Doncha hate it when you want to get a good night's rest before a big show, and the excitement is so great that you wake up way too early? I've been up since 5 am, which is about two hours earlier than usual. So what do I do for the next 12 hours? Work? Nah. Listen to sbds from the winter and spring tours? OK! I am really looking forward to tonight's show. Sounds like Phil had a great time in VA beach, even if he didn't actually play on stage with the bros. I would love to see Phil and Gregg (the co-patriarchs of today's jam band scene) rip apart a tune or two. Everyone have fun in Raleigh, be safe, and spread good vibes. Peace.
I totally know what you are talking about Darrin, I am so psyched for this show, I feel like a kid on christmaas morning. I just got off of work (I wore my 1996 Allman Bros. Eat a Peach tour t-shirt) and I could'nt wait to get home and see the set list from Va. Beach. So I'm sitting here with a glass of home made wine singing each of the songs on the setlists to myself and I'm trying to pick out what must of been the highlight, but I know the whole show was a highlight. I wish these guys could have got together for a tour 10 years ago! The whole music scene may have been different now, instead of the shit they play on the airwaves nowadays. Anyways I wish everybody a great show and lots of fun, and like that guy on fantasy Island used to say "SMILES EVERYONE"
I can't wait to get on the road. 8 hours of work, a restless night of sugar peaches dancing in my head, then I slip on out of Macon for a full moon show in Charlotte and the final Summer Phil show in Atlanta. I too hope to see Greg and Phil on stage together. Greg and Duane covered Morning Dew on an Hourglass album. I'm hoping for a Morning Dew>Mountain Jam>Morning Dew. I'm sure my favorite song will be the one they are playing. I'm 41 and stoked like a 17 year old going to see Led Zepplin!
From my hubby, homeless but happy in Raleigh:
Ramble on Rose
Lay of the Sunflower
I Know You Rider
E: Doin' That Rag
By his report, Jimmy in command, blistering set. Midway through Allman's set, P&F come on for Franklin's Tower. Barraco and Greg share the bench, both bassists and triple decker guitarists.
raleigh report: slightly more sedate than va beach.
the franklins with both the abb and p&f minus molo was to say the least very good!
phil on bass, oteil takes his off for a moment, and does the second verse vocals. all smiles all around after this, not only on stage but in the crowd also!
on a side personal note, to the girl in row r sec 102 who needed to talk to everyone within twenty feet of herself> the next time you do too many rails, stay away from the tapers as we dont care about you and your self described stupidity. stay home with mom and dad or the frat boys you were with, and pop a tape of something in and just chat the f^%k away as you are vermin we try to stay away from.
but anyway, for those goin to charlotte and atlanta, you are in for a treat of a lifetime
pugs, about the girl in row r sec 102: i think i seen some shows with her before. my advice: let go bud. the pursuit of perfect tapes doesn't give you license to highlight peeps differences and build fences. if you need fences build 'em at home. accomodate not segregate, folks. Nite all'. (vermin'? nice job pugs. makes me wonder what tags people use to describe you)
there is a legit taper section. If you are not using it, don't bitch. I for one am sick of "stealth" tapers.They care nothing about anyone around them.If I see any more of these rouge tapers in my seat,it will not be pretty.
The imfamous Whistler seems to make a point of getting near the taper's section at the Beacon.
I Am Also A Taper And When I Have To I GO Stelth (not for this show) & I Agree If You Go To A Show & Want To Talk The Whole Time You Should Sty At Home & Save Your Money , Your Not There For The Music! Taper Peak.
