11-21-01 Boston, MA

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By john adams (Jerrykd) on Friday, November 09, 2001 - 11:25 pm: Edit Post

Going to boston from pa and can't wait...hope to see a lot of heads...keep on rolling...peace


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By dan forman (Dforman) on Sunday, November 11, 2001 - 07:18 pm: Edit Post

I need a ride up from Philly, anyone going???


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By dan forman (Dforman) on Sunday, November 11, 2001 - 07:25 pm: Edit Post

One question, where are we gonna chill before the show? Any lots around there?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Cryptical (Cryptical) on Monday, November 12, 2001 - 12:00 pm: Edit Post

The Orpheum is right on the cusp of Guvmint Centah...
the Boston Common is right across the street..


As far as places to booze it up or eat....you got the Hub Pub, Littlest Bar in Boston and about
25 other eateries and bars farther down towards the theatre district.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By dan forman (Dforman) on Monday, November 12, 2001 - 12:20 pm: Edit Post

The common eh? will people be chilling out there all afternoon, if its not freezing out of course, maybe some people selling glass?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dan Cormier (Boogie909) on Tuesday, November 13, 2001 - 12:38 am: Edit Post

Hey....The Orpheum scene is pretty scetchy. There are a lot of cops..but no one can stop our fun! Should be a cold day out...see you in the Common!(Across the Street!)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By patrick elston (Bostonian) on Tuesday, November 13, 2001 - 11:20 am: Edit Post

Unfortunately the scene at the Orpheum is never what you'd expect at a Phil show. Every time I go to Orpheum shows it seems everyone is just hanging out by Burger King right next door to the venue, which makes any exchanges sketchy and hurried.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Clancy Whigham (Tweeker) on Tuesday, November 20, 2001 - 01:15 pm: Edit Post

Bring it on Phil


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Cryptical (Cryptical) on Tuesday, November 20, 2001 - 03:59 pm: Edit Post

Where you boozing it up pre show Tweeker?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By david r. jancy (Drjancy) on Tuesday, November 20, 2001 - 10:27 pm: Edit Post

How is the shakedown at the Orpheum?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jim Frawley (Frimjolly) on Tuesday, November 20, 2001 - 10:45 pm: Edit Post

Hey, Folks! The Orpheum Theater has decided that terrorists now target concert goers! There is a complete pat down to get in, with hand held metal detectors! The attitude is respectful, but jock anything that you want to get in, and don't make it metal! Also no knapsacks allowed. - Frim


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jim Frawley (Frimjolly) on Tuesday, November 20, 2001 - 10:47 pm: Edit Post

To add a positive note: I always have positive experiences at this theatre. The hangouts are bars, but they are good ones! - Frim


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Cryptical (Cryptical) on Wednesday, November 21, 2001 - 08:56 am: Edit Post

T minus 6 hours and counting


RIP IT A NEW ASS WITH A VIOLA OPENER!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Clancy Whigham (Tweeker) on Wednesday, November 21, 2001 - 09:07 am: Edit Post

ALLIGATOR!!!!, not sure where the pre-show is, probably one of the bars just to the left of the Orpheum. Bring it on Phil!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Clancy Whigham (Tweeker) on Wednesday, November 21, 2001 - 09:25 am: Edit Post

Here's the list for tonight (????)

I.
Jam>
Dark Star>
Cumberland
Pride of C>
Stronger than Dirt>
Bertha>
Masons Children

II.
Alligator>
Jam>
China>
Rider Jam>
Eleven>
Hard to Handle
Stella Blue
E. Get Together>
Rider


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Cory J Laird (Lairdscamp420) on Wednesday, November 21, 2001 - 09:56 am: Edit Post

Tonights the night....
No Shakedown since Burlington 11-16.....
Cant believe I have to work until 5pm..Then straigrt to the Bean Town Pub.
Clocks a tickin'..


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Clancy Whigham (Tweeker) on Wednesday, November 21, 2001 - 10:44 am: Edit Post

I have to work until 5 also, what the f*ck! Its thanksgiving, have a heart, well as a retaliation Im gonna start doing Jack and Cokes at noon, workplace beware!!!! Let the Good Times Roll!!!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Cryptical (Cryptical) on Wednesday, November 21, 2001 - 11:09 am: Edit Post

Viola Lee tonight, hands down.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Andrew J. Haigney (Drewcat) on Wednesday, November 21, 2001 - 11:29 am: Edit Post

Yo, Yo,... Chico Wendt, see you at the Beantown Pub, pre-show. I'll be with the Dirty Birdie, Dayton & "The Hippie". Tonight & Saturday...


