Trey Anastasio

Trey Anastasio

Highest Rated: 78% All Access: Front Row. Backstage. Live! (2001)

Lowest Rated: 30% Herbie Hancock: Possibilities (2006)

Birthday: Sep 30, 1964

Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, USA

As the frontman for Phish, Trey Anastasio was the Jerry Garcia of the jam-band generation, but the prolific, mercurial guitarist/singer/songwriter also turned out plenty of solo albums and side projects over the years. He was born Ernest Joseph Anastasio on September 30, 1964 in Fort Worth, Texas, but the Anastasio family moved to Princeton, New Jersey when Trey was three years old. While studying at the University of Vermont, Anastasio met the friends with whom he would form Phish; their first live performance was a dance at the school in 1983. After a 1986 cassette release, Phish put out their official debut album, Junta, in 1989. It didn't take long for them to become avatars of the burgeoning jam-band scene. Combining a tendency toward epic-length improvisations and a quirky compositional bent, Phish built up a huge grassroots fanbase through constant touring, much like the Grateful Dead had done. By the mid '90s Phish transcended cult status and became a major commercial force. They took a two-year hiatus starting in 2000, and a five-year layoff came in 2004, but outside of that the band remained busy onstage and in the studio. Beginning with his solo debut album, 1999's One Man's Trash, Anastasio maintained his own career alongside Phish. Even before that he started working on extracurricular projects, like the free-jazz ensemble Surrender to the Air, with whom he released a self-titled album in 1996. In 2000, Anastasio formed the supergroup Oysterhead with Police drummer Stewart Copeland and Primus bassist Les Claypool, releasing the album The Grand Pecking Order the following year. In 2003 he began playing with Dave Matthews & Friends, a distinct entity from The Dave Matthews Band. But in 2015 things finally came full circle for Anastasio; he landed (however briefly) what must have been his dream gig, taking the late Jerry Garcia's spot as lead guitarist in The Grateful Dead when the band reunited for a series of huge, high-profile shows to commemorate its 50th anniversary. Anastasio had spent much of his career being considered a sort of Garcia surrogate, and finally he got the chance to step into the man's shoes for real..

Photos

Filmography

Movies

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No Score Yet 100% Between Me and My Mind Self $813.8K 2019
30% 62% Herbie Hancock: Possibilities Self $1.8K 2006
78% No Score Yet All Access: Front Row. Backstage. Live! Self $995.1K 2001
56% 93% Bittersweet Motel Self $380.9K 2000

TV

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No Score Yet 56% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Music Performer 2020
No Score Yet 87% Conan Music Performer 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Front and Center Music Performer 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS News Sunday Morning Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Music Performer 2012
85% 76% The Simpsons Himself (Guest Voice) 2002