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Link Trey Anastasio Band, Saturday, 05/08/1999
Oscar Mayer Theatre, Madison, WI

Set 1: Back on the Train[1], The Inlaw Josie Wales[1], Farmhouse[1], Snowflakes in the Sand[1], Alumni Blues[2], Billy Breathes[3], Mountains in the Mist[1], Chalk Dust Torture[1], When the Circus Comes[1], Kissed By Mist[1], Fluffhead[4], Brian and Robert[1]

Set 2: First Tube, Will It Go Round in Circles?, Gotta Jibboo, Further On Up the Road, Mozambique, O-o-h Child, Somantin, Aqui Como Alla, Sand > Drums[5], Come On (Part One), Bug[6], Heavy Things

Encore: Windora Bug, Voodoo Child (Slight Return)

[1] Trey solo acoustic.
[2] Trey solo acoustic; TAB debut. Dedicated to students skipping finals to see the show.
[3] Trey on piano. Interrupted by Trey telling story about Neil Young.
[4] Trey solo acoustic; TAB debut. No "Fluff's Travels."
[5] Trey on second drum kit.
[6] TAB debut.

Notes: First set Trey solo acoustic, second set electric TAB. “Alumni Blues” was dedicated to the students who were skipping finals to see the show. Trey performed “Billy Breathes” on piano; this was interrupted by Trey relating a story about a conversation that he had with Neil Young, when Neil recommended that Trey move around during the solo set to keep the audience interested. “Fluffhead” was not followed by “Fluff’s Travels.” “Alumni,” “Fluffhead” and "Bug" were TAB debuts. This gig was originally scheduled to take place at the Madison Civic Center and was later rescheduled for the smaller Oscar Meyer Theatre.

Musicians: Trey Anastasio, Russ Lawton, Tony Markellis

DaleCooper , attached to 1999-05-08 Permalink
DaleCooper I had an absolute blast at this show. Being the first of Trey's solo gigs, I think this tour is the best TAB there is, and frankly, I don't have much desire to see them again.

It was a beautiful day in Madison. My buds and I had taken the long way the rte, stopped in some backwater bars on the way, and showed up with a nice little Miller High Life buzz onů

We kn ew that the first set was acoustic, but we have no idea what would be played. Was t gonna be Phish? New stuff? Unreleased solo Trey stuff? The energy was palpable in that room, but also very, very respectful.

BOTT was a great way to start it off, and it is still the way I hear that song when it is mentioned. Josie Wales (then Minestrone I believe) was beautiful and vastly underplayed. The mistake on Billy Breathes was hysterical and something that I had certainly never seen up to that point. The Alumni tore the roof off. This is before the Alpine bust out, and a lot of the people in that room (myself included) thought the chances to hear that song had passed them by. The acoustic Fluffhead was an incredible way to wind down the set.

The First Tube opener and Gotta Jibboo from this are still my preferred versions. The Jibboo was in constant rotation for quite some time. Circles deserves a lot more spins as does Somantin.

This is a really enjoyable night of tunes and there are some great boots of it floating around. I recommend to anyone, both as a great show and an artifact of what Trey shows were like back in the day.
Score: 3

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