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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488 Responses to “Finishing With Fire At The Fox”

  1. tela'smuff Says:

    “wow do I disagree with this statement. B grade players onstage all night with Mike. Wankery of the highest degree.”

    ^I’ll third this. Was very unimpressed last go ’round.

  2. sumodie Says:

    so are we assuming we will get next announcement next week, after public onsale this weekend??

    My guess is no, more like a few weeks away. And if there really is a July 4th festie, likely that’ll be announced & tix put on sale before leg2 info drops. All guesswork on my part though

    Congrats to all those who scored well thru ptbm! With a little teamwork on Fri/Sat we should be able to help pull down more pavilions for the BB

  3. garretc Says:

    Haha, nicely played @df

  4. tela'smuff Says:

    if i could implore to grab one album off my mediafire list, make it Pluramon – Render Bandits. It’s a must hear, under the radar piece of brilliance.

    thank you. that is all.

  5. BingosBrother Says:

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

    True. And Phish Management is the Santa Klaus who gives his son a fruitcake and his sons enemy an elbow of Charlie Sheen.

  6. lastwaltzer Says:


    nah foo, my families mind collective mind is blown.

    fucking candian, she was looking for us.

  7. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    oooh you mean ‘who’s’!

  8. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    that is crazy though

  9. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    ticket requests lolol

  10. lastwaltzer Says:


    minds have been blown and you expect good grammar ? (especially from me of all people).

    fucking Canadians, with their high expectations.

  11. albert walker Says:

    cut down during the week

    enough of this crazy talk P

  12. BTB Says:

    Just tried the Great Lakes Doppelrock…not exactly my type of brew, but they pulled it off. Meh+

    Everyone’s talking about tix tho so I’ll quietly exit the room. Hope you guys got what was on your wish list.

  13. lastwaltzer Says:

    albert walker, keeping your habits in check since 2008

  14. sumodie Says:

    “wow do I disagree with this statement. B grade players onstage all night with Mike. Wankery of the highest degree.”

    ^I’ll third this. Was very unimpressed last go ’round.

    And I’ll have to disagree. To label MGB as wankery of the highest degree is overly harsh and one dimensional

    True, Mike’s band mates (excepting Scott) are not on par with Trey’s TAB mates -that is unfortunate. And I was less impressed with Mike’s band at the live shows I caught in 2009-10 than I was in 2008.

    But the band does hit some sweet spots, especially Mike & Scott. As I keep repeating, the show with Fishman on drums (11.26.10 Portland ME) sounded excellent on replay (recently released on SBD)

    Just trying to add some shades of grey to the black and white discussion 😉 Or maybe I just love wankery and don’t know it, lol

  15. Tim Says:

    3/4/11 Music Box show is now up…

  16. Robear Says:

    You cats are too much. Mike has a really good thing going right now. Original. Way worth checking out. I’m not going to compare the band to TAB. I will say it’s easier for me to be critical of this TAB tour than what I saw of Mike last night. But why bother? Lots of pretty big problems in the world. Having a Phish blog post sources for the current band member projects seems pretty appropriate, IMO.

  17. BTB Says:

    The Cactus band is a great bar band. I kind of dig that style. He’s out on his own and trying to create a sound. He’ll get there. I’ll always support Mike.

  18. angryjoggerz Says:

    tela’s, if you are still here. Have you checked out Tame Impala? Good shit. Coming through in May, gonna have to check em. Aussie psych garage rock kinda stuff.

  19. Robear Says:

    @BK, maybe you and your dad can volunteer one night for Waterwheel.

    nice work on tickets today it appears. economy sez: tickets will be available for most show this summer.

  20. garretc Says:

    I’m pretty sure I missed a convo on this a few days ago, but this video perfectly sums up my feelings during GD tuning breaks:

    (Note: The convo I believe I missed was on GD tuning, not the subject matter of the video)

  21. Robear Says:

    MIke’s show last night:

    Set One
    Another Door
    Walls Of Time
    Emotional Railroad
    Got Away* >
    Suskind Hotel >
    Time (The Revelator) >
    Suskind Hotel
    Down To The Night Club

    Set Two
    Can’t Stand Still
    Jones >
    Meat >
    Black Tambourine^
    The Void
    Nobody’s Home >
    River Niger
    Morphing Again

    Takin’ It To The Streets

  22. Mr.Miner Says:

    bar band. exactly.

  23. Mr.Miner Says:

    got about a 50/50 split on decent or good/tix im not interested in. Funny thing is, I only put in 2 orders and have a spread sheet worth of tickets. An one order was only for 5 shows….I think there were far less orders this go round.

  24. Mr.Miner Says:

    a good bar band 😉

  25. tela'smuff Says:

    I can appreciate that my tastes just don’t fit with what Mike’s band brings. Mike’s deal comes off as very average jam band stuff, except that Mike is playing. Mike can lead the jams in some interesting spaces, but then you have lame bongo player, and I kinda feel Scott has a style that’s very bland in a lame jamband kind of way. Again, that’s just my personal taste, I’m sure the reality is much different. Plus, the cover of ‘Things that Make You Go Hmmmm’ was a real turn of for me. Secondly, I think Mike’s last two solo albums have been pretty suspect. I’m not a huge fan of his recent songwriting. Hate to get into a Mike bashing blog, but I prefer my Mike dropping bombs with Phish, or playing alongside Kottke.

    @AJ – i have. it took a few listens to appreciate them because to me they sounded just like Dungen. But they have grown on me. When an Aussie band makes it over here, they’re doing something write, i.e. Silverchair….. 😉

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