Thank You! GDTSTOO & Phil, for the Front Row ticket to see Phil at the Fox (Orch. Pit 3, Row 1, Seat 113)! Can't wait to take another trip into The Phil Zone! I hope it's going to be just as good as the last time Phil was in St. Louis. He played an unbelievable show at the Riverport Amphitheatre (four Viola Lee Blues)! Don't miss this show folks, it's going to be a hot one! For more info on The Fox Theatre, log on to > www.fabulousfox.com Peace, Uncle John
damn straight....The Fox is a wonderful venue...,hell the dead tried to buy it a long time ago. Phil has some big shoes to Phill thanks to his last show here. The July "Viola" show was awesome. I am so psyched about this. DO NOT MISS THIS ONE. Check out ticket availability. If you haven't seen a show at the Fox in st. louis, you will enjoy the ornate and elaborate detail...not to mention it drives the staff bonkers to fill this Opera house with stinky hippies. God love ya.
Riverport smoked and this should be even smokier!!!!!!cuz the smaller the venue the more intimate the experience.Im sittin here with 5 ftp windows open,steadily pullin in shows from some etradin' buddies of mine(120 gigs of GD and countin'!) and whatchin some video footage from some shows i went to in the early nineties and i tried to think of what was goin thru my head at the time.Well i knew the last thing was that this whole deal was almost over, that foremost!But my first show since the first furthur in atlanta in 96 was at riverport this summer and I'll tell ya it lighted a spark thats been extinguished for 5 years now and I LOVE IT!!!!!!!THANK YOU PHIL!!!!
Anyone got a crisp copy of the Sandstone show from July that followed the Riverport show? Gotta get that Dark Star...
Anyway, hope to see everyone at the Fox, as I haven't been there since Neil Young played there in 91, and I need a Phil Phix.
I'll be in the second row, the guy with the long hair, tie dye, and beard. Can't miss me, but I miss all of you.
Get Phil to play Cosmic Charlie tonight!!!!
T Minus 8 hrs...who all is going tonight. I is gonna be cool...dress warm.....US BLUES would go over huge here..... ST. L.....can't wait till tonuight.
I'm so amped I could raze this cube farm and poop in the big boss man's hat... really, it could happen if I don't hear some PhilF soon!!!
Ken Kesey is Critically ill.
Please send your good show vibes to Ken tonight. He is a brother and without him none of this beautiful stuff would have happened. (He used proceeds from Cuckoo's Nest to fund the first acit tests.
What did the Phish say to the dead head?..........."I just don't get it."
Built To Last
Get Together >
China Cat >
Mini Mountain Jam (Hill Jam if you will ... ) >
Molehill jam if it was really short
thanks for cosmic phil tonight!!!!
Set 2: Jam > Golden Road, Doin' That Rag > Stoned Me > Lovelight > Cosmic Charlie > I Am The Walrus > Cosmic Charlie, E: Not Fade Away
KY. Tonight....Here it comes!!!!
Cosmic charlie sandwich ... sweet
who has reviews of last night did no one go. sounds li a real high energy show.
smokin set and my cumberland opener is looking good for tonight
damm missed the walrus again
how many dead heads does it take to screw in a light bulb
1 to screw it in
6 to watch it burn
and 3 to follow it around till its burnt out
see ya tonite
Hey Now! Phil is so nice I'm going to see him twice! Smokin' show last night at The Fox! Great music, great people and most important great vibes! Who ever came to visit me in the 1st Row, I'm sorry I missed you. You can see me tonight at the Louisville Palace Theatre (Balcony 3, Row L, Seat 3). Peace! Uncle John
What about a review? Uncle John, someone?
Smokin' Show! Thanks Quintet. The Jam between Unbroken and Built To Last definitely had a Fire melody to it so I think it should be listed as Fire Jam.
My heart and light go out to Kesey and Harrison. I hope they both get well soon.
One of the Salts of the Earth
C'mon someone, i'm ready for a full review: the setlist looks sweet, who was there?
thank you PHIL and PHRIENDS, the show was one of the hottest shows yet, that PHIL and these guys have done. The venue brought out the highest energy I've ever seen from these guys. And I've seen some energy. It all started with the UNBROKEN CHAIN opener. It was like a complete show in the first set. I was wanting first set encore. LOL. It was that crazy. For me the Built to LAST was the ticket to ride in the first set. Just beautifully done by Warren. The second set opener GOLDEN ROAD was just what I was looking for. Look at that girl just barefootin along,smokin'. Had me spinning down the aisle across the front and back up the aisle. It was out of control. I am the WALRUS was perfectly placed amongst all the great sounds. This venue in my opinion is one of the hottest venues in the country. The music played the band this night folks. Take my word, this band is just getting started. I would also like to thank CANDICE BRIGHTMAN for the spectacular light show. During the end of Celebrationl, the whole venue had this sparkling aura. It was kind of like fairy dust was just blown in the air, and the lights were hitting every little speckle. If that doesn't describe how the whole night was than you should of been there. See you next time PHIL we love you.
