Trey Anastasio | 08.07.08 | Brooklyn

Words by: Brian Bavosa | Images by: Dino Perrucci

Trey Anastasio Band :: 08.07.08 :: Music Hall Of Williamsburg :: Brooklyn, NY

Trey Anastasio
With a headlining spot lined up for a few days later at All Points West (read the review here), Trey Anastasio decided that the best way to shake off the rust that had formed from over a year off the road was to play an extremely intimate warm-up gig at the roughly 400-person capacity Music Hall Of Williamsburg three days prior. With tickets scarcer than a nun at a Las Vegas adult film convention, expectations ran sky-high for the triumphant return of "the original" Trey Anastasio Band, featuring the rhythm section of Tony Markellis and Russ Lawton. For good measure, Anastasio added Ray Paczkowski on the keys, which proved to be a wise move.

With tons of ticketless fans outside the venue as early as twelve hours before showtime, the buzz was one that I had not felt since Anastasio played with those other guys. Many had visions of grandeur, hoping to relive Anastasio's first solo tour back in '99, when Lawton and Markellis backed him and helped write some tunes that Phish would eventually call their own. While this night recaptured some of the past magic, it is clear that Anastasio is looking forward and just dying to play music, as many of the new tunes, featuring his patient style of jamming and signature tone, would show.

Walking into a revamped club, which used to be North Six, even the last row of the floor was closer than many had ever been to Big Red. When he and his cohorts finally hit the stage, every hipster within a five mile radius was shook clear out of their hip-hugging, skin-tight black jeans and children's medium t-shirts. Opening with a new tune, "Alaska," which Anastasio debuted during a few solo acoustic gigs in the past months, it set the tone for a light, fluffy, flat-out FUN night. This tune has a typical Phish vibe, with a clear play-on-words that I frankly cannot wait to hear the Phab Phour play. Although this was the first "new" tune of the night, Anastasio did a great job of mixing in some old school classics that were concocted by this trio back in '99.

Trey Anastasio & Ray Paczkowski
Next up was "Gotta Jibboo," which evoked cries of sheer joy. A somewhat standard version that showed slight signs of rust, this was the first taste of remembering just how fuckin' rock solid Lawton and Markellis are as a rhythm section. I don't think I've heard two musicians play in this setting that lay it down thicker than molasses, while never faltering and taking you on a steady, repetitive ride. Another new tune, the up-beat "Peggy," saw Paczkowski get his first proper turn at the keys. If Shine was Trey's attempt at pop, "Peggy" seems to take a page from that playbook, while also trying to move forward. Simply put, another fun tune that showcased Trey's brain at work on lyrics during his forced time off due to his very public drug arrest and probationary period.

"Sweet Dreams Melinda" followed in the vein of this first set, floating along and again showcasing a very tasty run on the keys. Trey's jamming was especially patient and this song just exuded the happiness everyone was feeling, none more so than Anastasio. "Sand" was another tune that everyone was dying to hear, but again showed some signs of rust, but still had unmistakable groove. This version stood out for its space, taking the place of extra notes with a very relaxed feel. After about six or seven minutes, Anastasio did offer some of his shredding licks, before returning to the spacey, relaxed feel at song's end.

Tony Markellis
Next up was "Cayman Review." Another happy, light, fluffy song, this was the funkiest number yet. Keeping the loose feeling of a warm-up gig, Paczkowski's keys offered a breakdown in the middle that was atypical of this song, but certainly welcome and something that I feel strengthens the number. Keep it. Another new tune, "Gone," was a little sloppy with a guitar solo again in the vein of "Shine." This one was probably the most forgettable new tune, just nothing too extraordinary. But as I thought that, "Windora Bug" returned from its exodus, being played for the first time since 2003. Finally giving the seated big man, Markellis, his spotlight, you could visibly see the fun he was having singing this tune. It was again, loose and funky, with Trey hitting some licks that resembled Bob Marley's "Soul Shakedown Party."

The set-closing "Night Speaks to a Woman" was, in my opinion, THE song of Set One. Granted, it did suffer from the lack of Jen Hartswick's background vocals (these boys can't really harmonize), but the music - which these boys get paid for - was simply on fire. With this tune, the band and crowd seemed to finally get in total sync, and the tone for a smoking Set Two was set. The crowd also got involved by singing the "like water on the breeze" line, something that would again play a role later in the night. Hipsters and hippies were dancing as one with machine gun Trey firing on all cylinders - in short, this is what everyone here was expecting.

