Go Phil! Go!
I have a ticket for Sunday, which I am willing to trade for a ticket on Thur.
e-mail me if email@example.com
Hey Now- I may be taking the train into town from Boston for the Thursday show, couple of questions: I'm not too familiar with Times Square- what are a few cool bars (i.e., good pre-show vibe) to grab some light food and drinks prior to the show? Also, I would likely be taking the 3:15 AM out of Penn Station, any suggestions to kill time after the show? Thanks much!
Im looking for osme tickets anyone who has any extras please please let me know.
I am shocked we haven't heard "rumours" of Hannah Montana sitting-in with the boys tonight...
Sounds like the NYC Marathon is a strong one... Wish I could have made it down there- but I am still trying to wipe this silly grin off my face since Glens Falls...
When's "Alligator" going to get broken out? It's due in New York City!
There’s a bar AXL very good Belgium beers as about as low key as you can get in times square right off 43 st, also has food. There’s also a heartland brewery whose beers are meh, but pick your poison definitely the best spots around that area.
I'm fond of Langan's.....150 W.47th between 6th and 7th. Good food, reasonable prices.
Anyone driving back to the Millburn, NJ, area after the 11/8 show? I'd love not to have drive tomorrow night or wait for a 12:40 am train. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks in advance.
Collins Bar on 8th ave and 46thish. Best bar withing 10 blocks of Times Square (for the Phil crowd).
Anyone have an extra ticket for this show? Please email email@example.com if so... thanks
Did anyone catch the 11.7.07 Jackie and friends on Conan? Did it even happen with the writters strike? Set list? Thanks!
no jackie never happened bec of writers strike
Hard Rock Cafe has some cool Memorilbilia, EspnZone,
they're are a little pricey but a great experience
hey your in Times Square
With a little date manipulation (turning "70" into "07") and with loads of praying, perhaps 11-08-07 can turn into the legendary monster of a show from 11-08-70, played just north of the city at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY.
Dire Wolf 5:23
I Know You Rider 10:16
Dark Hollow 4:37
Rosalie McFall 4:07
El Paso 6:17
Friend of the Devil 5:24
Wake Up Little Susie 4:34
Uncle John's Band 6:42
Morning Dew 11:32
Me and My Uncle 3:23
Mystery Train > 3:39
My Babe 3:15
Around and Around 3:21
New Orleans > 4:32
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue 10:32
Casey Jones 4:55
Truckin' > 8:36
Dark Star > 16:37
The Main Ten > 5:36
Dancin' in the Stars Jam > 3:05
Dancing In The Street 10:49
Drums > 0:28
Not Fade Away > 4:44
Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad > 8:00
Not Fade Away > 2:38
Drums > 0:28
Good Lovin' > 1:58
Drums > 4:12
Good Lovin' 8:13
Looking for a ride after the show to Rockland County. Will pay my fair share.
Not sure if any of you have seen page 6 of the NY Post but apparently the Lion Kings next door have been complaining about the smell coming out of the Nokia and into the A/C units of their theater and apparently it will be dealt with going forward whatever that means. Humorous article but a potential problem
Here is the link
anyone have any extras for tonight? just need one
yes starting from weekend they had complaints of smell of illegal substances leaving the venue and entering the street and next door- from monday they made security a little stricter but the weekend was pretty crazy
Tonight hopein ta hear:
Pride of > US blues > Reuben > Loose Lucy
also a lil scarlet, china cat, the wheel> eyes wouldn't be so bad either.
KEEP ROCKIN NYC PHIL!!!!!!
