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. garretc Says:

    I guess the verdict seems to be I should listen to some of this here TAB tour, eh?

  2. voopa Says:


  3. Robear Says:

    Push On Till the Day

  4. willowed Says:

    I love this huge surging wall of sound in this Tweezer. It’s one of those reaffirming “life is great” jams.

    Celebrate being alive people!!

    Make it a great one!

  5. butterflyeffect Says:

    Sounds like Willowed got laid last night

  6. willowed Says:

    No…Turned 35 today. trying to keep it positive.
    35…fucking hell
    Oh wait…I’m keepig it positive. Celebrate life people!

    It’s not helping

  7. butterflyeffect Says:

    Haha my bad W-Sauce

    Happy Birthday!

    35 is the new 25 baby

    get a bottle of Pinot and celebrate with the wifey tonight

  8. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    happy birthday, willowed! wish I would have known beforehand… 35 is an interesting one to contemplate, eh?

    have a great day down there in CT. as a wise man once said, “this year the man is working for ME.” that should be your mantra for the 35th year.

  9. willowed Says:

    hair is growing out of places I never expected
    every cookie I eat sticks to my love handle
    my bones and muscles hurt form sleeping….yup, sleeping
    I panic when I smoke the bane

    Yeah, 35’s great.

    Hangs head…..kicks rocks

  10. bhizzle Says:

    happy birthday willowed

    you should stop talking like that or else you’ll make the older people feel REALLY old.

  11. gavinsdad Says:

    yeah what the fuck willowed

    (happy bday bro)

  12. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    as long as you can still do the funky willowed, you’ll never be old

  13. Selector J Says:

    When Roots Attack is on.
    listen here.

  14. Selector J Says:

    happy B-day, Willowed!!

  15. Luther T. Justice Says:

    Happy birthday willowed!

    Re-emerging after being smacked down by the flu since I saw Trey on Sat. w00k flu? I don’t know. Overcrowded, humid, stale aired venue probably has more to do with it. More likely OSU college kid flu.

    I was really impressed with the entire second set in Columbus. Rock star Trey works for me in this setting. As the band came on at the end of the acoustic set, the energy just skyrocketed. So much so, Tela and I didn’t see how they could take a set break. Well, the energy was right at the same level when they began the 2nd set. No worries.

    Horns sounded great and Fat Tony & Russ did that thing they do. Ray is a monster on the keys.

    Trey was in the mood to talk about pirates a few times during the night. I think he forgot he wasn’t in Pittsburgh anymore. But I guess there isn’t anything about buckeyes that’s all that exciting.

  16. guitarpicker420! Says:

    happy b’day willowed! 35 isn’t as bad as it could be, it could be 40!

  17. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    selecta just did a PSA for you, old man. keep that prostate healthy!

  18. lastwaltzer Says:


    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!

    This place is defiantly a better place due to your presence.

  19. EL Duderino Says:

    “happy b’day willowed! 35 isn’t as bad as it could be, it could be 40!”g420

    watch your mouth! 😉

    Happy B-Day Willowed

  20. st8 of mind Says:

    Nice Selecta.

  21. albert walker Says:

    good luck Willow. 35 is the first one that pissed me off. 36 wasn’t any better.

    all you reggae heads. pull of the 1983 Unicorn Records vinyl only release

    Bobby Culture, Louie Rankin, Brimstone & Fire, and Nicodemus – Tidal Wave

    very hip New York City rare ass reggae. some hot ass tracks on this one.

  22. Litteringandd Says:

    Happy Birthday Willowed. You and El dude are making me feel young, i will be turning 31 this Sunday

  23. Selector J Says:

    word! @aw thanks for up’ing that one. Can’t wait to give it a listen.

  24. burblelover415 Says:

    Happy Birthday Willowed!

  25. EL Duderino Says:

    Coming to a Tracker near you!!!

    Grateful Dead – December 1, 1973
    Boston Music Hall – Boston, MA

    Recording Info:
    SBD -> Master Reel -> Dat (44.1k)

    Transfer Info:
    Dat (Sony R500) -> Tascam SS-R05 -> Samplitude Professional 11.2 -> FLAC
    (4 Discs Audio / 1 DVD FLAC)

    All Transfers and Mastering By Charlie Miller
    March 2, 2011

    — All disc changes are seamless
    — Thanks to David Gans for lending me his Dats
    — Thanks to Robert Darst for his help with the soundcheck
    — You can move the disc changes to fit the show onto 3 discs

    d1t01 – Jam
    d1t02 – Blue Suede Shoes
    d1t03 – Workingman’s Blues

    Set 1:
    d1t04 – Tuning
    d1t05 – Promised Land
    d1t06 – Sugaree
    d1t07 – Mexicali Blues
    d1t08 – Tennessee Jed
    d1t09 – Looks Like Rain
    d1t10 – China Cat Sunflower ->
    d1t11 – I Know You Rider
    d1t12 – Big River
    d2t01 – Brokedown Palace
    d2t02 – Weather Report Suite
    d2t03 – Casey Jones

    Set 2:
    d2t04 – Tuning
    d2t05 – Around And Around
    d2t06 – They Love Each Other
    d2t07 – Me And My Uncle
    d2t08 – Don’t Ease Me In
    d2t09 – Me And Bobby McGee
    d3t01 – Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo ->
    d3t02 – Playing In The Band ->
    d3t03 – Uncle John’s Band ->
    d3t04 – Playing In The Band
    d3t05 – Row Jimmy
    d3t06 – Greatest Story Ever Told
    d4t01 – Not Fade Away ->
    d4t02 – Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad ->
    d4t03 – One More Saturday Night

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