SUUUUUUPER Psyched for this...Bonnaroo was a blast and it sux to have to wait this long to get back on the road again.
How about this for a bizarre ticket karma story?!?!? I drop my mail order off on that Tuesday for 2 creek tix (seen every creek dead and related show since 89 except 93 and always on the lawn). I glance at the web page that day and see that the dead.net said that mailorder was actually monday...DAMN I missed it. (turns out it was a brief misprint in the page, and it was soon corrected). So, thinking I was screwed for good seats, I tried the web-page ordering system. Tix were already on sale for >24hrs, but I thought I would give it a try. Get Pavilion in the front of sec D seats and am pleased (irritated about paying fees, but oh well)
Then my friend John emails me and tells me he is excited because he ordered from the webpage right when they went on sale and he got seats in sec D...the seats sound familiar, so I look up my order, and lo and behold, they are THE EXACT SAME SEATS! I call him up and ask him if he is screwing with me, and he says no. I ask him if he got a confirmation email about his order(which I did) and he says 'no'. (he has never ordered anything through the web before and didn't know to expect this). He then calls them, and finds out something had gone wrong with his order entry and he had no order listed with them at all (Even though he had an order#!!!).
So, If I wouldn't have seen the misprint in the webpage, I wouldn't have ordered tix thru the website. If that wouldn't have happened, then my friend (-who dont forget ordered *24hrs* before me, screwed up his order, but the computer hung on to his tix and didn't spit them out until they got to me the next day!!!!) would have thought things were fine for a few weeks waiting for his tickets, then gotten screwed.
Talk about the universe realizing something was wrong and fixing things for us!!! I still cant figure out why those tix were hung onto for so long, then issued to me.....(insert twilight zone theme music here)
Then to top it off....I get freakin SEC A FRONT ROW for my mail order later!!!!!! Talk about bizarroworld. Been to deer creek >50times and sat in the back of the pavilion maybe 5 times...and now front row. I walked around the house in a state of shock all day...
Here's hoping for a King Solomon's break out there....maybe even after eyes -old school!
anyone know if the "official Verizon Wireless" campground is gonna be open for this show? It's the one right next to the venue...
That is a craaaaaaazy story.
I have two extra pavilion tickets for Deer Creek, section H.
I'll sell them for 40/apiece.
Capt., yes, as always the VWMC (Deer Creek) camping will be open, for $55 per car load.
i wouldn't recomend it though. last summer camped there for the first time since i started seeing shows at DC (11 yrs ago)and it's not worth it. they advertise showers and bathrooms, when in actuallity it's a hose and port-o-pots. no shade whatsoever which may suck in indi in august. many smaller places, peeps farms and such within walking distance with the same ammenities (sp?) for less $$. 2 yrs. ago for Phil camped at the first house next to DC and this guy was passing out beer, letting folks use the pottie, and selling ice for $2 a bag. very laid back and cool, except for the chiggers, but one hell of a reminder!
thanks Dave, i'll keep that in mind...
i think for Phish a few years back we camped at a site just off the venue, walking distance, but from what i remember they had a small lake/pond...never been to the "official" campsite and $55 bucks a carload may be a little steep for 2 of us...
anyone else have any campsite recomendations from Phish a week or so ago??
anyone know where the "Deadcreek" campground is?
many areas to camp. don't sweat it, just get there early so you can choose and everything will be alright!
"OUT HERE IN THE FIELDS"
8 more days!
OK! DEER CREEK ROLL CALL, I WANNA MEET ALL OF YOU THAT I CAN! C'MON IT WILL BE PHUN!! For real, there has been a lot of B.S. on the zone lately, but what it's all about is the posotive vibes and meetin people you talk to on your keyboard right? Well I AM a newbie, but I wanna hook up with all of you, so here we go, lets party!!! Keep the Love a goin!
DEER CREEK ROLL CALL!
I say we meet at the middle of the bottom of the back hill at 3:30p.m. on Tuesday. Whaddya say?
1. Cosmic Charlie
ive never been to the creek before, please elaborate on the meetup locale, charlie. muchas gracias.
everyone pray for a playin in the band at joliet, so i wont hear one at dc or columbus.
im calling a complete terrapin suite at deer creek w/robert hunter as the second set opener. super stoked about these shows, and i hope to see all my zoners there.
mrminer, you will see what I am talking about when you get there bro, ya can't miss it. see ya there 4 more days!
any heads up on anything i don't already know about the area(been ther several times)aka:anything that has come up since phish, etc...i'm leavin in the morn(tues)so anything about traffic, cops, construction(i'm travelling from MI), good vibes or else...would be mighty appreciated...hope to see everyone and all...look for me around row 16, sec C--i think...dancing will be frenetic, joyfull...thanks...PEACE!
Watch for the the psychedelic power drunks. Typically solo males or in pairs, generally early 80's power-torque computer geeks (King Crimson heads) who have formulated a place for themselves in the Dead Universe.
These introverts, who can be simply overcome, if thought put to it, nevertheless possess a mean streak that is often psychedelically interlaced with conscious formulative experience (ie. in the formulation of personal power (on psychedelics). During the long hauls in concert halls across the land, and with many different bands, over the course of many years, and in feeling women, breasty nipples abouncin', they know a strange rejection.
from a post on the otherones board...
Schoolgirl w/ Dylan
again, from the folks over on the otherones board...
US Blues (Bobby & Joan)
>Stagger Lee (Bobby, Phil & Joan)>
Good Mornin' Lil Schoolgirl (Dylan & Bobby),
Ballad of a Thin Man (Bobby & Dylan),
Oh Boy (Dylan and Bobby),
Baba Jingo (MIckey),
He's Gone (Bobby),
Unbroken Chain (Phil)
that's a loooooottttttttttta Bobby Weir. Even with
Dylan sharing vocals it seems like sooo much Weir...
