Bobby and Phil 3/3/18: Down On Lazy River Road

Things got quite Phishy last night in New York City for Bobby and Phil’s second show of their duo tour run. Trey Anastasio, mind-bender, Jedi, and Phish guitarist joined Bob and Phil last night during their second set in New York City for the first major “guest” appearance on the duo’s Spring tour. In a like manner of Fare Thee Well, Trey approached the Dead’s music in a way that was both tributing and completely his own. Of course, the show wouldn’t have nearly been the masterpiece that it was without the prowess of Weir and Lesh, who tore New York City down the night before without the help of Trey. Highlights of the night include a rare acoustic “Playin in the Band”, which was the first song Trey came in for and an absolutely side-splitting Phishy, “St. Stephen”. But before things got the touch of Trey, Weir and delivered a replay-worthy first set.
 
To begin the night Weir led Lesh into a thunderous, “New Speedway Boogie”. Weir is essentially Benjamin Button in the sense that this dude’s voice is getting younger every year. A couple years ago during a handful of Ratdog shows it appeared as though things weren’t going to get better for Bobby. However, whether its thanks to Mayer or just the trajectory of life Bobby is just as powerful as ever. After “Boogie” Weir went into a chunky and powerful, “West LA Fadeaway” which eventually faded into the seldom played, “Lazy River Road”. By Dead and Company standards, this is a bust out. I hope with this introduction to Phil and Bobby’s duo tour we will see the first “Lazy River Road” for Dead and Company this summer. Lesh pioneered the vocals on this late-Jerry classic. Lesh, your voice isn’t as bad as everyone says, in fact, it’s distinctive fragility is what we love about the Dead. “Deep Elem Blues” and “Row Jimmy” came next which eventually gave way into the highlight of the first set, “Cassidy > Touch Of Grey > Cassidy”. This jam displays the true friendship and bond between Weir and Lesh who met many moon ago in Palo Alto.
 
The second set began and Trey joined Phil and Bobby on stage for the best, “Playin’ in the Band” in recent memory. This “Playin” was acoustic, which gave it a new flavor in addition to Trey’s already unique style. Lesh led the boys into a sublime, “The Wheel” which turned into the legendary monolith “Dark Star”. With “Dark Star” summoned it was fair to say the second set was meant to become legendary. After “Dark Star” smashed the remainder of the audience’s touch with reality the magic continued with a rare second set, “Jack Straw” which highlighted Weir’s chord play. A jazzy “Eyes of the World” put Trey in the center spotlight. Like Jerry, Trey has a unique guitar style that can immediately be recognized. This style mixed with “Eyes” is a masterpiece. This show makes me think about the legendary Phil and Phriend Warfield 99’ shows.. All available on YouTube. I’d highly suggest them if you’re a fan of the Phil Trey musical conversations. “Eyes” segued back into “Dark Star” and the “Dark Star” sandwich was complete. If the night couldn’t get anymore unbelievable Trey treated the audience to a clean and mean “St. Stephen” which was one of the highlights of the night. Weir complimented Trey and Phil’s inventive lyrics with masterful responses. Things got raunchy when Bobby threw down the opening chord to a grimy, “Viola Lee Blues” which had magnificent musical conversation between Trey and Lesh. With a change in mood Weir led the boys into “Standing on the Moon”. After the audience tears began to roll the band quickly reminded them of the cannon jug attitude with a “Viola Lee” reprise. The boys had jammed all the way to 12:00am eastern time but they had one more treat for the city that never sleeps with a peaceful, “Ripple” encore. A true masterpiece of a show that will be played back for years. Bobby, Phil, Trey, thank you.
 
Set One:
New Speedway Boogie
West L.A Fade Away
Lazy River Road
Deep Elem Blues
Row Jimmy
Cassidy
Touch of Grey
Cassidy
 
Set Two: (With Trey)
Playin In The Band
The Wheel
Dark Star
Jack Straw
Eyes of the World
Dark Star
St. Stephen
Viola Lee Blues
Standing on the Moon
Viola Lee Blues
 
Encore:
Donor Rap
Ripple
 
Follow @SMRTraveled for setlist reviews and on-site action for Bobby and Phil’s journey into our minds this Spring. Things are only going to get stranger.
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