Trey Rocks Roseland, Brings a Few Companions

I’ve often said lately, even though I’m not entirely in love with what Trey’s doing on stage, I still feel a strange, compelling feeling to attend his shows anyway. This decision is motivated by the same line of thinking most of us employed in high school: I can’t miss that party, because something might happen there.

And that something happened Tuesday night at the Roseland Ballroom. Joining Trey for the three-song first encore, the Chairman of the Boards himself, Mr. Page McConnell.


Page came out from backstage with Trey to a huge ovation from the crowd, nearly all of which hasn’t seen Page since Coventry. That’s fair, considering I’m not even sure Page has left his house since Coventry. Trey then informed the crowd that the duo had formed a new band, “Halfway There.” Classic Red.

The duo played three Phish tunes — Strange Design, Waves and Waste — and they played ‘em well. Trey strummed his acoustic guitar as Page tickled the ivories (and the ovaries of the chicks in the front row). They walked off stage and the lights stayed down: There would be a second encore.

Out came 70 Volt Parade, with Page, as well as Ace-favorite John Medeski on the keys. Trey Band refugee Peter Apfelbaum joined the group on the sax, and the crew busted into an experimental First Tube with a legendary keyboard quartet making beautiful music. Man oh man, this was one of the moments you’re truly thankful you made the decision to sack up and pony up for the show.

Aside from the Page/Medeski sideshow, the Trey Anastasio Affirmative Action Funtime Band rocked that venue last night. As much as we like to joke about Big Red evolving into a pop star, the truth is, he’s now more hard rock than ever. Some of those jams last night were nothing less than throw-up-the-horns, mosh-with-your-neighbor evil. At one point I turned to my buddy and said, “This ain’t pop, this is metal.”

The band absolutely nailed songs like Night Speaks, 46 Days, Push On Til the Day, Simple Twist Up Dave and Come As Melody, just crushed ‘em. The interplay between Trey and the illegitimate Hall Brothers was leaps and bounds ahead of where it was on the first and second tours. Apparently, all that 70 Volt Parade needed was time to mesh, time to grow into each other and the new material.

There were some down moments in the show last night…I mean, no matter how good they sound, they’re far from perfect. Sweet Dreams Melinda killed all the Night Speaks energy, and Wherever You Find It is still one of the worst songs Trey has ever written or covered. I’m not the biggest of Sleep Again and the Mr. Completely jam wasn’t anything special.

But for the most part, 70VP sounded tighter, crisper, more confident and more cohesive. Give them another tour or two, and there’s no telling where this project will go. Last night was a fantastic event..it sure beats sitting home and questioning whether or not you should have gone to that kid’s party.

Click here for the setlist. Also, check out these Flickr photos by danfun (thanks Bunson).

Previously on the LMB: Noodling to Mediocrity; Heeee’s Back; Pop Star Trey Makes a Video.

  • Scotty G

    You wonder if he realizes how bad those songs that you mentioned really are? ‘Sweet Dreams’ may be the worst of the worst, I can’t really say, but you’re right, ‘leaps and bounds’ from the beginning of the year!

    And to catch Page, well, what can you say??? How was that ‘Waves’?

  • Scotty G

    You wonder if he realizes how bad those songs that you mentioned really are? ‘Sweet Dreams’ may be the worst of the worst, I can’t really say, but you’re right, ‘leaps and bounds’ from the beginning of the year!

    And to catch Page, well, what can you say??? How was that ‘Waves’?

  • Scotty G

    You wonder if he realizes how bad those songs that you mentioned really are? ‘Sweet Dreams’ may be the worst of the worst, I can’t really say, but you’re right, ‘leaps and bounds’ from the beginning of the year!

    And to catch Page, well, what can you say??? How was that ‘Waves’?

  • http://slacklalane.blogspot.com Ace Cowboy

    Ahhh, the Waves was a thing of beauty. I saw that many times on their last few tours, and I was a big fan. Great tune. Well, they really did it justice last night, a great acoustic version. It could have gone on forever and I woulda been happy. Just so great to see the two of them up there, playing anything!