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Cory J Laird (Lairdscamp420) on Wednesday, November 21, 2001 - 12:05 pm: Edit Post

>Viola Lee Blues....
God I hope so.
The Judge decreed it, the Clerk he wrote it down.
Lets hope Phil or Warren writes it down on tonites set list.
>Tweeker, Yes, good call on the Jack and Cokes, If I'm gonna be stuck inside these 4 wall till 5pm I'm gettin BANGED UP.
7hrs to go.....


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Clancy Whigham (Tweeker) on Wednesday, November 21, 2001 - 12:47 pm: Edit Post

Nice


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Cryptical (Cryptical) on Wednesday, November 21, 2001 - 01:00 pm: Edit Post

If the man lets me outta here early, Littlest Bar in Boston for jack and cokes Tweek...

meet me there

they serve em strong


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Peten (Peten) on Wednesday, November 21, 2001 - 01:24 pm: Edit Post

Mmmmm...Jaack aand coookes...Aaaaaaggghh...


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By David Buckingham (Boxorain) on Wednesday, November 21, 2001 - 01:47 pm: Edit Post

hey guys - two more hours of work.... woo hoooo!
Phil in beantown!


what time is phil going to come on?

Dave


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Cryptical (Cryptical) on Wednesday, November 21, 2001 - 02:01 pm: Edit Post

probably 8 if the ticket says 7:30 and the Big O wants them outta there by 11 or so


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By OBIE O'Brien (Obie) on Wednesday, November 21, 2001 - 02:30 pm: Edit Post

This should be a great show. i was just down at the theater getting a photo of the marquee, they just finished unloading the truck. there will be a complete search going in, and the security get to keep what they find so they are very thorough, there is no smoking at all in the theater, you'll be evicted. about 30 minutes after the show starts you can go outside the front door and smoke in a small area surrounded by cops and security. even in the winter it is very hot inside and claustrophobic.
all that aside it's always been one of my favorite places to see a concert.
if you walk up tremont st past the beantown pub there is a small street that has a couple little alleys suitable for preshow preparation.
i'll be wearing a JGB tiedye, the one with the dripping sugar cube on the back, no i don't have any extra ;)
come up and say high.

OBIE


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Clancy Whigham (Tweeker) on Wednesday, November 21, 2001 - 02:43 pm: Edit Post

I dont know what my slaveowners are doing, but I just scored 6 nips of Jack on Lunch break, and I am ready to start cranking tunes from the cpu. f this job, need to getinto town. I will get to the littlest Bar pre show, i've got to


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Cryptical (Cryptical) on Wednesday, November 21, 2001 - 03:31 pm: Edit Post

Sounds good...


tonight we go old school like it should be!


rock with your cocks out!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Cory J Laird (Lairdscamp420) on Wednesday, November 21, 2001 - 03:57 pm: Edit Post

On my 2nd c-tail here at work..
Thanks for the idea Tweek.
Freakin out....
Get me the F oudda here....
45 min to go.....
So what will it be? Beantown pub or the Hub Pub for preshow libations?

p.s. If you hear some freak yellin Yahtzee tonite..thats Whitetooth....he's mint.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Cryptical (Cryptical) on Wednesday, November 21, 2001 - 04:08 pm: Edit Post

Littlest Bar

dirty, dingy, cramped....and the booze flows freely


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Cory J Laird (Lairdscamp420) on Wednesday, November 21, 2001 - 04:11 pm: Edit Post

My kinda joint....


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Clancy Whigham (Tweeker) on Wednesday, November 21, 2001 - 04:45 pm: Edit Post

Still here, good buzz at least. Can't be too much longer now....Help>Slip>Phil


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By sjf (Irisguy) on Wednesday, November 21, 2001 - 11:25 pm: Edit Post

so far..From the Live Chat...

