Trey Tour Tips Off

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Trey kicked off his solo tour in style over the weekend, playing three shows with a notably more diverse song selection, precise guitar shredding and some surprise covers in Portland, Albany, and Boston. Though I’ve only been listening along on tape, the band sounds well-practiced and as tight as ever. With Trey on point, the band seems to come together quite readily.

Trey’s current two-set affairs carry a different contour than ever before. Flooding his first-set solo segments with Phish songs, Trey has given favorites from “Theme From the Bottom” to “Carini” the acoustic treatment. More easily garnering momentum with pieces that fans have an attachment to, Trey has allowed his song structures to shine in a stripped down setting, and they’ve been translating to stage better than I would have imagined. Though many classics inevitably turn into mass sing-alongs, at least the show has energy from the beginning—something that wasn’t guaranteed with an acoustic opening set.

Towards the end of the first half—in his opening two shows—Trey brought up part, and then all, of his band to accompany him while still playing acoustic guitar, a rarity for Red. But some legitimate highlights have emerged from these segments, including the return of “Liquid Time” in Portland and “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” in Albany. These portions have concluded the opening sets, prepping the audience for the full-on electrical barrage.

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The buzz of the first couple shows has not only come from the obvious and power-packed jams, but also from some brand new and old-school covers. The moment of tour that everyone has been talking about is TAB’s take on The Gorillaz’ “Clint Eastwood,” a lamping groove from the band’s debut album that actually fits TAB quite well. With Jen Hartswick rapping in lieu of Del tha Funky Homosapien, the band pulled off a surprisingly proficient cover of the creative hip-hop nugget. Trey has also dipped into contemporary culture during the end of his acoustic set in Portland, playing Outkast’s “Hey Ya,” a comic funk-rocker from Andre 3000’s half of the 2003 double-album “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.”

Bringing older covers like “Ooh Child,” “Sweet and Dandy” and “It Makes No Difference” back into the mix, Trey has been switching things up early in his tour, and the word from the road has been nothing but glowing. Not only spicing up setlists with creative covers, Trey has also delved into his past catalog, reviving songs such as the ska-laced “Acting the Devil” and “In the Wee Wee Hours,” both unplayed since 2002, and “Black” unplayed since 2005. He has even made a backwards conversion, adding a Phish staple, “Ocelot,” to his solo shows. Including all his heavy hitting staples from TAB history, Big Red has quite a base of songs to choose from when forming his one electric set, and, albeit early, he’s been doing a great job.

After three shows, (only two considered in this mini-armchair review), Trey seems to be off to a smoking start to his cross-country tour. Altering format and clearly having fun, the band has already thrown down some fierce jams and must-hear moments. Check out the first two shows below and some audio clips below.


Jams of the Day: TAB @ Albany, NY – 2.19.2011

Clint Eastwood








2.18.2011 State Theatre, Portland, Maine

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Acoustic Set: Theme From The Bottom, Cavern, NICU, Bug, My Friend My Friend, Horse > Silent in the Morning, Gumbo, Suzy Greenberg, Kill Devil Falls, Water in the Sky*, Spin**, Liquid Time***, Hey Ya***^

Electric Set: Cayman Review, Mozambique, Gotta Jibboo, It Makes No Difference, Acting the Devil, Alaska, All That Almost Was, Words To Wanda, Push On Til The Day, Birdwatcher, Sand, Wherever You Find It, Plasma, Tuesday

E: In The Wee Wee Hours, Dragonfly

Notes: *with Jen Hartswick and Natalie Cressman
**with Jen Hartswick, Natalie Cressman, and Ray Paczkowski
***with all of TAB
^debut. Outkast origianal

Source: MP3: (FOB) Sound Professionals SP-BMC-12 / FLAC: Schoeps MK4


2.19.2011 The Palace, Albany, New York

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Acoustic Set: Free, The Wedge, Prince Caspian, Backwards Down The Number Line, Limb by Limb, Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan, Guelah Papyrus, Buffalo Bill, Joy, Halley’s Comet, Wading in the Velvet Sea*, Black**, Valentine***, Devil Went Down To Georgia***

