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. stapes Says:

    @ Halcyon – a friend was talking about some haunted house in Denver that is supposed to be really good. I’ll try and find out more.

  2. marcoesq Says:

    morning all. great piece, jtran. Making me look forward to next sat night in Baltimore


  3. MrCompletely Says:

  4. MrCompletely Says:

    asked work for a few days off to stay home with little Chiesel Colitas. You all know how important these early bonding days are. But they said no, the barbarians

  5. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Thanks for that link @ C. Love T-bone Short. So much fun.

  6. tela'smuff Says:

    halcyon – the tobin show is on the 18th, tuesday night. i’ll be giving attendence my best shot.

    i haven’t heard much about a haunted house around these parts. i’m always up for some fun though. let me know.

  7. Mr.Miner Says:

    ^trey vids

  8. Mr. Palmer Says:

    contemplating buying a pair of TAB tickets on stub hub . Not too bad price wise. $70. This is, they just say GA. Not GA floor, or GA balcony like most other listings.

  9. Mr. Palmer Says:

    thing is ^^

  10. marcoesq Says:

    $70/ticket or for the pair? I’m kinda excited to see him this weekend, haven’t seen TAB since ’07

  11. Mr. Palmer Says:

    a ticket, lol

  12. marcoesq Says:

    damn, stubhub sucks. I have some better ticket broker sites if you want to email me

  13. marcoesq Says:

    craigslist is usually good also

  14. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Just sent an email to a guy on –

    2 ga floors for $95 total. Hopefully its legit.

  15. bob dylan Says:

    Way to go jtran. Setting the bar rather high or trey band book reports.

  16. bob dylan Says:

    Palm, buddy got 2 on eBay for 100 total

  17. bob dylan Says:


  18. Robear Says:


    Wow, is it possible that Tony M is even fatter than last tour? Hope Trey doesnt have to provide health coverage.

  19. Selector J Says:

    Nice write up, @jtrizzle. Seriously. Really good.
    Sounds like a great TAB tour in the making.
    I’m on the PC in the atrium with the fried motherboard blues. This is gonna put a real damper on the BB lurking time. Good thing I put all my digital music on google music. Jah Cloud raining roots and culture pon I&I eardrums.

    If anyone wants some google music invites, I have 8. Send me some electrons: jay dot step hens 1 at the gee mall.

  20. bob dylan Says:

    I I were Trey I’d make him stand while he plays. That dude would drop lbs by the end of tour. Dudes gonna have a heart attack during sand sometime soon.

  21. phoammhead Says:

    ha, funny. bek said the same thing, robear. kinda looks like it.

  22. stapes Says:

    SBIX soundcheck is sooooo smooth

  23. Mike in Austin Says:

    Selector, my “bridge” offer stands on my dust collecting Dell D410 if you need something to get you by for awhile. I’d like it back sometime, but if you need something, let me know.

    mikeinaustinbb at ghee mail

  24. bhizzle Says:

    Hail to the Redskins!

  25. bob dylan Says:

    What are the odds the colts win?

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