Set 1:
Cold Rain and Snow
King Soloman's Marbles
Patchwork Quilt
Here Comes Sunshine>
Keep on Growin'>
Uncle Johns Band>
Keep on Growin'

Set 2:
Jam>Celebration>
Blue Sky>
Crazy Fingers>
Lovelight w/Susan Tedeschi
Masons Children


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By mjp (Matyp2001) on Thursday, November 22, 2001 - 12:33 am: Edit Post

what time did the show start? did it start on time? How long did it take to get inside?

how tight was security getting in and inside tonight? anybody able to have a little smoke inside during the show? people getting kicked out for having a little j? just wondering what to expect on friday night. thanks for any help/advice!!!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Torrey (Crazyfinger) on Thursday, November 22, 2001 - 07:01 am: Edit Post

ooh-smokin'--so tired I couldn't keep up after Lovelite. I am not much of a Sue Tedeschi fan but they were on fire when she was out there. Cool crowd (for the most part) and lax security was nice....See y'all on zee weekend-gazizza-


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Wade Rubinstein (Wade) on Thursday, November 22, 2001 - 07:34 am: Edit Post

That was an intense experience. From the enddless journey Cold Rain opener to the resounding closing chord of Not Fade Away, the band was a tremendous jamming machine. The connection with the audience was amazing.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Torrey (Crazyfinger) on Thursday, November 22, 2001 - 07:47 am: Edit Post

yes


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ken H (Newphlfan) on Thursday, November 22, 2001 - 08:19 am: Edit Post

Just a little note from the perspective of a first timer at a phil show. WOW thats all i can say.I was totally blown away by the whole scene.
From the opening till the end Phil and company keep on Truckin on down the road of unlimited devotion to there fans.They completely wipe the floor with you..From the beats of Phil's bass to the earsplitting whammimg of Warren these guys are all business...Sign me up for the next 2 here in beantown cause these guys kicked ASS!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Torrey (Crazyfinger) on Thursday, November 22, 2001 - 08:44 am: Edit Post

hey mjp- no probs with the smokes- fire away hope yer sittin' near me. As far as start time goes, I got in line outside at 730 and had plenty of time to hit the stinky Orpheum latrine before go-time. have fun and word to the peeps


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Proton Decay (Protondecay123) on Thursday, November 22, 2001 - 10:06 am: Edit Post

Security was the tightest I have ever seen at the Orpheum. They actually made me empty one of my pockets with my keys and work id. Inside was extremely tough. Some older female constantly shined a flashlight in my face and asked to see what was in my hands. I wasn't smoking or anything. She just thought I was because I had by hands folded under my armpits. She also went by me twice to make people in the middle of the row stop smoking, and they were being discreet, by sitting down, etc. I saw about three people get escorted out of the show for what I do not know. I would be careful, very careful. The incessant interuptions by the security for real/imagined violations really put a downer on the trip/experience.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Torrey (Crazyfinger) on Thursday, November 22, 2001 - 10:30 am: Edit Post

yikes man--where the hell were you sittin'?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Cory J Laird (Lairdscamp420) on Thursday, November 22, 2001 - 10:31 am: Edit Post

Great show from what I can remember...(Ouch) although the 2nd set was a bit of a bore.
Security was non existant, for me anyway..not even patted down goin in. Smoked all nite, no hastles.
Bring on the Bird
Bring on the Shakedown St. Phil, dont even think of savin it for NY (again)
See ya'll Friday nite.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By ms jill (Ho4phil) on Thursday, November 22, 2001 - 10:50 am: Edit Post

Proton I believe I know the chick of which you speak...short greyish hair & glasses? Let's hope all the turkey from today makes her too lethargic to nazi out for the weekend shows...otherwise ya had to stealth to smoke, upper balcony is the mama's womb of safety; everywhere else you are taking your chances.

Otherwise the show was pretty mofo Philnomenol... thank you Ruby 10,000 times over!!!!! Let everyone else describe it; i'll just say *aces*

(:


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By ms jill (Ho4phil) on Thursday, November 22, 2001 - 10:55 am: Edit Post

& good to see the Beantown boys~thanks for schwillin' me on the *dank Bud* Cryppy~Bosphan & Li'l Bro: always, always a pleasure (Stylie Passes-n-all!!!)

MUCHAS gracias to Philophile, & to Justin for his toastie sweater (good luck w/ those opportunities!)

see ya this weekend (: AND, of course, let's go Yankees (just 4 u, matty)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By mjp (Matyp2001) on Thursday, November 22, 2001 - 11:06 am: Edit Post

sounds like a pretty mixed review of the security... (upper bacony, eh?) but it sounds like phill is still going solid. saw him this summer and I'm looking forward to seeing him friday. what is a "sold out" crowd at the Orpeum like? My first time there...


