concert For Island Relief | Radio City Music Hall | New York, NY | 1/6/2017
Set: Don’t Drink the Water, Stay or Leave, Funny the Way It Is, So Damn Lucky, Samurai Cop, Grey Street, Mercy*, Satellite*& Save Me*&, Some Devil, Dancing Nancies
Encore: Waste@, The Maker#, Iko Iko#, I Want To Take You Higher#
* w/ Rashawn Ross
& w/ Ben The Sax Guy
@ w/ Trey Anastasio
# w/ Trey Anastasio Band, Rashawn Ross & Aaron Neville
[h/t – JamBase]