...but an interesting looking set, esp with the UBC to close, I love that spot for that song.
Is that the first US Blues of the summer?
they played one at merriweather tommy
at the first furtur festival, someone placed a sign on the back of the wall at Deer Creek that said, "sorry about the fence." I always thought that was an interesting touch... nice first set, oh boy and thin man are extremely cool choices, wonder if they'll get around to slow train somewhere in the next day or so...
thank phil for the unbroken... yeah, what is this band, the weir show? he oughta relinquish the reigns a bit.
the GD played "the weight" right?
"take a load off, Fanny..."
what ever happened to the weight?
it's a The Band song.
set 2 (from otherones.net)
he can sing every song in my book.
If whoever's singing is singing well...then that's just fine with me. Personally i'd rather have phil sing everything...but that's just not gonna happen
this is taking some time and them some. must be getting a real late night. gotta go.
Verizon(Deer Creek)Music Theater
Playin in the Band>
Good Mornin' Little School Girl*
Ballad of a Thin Man*
Oh Boy*(The Hollies)
The Eleven> Jam>
Feelin' Groovy Tease>
Encore: Attics of my Life
By Tapecat (Tapecat) on Wednesday, August 06, 2003 - 04:31 am: Edit Post
Shit............I forgot there was a Joan tune just before Drumzzz, Which I never heard before & still don't know what it's called.......I'll know after I give it a listen in the morning
Oh yeah and the * is with Dylan
cool show. mickey's growling, and bob on BOATM, which isn't exactly the most friendly song in around,
classic second. that's awesome phil broke out attics. wow, he finished both sets. who did dew? attics trumps sugar megs, i'm feelin' phil!
Can a person be too excited? why is bobby gotta be so epic and dramatic? he needs to get off and row.
The Eleven> Jam>
Feelin' Groovy Tease>
Looks like they saved 'the shit' for the CREEK. Finally got the DEW. I always loved the Thin Man. Wow "Oh Boy" "Feelin Groovy Tease". Any news on the quality of these renditions. Looks like a very Strong show.
>Looks like they saved 'the shit' for the CREEK.
Makes sense considering the shit that went down the last time they were all there together.
BTW - word on DNC has it that Joan sang AM Dew!
Forgive me, I am new here.... What is DNC?
I was at the final Deer Creek Show, worst show I had ever been a part of. It started out awesome until a million people jumped the fence during Desolation....... Fire LITERALLY died after one verse... Never saw that before. It was really sad, anyway, I loved the venue though.
reviews please? was the joan song fast or slow
mike, dnc stands for dead net central (i think?). another message board/forum area similar to this (i think?)
from what i read on some other boards it looks like morning dew was sung by phil, joan, and bob. (harmonizing the verses, not taking turns)
Well, that is one really nice looking setlist.
DNC is DeadNetCentral - It is the Dead's official message board. Doesn't work much like this one, but its a pretty cool place sometimes.
I hope Joan sang AM Dew alone!
OK, its official (unless the dude on DNC is cracked):
Joan sang AM Dew by herself, or so says a guy who went...
Dylan, Dead put on lively sets
The Dead and Bob Dylan
• Where: Verizon Wireless Music Center.
By David Lindquist
August 6, 2003
If the Dead and Bob Dylan joined forces this summer to reignite the camaraderie and good vibrations associated with rock music during the 1960s, they accomplished their mission Tuesday night at Verizon Wireless Music Center.
Dylan served as opening act for the Dead -- essentially the surviving members of the Grateful Dead -- and also joined the landmark jam band for three songs of their headlining performance.
A rendition of Buddy Holly's "Oh Boy" highlighted the collaboration. Delivered by Bob Weir and Dylan as a straight duet, "Oh Boy" featured none of the latter's random syncopation or enhanced braying. It simply radiated joy.
The supergroup also tackled Sonny Boy Williamson's "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl," a tune long associated with the Dead. Dylan, assisted by Weir on some lyrical cues, had a knock-kneed ball as he attacked the keyboard of a portable organ.
In between "Schoolgirl" and "Oh Boy," Dylan sang his own "Ballad of a Thin Man" -- a cutting indictment of cluelessness that reveals sadness in both the accuser and the accused.
Weir, however, used good-natured teasing to lighten the mood. Standing back from his own microphone, Weir mouthed the words along with Dylan and raised his head to match the spiking inflection at the end of every line.
Dylan himself played host during his go-for-broke solo set. For encore "Rainy Day Women #12 and 35," Dead bass player Phil Lesh and drummer Mickey Hart pitched in.
Joan Osborne, on tour as the Dead's spotlighted vocal guest, aced harmonies with Dylan -- perhaps the toughest assignment in music -- during a stirring version of "Tears of Rage."
Dylan, looking dapper as ever in an ensemble of white silk shirt and blond Western pants, yielded much of his spotlight to guitarist Freddie Koella.
Koella plays with more personality than his fine predecessor, Charlie Sexton. Altering his approach from song to song, Koella gave a blues-rock tutorial during "Highway 61 Revisited" and later a master's course in rockabilly during "Summer Days."
The Dead sailed through a high-energy opening set that placed more emphasis on catchy songs ("Playing in the Band," "U.S. Blues") than instrumental improvisation.
Mellow country tune "He's Gone" benefited greatly from Osborne's presence.
After intermission, things turned trippy and autumnal. A psychedelic video reel told part of the story, and elongated soloing from guitarist Jimmy Herring told the rest.
An accomplished player to be sure, Herring can be too polished for his own good. As his excursions glided without peaks or valleys, bass player Phil Lesh as well as keyboard players Rob Barraco and Phil Chimenti stepped in to advance the plot.
While an audience of 10,000 caught the Dead last December at Conseco Fieldhouse, Tuesday's attendance figure swelled to 16,000.
