Never one to rest on his laurels, Anastasio was an integral part of the Grateful Dead reunion concerts in 2015, capably taking the place vacated by the late Jerry Garcia. Fresh off a well-received summer Phish tour, Trey Anastasio kicked off his Autumn solo tour in October with a pair of sold-out shows at Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre.
Taking the opportunity to expand his repertoire, Anastasio presented new cover versions of three classics from the 1970s: Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young’s 49 Bye Byes, Bob Marley’s Soul Rebel, and George Harrison’s love song What is Life. He also played a fierce six-minute version of Led Zeppelin’s hard rock classic Dazed & Confused. These nods to revered songsmiths do not mean that Anastasio is looking solely to the past for inspiration. On October 21, he released the highly anticipated solo album Paper Wheels.