Trey Anastasio and Dave Matthews Acoustic Collaboration at MSG in 2003 (Throwback Thursday)


By Max Stewart

In honor of Dave Matthews Band kicking off their tour in Charlottesville this weekend and Phish’s Summer Tour just over a month away, we are throwing it back to December 2003 when Dave Matthews and Trey Anastasio collaborated for some acoustic magic in Madison Square Garden.  This was during the Dave Matthews & Friends tour, which promoted Matthews’ solo album Some Devil along with a few familiar faces (including guitar virtuoso / frequent Matthews-collaborator Tim Reynolds).  It is a treat to see Matthews and Anastatio smiling through the stripped down versions of their songs like a couple of old college buddies, and their mutual appreciation of the power of the bare-bones, acoustic form is very clear.

The boisterous crowd really caries Dave Matthews’ acoustic version of “Everyday,” as they provide vocal touches from another song in DMB’s artillery: “#36” (“Honey, honey, come and daaaance with me…”).   The performance transitions nicely into a rare acoustic version of the Phish staple “Bathtub Gin,” with Matthews and Anastasio alternating vocal duties.  The crowd’s participation makes this video a must-watch, notably when Anastasio and Matthews dance around the stage to the audience’s Acapella version of the classic “Bathtub Gin” guitar riff.

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