8-13&14-99 Red Rocks Amphitheater
8/12-13-14/99 Fillmore - Red Rocks, Colorado shows -- Daniel Gold, Editor, An Honest Tune, 01:39:15 08/18/99 Wed
Among the many highlights of the Colorado Phil & Friends / Summer Sessions shows, were what I considered to be the peak STEVE KIMOCK GUITAR SOLOS of the three shows:
8-12 Cold Rain & Snow
These three songs alone were worth the trip each night.
The JUST A LITTLE LIGHT with Warren doing Brent's vocals perfectly, then the song sinking to almost nothing before Kimock arose with his mighty solo, was the #1 highlight of the run for me, and probably one of the best live songs I've ever heard. I was totally floored.
Fantastic shows -- Matt, 08:14:41 08/17/99 Tue
I was at the 2 Red Rocks shows and must say that they were shows that will not be forgotten for along time. Hearing Phil jam out "Wish You Were Here" was out of this world. The setlist or Saturday was a great one. Hope everyone had as much of a blast as I did.
colorado shows! -- natty, 20:57:18 08/15/99 Sun
!YES YES YES!
nothing left to do but
Red Rocks Review 8/13-14 -- Music Box On-Line, 07:22:50 09/13/99 Mon
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Red Rocks 8/13-14 -- mikey5018, 15:18:46 08/17/99 Tue
Well, Red Rocks was so good, I thought I'd take a stab at my own review:
08/13/99 Red Rocks Amphitheater - Morrison, CO Set 1: Viola Lee Blues->
Duprees Diamond Blues, Alligator-> Bird Song, Just A Little Light, Sugaree,
Stella Blue -> Wish You Were Here,
Band was: Phil Lesh - Bass and Vocals, Steve Kimock - Guitar, John Molo
– Drums, Kyle Hollingsworth - Keyboards, Warren Haynes - Guitar. Summer
Sessions Tour with
Openers: Moe, String Cheese Incident.
To start with, Red Rocks is still amazing (haven't been there since '96 for Phish.) It was weird to be in Morrison without 10,000 heads raiding the place, though I was very happy we weren't making negative headlines. Anyway, I'll go straight to the shows... moe. was actually a bit of a disappointment. I'm usually one to stick up for them, but they seemed a bit lackluster this time around. Most people weren't there yet, and not too many were grooving...that helps mellow out the vibes. If any of you saw moe. open Further, it was about the same...not too many people even paying much attention.
SCI- ahhhhh, the cheese. One theme of the weekend was the confirmation
of my hunch that
Phil day 1: Overall I thought it was amazing! My main impression from
that show is actually
With that said, Warren Haynes, IMHO, didn't jive too well with the rest of the band. His southern-style slide guitar style didn't do much, and never seemed to blend in with the rest of the band.
The good thing about this though is that Steve took control, and man, when you have some Kimock at the helm, watch out! (The Viola Lee is so darn amazing, everyone must hear it at some point...I'd even go as far as to say that it was even better than the Warfield one....I realize how bold that statement is.)
John Molo is simply amazing himself. I usually take drums for granted, but I realize that many good jams can be attributed to the drummer. So after two days of consistently beautiful, superb jamming, I have to give much credit to the man keeping the threads tight.
Kyle Holdsworth, man, this was stage two of my vindication that the cheese knows what's up. Kyle was not only on the entire night, but he also added a great deal of style/energy/creativity to each and every song and jam. I've played keyboards for most of my live (started 16 years ago) and I consider myself a fair judge of keyboard playing, and he just simply blew me away. It's no coincidence that he's kind of the permanent keyboard player in this round. (However, I'm not going to touch the Page/Kyle comparison, they were both great.) And last but certainly not least, there's Phil. This was my first time seeing Phil since 7/9/95 so it was a bit of an emotional experience seeing him again. Let me tell you, Phil looks and plays like a perfectly heathy 25 year old Phil, rather than someone who just underwent major surgery. The man has such power that the minute he stepped on stage (even before the lights were out) he raised his arm up and simply gave the crowd a big acknowledging grin, and the crowd just went nuts...you could just feel the love from then until the end of the weekend, it was amazing. For the first time, I think I felt the love that's prevalent in the Dead scene, the love that is simply missing from the Phish scene. Oh well, different styles...