Set Two opened with a solid, rocking "Tuesday" with Paczkowski again spicing things up. They kept the crowd on their toes by mixing in tunes from all eras of Trey's solo career. "Drifting" bubbled up next and easily presented one of the most poignant moments of the evening when Trey stepped up to deliver the lines, "I've been drifting for years at sea/ Now you've come along to rescue me." With the crowd offering - loudly! - the "Love, love, love" backing vox, Trey smiled wider than any other point up to that moment. He threw a gasoline filled grenade into the crowd when he sang, "I'm back where I belong," which gave me chills and then deafened me with the entire place going absolutely ballistic, realizing that the possibility of many more great musical nights lay ahead with our de facto leader. Trey's soloing reflected this mood of new beginnings, soaring effortlessly. This was a top-notch version, with the music benefiting from the crowd participation.

Trey Anastasio
"Backwards Down the Number Line" was a song that Anastasio had debuted solo acoustic, but this electric version showed great potential. Trey and Paczkowski gelled here and offered a nice one-two punch. Expect some cool things from this catchy new number. "Spin" was dark and nasty, featuring a spiraling slow jam that seemed to leave the stratosphere.

Without a doubt, the debut of the night was "Valentine." Starting off with some of the best Trey lyrics in years, including the repeated, "Spinning in circles, walking a straight line" and "Release the ropes around your neck" refrains, Anastasio seems to have rid himself of the larger-than-life albatross he's been bearing for the better part of the last five or so years, mainly due to drugs and some overly harsh criticism. The jam was circular, like the head-spinning motion of the washing machine on high. This was an extremely inspired jam that continued to rise like a phoenix - much like the plight of Anastasio himself. The last jam in particular evoked chills and a HUGE cheer as he cut with ease and we all collectively saw more coming from him. With this song not only did I realize Trey is back but that there are great things that lie ahead for him.

"Greyhound Rising" was another good song, with a Tom Petty-esque riff thrown in, focusing on feedback and distortion at times. "The Way I feel" was another welcome treat, slowing things down into the dirty funk of Markellis' basslines. His bass is so simple but enchanting it seems to put you in a headlock like a boa constrictor.

"Mr. Completely" was standard and not as scary as I've heard it be. It did feature a spooky, spacey, atypical jam at the end though that was clearly different from its beginnings. "First Tube" closed out the show in all of its fist-pumping glory. A song birthed by The Eight Foot Fluorescent Tubes and later adopted by Phish, this tune will always have its origins with these players.

The concert showcased the past and present and pointed to the future, Anastasio seemingly wanting to play any and all music as if he was making up for lost time. Maybe it was appropriate then that the encore featured "Heavy Things," another tune this trio debuted and Phish made their own. Paczkowski, who in previous bands was guilty of getting lost in the mix, again added a hitherto unknown but very welcome spicy flavor to this tune. However, the diehard fans in attendance made Trey crack up at the tune's conclusion with very prominent "Cheesecake!" chants that reminded us all of Big Cypress nearly a decade ago.

The final tune of the evening was a sucker-punch surprise: "Bug." A Phish tune that had never been played by these guys, the reaction was one of surprise and disbelief more than anything else. The jam was inspired but didn't reach the full heights of a proper Phish version. All in all though, this was a perfect way to welcome back a former chapter of Trey's career while still focusing on what lay ahead, a seemingly bright future for him and those of lucky enough to bear witness.

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Trey Anastasio :: 08/07/08 :: Music Hall of Williamsburg :: Brooklyn, NY

Set One: Alaska*, Gotta Jibboo, Peggy*, Sweet Dreams Melinda, Sand, Cayman Review, Gone**^ Windora Bug, Night Speaks To A Woman
Set Two: Tuesday, Drifting, Backwards Down The Number Line*, Spin, Valentine**^, Greyhound Rising**^, The Way I Feel, Mr. Completely > Light*^, First Tube
Encore: Heavy Things, Bug
Show Notes:
*new original; words and music by Trey and Tom Marshall
**new original; words and music by Trey
^first time played

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Comments

O1Roggae Mon 8/18/2008 03:12PM
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O1Roggae

This is great news. Its good to see trey jammin out like back in the day, sick setlist and encores, I wish I could of went. This is a really good sign though, I think people were gettin tired of the solo acoustic stuff.

