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. Mr.Miner Says:

    a couple new tracks from ’97 to listen to…

  2. MrCompletely Says:

    hey, nice, miner

  3. butter Says:

    steps into Miner’s house, kicks off shoes, spins Twist

    lights up an early skunk tube

  4. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Ahh. desert Sky ’97. One of my favorite Gumbo’s that night. Out of the box ‘lope as well.

  5. butter Says:

    and now a chiesel tube

    gooey 97 Twist

  6. butter Says:

    changing for the spacier and demented at 9 minutes

  7. butter Says:

    i have it turned up loud enough, that the wind in this twist recording might just blow my speakers, and at the least is accompanying this norcal rain nicely

  8. voopa Says:

    Madonna to Perform at Super Bowl Halftime Show


  9. butter Says:

    wardrobe malfunction necessary, ::::::::oppps

  10. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Giving the new Wilco album a spin for the first time.

  11. bob dylan Says:

    While were on quotes I picked up this gem in an Irish pub last night.

    Miner, might wanna rep this one soon

    “There is a peculiar dignity attached to the gift of a book that is in no way affected by it’s price.”

  12. Chuck sweD Says:

    …20 years ago…

  13. garretc Says:

    @Mr. P

    Spun that Gumbo last night in fact! Or maybe the night before? Regardless, the takeaway from this is that we need some more funky jammed-out Gumbos like we need not-holes in our heads (if I may speak for all of us, and if not, consider it the royal we, I guess)

  14. Robear Says:

    Greensky Bluegrass got some good press online in Rolling Stone from ‘Hardly Strictly Bluegrass’ in SFO:

    But perhaps the true spirit of the festival was most embodied by a group of upstarts from Michigan called Greensky Bluegrass. Much like the festival itself, Greensky are hardly strictly bluegrass and, yet, they’re representing the genre for a whole new generation. “We like fun, rowdy, energetic crowds who drink a lot and scream a lot,” mandolinist Paul Hoffman told Rolling Stone after coming offstage from a set that literally won over tens of thousands of new fans, instantly. In fact, Greensky reportedly sold more CDs than just about any other performer during the weekend. “We bring bluegrass to people who aren’t familiar with it. Often I’m told, ‘I don’t even like bluegrass but you guys are great,'” said Hoffman, who was also quick to point out that recent successes by Mumford & Sons and the Avett Brothers have certainly helped the cause. “We’re the gateway for some people; I think that’s an important tradition.”

  15. butter Says:

    on to Bitch from 11.30.97

    Miner’s House

  16. butter Says:

    oh, this Woost Bitch was big fun

  17. angryjoggerz Says:

    Interesting article about the Chelsea Hotel. So glad I go to stay there last year for MSG, made the overall experience much more crazy and fun.

  18. Mr. Palmer Says:

    That is sad AJ. My uncle, a famous photographer , spent much of formative artistic years living in that hotel in the late 60’s, early 70’s. Lots of rich history in that place.

  19. bob dylan Says:

    Lots of dr00gs in that carpet.

  20. angryjoggerz Says:

    I imagine he would have, Palmer. Very cool. Nothing that interesting when I was staying there (that I was aware of) but we represented pretty hard.

  21. MrCompletely Says:

    the flipside view

  22. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Bob was there for a bit….

  23. MrCompletely Says:

    lookin for a hotel

    21 rooms but one will do

  24. bob dylan Says:

    Miner, how was Amon the other night?

  25. angryjoggerz Says:

    Plus, I got to meet and hang out with Dr. P, Neemor and Butterfly at the Chelsea – rock and roll bb meetup styleeeee.

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