Like Night and Day…

10/17/08 Chevrolet Theater – Wallingford, CT
I: Drifting, Tuesday, Sand, Peggy, Dark and Down, Money Love & Change, Sweet Dreams Melinda, Push on til the Day

II: Light, Gotta Jibboo, Alaska, Shine, Windora Bug, Burlap Sack & Pumps, A Case of Ice and Snow, Dragonfly

E: Water in the Sky*, Waste*, Sample in a Jar*,  First Tube  ( *solo, acoustic)

If Roseland’s show was symbolic of Trey feeling at home on stage again, last night’s show in Wallingford, CT represented Trey at play in his romper room.  In a show that absolutely slaughtered the previous night from start to finish, Trey imaginatively improvised while shredding with absolute precision, and played with a childish joy and enthusiasm not seen in years.  Not only Trey, but the entire band, stepped up to a different level than New York City, improvising cohesively throughout a creative show that featured a diverse set list of songs, all taking on a fresh feel with his four piece band.

Wallingford, CT

Wallingford, CT

In a show strewn with highlights, the brightest point shone at the beginning of the second set with the second-ever performance of a top contender for future Phish epic, “Light,” and an otherworldly Jibboo.  Complete with a several minute ambient build up, the spiritually-themed opener led into a sky-scraping jam with Trey emotively wailing in what seemed to be a sure preview of a huge Phish vehicle.  Taking on a new character, as the band collectively improvised and extended the jam far beyond its abbreviated debut, the song’s performance was truly inspiring in its soaring trajectory.

Leaving the audience awestruck, and taking a moment to enjoy it himself, Trey soon began the opening chords of Jibboo.  Reaching far beyond Roseland’s show-highlight, this Jibboo moved through multiple improvisational segments, as Trey fired from all angles during this near twenty minute version.  A guitar-based acrobatic act of grooves galore, this Jibboo electrified the magnificent Cheverolet Theatre in Southern Connecticut.  Illustrating the energy, creativity, and precision of the entire night in a microcasm, this Jibboo made sure that no one who saw both versions would remember Roseland’s.

In a massive follow up of the encore debut of the “new” Burlap Sack and Pumps, the freshly-arranged future Phish jam, was centrally focused, as expected, in the heart of the second set.  Listening to Trey and his band fully improvise over the new arrangement for a second time, its potential really seems unlimited.  Beginning in a percussive groove and moving into a dark transcendent jam, this seems like a made for order Phish entree.  Much more than a palate for Trey’s imagination, Burlap Sack and Pumps, represents a full band journey that that will explore many places by the end of the next six nights.  With any such cohesive exploration, one can’t but help but ponder what Phish might do with it.  Stay tuned.

Wallingford, CT

Wallingford, CT

Yet, the high points of this show were far from secluded to the second set.  The zenith of the first set came in the funk exploration of Money, Love, and Change.  As Trey ran a clinic in rhythm grooving, taking a lot from his hallowed portfolio, and moving beyond, as the venue pulsed with the dancy rhythms.  As this song took center stage in the opening frame, it ballooned outwards, bubbling with infectious grooves that flowed effortlessly, as Trey seemed like a kid on Christmas.  Dark and Down provided another improvisational highlight off of what is now proving to be an album full of legitimate launch pads, Shine.  The slower, darker composition gave way to an inspirational, and divergent jam- the type that has usually been left behind with the more percussive incarnations of TAB.  To close the adventurous set was a welcome return of the Classic TAB staple, Push On ‘Til the Day, sounding ever tighter with the four-piece lineup, and featuring huge improvisation from Trey and his second band, who were all on the same page and firing tonight.

The one other highlight of note was a gorgeous rendition of the rarely played, A Case of Ice and Snow.  A song only played during the sub-par post-70 Volt Parade days of 2006, this song appeared in regal form in Wallingford, enrapturing the focused and active audience- a stark contrast from the New York City scenesters.  Both uplifting and majestic, this provided a magnificent treat that will hopefully appear again in these upcoming shows.