    Yeah, Sweet Dreams Melinda just KILLED the crowd after an incredible Night Speaks. I was about to say, “These guys are my new favorite band,” and then they broke into SDM. Just killed me. But as bad as that was, I still think Wherever You Find It is worse!

    By the way, Shine…the jam is great. Sure it’s poppy, but I like it.

  • http://slacklalane.blogspot.com Ace Cowboy

    Ahhh, the Waves was a thing of beauty. I saw that many times on their last few tours, and I was a big fan. Great tune. Well, they really did it justice last night, a great acoustic version. It could have gone on forever and I woulda been happy. Just so great to see the two of them up there, playing anything!

    Yeah, Sweet Dreams Melinda just KILLED the crowd after an incredible Night Speaks. I was about to say, “These guys are my new favorite band,” and then they broke into SDM. Just killed me. But as bad as that was, I still think Wherever You Find It is worse!

    By the way, Shine…the jam is great. Sure it’s poppy, but I like it.

  • http://slacklalane.blogspot.com Ace Cowboy

    Ahhh, the Waves was a thing of beauty. I saw that many times on their last few tours, and I was a big fan. Great tune. Well, they really did it justice last night, a great acoustic version. It could have gone on forever and I woulda been happy. Just so great to see the two of them up there, playing anything!

    Yeah, Sweet Dreams Melinda just KILLED the crowd after an incredible Night Speaks. I was about to say, “These guys are my new favorite band,” and then they broke into SDM. Just killed me. But as bad as that was, I still think Wherever You Find It is worse!

    By the way, Shine…the jam is great. Sure it’s poppy, but I like it.

  • Beast

    I think Wherever you Find It is good. To his, his own. I bet you didn’t lie Velvet sea or Bug the first time you heard it? or maybe Circus or Friday, all arguable.

  • Beast

    I think Wherever you Find It is good. To his, his own. I bet you didn’t lie Velvet sea or Bug the first time you heard it? or maybe Circus or Friday, all arguable.

  • Beast

    I think Wherever you Find It is good. To his, his own. I bet you didn’t lie Velvet sea or Bug the first time you heard it? or maybe Circus or Friday, all arguable.

  • Matt B

    I agree a few of the songs are slow, but give them a chance. Trey has come so far from his first show with 70VP at 10,000k lakes festival. I saw him 3 weeks later at red rocks and it was one of my favorite shows i had ever seen. But then i saw him twice at Vegoose and well….. i think he needs to mix it up a little bit more. I called out almost in order the acustic songs he would play .. except the BUG. But Trey is a pro he will get it together and I got my tickets for both nights at the warfield and my ticket for the san diego and LA shows. Im hoping he has some saprises for the 2 stand at the warfield. never know at the FIeld.-

  • Matt B

    I agree a few of the songs are slow, but give them a chance. Trey has come so far from his first show with 70VP at 10,000k lakes festival. I saw him 3 weeks later at red rocks and it was one of my favorite shows i had ever seen. But then i saw him twice at Vegoose and well….. i think he needs to mix it up a little bit more. I called out almost in order the acustic songs he would play .. except the BUG. But Trey is a pro he will get it together and I got my tickets for both nights at the warfield and my ticket for the san diego and LA shows. Im hoping he has some saprises for the 2 stand at the warfield. never know at the FIeld.-

  • Matt B

    I agree a few of the songs are slow, but give them a chance. Trey has come so far from his first show with 70VP at 10,000k lakes festival. I saw him 3 weeks later at red rocks and it was one of my favorite shows i had ever seen. But then i saw him twice at Vegoose and well….. i think he needs to mix it up a little bit more. I called out almost in order the acustic songs he would play .. except the BUG. But Trey is a pro he will get it together and I got my tickets for both nights at the warfield and my ticket for the san diego and LA shows. Im hoping he has some saprises for the 2 stand at the warfield. never know at the FIeld.-