If anyone in philly area needs an extra, i have one but can't make the show.
thats a shame leib. fuck i wish i knew last night and would have arranged a fedex or something
i wish i knew earlier but a ton of stuff came up at work today
I hear you man. Hopin I can head over there relatively early and snag a ticket like tuesday. But if aynone has one here I can easily meet up to pull one, I talked to two people who got sold fake tickets so just tryin to avoid that scenario
If anyone is on Long Island (Great Neck area) I have a ticket that i can't use for tonight. Call me at 516-835-4694
I have an extra for tonight. Can meet on the UWS or at the venue. I'm selling at cost. Call my cell if interested: 646-734-6517.
word on the street, trey comes out tonight folks.
any chance of trey tomorrow perhaps?
long island rail road shut down due to a train hitting a car - hope this doesnt effect too many people from getting to/from the show.
wish i could be there tonight, see you kind folks tomm and sat
nah trey's coming up sunday. kangfirmd.
Passenger opens the show
getting text updates to post...
Passenger nice -- but a raging beast!!!
Now a Jackie song... not sure yet which one...
I'm So Gone
Jon says "Mexican Girl"
thanks for the text updates Jon!
From today's New York Post (gossip page):
"LION King" audiences at the Minskoff have been sniffing the sweet scent of marijuana. It turns out the pot-head fans of former Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, who's doing a nine-day stint at the Nokia Theater next door, were lighting up. "The smoke was so thick it was seeping through the wall and into the Disney audience, and they started complaining," a spy at Monday's show told The Post's Bruce Golding. "The ushers are now very vigilant and making sure nobody lights up." A Nokia rep admitted there were complaints. The Minskoff had no comment.
Pride of Cucamonga
sound like a fun set so far...
The Minskoff folks should have shut up... Their food and beverage sales probably sky rocketed as the bored patrons got the munchies... P&F's, unintentionally bolstering the economy everywhere they go.
Set one was exactly 60 minutes... Jon reports no mics or rigs for any special guests so far... Set two updates on the way... Rock on Phil !
Playin in the Band... and they're off
maybe thell do the eleven w/ more than phil on vocals
...the post times coincide to the songs starting. So that was a 20 minute Birdsong in set one. Even though it was long, Jon says they rocked it out...
A 20 minute Bird Song would beat the previous 18 minute record 3.7.81 @ Univ. of Md, Cole field house...
inknew it was 2 good 2 b true....lax staff...ticket 4 face...last weekend was 2 good 2 b tru in that room....of course theyr crakin down.
"Poor Mama or Cold Black Devil"
can a Jackie expert clarify this?
new potatoe caboose> mucus monkey blues...
feedback jam / space
at the show band is playing well really nice experience ...enjoying the scene very much
Its cold black devil
I'm calling a speedway after caution!
also feeling lucky with a scarlet begonias > Fire
def box I rain encore too
speedway it is!
New Speedway Boogie
Cole Filed House, Univeristy of Maryland
College Park, MD
me and my uncle>
jack a roe
Does anyone have a board of this show they can burn and send to me. The bridsong is sweet and long and spacey and awesome etc..., but my audience bootleg could use an upgrade. If you have it mail to Sean McAuley, 45 Church Street, Guilford, CT 06437. I will send you something you don't have back.
No sbd circulates for 3-7-81. There are two decent auds on archive.
new speedway boogie veryvery hot jackie is the real deal
I was there, but don't have a board to send you for the doses I don't have. Send doses anyway.
That's 3 shows this tour with the mars hotel "cucamonga/unbroken" sandwich... When will I get one?!?
If he encores w/Box it's like Glens Falls, triple decker
fire on the mountain
heads up on a cool set from Bbby tonight as well..
Help on the Way>
Lil' Red Rooster,
A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall@
Quinn the Eskimo@
Greatest Story Ever Told>
Knockin' on Heaven's Door>
Dark Star VII>
China Cat Sunflower>
I Know You Rider
Nice Job Bobby!
Scarlet... the setlist reader is turning out to be correct.
81 tour was fun Cornell especially fun event. Not on anyones radar as a great show but check out the boot if you can find it Great Stella Dew, Bobby has to rip some chords after that to wake every one out of trance. I think it was going down the road after Stella dew version many times around Lots of Auds from that tour not too many SBD
Not reading it!
saw it earlier though
Fire Mtn starting now...
