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. kayatosh Says:

    reggae is the greatest

  2. krivraq Says:

    Palmer, caught some chatter the day about first 5 shows within hour or so of home. Where in north NJ you at? I’m 15 mins from NY boarder too. Bloomingdale

  3. redredworm Says:

    Re: Tortoise, everyone should check out TNT and Millions Now Living… if they haven’t already. Some really great electronic influenced jazz that is great music to relax (and smoke a bowl) to.

  4. krivraq Says:

    I haven’t been up on goings-on this past week. Wanted to post follow-up regarding Bethel camping etc., but didn’t see certain heads in the evening hrs.

  5. phoammhead Says:

    The Squirming Coil is one of the greatest songs eva! makes me feel good all over! 8)

  6. kenny powers Says:

    people were talking about that Eno album Apollo…there is a FLAC vinyl rip on the ‘NOid. pulling now…

    what record are people talking about “JTran listen to the P.T. 109 track yet? thats the heat”

  7. KfL Says:

    watch out, phoam’s on a bender

  8. krivraq Says:

    I spoke with my ‘rents regarding setting up homemade campground on their property (15mins from Bethel) since the most local seemed to be about 30 miles away at this time. DEFinately a no go thanks to local and county gov. Nothing happens in those parts without the county getting a major kickback. Very slick, greedy hands in the county gov.

  9. Jtran Says:


    Tidal Wave

    AW posted it earlier today, 1983 vinyl rip

  10. Jtran Says:


    So you think that means that unofficial camping all around the area will be a no go?

  11. Selector J Says:

    @phoam I did see that thing about Buju. Not his biggest fan because of songs like Boom Bye Bye but he’s incredibly talented. Crazy he gets mixed up in that coke game withthe amount of money he’s already got in the bank. Got caught up with the badman posse, I guess. I wonder if this video was used as evidence?
    (Big game tomorrow!)

    I’m out, folks.
    Have a great weekend.

  12. phoammhead Says:


    thanks for that information, which i suspected, but didn’t want to believe would be the case

    i guess you gotta be set up, permitted, licensed, etc. to operate a campground

    fuckin’ governments!

    america is not the land of the free, dammit! we got too big for our britches!

  13. krivraq Says:

    Many locals there are still remembering the way Woodstock went down and don’t want another clusterfuque. Yasger (spell?) family still owns adjacent property so I’m told and they MIGHT allow something if prompted. Otherwise a pub down the road sometimes has camping on their grounds during larger events.

  14. phoammhead Says:

    right on, sel j – unc v dook at 8pm tomorrow night!

  15. phoammhead Says:

    bethel does have clusterfack written all over it

  16. kenny powers Says:

    @ jtran thanks

    there totally should have been multiple campgrounds set up for bethel in advance. this venue looks so fucking sweet, but no one knows where the fuck to stay. maybe i’ll just score an eight ball and stay up for 72 hours.

    problem = solved.

  17. phoammhead Says:

    everybody who would camp next to the venue send a letter to the yasger (sp?) family asking them to set up camping

  18. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Kivraq- i live in Ramsey NJ. I think i know Bloomingdale.

    KP- thats the Apollo record i pulled last night. Type in Byrne/ Eno for their comps. there is more of it. Interesting stuff.

  19. phoammhead Says:

    i’m with KP! 😉

    no, seriously, phish at bethel woods could be a sweet festi atmosphere

    something needs to be done

    i want to be there, but if i can’t camp next to or within a mile of the venue, then i’m out

  20. Mr. Palmer Says:

    yeah KP. i might get a “ball” and drive 2 hours home….. 😉

  21. krivraq Says:

    yeah, the man oppressing us as usual.

    My Dad was on the planning board in his town for only 2yrs, thought he could break up the slickbacks and no bidders, tired of the runaround and phantom organizations so he got out quickly. Anyway, he and my brother both me how the local govs would want something, but the county is biggest obstacle. Permits, licenses, health dpart., etc. they’ll throw everything at you.

    It’s still almost 3 months away so maybe just maybe something may come to fruition. My brother said the one guy who pretty much owns Bethel Woods has a BIG influence what goes on in the area, in a good way. (Multi-millionaire who started Cablevision back in the 60s when it was just himself and a van installing this thing called “wired TV”) Anyway, he and his wife donate millions a year to local schools, community stuff, landscape rehabilitation, arts programs, he decided to build an amphitheater in the middle of the farms where Woodstock happened. Sorry, rambling… so he has a lot of the local county airport usage. Maybe he could close down an area or the whole thing come Memorial Day and set up camping, it’s about 5 miles from concert.

  22. krivraq Says:

    I’ve been on the Bethel mailing list since they opened 4summer ago and I don’t remember ANY multi-night runs. Maybe Further last year was 2 nights, so I was told. But seriously, the area doesn’t have a clue what’s coming down the pike. They will not be prepared for the traffic and the 20,000 or so that will be hanging around all weekend.

  23. krivraq Says:

    In the old days, pre-hiatus, the band’s peeps would have met with local govs and established all the laogistics beforehand. Maybe with the new “corporate” (privatised) atmosphere at Phish camp regarding tours, lodging was not a concern.

  24. fat bastard Says:

    i’m not touching that bethel shit. i’m sure its gonna be worth it. just not my gig

  25. phoammhead Says:

    keep us informed, krivraq, on any developments

    5 miles is still a long way when you don’t want to have to drive after a show, just sayin’

    i’m at about only 5% for bethel

    if there was overnight camping within a mile of the venue, i’m at 95%

    i’ve got to drive 12 hours to get there, so settling in without hassle once i get there is key for me

    luckily, we may have the watkins festi, so that also factors in to me not feeling like i have to be at bethel

    fact is, though, that place looks sweet!

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