Hi all, look for a more inclusive review from me soon, but I just got back from louisville and am really tired! One of the overriding imprssions I had from this show was the incessant buzz from the PA. It was entirely noticiable the entire show, very much more so during the lower volume passages. I even had to ask the soundman after the first set if that was something we just had to live with or is it fixable - he said he was trying to figure that out. I said to suggest the band not play anything slow so the buzz wouldn't kill the slow tempo tunes (it was really that bad). The answer ended up being that we had to live with it the whole show. Now I had a blast the whole show, but when fans pay $40 a ticket and drive 650 miles as I did - to have a faulty PA is really inexcusable. I'm curious if this problem resurfaces (it was gone in louisville) - if it does reappear, I'd personally think twice about travelling to see them. I'm not a super-techhie at all, and I hope I'm not too harsh, but it really was that bad and noticible.
The lot outside was in full schwing for this show. I didn't see one hassel or cop in the area at all. Phil started about 15 minutes late and sliped into things with a nice jam. My seats were about 20 rows back on the far left side right in front of the stacks. One thing I noticed right away was that there was a major negative ground loop in the system that was causing a VERY annoying buzz. We moved back to the center section isle for some good barefoot carpet dancing 2nd set and the buzz wasn't as noticeable. Anyway the jam slipped into Unbroken Chain which was played pretty well. The buzz was killing the music though. Built to Last was great to hear. China>Rider was great and somewhere in there my friend and I high fived in anticipation for a Fire which never appeared. I saw Chitown and The Fox and this set was lagging pretty hard to me. The sound was a big part of that. So setbreak comes on. We explored every inch of The Fox Theater!!! This place is AMAZING! I felt like I was in an Indiana Jones movie ... rounding corners and climbing stairs and finding new carvings and windows and old man organ players up in the high turretts. WAY FUN set break. We met up with some friends for 2nd set. GoldenRoad was smokin'!! Great song to jam to. NFA and Lovelight were the other stand outs. Before the encore Phil came out and pretty much appoligized for not playing at The Fox for soooooooo many years. "This place is so amazing ... I really can't believe that we haven't been back here for so long and I don't know why either". Jimmy and Warren played great together. Rob did a great job with the vocals on Doin' That Rag. Walrus was nasty and evil and placed in the day glow sandwich perfectly. I also have to add that the way the whole band hugs after each set is VERY cool, and warms my heart every time. They know that each set is a moment to create a higher level and good feeling that dancing and exchanging energy between the band crowd allows and they seem to treasure it. Warren is the man! His stage prescence is amazing and his voice is great. Chitown was better for me, but every show is relative to the participant and I walked away from both of them with a renewed sense of love for my brothers and sister, and a recharched soul from dancing my ass off. Cheers everyone! Here's to my first post!
Ahhhhhh the fabulous Fox. With it's ornate and eye popping decor. The accoustics here are usually wonderful. On Fri night they were great accept for that low level buzzing noise (we were sitting just in front of the suspended speakers on the right side of the stage...maybe others could not hear it). Either way, I didn't think it was much of a problem. Before the show, someone asked in the restroom how long it had been since the Dead had played here. I answered that it had been almost thiry years. I wasn't around then, but they are legendary shows here in the gateway city.
As the boys came out, it was apparent that Phil was in good spirits and was beaming that great smile to all of us in the crowd (why did it take so long for the ligths to go down?) As they began the Jam with a bouncy feel and upbeat progression, the lights went out and the aisles filled with twirlers. The security was done for.
The jam was fun even though it was brief. It bounced then swung then flowed (with some space like noodeling from the guitars) into Unbroken Chain. GREAT VERSION of this. Wonderful start to the show. I loved it. The breakdown part was driven and allowed everyone to stretch out. Warren and Jimmy filled our heads with scorching solos and some awesome dual guitar attacks. After calming us back into the lyrical passages, Phil continued to sing with an apparantly much stronger voice. He sounded great.
