Trey Tour Tips Off

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Trey kicked off his solo tour in style over the weekend, playing three shows with a notably more diverse song selection, precise guitar shredding and some surprise covers in Portland, Albany, and Boston. Though I’ve only been listening along on tape, the band sounds well-practiced and as tight as ever. With Trey on point, the band seems to come together quite readily.

Trey’s current two-set affairs carry a different contour than ever before. Flooding his first-set solo segments with Phish songs, Trey has given favorites from “Theme From the Bottom” to “Carini” the acoustic treatment. More easily garnering momentum with pieces that fans have an attachment to, Trey has allowed his song structures to shine in a stripped down setting, and they’ve been translating to stage better than I would have imagined. Though many classics inevitably turn into mass sing-alongs, at least the show has energy from the beginning—something that wasn’t guaranteed with an acoustic opening set.

Towards the end of the first half—in his opening two shows—Trey brought up part, and then all, of his band to accompany him while still playing acoustic guitar, a rarity for Red. But some legitimate highlights have emerged from these segments, including the return of “Liquid Time” in Portland and “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” in Albany. These portions have concluded the opening sets, prepping the audience for the full-on electrical barrage.

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The buzz of the first couple shows has not only come from the obvious and power-packed jams, but also from some brand new and old-school covers. The moment of tour that everyone has been talking about is TAB’s take on The Gorillaz’ “Clint Eastwood,” a lamping groove from the band’s debut album that actually fits TAB quite well. With Jen Hartswick rapping in lieu of Del tha Funky Homosapien, the band pulled off a surprisingly proficient cover of the creative hip-hop nugget. Trey has also dipped into contemporary culture during the end of his acoustic set in Portland, playing Outkast’s “Hey Ya,” a comic funk-rocker from Andre 3000’s half of the 2003 double-album “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.”

Bringing older covers like “Ooh Child,” “Sweet and Dandy” and “It Makes No Difference” back into the mix, Trey has been switching things up early in his tour, and the word from the road has been nothing but glowing. Not only spicing up setlists with creative covers, Trey has also delved into his past catalog, reviving songs such as the ska-laced “Acting the Devil” and “In the Wee Wee Hours,” both unplayed since 2002, and “Black” unplayed since 2005. He has even made a backwards conversion, adding a Phish staple, “Ocelot,” to his solo shows. Including all his heavy hitting staples from TAB history, Big Red has quite a base of songs to choose from when forming his one electric set, and, albeit early, he’s been doing a great job.

After three shows, (only two considered in this mini-armchair review), Trey seems to be off to a smoking start to his cross-country tour. Altering format and clearly having fun, the band has already thrown down some fierce jams and must-hear moments. Check out the first two shows below and some audio clips below.


Jams of the Day: TAB @ Albany, NY – 2.19.2011

Clint Eastwood








2.18.2011 State Theatre, Portland, Maine

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Acoustic Set: Theme From The Bottom, Cavern, NICU, Bug, My Friend My Friend, Horse > Silent in the Morning, Gumbo, Suzy Greenberg, Kill Devil Falls, Water in the Sky*, Spin**, Liquid Time***, Hey Ya***^

Electric Set: Cayman Review, Mozambique, Gotta Jibboo, It Makes No Difference, Acting the Devil, Alaska, All That Almost Was, Words To Wanda, Push On Til The Day, Birdwatcher, Sand, Wherever You Find It, Plasma, Tuesday

E: In The Wee Wee Hours, Dragonfly

Notes: *with Jen Hartswick and Natalie Cressman
**with Jen Hartswick, Natalie Cressman, and Ray Paczkowski
***with all of TAB
^debut. Outkast origianal

Source: MP3: (FOB) Sound Professionals SP-BMC-12 / FLAC: Schoeps MK4


2.19.2011 The Palace, Albany, New York

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Acoustic Set: Free, The Wedge, Prince Caspian, Backwards Down The Number Line, Limb by Limb, Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan, Guelah Papyrus, Buffalo Bill, Joy, Halley’s Comet, Wading in the Velvet Sea*, Black**, Valentine***, Devil Went Down To Georgia***

Electric Set: Money Love & Change, Done Done It, Ocelot, Clint Eastwood^, Night Speaks to a Woman, Sweet & Dandy, Ooh Child, Windora Bug, Birdwatcher, Sand. Drifting, The Way I Feel, Push On Til The Day