Are you talking about the Cornell with the sweetest Peggy-O ever?
Was taping a Phil show once when they put the setlist right in front of me. Struggled to not look, but couldn't resist. Was weird knowing all night what they were going to play...
just trying to help !
sorry if I jumped the gun and spoiled it! I won't post anymore and let the pros handle it! :-D 3 shows here and then off to the qarfield :- D
dont think there was a peggy oh there mayeb it was 80 I know it was in Barton Hall and I was very very very high I think we saw a few shows at that venue. Nope no peggy oh
heres the list
05-16-81 Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. (Sat)
1: Stranger> FOTD> Me & My Uncle> Big River, Althea> C. C. Rider, B. E. Women, Passenger, High Time> Let It Grow> Don't Ease
2: Shakedown> Bertha> Sailor> Saint> Spanish Jam> Drumz> Truckin> Nobody's Jam> Stella Blue> GDTRFB> Saturday Night E: Uncle John
Whole show was amazing. Doesnt look like it but it had the special Barton Hall feel. Something special in the air like lots and lots and lots and lots of doses. Even people that didnt trip before were dosing . It was crazy
You're not spoiling anything...thanks for the posts ;)
how's the sound? is it loud in there like the last two shows?
What do you mean? 5/16 is considered great. Mr. D. Mow got the killer audience and it has circulated for years (at least among my buds).
I missed it but saw the year before which was good too.
Shakedown>Bertha>Playin>Terrapin>drums>Saint>Black Peter>Playin>Good Lovin. E: Alabama
encore, hard rains gonna fall
unbroken chain indeed
It was actually the High Time I was thinking of, not Peggy O-- It'd been a while since I listened to it (I wasn't there)
I thought Trey couldn't make it down to the city because of probation rules or whatever?
So what's the setlist so far?
From Other Stuff:
Nokia Nov 8, 2007
I'm so gone
phil facing amp feedback
encore - hard rain
setlist tonight - i was there
Im So Gone
Pride of Cucamonga
Playing In The Band>
Cold Black Devil (wicked energetic) >
Feedback (intense, with Phil and Jackie both getting their speakers to scream) >
New Speedway Boogie >
Scarlet Begonias >
Fire On The Mountain
during birdsong, jackie played slide and got a sound very remininscent of duane allman
also in the jam between Cold Black Devil and Feedback, Jackie and Larry started playing dual lead guitar riffs in harmony, ala Duane and Dickie Betts ... very cool
absolutely beautiful music was played tonight... the Pride jam was stellar... Caution was off the hook... Phil shook the place with that pre caution rumble and hit that love chakra soul massage vibration healing zone... remiscient of ancient luminescence... Prayin' in the band... Passenger rocked and Scarlet was completely renovated...
he's a real renaissance man, living in his renaissance land...
Just got back from the show (via Joe's Pizza on Carmine St - the BEST SLICE IN ALL OF NY) and tonight was damn good!! The band is really enjoying each other's company (and playing). The setlist by Grubby is right on the money! Hard Rain was ridiculous!
Funny thing happened as I was walking into Joe's Pizza, I saw this beautiful Brunette (she looked like a model or an actress, but did not know the name) walking out of Joe's Pizza to get a drink next door. Did not think anything of it, however I walked into Joe's Pizza and who do I see ordering Pizzas? OWEN WILSON!! He got the food, walked out, met up with the brunette and went over to the car service they were using. They hung out until they were finished. Owen walked back to Joe's to throw out plate. The plate missed the garbage and landed by my feet. Owen proceeded to pick up, however I picked up the plate and he said he was sorry about missing the garbage. I told him don't worry about it.
Amazing, great Phil's show followed by the Owen Wilson sighting. Yes, it was a good night.
And one last thing, only in New York City!
Fun show. Liked the passenger opener and set 2 playn>Althea and the show finished nicely with:
New Speedway Boogie >
Scarlet Begonias >
Fire On The Mountain
I CAN'T WAIT UNTI TONIGHT!!!!!
