Former Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio will hit the road for an October North American tour in support of his upcoming album.
Former Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio will hit the road for an October North American tour in support of his upcoming album, "Bar 17." The trek will kick off with two rare club shows at New York's Webster Hall on Oct. 8-9.
At those shows, Anastasio tells Billboard.com he "will do the whole album in sequence with strings and everything, so it should be pretty cool and a little different. It will be more of a party than a regular show."
The tour will find Anastasio backed by bassist Tony Hall, drummer Raymond Weber, keyboardist Ray Paczkowski and vocalists Christina Durfee and Jennifer Hartswick. "The band is really coming together now but it took two years to dial in," Anastasio admits. "We just did the Tom Petty tour and it is really sounding good."
As for "Bar 17," Anastasio is particularly pleased with the contributions from the Benevento/Russo Duo, with whom he toured this summer in tandem with Phish bassist Mike Gordon. "Mike told me how much fun he had playing with these guys, and I met them in Brooklyn," he says. "They were only going to do two songs, but Mike came in with them and we just hit it off instantly. I think we did four songs in one or two nights, and we instantly started talking about doing some shows."
Elsewhere, "Goodbye Head" features some lyrics written by the artist's 10-year-old daughter, Eliza. "I was writing that song while she was skateboarding around in the living room," he says, "But she threw in some lines that turned out to be the best of the song: 'Don't you know the stars in the sky might not even still be there?' I just love those, because I was writing a song about thinking too much."
Once the fall dates are complete, Anastasio says he no firm plans. One possibility is working again with Oysterhead, his power trio with Stewart Copeland and Les Claypool. The group played its first show in four years in June at the Bonnaroo festival.
"I had such a good time playing with those guys this summer," he says. "I thought it sounded a lot better the second time around. I missed those guys. They're so funny. We keep joking about doing another album because we already have a title: 'O2 -- You Gotta Have It.'"