Just when I thought it was safe to leave my computer I get a call that made me want to run home with a case of blogarrhea. Future Phish vocalist Trey Anastasio has been added to the lineup of the third day of the All Points West festival in Jersey City on August 10. Now, unlike his Rothbury and Newport appearances, he’ll be ripping shit up on his ‘doc. Big Red will be joined by old co-horts Russ Lawton, Tony Markellis and Ray Paczkowski. Claaaasic!
This news comes on a day where Tom Marshall revealed that he’s been holed up in Saratoga Springs recording songs with Anastasio for a while. It’s clear Trey is looking back at what worked for him, as he prepares to move forward.
Does today feel like Christmas to anyone else? I can’t help but think of Big Red’s magical first solo tour in 1999, when he toured with just Markellis and Lawton. That was an incredible lineup that delivered blistering performances night after night. Certainly the addition of Paczkowski can only make things better. For now we’ve got to wait until August to see this band, unless of course Trey keeps on adding additional dates. I just don’t know what to expect at this point, and I like it!