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Torrey (Crazyfinger) on Thursday, November 22, 2001 - 11:14 am: Edit Post

msjill is right, Maybe I just had a good spot last night, but the balcony is usually cool fer puffin. Hope I don't bump into this Nazi grandma you folks speak of. I'll be on ze lookout.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Clancy Whigham (Tweeker) on Thursday, November 22, 2001 - 11:24 am: Edit Post

WOW->what a rockin gig, it took off with Keep on Growing and never stopped, the Masons was out of this world. The Orpheum is great, but the tightness of set II was beyond the norm., they were shreading off each other. No probs w/ security at all, you can rage the balcony there.
Gobble Gobble more details later.
Note: this band gets better and better


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By David Hale (Wavydavy) on Thursday, November 22, 2001 - 12:00 pm: Edit Post

GBrown>
I'm sooooo bummed I didn't make the odyssey to the Orpheum from K'zoo w/you. will u ever forgive me. Phil punished me bro'! Keep on Growin'! yEAH!!!!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By chris belskis (Chrisb) on Thursday, November 22, 2001 - 12:23 pm: Edit Post

Wed. nite was solid from start to end. Keep on Growin' > UJB > Growin' was one of the finest musical moments I've heard in a long time. Beautiful vocal arrangements on Growin'(This is an old E. Clapton tune that the Dead did sporadically in the mid-1980's.) Rocking Calypso beat on the Uncle John's intro and jams. They completely raged on Blue Sky! and Mason's Children. An absolutely melting Crazy Fingers. Yikes!
Did people notice the Love and perseverance oriented theme of last night's song selection? (Thanks to Susan for belting out Lovelight!)
Here comes Phil and Friends bringing the Love back through Boston to New York. Thanks Guys and Happy Thanksgiving! The East Coast needs the healing of your music.
Show Notes: Security was tight getting in but very polite. Get there early, there is a wait to get in. (alot of people were late) Inside the scene was chill! Sorry, to hear about peoples experience with the harsh woman downstairs. Did people catch Phil and Warren discussing the sway of the balcony after the first set? Can't wait until Friday :)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dewit (Dewit) on Thursday, November 22, 2001 - 02:06 pm: Edit Post

Excuse me while I laugh out loud. Security, what security? None. The grey haired lady was looking for my phone for two hours, so they couldn't have been kinder to me.

I had mucho on my mind last night, but the music prevailed. One of my faves for sure, setlist, execution etc. Got to hang with friends from SF which is rare inside a show.

JMoore, nice to meet. There is nothing boring, tedious or redundant about this show, although I am alone in that opinion. Oh well. TC, you are going to dig this one.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By dan forman (Dforman) on Thursday, November 22, 2001 - 02:16 pm: Edit Post

WOW! Lots of fun. This show was all about the jamming, although Susan Tedeschie definitely added a vocal element during lovelight, the way her and Warren went at it about 3/4 of the way through was beautiful to watch. Jimmy's fast 3-4 minute intro to Uncle Johns was incredible. You knew it was coming, but that fast??? Unbelievable. The Keep on Growing was nice even though Warren didnt know the words and got caught up in feedback problems once or twice. The jamming in and around Keep on Growing and Uncle Johns Band was absolutely phenomenal (except for the feedback). I liked the way that Warren and Jimmy traded off leading during the first set, Jimmy for Cold Rain and Snow and Warren for the end.
As for the second set, I already mentioned the lovelight, but the highlights were Blue Sky which the crowd clearly appreciated. So tired by the time Sugaree came around, wasn't sure how they were gonna keep me standing for the end of the set, but then they belted out a great closer (sugaree a great closer? who woulda thought?). SO much energy. Loved Warren's vocals for this one, and the band was all right on for the jamming.
Not Fade Away - great also.