Several hundred twirling dancers, a defining image of Grateful Dead culture, flooded the walkway between the amphitheater's lawn and pavilion.
Had Charlie Rose -- the public TV talk-show host on hand to document the scene -- walked this earthy gauntlet, even he could have felt the love.
This show was argually one of the best musical excersions that I have ever witnessed. I truly was highly impressed with this band, and having never had the opportunity to see the real Dead, I guess this is the next best thing because I thought this band was much more enjoyable than P & F's.
To set the vibe for those of you who didn't attend, it was a beautiful summer night, around 70 degrees and everyone was in very high and friendly spirits. I arrived very late and while walking through a nice sized Shakedown I immediately noticed that I am either getting old ( 27 on the 29th ) or the crowd is getting much younger, than even last summer at P & F's. It was really cool to so many teenagers that are interested in the Dead, my friend and I actually met two teenage girls and even hung out with them and their friends in the lawn during the show, they weren't quite as well schooled in the Dead as me but they were trying, and thats good to see. Also, I noticed that the scene seemed much cleaner and more friendly than usual, not as many miracle seekers and unfriendly people whose appearance and attitude were uncool. Everyone seemed to have a smile and contributed to the atmosphere, it was the best Shakedown I've witnessed...ON TO THE SHOW..
Like I said, I arrived pretty late and it wouldn't be fair to review Dylan's set because I didn't see enough of it, besides I like seeing Bob in more intimate settings instead of thru binoculars..
The Dead opened with a really nice JAM that was very very mellow and I could immediately tell it was going to be either PLAYIN or Jack Straw. Playin' was the correct call! It was a decent Playin', a grate way to begin a show and the sound was awesome, I know from experience and opinions of others that the lawn up Phil's side of the stage has the best sound of anywhere in the venue, check it out next time! I was really suprised to hear the segue into US BLUES, it was a song that I never expected to hear live and it really pumped up the band, evryone around me was definetly into this version and the band seemed to be locking up an excellent groove. STAGGER LEE starts next and if I remember correctly, the lyrics were screwed royalty by Joan, but no one cared because the song was in good fun and I may be wrong, but I believe they jammed for a while and came back to the part Joan flubbed, the "shot him in the balls part". Next up was Dylan and SCHOOLGIRL which gave me the opportunity to observe the beautiful schoolgirls around me, which by the way there were many beautiful, gorgeous ladies at this show! Schoolgirl was decent but not grate, next came a rare ( I believe ) combo of BALLAD OF A THIN MAN and OH BOY! I can't say I'm a big fan of Thin Man but this was probably the best version I've ever heard because of the way Bob sung it, and Oh Boy was very upbeat and happy of course..BABA JINGO was next I beleive, and this was so far the highlight of the show IMHO, it had a very good rythum and just picked up the energy a notch. Now for the true highlights of the 1st Set:
HE'S GONE was awesome. Either Rob or Jeff had a beautiful keyboard sounding riff that had the wah tone and it made for a spectacular version very well sung by Bobby, with plenty of crowd pops and emotion going around.....I had 3 songs on my "Wishlist" for this show, and I got them all!!! First one was UNBROKEN CHAIN, what can I say..it was slow and played to album like perfection, but with so much of that certain magic I can't explain, it nearly brought me to tears. This was not the version I had always dreamed of hearing ( crowd almost seemed bored by it, was it played too slow? ) but it was hands down the best song I have ever heard live!!!
Let me say that Hunter was one of my favorite parts of the entire show, especially NEW SPEEDWAY and REUBIN & CHERISE, which I believe was played in C. Did anyone else notice the extra lyrics, one in New Speedway about how generations end up, "good die young, rest get buried alive"??? and in R & C , "Reuben walked with the ghost of Cherise"?? but hear hair still hung gently down!! Awesome stuff Hunter!
Set 2 was extraordinary! Song 2 on my wishlist was WEATHER REPORT, and from the opening notes of the 5 minute or so jam that opened the set, I knew it was WRS. I happen to love Bobby, I know thats rare on this board but I love this song and he did a brilliant job on it, even though he seemed to get a little lost during LET IT GROW. Let It Grow was monster and epic, as was the jam to follow! A grate jam developed and segued into the ELEVEN, I mean a llloooonnnggg jam! This was followed by a Joan song that I am not sure of but sounded good, and then into DRUMZ. Drums was very good, its the first I've ever heard with Mickey and Billy, but what the hell was up with Mickey and that surgeons mask and doctor's outfit??? Is that common or was he tryin to freak us out? SPACE started and it was really a moment just to look up at some stars and think about what might be coming next, how #3 on mywishlist..TERRAPIN!! Lady With A Fan nearly had me in tears like Unbroken Chain, once again the music was flawless and I just felt lucky to witness this song being performed. At the time I thought it may have been the best version that I have ever heard, anytime sung by anyone! I may need time to investigate that. MORNING DEW follows and I wonder how this show could get any better. Joan did a wonderful job on this tune and the jamming was incredible leading right into TERRAPIN!! Phil screams "Terrapin" at one point in the song if I remember correctly and the crowd goes nuts!! SUGAR MAGNOLIAS starts up and I know this is the closer, I am not very fond of this one and I was emotionally drained, so when everyone around me finally started to really get into the show ( showing their age and Dead knowledge of songs I guess ) then I really jsut felt like I had had enough and was ready for a slow, mellow, good vibed encore to send me on my way. I thought AWBYG, but no thats too slow...
Phil comes out to speak about organ donation, and I can't help but wonder if the audience is listening to what a sincere message he is trying to give. Maybe life is more about helping people than being so into self indulgence..
