Trey Anastasio has spent the last few months at his New York apartment, recording the raw album, lo-fi The lonely journey. But on Tuesday, he retired to become the first guest of late night television first persons, since March, performing his brilliant new song “I Never Need You Like Before” with Roots in Tit Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The episode airs Tuesday at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.
Anastasio only appeared at the Rockefeller Center in New York, according to a source, with his amp and guitar. After taking a COVID-19 test and testing negative, he took the elevator upstairs to play with the Roots. Instead of performing at Show tonightOrdinary studio 6B, they chose studio 6A, Conan O̵7;Brien’s old studio, where it was easier to distance oneself from society.
It’s worth all the trouble: Anastasio and Roots’ performance was full of energy and deception, Anastasio and the Questlove drum were shut down for a fiery instrumental block. They looked happy to be back.
Anastasio recorded “I never need you like this before” and the rest The lonely journey in the weeks after New York closed, sending ideas back and forth with collaborators Tom Marshall and Scott Herman. “It felt therapeutic to write,” said Anastasio. “I wanted to connect with our community in some way. The unplanned nature of the recording meant that I did not have much equipment during this process. I had an electric and acoustic guitar, a small amp, two microphones, some drums and two keyboards, including an old Kurzweil with very realistic sounds on it. Everything was recorded through an 8-track Spire. The lonely journey is really a raw record, with a low thread. “The album is only available digitally; it can be heard here.