See ya all friday hopefully.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By JD (Drunkeneagle) on Thursday, November 22, 2001 - 08:43 pm: Edit Post

happy thanksgiving. last night's show looks like another goody, i'd love to see some crazy fingers...

great thing about uncle john's is how phil band rocks it like no other, if there's one dead song this band puts a sweet new spin on, its ujb. eat turkey.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By david r. jancy (Drjancy) on Thursday, November 22, 2001 - 08:47 pm: Edit Post

what time was the show over last night?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dewit (Dewit) on Thursday, November 22, 2001 - 10:58 pm: Edit Post

Show over at 11:30. Long line for men to get in, none for women.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Wee (Philpats) on Friday, November 23, 2001 - 08:48 am: Edit Post

Can anybody tell me what time they went on stage? Thanks.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dewit (Dewit) on Friday, November 23, 2001 - 09:39 am: Edit Post

7:40


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Matt (Fingerz) on Friday, November 23, 2001 - 10:26 am: Edit Post

I hope a soundboard of this show eventually gets treed because it was hot, hot, hot! I think the first few numbers were nicely played, but I agree with other attendees that 'Keep On Growin' is where the show really took off. The second set found the band jamming like a steam engine freight train careening off the tracks, down a mountainside. The highlight for me was Susan Tedeschi (with child in tow) singing over an already blistering 'Lovelight'. I haven't screamed so loud at a concert in years. Anyone else?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By schnieder (Rob007) on Friday, November 23, 2001 - 04:22 pm: Edit Post

i have 2 tickets for saturdays show and are looking for 2 for tonite. anybody looking to trade ?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jim Frawley (Frimjolly) on Friday, November 23, 2001 - 05:49 pm: Edit Post

I've got to echo Matt's statements about the freight train and screaming. This was one for the ages. I wouldn't be surprised if this came to be known as "The Boston Thanksgiving Show." People will note it as exceptional. - Frim


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By schnieder (Rob007) on Friday, November 23, 2001 - 07:53 pm: Edit Post

never mind about the ticket trade - too late


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By tim (Jamminman) on Friday, November 23, 2001 - 09:49 pm: Edit Post

Is it true that tickets at the door are sold out?
I'll be bummin if i can't get in. Hope everybody's having a blast tonight.
Hope to see you all one more saturday night.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By OBIE O'Brien (Obie) on Saturday, November 24, 2001 - 11:22 am: Edit Post

i wrote this review after i got home from the show. i waited before i sent it, to see if i still felt the same way today, there was some minor editting.
[it was a very good show, over all. it was a great time seeing everyone and meeting a couple "new faces" from the trading community.]
sometimes i'm accused of being a bit cynical, i'll admit to jaded, on rereading, it is more like a misanthropes night at...

Phil & Friends 11.21.01
Orpheum Theater - Boston, MA

We had about a dozen people at the pre show at Fajita's and ritas. The scene was in full force on Tremont St as we made it to the show, there was even roving "ballon" venders on boston common, i've never seen that before. the police were quick to clear the area once the show started and cleaned out the area very quickly after the show.
The band seemed to be having a good time but appeared tired at some points, warren especially looked tired at times. they might have been having monitor problems, jimmy was way down in the mix for most of the show, and was talking to his tech and pointing at his equipment through out the show. Phil was a little muddy in the beginning but by the 3rd song it was better. there was some vocal feedback, but by the end it was gone. Molo was having fun and playing well, he Phil and Rob seem to be enjoying a very tight musical relationship at this point. there was a lot of interaction and most of the queues came from one of them, the guitarist would solo over the tight interplay of Phil, Molo and Rob. Warren did try to get Jimmy "dueling" a couple times but it was more like 2 people soloing at the same time and not really listening to each other.
from my seats "the whistler" did not appear to be at the show.
i sat next to a FOB rig w/ schoeps mics at about 7 feet up , but right on the main aisle, that was patched into a couple decks, and right above my head the balcony was lined with mics, there should be good AUDs of this show.

Set 1:
the band fooled us and did not start with jam, but instead went right into
Cold Rain and Snow>
Jam> ( i heard a lot of wheel hints and then a cosmic charlie intro tease that morphed into)
King Solomon's Marbles
Patchwork Quilt ( Warren seemed tired and this was not close to the version from jones beach this summer)
Here Comes Sunshine>
Keep on Growin'>
Uncle John's Band>
Keep on Growin'

This last section was great, the keep on growin' was very well played and the jamming was deep. The UJB was a nice touch, but the jam back into keep on growin' was the song highlight of the show. the keep on growin' was worth the price of admission itself, this song sandwich was very tasty.
during the intermission we chatted with our "peeps and buds" out front.
there is no smoking in the theater, so they let you stand outside the front door in a secure area.
there was general agreement that while the set was hot, warren was not.
the intermission seemed longer than usual, hopefully they were giving warren some coffee, red bull or something.

