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. Dr Pronoia Says:

    Didn’t get the Duke job. They decided not to extend an offer to anyone. Turns out the super-extended nature of the process has been because they are totally dysfunctional and confused about what direction they want, etc etc etc

    upshot – private practice full steam ahead in NYC, and MSG for New Years bitchez!!!!!!!

  2. Mr.Miner Says:

    hmm. so yeah, i can’t download every single track on its own…(i mean I can but I’m not going to) Anyone wanna create torrents out of Leg 1 Flac and Leg mp3?

  3. Mike in Austin Says:

    Sounds like it worked out for the best Dr. P! Congrats.

  4. Dr Pronoia Says:

    thanks MIA

    damn I got a lot of work to do…

  5. MrCompletely Says:

    zipfiles are a thing that exist

  6. MrCompletely Says:

    duke sucks.

  7. Mr.Miner Says:


    GP, can you zip me the FLAC folder and the MP3 folder separately and then yousend it or sendpspace them or something?

  8. Mr palmer Says:

    Good luck Dr.P. If you need a stoner fuck assistant, I’m your man.

  9. albert walker Says:

    Yes type II tambourine is all the rage.

    That cat’s tinted glasses and balding top contributes to his skills. Funkiest, dorkiest, sickest white cat ever. Love that dude.

    After Miner’s crazy pimpin of the RnR from the Gorge Sat morning gave myself a FLAC spin while vinyl spinning. First since right after the show.

    Really is one of the best phish jams ever. May have taken a few years of 3.0 playing to get there but damn that is a timeless, epic, free flowing piece. It’s like a 2.0 jam without the search. As if they all know exactly where the next section is going. Rolls right in and out of the more abstract deconstruction section perfectly and then brings it home with the Mike led goodness. Damn the boys are back.

    Also that Tahoe Light. The opposite of the RnR it doesn’t roll through themes like butter but instead uses angular tones and changes as seen in the storage to create another pure 3.0 jam. Angular and mind bending not flowing but pushed by some un known new force.

    Good times to be a fan kids

  10. Mr.Miner Says:

    Really, anyone on a PC can download each the FLAC and the MP3 folder, zip them, and send em to me…PC peeps? GP is doing a lot for this effort already…

    @aw…yeah. apt description of each. Amazing stuff…

  11. Mike in Austin Says:

    I love how the Lions are -6.

  12. BingosBrother Says:

    Yo AW, thanks for reppin that brian Eno and David Byrne my life in the bush of ghosts. got it on vinyl(need a better one soon but whatev)and gave it a proper spin the other night for the 1st time. really blew my mind. still in awe.

  13. sumodie Says:

    jtran, you’re not helping me forget about Tobin. That said, Montreal is 5+ hrs away, vs. 3+ to Brooklyn (and no border patrol)

    meanwhile the Bethel Numberline is still jaw droppingly terrific. We’d be begging for Numberline nightly if the boys opted to push the song outward like that every time

  14. Mr.Miner Says:

    not the same type of music, but check out the more recent byrne/eno collab Everything That Happens Will Happen Today—probably my favorite album of the last 5 years or so…psyched to listen to ISAM album without visuals now, because the music is just so sick…the entire performance/projections are intricately choreographed to the music…its so crazy…

  15. BingosBrother Says:

    Thanks miner! will get that stat. I am still in shock that human beings could make that album. really a lot more accessable than I thought it would be. i was high as fuck, but my 1 year old nephew seemed to dig it as much as me.

  16. Mr palmer Says:

    Sumo- coming to BK for Tobin? Sweet.

    Miner- I’m a MAC also or else I’d be your guy.
    Someone hook it up. Who doesn’t want miners picks in a sick flac playlist of best sources?

  17. MrCompletely Says:

    I liked Everything That Happens almost as Bush of Ghosts. Not quite but still great music.

    What a weird public line that -6 is and it could easily go higher

  18. Mr palmer Says:

    Is the Apollo thing an Eno/ Byrne collaboration also?

  19. garretc Says:

    “I liked Everything That Happens almost as Bush of Ghosts. Not quite but still great music.”

    ^My opinion as well. Feels, to me, more like a Byrne record than an Eno record, while Ghosts is vice versa, but yeah…

  20. DukeOfLizards Says:

    duke sucks.

    Aw c’mon, guy.

  21. albert walker Says:

    No doubt bingos

    Enos sense of groove production and creativity with byrnes skills of melody and song writing are the perfect pairing

    I’m not a lyric guy either so the use of samples instead of vocals is so epic

    Def a top 20 album of all time for me

  22. MrCompletely Says:

    Duke University sucks.

    Sir Duke pwns.

    So I’m not gonna listen to this, but you might

  23. sumodie Says:

    Miner needs someone to make zips of music files from gp420’s site and email them to him?

    will check back after 10pm est, maybe I can help if that’s the issue

  24. Mike in Austin Says:

    Kinda put me off at first that it was the music for “Wall Street – Money never sleeps”

    Never saw the movie either. Looked like it blew from the start and Oliver Stone has gone soft. Giving it a spin now.

  25. MrCompletely Says:

    yes @sumo that’s it

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