Well, it was cold outside, but the show inside was HOT!
I Don't Know You
Whatcha Gonna Do
Any Naked Eye
Absolutely Sweet Marie
Garden of Eden > Last Time (Stones) > Garden Of Eden
(but wait, there's MORE!)
Last Lonely Eagle
15 Days Under The Hood
Lonesome LA Cowboy
Death & Destruction
Sing Me A Rainbow
Henry (with a new "funkier" rhythm)
Willie & The Hand Jive
Take A Letter Maria
Rainy Day Women
26 songs!!! (or 27, if you want to count "Last Time" separately)
A great night spent with the New Riders, and fellow Zoners - Tar & Kelly, JJ Wood, and Nick (feeling a little under par).
Oh, by the way - Buddy Cage is a friggin' PEDAL STEEL GUITAR machine! Lawdy!
(and that Dave Nelson guy is pretty good too, plus their bandmates are certainly up to the task as well)
2007-02-01 NRPS @ Boulder Theater
Here are some pics I took at the show tonight. Enjoy!!
thanks for the setlists!
Best band in the land!
awesome words, awesome pics!!
sounds like a freakin blast
It was so nice to chat with you guys last night
Looks like a great show--I'm still jealous!
Love the tapestry behind the band--thanks for the pictures Tar!
NRPS news from the road, posted at http://thenewriders.com/news.htm
"Feb. 1 -- Well now, that was an adventure. We left Denver on Tuesday morning to play our show at SHERPA AND YETIS in Breckenridge which we did and had a fantastic time. But while we were playing it started snowing, not hard but snowing none the less. The plan was to drive back to Denver that night then head up to Edwards in the morning to play the RUMPUS ROOM. But as soon as we started driving we realized two things, the pass was restricted for Trucks and busses, they had to have chains and we didn't have any. Just buy some, sounds easy enough, but nooo. There were none to be had anywhere on our side of the pass. To make a long story short we had to have some friends drive one of us back to Denver in their car, the only place that had them which took about 5 hours. by that time we had already been on the bus for about 20 hours and had to go directly to the gig in Edwards. So, now it's Thursday morning and we just got back to the Denver hotel. Life on the road.....On another note it looks like the DVD "Wanted: Live At Turkey Trot" which we shot last summer will be available some time early April. it took longer to get it together than we expected but it did come together. We know a lot of you have been asking about it, just hold on a bit longer and it will be out. For all of you that put in preorders thanks for your understanding....... NRPS"
Tix snagged for Saturday night's show at Quixote's.
I posted these words over on the other thread:
A few words on last night: As I guessed, the turnout was rather sparse, given the weather and the fact that they are the much smaller Quixote's the next tow nights; as this would have technically been a better fit for the Fox Theatre. On the other hand, we all had boatloads of room to dance, move around the room (like Tar did to get those tasty photos) and the vibe was nice & chilled all the way.
I had not seen what I'm calling The New New Riders before, and it won't be the last time. This unit does the New Riders sound justice, and there was plenty of good & honest ensemble country-rock playing, with no pretentiousness nor the feeling to show off. "Any Naked Eye" was the first tune that had a sweet country psychedelic break, and every minute was sweet-tasting, understated and purposeful; not to mention this was a "new tune" for me, and it was a beautiful fit in the setlist. There were several more of those tangents, such as the "Garden Of Eden" sandwiched over a verse of "The Last Time", and the E-keyed "Dirty Business", and they were all enjoyable.
All the support players were rock-solid in accompaniment, swapping vocal chores on numerous John Dawson songs where their particular vocals fit well. As somebody who was not particularly a fan of Michael Falzarano with Hot Tuna, he fit in really well with the New New Riders, and provided rock solid rhythm guitar support. The rhythm section was rock-solid too, subtly flexing muscle only in necessary moments. A larger crowd would have been nice, simply because they deserved to have played for as such. Still, the "stars" of the show were Buddy Cage and David Nelson; the former loading every song with either solos ranging from the sweet & soothing to the good & gnarly. Mr. Nelson in turn just gave a honest, no-bullshit performance with plenty of guitar solos, every one with purpose and those ragged-but-right vocals. It had been a long time since I've seen Buddy, and really had forgotten how sweet he could play, like last night.
ok...that should provide a preview for Cal's review. He did the heavy roadwork, so he has the honors, but here's a thumbs up for the New New Riders.
One side note. Dave Nelson requested an oxygen tank be brought onstage 2 songs before the end of the show. I have never seen an artist performing in CO take a few doses of oxygen on stage like Dave did last night. We are in the mile high city!!
^^^Sure it was oxygen!?!?!? NO2 anyone???
Nice pics Tar. Great review JWood. These guys are all just simply top notch. No mention of the bass guitarist, Ronnie Penque (Stir Fried), who is very solid and adds some nice vocals. I mention him b/c I met him outside one their last gigs here in SF and chopped it up with him for a bit. Very cool guy and so stoked to be playing with these older guys. Gave him a bud for his efforts which he thanked me for at the next show.
^^^Sure it was oxygen!?!?!? NO2 anyone???
It was oxygen. There was a joke that mentioned NO2 though. David took it in like oxygen. Would have been fishing if he took that much NO2 im
I thought that might just have been a "prop" tank that the road crew found somewhere. Where the heck do you get a "real" O2 tank at midnight in Boulder? Then again ...
Well, how the heck does anyone follow a JJ Wood review? :-)
I will just take the cue of a previous poster and add that Michael Falzarano, Ronnie Penque, and Johnny Markowski provided outstanding additional vocals as well as top notch rhythm support for Dave & Buddy. Ronnie Penque's work in particular made me think of how great a Fender Precision Bass sounds in a band when it's played well and tastefully.
And after JJ Wood's great notes, the only other thing to say would be to quote part of a conversation I overheard in the bathroom between sets:
"Man, I am so glad that these guys are still playing this music."
C'mon, Cal...you can write more than that!
Is it the "New New Riders" or the "All New Riders"?
Did they do the bluegrass intro ("Salt Creek"/"Billy In The Lowground") to "Henry"?