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Link Trey Anastasio, Sunday, 07/06/2008
Double JJ Resort, Rothbury, MI

Set 1: Back on the Train[1], Brian and Robert[1], Water in the Sky[1], Secret Smile[1], Driver[1], The Inlaw Josie Wales[1], Farmhouse[1], Let Me Lie[1], Sample in a Jar[1], Mountains in the Mist[1], Wading in the Velvet Sea[1], Sleep Again[1], Waste[1], Backwards Down the Number Line[2], Alaska[2], Chalk Dust Torture[3]

[1] Trey solo acoustic.
[2] Debut; Trey on acoustic with Mike on bass.
[3] Trey on acoustic with Mike on bass.

Notes: This set was part of the Rothbury Festival. Trey performed this set solo acoustic, excepting "BDTNL" through "Chalk Dust" where he was joined by Mike on bass. Before "Mountains in the Mist" Trey related a story about how he was asleep in the car on the way to this gig, and when he woke there was a sign that said "Welcome to Whitehall;" he dedicated the song to all the people in Whitehall. This show featured the debuts of "Backwards Down the Number Line" and "Alaska." Trey introduced "BDTNL" as a song written by Tom that arrived in the mail on his birthday and is "about getting younger or something." After "BDTNL" Trey asked the crowd to give it up for Mike who he "had just taught that song five minutes before coming out." 

Musicians: Trey Anastasio, Mike Gordon (Guest)

King_Williamson , attached to 2008-07-06 Permalink
King_Williamson It's been over six years since I was there. It's been 3.5 years since I've been on .net. I've hesitated to even review this show because I felt that I couldn't do it objectively. Well, six years later, I still feel the same way about it as I did then.

A last minute call from my brother lettting me know that he had an extra for Sunday only put a half smile on my face. I was hesitant to go, because I felt that it would be a bit of a tease. Apparently I hadn't yet forgiven Trey for letting himself getting drowned in addiction, but, c''s been four years. It was time to let it go.

Right from the get go, BOTT was symbolic to me. I was thinking, "Okay, this seems familiar." I am a huge fan of Driver, so I was really excited to hear this one. Waste is one of my favorite ballads. Always has been. I've always enjoyed the lyrics and the way Trey would solo on this with Phish. And then.... my man.... Mr. Michael Gordon!!!

Now, at this point, my brother and I knew that 3/4's of Phish were on the grounds. We were hoping for a helicopter to fly in with the sandwich king on board, but it was not to be. One half of Phish that day was better than none at all. But, we all know how this turned out just a few months later.....

And that's why this show has stuck with me. It felt like more than just a solo Trey show with Mike on the last few tunes. My brother and I couldn't stop smiling while they were playing, and in between saying "What if?" We knew 3 of them were there that day, so why not all four? It felt like things were coming together for something bigger than a solo Trey. Of course, we could've just been "happy" I suppose. Who knows? But, this one, aside from my first Phish show will be one of those moments that I'll always cherish. :)
Score: 1

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