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. Mike in Austin Says:

    Polanski only regrets being caught.

  2. Mike in Austin Says:

    I agree with C on this one it seems.

  3. phoammhead Says:

    you know, i believe i heard those glitches when they went down and shortly after, but lately, i’m going with the gorge vibe . . . 2nd set carries over into 1st set . . .

  4. Mike in Austin Says:

    Polanski was a pro. I bet he did it to dozens of girls who just didn’t come forward. I generally refuse to see his movies, but watched Chinatown. Which is almost a good movie.

    For those that don’t know the story…

  5. phoammhead Says:

    . . . and s&ss from supberball is redic, too.

  6. BingosBrother Says:

    not gonna lie, love The Pianist. Dad shoulda kilt that fucker though.

    are you ready for a new song?

  7. phoammhead Says:

    some of summer 2011’s best jams have mike killin’ IT!

  8. garretc Says:

    Yeah, just to be sure things are entirely clear:

    I was making light of the BBC headline, not the concept of child rape in general or this specific instance of child rape.

    This was your “hopefully completely obvious disclaimer” of the week, please join us next week when garretc makes jokes regarding, but not directly about, incest and/or infanticide. (It’s the alliteration episode!)

  9. halcyon Says:


    which album are you talking about….Everything that happens will happen today, or My life in the bush of ghosts, or both?

    FUck Rick Perry

    FUck Roman Polanski – though some of his movies are brilliant, but screw him

  10. bob dylan Says:

    garret you make me sick. garret polanski.

  11. MrCompletely Says:

    no, that was a funny post @gc, and I love bad headline writing

    I just never pass up a chance to remind people that he drugged and anally raped an underage girl, in other words that he is a hideous monster, since so many….”people”….and I use the term loosely….like to defend him.

    I’m good at separating art from artist. He was a very good, sometimes great director. I’ll never give him money by buying a DVD or movie ticket for one of his films, but I could watch one, if I had reason to.

  12. garretc Says:


    Rick Perry, initials are RP

    Roman Polanski, initials are RP

    halcyon says “fuck ’em both”

    But what if they’re the same person?!?! What if Rick Perry is Roman Polanski as a sleeper agent whose mission is to become president so he can commute Polanski’s sentence? GASP! I bet they’ve never been seen in the same room before… Like, really, I would bet an extremely large sum of money on that fact.

    You heard it here first!

  13. BingosBrother Says:

    Both Hal, although I’ve only heard my life in the bush of ghosts, recently, and it blew my mind. Looking forward to the other one.

  14. dorn76 Says:

    Nice review, Jtran.

    Seems like we are in for a better iteration of TAB this time around. Pretty excited for show in NJ next weekend. I am starting to wonder about NYE. Time is gettng short for a MSG announcement.

    And screw Polanski. I’d like to think I’d be a good enough Father to kill the bastard.

  15. BingosBrother Says:

    Maybe Rick Perry could kill Roman Polanski? At least he’d kill a guilty person for a change.

  16. dorn76 Says:

    On second thought, I’d like to be good enough to never let her alone in a room with that likes of that sicko…

  17. albert walker Says:

    Chinatown is $$$$

    Could care less what my fav movie directors do in their free time

    Or my bass playas.sorry mike.

  18. garretc Says:

    “Garret Polanski”, eh?

    Kinda has a ring to it…

    Garret Polanski C Jr.

    Now I just need to find an accommodating woman to bear my seed who also doesn’t know who Roman Polanski is…

  19. phoammhead Says:

    that’s stupid, aw.

  20. halcyon Says:

    Chinatown was brilliant… of my favorite movies ever. Noir at its finest. LA Confidential is also a good one involving LA and water rights.

  21. halcyon Says:

    I havent listened to everything that happens will happen today, but have my life in the bush of ghosts and like that one. Eno is amazing. Byrne is as well.

  22. MrCompletely Says:

    I believe in separating art from artist. Miles was an asshole. Picasso was an asshole. Most of the guys in the Dead were assholes and some of them got pretty questionable with underaged girls in rooms full of drugs.

    We know for a fact what Polanski did. I’d think it was great if he ended up in the pokey.

    But Chinatown is a work of art that IMO stands on its own and should be judged on its own. Same as all works of art.

    Hitler was a shitty painter.

  23. MrCompletely Says:

    and now for something completely different:

    NYC kids looking for something to do…

  24. albert walker Says:

    That’s my point C

    I know you don’t dig the who but I do and don’t give a fuck what petes up too
    Or fuckin mike
    At least I pissed off another hillbilly drunk
    Has to be about all of em by now

    That’s why I stick to phish convos

  25. dorn76 Says:

    Ouch on the Mike/Polanksi connection. It was funny, but I cringed nonetheless.

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