....AND TOMORROW NIGHT!!!!
I am so glad that everyone is enjoying these shows as much as they are. this band has really jelled. I hope they play together for us in the coming year(s).
Personally, I would like to NOT see any guests tonight or tomorrow as I find this band is a joy to hear and see in and of themselves!!!!!
Thank you Phil and Friends!
P.S. I wouldn't bum, though if Scofield showed, lol
Anyone who hasn't heard Barton Hall 5/16/81 - check it out! I was there and I've never been the same! My all-time favorite Shakedown. An absolute must.
A somewhat sluggish first set, albeit with some pleasant music (despite what I felt was a muddy mix from the front of the stage and then the middle of the second section), gave way to a very strong second set with a much improved mix.
Someone mentioned hearing Campbell play Allmans-type riffs. I heard various takes on Elizabeth Reed and loads of other Dickey Betts riffs the entire evening, especially from Jackie (not a knock, but some of his jamming was a bit repetitive; still very strong).
Phil said something like "New York just keeps getting better and better" before the encore and knocked fists with Molo at the end of the second set. Clearly he's enjoying himself and playing with a swagger that went missing too often in the dismal days of the Dead.
An overall very strong performance with nice song selection. I saw a few repeats over my two Thursday shows (11/1 and 11/8), but that's to be expected. Enjoy the rest of the run and the inevitable special guests who'll join the band.
Please no more Ryan Adams. After a blazing Eyes on Monday, I was not that impressed, and I think his presence made things very choppy with little flow, the rest of the set.
Scofield tonight would be nice!
Ryan is off to Europe I think for the rest of his our tour -- so you don't have to worry about it.
it was a great, BASS-HEAVY show indeed last night! In the moment and throughout the warm post-show buzz, one gets the urge to start assigning a hierarchy and superlative statements to these shows. Saying "best show ever!" or "last saturday was better/worse" makes the flamers come out. I understand and embrace the high level of subjectivity in enjoying and reviewing the band's performance.
So I'll just say, after 6 shows on this tour, I'm finding this band consistently engaging and I think they're more comfortable and of a "group mind" than they were a month ago in Boston.
And thanks goe to wonderful Gina, for hanging out with me before the show and getting down and dancing with me during the show.
Tonight's show had a great flow to it. It seemed like a 3 hour statement, not just a random group of great songs played on the same night.
People were chattering online and outside about the tightening security at Nokia. I experienced none of that. We got there around 7:30 and got right in. I had lots of knicknacks in my jacket pockets (but nothing illegal, actually, except for my controversial Clif Bar [damned if I'm playin' $5 for a shitty pretzel when I get hungry inside])
When it comes to security, I've found that if you have a lot of stuff to search through, they start out really thorough but then get pretty half-assed after about 10 seconds. So anything stashed at the bottom of a cluttered bag WILL NOT be found.
Inside before the show, some kids on the floor lit up. Security quickly and calmly asked them to put it out, with nothing being confiscated. I dunno if that was indicitive of the whole security staff, but giving a warning first does not the gestapo make...
Anyway onto the ensuing 3+ hours of beautiful, intense, bass-heavy music: I'd had a gut feeling all day that we'd get a jam>eyes opener. But my gut has proven wrong every time on this tour and instead we got a tight Passenger that showed the band was firing on all cylinders right out of the gate! It was played in the same high-energy tight arrangement that Phil has played it with the GD and the Q.
From the first minutes and throughout the rest of the show, I was struck by how loud Phil's bass was! I was about halfway back on the floor even with his bass rig. I was at approximately the same position for my last show (10/31) but it seemed higher in the mix this time around. And it seemed every song had at least 4 bombs detonated in it: low low hits followed by drones that I felt in my feet and thighs. It'sweird to say this, but I think if it were any louder, it would've been too loud. But where it was it was perfect! It gave the mix a chunky aggressive sound.
And everyone else was crisp in the mix too. Molitiz might have been a bit low from time to time, though he peaked out and floated on top of everything with some frequency.
