Wu-Hoo! I'm next! geez, what a long wait to see phil.
anyone looking for places to gather pre-show, there are quite a few in the area, but there is a good secret location. Backstage at Bravo is a rooftop bar with great views of the city.
see ya there at 5pm.
Just two more days till Phil and Friends are here in Minneapolis!!! For those phans in town on Wed. night, the N.E. Senior Food Shelf will be holding a benefit party at Mayslack's Bar at 1428 4th Street Northeast from 9 till close featuring some fine local music as well as a donor card station and food shelf collection. We will also be at the show Thursday night collecting donations as part of Phil and Friends Odyssey of the Spirit program.For more info on either event see our posting on the Odyssey of the Spirit discussion board. If anyone wants to send me their number I can cell phone in the list from the show as soon as Phil's set is over. Hope everyone has fun on this leg of the tour and hopefully we will hear some good news from Walworth County tomorrow and see you all in Alpine at the end of the tour. Peace and Hope - Cray
Anyone else see that in Sunday's Strib, they list the show as "Allman Brothers and Phil Leash"?
everyone should wear dog collars
Geez, guess there aren't too many zoners here in the cities.
oh well...phil, if you're reading this (yeah, right). here is what i would like to hear:
help/slip (yeah, i know you just did it..)
crazy fingers (been jonesing to hear this tune for some time now)
St.Stephen/the eleven (cuz yer boys rock this one)
here comes sunshine (mmmmmmm good)
quinn the eskimo (for my 3 week old son Quinn)
comes a time (wouldn't that be nice? i think warren would sound sweet on that one)
ok, that's all. and whatever else YOU want to play. lol.
so very excited to see you all again.
>>>Geez, guess there aren't too many zoners here in the cities.
Hey Robert! It's nice to see there's another local here on the boards heading to the Target Ctr. Would love to hook up w/ ya. My other 1/2 & I need to figure out what time we'll make it to town, & hopefully we can meet you at Bravo. I'll check back here.
Mrs.P, I've been trying to e-mail you, but my outlook isn't sending or receiving anything since this morning.
YES...PHIL ON THURSDAY ...MILES OF SMILES COMING UP...
Happy Philshow everyone!!! see ya'll tomorrow at the beerfest! Here's to hoping for crisp DAUDs & good times for all!
Everyone heading out on the road, be safe, take it slow and ____speed....
I don't want to get sued or anything here so I'll be PC about my well wishes..
For those who don't know, Cryptical is now a card carrying member of the ACLU.
> and ____speed....
Cryp I find your underscore offensive...
you folks have a BIG OL' time tonite!!
thanks all, the excitement is growing!!!! and, don't you worry, Crypt, I'll "watch" but it'll still be pretty damn FAST!!!!!
Just 4 hours & counting til Phil bombs blast away the hometown!
Robert, we won't be arriving early enough for any pre-show bar time. Have to tend to Kiddie swim lesson graduation. Here's our seats for anyone wanting to meet up. (Mr& MrsP,we're right on track!)
section 130 Row H seats 12, 13
Because of lack of ticket sales, the stage & seating has been moved forward. Pretty crazy! The Target Ctr. lady assured me that although they are renumbering the sections, they'll be easy to find! I sure hope so!!! Talk to ya'll later!!
yeah baby YEAH!
deadicatedmamma, we'll see ya there. Sect 131, row D, seat 12.
looks like Gluek's is the place.
moving the stage up eh? but hopefully our positioning stays the same?
OK..i'll try to post some type of review tomorrow. too excited.
1 hour and 25 minutes...wwwwwwweeeeeeeeeeeehhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwww...
Have a great time you all !!!!!!!!!!!!
Have a safe trip home and tell us all about it.......
damn! the zone got the set list up fast!!
One set is a bummer even though that set looked pretty good on screen.
I hope they do two sets tomorrow...