johnhenry, for the final four shows of the tour with the abb we are working under the abb taping policy wich is that anywhere you want to tape is fine. also remember that the taper who stealths may be the source for your copy in the future so it does not do any good to create problems with him. i will concede that there are bad tapers out there who will take the liberty of thinking that they are the only thing that matters. this is wrong in conception as my feelings are that we should not impose on others who are there to enjoy the show. the girl i was reffering to was not only asked by me but 8 other folks whe were not taping to be quiet or go up on the lawn with the other yappers. believe me when i say i am not there to cause problems but also to enjoy the show and get a good copy. as far as the whistler goes , i heard he got what was coming to him in saratoga, he simply disapeared as soon as he was accosted by some tapers who finally got there due result. glad to here it as this guy most likely feels some sort of celebrity status for being on just about everyones tapes from the beacon shows. anybody like to hear the whistler?
bill donahue> you could not have seen any shows with this girl before as she openly addmitted she was a first timer. fences? no man, i build houses for a living. fences are for spanish folk. dont mean to segragate just intergate folks into are fold of music loving people. my white flags up on this subject.
see you all in the fall!!!
Tapers are neccesary and appreciated, I used to be one back in the late 70's till mid eightie's, when D6's and Nagamichis ruled the day.
But I always thought it was a hassle to tape, and diverted me from really "being there" Too much time spent hunched over the meters, pen light waving around, when I should have been digging jerry's silvery head, bathed in violet and red, crooning Stella Bluuuu,uuuu,uuu...
Got way too catty for me in the tapers section, fellow tapers freaking out rudely when some hapless non taper had to go pee...some one asking his friend for the rolling papers and geting shushed by self rightous wanna be sound engineers. I bailed on the the taping sceneso i didnt have to be surrounded by tapers !
All these comments have to be tempered by the fact that we needed tapers back in that day, and I get countless hours of enjoyment rolling those great tapes, but if Phil is releasing the shows, and if other bands follow suit, we wouldnt need the nuisance of the tapers any more !! They would be obsolete !!
Remember the few shows in the 80's where Healy beamed the sb's over close range FM ? We should be able to log on to the net, and download the show, as we listen to it, with our palm pilots. There would be alot of tapers who derive thier ego from thier taping prowess, who will be feeling useless, but the overall scene will be improved.
Pugs...your useful comments aside, what was that "Spanish fence Builder" comment about? I'm 1/2 Spanish..do we build the world's best fences and i didn't know that? i sure hope so...
btw, i opened the "Review of Our Concert Scene" discussion so we could look for some solutions to some of this stuff...feel free to chime in with a way that girl could have been gently persuaded or stealth taper compromise ideas..
This post is to the rather large stealth taper who was occupying our 2 seats in Raleigh (Sec. 2, Row J, seats 12-13) under the pretense of 'keeping the aisles clear.' I could have easily given you the boot, but decided against it. I gave you my card, and expect you to send me tapes or cds of this show, as we discussed at the show. Thanks much!
Hey Pugs thanks for dis-ing me on those Raleigh tickets. Ya talk about giving respect in your post. You basically emailed me saying you were taking my Raleigh tickets seeing how I had a major personal/family crisis. and boom ya never called back by Tue. before the show I had no chioce but to eat 'em or go. It's guys like you that only think of your own damn asses. polluting the scene.
I realized I may have posted this yesterday under the wrong heading, (I am dealing with the loss of my mother-in-law Jeanne, so I'm a little out of sorts) so I am reposting here. If you have already read my post, sorry for the repetition
What a show! This was the third and last leg of our ride on the bus (Camden, Merriweather, Raleigh). And it was quite the culmination of one very entertaining week of fun and music.
LG, Ed and myself flew out of Philly on Friday arriving at Raleigh at 4:00 pm. Brother-in law Nick (“Father Nick”) picked us up with his vehicle packed with a cooler filled pre-show liquid goodies and a delicious after show rib and turkey barbeque. Nick, who has joined us for many a Dead show in the past, happens to be an owner of a few great local establishments in the Raleigh area. He generously presented us each with our keys to complimentary rooms at his Comfort Suites Hotel and then… a surprise rendezvous with Louis D, a lifelong friend who has made his mark as a happening location Producer for many Hollywood movie productions in Wilmington, NC. Lou was with us “back in the day” at many a show including Englishtown in 1977. Needless to say, it was an extreme pleasure to have Louis and Nick on the bus.
