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

FLAC Torrent (via etree), Mp3 Torrent, Megaupload < Links

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.

[audio:] Tags: , ,

488 Responses to “Finishing With Fire At The Fox”

  1. Lycanthropist Says:

    gotcha corey

  2. Mr.Miner Says:

    got a portmouth GA for a legit pav somewhere..perhaps DTE, Camden, Atl pit, Darien pit? anyone, anyone, bueller?

  3. Lycanthropist Says:

    i would love to pick up some of those Georgia tix but haven’t decided if i am gonna do the ohio run or the GA > NC run

  4. Mr.Miner Says:

    or PNC?

  5. willowed Says:

    I love the flurry of activity on ticket day!

    It’s like playing the stock market.

  6. Corey Says:

    Or how bout Lawn Train, from 11.22.94?
    Something to do with Lawns, or motivational arousal?

  7. bhizzle Says:

    My worst fear is that the GA pits are reserved for PTBM…

  8. Guyute711 Says:

    Ohio sucks Lycan 😉

  9. bhizzle Says:

    Good luck to the rest of you that haven’t received your emails yet.

  10. Litteringandd Says:

    Best day after Birthday present ever. Raging the Rails in 2011!!!

  11. Leo Weaver Says:

    Nice Lycan…I’ll be in Ohio and NC, just gotta find my tix.

    Now who’s got my pavs?

  12. Kaveh Says:

    How does that song go….Still waiting…..still waiting….

  13. Lycanthropist Says:

    i know i should really do the southern run

    but all the kids from around here and gonna go and they are all gonna wanna go together in a huge caravan…

    plus them being on tues and wed really puts a wrench in ATL

    pluuus we might be able to write expenses off if we go to the Ohio area shows.

  14. Lycanthropist Says:

    that plasma is nice

  15. Guyute711 Says:

    I may end up at Blossom myself.

  16. Selector J Says:

    Anyone here heard of Taj Weekes?
    Really digging this album called “Waterlogged Soul Kitchen.” Much better than I expected. The guy is a helluva songwriter and the backing band is drum tight.

  17. Kaveh Says:

    @G711…send me an email…see if you can flush the system to my inbox. Why not try. And I’ll reply back.

    kjrahimi at yahoo dot com.

  18. guitarpicker420! Says:

    @lycan – need to see you up in Ohio and the Creek

  19. Leo Weaver Says:

    tuesday wednesday nixed atl for me. No way I can do those mid-week with multiple mondays and fridays off around the same time.

  20. F-ing Pissed Says:

    As a “phan” since way before Phish went on “hiatus” back in 2000…

    As a “phan” that would sit for hours and copy cassette tapes of bootlegged shows…

    As a “phan” since before Phish guys “broke up”…

    As a “phan” that endured the 2004 Summer Tour…

    As a “phan” that walked about 12 miles into the “Farewell to Rehab” suck-fest called Coventry…

    As a “phan” that went to Goddard College, just because Phish went there… except for Mike…

    As a “phan” that went on to UVM, just because Mike went there…

    As a “phan” that has spent thousands upon thousands of dollars to travel to see play…

    As a “phan” that refused to stay home and miss the Atlantic City Halloween Run, even though I had Mononucleosis and was sicker than a dog…

    As a “phan” that had nose-bleed seats, under the lip of MSG for the NYE show, could hardly see, the sound was horrible, and was stepped on by a smelly hippie girl from Chicago that kept walking past me to gather her smoking apparatus…

    And for all the other “phans” that are pissed off – PHISH LOTTERY SUCKS!!!

  21. Leo Weaver Says:

    @gp…got my Cincy>BTB>Cincy rides all locked up now, thanks for the offer. thanks again for your aud recs.

  22. Guyute711 Says:

    can’t is the cancer of happen Leo

  23. cal Says:

    Good afternoon, BB. Nothing but lawns for DTE>Blossom>Riverbend here. I confess I don’t really care, though. Had a great time on the Blossom lawn last year. Pretty rare that I can’t find a spot where there’s good sound and room to dance, no matter the venue.

    This combined with the BTB Fest flyer are making me incredibly excited for summer tour today. Having trouble being very productive, oh well. Hope everybody’s having luck today!

    Also decided today I can’t pass up Pitchfork Fest; screw the boating trip I was supposed to go on. This summer’s gonna be insane.

  24. phoammhead Says:

    i didn’t do too well on my 4 pavs and 4 lawns

    2 riverbend lawns

    2 alpharetta1 lawns

    2 alpharetta2 sec 105 pavs

    2 charlotte sec 12 pavs

    basically nothing i want!

    hopefully bek did a little better for us

  25. Guyute711 Says:

    Email sent Kaveh

Leave a Reply