Playing-wise, Phil really impressed me! He took control of many of the jams (in his subtle, Phil-like style) and of course, being who he is, the band quickly followed nearly all of his leads...resulting in some superbly tight jamming. Many times, he started laying down some really cool jazz/blues lines that everyone else played around...way to get funky Phil! In addition, his singing seems to consistently improve with each show. Who would of thought six months ago, that Phil would bounce back from sickness, and re-create the scene, the music, the magic, and the love so remarkably...Phil, you are the man!
08/14/99 Red Rocks Amphitheater - Morrison, CO
Set 1: Playing In The Band* **-> Round The Wheel* **-> Uncle John's Band**-> New Potato Caboose-> Tangled Hangers, Cumberland Blues, Broken Arrow, The Wheel+-> Terrapin Station+-> Playing Reprise+, E: Ripple*
Comment: Band Was: Phil Lesh - Bass and Vocals, Steve Kimock - Guitar,
John Molo - Drums, Michael Kang – Electric mandolin, Kyle Hollingsworth
- Keyboards, *Billy - Acoustic Guitar, **Michael - Percussion, + Al Sheir
- Guitar. Summer Sessions Tour with Galactic, and Government Mule.
This night was simply amazing! After the first show, my friends and I
were talking about how we wanted more Cheese...but we never had any idea
that we would get more and then some. At the beginning every member of
the Cheese was playing (except their bassist, of course.) Every one of
them was right on, jamming perfectly and fluidly. Although it was amazing
to see them all on stage, I have to say when you have that many people
jamming, it is more difficult to find
Billy didn't really do much, until Ripple where he sounded awesome (even
sang a verse.) But I was hoping for him to do some country-fried bluegrass-acoustic
soloing, which he never did, I guess there were too many people for all
I couldn't quite hear Al so I can't really say anything about his contribution. I tried to pick his sound up, but it was as difficult as picking up Bobby's playing, or the lead singer of Widespread. (Don't know his name, but I swear I can never hear him play...and I've tried plenty of times!)
Anyway, this is getting long, overall, it was an amazing experience. Go see Phil wherever he plays, no matter who his "friends" are. If the "friends" are lackluster, Steve, Phil, and John will pick it up and rock out. Or else you may be lucky to see some of the best bands around play with Phil, such as a band as wonderful as SCI. In any case, it will always be a wonderful night of excellent music and beautiful vibes. Thanks for reading!
Re: Red Rocks 8/13-14 -- Nebuchadnezzer, 10:06:25 08/20/99 Fri
As soon as your review said that moe. was lackluster but SCI was the shit, I knew I shouldn't waste any more time with this one. Plain and simple, SCI is boring! I just don't get it. I too have seen them about five times and each time I'm expecting them to finally breakout and play with some energy, because I've heard so many good things about them. Yet I've been disappointed every single time. After being bored for the last time at High Sierra, I think I'm going to even skip the SCI opener at Berkeley.
Red Rocks 8/13-14 -- Rick Rogers, 15:16:43 08/17/99 Tue
Howdy y'all. . .