ATTICS OF MY LIFE...what can I say? wow..another song that is only a legend in my mind and never even considered to be heard live. It was georgous, I thought about its meaning and I think its about love and gratitude for someone helping the singer, maybe the someone helping him is God?
In conclusion, I really can't go over a note by note review until I hear the show in a controlled enviroment, all I can say is that this band is obviously trying very hard to please and I would say they are obviously succeeding. Thanks for reading!
Reviews??? Can anyone confirm that Joan sang the Dew solo? Weirhigh, Mtnguy, did you go to this one?
If Weir sings any more than this, it will sound too much like Ratdog with Phil sitting in.
This leg looks good, but Red Rocks remains relatively strong. Any comments from the road warriors that have seen them all?
":but what the hell was up with Mickey and that surgeons mask and doctor's outfit??? Is that common or was he tryin to freak us out? " Mickey wears that outfit to protect himself when he plays the beam. Strings can pop and particles fly off. He writes about it in his diary near beginning if I recall correctly. Diary can be found as a link on The Dead page which can be accesed way of dead.net
A couple of quick comments/opinions on the show last night:
It was Weir who forgot to sing some of the lyrics to Stagger Lee. Bob sang the 'narrators' portion of the song, Joan Sang the 'Deliah Dee' portions and Phil sang the 'Bayou' parts. Bob forgot to go back up to the mike for the "shot him in the Balls verse.
The Good Morning Lil Schoolgirl was very different sounding from other Dead versions of this song (I didn't really care for this rendition). I thought that the Ballad of a Thin Man and Oh Boy were excellent!
The Weather Report Suite was Great; with a HUGE Let it Grow that lead into a monster jam (followed by a very good version of the Eleven)!
The new song was a medium to fast paced song with some good soloing by Jimmy. Phil brought the band into the song by doing a Mini Bass Solo/Lead that laid down the groove for the song.
Joan did sing the Morning Dew solo - It was the best post-Garcia Dew that I have seen. Unlike most Phil+Friends versions it actually soared during the instrumental breaks and had some good emotion behind it.
Mickey should wear a muzzle, not a mask!
And, what was that Joan song? Anyone heard that before?
Ok, ok, Ive bitched about Joan, but now that Ive actually SEEN what she does & heard live what she does...
It was a VERY solid show - from start to finish. JeffD gives it a big fat 8/10. The whole experience was great, weather in the mid 80s, low humidity. Didnt get to make it to the Shakedown cause I had VIP parking (ahoy paloy) but it sounded like a medium sized city had sprouted up in the lot).
Anyhoo, Dylan. Wow. White silk shirt, cream pants, playing a keyboard that sat on (what looked like) a $5 stand. Three words - Tears Of Rage. Fuckin beauty. Joan added her vocal talents and for me, this was about as good as it got all night. If I were Bob Dylan, when I met a person, Id say "Im the greatest poet of the 20th Century, nice to meet you".
Id still like to see Jimmy "take off" a little more, but other than that -- rock solid. Besides Boba Fett Jingo, it was all keepers...
OH BOY with Bob Dylan -- hows that for American music in one tidy little bundle? Biggest smile I had all night - and it seemed the same was true for the band.
Other highlights pour moi -- Unbroken Chain (always), Terrapin (seems like this gets played very often at DC -- dont know why but I like it).
Morning Dew... sooooooo hauntingly sweet, really really "pretty" and I mean that in the very best way. This will be a goose-bump inducer when its heard on disc. And being sandwiched with Terrapin... shiiiiit.
Attics - GRATEFUL DEAD church music - cant explain it any other way, it was just that.
Seems this show was one for the ears, know what I mean? Plenty of boogie, a bit of tripin-decular excitement, but mostly for the ears... which is my favorite kind.
Oh, one more thing...
You hand in your ticket
And you go watch the geek
Who immediately walks up to you
When he hears you speak
And says, "How does it feel to be such a freek"
And you say, "Impossible"
And he hands you a bone
Because something is happening here
But you dont know what it is
Do you, Mister Jones?
Ballad of a fuckin Thin Man - NUFF SAID.
yes, joan sang dew solo. also, jeff c. joined in on the last bit of hes gone. hes gone was the sound check, it greeted me as i pulled in the venue yesterday. here is the robert hunter set for any that are interested:
end of the road
new speedway boogie
reuben and cerise
doin that rag
boys in the barroom
i am clueless about that new joan tune. it sounded pretty good. i had never heard it, i dont think. also, instead of the terrapin>dew>terrapin, it was lady with a fan>dew>lady with a fan(last verse)>terrapin. im headed out the door to columbus right now, but i have the complete list of who sung what if anyone has any questions.
did not see this, but appears that joan did sing dew solo from various sources, what a crazy set from everyone... hope you guys had a great time
and don't you just love phil chimenti playing on that catchy tune playin' in the band
Just did a little research on Tears of Rage. Written by Dylan and Richard Manuel, released in 1975 on the album The Basement Tapes. Also, covered by The Band.
Yes, the greatest poet of the 20th century.
sorry for so many short posts in a row, the joan song is called Wings of Yesterday! all I can get about it so far, no mention of who wrote it, or the tempo of the song... (a google search yields nothing). How big was the Feelin' Groovy jam, was it like the one in Joliet if anyone saw both?
a few notes on this show...
first off, THE SCENE...i was at the last GD show in '95, and i must say the scene at this show was much better, more what it should be like...a good mix of young and old and not a lot of dirty wookies begging and looking for freebies. I must say, we got there late, but the lot scene was laid back and enjoyable...weather was BEAUTIFUL! On to the show...
We got there late so only caught the end of Dylan's set and encore...what i saw, i liked...unfortunately, peeps i was with weren't big on catching Dylan, so we straggled...the Rainy Day encore rocked though....Bob looking dapper in all white and grovin' to the tunes...