Just got back from the Target Center and tonight's show was a solid opener for this leg of the summer tour.The band started out with a nice long rumbling jam that spun itself into a beautiful Fantasy with some great vocals by Warren and fine guitar from both Warren and Jimmy. The Jimmy fans out there would have been really pleased with his playing tonite. For even though they didn't extend into any really monstrous jams they did have a number of shorter jams between songs that really featured Jimmy's jazzy fills and leads and also some very nice organ playing by Rob as well. The New Potato Caboose had some really tight harmony singing and a poignant ache to it tonite. I thought that this was Phil's best lead vocal though he also sang really well on Mason's Children which was a real killer. The short jam out of New Potato segued nicely into I Am the Walrus which started to loosen the crowd up for sure. Indeed the gravity of John Entwistle's passing seemed to inform the playing tonight in many ways. For as the set built the tension grew with each song and finally come exploding out later in the set with Midnite Hour. Real Thing ended the first segment of the show before the band took a quick breather and then returned with Rock n'Roll Blues. Both of the new songs sound really good and were given crisp energetic performances. There was a nice jam out of this which worked through a quick Wheel tease and then settled into Here Comes Sunshine. The band was really on during this one and started the great last part of the show. Wharf Rat was just plain incredible!! Warren really played and sang his heart out on this song. The jams just grew and grew and grew - a real highlight for me. The Rat then became the launching pad for a rippin 1-2 punch of Midnite Hour and Mason's Children to end the show. Both rocked really hard with the band locking into each other's playing excellently. Following a nice fan cheer for Phil and the boys Phil saluted the crowd before the donor rap and introducing the band . Warren then closed things off with a sweet version of Soulshine. I know some folks are not so fond of this but I love this song from Warren and he and Jimmy really played along together on this one with some blistering dual leads. All in all it was a sweet show for the first one of the tour and bodes well for what's to come the rest of the way. I must also say the Allmans set was smoking as well making for a great evening of music and friendship as I must have seen 20 old friends from tour and the local scene making it doubly fun. Security was sort of hit and miss making sure the aisles were kept clear but letting plenty of good smoking to be done without much hassle or none at all. The two bands only drew about 6000 fans and the venue moved the stage into a bowl configuration which provided for good sound and an intimate setting. Thanks to the bands and all the phans for giving us such a good time here in Minneapolis Peace -
Hey Cray, What a great review! I believe you should go to every Phil show and post a review of the show for all the phans to read and enjoy.
Hope all is well with you!
HAPPY 40TH B-DAY!
Hope to see you in August!!
Peace - Mello
just a couple of thoughts regarding the show last night. as was mentioned before, due to lack of ticket sales, they pushed the stage forward quite a bit, and created a Target Center Theatre if you will. good thing too...much more intimate, as the Target Center is usually terrible...it made for better sound as well. I love how phil and the gang come out with the lights up. 2nd time i've seen him do this, they come out, huddle up in the back, call some plays, and then break to the line of scrimmage. very good.
all throughout tonight there was a Dark Star thread weaving in and out of the jams. I heard at least three times, maybe four. very nice intro jam until they finally landed on Fantasy. coming out of Fantasy, phil went into his Crazy Fingers jam for a few measures. definitely made me laugh, and feel like he had read my email (see above). got 1.5 of my requests...can't complain. The Walrus was lots of fun, crowd was very vocal for the chorus, "I am the eggman (WOOOOOOO!)......"
Then came the meat of the show....following rock'n'roll blues was a very nice jam that seemed headed into the wheel on a couple occasions before finally landing on the opening notes of Here Comes Sunshine. What a great, great song. Just something about it really strikes a chord, "Why hold out for moooooore!" The segue out of this tune was screaming Dark Star...phil had slowed it down, and i was just waiting for the opening notes when suddenly, the opening GONG of wharf rat. holy crap! threw me for a major loop. warren was stellar on this tune...the vocal bridge was nailed, albeit in a slower, allman-esque fashion..."I know that, the LIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIFEEE, I LIVIN's no goooooooood...." ah, just so good. jimmy had the screamin' solo off the end of this before warren wrapped it back up, and on into the homestretch. midnight hour and mason's were smokin, and the crowd gave the boys a nice thank you before phil came back for donor chat.
a word or two on candace...she's amazing. pure color, minimal gobos. even though the allman's had more bells and whistles, she put that guy to shame. really. just gorgeous stuff.
what a great time last night. good to see the allman's again, they seem rejuvinated, playing mostly new and more obscure tunes, save the Statesboro Blues. gotta say though, i think derek may have been the been the best guitarist on the stage LAST NIGHT, if just for energy alone. he was FANTASTIC.