RothburyWithCheese starstarstarstarstar Mon 8/18/2008 03:25PM
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RothburyWithCheese

Great setlist and a great performance. Also for those of you who havent heard Ray Paczkowski's band--check them out....

Chad M. Schyvincht starstarstarstarstar Mon 8/18/2008 03:38PM
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Great to see Trizzle back at it...

I am loving Alaska & Peggy!!!

(Both written by Tom Marshall)

After many listens, you can decipher the other new tunes (written by Trey) are detailing his feelings on getting through the last 8 months of his life and the new found energy of sobriety. As always, many listens bring new meanings in the lyrics and jams…

Great to have you back Big Red!!!

Your Friend,

Uncle Donnie

schofizzl Mon 8/18/2008 03:48PM
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schofizzl

sounds like that crowd loves Gotta Jiboo as much as I do.

NickBoeka Mon 8/18/2008 04:19PM
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NickBoeka

mmm, Fat Tony thumps that bass so deep. This show is a refreshing listen after the "Shine"-era as of late. I truly hope that big red can keep it together and do this thing right.

johnnygoff starstarstarstarstar Mon 8/18/2008 04:24PM
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johnnygoff

mmmmmm.....

red is back.

so happy.

thanks BB and jambase.

thank you Trey.

nobodysjam starstarstarstarstar Mon 8/18/2008 04:45PM
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nobodysjam

fat Tony needs an intervention, he's beyond morbid obesity. I'm all about his basslines and always dug him the most, but it's time he thought about gastic bypass, a stomach staple, anything...just get help, we love you Tony

moephishH2O starstarstarstarstar Mon 8/18/2008 05:41PM
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moephishH2O

"With tickets scarcer than a nun at a Las Vegas adult film convention" --- NICE. Man, I wish I could have been there!

dreadyknowsbest starstarstarstarstar Mon 8/18/2008 05:46PM
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anonymous Mon 8/18/2008 06:02PM
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anonymous

^^^i've seen your comment in like 3 articles ....so what's the source???....

dreadyknowsbest starstarstarstarstar Mon 8/18/2008 06:05PM
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anonymous Mon 8/18/2008 06:13PM
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anonymous

hope its not true selfishly....with no passport there is no way i could go, not enough time to get one in just 4 months.....

dreadyknowsbest starstarstarstarstar Mon 8/18/2008 06:20PM
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dinkstar starstarstarstarstar Mon 8/18/2008 07:20PM
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anonymous Mon 8/18/2008 07:33PM
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anonymous

the more i think of mexico, this won't happen...no way any of them would want phishheads winding up in a mexico prison-----just a thought

evgatch Mon 8/18/2008 07:53PM
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evgatch

not even close to treys playing ability but it just sounds great to hear him with a fresh new energy

daveapaug Mon 8/18/2008 08:00PM
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daveapaug

You couldn't pay me to spend 1 minute in Mexico City. Pinche chilangos no quiren gueros en Mexico entonces, no gracias.

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Mon 8/18/2008 08:19PM
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pornofunk

man that bottom pic of trey looks borderline '95 - get that beard alittle scruffier

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Mon 8/18/2008 08:21PM
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pornofunk

hahaha daveapaug you hit that dead on dude

ScIFreak starstarstarstarstar Mon 8/18/2008 09:02PM
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ScIFreak

Backwards down the number line is the shit, very beautiful song. Long live Trey

ScIFreak Mon 8/18/2008 09:04PM
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ScIFreak

Mexico city would suck for a Phish show, it's not gonna be outside of the US or they might as well throw it down in A STADIUM somwhere in CA

Flat5 Mon 8/18/2008 09:18PM
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mcfarlands412 starstarstarstarstar Mon 8/18/2008 09:36PM
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mcfarlands412

Those tickets are going to sell quick regardless of venue and its good to see trey happy again and eager to play music.

jbleiche Tue 8/19/2008 01:26AM
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this show was so awesome, all i want is to be able to see trey over and over again, a phish reunion is beyond my imagination right now...trey!!