I wonder if him seeming low in the mix is actually a product of him being far stage right. Is it a case of out of sight, out of mind? It seems where ever my default focal point is, Molitz is always just outside it, and it takes "a special trip" of my neck to check out what he's doing.
After the Passenger opener, we got a Jackie one-two punch of I'm So Gone>Mexican Girl that really showed why Phil has Jackie in the band. I was really into it becuse these tunes are my favorite JGe tunes that P&F does. The crowd seemed into it too. This made me happy. Folks were head bopping, dancing, and cheering for solos. I didn't get the "piss break" distracted vibe that sometimes sweeps over a Phil crowd when a sideman's song is played.
I wonder if this rare Jackie two-fer was Phil's consolation prize to Mr. Greene for the apparent cancellation of JGe & Friends appearance on Conan.
Mexican girl seemed more jammed out with a few more solos than when I saw it in B-more and Camden. Either Larry or Jackie did this cool synocopated rhythm line during Molitz's melodica solo that I haven't heard him do before.
The post-Mex Girl jam seemed like it could've have gone in a number of directions. Gina and I looked at each other a few times as rhythmi shifts happened and we both said to each other with body language "do you know what they're gonna play next? cuz i sure don't!"
The jam dropped unexpectedly-- in a fittingly jarring way that made me smile--- into Pride of Cucamonga. Certainly a hot version. The blues-stomp jam in the middle of it seemed right on the edge of segueing into something else. I thought we'd get a Pride>something else awesome>Pride. But instead, Phil's countrified bass and Larry's pedal steel kicked back in for the song's ending verses. This was Larry's only appearance of the night on anything except electric guitar.
His pedal steeel seemed a tad low in the mix. Certainly louder than Sless, but not quite as crisp and defined as when I saw Pride of C in Boston 10/9.
Also if any of the Friends are reading, please try a Willie Dixion/Zep "You Shook Me" during the blues jam of Pride. It'd be perfect!
After the >>> of I'm So Gone>MexGirl>Pride, we got a fullstop.
An electric Deep Elem came next. I think I had even more fun dancing around to it than when I caught it acoustic in Camden. I love Molo's country-blues style drumming on this.
Some times it's distracting to look at Larry when he's singing. He sings and plays so well. But he often has this icy emotionless look on his face. If I look too long, I start questioning whether he really believes in what he's singing.
The Bird Song that came next was easily the set highlight. It seemed a a bit more structured than some of the real amorphous spaced-out Q versions. It was still spacey but Phil's bass seemed to guide the melody more than I remember in past versions.
Folks have noted here how long the Bird Song seemed (20+ minutes) but there were at least 2 occasions when the jam got hotter and faster-tempoed and really broke away from the flavor
of Bird Song. I thought the ">" was coming both times, but both times the Bird Song melody and words came back eventually.
Then the jam got hot and fast again, but this time it didn't go back, it charged into a set-ending Alabama Getaway.
I really enjoyed ths version. The music and vocals were high energy. Phil always seems to struggle with this one vocally. It's so wordy and fast-tempoed that he seems to have a hard time keeping up. Phil's vocals seem the best when he's hitting long sustained notes. On songs like Alabama, he seems to get mumbly. It sounds like someone took all the mid and treble out of a stereo and left only the bass.
It's funny to think Phil sang the high harmonies in the early 70s on songs like Ripple!
Well despite the mumbly state of the vocals, Phil sang with passion and a smile.
The only "mistake" of the set happened at the very end. The band didn't seem to end together, so Phil just wiped it all out wth a long sustained bomb/drone that would've made the plaster on an older venue start to fall (the Orpheum?)
Second set started off with no hesitation or noodling. They went right into the Jackie Greene-sung Playin in the Band.
After the first vocal part the jam veered into hotter territories. And sure enough, to confirm that "this space is getting hot," Althea followed. Phil sang this one and Jackie was on organ. I sort of remember in Boston that Jackie sang it and also was on guitar. Can anyone confirm this?