Have fun in milwaukee everyone...
One Set: Jam>
Dear Mr. Fantasy>
New Potato Caboose>
I Am the Walrus>
The Real Thing
Rock 'n' Roll Blues>
Here Comes Sunshine>
creaaakkkk, [bedroom door opening], shhhhslide, shhhhslide [feet not quite leaving floor but moving forward], uuuggg [slowing lowering in chair], phwwwup [successful landing]. ok, i'm a bit sore and slow this morning...but oh so happy inside
some phine reviews so far...the Mr., our Chicago friend, and myself took some guesses for openers as we were waiting for the skies to open; I went with the safe bet: jam. geeezzz, I was right, go figure ...and a fine opening jam if I do say so!!!! I agree that Walrus got the crowd moving (some hearty "goo goo ga goobs!")...though did anyone else notice that the entire back two sections in the lower deck were sitting down the ENTIRE time. un-believ-able!
anyway, the two new songs were great...harder to get the heavy dancin' groove going when you are less familiar with the songs, but still kickin'. The jam after Rock n Roll had two parts: a really hard, drivin' thumpin' jam then very spacy--noodley but with severe structure at the same time. Very cool. and Jimmy was IT! The Mr. had wanted a Sunshine opener, but having it nestled in the set was just PHINE! ah, Wharf Rat. Warren sang that song from the heart last night...it was beautiful. The first time I saw that song live was GD at the Met Center in 1987--bawled my eyes out. Last night just let the vibe flow, envelope...good stuff, maynard! Midnight got some of the pure Allman's fans moving a bit, then a roaring Mason's to sign off. The Phililoquy was quite fun last night...a bit more casual, perhaps? still, so good to see Phil spreading the good words. Soulshine was lovely, as my soul was shining brightly!
I LOVED having the Target Center cut in half...way intimate and I could easily see the whole quintet! Anyone else kind of chilly though? it seemed like they kept cranking the AC...an oddity considering my body's state at the time
Allman's: one word, "SMOKIN'"
ok, another thought: I think Derek really lays it down thick with the Allman's...more so than on his own. I saw him at New Years, and while enormously talented and playin' some great tunes, it seemed more like he was at a recital than laying it down. last night, he was horizontal!!!!!!
Ran into Dmamma and Dpappa after the show...total chance, since everyone's seats were changed due to the stage change. very nice to touch base after such a fun evening!
Phil & Friends at home is certainly a treat. Having a late start to the show, we missed the jam opener, but made it just in time for Dear Mr.Fantasy. Warren does a splendid job w/ vocals on this Brent tune! I am still humming Dear Mr.Fantasy, as it's one of my P&F favorites!!!
The jam out of fantasy & into New Potato was a nice surprise. Phil's vocals were right on for this tune! New Potato>Walrus was sweet. Walrus did seem to liven up the audience. As I will honestly say, they really needed it. The crowd participation during Walrus was was fun. Those of you that don't like the NFA chanting may not have dug it;*)
The jams between New Potato>Walrus>Real Thing, for me, were slow & somewhat lacking direction. Very spacey..The transitions weren't real smooth, but when they'd bust into the next tune, the energy picked up.
Real Thing was a nice mellow tune w/ potential. Very Allman Bros sounding. I enjoyed RR Blues, & the jamming through that was sweet. They're just getting started w/ the new tunes. There's alot of room in there for some killer jams. They will evolve into something greater, that's for sure! :*)
The jam out of RR Blues was SICK, I tell ya! SICK!! It started out somewhat mellow. I heard a China Doll tease at the beginning of the jam, then it picked up speed & smooth sailing into HCSS. Robs vocals were HOT! He was full of energy & smiles, really having a great time. Deadicatedpapa was pleasantly surprised when I called the Warf Rat out of HCSS. Sometimes all it takes is one little lick & you hear it.
Warf Rat... Was magnificent!!!!! Warf Rat is one of those Jerry tunes that would be difficult for many to cover, but Warren does it justice. He's got such a beautiful voice that flows soooo smoothly through Jerry's music.... Warf Rat was sweet, but, Warren could have taken the notes a step higher.
