2.20.2011 House of Blues, Boston, Massachusetts
Since I am not able to attend most of Trey’s current tour, I am once again inviting people to submit reviews of his shows for potential publication on Phish Thoughts. A friend and I start this project during TAB tour last year, and it wound up working pretty well. We designated a Reader Review Page for these submissions, and a group of people had their reviews published online. If you are planning on submitting a review, please take your writing somewhat seriously and, by all means, please proofread your piece before emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Note: Not all submissions are guaranteed to be published.)
Today we have the inaugural 2011 reader review of Trey’s performance at Boston’s House of Blues on Sunday from BogHog2001. Below is the beginning of his take, and you can click over to the Reader Review Page for the entire piece.
It’s always good to hear Trey. I had a great time at the House of Blues last night. Lots of dancing space, great sound, and a good vibe in the crowd. I personally prefer the electric sets so much more than the acoustic and last night’s show was no exception. Trey’s wife, Sue, and daughter, Eliza, were at the show and Trey seemed be play to their affection with a relatively tame show full of love songs and emotion that lacked some of the explosive energy that I love from Trey. The second set seemed to move back and forth from TAB rager (Jibboo, Simple Twist Up Dave, First Tube) and swing blues tunes (Wee Wee Hours, Burn that Bridge) which never really allowed for the raging momentum to get going like many of Trey’s shows of the past. There were no long jams with hand signals queuing band members to change keys or break down to just a few members. This staple exploratory jam section of almost all of Trey’s past electric sets has become one of my favorite moments of each show. There has been a noticeable lack of these jams in the first three shows of tour perhaps alluding to the more relaxed personality of this band, the search for bliss rather than rage, or simply paralleling Phish’s move to shorter, more predictable jam development… Click here for the full review!
Acoustic Set: Sample in a Jar, Punch You In the Eye, Strange Design, AC/DC Bag, It’s Ice, Bathtub Gin, Carini, Dog Faced Boy, Shine a Light, Sleep Again, Wilson, Chalk Dust Torture, Backwards Down the Number Line, Lawn Boy*, Let Me Lie**, Hey Ya**
Electric Set: Done Done It, Valentine, In the Wee Wee Hours, Gotta Jibboo, Sweet Dreams Melinda, Burn That Bridge, Simple Twist Up Dave, Small Axe, Ooh Child, Tuesday, Ocelot, Ether Sunday, First Tube
E: Magilla, Black Dog
* w/ Russell Remington (tenor) and Tony marekelis (bass), ** w/ full band
Source: AKG 483 Hyper & 460/ck22 Split Omni Mix
Jams of the Day: TAB – 2.20.11, Boston
“Simple Twist Up Dave” II
“Hey Ya” I