Hands On A Hardbody, the new musical by Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright with music by Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green, will debut April 27, 2012 at La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, CA and run through June 17, 2012. Beginning now (and through the next 72 hours), tickets for the first two weekends of the run, April 29 and May 4-6, will be available at a special introductory price of $30 with code TRUCK2779. All other performance dates will receive a 20% discount through April 8 with code FAN5752.
Tonight, Phish front man Trey Anastasio continues his first-ever symphonic tour at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh, where he’ll be backed by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. PSO staff has been trying to prepare Phish fans by providing an email filled with information about what they can expect at the venue in hopes the crowd won’t be as raucous as those who hooted and hollered at last Thursday’s tour opener. The DJs for Pittsburgh radio station WDVE’s morning show had fun with the email and interpreted it for “hippies.”
Trey Anastasio: TAB 06/23/2002 Playlist [VQ: A, AQ: A+, Pro-Shot]
Sand (Pt. 1 and Pt. 2), Last Tube (Pt. 1 and Pt. 2), MLC, Drifting, Cayman Review, Mozambique, Alive Again, Speech, Wilson, Bathtub Gin, Mr. Completely (Pt. 1 and Pt. 2), Night Speaks To A Woman (Pt. 1, Pt. 2 and Pt. 3)
Trey: Video: The National w/ Trey Anastasio 12/16/2011 – Bloodbuzz Ohio, Murder Me Rachael, Terrible Love (w/ Richard Parry) and Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks (w/ Richard Parry and My Brightest Diamond) [VQ: C+, AQ: B]
The members of The National also have deep roots in the Phish world. One of the band’s earliest predecessor, Equinox—which featured future National members Aaron Dessner (guitar), Bryce Dessner (guitar) and Bryan Devendorf (drums)—covered The Allman Brothers and the Grateful Dead and has a sound that saxophonist Kevin Seal described as “Sorta jammy and the product of listening to a lot of Phish and classic rock radio.” Bryan Devendorf and his brother Scott, who play bass and guitar in The National, also took National frontman Matt Berninger—the only non-jam fan in the group—to a Deer Creek Phish show once. As Aaron Dessner recalled on Jambands.com in 2009, “He listened to one song and then went and hid in the car. Matt can still not understand at all how any of us can stomach Phish but pretty much everyone else in the band grew up on their music.”
Since winding up his fall tour, the Phish guitarist has been making a daily commute from his New York City home to Bridgeport, Connecticut’s Tarquin Studios, recording with his band and members of the National and Mates of State for the last month. Peter Katis, who owns the suburban studio and has produced a string of indie rock albums there.