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:

    good to hear Mr P

  2. MrCompletely Says:

    we’ll see @robear

    based on unfortunately seeing a lot of raiders games over the last few years I don’t think so. most scouts had them ranked Asomugha 1 and Revis 2 in the offseason, we’ll see how it ends up. if NA ends up being a clear #2 to Revis at the end of the season it will be a significant surprise.

    everyone on the eagles is playing bad now though, however most of the probs are in the middle

  3. Robear Says:

    No doubt, great news, Palmer. Now head out and stack more paper.

  4. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    one of these things…

  5. MrCompletely Says:

    yeah good news Palmer

    now you can just try to move forward

  6. MrCompletely Says:

    I forgot Baron Davis is in the Roots

    also he looks high

  7. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    looks like he moved to williamsburg to hang with “bob dylan”

  8. Robear Says:

    IDK, Asomougha has looked lost this year. Maybe adjusting to new scheme. Revis looks like Revis.

  9. Robear Says:

    Watching Lions on DVR. Wow, that first pick 6 Romo throws is just beyond awful.

  10. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    oh gee. there’s a wider shot showing that melo is also going plaid

  11. MrCompletely Says:

    maybe he’s lost because he thought he’d be on a good defense and instead he finds himself on the eagles

    hey, this orbits our galaxy

    it’s a cluster of several hundred stars…the blue ones aren’t normal blue giants, which don’t last long…they are all actually caused by collisions between smaller stars, something that’s very rare inside a galaxy, but more common in these clusters

    genuinely huge 4000px jpg here, with amazing color

  12. MrCompletely Says:

    several hundred THOUSAND stars

    kind of a big difference

    also, trippy ass dark matter simulation

  13. voopa Says:

    Wild, wacky stuff!

  14. angryjoggerz Says:

    Only one more day of in-laws in town. Must. Not. Say. Snarky. Things.

    Got word from Aquaman that he and his wife had VIP tix to Radiohead last weekend and were 10 feet from Scarlett Johansson. I would have found that very, very… very distracting.

  15. bob dylan Says:

    I went electric in 65 and plaid last year.

  16. Mr. Palmer Says:

    you can do it AJ. I’m pissed i didn’t make a bigger effort to catch one of those radiohead shows. Effort will be made if they do a more extensive tour in 2012 like is rumored.

    Tonights MNF game is dreadful. At least there is playoff baseball to watch instead.

  17. bob dylan Says:

    Aqua is gonna get an earful when I see him tonight re: radiohead tix and scarlet. Wanted to go sooo bad.

  18. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Anyone pull any of these early Dead recording on bt.etree? Lots of ’66 stuff. Curious how they sound.

  19. angryjoggerz Says:

    My father in law has baited me quite a bit (lots of anti china, anti city, anti anything that i am interested in comments) and I am proud to report I have not taken the bait. It makes me really realize how, as trite as it sounds, it takes two to bicker. I also am not saying things that I know will irritate him, which frees up a lot of space to focus on my kid, and all that. Lesson learned. Also means my wife is less stressed out, which is great.

    live and learn, huh?

  20. MrCompletely Says:

    my own personal musical apocalypse

  21. MrCompletely Says:

    ’66 and early/mid 67 Dead does nothing for me. YMMV

  22. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I’m surprised your father-in-law makes all those anti-China comments. I mean, from what i know about you, this is more or less how you earn a living and support his daughter and grand daughter. Maybe i’m off. If so, i apologize.

    LLfa @ Mr.C musical apocalypse.

  23. angryjoggerz Says:

    Nope, you are right on. Hell, I met his daughter in China – and she is in Chinese medicine, so it is rude on a number of levels.

  24. MrCompletely Says:

    ‘Those who wish to embody the Tao should embrace all things. To embrace all things means first that one holds no anger or resistance toward any idea or thing, living or dead, formed or formless. Acceptance is the very essence of the Tao. ‘

  25. guitarpicker420! Says:

    @Mr. C – that is a lot like one of my favorite Joseph Campbell quotes which basically says, rejecting the negative aspects of life is rejecting life. In order to say yes to our own lives, we must say yes to it all.

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