ScIFreak starstarstarstarstar Tue 8/19/2008 06:38AM
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ScIFreak

Fuck TEXAS, Phish should throw down somwhere where you won't be hassle because you have some headies with you.

jwgregory starstarstarstarstar Tue 8/19/2008 07:00AM
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jwgregory

I don't think a phish reunion show is likely to see mexico or texas. If it was going to be somewhere obscure, I would look the other direction, maine.

King Rhino starstarstarstarstar Tue 8/19/2008 07:36AM
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Never being a Phish or Trey fan, I must say I had a good time at this show. Maybe going in with little or no expectations had something to do with it, because not really knowing many of his solo songs or the songs he did with "those other guys" allowed me to hear them with clean ears.

ScIFreak Tue 8/19/2008 07:46AM
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ScIFreak

Just listened to the whole show, and I just think Trey should throw away his distortion. It what I think made him sound like SHIT with PHISH when they came back, why doesn't his guitar sound like before the Hiatus.????

CircleLimit Tue 8/19/2008 07:48AM
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CircleLimit

"...remembering just how fuckin' rock solid Lawton and Markellis are as a rhythm section." Absolutely! Russ and Tony are the only combo for TAB. Those that followed fell short and flat. Thankfully Trey came to his senses. Happy to hear that they are back. Thanks for the review and stream.

DelrayChris Tue 8/19/2008 07:49AM
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DelrayChris

russ and tony...now thats the right direction....

breadloaf Tue 8/19/2008 08:09AM
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I agree- Russ, Tony and Ray make a nice team at this juncture for Trey. Northeast fans can check out a really great trio called Honeywell- Russ Lawton, drums, Clint Bierman and Peter Day, guitar and bass, both from The Grift, very talentedm with high-end vocals. They do some Russ originals as well as things he wrote with Trey (First Tube, etc.) Ray did some killer work with Seth Yacovone recently, as well. In fact, Russ and Ray do some duo gigs in Vermont also.

Welcome back, Trey.

Broesau Tue 8/19/2008 08:20AM
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Why in hell would phish play the first show back in Mexico, that makes no sense, for that matter, dallas doesn't make any sense either, your source is full of shit. The first show back is gonna be in NY, and if not, it will absolutely be in the US. I don't have a "source", but I have fucking common sense.

Robusto Tue 8/19/2008 08:22AM
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Robusto

Red looks HEALTHY!!!!

n-1 starstarstarstarstar Tue 8/19/2008 08:50AM
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while im here and i cant do it on their site, pitchfork is so lame for not having any interaction with the readers like comments or anything like that, when is that site gonna disappear.

n-1 Tue 8/19/2008 08:50AM
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tony looks like dude stop stealing my soul!

headySetList starstarstarstar Tue 8/19/2008 08:54AM
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headySetList

bavosa's reviews are starting to all sound the same "next up" "next up" this song that song this band that band. YAWN, festivals and shows are about the ENVIORNMENT, not about staring longingly at rock stars, wishing you could be them

headySetList Tue 8/19/2008 08:57AM
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headySetList

your "source" is the voice in your head

rider11 starstarstarstar Tue 8/19/2008 09:00AM
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Welcome back! Now start announcing the Fall Tour theater tune-up tour.

BIG RED!!

headySetList starstarstarstarstar Tue 8/19/2008 09:02AM
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NittyGritty Tue 8/19/2008 09:14AM
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NittyGritty

backwards down the number line sounds groovy....can't wait for the runion...starting to save up for those gas prices right now

yankeephan Tue 8/19/2008 09:27AM
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yankeephan

This show was a lot of fun! It was great to see him back rocking like he's 25 again. Lots of good times to come.

BRabbit Tue 8/19/2008 09:53AM
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BRabbit

who the fuck cares where people play, the good news is thats there getting back together. i wouldnt care if they played downtown bag dad i would still go.

kirkbrew Tue 8/19/2008 10:13AM
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kirkbrew

This dready guy is an ass clown. I have heard a bunch of tools go on and on about their "sources" in the band. 100% are just loosers wanting attention. Remember the Roth reunion?

Love the imbedded content, but I think a lot of people are on now.

Nasty Nate starstarstarstarstar Tue 8/19/2008 12:14PM
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Nasty Nate

D/L ???