Dead opening Jam and Playin' hit the spot and got everyone groovin'...sound where we were at (halfway down the pavillion, Jimmy side) was crisp and the band sounded tight right from the get go...from there, i could be wrong, but i heard what sounded like a pretty seemless transition into U.S. Blues...i know we've been pretty liberal with the little ">" nowadays, but i think this time it fits...you can tell the band really like this song and the crowd ate it up...Stagger Lee was smokin' with some good guitar work from Jimmy...Bobby forgot a verse or two, but no one seemed to mind...and then here comes Dylan.
Just seeing Bob Dylan up there with the boys (and girl) is a treat to me...i can't help but think of all the musical history right there before my eyes, and it gives me a chill...These 3 songs with Dylan were first set highlights for me, not so much because they rocked, which they did, but more because of the novelty...and i may be in the minority here, but i actually LIKE Dylan's voice and the way it sounds when contrasted with Wier's...it just gives the song a new life, and Ballad of a Thin Man!!! This song cooked...hopefully tapes of this will circulate so everyone can hear how much the band rocks on this tune...the OH BOY was a suprise and rocked the house...crowd was really into it at this point...
After Dylan leaves the stage the band settles into Baba Jingo...i use this as a chance to relieve myself of the $7 Coors Light i rented on the way in...from what i heard though, sounded decent, not sold on this song, but about as good as mickey is gonna sound, i guess...i get back just as He's Gone starts to take shape...a GREAT version, i don't think Bobby screwed up once and Jimmy was nailing it...Joan adds a great deal to this tune...simply beautiful. Phil ends the set with an above average UBC...with some nice jams and a great ending!
Second set WRS was tremendous...i've been wanting to hear a complete Weather Report forever, and once this tune started i knew it would be a monster! I was not disappointed...and the jam into The 11 was smoking as well...from here it seemed as if the band wanted to go into a couple of different directions before settling into the grove that gave way to the new Joan song...which was pretty good, kind-of a medium-to-fast paced song, in the line of "She Said, She Said" or something to that effect...from there Drums/Space takes hold, which was booming this night! I usually use D/S as a chance to use the head, but not last night...i was mesmerized the whole time! Lady with a Fan coming out of space builds momentum into one monumental Morning Dew...Joan really shined on this one, and although i liked her before she sold me with this tune...she really hit it! I can't wait to hear this on tape. From there back into Terrapin to bring us home...FOR ME...this post-space sandwich of Terrapin>Dew>Terrapin is the definite hightlight...spaced out at times, rockin' at others, just simply beautiful...for me, this block of music is what "it"'s all about...
A smoking Sugar Mags gets the run-of-the-mill fans (the ones sitting since space) stomping their feet, sending everyone home happy..Attics to close it seemed like a perfect fit on this night...great harmonizing, something this new incarnation seems to be nailing so far...
Overall, this show was a true gem for those of us in the know...for those casual Dead fans (the group i was with) probably a little above average...the band seemed tight, jams into songs were fluid, jimmy wailed, joan rocked, Bobby sounded great...and didn't fuck up too many lyrics...either way, as the last show i'll see for awhile, i'll take it!!!
<Ok, ok, Ive bitched about Joan, but now that Ive actually SEEN what she does & heard live what she does...
She rocks. It was a VERY solid show - from start to finish. JeffD gives it a big fat 8/10.
JeffD! That's the most positive statement I've heard you make about the new lineup. So happy to know you had a blast, and that the new arrangement is growing on you! COOL! I always like your assessment of shows, etc., but this was like music to my ears. I didn't hit the Deer Creek show, but it was my fav venue for years in the early 90s.
Question for JeffD: How did you come to your conclusion about Joan before you saw her? Tapes/CD's? Reviews? Just curious.
Thanks for the review Captain Trips (Terrapinflyer). It is good to hear it confirmed by someone in the know. Deer Creek is a special place for me. I saw 9 Grateful Dead shows there, and my first full blown "Where's Jerry", "The aliens are here and have been all along" trip was there -- so I know where the Creek can take you. I was so disappointed to hear about the 95 shit, but it is good to know that amends have been made and that the magic was back at my favorite amphitheater. Always loved the sunset on the cornfields.
The show starts with a nice fluid JAM which finds its way easily into PLAYIN' IN THE BAND. After the 'drop' in Playin, the band slowly starts stretching taffy, deciding on whether to add the peanut butter or just let this one be vanilla. Decision's made, U.S. BLUES! ... this was pretty kool but maybe a botched lyric here and there, nothing too memorable - good or bad. STAGGER LEE comes aboard and looks good, but lacks the familiar 'one-two-punch' (think last part of song with, 'the song that women sung, was look-out stagger lee' without the big punches) ... a couple of botched lyrics has me wondering who is actually telling the story ... hmmm ... musically ~ o.k., but then we get the cream-colored cowboy Bob Dylan (cream pants with a *white* shirt) coming up to add to the smiles. Up jumps out GOOD MORNING LITTLE SCHOOL GIRL. Now this rendition had everyone in the band with a geometric piece (think triangle, square, etc.) and only a round hole to get them in. Problem was: no one had the round piece. They kept jabbing them in, scrapping their hands and smiling like we knew they were having fun. After this Bob D. approaches Bob W. for some serious discussion on whether he left the iron on at home, and immediately pulls out BALLAD OF A THIN MAN. Fantastic - it even had Bob Weir nodding and lipping part of the song back to Bob D. Bob on Bob! Some of the ocean waves on this barely reach the shore, but the looks of everything is fabulous. As if to say 'shit' we get the OH BOY revved up. They found the round piece!!! Mama musta used the windex on this one cuz it's nice and squeaky clean! After a bit of fun, we get laid into the machine with Jimmy's lightning work on BABA JINGO. Kerosene lit with a mouthful of matches, Jimmy has this place torched! Mickey who? ... HE'S GONE was delicate and beautiful, every turn navigated with the utmost precision, gorgeous vocals on the end and done well. After gently letting the silk scarf touch the floor, Phil begins to tell us what's up with UNBROKEN CHAIN! Phil hits every vocal part (including the end's la-la-la's) for a splendid version of this beast, Jimmy's the man and steps it up, pulling and popping till the tile's gone. Once demolition is complete, we get set break.