A good dark bluesy JGe tune, Coal Black Devil followed. I think Larry did some hot slide work on this. The song melted into feedback and noise and then the distincive Caution bassline kicked in and what a version we got!
I got a Caution last time I saw P&F (10/31) but there were no complaints from me. And both times Caution was a highlight.
Jackie did the same schitck again, asking each of the other Friends to solo as he asked "do you understand me?" With his guitar, Larry did some great mimicking/responses to JGe's vocal lines.
Another great Speedway came chugging out of the molten psychedelia. I've heard this one a bunch on this tour, but the boys know how to keep it interesting and engaging every time. I love how the jam gets brighter and more hopeful during the closing " this darkness has got to give!" lines.
You can call me crazy, but during Speedway my sober mind heard a distinct "School's Out for Summer" tease! The guitars played the descending line from the chorus of that Alice Cooper song. Did anyone else hear this?
And you may continue to call me crazy, but in the jam out of Speedway I also heard a guitar tease of a really rhythmic early 70s James Brown tune, "Doin' it To Death" perhaps? And then, this is the craziest, I heard a tease of the Stone Temple Pilots' "Interstate Love Song." If Jackie threw that in, it'd make sense. He's just a year younger than me and STP was the music of our junior high/high school days!
Maybe I imagined these teases, but again I was sober (and always am) If you heard them too, please tell me so I don't feel so crazy. Anyway, I guess the "tapes" will tell...
this jam led to an intense, emotional Unbroken Chain, the first I've heard on the tour. The jam was filled with such beautiful tension. I was surprised that Jackie was on organ for the song. When he's on organ he seems to add texture, not really any melody. I wonder if he stuck to organ because he couldn't nail down the complex guitar part. Anyway, Larry held down the axe responsibilities admirably.
The closing Scarlet>Fire was high energy and the floor was full of happy dancers. It semed that Phil tried to play the GD style transition from Scarlet into the pre-Fire jam. But the band wasn't following so he just let it move organically. As a result the jam into Fire had a more raw feel to it than I'm used to. It was still great.
I thought the whole Lion King pot smoke complaint was funny and more so since Phil has often introduced Molo as "the Lion King" at past shows. Sure enough, slyly acknowledging the Disney children put into peril by the hanging green cloud, Phil introduced Molo as "Simba"! I cracked up.
The encore was the great Jackie-led upbeat arrangement of Dylan's Hard Rain. It capped off another hot night down in the strange-smelling depths of the Nokia!
I'll see you tonight and tomorrow tonight. Tonight I'll probably be the only long haired guy with the Candlemass t-shirt. Say hello
"Phil ... knocked fists with Molo at the end of the second set. "
The Jackie Salute! Jackie did the fist knock with Phil after the first set at Santa Barbara. Then Phil knocked fists with Larry and they both laughed. Then down in the crowd, strangers stopped strangers just to knock fists.
Sounds like some great shows for you guys in NYC. I am psyched for the Warfield show on 11/27!
I also heard a guitar tease of a really rhythmic early 70s James Brown tune, "Doin' it To Death" perhaps?
You may well be crazy - but I heard Doin' it To Death too. Nice review Sebastian.
Great review. I don't think there is much more to add except that I too had a great time last night.
Security was tolerable. Getting in was not a problem at all and those that were caught smoking were asked simply to put it out. It was likely that the directive was to curtail the smoking by asking people to stop as opposed to throwing people out or confiscating.
Is it just me or was that a ridiculously fun, awesome Hard Rain?!?!
you database admin or webmaster....what is happening to the server fom 225am until 7am?...lots of posts are gone. This is ht eone thing that bothers me is it seems the sever host here is poor.
i was at show last night as a last minute thing because friend had a ticket so i figured why not. in a laid back lets see how the bands performs kind of mood. let me tell you this group was tight and jackie was awesome. even his own songs were pretty cool . alot of hot rocking phil was slammi on bass all night alot of rummbling thundering feedback...caution was pretty sick....jackie really stepped out onthatone...and just when you think its gonna come to a melowing end they rip and rock the crap out of hard rain encore so that the place was bouncing off the walls ...was a real fun show with some outstanding performances...i will be back sunday for the finale...