We arrived at Alltel at 4:30 and after some nice pre-show activities, I hurried into the pavilion to catch the Derek Band. Incidentally from what I could see, the lot scene was totally cool. No intrusive police, open vending, beers in bottles were no problem, dogs on leashes…..very cool scene indeed.. I was thinking that perhaps all the discussion on this board might have helped. Either that or this crowd was just plain cooler.
As I went to take my seat, (second row, far left), I noticed that the pavilion area was at best 1/3 filled…then Phil comes up on stage from the right with bass in tow and
Susan Tedeschi enters from the left. Since there was hardly no one in row 2 center, I helped myself to the front and center spot to thoroughly enjoy this classic Susan Tedeschi sung Lovelight. (I had seen Susan sing this at Temple University in Philly during the 2000 fall tour.) Phil as usual kept the Lovelight bass line bouncing along. To my extra delight, the dancer, I’ve been admiring from the soundboard at Camden and the stage at Merriweather (her name is Kelly) pops up right next to me to join me in a Lovelight shuffle. As Derek’s guitar and Susan’s voice wailed, I knew a very special evening had begun. Let it Shine, Let it shine.
As Phil and the boys took the stage, at least half of row 2 center was open, so I counted my blessings and stayed to witness our heroes front and center…. awesome.
It was a very hot late afternoon setting and under the lights, it must have been well over 100 degrees on stage. Incidentally, Since ABB was slated for primetime, their lightshow took precedent, so Candice show was reduced to a basic stripped-down version.
One more side note before my song by song review. Raleigh, NC is Allman brothers Terittory. Most of the crowd was ABB fans first and Phil fans second. Having Phil play back-up this evening was both proper and fitting. Neither band disappointed in their role.
The opening Jam, was a lively frolic through many themes and at one point slowed down to a little “He’s Gone” (perhaps a Garcia Birthday/Deathday tribute). That evolved into an energetic and very well played and sung Ramble On. Then they stopped for a little rest and hydration. The boys had a nice sweat going already. I was able to eye my bud Ed in the crowd behind me and waved him up since there were still multiple openings next to me. Ed came up and joined me in Schaeffer City.
Celebration > Jam> Casey Jones were all stellar. Celebration is a very tight song now.the first time I heard it at the E-factory in Philly this spring, it seemed very lyric heavy, but now I can say I love the all upbeat lyrics and the music and jamming to it just keep getting hotter.
A father and his young son who was wearing a Charlotte 420 shirt behind me were both in attendance at the historic 420 show. They both agreed that this Casey Jones was a 420 Casey, with its speeded up, hyper kinetic ending. The crowd went wild . The band was having fun, but it was hot and time to stop after that intense effort to try to cool down a little. Jimmy Herring’s face was getting very pink and he was sweating profusely. I guess it didn’t bother him much because….
He was about to totally amaze and entertain us with an epic Cumberland. The jam and the song were one of the great highlights of a highlight-filled evening. This was the point in the evening that it appeared that Warren decided to lay back, conserve his energy for his ABB main event and let Jimmy be Jimmy. And I’m telling you Jimmy was HUGE…. just unbelievable. I’m sure the tapes/CD’s will bear this out.
Another break and then a sweet, solid Lay of The Sunflower. Warren’s ballad of the evening
The show exploded with Phil’s opening bass line to Shakedown and the energy never fizzled as it developed into a short and soulful Wheel, killer Scarlet and stomping Rider. Rider was teased earlier and its set-ending delivery was a huge crowd pleaser.
Incidentally the people (obvious ABB fans) who occupied our seats finally came during Scarlet and we enjoyed the set closing with plenty of room to dance from in front of the soundboard.
I’m still humming the Doin that Rag encore. Very well sung and played.
I’ll next review the ABB set, which featured a monumental Franklin’s Tower with everbody!