Bob approaches stage solo with just an acoustic guitar. After a soft exchange with himself, the band folds in to the opening of WEATHER REPORT *SWEET* > hot damn this one's fine! Part one is perfectly told and the Let It Grow just drips icing all over the cake. Jimmy is stuffing bean bag chairs with bullets and hot lead while the band just keeps making more bean bags! Raging jamming like the Mississippi flood, messy and wet in a Really Good way, no nonsense, bring 'em up and shoot 'em back down. The Jam on this kept morphing and changing, but something started getting a little familiar with the water slides > THE ELEVEN! Pulsating rapidly with pure moments of clarity, this was the Bull Ride you won first with. After feeling this animal, Phil starts bucking like a Mad-Man! And Again! The music starts bending on Phil's wishes and after a couple more rounds of bucking you off, we get the surprise of the 'new song' - ALL THAT WE ARE sung by Joan. She's beautiful and strong, but no one knows this song, and I wondered if I was suppose to get off at the Blue exit instead of the Red. Jimmy had spent a good portion of the night getting all tires inflated and this one song deflated the entire set. At the end, Bob throws his hands up (disgust?) and walks off stage nodding back and forth. Oh, what have we done. Who might save us?! DRUMS!!! Round and round till the beam is found! I love the beam - I cannot comment too much on this except to say that it is always the best to 'feel' drums - my opinions on drums are soooo biased because I just love 'em! This was some low vibrations where your heart moved accordingly (they may need to warn people before entering!) and your ass became jell-o. After beating back any doubt, Bob jumps on stage with the boys for some SPACE and teases. Interesting part in Mickey approaching Jimmy from behind and playing his guitar while it was strapped to Jimmy! Once Bob saw this "monster" - he freaked and got all bug-eyed! Turn around more often Bob and those dust bunnies won't get so big! Short and paced, we were persuaded delightfully into LADY WITH A FAN with Phil taking the vocals!!! Phil's singing was awesome tonight and he made this all the way. After sharing some of your best Jelly Beans with the band, we were placed into MORNING DEW. Perfect. If you want it perfect, here it is. Exactly perfect. Every bend, nuance, quick departure is met with warm anticipation and brought out in colors. The climax at the end is awesome, Jimmy is just killing the thing! At this point, admission is paid in full. I'm a happy camper and the boys steer us back to TERRAPIN. After knowing that 'we'll be there soon' ... I knew it was the 'ending' to which the boys pop out the sweet, sweet SUGAR MAG'S. Again, Jimmy's hittin' everything like he told us twice - except (oh-no, Jimmy tell me it's not true!) right before the first 'stop' - (before the sunshine daydream) - he bingers the last chord. This gets an immediate head shake from Bob like he landed in algae. hee hee ... too funny. Thought that was ~solid~ ground Bob? Anyway, the Sunshine Daydream melts away your fears and keeps you smiling for more. After extending the time in the first place, we still get treated to a haunting ATTICS OF MY LIFE encore. Led by Joan this was truly special in every way and a treasured way to end the night. All and all, I had a fantastic evening (Bob Dylan, Robert Hunter, and The Dead ... enough said).
I pumped JeffD with some Joan good-feelin' vibes before the show - just said to keep an open mind. I also let him know how good the Sugaree at Joliet was....
Dylan rocked - Highway 61 and Tears of Rage were great!!
The Dead - a much better performance than Joliet - Joliet seemed like a big party and it was a little sloppy. Deer Creek was very good, start to finish.
Playin' didn't get very far out, US Blues was a cool transition. Stagger Lee - what I like about this band now are the chances they're taking with arrangements, song selection and in other ways outside of just their jams, and this was a perfect example - Phil, Bob and Joan each had their parts among the characters and on the toughest verse Bobby flubbed it (toughest verse because it is 3 lines of Bobby and the last one is Joan - "Buy me a gin fizz, love"). But this is what I love about this incarnation - they're not standing pat, playing their greatest hits and collecting their checks.
Dylan joining the Dead was great - Schoolgirl was a funk arrangement, different from the old traditional blues arrangement that the Dead had played for years. Thin Man was fantastic. Oh Boy was a treat and a lot of fun. Baba Jingo was OK, I'm just not big on it. I thought the He's Gone and UBC were just great!
The end of the first set was a prelude to the second, and it was excellent - the WRS just wouldn't go away....it kept going, and going, and going, and going.....again, bringing back the WRS Preludes is what I'm talking about - I've always loved them, especially when you have a female voice in the mix. The Eleven as always was good, and the new song failed to wow me, but didn't suck. The Terrapin>Dew>Terrapin was easily the highlight - Joan has such a soulful voice, it really shines on tunes like this (Dew), IMO. Attics was also beautiful.
The turtle sandwich, WRS, He's Gone, UBC were all top notch.
Did you know that you can hear the tour (I think) on zone radio? I've heard like 4 shows today. Listening to Saratoga. Heard the Jersey shows. A Red Rocks shows. Very cool
Sorry to be off subject, back to Deer Creek
jeez, just when you think you can count these guys out after a couple of lack-luster shows....they come back with a vengance.
That's what I love about em....the KNOW when they are slumpin, and this morning, they woke up KNOWIN just how good they were last night.
Thanks for all the vivid and detailed reviews...especially Douglas T....nice to hear a fresh newbie perspective from someone so grateful to see these guys.