Greetings from Rocky Mountain country! I wish I had time to lay down
a complete review of the Phil & Friends spectacular this weekend at
Red Rocks. Suffice it to say that these were the best shows that I have
seen in that wonderful magical place. Friday night, after smokin' sets
from moe. and the String Cheese Incident, Yours Truly was heard to say,
"what's Phil gonna do to top that?" Well, shut my mouth. . .I had never
seen a Phil & Friends show before and all I expected was for it to
be like watching a nifty jam session between some good players with a
little nostalgic and sentimental value. . .what I got was two performances
that stood up against the best GD and Other Ones shows I have seen. Words
like "luxurious," "elegant," and "passionate" come to mind. I have
gained an increased respect and appreciation for Phil Lesh after seeing
what kind of a production was put together under his direction. Friday
night's "Friends" were Steve Kimock, Warren Haynes, Kyle of SCI on keys,
and the incredible John Molo on drums. Saturday night's "Friends" were
Kimock, Kyle, Molo, and Michael Kang of SCI, with guest appearances by
SCI's drummer and other guitarist, and moe.'s lead guitarist (sorry I
don't know their names!). Some of the highlights for me:
Friday night--Warren Haynes singing and Steve Kimock's guitar on "Just a Little Light." Warren could easily win the award for Brent impersonation, and Steve's sublime guitar playing was designed for songs like this one. . .easily the best version of the song that I've ever heard!
Friday night--instrumental "Stella Blue" into a Phil-sung "Wish You Were
Here". . .truly poetic, together we all read this love letter to a dearly-missed
friend. . . Saturday night--the 65-minute opening jam, starting
with "Playin' in the Band" sung by Michael Kang of SCI, followed by "Round
the Wheel (I think that's what it's called?)", "Uncle John's Band", and
"Tangled Hangers? (Zero tune)". . .it's difficult to describe this jam,
other than to say that it was a long journey through mysterious country.
Sat--"Broken Arrow." Simply beautiful, gentle, loving, kind, sweet, like the "cool Colorado rain." Kyle's piano work was elegant. Without a doubt the best rendering of the song I have ever heard. Sat--the closing bun on the Playin' sandwich: I thought Kimock and Kang and that guitarist from moe. were simply going to EXPLODE with the excitement of winding up such a stellar show with a full-force Playin' reprise. The looks on their faces were pure joy, like "I'M UP HERE SHREDDIN' ON DEAD TUNES WITH PHIL LESH! HOLY SHIT!!! Again, true to the GD arrangement, loaded with passion and power. Sat--"Ripple" encore featuring Kang on mandolin. . . I have to say that Phil blew my mind. He was up there with guys half his age and they had nothing on him. . .he was playing with youthful vigor and speed-- yes, speed--that made it apparent that this man is loving life and feeling healthy again.
Also, John Molo is awesome! Seeing him with Mickey last summer, I didn't
realize just how excellent a drummer he was, I just assumed most of the
cool licks were coming from Mickey. I also have to say that I'm glad that
this wasn't another repetition of the Furthur Fest thing. As much as I
greatly enjoyed the Other Ones last year, these shows were free of that
hyper East Coast corporate energy and it wasn't at that godforsaken Fiddlers'
f@ckin' Green, I hate that place with its sterile suburban surroundings,
10 o'clock curfew, and strict decibel limits! Red Rocks is so much
better, it's got to be one of the finest outdoor venues on the planet.
And this weekend, I finally got a taste of what it must have been like
to see the Dead on the Rocks. The magic and energy were there and I found
myself wishing that there was just one more show before they had to leave.
I wouldn't have hesitated to buy another ticket. . .The bootlegs of these
shows must be obtained post haste. . . Hugs,
Phil is a god -- Jeff, 12:37:25 08/17/99 Tue
Two thumbs up to all of the shows. Phil quenches your Dead jones more than Ratdog ever could. Just watching him up on stage laughing and jumping around was enough to bring you to tears.
I missed the show at the Fillmore but caught both at Red Rocks. Friday was a little more mellow than I would hope for. Warren does a great job on guitar but doesn't know all the words to the Dead tunes. His best song of the night was actually "Just a little lite", surprisingly since I am not a big fan of the Brent tunes. The instrumental version of "Stella" was amazing. I was very happy that Phil did not try to sing this song the instrumental only added to the beauty. Then Phil kicked into the "Wish you were here" he really seems to love this song. You could feel his bass shaking the whole place...and that's hard to do at Red Rocks. The Scarlet/Fire showed what was to come the next night with tight music and the lyrics which were slightly off during the Fire chorus.