Jazzgtrl4 starstarstarstarstar Tue 8/19/2008 12:40PM
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I think Tony needs to go on a diet. whoa

shanky95 starstarstar Tue 8/19/2008 12:40PM
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Trey just spent months in rehab and away from touring, and comes back to us with this Poop? Granted, I'm totally floored by the fact that he looks so healthy and happy, but come on... you're still playing Shine songs? Didn't the 70 volt tour teach you anything? Didn't the drug bust teach you anything? As much as we love you and will follow you anywhere, we want to here the 100% raw rippage, not the sentimental, egotistical BS that almost drowned you. Bring us the raw, technical, unbridaled insanity of phish and your first solo album. The acoustic Roth set was a good time to be sentimental, and you were, and it was amazing. Now it's time for exploding brains and melting faces. WE'VE BEEN WAITING!!! WE'RE READY!!! THROWDOWN!!! THROWDOWN!!! THROWDOWN!!!!

sleewell Tue 8/19/2008 01:15PM
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sleewell

let him play whatever he wants. i am happy that he is healthy and blessing the world with his music. i want that guitar!!!!

MFF0RD6 starstarstar Tue 8/19/2008 02:08PM
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MFF0RD6

"The final tune of the evening was a sucker-punch surprise: "Bug." A Phish tune that had never been played by these guys, the reaction was one of surprise and disbelief more than anything else."

Bug has been played a number of times by trey, russ and tony: 5/31/02, 5/8/99, 5/10/99, etc. no ray on any of these, but still a flawed assertion

northcoastj starstarstar Tue 8/19/2008 06:01PM
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hey sci freak, what trey's guitar is missing is the compression, he has 2 amazing analogman comp pedals, but he's only using the tube screamers now (which he always used), i agree it lacks that special trey sound, let's hope the boys get him to dial it in when the come back...

shefloatedaway starstarstar Tue 8/19/2008 07:17PM
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I am very excited to see trey back and doing what he loves... I have been busy catching up too and doing some hard work...lets see you back at the Wiltern in LA trey walking through the crowd playing that guitar!!!!!

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tony is a big'un

NICU1985 Wed 8/20/2008 06:32AM
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NICU1985

“Life is divided into three terms - that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present to live better in the future.”

- William Wordsworth

Onward and Upward Trey...its all happening.

wagsinnorthernva starstarstarstar Wed 8/20/2008 07:22AM
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wagsinnorthernva

SO nice to hear Trey playing again, health and happy.

Thats the important thing.

Lord-K. starstarstarstarstar Wed 8/20/2008 08:24AM
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Lord-K.

I thought the source was some kind of hip-hop magazine......Great to see Trey play again. Any of your perfectionist know it alls of music on this board ever realize that your constant destructive criticisms and negative energies probably played a part in Trey's downfall. Let the man do what he wants to do if it makes him happy from the recent past I think it is much more important that he pleases himself rather than trying to please you so if you don't dig it stop listening. Ya dig?

Rickymullet starstarstarstarstar Wed 8/20/2008 09:26AM
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Rickymullet

Trey should tour with widespread. That would bring on some major tortilla heat.

Widespread PHanic!!!!

dinkstar starstarstarstarstar Wed 8/20/2008 09:36AM
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Trey's own megalomania was his "downfall", don't try and put that on anyone else Lord-k. I'm all for letting someone do what they want to be happy,but It's not like he's pleasing himself alone in his basement... he gets paid to perform (i.e. please us)... don't treat the rock stars with kid gloves.

(still gay for trey)

Sixmilliondollarman Wed 8/20/2008 11:11AM
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Sixmilliondollarman

Same as it ever was.

Lord-K. starstarstarstarstar Wed 8/20/2008 11:41AM
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Lord-K.

Actually I wasn't eve addressing your comment dinkstar it was aimed more at the people who bitch about him playing stuff from the Shine album. He may be pleasing himself alone in his basement or at least may have been the year and a half that he did not play any shows. Not treating them with kid gloves just saying that people change he basically said he did not want to become a nostalgia act which is why is is continuing to write new music regardless of how it compares to the older stuff (which people will always do) he gets paid to perform yes this is true but do you pay to see acts that you don't like....no. All I'm saying is for the people who bitch about the set lists lack of variation etc shut up and quit paying if you don;t like it. You going just because of what he has done in the past makes you the nostalgia fan.

mackadocious Wed 8/20/2008 12:00PM
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mackadocious

