My 2 good friends flew out of Manchester NH this morning for what appears to be one hell of a weekend. (lucky bastards) I am sitting here at work and these are the 2 guys that I go to shows with all over the place. I have to wait until 11/23 Beantown and I hope everyone has a blast in Denver. If you see a Large Human Being dancing his ass of and jumping like a phreak thats my brother Garrmonn he's hard to miss and you see him at a ton of shows in the North East and I'm sure he'll scream at least once during the show "Warren I fucking love you man!" when it's nice and quiet. Oh how I wish I was there. Well off for a weekend with the in-laws.
Peace to All
I just got out of school for the day. About to pull a tube and head over to Sanchos for the first of many jack and cokes. Hope everyone has as much fun as I know I will tonight. See ya there. Q
Everyone going to these CO shows ..Have a GREAT Time
Time To Confess
Tastes Like Wine
Slow Happy Voice
Sco Mule (w/Herring)
PLQ, Philmore, Denver 11/14/03
The Wheel> Jam>
Pride Of Cucamonga
thanks Dewit, Frankl, SOG
Eyes of the World>
No More Do I>
King Solomon's Marbles,
Sunshine of Your Love>
E: US Blues
*THANKS FRANKL FOR THE SETLISTS*
Gov't Mule 11/14/03 Philmore, Denver, CO Set 1:
Time to Confess,
Tastes Like Wine,
Slow Happy Voice,
WDC> Beautifully Broken> WDC,
Sco Mule (w/ JH),
Phil Lesh Quintet 11/14/03 Denver Philmore; Denver, CO Set 1:
Acadian Driftwood (RB),
Pride of Cucamonga,
Eyes of the World>
No More Do I>
King Solomon's Marbles,
Sunshine of Your Love>
E: US Blues
*THANK YOU TO FRANKL FOR THE SETLISTS*
Wow. That's about all I can say.
From right under Warren's nose, it was one hell of a show.
Even scored a Warren guitar pick!!
Sounds like an incredible night of music on all fronts, but still, if anyone can fit in a phone call, the on-site prespective would be appreciated from anyone reading this and having a contact number.
Nice score on the pick.
Phil caught on fire in Eyes-Even with the-- Sunshine of your love-- attempt to put out the fire-Charlie-Cryptical and -- I was counting on Phil to drop the bomb on us- to get the fire burning hot again in the Other One-----------AND HE DID------------Thank you Phil---------------
yous guys are in for a real treat, God I could feel the energy of Phil soaring through the universe. Bet that OtherOne was real sweet.
OH THANK YOU COSMIC ONE...
on second glance at the setlist.......Holy Bejesus, that must've been supercalafragalisticexpalidocious.
well, were are all the reviews?
tonites going to ROCK!!!! Great Show last night.
Here's a totally blibbering, skewed review, from the absolute front row of the stage:
Warren and the Mule ROCKED-- opening with Patchwork, the absolute best version of I have ever heard-- Jimmy and Warren jamming during the Mule set--- absolutely burned the place down. Really sweet moments like "Tastes Like Wine"-- unbelievable-- "Beautifully Broken" had more than a few people in the front weeping, I mean literally in tears. This doesn't really even begin to the Mule justice...Warren played the Les Paul brightly and sweetly the entire Mule set...
The Wheel to open? I'll take it!! And just as the 5/31/02 Berkeley show, "ACADIAN DRIFTWOOD" like an answer to a prayer I didn't know I was praying. I FUCKING LOVE THAT SONG!!!!!
Wheel>Acadian Driftwood with big, meaty, juicy jam between.....
Fuckin A: PRIDE OF CUCAMONGA, Phil smiling, eyebrows popping up and down as he recites this Dylanesque, scary-funny-ominous-comic song...Warren and Jimmy just BLAZING through the blues bridges....AHHHH!!!!!!
The Biggest Old Alligator I have EVER SEEN. Oh my GOD. A capellas on the Alligator sounded like something out of the Swing Era, only at 200 decibels and screaming.
Casey Jones as a closer, Warren looks at me and laughs, I make a beseeching strum motion to him and he looks me right in the eye and underhands me his pick. WOW!!!!!!!
The whole night I am watching his left hand, trying to understand his scales, bridges... not knowing much, I can tell you this much--when he hits the twelfth fret with his bottleneck, all hell breaks loose.
A simply lovely Eyes--all sorts of ladies in the house, and the Jimmy-Warren repartee has all kinds of mischievous sexy energy swirling.... as a kind of poetic bridge to maleness helpless in a female sea, KING SOLOMON's MARBLES--this is Absolut Jimmy
If you want a primer in rhythm, check out Warren during this Jam--laying down weird chordal platform for Herring's insane note-ology. WOW!!!
