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. KfL Says:

    i’m feeling a little under the weather

  2. Kevin Says:

    Finally put in my PTBM request — only Portsmouth for me. I’ll do MPP if I can get good seats on public onsale, but I’m not doing that lawn again. Ever.

    Good luck to you guys.

  3. SillyWilly Says:


    aren’t the mosquitoes under control in syracuse this time of year?

  4. DukeOfLizards Says:


    “I was gonna clean that up in a minute, man. I swear to god.”

    Story of my life.

    The way I see it, if the time it generally takes me to clean something exceeds the time he is willing to tolerate unkemptness, it’s not really my problem.

    Can’t give me cake and expect me to clean the crumbs up in a timely fashion, too.

  5. KfL Says:

    first 3.0 mail order i haven’t put in

  6. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    straight up dengue fever up in there

  7. fat bastard Says:

    im goin to the shows and buying tickets at the gas station for face

  8. KfL Says:

    silly, this city is built on a swamp…

  9. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    wait. it’s not built on rock n roll? huh.

  10. KfL Says:

    we try to nice it up, but everybody knows…

  11. kenny powers Says:

    some good music going on here…..

  12. kenny powers Says:

    let’s get irie…shall we?

  13. SillyWilly Says:


    that seems like a good ratio to apply to the situation

    it’s a fine line between neat freak and…well, freak-freak.

    re: Dengue Fever

    one of my favorite random facts to know about me is that I knew someone who got Dengue Fever

    something i like about myself.

    “better to know someone who was sick and recovered than to be sick oneself.”


  14. garretc Says:


    Funny, I was just about to do that exact thing!

  15. garretc Says:


    Depending on your definition of sick…

  16. fat bastard Says:

    bulls win. looks like heat goin down again. give the bulls the 1st or 2nd seed and look out lakers!

  17. garretc Says:

    Also, been spinning my first relisten of 1/1/11 today, the first 3.0 Phish I’ve listened to in a couple months, and I’ve gotta say, this show holds up to anything. I know everybody pretty much agreed on that already, but fuck it, I’ma say it again.

    Stoked to hear this Simple again… Also, I had zero recollection of the really cool time warp section right before the Twist jam… I woulda thought I’d have remembered something that sick (see what I did there Silly?)

  18. SillyWilly Says:

    very true, garretc

    i forgot about the kidz and their newfangled lingo

    “better to know someone who suffered from an infirmity and recovered than to be infirm oneself.”


  19. Dr. Pronoia Says:

    Thanks everybody. All the love really means a lot.

    All day I’ve felt like I’ve had massive infusions of molly about every half hour. Now that I’m home and mom and baby are resting in the hospital, I feel like……someone who has done Molly for 24 hours – muscles, body, mind = completely shot

    (don’t want to reduce the miracle of this whole thing down to a drug analogy but that’s as my defense against getting all Oprah/spiritual with you guys)

    Also, @ Silly, I’m from Rockford. My tip: Go to show, hit Uncle Nicks afterward for a gyro, and get the fuck back to Madison

  20. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Dr. P- that first night your home alone while the baby and wife are in the hospital is a once in a lifetime feeling. Hard to describe, but you know what i mean. And it only happens once, so it is once in a lifetime. If you have another child down the line, you still won’t be alone that night., you’ll have your son. Enjoy it. Congrats again!

  21. SillyWilly Says:


    yeah, we’re going to see the Chieftains. Will be a total NPR crowd.

    and my girls got a sinus infection so we’re not gonna be too crazy.

    But, the Uncle Nick’s tip is awesome. Thanks, man. Any rec for a good place to grab dinner or maybe an appetizer and glass of wine before the show??

  22. SillyWilly Says:

    Dr. Pro, you’re gonna be a great dad. You’re such a naturally kind person.

    Can’t wait to hear how everything keeps happening in your family

  23. Dr. Pronoia Says:

    Brio, on state street has the best food in Rockford and a great wine list. It’s a cool place, and thus completely not representative of the city. It’s where I spend 75% of my time when I come back to town

  24. Dr. Pronoia Says:

    Absolutely, Mr.P — I cannot believe the extent to which all the cliches are true. that I’d be saying words like “miracle,” and “once in a lifetime,” and “life changing” all day with absolute sincerity and truth and not a shred of cheese…

    Thanks Silly!! All this love is really overwhelming. To dip my toe in the emotional hyperbole, my heart is so open right now that each one of these comments and well wishes hits me so, so hard and feels amazing. this place is awesome

  25. BrandonKayda Says:

    Congrats to Dr Pronoia – I hope everything continues to go well for you and yours. Good vibes. Having a child must be an incredible feeling

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