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. Palmer Says:

    maybe bob. I have a few things already lined up ( TAB, Further), trying to keep my expenses down a bit in my current scenario. I am meeting about a potential gig tomorrow.

  2. Mr. Palmer Says:

    awesome Silly.

  3. bob dylan Says:

    But you just got approved for unemployment. That money is all bonus now cause you didn’t think it was coming. Amiright or amiright?

  4. bob dylan Says:

    Sad to say I read your post silly and thought you had computer troubles. Realized just now you meant IT and not information tech.

    Ugh. Computers outta my head!

  5. Mr.Miner Says:

    buy an 100 dollar ticket off ebay to Tobin. Its worth it. Don’t worry about GA floor. Its actually better a bit further away IMO so that you can see the entire structure and the big picture of what was going on…we had GA, but my wife wanted to sit b/c her back was hurting so we went to one of the first few rows upstairs and had our mind completely blown. definitely a theme of nature vs technology, some sort of futuristic / post-apocalyptic fantasy world that yet has hope of redemption…really heavy, powerful music and projections. Buy the broker ticket. Skip Trey. Whatever. It’s worth it, IMO…honestly, its the shizz. I’d say don’t even listen to ISAM the album before hand…if you’re not familiar with Amon…start with something like Bricolage or Supermodified…all his albums are so cool—and can be VERY different album to album…

  6. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    sweet. let’s all relive our collegiate conquests (or lack thereof, depending…) through schwilly.

    can we get a money line going here?
    what’s the over/under on number of times silly mentions his “internet friends”?
    odds on him spilling a beer in her lap?
    what else can we bet here without getting too creepy?

  7. SillyWilly Says:

    understandable, Bob

    law terms always pop into my head for no reason

  8. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Thats quite the testimonial Mr. Miner. Sounds interesting to say the least.

  9. SillyWilly Says:

    she already knows about the internet friends

    she sat next to me in the clinical all last year

    i was kicking it with you all

    while she was, ya know, working for her clients…

  10. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Amanda Knox decision reversed.

  11. Mr.Miner Says:

    Whats up with MAC not being able to “bulk download” form mediafire? I’m trying to make torrents (both FLAC and Mp3) of GP420’s Miner’s Picks by legs…do I REALLY have to download every single file individually?

  12. Mr.Miner Says:

    @palmer. go. thank me later.

  13. Mr.Miner Says:

    or essentially, can anyone make me one folder of all FLACS and one folder of all Mp3s? I can do it if MAC allows….Mitch?

  14. Mr. Palmer Says:

    $65 tickets on stub hub for Tobin. Thursday night Bob? Is this the night you want to go? You got couch space?

  15. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:


  16. Jtran Says:


    Since you’re thinking of it you should do the Montreal Amon Tobin show. Swing by Burlington on the way north, pick up plord and myself, swing back south afterward.

  17. MrCompletely Says:

    @hazel, @aw nailed it

    Type II tamborine

  18. guitarpicker420! Says:

    can you download the flac folder? or I can rearrange on the mediafire. will have to be later today though, heading out to dinner with the fam.

  19. bob dylan Says:

    Tix are 60 on stubhub. Reviews are mind blown across the board.

    I’m in.

  20. guitarpicker420! Says:

    on the pc, I can click on “download folder” on the left and it lets me download the entire flac folder
    can’t help you on mac though.

  21. bob dylan Says:

    Pretty sure the bulk downloader isn’t Mac friendly. BS.

    I should have couch space. Let me talk to jeff-I and see what night he wants.

  22. Mr. Palmer Says:

    WW Jeff is coming? Sweet.

  23. bob dylan Says:

    Jeff is comin in town for halloWEEN and was the one telling me about it.

    I like the fact it’s only a stop or two from my place. That’s prob sub 10 buck cab ride.

  24. Mr. Palmer Says:

    shoot me a text when you decide on a night and i’ll grab a ticket.

  25. bob dylan Says:

    Furthur, Amon, ween, tinariwen, Phish… Some good stuff coming to town.

    We also need to pick a night to go to the stone. Dunno if we missed the face melter yet.

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