Trey Anastasio Band,
The Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO
Set 1: Mozambique, Spin, Alaska, O-o-h Child, A Case of Ice and Snow, Paper Wheels, The Land of Nod, Bounce, Lever Boy, Small Axe, Sweet Dreams Melinda, Wherever You Find It, Night Speaks to a Woman
Encore: Black Dog
Notes: This show featured the debut of "Paper Wheels," "Bounce," "Lever Boy," "In Rounds," and "Very Far Away." Trey teased "Jean Pierre" in "Alaska."
--Also both of my favorite older TAB songs: A Case of Ice and Snow, Sweet Dreams Melinda
--classic TAB covers: Ooo-child
--good modern TAB covers: Clint Eastwood,
--some of the great songs off the best Trey side band album out there (not in terms of jamming, but more catchy strongs songs): Land of Nod, Scabbard
--Goodbye Head: which has more of a powerful and beautiful story of how it came to be, and that makes me hear things unheard I assume (find trey on satellite radio in 2006 singing the beginning of "Goodbye Head" with the songs co-author, his eldest daughter (yes, she can sing exceedingly well)
--the TAB homerun hitter set closer: Push On Till The Day
--some Marley: Small Axe
--a few good hybrids (TAB/PHISH songs): Mozambique, Show of Life(!), Alaska
--older TAB staples: Alive Again, Last Tube, Spin, Wherever you find It, Simple twist up dave, Night Speaks to a Woman
--best encore displaying some of TAB's supporting players vocals (JH's true power): Black Dog
While the first time I heard Bounce and Paper Wheels I was not impressed, clearly this is a very solid, well rounded show, in every way and the ease of getting a high quality sounding copy makes it all the more essential to those, like myself, who document all music Trey creates*.
I give this show a 4/5 because that is exactly what it is for TAB, great well rounded show in many different layers, some very beautiful moments are to be found)
I have phriends (dedicated to the phish) who dont like TAB; I believe they find it hard to swallow something different.
(point in case, Phish could not play Black Dog like TAB, and I think Phish is too big to play Clint Eastwood; TAB jams are never going to be a deep and intricate as Phish gets; then TAB has horns and female vocalists; basically its different).
Anyway, seeing Trey on stage playing new music is always good for me. (TAB does get "hot", (check out Oakland 3/05/11 tour finale).
My last observation is that during this modern Phish 3.0, Trey is writing awesome TAB songs consecutively (Corona, Land of Nod, Travelin, Scabbard, Frost, Architect (if you do not like Architect on the album track down the original studio solo recording or Trey on the Radio (12/6/12)) as opposed to decent songs mixed in with great songs and great covers like TAB from 1999 - 2009 (not that TAB played together all those years (mainly 1999, 2001,2002,2005,2006 (with minimal touring, 2 - 10 shows, in 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008)