More later….hopefully, but first I wish to express many many thanks to LG and his in-laws' family’s southern, down-home hospitality and generosity
As I mentioned, Raleigh, NC is Allman Brothers Territory. The decision to headline them on this evening was indeed appropriate and the band did not disappoint in this role. Besides, with the lead guitarists being virtually interchangeable between these two bands and with both sharing a lot of the same material, its hard to make a clear distinction these days between ABB and PLQ.
As the full orange Southern moon appeared to welcome the night, the packed Alltel faithful was buzzing from the stellar Phil set and in full anticipation to welcome their musical brothers on stage.
The full Allman stage set with its huge lit mushroom banners and its even larger movie screen behind the drum machine was ready to visually entertain as the ABB took the stage.
Seeing that Warren had changed from his black Grateful Dead Egypt tour t-shirt to a black jacket, I sensed it was time for him to get down to business. He had laid back in the Phil set letting Jimmy take center stage. This was his time to shine and all, I can say is that although (aside from Duane) the Dickey Betts of yesterday was the heart and soul of the band, today’s Warren Haynes is the bands star.
On this evening, with the ABB, Warren was on fire. He and Derek totally shredded every song in the set. The two sent non-stop chills up and down the crowd. Major highlights included an unbelievable Jessica, perhaps equaling Cumberland as the best song of the show. I’ve heard the Allmans perform this well before (this summer in Camden), but this version blew the doors off of anything I’ve heard before. Another barn-burner was One Way Out performed with guest Aubrey Freed of the Black Crows.
Midnight Rider and Soulshine were both memorable and a good example that although Gregg’s playing is virtually non-existent, his voice is strong and soulful. On Soulshine, he shared the vocals with Warren. PLQ does a nice reggae Soulshine, but this version IMO was better than the numerous PLQ Soulshine I’ve heard.
Also, IMO John Molo has become the best drummer alive, but hearing and feeling the driving backbeat of the ABB 3-drummer machine, I was taken back by the contast and effectiveness these 3 guys add to the overall feel of the music. All in all the set and the band were VERY LARGE.
Saving the best for last…… During the set, I found a center spot around 20 rows from the stage and ended up nest to a heavy set woman who claimed she was like an aunt to Jimmy Herring. She claimed Jimmy and Derek Trucks used to and still sleep over her house. I asked her if Jimmy was going to come out with the ABB and she emphatically answered no way…it wasn’t happening tonight. Then she left the row ....and a song later IT happened
The Franklin’s Tower was like a dream song. When they introduced Phil, Rob, Jimmy and even John Molo, we went wild. Oteil layed down his bass to let THE MAN take center stage.. Rob sat next to Gregg. Jimmy situated himself next to Derek and our much anticipated and wished for “volunteer jam” was about to take place. Yeeehaaaa! I thought and was hoping to hear a big ole Mt Jam, but LG got his wish and his prediction came true as they treated all of us to a thunderous Franklin’s Tower. Oteil Burbridge even sung a number of versus. I will never forget the intense visual and musical feeling that this song gave us. I only wish they had stayed on for more.
Many many thanks to the ABB and Phil and Friends (and LG, Nick, Ed, and Louis) for making this a very special evening I’ll never forget.
Peace, love and music to all as I am once again off the bus and back in the "real world" Can't wait to hear the recordings! See y'all in the fall
My .02 on Raleigh. Great show, no doubt. The Franklin's jam-session was indeed cool. I have to say though, having Barraco playing next to Gregg just shows how bad Gregg is at keys. Great singer, bad keyboard player. He definitely doesn't want to be sitting next to a psychotic nut like Barraco.
Correction: In the interests of journalistic accuracy I wish to amend my earlier statement that I had seen Susan Tedeschi sing Lovelight at Temple University in Philly during the 2000 fall tour. My buddy and our
e-factory hero, Wil, who’s a virtual encyclopedia on show details, has informed me that show was in the 1999 fall tour (11/9/99 to be exact). Time flies when you are having fun and music…. Either that or turning 45 yesterday is signaling the start of my senile years.