Chicago Reader Reviews

Today we have two reader reviews of Trey’s show in Chicago last Sunday. Denver downloads will be posted as soon as possible, and before long Trey will be wrapping up his tour this Saturday in the Bay Area! Stay tuned for all TAB downloads as they become available.


2.27.2011 TAB @ The Riviera Theatre, Chicago, IL – Mike Thong

2.25.11 (M.Stein)

…I was charmed by the well-played acoustic arrangements of Phish’s canon. Some songs were played on an alternately-tuned second guitar, and some called for a capo. An interesting moment occurred during “Dirt.” Toward the end of the song Trey’s bright disposition became rather sullen and contemplative and it remained that way through the end of “Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan.” It was almost as though some painful thought or unspoken dedication had taken place…Read on here!


2.27.2011 TAB @ The Riviera Theatre, Chicago, IL – The Real Guy Forget

…The floor was densely packed tight, leaving little wiggle room for elbows to send off last minute tweets and texts. The lights dropped at 8:28 and with little fanfare Trey was atop his stool strumming the opening notes to Backwards Down The Number Line. As plenty of audience recordings have proved, the crowd was eager to participate, showering Trey with chorus like waves on a sandy shore. It appeared Trey might have been thrown a curve, as he tried to realign his lyrics with the audience’s refrain, eventually leading to building finish and a large crowd eruption to greet the Bad Lieutenant…Read on here!


Jam of the Day:

Tweezer > 2001” 7.1.98 II

On the second night of Summer ’98, Phish dropped this monster sequence, melting many faces in the process.

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1,346 Responses to “Chicago Reader Reviews”

  1. joe Says:

    1/1/11 video cranked and mystery roach farming from a 5 year old tin is a quality Friday night these days for me…

    Congrats dr!

  2. SillyWilly Says:

    It’s not cliche or hyperbole at all, Dr. P.

    All of these experiences are part of the unique story that surrounds little Quinn’s life, and you and your wife’s life.

    you’re filling these early moments up with positivity and kindness

    it’s a joyful thing to see

  3. KfL Says:

    pretty awesome dr P… so happy for you & family

  4. KfL Says:

    this yem is radical

  5. joe Says:

    Twist is pretty sick. We’re in for a good ride if this is the jam style they are going to bring this summer

  6. KfL Says:

    been spinning nye highlights the last week myself. that bathtub bathtub timber segment is just $$$

  7. KfL Says:

    pretty nice to hear after too much adult contempo the last couple weeks

  8. BrandonKayda Says:

    Seeing a play tomorrow night – called “Dead Man’s Cell Phone”. The title is kind of lame, but the premise is interesting enough – it’s also free, which is always a plus.

  9. ThePigSong Says:

    Congrats to Dr P! Very happy for you and your family, life is beautiful! (one of the truest cliches)

  10. krivraq Says:

    Just finished my PTBLuck order and noticed quite an interesting “secret code” or something handwritten in the treeline (think of microprint on paper money) behind the sea on the oasis picture with the order confirmation # and such. I checked the website picture and it’s the same code. I blew it up and looks like something along the lines of “ARE227.03AM agIng american….” or something along those lines. Let your eyes be the judge, but the “—270—” part is definately there.

  11. DukeOfLizards Says:

    KP’s 7/31/97 remaster sounds FANTASTIC.

    Actually the first “new” Phish for me in a while.

    And away we go.

  12. krivraq Says:

    Also Palmer or anyone else in northern NJ area who might be interested, Dark Star Orchestra is playing in Tarrytown, NY Saturday night and an acoustic MEXICALI BLUES Teaneck, NJ show on Tuesday night. Website says the Tarrytown show is SOLD OUT but probably could get in with luck at venue.

  13. krivraq Says:

    CONGRATS Dr. P !!

    Sleep well, if possible. It’ll be pretty much be impossible from here on out, but that’s not a bad thing now is it? 😉

  14. tela'smuff Says:

    as promised. click on my name for a good supply of Post-Rock. Mostly Chicago groups, mostly from Thrill Jockey. Also includes some must haves from the genre. If you’ve been looking for something from this genre, and it’s not there let me know. have a good night!

  15. tela'smuff Says:

    oops. try that again.

  16. ThePigSong Says:

    @krivraq – whaa?


  17. EllJefe Says:

    Was someone dissing Eno awhile back? Wha?

  18. butter Says:

    Robear is at my house…..Woot Woot

    If there are any huggi$bear posts under my name, youll know

  19. andrewrose Says:

    Do yourself a favour and give a spin to the 6-30-85 Shakedown Street if you haven’t recently. Great sounding matrix circulating too. So fun to hear the really electronic sound inching in. The end of the Shakedown is off the hook, almost hose-like. Had me wondering what Trey was up to in 1985 on this night.

  20. andrewrose Says:

    @tela’smurf all the early Thrill Jockey stuff is great listening. they still put out great stuff. post-rock is kind of a weird less defined genre (insofar as definition is useful anyway), but yeah all the Tortoise, Sea & Sake stuff is definitely a US strain of it worth digging into. they put a great record with some of those guys called Brokeback.. kind of score-like bizarro western lynch-twang, but also elecrtronic.

    then could also call stuff like Mogwai, Sigur Ros post-rock, which is a bit more of the epic, dramatic flavour. Godspeed are another classic touchstone in this vein.

    a band i work who with, Plants and Animals are sometimes labeled as post-rock. not as much as they once were (they derive just as much from Neil Young, Zeppelin, Hendrix and Talking Heads, and other Montreal contemporaries), but their early instrumental stuff and their first record is definitely informed by a certain post-rock quality. and they always loved the classic Thrill Jockey stuff. if anyone wants to hear any give a holler.

  21. Ghostface Says:

    any PTBluck winners yet?

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