Saturday night was a show of shows. Kang from SCI took Warren's place. You could tell that the SCI guys are big Dead fans they knew all the words and all the right licks. The show started and ended with "Playin" you can't beat that. The whole show continued to flow with the guys from SCI playing one of their own tunes to show Phil what they were all about...I think he was impressed. At the midpoint of this show Phil played the best "Broken Arrow" I have ever heard. Rather than directing the rest of the Dead through this song, he takes the lead and goes with it on his own. It was amazing. The show then ended with Wheel> Terrapin> Playin reprise. I couldn't imagine any thing better. The SCI guys and the guitarist from Moe are familiar with all of the Dead tunes and it helps. I thought hearing the Jerry parts played on an electric fiddle would be odd, but it wasn't it was terrific. Jerry would be proud. Five stars for Kang's playing during this show.
To further top off the weekend I actually got to meet Phil on Saturday morning. He was signing $35 posters with all proceeds going to charity. He was there with his wife and kids and seemed to be having a great time doing it. The owner of the music store was trying hurry everything up so all could get an autograph, but Phil just wanted to chat away with everybody...he was great. I asked Phil if he was happy to be back at Red Rocks and his eyes just lit up like a little child. It was the highlight of my life. The picture of me shaking hands with Phil is going to be on my Christmas cards for the next couple of years.
Monday 8/16/99 -- Matthew Kane, 12:49:25 08/16/99 Mon
Words cannot describe the feelings and emotions that ran through me on Friday and Saturday at red rocks. The music and the scene were vibrant. Here is my humble attempt at a review:
string cheese incident: HOLY MOSES!!!! my favorite new band. They performed a completely different set than the night before at the Fillmore. Rather than playing generic bluegrass, they played brilliant jams consisting of pyschadelic fusion. They were on stage for about 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Phil and Friends: check out the setlists again. Phil (again with Warren Haynes) was SO HAPPY to be there. The music was so RICH and Full bodied. It appears that Phil wants to JAM. Highlights for me: a 30 minute viola lee blues dedicated to Dick Latvala, a funky, slimy alligator, just a little light (hats off to the Brentmeister), the wish u were here melted into an "Us and Them" Jam - totally tripped out (the guy next to me turned and said "I think Warren listened to Dark Side of the Moon a little too much when he was younger."), and of course a phat scarlet fire set closer. of course, we all wanted an encore, but Phil played it straight and told us "Sorry folks, that's all we have time for, see ya tomorrow night." I respect that.
Phil and Friends: we scored fourth row seats, dead center (directly in front of PHIL). His wife layed a phat kiss on him and the band (no Warren, tonight was Phil with String Cheese) kicked into PLAYIN. This was one of those moments where I had no idea what song they were playin, but it sounded like heaven. I thought it was Jack Straw. I have heard playin in the band a gazillion times, but tonight it sounded like the first time. : ^ ) what followed was the sickest music ever played.
Phil redefined the term "dropping bombs." at first, Michael Kang (SCI)
wasn't playing to Phil's satisfaction, so Phil antogonized him a little.
It worked cause for the rest of the show, there were sounds emanting/bursting/layering
from everywhere. STEVE KIMOCK IS RADICAL! Highlights include both the
SCI tune and the Kimock tune as well as Uncle John's, New Potato (Holy
COW!), Cumberland, Broken Arrow, and the Ripple encore (oh yeah, and the
Playin Reprise - can you say KA-BOOM). Throughout the whole set, we interacted
with Phil, by waving at him and screaming in between songs "WE LOVE YOU
PHIL!!!!" He acknowledged us by nodding his head and flashing the Phil