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. Mr. Palmer Says:

    thanks for the info Krivraq. I was there once and agree. I can’t see how they are going to handle the circus once everyone arrives in town. Hopefully people will have the forsight to set up things beforehand to deal with the crowds and traffic.

  2. krivraq Says:

    ^Palmer– btw, Bethel is 1 hour from Ramsey

  3. krivraq Says:

    whoops, been there so you already know

  4. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Some fresh ’96 from Buffalo in the fall. 10/19/96

    October 19th, 1996
    Marine Midland Arena
    Buffalo, NY

    Source: (OTS) AKG 414 + Audio Technica 4031 > Folio Notepad 4ch. mixer > DAP1 > D7 @ 48kHz
    Transfer: DAT(m) > DA-20mkII > SD 702 > CF > Wavelab 6(+gain,fades) > r8brain > CDWave > TLH

    Taped by Don Wright(rig) & K.C. Cadwallader(D7 patch)
    Transferred by K.C. Cadwallader [03/04/11]

    SET I:
    d1t01 – My Friend, My Friend
    d1t02 – Rift
    d1t03 – Free
    d1t04 – Esther
    d1t05 – Llama
    d1t06 – Gumbo
    d1t07 – Down With Disease
    d1t08 – Prince Caspian
    d1t09 – Frankenstein

    SET II:
    d2t01 – crowd/tuning
    d2t02 – AC/DC Bag
    d2t03 – Sparkle
    d2t04 – Slave To The Traffic Light
    d2t05 – Bouncing Around The Room
    d2t06 – Split Open and Melt
    d2t07 – Fluffhead
    d2t08 – Swept Away > Steep
    d2t09 – Run Like An Antelope
    d2t10 – Ragtime Gal
    d2t11 – encore break
    d2t12 – E: Fee
    d2t13 – Rocky Top

  5. Mr. Palmer Says:

    hmm. Krivraq. i was there in ’07 and could have sworn it was more like 1 1/2. Oh well. Even better. I’ll be sleeping in my own bed i think for Bethel if thats the case.

  6. krivraq Says:

    huh HAH!! listening to 10.22.96 right now

  7. Robear Says:

    mr. c had my jinx covered at the greek 😛

    love you all. see you sooner than later!

  8. tba Says:

    Eno catching props on the BB. Seen it all :<) whatever in the spirit of the friendliness of this board; I'll say I need to hear the whole album, saw the video of him dancing around, ehhh, although all my friends love it. Seems like that is the "hip" thing at the moment. Happiness is a good thing, so cool for the lovers. Me, just in the middle of Led Zeppelin 75 tour notebooks; the description of the 69' Boston Tea Party last show gives me chills. The mention comes as the guy, who is a bit of a muff-left the show early to be with this hot girl he writes-rolling eyes; desribes his first meeting, laying the ground work for the tour description. But even with him describing it, Zep sounds like everything one would expect. I would give my right leg for Jimmy Page to tour in whatever form one last time…

    As for Bethel Woods, sounds like great fun, if I was in my 20's no way I'd miss it. I'm just hoping for a two pack at Shoreline; where I'll fly from my little MA coastal town, and enjoy Phish in luxury. But Bethel Woods sounds like the bomb; a modern day Family Fun Park if you will.

    Finally awesome work by all those reviewing Trey. Some superb efforts AND results :<) thanks My only review is although I liked it, last year was more to my liking with the crazy changes and frenzied power jams/segues. Still, nice to see him have the guts to change things up a bit. what makes him #1.

  9. phoammhead Says:

    so, you guys who have been to bethel woods, is it as nice as it looks from the pictures?

  10. Mr. Palmer Says:

    K- thats msg, right? PTBM hooked my up with front row for that one. Only time i was on the rail for Phish.

  11. krivraq Says:

    It’s 90 mins to my parents from B’dale and 20 mins to Ramsey. I figured about an hour. Either way an hour back to your own bed is not a bad thing.

  12. krivraq Says:

    yes, 10.22.96 MSG –> I got booted during 1st set Stash for blazing a J on the floor and they told to never come back. I said, “I’ll see you next at the Ranger game”. Yeah my first PTBM floors.

  13. Mr. Palmer Says:

    phoam- in a word, yes! it’s really beautiful. once you walk in there is a nice winding walk , through the rolling hills to the actual venue. Doesn’t feel like your in NY, thats for sure.

  14. phoammhead Says:

    say it ain’t so @Krivraq!

  15. albert walker Says:


    kids been pimping Eno here forever. Miner digs Eno. everone here digs the Eno produced talking heads which is actually very similar to the solo Eno from that era.

    Eno is one of the most influential and prolific artists ever.

    didn’t get the email that it’s hip to dig him though. thought everyone always dug him. at least everyone worth knowing.

  16. krivraq Says:

    ^phoam I haven’t been onsite yet, just drove past a few times. The local road splits the venue, parking one side, grounds the other, it’s a country road though, no right-of-way so to speak. My buddy who was there last summer and a seasoned veteran of shows said it was the sweetest place he’d ever seen a show.

  17. albert walker Says:

    don’t dig Eno. love the Zep. Rock on Man.

  18. kenny powers Says:


    damn, that 96 show looks nice. Slave, SOAM, and Antelope in the same set?? I’ll take some.

  19. albert walker Says:

    I hope Bethel aint too much of a shit show. the small size of the venue will control that somewhat

    my ass wouldn’t deal with that well. we shall see. hours of traffic aint my style when on vacation

  20. butter Says:

    just found out my bro has a lake house 10 miles from Bethel

    he’s been ravin about Bethel for years and is like daaaaaayyyuuuuum 3 nights, its on

    anti just went up

  21. albert walker Says:

    Bethel is pulling Butter in. I can feel it. 3 night run.

  22. krivraq Says:

    I didn’t get to Coventry before they closed it, but did the Went and Lemonwheel and I feel like it could have a Limestone effect on the local towns as far as energy, economic boost, and unfortunately the “what is fish?” deer-in-headlights feel.

  23. Mr. Palmer Says:

    sounds like the perfect set up butter. 10 miles is nothing. get to the venue early the first night. Lots of stuff to check out. I think there is a woodstock museum as well.

  24. albert walker Says:

    even with the little risk of a little slop early in the run the tour opener energy is always great. cool to have a 3 stop for it.

  25. phoammhead Says:

    okay, thanks guys, i’m out for a while

    dinner and some music

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