Electric Set: Money Love & Change, Done Done It, Ocelot, Clint Eastwood^, Night Speaks to a Woman, Sweet & Dandy, Ooh Child, Windora Bug, Birdwatcher, Sand. Drifting, The Way I Feel, Push On Til The Day

E: Cayman Review

Notes: * w/ Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman
**  w/ Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman and Ray Paczkowski
*** w/ TAB
^Debut, Gorillaz original

Source: Busman Bsc1 (Hypers)

2.18.2011 (Chris Green)

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424 Responses to “Trey Tour Tips Off”

  1. angryjoggerz Says:

    Oh word, sorry. Tomorrow it is! I will come to you, if that is ok?

  2. BrandonKayda Says:

    The new Radiohead hasn’t hit me yet either; then again, I’ve only listened to the whole thing in one sitting one time.

    Need to give it repeat listens for sure – but I like Radiohead and I understand what you mean when you say you can sink into them like you can a Phish jam.

    TKOL live will be wild, that’s for sure. I definitely wouldn’t mind to see more post-song freakouts other than Everything Is In It’s Right Place at the end of the show. I don’t know if I can see Radiohead really getting into improvisation with this album, but they’ve never really been that way anyhow. Either way, who knows

  3. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Also, I stumbled across some sbd cuts from TAB 5/11/99 Club 9:30 show earlier today.

    Jibboo, First Tube, Heavy Things, I Can See Clearly> Aqui Como Alla, Sand(21:47!!)

    Tagged and ready for itunes- with art. Sounds great, but missing the exceptional Row Jimmy encore.

  4. Aquaman Says:


    I don’t know. What would the other superheros say if I just started showing the “lair” to just anybody?

    Riddle me this……do you like Chinese acrobats? If so then, yes. You can come over. Hit me in the AM.


    @RH fanilow’s – P.S. I finally hit stop on the CD.That was a straight 18 song in the headphones – jam set.

  5. angryjoggerz Says:

    Word, man, will do.

    Don’t forget to vote tomorrow – superhero’s count too.

  6. Aquaman Says:

    In Chicago….they count twice!

  7. Aquaman Says:


    Yes, yes and yes. Does Dr., Steve Brule mispronounce PENNIS?


    Check it out

  8. Lycanthropist Says:

    Magpie is super dope and infectious to me. That song really moves, its easy to miss the first times through.

  9. Gavinsdad Says:

    Nite gents.

    And I forgot to mention Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau twins when talking about Thom Yorke….probably slightly more apropo.

  10. BrandonKayda Says:

    Little By Little is really infectious as well

  11. Lycanthropist Says:

    any one up for a cross country bane sess?

  12. Lycanthropist Says:

    well cheers anyway..





  13. Lycanthropist Says:

    the guitar at the end of Separator is so sweet.

    Very Beatles-esque.

    probably my favorite lick in the whole album

  14. BrandonKayda Says:

    I like the album a good bit more than I did on first listen – will continue to re-listen throughout this week.

  15. garretc Says:

    Just checked the musicians in Miles Davis’ band for the Complete Live At The Plugged Nickel 1965 shows (which is just unbelievably amazing music), and was reminded of a reason why I like jazz so much:

    The ridiculous amount of collaboration between the greats. Miles, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Allen. What?!? Not even fair.

  16. BrandonKayda Says:

    Is anybody up?

    I should really sleep more…

  17. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    at this point, after 8 listens, I FUCKING LOVE THE NEW RADIOHEAD ALBUM

  18. voopa Says:

    Yesterday I mentioned to mrs. v that a new Radiohead album was out. Her reply while rolling her eyes? “Great.” That part of the conversation ended.

  19. Mdawg Says:


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  21. Selector J Says:

    Breaking News:
    Quake in NZ. Not huge (6.3) but pretty damaging. Scores of people feared dead.

  22. voopa Says:

    Apparently more damage than the 7+ one last September…must’ve been closer to the surface. Sad…

  23. butter Says:

    yea that quake is real sad news

    great article Miner, and thanks a lot for the links to the flac dl’s

  24. lumpyhead Says:

    gorillaz are good.

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