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. AintNoTele Says:

    Got no holds, put 2x in for both atls and nTELOS

  2. P.S.H.S Says:

    any recommendations on external hard drives. i’m anxiously awaiting my new laptop, but i have two laptops and a desktop that i need to condense. should i just go with the “top rated” one that everyone else is buying online?
    like this one?

  3. DukeOfLizards Says:


    Friday morning. 10 AM. Bethel onsale, no 3-pack option (as far as I can tell).

    Not saying you should specifically help me, but I imagine the BB massive will be looking for extra mouse-clickers and captcha-interpreters for that one.

  4. nonoyolker Says:

    Word dude, no biggie. Hey, you are resourceful for GD pulls – I have been looking for a SBD of 11-24-79 for forever. Used to have a crappy AUD, but wanted an upgrade. Show has a balling China>Rider, Terrapin and Playin’ if i remember correctly. Any help would be much obliged.

    Fuccck, completely spaced on tix release. Just checked online and it looks like everything is on full sale next Fri/Sat, this true?

  5. bhizzle Says:

    PSHS…You’ll be fine with the TM/Livenation sale…I’ve given up on PTBM…My luck with that ran out awhile ago and now I’m strictly public on sale.

    Thanks for the pics Voopa

  6. P.S.H.S Says:

    yes nono

  7. DukeOfLizards Says:


    Just to clarify, because people’s definition of “next” Friday varies in my experience – TM onsale starts in 4 days.

  8. nonoyolker Says:

    Thanks for the k’anfirmation Pageside. I already took Friday off for some R&R with the mrs. – this should work out nicely. I hate having to be under the gun to get tix at work – people seem to always have questions right at 10am when i need to be in game mode.

  9. lastwaltzer Says:

    I second PSHS’s question. I’m finnally ready to grab a 1tb but it seems like every harddrive has horror stories.

    I’ve seen this western digital recommened on here before:

    anyone know the difference between that one and the on PSHS posted, other than the price tag

  10. SillyWilly Says:

    I posted about this late last night, but…

    I watched a very powerful movie last night: The Wind That Shakes the Barley.

    It streams on Netflix.

    By an Irish writer, cast only with Irish, shot on location in Ireland, it’s a movie about 2 brothers who join the IRA in 1920 just as the Irish War of Independence is heating up.

    If you’re looking to brush up on your Irish history before St. Patrick’s day this movie will remind you of the struggles Ireland has experienced over the last 90 years.

    I highly recommend it. It’s definitely not a feel-good movie, but I think it gives a good glimpse of both the beauty and the tragedy of the Irish revolution.

  11. lastwaltzer Says:


    catch your cheiftians show?

  12. nonoyolker Says:

    Thanks Duke

    @ LW and PS – I scooped a 1TB Western Digital external a few year ago and have had no complaints. A couple of my buddies have WDs too for a while now and have had no issues. Shit is cheap storage these days.

  13. DukeOfLizards Says:


    I assume you’ve read Trinity?

  14. Guyute711 Says:

    I started watching that at work Silly but I couldn’t focus on it and the language is tough to decipher if not paying full attention. I will have to try watching again.

  15. Guyute711 Says:

    Yeah I watch movies at work sometimes, you got a problem with that?

  16. kenny powers Says:

    @ P.S.H.S. and lw

    I don’t know if you guys specifically need/want one with Firewire, but you should be able to grab a perfectly good USB 2 TB external for less than both of those.

    I would recommend Newegg over Amazon….better selection, prices, shipping speed. they also tend to have a lot of “generic” OEM drives that are super cheap and work as advertised.

    let me try to dig up a couple links…

  17. EL Duderino Says:


    there are 2 sources in circulation and none of them are anything to write home about.

  18. SillyWilly Says:


    Yes. Room had bad sound, but other than that good show. But, the Chieftains are getting old, man. Don’t know how much longer they’ve got it in them.


    No, I haven’t. I must confess to not having read much Leon Uris. I’ve always been fascinated with Irish history because it’s my heritage, but also because its so sad.


    yeah, and when they switch in and out of Gaelic in a few scenes it’s tough to know what’s going on.

    it’s definitely worth sticking out though. Maybe with three fingers of Jameson and a lemon.

  19. nonoyolker Says:

    Word Dude, thats all i could find too. Thanks though

  20. kenny powers Says:

    hopefully this link will lead you to a Newegg page with all 2 TB externals, arranged by price in ascending order.

    i have the 2nd and 3rd ones down (the Fantom and iOmega), and they’ve been great. Only external I ever had an issue with was a Cavalry….worked fine for a while but now it’s super slow and just plain stops when i’m midway through a file transfer. not sure if it’s the drive or the old PC i originally had it hooked up to.

  21. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    if you want something a little more uplifting in advance of our patron saint’s day, read How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill (if you haven’t already). Interesting take on the Irish monks as preservationists. Not quite the depressing subject matter that is the early 20th century in Eire.

  22. kenny powers Says:

    bottom line is that 2TB drives are now barely more expensive than 1TB drives, sometimes even cheaper.

  23. SillyWilly Says:

    By the way:

    Everyone should keep an eye out for a movie based on the San Patricio Brigade in the Mexican-American War.

    The San Patricio Brigade was a group of Irish American soldiers who defected to the Mexican side when they realized how fucked up the war was. They fought in the last battles of the Mexican War but were captured and hung by the US Army.

    rumors that a decent production was taking a shape. I hope it stays Indie myself because it could be such a great story.

  24. kenny powers Says:

    @ Silly

    i watched that a couple years ago. Very interesting, well done. but def pretty bleak….you need to watch something happy afterwards.

    i love Cillian Murphy so when i heard he was in it i had to see it. plus, i mean, the motherland.

  25. SillyWilly Says:


    I have read that, and for the record, I agree whole-heartedly!

    Little known “fact”: St. Brendan was the first European to reach North America.

    One fascinating aspect of Irish history is how contemporary Irish studies have such a tough time being classified as post-colonial like Indian, Native American, African, and Latino literature.

    I had a professor/best friend tell me that the Irish were different. Couldn’t REALLY be post-colonial.

    Didn’t make a ton of sense to me, but whatever.

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