Wonka, that's the best review I've ever read of any show. You're words are like liquid, and I rode the tide all the way to the end. Glad you had a great show. Deer Creek used to be my home venue cause I lived in Bloomington. I quit going because there were too many yahoos, not to mention the whole "crash and boogie" scene. Good to hear that it's back on track.
>>> Question for JeffD: How did you come to your conclusion about Joan before you saw her? Tapes/CD's? Reviews? Just curious. <<<
LMAO. That's easy -- and easy for anyone who knows me. Because Im cynical overly judgemental and form conclusions before trying things. I had heard the 2/14 show (didnt really like it), but the rest was me just not wanting to like her. Im an asshole like that;)
I will not like Joan Osborne
I will not like her here or there
I will not like her anywhere
I would not like her at The Greek
I would not like her at Deer Creek
I would not like her in my car
I would not like her in a bar
I like Joan Osborne
I like her here or there
I like her anywhere
I would like her at the Greek
I would like her at Deer Creek
I would like her in my car
I would like her in a bar
That is so funny! Damn, twice today you made me laugh so hard I nearly fell on my Mac, JeffD! Now where's that photo of the little SlipFrank you promised?
According to the official tour page the new song Joan did in the second set is a Phil composition called "All that we are". No other name was mentioned (e.g. Hunter), so I'm assuming the lyrics are Phil's as well as the music.
" The songs - "Little Piece of You" and "All That We Are" by Lesh, "Self Defense" by Hart and "She Says," "Even So" and "October Queen" by Weir - could be included on a forthcoming CD."
-from St. Louis Dispatch
>>" The songs - "Little Piece of You" and "All That We Are" by Lesh, "Self Defense" by Hart and "She Says," "Even So" and "October Queen" by Weir - could be included on a forthcoming CD."
-from St. Louis Dispatch<<
Isn't "She Says" (sic) by The Beatles?
>>" The songs - "Little Piece of You" and "All That We Are" by Lesh, "Self Defense" by Hart and "She Says," "Even So" and "October Queen" by Weir - could be included on a forthcoming CD."
-from St. Louis Dispatch<<
Isn't "She Says" (sic) by The Beatles?
"She Says" is different than "She Said" by the Beatles. Bob has played it with Ratdog.
Words can't describe just how good the second set at the Creek was. Think about anything you would like to hear at a show, some psych., some rockin dance, some chills down the spine, some mad Mickey, a first time played that is simply an incredible song. At the Creek you get it all, and more. Simply put, a flawless second set, what the classics are made of. In my humble opinion the second best second set I have ever seen with and without Jer. I know some will say you can never compare, but I am talking about raw emotion, amazement and sweat. The best second set i had the privledge of witnessing was the second night Charlotte 95, Hornsby's night for Unbroken Chain, sick Scar-Fire, sicker Corrina-Matilda. Anyway back to now, This show had me in tears during He's Gone, a chill down my spine for the entire DEW, I've seen DEWs before and chills come and go with that masterpiece, but this chill was beyond. Didn't clock the WRS-Let it Grow, but must have been 15-20 minutes, the closest I have heard Jimmy getting a tone like Jer's. Probably the hardest I have ever danced during SugMag, cheeks still hurt from the smiles. They put it ALL out. Knew they were spent after, knew Columbus was going to be mellow mellow.
P.S. If Joan is this damn good after a couple months, how bout after a couple of years? Jer, I know you love her too
P.P.S It was my second show clean which just makes it all that much sweeter.
Bound to cover just a little more ground
C Bauer, I couldn't agree more! This was not only one of the best shows I've ever seen, this may be one of my favorite shows ever...period! I also saw this show clean and your right, it is soooo much better. To be able to comprehend,understand, and remember the power of this show is something I am truly grateful for...What more can be said about a beautifully emotional He's Gone > Unbroken Chain, a powerfully never ending reading of WRS > LIT, an absolutely perfect Terrapin > Dew > Terrapin, or a humbling Attics encore??!! This show was the deal, the weather and crowd was also perfect..and I'm sure most of you know the venue is the best!
This may be a ridiculous question, but does anyone know how I may be able to obtain a copy of this show?? Thanks!
aaaahhhhhh !!!!! Deer Creek !!!!!
just what the doctor ordered !!!
thank you boyz !!! the magic was there again and no place more fitting then the creek. jerry was there !!! he sat next to me "or above me I don't know "
I needed this show as much as sat,
but as we know it, sat was for fun, deer creek was serious buisness.
I must say I was at first scepticle about the joan thing, but I am now a joan beleiver !!! put that in your pipe and smoke it ! joan's a keeper. anyone who tells you different doesn't have a clue !
the dead as we now know them now are grate fun !!!
don't listen to any negative posts, they don't know.
I'm glad so many on this board enjoyed this show, I know everyone takes a little something different from each show, unfortunatly this one overall was a snoozer for me. Not only for me, but the dozens of people around me who were literally sleeping on the lawn. Definatly little to no energy up there, at least where I was sitting. I might be unfairly a little critical because the events leading up to the show were disapointing.
Arrived at midnight to set up camp, shady grove, fish farms, timber ho, lakeside all closed! Where the hell were the campers? Dead Creek and 40 acres were open. I picked 40 acres and had the place to myself. Dead creek filled in a liitle bit the next day, but 40 acres remained creepy quiet. Was Close By happening?
Not a huge crowd, decent size though. Lots of people looking for tickets, not a lot of tickets going around, compared to the phish shows two weeks earlier that is. Scored a lawn for $20. Cops, laid back, from what I saw. Bought my buzz and headed in to catch the end of Dylan. Psyched and ready to rock!
of BUNK doses, I know it is hit and miss but I hadn't missed in a while. It is very unfortunate that there are those who take advantage of the scene. Mother Fucker!
