Trey Anastasio Band,
Palace Theatre, Albany, NY
Set 1: Free, The Wedge, Prince Caspian, Backwards Down the Number Line, Limb By Limb, Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan, Guelah Papyrus, Buffalo Bill, Joy, Halley's Comet, Wading in the Velvet Sea, Black, Valentine, The Devil Went Down to Georgia
Set 2: Money, Love and Change, I Done Done It > Ocelot, Clint Eastwood, Night Speaks to a Woman, Sweet and Dandy, O-o-h Child, Windora Bug, The Birdwatcher, Sand, Drifting, The Way I Feel, Push On 'Til the Day
Encore: Cayman Review
 Trey solo acoustic.
 Trey solo acoustic. TAB debut.
 Trey acoustic with Jen and Natalie on vocals.
 Trey acoustic with Jen and Natalie on vocals and Ray on keys.
 Trey acoustic with full TAB.
 TAB debut.
Notes: The first set was Trey solo acoustic excepting “Wading” (with Jen and Natalie), “Black” (with Jen, Natalie and Ray), “Valentine” and “Devil Went Down to Georgia” (full TAB with Trey on acoustic). The second set and encore was electric TAB. Before “Number Line” Trey noted that the song was written “right down the road from here.” After “Limb By Limb” Trey offered that the line “Tossed with the salad and bailed with the hay” was his all-time favorite Tom Marshall lyric. “Guelah Papyrus,” “Halley’s Comet” and “Ocelot” were all Trey solo debuts. There was a brief P.A. drop-out at the beginning of “Done Done It.” The cover of Gorillaz’ “Clint Eastwood” was a TAB debut. “Windora Bug” contained alternate lyrics about bumblebees and Batman.
Then it happened. When the band fired up Money, Love and Change in full throat electric mode, the energy in room quite notably took two big steps up. And kept climbing for the duration of the show. Ocelot dove off a cliff into a surprising and swirling jam, quite unexpected. As the bank fired up Clint Eastwood there were squeals of surprise from the audience, and as the snaky groove got traction, the room started to coalesce into that one-mindedness that only rarely comes to visit. Strong versions of Night Speaks and Sweet and Dandy followed, perhaps taking a step back from the deepest level of bliss that was circling the room looking for an opening, which the following Ooh Child provided in spades. The "right now" chorus by the ladies reached an incredible emotional peak that the room soaked up and returned to the stage, creating an amazing feedback loop that everyone present felt. Windora Bug brought the energy level back down a notch, giving everyone a break while maintaining a deep, loping pocket chaired by Tony.
What happened next was astonishing. The opening bass riff of Sand kicked off and the room erupted. Again, over a precise and deep pocket set by Tony and Russ, with a very funky clav from Ray, Trey proceeded to give a master class in how to build a solo, starting from a very spare, careful example from the earliest days of plinko, into a whirling, snarling, loaded maelstrom of words fail me, wow. And when you can't take any more, the horns step in with some lines that just push it all to the breaking point.
The rest of the show, through the Cayman encore, was top drawer as well. The crowd was entrained, there was electricity crackling around the room. My buddy and I sat in our seats for a good half an hour after the show trying to process what had just happened. For me the true test of a great show (that I attended) is whether or not it stays in rotation, and whether a replay takes me back into the room. This one does. Sand even caused me to rear end a car in front of me a couple of weeks after the show, because I was just lost in the jam. Oops. A year and a half later, the show is still in high rotation, although the current summer of 2012 Phish tour is rudely elbowing its way in. But that Sand. Oooh, child, right now. Take a listen.