E: Cayman Review

Notes: * w/ Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman
**  w/ Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman and Ray Paczkowski
*** w/ TAB
^Debut, Gorillaz original

Source: Busman Bsc1 (Hypers)

2.18.2011 (Chris Green)

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424 Responses to “Trey Tour Tips Off”

  1. Gavinsdad Says:

    Boots in size 11 and they are way too small. Only worn once…if anyone on here wants to buy em holler: edlooram AT yahoo. Thanks dudes

  2. Gavinsdad Says:

    Bottom paged, typing fail. Fuck it.

  3. EllJefe Says:

    Phillip Koughmore Semen. Sorry my buddy said that onetime and it cracks me up every time I say or think about. Had to share. Sorry. Giggle.

  4. Guyute711 Says:

    I love Separator off the new Radiohead.

  5. tela'smuff Says:

    dude – March 1st.

    crossing my fingers for some Red Rocks dates, or Broomfield, if they do release dates tomorrow.

  6. EL Duderino Says:

    Metu Tela’s 😉

  7. bhizzle Says:

    It just took me 3 mins. to figure out how stop hitting the “switch user” button as opposed to the “enter” button to log in to the lap top.

    when was the last time anyone has given props to the Contact from The Ball? Mike was there in stellar form.

  8. tela'smuff Says:

    already starting to salivate at the bands coming through Denver/Boulder over the next 3 months.

    Arcade Fire opens their tour in Broomfield this spring.

  9. bhizzle Says:

    tela…are or did you see KDTU & Public Enemy

  10. bhizzle Says:

    ogden theatre calendar looks niiiicee.

  11. tela'smuff Says:

    i saw that concert listing when i was in Boulder a couple weeks ago. looks incredible. but no. sadly.

  12. Guyute711 Says:

    tela’s, you gonna make it back east at all this summer?

  13. bhizzle Says:

    Will you be catching any of Ogdens shows? TAB, Gordan, QOTSA?

  14. bhizzle Says:

    What up Ugly Pig? When are you coming North? To the ROC?

  15. bhizzle Says:

    The 585?

  16. Guyute711 Says:

    If the Glen goes down I’ll probably have to have some ROC time. At least need a plate and some gizzards from Sal’s birdland.

  17. tela'smuff Says:

    making back east for Phish will depend on good timing. I have to fly back for some meetings throughout the summer, so fingers crossed there. otherwise, highly unlikely. it’ll be my first missed Deer Creek run since ’98 (also missed ’97).

    Hizz – i’ll be getting into Boulder on the 2nd of March and moving in and stuff, so had to pass on Trey. No real interest in seeing Mike (sorry).
    I’m driving up to C-Bus to see TAB this Saturday. Kind of my final Ohio getdown before I’m no longer a native.

  18. Guyute711 Says:

    Ohio to Colorado is a pretty nice upgrade. 🙂

  19. Gavinsdad Says:

    Good luck with yOur move and transition @Telas

  20. bhizzle Says:

    To all and your endeavors, good luck and good night. The Special Lady just came home.

  21. tela'smuff Says:

    Guyute – you know it brother! i’ll expect to be seeing you with the SC crew if we get a RR or Broomfield show.

    Thanks GD!

    ever since we got back from the SC shows life to some crazy turns, but this move to CO is a gift from the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Praise be.

  22. Guyute711 Says:

    I would love to come out there, I have never been. I will have to wait and see how everything shakes out. If we get all the rumored close stuff I don’t know how many days I’ll have to burn. The Glen would almost be an obligation for me taboot.

  23. tela'smuff Says:

    understood. whenever you’re ready for some Mountain Phish, you know where to holla.

  24. Guyute711 Says:

    I was little pissy this morning listening to Trey band but now in the right setting this Night Speaks to a Woman is pretty pretty good.

  25. willowed Says:

    Just listening back to the show last night.

    Done Done it is some silky shit. Great little hip shaker.

    One more thing, the Ocelot last night made me think of the MSG Twist. Not because it sounded the same, but because it felt so easy and patient. Almost like these sexy guitar licks Trza is ripping right now is are so free and effortless. He so relaxed and it’s helping his guitar play immensely

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