It seems as though with each show since his return, Trey moves closer to his March ideal.  Recapturing an energy and complete command of the room not seen from him in years, last night was a real affirmation that the moment is ripe, and the future is bright.  Far from just your average Trey tour, momentum has quickly built moving into the northern territory of Albany and Burlington.  As the “Northern Exposure” tour moves into the cold, things seem to be only heating up.


10.17.08 Cheverolet Theatre, Wallingford, CT < SET ONE LINK




26 Responses to “Like Night and Day…”

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  1. harry_hood Says:

    I thoroughly enjoy reading your reviews. I can’t wait to see what TAB (Trey) pulls out at the Palace tonight.

  2. Greg Says:

    I’m getting pretty pumped for the Orpheum!

  3. stewart Says:

    any luck on tickets?

  4. kbill23 Says:

    yes got 2-3day passes. have 2 extras for each of the first 2 nights.

  5. kbill23 Says:

    cant wait to here last nights show

  6. Boge Says:

    hey kbill23 im interested in any of those extras if available. please email me at please.

  7. Boge Says:

    Thanks for all of these shows/links. ill be taping at the lupos show. come say whats up. cant wait to hear ur recording of this show. thanks again

  8. shut out Says:

    Myself and friends had 6 pcs going and none of us got any tix and got shut out in the lottery. makes you wonder what is really going on behind the scenes. i’ll be glad to talk to anybody with extras to get me back to the place of my first show!! Congrats to all who scored!!

  9. watsiyem Says:

    Great review. Trey was on point all night. My first set highlight was SAND. The slow build into an all out throw down had me dancing my ass of the whole song. Hot first set. I think I saw smoke coming out of Trey’s ears.

    The Ice&Snow was another highlight for me. One of my favs and a highly underrated tune from the Bar 17 days. I thought that Light was going to be “If You’re Walking” – another great song that needs more play.

    And PUSH? Are you kidding? I thought we’d seen the last of this one, with a hornless TAB and the obvious drug/party references I figured Trey may shelve this one for a while. Really glad he didn’t because this one killed. Huge energy exploding all over until the peak eruption that took it beyond anything I had heard before.

    Trey was focused and precise once again. If Phish plays at least as well as Trey sounded last night, all is good. I can only see Trey going up from here. This tour will be his Return to form.

  10. Greg Says:


    If you want to get rid of those extras, I will take them.



  11. skik2000 Says:

    any chance of you selling me one of the extras kbill?

  12. Andrew Says:

    I got shut out entirely. If anyone’s got extras for sale, let me know:

    andrewbrotzman [at]

  13. Joe Says:

    I also got shut out… If anyone has any extras and is willing to sell them for a reasonable price, email me at Thanks

  14. Whojhouse Says:

    Great review Mr. Miner. It was a great show at a really fun venue. The crowd around my friends and I were really into it. Couldn’t have asked for much more from this night. Enjoy the rest of the shows, I’m sure they won’t disappoint.

  15. lanser Says:

    case of ice and snow and dark and down both rule.

  16. Santelope Says:

    Thanks for posting another great review and uploading the shows. Always a great job.

    People please keep the comments about this show and review, bot ISO: Hampton comments..

  17. Heath Says:

    Shut out by 7:05……

    Looking for one ticket per night

  18. Greg Says:

    Here’s a link to a Phish Simulcast Petition I started that is gaining some steam! Please sign and forward!
    Thank you Mr Miner for the great review and for the heady link!

  19. Greg Says:


  20. Lamb Says:

    Agreed Lanser! The version from Aspen Jazz owns

  21. judd Says:

    dark and down is on 18 steps, not shine. carry on.

  22. bluetick Says:

    great review, thanks for the recording!!!

  23. eric Says:

    Haha, should I add my name to the list of people looking for extras?
    Boulder, CO

  24. Carla Says:

    KBill!! If you have extras, please contact me!


    blog content: new ph song Burlap sack and Pumps is going to be f’in HUGE

  25. Toby Says:

    Is anyone able to download that first set link? It keeps timing out for me. Been trying for a while now.

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