Playin - nice, US Blues-nice, but fumbled lyrics all over the place. Stagger Lee-was pumped to hear it, but the lyrics were forgotten and the song fell flat. Schoolgirl, Thin man-
boring. Oh Boy-Sweet! Definatly a highlight for me. Baba Jingo-no coment. He's gone-nice, Joan sounded great. Unbroken- Ahhhh, Phil saves the set!!!
Is it just me or is does this guy just keep getting better? He was awesome and the crowd loved it!
WRS>Let it Grow-solid, Jam-strong at first, then it kind of dwindled. It looked to me like Phil spent the last minutes of the transition into the eleven trying to get Bobby's attention. The band knew the eleven was coming, the crowd knew it, but Bobby seemed to be in his own little world, playing with his rig, then when the transsition didn't work, they kicked into the eleven with a countoff. The eleven-solid. New song-slow, but nice to hear one I hadn't heard before. Drums>What's with Dr. Hart? Terrapin-Thank You Phil! Dew-Hell ya!!Did I mention Joan can sing! Sugar mag-rocked, got the crowd movin again. Attics-beautiful, but half the crowd ran for the exits.
Overall: slow, lots of Weir, Thank God for Phil, I think he realized the show needed a boost, hence the Terrapin>Dew.
Sound: on the lawn Phil's bass was rather low in the mix, especially 1st set. Weir's guitar was cranked and at times almost overpowered Jimmy's. Keys were also very low in the mix and Rob's voice couldn't be heard. How did it sound in the pavilion?
So glad you saw the show clean, and felt what I did. Either hook up with a taper, or order the show, they are doing that this year, soundboard CDs, you can order them at the shows for 25 or order form dead.net. Gotta get that one, listen to it and get the chills again and again. More power to those seing the show on their own, drug free.
Bound to cover just a little more ground.
P.S. Hey Doug T are you a Rat?
Driving back from Columbus with Ian's laptop and thought I would pen off a short review of deer creek. Had a glorious time at both shows...
Since Jerry died, I have gotten to still see a lot of amazing music, terrific jazz, jamband, lots of phil,TOO, and family. Some shows have had better scenes than others, but for the first time for me it actually felt like DEAD TOUR was back. I had gone through the 'grieving' process and had resigned myself that that was something I would have to just think of as a terrific past memory, but now I have a whole new level of excitement for the future.
I thought the boys are really hittingtheir stride lately. Bonnaroo was terrific, but Joan has otten more used to the band's way of doing things and they have really gelled together.
Camped at the close-by with a real nice, laid back scene. Can't cut thru anymore, and caught the bus ($2 round). the lot was festive and the shakedown wasn't ugly. I have heard a lot of bad reviews of the lot scene lately...the wookies didn't hop to phish tour etc, and was suprised and delighted at the larger number of kinder folks (similiar to the scene at phish deer creek a couple weeks ago just a slightly older crowd). Not sure if I was just lucky with who we met, or if it was the same for everyone else, though. Might be that the more you tour, the better you get at it and the less you get surprised by poor planning, dunno.
Got in at a reasonable time with the 8 of us and hit the lawn. Dylan is much better than when I saw him a decade ago, but I liked what I saw in 99 with Phil better (I like him on guitar better). Said goodbye and we all headed into the pavilion to our respective seats. First time up front at deer creek (been there since 7-15-89)--amazing front row seats sec A right in front of the keys. The Playin and US blues were terrific and the look on their faces showed that they were having a blast. Joan, Jimmy, and Phil were grinning ear to ear and bobby was really playing hot and singing well. The stagger lee was good at the beginning, but bob flat blew it part of the way in. Stepped to the mic, went blank and the distraction threw off his playing. joan tried to help out and sang a line or two to jog his memory, and they tried to recover. Other than that though, he owned a big part of this show. Dylan's contribution was cool, and I liked the Oh, boy (GOTTA LOVE these killer breakouts....we have been treated to a better part of their repitoire than ever existed in the last decade with Jerry). Didn't recognize the tears of rage for a bit, but was impressed by the end. He's Gone seemed extra poingant. The Unbroken was also great...can't get enough of that jam and phil and jimmy really hit it well.
Sat back in the lawn with friends for Robert hunter...He can be a permanent addition to tour as far as I am concerned. Really makes the set break smoother and less tedious. His boys in the barroom acapella at the is such a cool bold song and he pulls it off so well. Few could do that without seeming 'dorky'. Every time I see him it seems to be a better performance...
As if it couldn't get better, the hammer then came down on us...WRS > Let it Grow > The eleven. WOW! Could have just seen those three
songs and been happy. This momentum carried through and up to drums. Had a dumbass squirm around right in my wife's and my face through drums, though so I was pretty distracted (didn't ruin the evening by far, though.) Mad scientist Mickey was cool in his labcoat and goggles. Never saw any exploding strings or shrapnel ;^)The lady w/ fan>Dew>terrapin was also perfectly majestic...what a powerful combo. The looks on thier faces through the whole show reminded me of the delight they seemed to have at the terrapin reunion at alpine, and the happiness was very contagious. The attics was nicer than the one on the dead.net sample, and really took me back to the last Attics at deer creek 95...Jer might have had his problems by then but that one was a real
tearjerker for me.
All in all this was a great pair with columbus. At the Creek, they got into and out of their songs tightly and succinctly. Raging sets and I was left pleased as punch. At Columbus, they went out there more and got more spacey and meandering, which I also liked, but was different. I could hear Golden Road at every show...
Had a different twist this time with Ian getting use of a $5K projector and we watched dvd movies and 10-9-89 on his laptop projected onto the blank wall of our rearranged hotel room in >150" screen format. Times sure have changed...
CANT WAIT FOR MORE TOUR!!!
off the hook