Anastasio Expands Band For Summer U.S. Tour
Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio has lined up a month-long U.S. tour in support of his self-titled solo debut album, due April 30 from Elektra. The trek, the artist's fourth solo venture since Phish wenPhish guitarist Trey Anastasio has lined up a month-long U.S. tour in support of his self-titled solo debut album, due April 30 from Elektra. The trek, the artist's fourth solo venture since Phish went on hiatus in October 2000, is set to begin May 21 in Seattle and wrap June 22 in Columbia, Md. It will visit varied venues, from New York's Radio City Music Hall (June 18) to Detroit's Fox Theatre (June 7) and the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre outside Denver (June 3-4). Anastasio is also planning a second round of dates in early fall.
The only shows with an opening act will be a two-night stand in Las Vegas that will feature support from Los Lobos and Spearhead on May 31 and the Roots and Antibalas on June 1. Anastasio is also on the bill for the Mountain Aire Festival, set for May 25-26 in Angels Camp, Calif. The artist's touring band will be expanded to nine members with the addition of percussionist Cyro Baptista, who has previously played with the likes of John Zorn, Laurie Anderson, and Spyro Gyra.
As was Phish's custom, Anastasio will make tickets available online to fans before they go on sale to the general public. Tickets for almost all of the shows go on sale via that site beginning Tuesday (March 12); the general on sale begins March 30.
Anastasio tells Billboard.com that translating his new songs from their live origins into the studio has provided a new perspective on the material. "Nothing brings the music into focus more than actually having to record it and listen back to it," he says. "We had not done that before the last tour. Now we have. And now we're ready to really kick."
The first single from the 12-track set will be the horn-and-percussion-heavy "Alive Again," which should hit U.S. radio outlets the first week of April. A range of television and other promotional appearances are also in the works.
Here are Trey Anastasio's tour dates:
May 21: Seattle (Paramount Theatre)
May 22: Salem, Ore. (Armory Auditorium)
May 24: San Francisco (Bill Graham Civic Auditorium)
May 25-26: Angels Camp, Calif. (Mountain Aire Festival)
May 28: San Diego (Open Air Theatre)
May 29: Los Angeles (Greek Theatre)
May 31: Las Vegas (Thomas & Mack Center, w/ Los Lobos and Spearhead)
June 1: Las Vegas (Thomas & Mack Center, w/ the Roots and Antibalas)
June 3-4: Morrison, Colo. (Red Rocks)
June 6: Chicago (UIC Pavilion)
June 7: Detroit (Fox Theatre)
June 8: Noblesville, Ind. (Verizon Wireless Music Center)
June 9: Cleveland (Tower City Amphitheatre)
June 13: Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (SPAC)
June 14: Mansfield, Mass. (Tweeter Center)
June 15: Essex Junction, Vt. (Champlain Valley Exposition)
June 16: Darien Center, N.Y. (Darien Lake PAC)
June 18: New York (Radio City Music Hall)
June 20: Holmdel, N.J. (PNC Bank Arts Center)
June 21: Camden, N.J. (Tweeter Center)
June 22: Columbia, Md. (Merriweather Post Pavilion)