OK, who WASN'T singing along to Hard Rain? Anyone? Bueller?
I saw someone ejected last night, presumably for smoking - went out to the bar area during the first set and three guys were dragging a protesting dude out, he was basically pleading for them to just give him a warning. Could have been they had already given him a warning, but they werent listening - they just escorted him out.
On the other hand, just three rows in front of me, there was a guy who smoked all night, using one of those vaporizer things - no one ever approached him, even tho security guys went up and down the aisle several times
REGARDING UNBROKEN CHAIN
This was the third unbroken chain I've seen on this tour (out of nine shows). I have to say that the version from Glens Falls was over the top (Trey basically played nothing on unbroken chain there) partly because molitz did that weird electronic ned lagin thing that is on Mars Hotel - you know what I mean
every single version has been far better than any unbroken chain i've seen before, including The Dead versions and other Phil versions - the dynamics of the song, from soft to loud, are just superb with this incarnation of the band
and I think the tightly melodic form is perfect for Larry Campbell - he just shines on unbroken chain
LOVE that stuff particle doood was doin' in the middle of unbroken chain .... Sound was swirling around the room (and my brain)! Great show ! Great fun !! How could ya not love these shows ?! Grubby ...you the man ... Thanks again !
Excellent Review Sebastian, i cant comment really cause you really nailed it,
someone else post show mentioned a james brown tease to me, i thought i heard some zep in there somewhere, Thanks for a great review.
It's a shame the Dead never really played Unbroken Chain (save for 1995). As unusual a song as it is in terms of the structure (lots of time changes), had they rehearsed it they could have nailed it. As I understand it, Garcia couldn't be bothered to grok this tune.
It tends to be these types of songs that I favor most at Phil shows--those that he never or rarely did with the Dead are the ones he puts his strongest stamp on. Otherwise, as much as I enjoy myself, I sometimes find myself aware of the missing elements in songs--Bobby's great rhythm playing, Jerry's unique tone(s), etc.
"It's a shame the Dead never really played Unbroken Chain (save for 1995)."
I agree - it's a shame they never really rehearsed. Think how much more powerful they could have been taking off into space from a really tight execution of an incredible song.
The Dead also NEVER performed Pride Of Cucamonga and only performed Stronger Than Dirt five times (all around the time it was recorded)
They only did The Eleven twice after 1970 (9-28-75 and 12-26-81)
Phil's stuff always took a backseat in the garcia era - because his stuff requires solid rehearsal - I wish Jerry had put the time into rehearsing, but he pretty much decided to gig when the dead stopped touring, so there was never time
I think Jerry was afraid to let Phil do too much in fear that he would have to share more of the spotlite. He was very aware of that fact that us late 80s early 90s heads wanted more PHIL. It became a ritual at least once a show we would chant "We want PHIL!" This is why we all smile at shows because we are getting what we wanted X 1000. The last unbroken in Chicago 95 sounded very sloopy, i think in the latter years Jerry shown mostly on the darker songs. Black muddy,Black peter. The last verse i heard Jerry sing was soo fitting for him..."Oh leave me alone ill find my own way home" Peace
re jerry & phil
please leave your projections at the door. you have no idea...
re: unbroken chain
i got on the bus in '69. i don't know where it came from, but i distinctly remember back in those days there was this common folklore never to wish for an unbroken chain, because if you ever heard it, it would be your last dead show. spooky thing is that turned out to be true for me...
They only did The Eleven twice after 1970 (9-28-75 and 12-26-81)>>
I was at the 12/26/81 show and have no recollection of the band ever attempting The Eleven, instrumental or not.
