Finishing With Fire At The Fox

2.26.11 (Michael Stein)

Trey played a smashing finale of his cross-country solo tour at Oakland’s Fox Theatre on Saturday night, bidding the road adieu with a scorching second set that concluded another well-received tour. In a tale of two halves, the electric set provided consistent fire from Big Red and his entourage ignited the audience with a set containing no discernible lulls. However, in a complete juxtaposition, Trey barely drew attention from from the crowd until the full band emerged to backed his acoustic efforts for “Heavy Things.” Once his band got behind his acoustic efforts—a rarity in Trey’s career—it became wholly apparent that this set-up should have comprised the entire opening half of the show. When “Heavy Things” started, the oversold Fox Theatre transformed from an annoyingly-crowded and over-sized cocktail party into a focused concert. Concluding the short, full-band, acoustic portion of the set with tour staples “Liquid Time,” and “Hey Ya!,” the night ignited in earnest with the set’s closing “Push On Til the Day.” A densely grooving rendition of the early-TAB classic set the show afire just before the lights came on (another odd nuance to this tour’s set structure.)

2.25.11 (M.Stein)

But the story of the show—as was the case for each night of this tour—unfolded in the second set. Without varying his setlist choices from his other shows, Trey’s band played crisply through a set of high-octane, dance-floor, fun. From the candy grooves of “Jibboo” to the funk of  “Cayman Review” and the uplifting melodic spiral of “Valentine,” Trey packed a wallop with each piece at the beginning of the set . The centerpiece of the show, however, came in the cerebral psychedelia of “Plasma.” A song that has been revived over this tour outshone any other piece in Oakland with legitimate whole-band improv. And its energy spilled directly into the popping jazz of Page’s “Magilla” and the island vibrations of Toots and the Maytals’ “Sweet and Dandy.” But after this lighter interlude, Trey and his band kicked down the most sinister portion of the show in ferocious “Sand” followed by “Clint Eastwood.” Migrating from full-on to laid back grooves over the two dark-themed pieces, TAB crafted the other improvisational beast of the show in “Sand,” with a pimped out cool down in The Gorillaz cover.

2.26.11 (M.Stein)

The final segment of the show was laced with Phish songs, as Trey closed the set with “Ocelot,” “Show of Life,” and “First Tube.” While the second two are songs that started in Trey’s side project and jumped to Phish, “Ocelot” is the first song to be debuted by Phish and brought into regular TAB rotation; a standout all tour long. Held down by the butter-smooth pocket of bass stalwart, Tony Markelis, this song translates better in TAB—with a full horn arrangement—than it does in Phish, where the song has remained painfully one dimensional. In fact a similar phenomenon took place in the blues-based “Alaska,” where the slower tempo and thicker groove coaxed far more dynamic playing from Trey than the Phish’s loafing rhythms. “Show of Life,” a song that has become a big-stage mainstay, has stuck around the solo circuit to slay TAB shows with its late-set catharsis.

2.25.11 (M.Stein)

Punctuating the night with a scintillating “Black Dog” encore, Trey and Jen Hartswick undertook musical relations as his guitar and her vocal solo merged in a mind-numbing hard-rock convergence. Trey dug into the Zeppelin cover with extra gusto as the last song of his tour, drawing a massive ovation from the adoring Bay Arena audience. In a fine ride through and through, and a great summation of their winter tour, TAB smacked down a fierce tour closer that illustrated the current strength of all things Trey. And with summer tour on the distant horizon, that couldn’t be more encouraging.

I: NICU, Backwards Down the Number Line, Limb By Limb, Down with Disease, Theme From the Bottom, The Wedge, Strange Design, Bathtub Gin, Let Me Lie*, Heavy Things**, Liquid Time**, Hey Ya!**, Push On ‘Til the Day^

II: Gotta Jibboo, Cayman Review, Alaska,Valentine, Plasma, Magilla, Sweet and Dandy, Sand, Clint Eastwood, Sultans of Swing, Ocelot, Show of Life, First Tube

E: Black Dog

* with Jen and Natalie, ** full band, acoustic, ^full band, electric


3.5.2011 - The Fox (John Florek)


3.5.2011 TAB @ The Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA

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The Fox Theatre

Here is the download of Trey’s tour closer. The setlist is above.



Sand,” “Clint Eastwood


Source: Schoeps mk41>kc5>cmc6>sonosax sx-m2>sound devices 722


Jam of the Day:

Theme From the Bottom” 6.7.95

An out-of-character “Theme” stemming from the dark sonic brew of Summer ’95.

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  1. garretc Says:

    So now that Trey knows how much the Bay loves him, that means we’ll definitely be getting the leg II hook up!

  2. voopa Says:

    Best better! (repost from last post) Photos from last night.

    Will post the vid I took of Bathtub, editing skills portending…thanks Miner for using my pic! Great to meet you after the show btw…

  3. Matso Says:

    “Migrating from full-on to laid back grooves over the two dark-themed pieces, Phish crafted the other improvisational beast of the show with a pimped out cool down.”