Next up was Built to Last. Warren delivered an awesome version of this and proved he is human by reading most of the lyrics. The jam in the middle hinted heavily towards Fire. Was expecting to hear it, but it was just a tease. Waren put his own unique stamp on this and gave us the goods. I love this song and I am planning on dancing to this with my bride next month at our wedding. I thought at this time about Revs theory on themes. Was he back at the patriotic and pride theme. I was hoping so.
Get Together> Celebration were nice and had the whole audience singing "Come On People now..smile on your brother..." We were still stumped when it started for a second as the buzzing overtook Phils vocals a bit.
China Cat was read to a T and the whole audience seemed to buzz with the anticipation of Rider as the Jam progressed. It gradually turned into Mtn. Jam for a while. I was in awe. Phil drove a heavy locomotive on this one. Warren and Jimmy ripped this to pieces much as they had at the Fox ABB show thi summer...then suddenly it was Rider. The whole band sang and slowed it appropriately for the Jerry Headlight verse as the crowd sang along.
Setbreak was long but provided Greg and I a chance to meet up with some friends. Good time here. Thanks for the Brownies Lawrence Ks.
The opening Jam of the second set flowed easily into Golden Road. This was awesome. Phil glowed as he delivered this one to us. Rob sang wonderfully and with a sense of confidence on Doin that Rag which flowed into the Van Morrison Classic "and it stoned me" which warren made seem as if it were his own. I sang along to this one. A deff. favorite of mine. Jimmy and Rob added some nice work to this one as well. I was impressed all night with Jimmy. Warren captured me as usual. As the jam headed into a mind spinning plethera of options. Suddenly a heavy upbeat familiar blues bassline came through loud and clear. Lovelight! Warren owns this song, like I always knew he could. He conjured up images of Piggy singin his ass off on this one. As he whaled "A little bit higher...a little bit higher" you could feel the tone change and before we knew it, we were in the swing of Cosmic Charlie. I remembered someone requesting this one on here the other day. I sang my ass off on this one and the allready amazing energy in the room seemed to double. During the Jam, Greg looks at me and says "Walrus?" I shook my head. I was wrong..."I am the Walrus!" AWESOME...Phil smiled his ass off on this one too. The last slice was added to the sandwich with Cosmic Charlie and the Accapella closing. The boys hugged and bowed and disapeared into the darkness.
As they emerged for the encore, i just knew it would be US Blues.
Phil spoke for a sec and before talking about blood donors and organ donors, he litteraly appoligized for not playing there in 30 years: "I have no idea why we ever stopped playing here. This is wonderful"
Alas, i was wrong about the US Blues call..instead we got Not Fade Away. Although a bit predictable and already been done to death, this was an energetic version that left all of us clapping ...bomp bomp bomp..ba bomp bomp..."No Our Love Will NOT FADE AWAY!!!" The guitar and rhythm section work here was great.
After a few mins. of the clap and call tactic, the lights came up and "what a wonderful world" began. Awesome show, awesome energy, and a wonderful venue. Thanks Phil
I will be travelling up to the show at Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, CT on the 20th. It will take long bus rides to get there, but it will be my first Phil show. I am pretty excited about it. I was wondering if anyone is going? Or if not, if anyone is familiar with any inexpensive campgrounds in that area? I would appreciate it! I am looking forward to the experience.