12/26/81 Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland, CA
Little Red Rooster
Big Boss Man
Me and My Uncle
It's All Over Now
Big Railroad Blues
Let it Grow
Fire on the Mountain
The Eleven Jam
Around and Around
One More Saturday Night
Don't Ease Me In
As far as I'm concerned. It never happened. I guess I'll have to go back and listen to it again. Who has a tape?
Last night's show was kind of fun. Seeing all my old friends from New Paltz and Queens was a real blast from the past. Hanging-out up front for the 1st set with NP crowd Kenny K., Phil, Bob & Kenny R. and in-between sets with Di, Adam & Tommy C. and seeing Tina at the end of the show was the cherry on top. Everyone looks great! It's cool we've come all this way, we still go to shows, have a good time and enjoy good old rock & roll.
Highlights for me were Caution, Unbroken Chain, Alabama Getaway, Scarlet > Fire. Overall it was an enjoyable show, not as powerful as Glens Falls, that 10-20-07 second set was one for the ages, it was a solid night overall. I wish I was going to a few more shows, of only to hang-out with friends and have another good time. H2
This was THE show!!!! A powerhouse from start to finish. GET THE BOARD!!! for the first time I've seen the whole band was into it and PLAYING hard thru the entire show. NOT a dud in the whole show... everything was played with passion. I can see where Phil really likes this band because it really showacases his playing... The other guys compliment him but don't overpower his sound.... He was just killing it all night and the whole band was there with him... Too bad the crowd wasn't that into it...passenger ripped, Jackie songs were great,Larry Pedal steel on Cucamonga was badass! Campbell was great on birdsong too 9hea had is head in it the whole night and made a big contribution).... ALABAMA was sick!!!! Phil was dropping these HUGE BOMBS at the end... I mean
Huge like I've never heard or seen before, the place was literally shaking!!!!! Plaing was strong, Althea was bumpin' very hig energy .... Cold Black devil... is this a NMA Song? LAZRRY slide was great.. very reminiscent of of late 60's Bobby sound... I kept thing they were gonna go into King Bee or I'm a Hog for you Baby, some kind of Pigpen blues thing... Instead I got the treat of >>>>CAUTION >>DON"T >>STOP>> ON >>THE>> TRACKS>>>> just absolutely SICK... This alone was wortht the Price of admission... They really ripped it. To hear a 40 year old forgotten song brought to life was just AMAZING!!! They really did it justice like it was brand new... no nostalgia here... this was.... HAPPPEENNNNING!!!!
NEw Speedaway ripped..... UNBROKEN ChaiN, my 2nd of this run... This is on of THe songs (along with Help/Slip/Frank ) that defines Phil Lesh and Friends!!!! LOVED IT!!! SCARLET> FIRE Was strong...Despite the early 70's arrangement there was finally something this crowd could get into!!!
Can't Imagine this band getting any better!
Cold Black Devil - Feedback - Caution - Speedway - Unbroken - FANTASTIC!!!!!!!
1st set highlights included Deep Elem, Birdsong.
Great show but last week's Fri/Sat seemed a little better, and, although I wasn't there but did listen to the bit torrent, the Monday show seems to be, by far, the best of the tour (and it's the BEST mic source - Neumann KM140's, sound better by miles than all those crappy Nak/Rodes sources for the other shows).
>>>Hanging-out up front for the 1st set with NP crowd Kenny K., Phil, Bob & Kenny R.
*waves hi to the old New Paltz crowd*
it's funny what even the sober mind can make up amidst the intensity of a hot P&F jam:
OK, I finally heard a recording of the show. As for the teases I heard during New Speedway Boogie the "School's Out For Summer Tease" that I thought I'd heard around 5:00-6:00 was more of a generic descending line that sounded more like it could've been from a truckin' or prelude to-truckin' jam
The James Brown jam/quote/tease was the only really legit thing. This clearly happened around 10:05 into NSB (if your version has the jam tracked as part of the song)
I mostly imagined the Stone Temple Pilots teas/quote. There were some descending phrases around 12:4-15:00 that are vaguely related, but it's more of a coincidence I think.