Set 2:
Jam>
Celebration>
Jam> (This was an incredible jam and my highlight of the 2nd set, very deep, i was thinking inside out dark star, and at one point they changed jam midstream, like the 9/20/91 slipknot> fire on the mtn.)
Blue Sky> ( i noticed warren went to an SG instead of the purple explorere he had been playing earlier, the tone was "different and not as sweet".)
Crazy Fingers (it was okay, i was never i big fan and this was always a bathroom break song for me. from the time the vocals start til they start the ending jam is usually just enough time to go and get back. i was also glad Rob sang more of it than Phil.)
Lovelight [with Susan Tedeschi & Warren on vocals] (this was sort of a buzz kill, IMHO she came out too early, she started the song and then stood onstage while the band ripped it up.after a long lovelight jam by the boys, she looked around and smiled at the band members and offstage crew, finally she started singing again. her and warren then traded vocals and had some very nice vocal interplay. i would have perferred if she walked out during the jam and then just finished the song, she seemed lost on stage during the early parts of the song. the ending was killer.)
Mason's Children (they played this 2 shows ago in Maine. Warren read the lyrics off the music stand. i didn't really like the sound of his SG all night and was glad when he went back to his explorer for Sugaree)
Sugaree ( i was already thinking about friday at this point, it reminded me of the old "throwing>away set closers in the 90's. sure you can dance to them but the band seemed to be on autopilot)

E: Not Fade Away (even this seemed to have a miscue or 2 and at the end they just sort of stopped)

we exited quickly and compared notes with friends across the street before parting into the cold evening air.
it was a very good show, but most people said it was the weakest of the 3 new england show to date, i wasn't there to compare.
it was not up to the level of playing of the shows i saw on summer tour, still it's better than anything else out there right now.
i found the jams between the songs to be the highlights of the show, once they decided to drop into the tunes it sounded less inspired.
Phil seems to be happy and well rested, he especially was enjoying the susan and warren lovelight interaction.
warren though looks like he needs a break, maybe a year of touring with 3 bands is starting to wear on him. i've seen him 12 times this year with all 3 bands, and this was not his usual level of participation.

i cant' wait for friday night's show!

OBIE


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Admin (Admin) on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 - 05:05 am: Edit Post

by Rob Turner

Phil Lesh and Friends returned to the Boston Orpheum last week and kicked off their three night stand with a solid, and at times inspiring performance. They chose to leap into a spirited "Cold, Rain and Snow" rather than their usual improvisational segment to kick off the performance, and I found myself immediately seduced by Jimmy Herring's brilliant lead guitar. Warren Haynes stepped up with a stirring lead of his own after Phil Lesh sang the first verse. Warren first coaxed moans out of his guitar with achingly held single notes, and then skillfully wound the music over to another Herring lead, during which Lesh and keyboardist Rob Barraco stepped up and helped to propel the band to a burst of instrumental energy. The second guitar break started with references to Garciaís familiar lead, but then developed into a distinctly Southern groove. I had not seen the band since August, but less than ten minutes into the show I was already "re-amazed" at the incredible chemistry that these five musicians have developed in just over a year of performance as a unit. Later in the song, Haynes quarterbacked the band through a section that developed from a whisper to a pounding climax. The band moved "CR&S" into the Blues For Allah instrumental chestnut "King Solomon's Marbles," which they performed with impressive precision. This song is for the hardcore Deadheads, as it is an intriguing composition, which The Dead rarely performed.

Haynes was soulfully commanding on arguably the most moving Garcia tribute song written to date, his "Patchwork Quilt," and Barraco handled the vocals for an uneven "Here Comes Sunshine," but the conclusion of the first set held some of the evening's most tantalizing moments. "HCS" unfolded into a jam that moved effortlessly from tasty jazzy explorations into the Derek and The Dominos classic "Keep On Growin'." The band delivered the strongest version of this that I have ever heard from them, with aggressive playing and some strong vocals from Barraco, Haynes and Lesh. After Lesh delivered a subtle cue with a familiar flurry of bass notes during the instrumental before the last lyric of "Growin'," Herring took charge with a stupendous, organized frenzy of lead guitar leading the band into "Uncle John's Band." Haynes would later guide the band back toward the end of "Keep On Growin'," in very crafty fashion.