Hey Now! Thanks Phil for the excellent show! Loved the Unbroken Chain to open the show. The song sounded better than ever! That was a nice Fire Jam before Built To Last. The Get Together was a pleasant surprise (come on people smiling on your brother everybody get together right now)! The next song, Celebration, was for Phil, celebrating his return to The Fox Theatre after almost thirty years (Phil's last show at The Fox 10/19/72). What a way to end the 1st set with China Cat > I Know You Rider. I think the Dead only did this a couple of times to end the 1st set. To start the 2nd set, Phil and I played "Name That Tune" (I had 1st row seats) I named Golden Road in three notes. I could read Phil's lips and he said to me "man you named that song quick". I took a toke break during Doin' That Rag. I came back to my seat just in time to hear a very sweet And It Stoned Me. I switched seats with my friend Mike during Lovelight. I could see the set list from my front row seat so I knew what was coming next. The boys played a very tasty sandwich of Cosmic Charlie > I Am The Walrus > Cosmic Charlie. The crowd went nuts over the Encore: Not Fade Away to end the show! I hope everyone enjoyed the show as much as I did. Peace! Uncle John
I think the Unbroken Chain was the most cohesive version of the song i have ever heard from start to finish. Somehow the jam/extension in the middle before it goes back into the "Lilac Rain" verse has always sounded a little "lost" but not this night to my ears. I could hear the song all the way through and didn't feel like i was listening to everyone trying to figure out what to do. That sort of set me up for the rest of the night and I came away feeling like the whole band had grown since summer. It seemed like everyone knew their places, parts, boundaries and when, how & where to venture out more than before. Maybe it is my growing familiarity with this quintet. I only saw them twice this summer and this will be my only show this fall as far as i know but after many listens to the soundboard out there I think these guys are going in a very positive direction. I keep kinda wondering if maybe they will adopt a new name to sort of cement this entity and maybe add a little more definition & descriptiveness to who these guys are together. Maybe not..Hey a question .. who was the original artist of the song "Get Together?" I can hear it but it seems like it must have been one hit wonder band or something. Somebody suggested Buffalo Springfield but it can't be. Ok Bye - Never mind .. got it Jesse Colin Young /Youngbloods OK Bye
cosmic charlie sent me to the moon
Thanks Dan, Mike, Rodney and everyone else who helped put this show on the tour...it rocked.
St Louis Friday 11/9/01: Length: 76’/99’ Rating: 8.5 First theatre show of tour. Fox Theatre has quite a Grateful Dead legend to it, since they wanted to buy it as a permanent venue in 1972 after playing there 10/18&19/72. The Fox lives up to its reputation, incredibly ornate, restored to every detail, staffed by volunteers. The blue backlit stage sides and sky above complete the architectural theme. Every wall, doorway, etc., covered in carvings, paintings, etc. The restrooms consisted of a series of rooms, with one way in and out, the other 2 walls had recessed doors that mimiced a passageway. My seat ended up being about 12th row center, ideal. Security was tight at the door but not inside. Taping was going on everywhere, as long as the stand was kept at head level. The show started out with the leftover energy of Chicago’s first set. The opening jam into Unbroken had a pleasant balance of mellow energy and sound (at least from my close vantage). The song selection steered towards the middle of the road, not spectacular but not obnoxious. The Unbroken led to a really long, intense jam then into Built to Last nicely, then a pause. Get Together paired well with Celebration. After another pause, China-Rider to end the first set harkened back to vintage ‘70’s GD. The second set continued with the unorthodox song placement. The Golden Road set opener was featured in the middle of long jamming themed around that song. Wow! This was one of my tour highlights, and all time favorite Golden Roads. This changed the whole context and setting of the song to make it a jam song instead of a set-closing rocker. The Road-themed jamming was very spanish steps-like. There was a Mountains of the Moon tease near the end of the jamming. This was PLQ experimentation at its best. The jam-concluding Doin that Rag jumped to Stone Me, then a pause. The Lovelight to start the final jam continued the unorthodox selection. Again, Lovelight reworked as a jam song worked really well, my favorite live Lovelight ever. The Cosmic-Walrus-Cosmic worked really well too, especially considering the opulent surroundings. The only thing missing was a Lovelight reprise after Cosmic, especially missing since the set was kind of short. My only other beef was a continual buzzing in the sound system throughout the second set, again seemingly coming from the left. The NFA encore capped off a mellow-themed nice little show in an incredible place. Jill had a great time in this place too. Only got to see the City of St Louis on the way out the next morning. Such is life on tour.
by Bill Fussner
Oh my goodness. That was the most incredible show I have ever seen. I must admit that I have come to appreciate the Dead's music only because Warren Haynes started playing it. Being an Allman Brothers and a Mule fan, I had to investigate this Phil Lesh dude and his band. I saw the Grateful Dead at Riverport Amphitheatre and then at Sandstone on the 4th of July a few years back, but it didn't get me at the time (or I didn't get it). Now I finally understood why my friend Brian followed them all over the place. The magic. This music is other-worldly and defies description. This Phil show was a spiritual outpouring and we all had church that night. I was overwhelmed by the sheer force of the improvisational playing and the stretched out jams. I was hoping for an Unbroken Chain and a Chinacat and was not disappointed. It was if they assembled the first setlist just for me. If anyone can get a copy of this show please e-mail me!
The PLQ needs to be seen at every opportunity. They rule and are KING of the jam bands!
This show was amazing and I need a copy of it badly! PLEASE e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help out! Hey, I got hooked up!
thanks crazy john!