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. bob dylan Says:

    I kinda wanna get a moog just to play dubstep on. That seems like a fun stoned activity.

  2. MrCompletely Says:

    he thought it sucked @bob d. the light show was basically 2 guys with flashlights and glowsticks.

  3. MrCompletely Says:

    and the music was just that boompity boompity stuff that used to be cool in the 90s

  4. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Leo Kottke playing at a public library 15 minutes from me next Sunday. Might be a good opportunity to catch him for the first time.

  5. guitarpicker420! Says:

    OK, all of Miner’s Picks, Summer Leg 1 sourced from my picks for best audience recording each night is now up on my mediafire, both flac and mp3.

    Would somebody please test this and make sure it works? It looks fine from my end, but would love to see somebody download at least one file and tell me that it works. Thanks!

  6. bob dylan Says:

    Mr c, I can’t tell if that’s sarcasm but if it’s not you just saved me some hassle on finding tix.

    I do love me some flashlights and glowsticks tho…

  7. bob dylan Says:

    Also, ISO 2 Halloween ween tix. Was lazy and missed em before it sold out.

  8. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Gp 420- It works. Downloaded the darien 2001 in flac… $$$

    Thanks for the effort. This is nice.

  9. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Bob- when and where is the Tobin show?

  10. guitarpicker420! Says:

    I’ll have superball and summer leg 2 up later this week, soon hopefully. Still have to review Denver 3 and Vermont before I can load those up. But, this way you get best of the best, best sources (per me) and best tracks (per miner).

  11. guitarpicker420! Says:

    If you are curious about the individual sources, or want to download them entirely, click here:

  12. bob dylan Says:

    3 nights in Brooklyn a stop or two south of me on the G line. Few days before Halloween.

    Lucky I’m on my iPhone or I’d have lmgtfy’d ya.

  13. sumodie Says:

    Tobin is at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple a few blocks from the large Atlantic Ave subway/commuter train stop

    3 midweek shows: 10/25-27

    good luck finding tix, all sold out

  14. Mr. Palmer Says:

    compliments of Tela’s. This is too funny not to share.

  15. sumodie Says:

    grrr…stubhub Tobin tix aren’t as bad as I thought. Thought I was over trying to go

    Gears a whirring now…

  16. MrCompletely Says:

    @bob, Miner’s actual review was the exact opposite of what I posted

    he’s not the only one that thinks so either

  17. bob dylan Says:

    Ya you seemed pretty sarcastic.

    Back to trying for tix. Palmer, wanna go one night?

    Seems like a spunion show. Thurs works better for that for me.

  18. sumodie Says:

    and still no TAB auds…either the taping world has gone to shit or we’re just spoiled by instant PhishInc downloads

    (duh…obviously spoiled)

  19. hazel mango Says:

    I was so bummed not to catch Amon last night at the warfield in sf. Found out too late and already had plans, but it looks like an incredible production.

    And Mr.C, been meaning to report that I did catch Kings Go Forth last monday. I liked them, but… wow, easy with that tambourine. extreme tambourining. great rhythm. great energy.

  20. bob dylan Says:

    There’s no tab no spoilers? #communitygonetoshit

  21. bob dylan Says:

    ^that said, I don’t care. I’m not lookin for tab auds.

  22. SillyWilly Says:

    So a little IT in my afternoon

    I’ve been having an anxious couple of days. no rational reason, really. just off.

    so, I turn the 12/30/97 show on about 30 minutes ago just to listen to while I study.

    4 minutes in and Im dancing all around my room. I’m completely lost about 20 minutes in, being all reflective, watching my worries melt away, when my phone buzzes

    it’s a text from a young lady I happen to think is the flyest in the law school

    “wanna hang tonight?”

    praise icculus.

  23. bob dylan Says:

    Miles Davis – tribute to jack johnson

    Thats all I gotta say about that.

  24. SillyWilly Says:

    i left out the key detail:

    it was the Bag that got me

  25. bob dylan Says:

    Silly, mac some babes! You can do it!

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