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. guitarpicker420! Says:

    its ugly mitch, really ugly. But the Cards are taking the Phils in 4.

  2. MrCompletely Says:

    TB is +10 at home, bob d. not a super high line due to their semi respectable performance against a Steelers team we now know is really just not all that great, and also the ongoing public disrespect for Tampa Bay

  3. phoammhead Says:

    Hail Victory!

  4. MrCompletely Says:

    ha I hadn’t heard that Rob Ryan insulted Calvin Johnson in the press before that game

    fucking moron

    Calvin Johnson might be the best player in the NFL right now

  5. MrCompletely Says:

    the 12 defenders on the field but only one on Johnson play at the end there was, I think, my single favorite Cowboys failure of the young season so far

    are there any sweeter words in the english language than “Epic Cowboys Collapse” ?

  6. Mr. Palmer Says:

    “Calvin Johnson might be the best player in the NFL right now”

    Heard an interesting debate on how you judge the “best” player in the NFL. It comes down to how much better you are than the next best player.

    I think the discussion where this was brought up was the guy was trying to say that Darrell Revis was the best player in the NFL. He is so far and away the best cornerback, with the separation between him and the next guy being oceans apart.

    Calvin Johnson is great though. I wouldn’t argue against that stance.

  7. Mr. Palmer Says:

    ^^ next best player at your position..

  8. joemeg Says:

    being able to watch both the cowboys and eagles collapse yesterday makes the NFL Sunday Ticket so worth it for me.

    I’m a big Giants fan, and man do I love Tony Romo

  9. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Watching the Cowgirls and the eagles simultaneously shit the bed and then have Eli bring the Giants back ( with a little help) made for a great sunday of football for me. 🙂

  10. Mr. Palmer Says:

    ^^^ haha @ joemeg

  11. Beantownboy Says:

    Fight for ol’ DC!

    Though I scared the Mrs. by screaming pretty loudly when Turnoversaurus Rex threw that interception in the 4th.

    Luckily, the ‘Skins D was solid.

    But I’ve never felt so shaky about a 3-1 team. Then again the NFC East looks wide open at this point.

  12. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Turnoversaurus Rex

    that may be how you spell it, but it is pronounced “The Sex Cannon

  13. MrCompletely Says:

    redskins are not a very good offensive team at all. a really good team would have annihilated the Rams. But the D is solid and the offense might be good enough to win that very strange and unsettled division.

    yeah there’s no real way to say “who the best player is.” Calvin J is one of the ones you can at least make a case for.

    I don’t think there’s any convincing argument to be made that Revis is significantly superior to Asomugha over a meaningful range of games, in fact I think the opposite case is probably stronger, but really they are roughly equivalent players. But interestingly, they’re both on defenses that are dramatically underperforming

  14. Selector J Says:

    @bhizzle Hail, indeed! I mean it was the Rams but still… At the beginning of the season I was pretty sure the Skins would be at the forefront of the Andrew Luck sweepstakes.
    Orakpo is a beast in the 3-4. Completely unblockable.

    @MiA you’ve got selectrons.

  15. bob dylan Says:

    Cards are going down in the end GP.

    Go horse tonight. And ya that Calvin dude is a badass. Watched sports center on lunch and they were showing all his catches. Glad I’m not the guy defending him.

  16. Robear Says:

  17. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I haven’t seen Asomugha play that much so its tough for me to judge. I saw him play against the Giants and a practice squad receiver, Cruz, made him look silly a few times. No one throws the ball near Revis, ever.

    Like i said, being in NY area, I see Revis every week and don’t see the other guy a lot at all. I’m not sure how anyone can be more dominant at their position that Revis.

  18. bob dylan Says:

    Anyone here ever used one of those inverter tables? I tried one this weekend and belong on the damn infomercial. I felt awesome. Stretches your back out, gives blood flow. Awesome, my back felt so relaxed I thought I had seen a chiropractor.

  19. Robear Says:

    @miner picked an in-opportune time to pick up NFL Sunday Ticket and follow the Jets.

  20. guitarpicker420! Says:

    mitch – Cards have put up 6 and 5 against the Phillies pitching, while sending out Carp on short rest (which didn’t work at all). Now, Phillies don’t get that short porch for their lefties and the Cards roll out Garcia and Jackson. The Cards might not win the World Series, but they’ve got the Phillies right where they want them.

  21. Robear Says:

    Bob, I have one.

    Come on @ C.


  22. Mr.Miner Says:

    @miner picked an in-opportune time to pick up NFL Sunday Ticket and follow the Jets.

    ^ i did not pick it up yet. NFL bores me…I thought no fall would equal more NFL, but I don’t think it will…

  23. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Looks like my ex-boss isn’t going to put up a fight regarding my unemployment pay. Got a confirm in the mail. One less thing to worry about.

  24. Robear Says:

    Well played! There are so many games on as is, Miner. You always get the Sunday and Monday games, plus local coverage.

    Come up for Rubblebucket in Arcata @ miner.

  25. Selector J Says:

    Good news, @Mr. P. Glad that didn’t linger.

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