Friday, December 3 my Dad (Bill Kreutzmann) and I went to see our new friend Trey Anastasio (formerly of Phish) at the Warfield Theater here in San Francisco. Walking in, I noticed a dressing room with Mickey & Billy written on the door. “How nice,” I thought, “they even gave us a room to hang out in.” But they had other plans up their sleeves.
Trey asked Dad and Mickey Hart (the other Grateful Dead drummer) if they’d sit in with his band. After they couldn’t talk their way out of it Dad and Mick decided it would be fun. Using Trey’s iPod to teach the other guys in his band Grateful Dead tunes they all decided on what to play.
After Trey’s amazing band performed for about an hour he did a short acoustic set. Hearing the Stones LOVING CUP was pretty cool. Especially as it came right after Trey got pissed at someone in the crowd for throwing a cup and hitting him on stage. Out of that, Dad and Mickey joined Trey’s band for great versions of “Iko Iko,” “Going Down The Road Feeling Bad,” Eyes Of The World” and Casey Jones.” OK, so “Casey Jones” was a little rough but Trey’s band had to try and learn the tune right before they went on stage. The audience really seemed to enjoy it. So did the band. Dad was raving about how much fun he had in the car home.
On December 17th, Trey, Dad and Mike Gordon (also from Phish) are playing a Christmas show that Warren Haynes does every year. If that goes well who knows….