The second set did begin with improvisation, which gave way to Robert Hunter's most recent burst of lyrical magnificence, "Celebration." This song is shamelessly uplifting with lyrics that speak to the need to appreciate life, and all that is yet to come for those willing to embrace joy. At one point, Jimmy Herring buoyed the positive lyrical energy with his shining lead guitar, displaying once again his stunning ability to simultaneously deliver warmth and edge. Barraco and Haynes each would step up and throw some of their paint on the Herring canvass, as Jimmy deftly worked their inputs into his mind-blowing expression. It is always nice when Phil gives the good ol' Allman Brothers Band a nod, and Warren's vocals, not to mention his aggressive rhythm guitar behind Herring's first lead cut right through to the soul of "Blue Sky." Haynes took a lead of his own later in the song, and those in attendance were treated to Haynesí high comfort level with this song. Haynes performed this song with its writer (Dickey Betts) many times during his original eight-year stint as a member of the legendary Southern blues-rock outfit

I have never been disappointed by a Rob Barraco-fronted "Crazy Fingers." He sings this song with striking reverence, and he liberally references familiar Garcia guitar parts on his keyboard. Tonight the song had a particularly fresh feel that blended beautifully with the familiar anchor of Lesh's fluid bass lines. A visibly pregnant Susan Tedeschi joined the band for a "Lovelight" that turned out to be a real ass-shaker. Susan has been away from the stage recently, and she let out a bunch of pent up energy with a lively, outstanding lead vocal. Warren's took a verse himself, which culminated with a call and response exchange with Susan (they also flashed each other more than a few smiles) as this version of "Lovelight" crackled like a late December New England fireplace. The pulsating light show projected on a screen behind the band at first echoed the playful energy, and later even seemed to add to it. During one section, the colors on the backdrop began to undulate, and as Molo and Lesh locked into a tight groove, the pulsating increased.

"Mason's Children" was stronger than the versions I caught last summer, but I still hold the opinion that this band is too cautious with this song. I think if they got a li'l "ruder" with this song, they could approach the frenetic energy of some of the fun Grateful Dead versions. This gave way to a brief, spacey jam, with John Molo lending some funky beats and other creative inputs to the musical stew. "Sugaree" arose from the ashes, and although Warren always delivers with this song, this version paled compared to other recent P+F "Sugaree" excursions. Some of these have been downright ferocious versions, so even a strong, set closing offering (like this nightís) can leave one feeling incomplete. Perhaps Warren laid back thinking that the show would end with "In The Midnight Hour," which I was told was listed on the bandís set list to follow "Sugaree" and close the set.

Phil put his now-traditional stamp on the show by talking to the crowd before the encore. He spoke of the importance of saving people's lives, whether by signing up to be an organ donor, or by giving blood. He quipped that by donating blood you can save a life, "without even having to die." The encore of "Not Fade Away" was very enjoyable, but it is not one of this unitís stronger numbers.

I was stunned when many folks that have been seeing repeated shows on this tour seemed to feel that this was an off night. This only served to tell me that the band has reached a level that even their weaker shows are pretty darn impressive. I donít have any more Phil and Friends shows on my personal itinerary, but I am one of many folks who hope this same incarnation of the band chooses to tour the sweet, sunny south in April or May of 2001


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dewit (Dewit) on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 - 09:32 am: Edit Post

This was no off night. It also happens to be the first show I have gotten from the tour. Your review was awesome.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Cryptical (Cryptical) on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 - 02:15 pm: Edit Post

Put it against the 23rd or 24th and it pales in comparison.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Sideshow Bob (Drkstrjry) on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 - 09:31 pm: Edit Post

