Almost every night of this eight-show run sold out almost immediately with very little information. And on night one, the curtain revealed exactly what the Phish frontman had up his sleeve. Production designer Abigail Holmes , whose work includes Stop Making Sense , collaborated with Anastasio on a beautiful, ever-changing backdrop, setting a psychedelic atmosphere for the band who sported gray and white polished clothing. The general consensus is that the spectacle matched the mood of the music in a thrilling way. He explained his emotional state, and his experience with death, when thinking up the new material:.
Ghosts of the Forest | State Theatre | Portland, ME | 4/4/19 | Photos: Vic Brazen
However, Ghosts of the Forest constitutes something new for him. And not just new in the sense that of an original album and limited edition band, but a new kind of new altogether. Not long before, Anastasio had lost his sister. It was a tumultuous and emotional time. Anastasio enlisted close musical friends Jon Fishman and Tony Markellis, and eventually Paczkowski himself. But despite its introspective roots, spectral name, and the radical notion for Anastasio, anyway of performing a fixed song-list each night, Ghosts of the Forest was hardly a grim monument. There was an album, too, released on the eve of the tour. Lift the bell jar and se e. And then this thing started happening with Chris.
Trey Anastasio has gone through a lot in the past few years in terms of losing loved ones. At the same time he has been going through quite a creative period that has been having fans clamoring for as much new music as they can get their ears on. Last night at State Theatre in Portland, Maine, Trey, along with the band he put together for the album and this short run of shows, debuted the entire album, as well as some other songs. This review will not be reviewing the songs, but more so the feeling of the evening. State Theatre, Portland. Ghosts of the Forest. From the moment everyone stepped on stage there was, despite the lyrics being very dark and full of sadness, an amazing amount of joy. The smiles being exchanged between every member of the band to one another gave the feeling of being a fly on the wall of a practice session.
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