TAB was fuckin' great with Jen Hartswick on trumpet and that other chick who sang and played the synth. Didn't Jeff Sipe play in the band not too long ago? Can't wait for a tour. I need my trey fix.

shanky95 starstarstar Wed 8/20/2008 06:07PM
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dinkster said it all. eventhough I dislike Shine, I still respect Trey's decision to keep playing those songs. I can complain about how often he plays those songs, and the uncreative nature in which he presents them. I've heard Drifting too many times, and I've heard pretty much the same Drifting everytime. I mean, if yer gonna play at least one song that's the same at every show, better make sure the song fucking rips... 2001... 93 fall tour... yup.

phishmmw1229 Thu 8/21/2008 11:02AM
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phishmmw1229

ok..let's face it, trey is not trying to be phish anymore. maybe he will in the future (hell knows i hope he and the boys get back together), but he and the other band members have other things going on. I am just psyched to hear trey playing well again and obviously enjoying himself. He still does and always will rip. Good for him to be sober and back in the game. Also, wouldn't most of you get bored playing many of the same songs for 20+ years? It is important for an artist to expand otherwise nothing new and interesting would ever happen in music.

p.s. can't wait to see PBS and Page in a few weeks and Gordo's new stuff is fun too. Let them all do their things and if/when they do come back together i bet we are all in for some new and amazing things

thehurricane23 Fri 8/22/2008 02:57PM
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thehurricane23

Sounds pretty good at points. I like the lyrics on Peggy but it sounds like Springsteen. More pumped about Page and PBS

Funny the Mexico rumors are still around. Summer '99 is when I first remember hearing that. But then it was Chichen Itza for the 2012 Mayan New Year, which would be the greatest place ever to see a show. Why wouldn't you want to see Phish in Mexico? Drugs everywhere for super cheap, cops you can bribe, no dui laws, hell go on tour there Phish!!! I've always had a blast in Mexico, no troubles at all.

thehurricane23 Fri 8/22/2008 03:01PM
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I have heard that right after Halloween dates will be released. I've heard Spring 09 for awhile. Would make sense to start at Cypress for 3 days. But they need to warmup so it'll most likely be NYC which sucks cause tickets are impossible to get and there is no vending/shakedown at all.

Natethegrate Sat 8/23/2008 12:48AM
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I've travelled through space and time with Phish like some sort of cyber-israelite and have had my face melted by Trey more than once. This is not that, but all the negativity gets to me. I didnt like the Shine stuff and was pretty disappointed that it was a lame rip off of Coldplay powerpop too you guys, but I don't attribute it to some meglomaniacal, egotistical drug induced period of introspection. It just sucked. Even Trey sucks sometimes. You have to sit through the occassional Vince Welnick like Samba in the Rain song to hear a good Jerry song like Dark Star. This Jibboo is rocking my socks off....

RunawayJam Sun 8/24/2008 09:56PM
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My reliable source has them "warming up" in Europe in the summer of '09 and then a festival back in the states to kick things off again. I'd like to see a return to Cypress for the ten year anny!! I'm sure there's still some spirits floating around that place from before! The remote corner of Maine would be nice again though too!

n-1 starstarstarstar Mon 8/25/2008 09:10AM
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nice review bb

n-1 starstarstarstarstar Mon 8/25/2008 09:10AM
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this is writing

Broesau starstarstarstarstar Mon 8/25/2008 01:19PM
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I've seen phish over a hundred times without leaving the US, not even Canada, for various legal reasons. If they decided to play their first reunion show not only in a foreign country, but in the third world,i.e. mexico, I will never forgive them. That being said, I don't beleive this rumour for an Aculpuclo (sp?) minute.

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Tue 8/26/2008 04:54PM
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pornofunk

^why would you be offended that they didnt start in the US, phish gets back together and you bitch cause they do a show in mexico,its not like they'd do there next show in antartica after that and just tour everywhere except the US, phish has played like 99% of their shows in the US - yeah and most likely its not even true but relax dude, you'll get your fix you pompous american...

reuben25 Thu 9/4/2008 10:45AM
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reuben25

this is a band with some potential....hopefully big red holds it down

samsquansh Tue 9/16/2008 02:53PM
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samsquansh

Does anyone know where i can download this set? Trey's my boy sounds great cant wait to see him next month