Hearing Warf Rat gave me this overwhelming rush of Jerry's presence. I hadn't been to the Target Ctr. since JGB 11/24/91. Jerry's last show there was breathtaking w/ a "Wonderful World" encore. Warf rat brought back those beautiful memories.
Midnight hour was rockin. The first licks sound like they could bust Hog For You Baby. Hopefully someday soon. I love that 'ol Pigpen tune! Mason's children got all the old school heads up & boogien down.
The band left the stage, then returned for the intro & doner rap, which is always heart warming.
Soulshine ended the night w/ P&F. They're going to take that tune far.
The show was short & sweet, but One set of Phil isn't enough for me. IMO, P&F didn't want to out shine the Allmans & seemed to be holding back somewhat. Our seats were Phil/Warren side just 8 rows up lower level. Viewing was good, although there was a speaker blocking Phil or Warren some of the time. Wouldn't you know it, we left in such a rush we forgot the camera in the car. Could have gotten some sweet pictures.
The audience I'm sorry to say kind of sucked. During P&F about 15% of the people all around the lower levels were standing, some of them dancing. Nothing like a bunch of bumps on a log to lower the energy level. We danced the entire time, & tried to give the people behind us room to see from their seats. It was nice to have a few folks join our section that wanted to boggie down. I have another complaint. Sorry to rant, but I don't feel the need to sugar coat what it was like in there last night. Up until about Midnight Hour, people were chatting away. The chatting was louder than the Music!!!! It was like a chorus of chatter boxes. Even HCSS, was taken over by chatting! Pissed me off. No respect for the music. Then some drunken middle age fools yelling at people that were dancing to sit down. Saying, things like, "sit down asshole!" A fight almost broke out between one & a bro who was dancing.
The Allmans came on & 90% of the people were standing. The talking stopped. People actually started dancing. It was obvious that most people were there to see the Allmans.
The Allmans sounded good. But it was way mellow, & to have them "After" P&F rather than before was kind of a buzzkill. Although their light show was very psychedelic. The screan had marbelized spiraling, trippy, melting,colors. Dancing mushrooms w/ faces. They looked like little orientel shrooms. Very cool. But, we got bored, & headed out to drink some beers & look for friends.
There was no scene what-so-ever outside the Target Ctr. in downtown Mpls. No Shakedown. Lots of bars though, so we headed across the street for a couple drinks before heading home. We ran into some nice heads selling the beautiful Jerry t's that my man had on. I had bought it from them a couple years ago at Alpine. So we got to talking. Then this homey walks up to me, & offers me coke if I leave my man. That's the city for ya!
Short & Sweet..... I'm ready for more Phil!! :*)
Mr & Mrs PPhunk, it was a pleasure running into you! See you tonight at the Twins! Thanks for the tix Mr.P!!
Robert, I didn't read your post w/ your seat # until today, or we would have looked for you too!
Nice reviews so far! :*)
Thanks for the reviews. There has always been a little uneasy brotherhood between Dead fans and Allman fans, sort of a sibling rivalry. As a kid I saw them together several times (Hartford, NYC, Watkins Glen, RFK) The better shows were the unannounced ones. The twin bills always had a little un-neccessary competitive edge to them. The other thing, no matter who it is or where, a first band rarely gets full attention over the closer. BTW, Dear Mr. Fantasy is a classic song by Traffic (Steve Winwood & Co.)
Easywind, you got it.. I didn't make the trip to Wisconsin for yet another one set show. I'm wondering if the double bill here in MN is because lack of Phil fans. Perhaps they needed the Allmans to fill more seats? The Target Ctr. was 1/2 full.
Two years ago at Alpine Valley w/ WSP, Dylan & Phil, we got a one set show also. These double bills aren't as common out east & west. Do we have a lack of heads in the midwest to fill the venues? I would much rather have seen Phil in a smaller, more intimate venue like the Orpheum. Minnesota needs to build a new ampitheater.
>>>BTW, Dear Mr. Fantasy is a classic song by Traffic (Steve Winwood & Co.)
Yes it is... In Grateful Dead land, it's a Brent tune. :*)
>>Yes it is... In Grateful Dead land, it's a Brent tune. :*)
some of us older heads remember it as a Jerry tune first though.