Trey Anastasio Trio continued their first tour since 1999 with a show at the Windy City’s Chicago Theatre on Friday night. The group offered up a number of TAB classics and a few Phish favorites, including the trio’s first-ever rendition of the Farmhouse track “Dirt”.
“Dirt” marks the latest Phish staple to appear during the current Trio tour, which has also featured takes on “Ghost”, “Party Time” and “Julius”. While the tune was first released on Farmhouse in 2000, “Dirt” was actually debuted in 1997 during a one-off “New York!” show that featured Anastasio, Mike Gordon, James Harvey, Pistol Stamen, and Tom Lawson (“Saw It Again” also made its debut at the show).
As previously reported, the current Trey Anastasio Trio tour was announced after longtime TAB keyboardist Ray Paczkowski underwent surgery for a brain tumor (a GoFund Me campaign was recently launched to help with his expenses). Rather than hit the road without him, Anastasio decided to reconfigure the TAB tour as revival of the Trey Anastasio Trio instead. The group, which finds Trey joined by bassist Tony Markellis and drummer Russ Lawton, will return to the Chicago Theatre tonight.
Trey Anastasio Trio – “Dirt”
[Video: Kevin Higley]
Setlist: Trey Anastasio Trio | Chicago Theatre | Chicago, IL | 4/20/2018
Set One: Party Time, Gotta Jibboo, Undermind, Dirt*, Night Speaks to a Woman, Ocelot, Burlap Sack and Pumps, Everything’s Right
Set Two: Soul Planet, Aqui Como Alla > Blaze On, Miss You, The Way I Feel, Back on the Train, No Men In No Man’s Land, Sand
Encore: When the Circus Comes, Tuesday
* Trey Anastasio Trio debut