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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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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488 Responses to “Finishing With Fire At The Fox”

  1. butter Says:

    Wow, busy day of ticket scoring, trading, hunting and selling

    I need 2 alpharetta Pitts for each night

  2. Mr.Miner Says:

    i accidentally oversold my Sunday lawn stock. Does anyone have a pair or one Sunday Bethel lawns? I have a buyer for you. Please email me if youre looking to shed the tickets.

  3. guitarpicker420! Says:

    @butter – you hitting Blossom or Cincy?

  4. phoammhead Says:

    i’ve got some tix for sale

    riverbend, alpharetta1, charlotte and raleigh lawns

    alpharetta2 sec 105, row w pavs

    phoamm at gmail

  5. voopa Says:

    Not doing leg 1 so I haven’t been part of the madness today, but I’m still glowing from Saturday night so all’s well 🙂

  6. RenDog Says:

    I have nTelos. Trade for 1 Walnut or Charlotte pav/pit? Thanks for any help! If you need an extra nTelos let me know.

  7. KWL Says:

    dag, miner, i take it i missed out on those sunday bethel pavs?

  8. Mr.Miner Says:

    @ kwl, they re actually saturday pavs sec 16 Row C

    Assuming I upgrade this weekend, theyre yours of you want em

  9. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Did anyone get shutout? Seems like most people got something at least.

    1 out of 3 – pavs.( for me) 33%.. seems about the average these days.

  10. MisterChristian Says:

    I gotted my Great Woods tix

  11. Jtran Says:


    I did

  12. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Phish hates Jtran…llfa. Your slf scored though, i thought i read that, no?

    First puff. Was going to try and cut down during the week, oh well. Came home to discover that my kids, under the supervision of the grandparents, decided to climb a wooden piece of furniture and proceed to topple it, shattering the glass on the table top. No injuries thankfully.

    Of course , no one saw anything. Amazing how that works.

  13. AintNoTele Says:

    I got shut out too Jtran, only hit lotto once and got 2 lawns MPP and 2 CLT lawns last year. I put in every time too, I’ll hit big sometime I’m hoping

  14. Jtran Says:

    Yea Palmer

    My mom and slf both hit. In every lottery I’ve put in I’ve never personally won. Phish does hate me.

  15. Guyute711 Says:

    They just like messing with me. I have a hold but no confirmation e-mail.

  16. KWL Says:

    i’ll be trying too in the onsale miner… but need all 3 nights so i’ll prioritize the other 2, and take those off your hands if you’re still getting rid of them then…

  17. AintNoTele Says:

    they did a great job of staggering onsale times I think. I’m doing atl>nTELOS and all 5 shows go on sale at diff times. I’m pretty psyched. I’m gonna hit up the phone lines and 2x computers for each, should def hit some good pavs

  18. Luther T. Justice Says:

    3 for 3 for pavs for Detroit, Blossom & Cinci.


  19. butter Says:

    No Midwest for me GP 420

    Wifey is prego and due Aug28

    We are hitting Alpharetta, as its her home shows

    Bethel is a long shot, and they have just tantalized me with a pair of tix for the three pack, including sec 6 for night 1!!!!

  20. albert walker Says:

    I planned on going Wook style all summer. finger in the air kick down tix only

    but if anyone has any extra pavillions keep this kid in mind

    not doing a mail order is like being the poor kid on Christmas morning that didn’t get shit for gifts

  21. butter Says:

    Hey wook down AW

  22. butter Says:

    It’s just too funny, if I could for sure do Bethel, they would have not served me up tix

  23. butter Says:

    Nice scores Phoam

    Atl Pitt!!!! Didn’t know they gave those out…..

    Year of the Phoam

  24. lastwaltzer Says:

    So umm crazy night here………… dad just found out that he has a sister whose 57 years old…………………..mind=blown.

  25. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    her 57 year old mind is blown?

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