Trey Anastasio took to the airwaves of SiriusXM‘s Phish Radio over the weekend for Rubber Jungle LIVE. The audio broadcast heard the Phish guitarist perform an hour-long set of acoustic songs from his “Rubber Jungle” studio in his New York City apartment.
As Phish’s summer/fall tour looms overheard, many have actively debated what song the Vermont quartet will open with at their first show back on July 28th at Walmart Amp in Rogers, AR. A popular guess for many is the title track to the band’s 2020 album Sigma Oasis, released at the onset of the pandemic. Trey himself opened up Rubber Jungle LIVE with “Sigma Oasis”, with the song’s already-prescient lyrics of “take off your mask” even more relevant as this past week saw the CDC stating that vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear masks.
From the opening “Sigma Oasis”, Trey utilized looping technology that gave the song some added depth. Rather than just simple, stripped-down acoustics, this allowed for some grander exploration. At the end of “Sigma Oasis”, Trey quoted the Guns N’ Roses song “Welcome To The Jungle” which, in addition to being a play on the Rubber Jungle, also foreshadowed things to come.
Trey then took fans back to the beginning of the pandemic with “Lost In The Pack“, the first quarantine song he released from his home studio. This marked the first acoustic performance of the song that would later appear on 2020’s Lonely Trip. After a welcome detour into the Phish catalog with “Driver”, Trey reverted back to his quarantine material with the acoustic debut of “Evolve“. Then came the first new song of the performance with the appropriate “Getting Ready For Tour” ahead of the Kasvot Växt stomper “Turtle In The Clouds”.
Things next came full circle with the debut of “Welcome To The Jungle”, not the GnR rocker but instead a Trey original immortalizing the Rubber Jungle studio. Somber runs through “Brian and Robert” and “Snowflakes in the Sand” gave way to another debut with “A Little More Time”. While the earlier “Getting Ready For Tour” displayed the guitarist’s excitement to get back out on the road, “A Little More Time” saw Trey as a person acknowledging that we’re almost to the finish line of the pandemic, but haven’t crossed it yet.
Following “When The Words Go Away”, Trey unveiled the final new song of the Rubber Jungle LIVE session with “Tour Bus Window”. Another reflection on the traveling life that he was forced to leave behind, “Tour Bus Window” rolled right into “Say It To Me S.A.N.T.O.S.” before the broadcast wrapped up with the acoustic debut of “Quantegy”. To once again bring things full circle, Trey quoted Guns N’ Roses’ “Welcome To The Jungle” in the final song.
Listen to one of the new Trey Anastasio songs, “A Little More Time”, taken from the Rubber Jungle LIVE broadcast on Phish Radio.
Trey Anastasio – “A Little More Time”
[Video: Matt Nickel]
Setlist [via phish.net]: Trey Anastasio | Rubber Jungle | New York, NY | 5/14/21
Setlist: Sigma Oasis , Lost in the Pack , Driver , Evolve , More , Getting Ready for Tour , Turtle in the Clouds , Welcome to the Jungle , Brian and Robert , Snowflakes in the Sand , A Little More Time , When the Words Go Away , Tour Bus Window  > Say It To Me S.A.N.T.O.S. , Quantegy 
 Trey solo acoustic.
 First acoustic performance; Trey solo acoustic.
 Debut; Trey solo acoustic.
This performance, presented as Rubber Jungle LIVE and airing on Sirius’s Phish Radio, featured the debuts of Getting Ready for Tour, Welcome to the Jungle (not to be confused with the Guns N’ Roses song), A Little More Time, and Tour Bus Window as well as the first acoustic performances of Lost in the Pack, Evolve, and Quantegy. Welcome to the Jungle (Guns N’ Roses) was quoted at the end of Sigma Oasis and in Quantegy.