8-17&18-99 Cuthbert Ampitheatre
Phil Lesh & Friends
8/18/99 - eugene -- jeff, 21:03:29 08/19/99
The sound checks in Eugene were almost like rehearsals, with Phil calling
out chords, repeat takes of several songs, and the length!...80 to 100
minutes each day by most people's count! just waiting in line sounded
great!! It did make the actual set pretty predictable, NOT an insignificant
thing if, say, you never expected a wickid China Doll to fall out!
Here's the 2nd day (8/18) sound check/rehearsal:
Casey jones (many takes)
Warren Haynes song
Like a rolling stone
Know you rider
Tomorrow never knows
This sound check ended after 4pm for a show that started at 4:38. We
were in line and it had done its compression thing - we were all tight
packed yelling for Phil to hurry up and finish so they would open the
gate. Remember this is after about 75-80 minutes of playing.
You can't compare the two nights of Eugene since the particular lineup
made each night unique. The first night had a real ensemble feel, with
each musician really stretching out the tunes. I thought Michael Kang
and Kimock really listened to each other well, never stepping on the other's
lines. The overall energy was so intense, the crowd definitely responded
to the jamminess of this show. How great to see Phil out front leading
a band. and who could you trust more to pull together the hottest
band? Only Phil in his perfectionist glory can ensure that each band member
is a virtuoso. Molo is hotter than I'd heard - with him laying down the
beat, every other member was free to roam, and roam they did... the dark
star jam had everything you could want. Brief other one tease. China doll
was apocalyptic! The jam out of china doll made you want to cry, it worked
perfectly into My favorite things and after about 15 minutes segued beautifully
into the second verse of dark star. Brief smokestack tease, and
then a ripping Eyes that backed into the most creative GDTFRB intro I've
ever heard! Goin down was the perfect closer - and Phil gave us bid you
goodnight to put the exclamation point on it!
Second night of Eugene was like seeing a new band - that's the influence
that Warren Haynes brings. not to say he necessarily dominates, but there
was definitely less of an ensemble feel, where everyone was going to get
a little bit more to do.
The Rolling Stone>Rider was very amazing and wonderfully, if precariously,
held together through some out there noodling by Kimock. That guy can
play - period. The rider section came and went, and I swear I heard the
closing riffs to cosmic charlie a few times before rider came crashing
through. This 2 song opener was 38 minutes!!
After that stellar opening, the rest of the show rode a much gentler trajectory.
I just didn't dance as hard compared to the first night. Still a great
evening though. I did a lot of just listening to Phil and to hear him
hit every single note possible for the entire length of a 40 minute jam,
and I mean hitting him HARD, it made me realize that yes, he is a god.
I'd travel just to listen to him and Molo jam! He looks to be very hale
and hearty, and he smiled a whole lot!!
Have fun at the Greek folks, it could be quite special!!