Boston Wednesday 11/21/01: Length: 88í/102í Rating: 8.4 Finally, back to familiar ground. Listened to the soundchecked Keep on Growing from the doorway to the food court next to the main Orpheum entrance. No security hassles at the door or inside. Gonzo taping on the Mezzanine. Security says no mic stands, Ok to place mics on ledge or rail. Then, the stupidity of so many tapers makes itself blatantly obvious. These schmucks actually argue with security, disregard what they are told and extend giant micstands 10í-15í out from the balcony. The Orpheumís balcony is almost too close to the stage as it is, at 12 rows back. Phil and the Orpheum are being nice enough to let us tape "unofficially" from here. Most are using crappy to average micís. Why the fuck do you have to abuse privilege and hassle the "man" for no real sound quality gain at all, only to potentially ruin it for the rest of us? Do you really want to tape 50í under the low balcony where people at the bar above you can spill beer on you? Some of the veteran tapers even sided with security and argued with these cretins, to the point of physically taking their stuff down. Also, none of them even have tickets to seats in the Mezzanine! Man, do I wish for the return of Phuck tour (NEWS FLASH - most of the worst offenders were betrayed by their T-shirts. Wilson Sucks indeed!) The set started with a Cold Rain bang. The sound quality and energetic playing were cranked from the first note, to the point of hearing damage. Ahhh!, this is more like it! Then into the King Solomonís, not as good as VT, but Iíll take it! Patchwork Quilt in this placement in the set worked really well, from stop to launch the final jam of the set. A great version of Here Comes Sunshine surrounded by very fine beefy transition jamming kept things going. Finally, Keep on Growing, no surprise due to the soundcheck but very well received nonetheless. The balcony at the Orpheum ROCKS, over 1í up & down. Hope the structural engineers in the 1920ís considered an SRO crowd dancing in union. Glad Iím not downstairs. This is not a laughing matter, actually, as in an old building you never know when, during a renovation over the years, a plumber or electrician cut a hole in a supporting beam when they had nowhere else to run a pipe or conduit. My job sometimes involves building renovations, and I have seen this more often than not. Back to the show. The Growing jammed into Uncle Johnís, very nice, a powerful version. At this point, will they finish the Growing or is it over? The set is beyond 80í now. Then Ah Ha! Back to Keep On Growing, a first! This transition was marred when some dreddy kids got caught by security puffing away blatantly. Security took revenge by checking everyoneís ticket stub in our aisle. People, you HAVE to learn to be COOL. Jill had the same experience downstairs. On to the second set. Played well with very excellent, long, exploratory jams between songs, but pretty average song selection. Honorable mention goes to both Celebration and Crazy Fingers. The Lovelight was a surprise, I was expecting something spacey/jammey. Then, out comes Susan Tedeschi to belt out a very well done vocal duel with Warren. This was so much fun to watch. Susan and Warren danced around each other like boxers in the ring, sparring vocally and via voice vs. guitar. Reminds me of the Pigpen/Janis dual on 7/16/70 (I doubt many people even know about this tape). The Masonís more than made up for the Maine version. This is how its really played. Sugaree was initially disappointing, but then I realized they are going for length tonight. The NFA encore got the balcony rockiní once again, and continued the length trend, with a well over 3 hour show. Overall, the x-factor was definitely back. Maybe FAMILIAR theatres bring it out?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Cryptical (Cryptical) on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 - 12:29 am: Edit Post

The tapers have spoken.

You heathens know you who you are.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dewit (Dewit) on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 - 11:19 am: Edit Post

The show is completely underated by people who didn't pay any attention to it.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Cryptical (Cryptical) on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 - 01:02 pm: Edit Post

There was a show?

I thought it was an excuse to get drunk and whistle in the taper mics.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dewit (Dewit) on Thursday, December 13, 2001 - 09:33 am: Edit Post

So that was you? I thought you were the guy asleep in the corner?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Sideshow Bob (Drkstrjry) on Friday, December 14, 2001 - 05:49 pm: Edit Post

Was I supposed to be paying attention? I thought I was supposed to be facing backwards, with my giant flashlight shining on my deck (and into the eyes of the people behind me), with my hand on the levels, constantly tweaking them, chain-smoking while cigarette ash falls onto my equipment! Oh, that's an FBI agent, not a taper!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Matt (Fingerz) (63.65.225.98) on Tuesday, January 15, 2002 - 11:38 am: Edit Post

No one seems to think this show was as good as I did. I didn't go on Friday, but I heard the radio broadcast and feel asleep in the middle of the first set. I've now listened to the whole tape and, for the life of me, can't understand why so many people thought it was superior to the first show. Noodles, noodles and more noodles. I understand that people expect things to get exploratory but to me it was lacking the pure rock and roll feel of Wednesday's show. It was so rockin'! The band was rockin'and the crowd was rockin'. I havent seen this kind of response from an audience in a long, long time. The I log on here and see all these people complaining about Warren's playing, song selection, etc. I really don't get it. You people confuse me.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By bobarino eduardo leclairo (Philbombs) (137.45.96.110) on Tuesday, January 15, 2002 - 02:19 pm: Edit Post

The first night in boston was un-phreakinbeleievable. I went back to va after that and didn't think twice about it. The keep on growin->ujb->keep on growing. plus crazy fingers. SHOW WAS SICK