Trey Tour Kicks Off

2.25.2011 (Michael Stein)

Trey kicked off his solo tour on Saturday with a benefit show for Vermont Flood Relief efforts in Burlington. From all reports, Trey’s band was far more patient and focused on jamming than last tour. He ditched the acoustic sing-along for two sets of electric work, and included the horns in the jams far more than last year. And Trey even debuted two two tunes! I wasn’t able to make it to Vermont, so I asked another fan, and reader of Phish Thoughts, Jonathan Tran, to do the honors. His review is below and links you over to the “Reader Reviews” page. If anyone is interested in writing a review for one of the upcoming TAB shows, please shoot me an email at

I: Cayman Review, Simple Twist Up Dave, Liquid Time, Gotta Jibboo, Snake Head Thumb*, Burlap Sack and Pumps, Money, Love and Change, Magilla, The Devil Went Down to Georgia, Drifting

II: Acting the Devil, Alaska, Clint Eastwood, Push On ‘Til the Day, Sand, Let Me Lie, Valentine, Winter Queen*, Tuesday, Windora Bug, First Tube

E: Hey Ya!, Show of Life



TAB @ Higher Ground, Burlington, VT: 10.1.11 / by Jonathan Tran

2.25.11 - Pittsburgh (Michael Stein)

Trey and his solo band opened their tour with an inspired effort Saturday night in Burlington, where the band played the 750-person Higher Ground for a show that was only announced two weeks ago. With proceeds benefiting Vermont flood recovery efforts TAB threw down a musically relevant show that only foreshadows good things to come this tour.  Before you wonder any longer, yes, Trey decided to drop the acoustic first set in favor of two electric. And, yes, this was a welcome move by just about every fan in the room. Also of note was the return of improvised horn parts (instead of leaving stage) during jams, which was absent from last February’s winter tour. In short, all signs pointed towards “Go!” on the first night of Trey tour.

With the energy already at a peak before show time, the band came out firing with the up-tempo “Cayman Review” followed by the ever-requested “Simple Twist Up Dave.” It seems as though Trey’ has decided that TAB tour is where “Liquid Time” will stay, and the band crushed the tune last night. The uplifting jam fit the Irene recovery vibe of the evening and this lesser-played song went over as well as anything with the crowd.

The fireworks came out next as the band grooved into “Gotta Jibboo.” This version veered away from recent Phish versions and turned into a full-band dance showcase with Trey comping Ray’s clav and organ parts, while Russ and Tony held down the low end. The presence of the horn section throughout the jam seemed to push Trey further into the groove, all the while filling space with well placed musical accents. The debut of “Snake Head Thumb” came next, and was also well received by the attentive Burlington crowd.  A “Stealing Time”-“Steam”-“Ocelot” mash-up, this gritty blues number developed into a hard-edged jam that fits Trey’s current guitar style. I could see this song making it to the Big League, and it would be a welcome first set addition…READ ON HERE!

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329 Responses to “Trey Tour Kicks Off”

  1. bob dylan Says:

    So I totally forgot to mention how awesome Bruce Hornsby was the other night in AC. Friends had said he’s worth it but besides radio songs and knowing he played with the dead I didn’t know anything about him.

    He freaking ruled. People dropped notes on stage and he’d play it. They jam in a piano way and the bass and drums really hold it down.

    Go see him if you get a chance. Only drawback is the older crowd that didn’t dance. He did let women on stage to dance. He was sure to say women only.

  2. bob dylan Says:

    I’ll 5th the latest eno/byrne album in case you needed yet another hoot and holler.

    Prob with zips are a)upload time and b) finding a free site that hosts large file sizes.

  3. Dr Pronoia Says:

    thanks guys. yeah, duke sucks

    first regulation as my own boss – no piss test

  4. Dr Pronoia Says:

    ^ not you Lizards, and Kaya’s cool too in my book!

  5. phoammhead Says:

    just pulled gorge 1 set 2 from top to bottom . . . i feel good

  6. bob dylan Says:

    Is it possible I don’t have any baseball on my directv tonight? Wtf?

    Colts better entertain

  7. Jtran Says:

    This Amanda Knox thing is pretty interesting. I remember hearing about that a couple years ago but didn’t know she was getting another appeal. Seems like the evidence is pretty inconclusive? Any experts?

  8. Furblanket Rat Says:

    Colts +10?

  9. Jtran Says:



  10. phoammhead Says:

    yeah, she’s innocent . . . that’s obvious. sounds like it was a lynch mob

  11. bob dylan Says:

    Thanks jtran. Spaced tbs. Yes network isn’t even playing Yankees tonight. And MLB network looks like baseball tonight all night.

  12. Jtran Says:

    How did they accuse her and the dude from Ivory Coast of the same crime?

  13. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Rick Perry would have fried her already.

  14. phoammhead Says:

    they’re italians . . . they accuse everybody.

  15. Jtran Says:

    Figure there’s gotta be some corruption in the Italian courts, but didn’t want to make that leap 🙂

  16. Mike in Austin Says:

    Well, I listened to the first … 20 minutes. Gotta say, the guy is doing a terrible job of selling someone on Phish. Or really being funny.

  17. garretc Says:

    “Film director Roman Polanski says he “regrets” having unlawful sex with an under-age girl in his first TV interview since his time in a Swiss prison.”

    Regardless of your opinions on Roman Polanski, the above article description from seems like it could have been worded better… Haha

    He had sex with an underage girl DURING a TV interview AFTER he got out of prison?!?! That just seems reckless. I imagine that would be the kind of action one would come to regret…

  18. Guyute711 Says:

    So who is going to Charlotte Trey show? Still trying to decide whether or not I’m gonna attend.

  19. butter Says:

    Alparertta Light up

    That is all

  20. halcyon Says:

    GP 420

    Thanks for your efforts in putting together the playlists…..looking forward to downloading them. Maybe we can crowdsource to help Miner out? Some people down/up load the files to a zip folder then he can extract and combine to a torrent?

  21. phoammhead Says:

    taste from gorge 1 is redic

  22. MrCompletely Says:

    oh, you mean he regrets anally raping that little girl he drugged? that’s nice of him

    fuck roman polanski. child raping shitbag.

  23. phoammhead Says:

    g7, bek and i are coming down and will stay at a friends that lives close to leoW

  24. BingosBrother Says:

    “I’m not a lyric guy either so the use of samples instead of vocals is so epic”

    Funny thing is I am a lyrics guy, but had so mch fun tryin to figure out what words were being said and being so amazed it fit together so perfectly i couldn’t have cared. Brilliant.

    “Rick Perry would have fried her already.”

    And millions of americans would’ve cheered.

  25. MrCompletely Says:

    @phoam, after that set all I heard were a bunch of ppl calling that Taste “sloppy”

    I had a little mini-peak during it and figured it was just me

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