    Entirely forgiveable typo… 🙂

  4. KWL Says:

    absolutely buried under snow over here, most of the year without a doubt, and first snow day i’ve ever had here in 4 years (ok, it’s only a half snow day so far…).

    still coming down too. wtf!

  5. willowed Says:

    musical relations

  6. BTB Says:

    BTB Fest Poster is Up – emails to follow shortly

  7. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    mornin’ party people

    glad to hear trey finished things off right on the left side. keep it golden today, everybody.

  8. Jtran Says:

    Biggest snowstorm of the year here in Burlington too.

  9. EL Duderino Says:

    just for the record… first tube is a tab tune

  10. EL Duderino Says:

    Grateful Dead – December 1, 1973
    Boston Music Hall – Boston, MA

    Recording Info:
    SBD -> Master Reel -> Dat (44.1k)

    Transfer Info:
    Dat (Sony R500) -> Tascam SS-R05 -> Adobe Audition v3.0 -> Samplitude Professional 11.2 -> FLAC
    (4 Discs Audio / 1 DVD FLAC)

    All Transfers and Mastering By Charlie Miller
    March 4, 2011

    — All disc changes are seamless
    — You can move the disc changes to fit the show onto 3 discs
    — Thanks to David Gans for lending me his Dats
    — Thanks to Robert Darst for his help with the soundcheck
    — Thanks to Joe B. Jones for his help with the pitch correction

    d1t01 – Jam
    d1t02 – Blue Suede Shoes
    d1t03 – Workingman’s Blues

    Set 1:
    d1t04 – Tuning
    d1t05 – Promised Land
    d1t06 – Sugaree
    d1t07 – Mexicali Blues
    d1t08 – Tennessee Jed
    d1t09 – Looks Like Rain
    d1t10 – China Cat Sunflower ->
    d1t11 – I Know You Rider
    d1t12 – Big River
    d2t01 – Brokedown Palace
    d2t02 – Weather Report Suite
    d2t03 – Casey Jones

    Set 2:
    d2t04 – Tuning
    d2t05 – Around And Around
    d2t06 – They Love Each Other
    d2t07 – Me And My Uncle
    d2t08 – Don’t Ease Me In
    d2t09 – Me And Bobby McGee
    d3t01 – Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo ->
    d3t02 – Playing In The Band ->
    d3t03 – Uncle John’s Band ->
    d3t04 – Playing In The Band
    d3t05 – Row Jimmy
    d3t06 – Greatest Story Ever Told
    d4t01 – Not Fade Away ->
    d4t02 – Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad ->
    d4t03 – One More Saturday Night

  11. seif Says:

    “…transformed from an annoyingly-crowded and over-sized cocktail party into a focused concert.”

    This is exactly how I felt about the Terminal 5 show. I was actually a bit shocked that people (phish fans) couldn’t shut their mouths during the acoustic set.

  12. Jtran Says:

    Cash for your Bethel extras

  13. nonoyolker Says:

    Dude, I think Miner had it right re: first tube.

    Nice pics voopa! fox theatre looks like a pretty sweet venue.

    Any reports from Cactus tour?

  14. EL Duderino Says:

    “First Tube” (Anastasio, Lawton, Markellis) – 6:45

  15. Guyute711 Says:

    Well yesterday my available credit on my card was skewed by an obvious hold. Today it actually says Phish tix on the website. Happy Monday!!

  16. EL Duderino Says:


  17. nonoyolker Says:

    Yeah, it’s a TAB song, not seeing the error here:
    ‘Trey closed the set with “Ocelot,” “Show of Life,” and “First Tube.” While the second two are songs that started in Trey’s side project and jumped to Phish, “Ocelot” is the first song to be debuted by Phish and brought into regular TAB rotation’

  18. EL Duderino Says:

    … no biggie nono

  19. EL Duderino Says:

    “The final segment of the show was laced with Phish songs, as Trey closed the set with “Ocelot,” “Show of Life,” and “First Tube.””-Miner

  20. lastwaltzer Says:

    apparently it is

  21. EL Duderino Says:

    @ LW

    Yeah man IT IS!!!!!!!!

  22. lastwaltzer Says:

    Well I’m glad were all so enthusiastic about reading comprehension 😉

  23. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Woke up to a $141.40 cc hold, which if my math is right, is a pair of pavs. Woo!

  24. halcyon Says:

    Morning Folks.

    Case of the Mondays out here. However, it will soon change as some of my coworkers leave for a class, and I can play some music without interference.

    If anyone needs help with tix when they go onsale I will gladly help.

  25. P.S.H.S Says:

    i am an idiot. for the first time in a long time, i actually had extra money for phish tickets, and forgot to enter the lottery. WTF is wrong with me! i deserve to pay extra ticketbastard fees for my stupidity. even babies moma was surprised by my lack of effort. and she’s only seen them 4 times.

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