It felt good to see music performed live, on stage, once again. On Tuesday, August 11, host of The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon, welcomed Phish’s Trey Anastasio into the studio where he performed “I Never Needed You Like This Before” off his new quarantine-written and produced album Lonely Trip.
This was also the first time The Tonight Show house band The Roots had performed together since in-studio production was halted in March due to COVID-19. Anastasio spent that time writing in his Upper West Side apartment, where he recorded over a dozen songs which he shared on his Instagram. Among these would be the tracks that appeared on the raw, low-fi Lonely Trip, written with longtime collaborators Tom Marshall and Scott Herman.
According to Rolling Stone, Anastasio arrived at New York’s Rockefeller Center alone with just his amp and guitar. Once he took a COVID-19 test and tested negative, he took the elevator upstairs to play with The Roots in Studio 6A, Conan O’Brien’s old studio, where the band members and Anastasio could better socially distance.