Warren switches his epiphone for that CLASSIC rosewood Gibson and he fucking DESTROYS Sunshine of Your Love....
What a beautiful bunch of people last night. God damn, I love the brick-and-mortar Phil Zone!!
Can't wait to see you all tonight.... all you easterners waiting for the Beacon, Beantown, CT and points between I have some advice:
take a lot of vitamins
eat a balance diet
save your nugz and whatever other toys
deep cleansing breaths
Because when this train comes to town, it's going to be LIKE NEVER BEFORE.
what he said.
Thanks for the revue JW..
From the setlist only here as I was not at show....
Set one is like a chapter in a book..A fictional..non fiction..journalistic commentary by Phil on ours and his own mindset..
I had a feeling that Phil was gunna put together a set that addressed the editing fiasco of the 60 minute thing..As Ii am sure he felt pretty much the same kinda things we felt after viewing that abortion..
Not to implant presumptive discernment here..BUT..I got what I got out of what I thought Phil might be trying to say there last night..
In chat room as calls came in from FRANKL to Seaofgreen and were posted on screeen..I waited with anticipation for the sharing by Phil of his cumulative experience and wisdom flavored by his intuitive resources..
It kinda reminds me of a rock and roll I Ching answers to a question sorta thing...
The Lesh Ching..We all know Phil puts together the setlist..just how he does that I am not sure..But as always..the setlist last night spoke to me..
Look at the first set list..an example..
I reach for you
Flames crackle in the dark of night
We lose the path
Leaves shiver in a silent scream
You speak some truth
Visions vanish in a flowing stream
Time slips away
Innocence in yearning flight
Ooh - shifting sands
>>The Lesh Ching..We all know Phil puts together the setlist..just how he does that I am not sure..But as always..the setlist last night spoke to me..
There's a whole bunch of soul-searching going in this and many, many other heads. The wild thing about being that close to the stage was noticing, like never before, how important the community is to the band--we are so in this together.
One word. WOW!
Great review, gets me all excited as soon as I wake up !!
Keep it up !!
This is a tough one to review.....because the playing was so damn good, but my overall impression during the show, and even moreso this morning is that a lot of the songs didn't fit together/flow all that well. I felt the presence of a large message with the set list, but couldn't quite put my finger on it.Wheel into Acadian is deep....the struggle of the pioneers....same with Midnight Train, more of an introspection....but then we have Pride, Alligator and CAsey, which are basically beer drinking party songs. Same thing happened in the second set... Eyes into No More Do I just like wheel acadian goes from the communal spiritual to the personal reflection....but then we get Sunshine which sort of refelcts the hippy ideal, but is also another party tune. Sunshine had a wickedly dark blues jam in the middle....the stage was all black and red and it was eerie and ominous for about ten minutes before they went back into the verse. Awesome! Also worth noting is that with the exception of the two new songs, everything they played was OLD...1975 or earlier, with anthem getting three cuts, right? and mars hotel getting two. Also, Cosmic and TOO to LSD songs next to eachother! I would tend to agree that Phil may have had the 60 minutes footage in mind when he designed this. Other comments...
-- opening jam teased help and shakedown.very orchestrated by phile...he was talking into the mike a lot during the first several songs.
--Wheel was slow and a little digressive.
--Piano intro to Acadian was beautiful. My highlight...waited 20 some shows to hear this! Love the lyrics...check em out if you don't know this one. Very passionate delviery on the vocals.
--Aligator was tight and energetic....jimmy!
SAme goes for pride.
--Midnight train...hmmm, not one of my favorites but i remember being dazzled by jimmy.
--Opening 2nd set jam was super jazzzy.
--Agree with the above post....Eyes...warrren seemed to really be focussing on his rhythm playing. the days of the southern dual leads are ending, and jimmy is aserting himself.This was a jimmy night.
Marbles---jimmy really dominates this one, plays the garcia lines perfectly.
--TOO--huge, dark and heavy...great lights, phil bomb....Molo went absolutely ballistic, I thought his kit was gonna fall over....but no sandwich the entire show! CAn't remember the last time they didn't juxtapose something! (aspen comes to mind)That was disappointing. Seemed like there should have been something before sugaree....which was soulful, and warren tore it up on the slide. But didn't compare to the Filmroe in 01...but what does. Again, no frenzied dual leads, more trading off. Also, a spinal tap moment...Phils rig shut down completely for several minutes. His tech got it working just in time for the very LAST NOTE of sugaree. I am not kidding....it was hilarious, and you should have seen Phil's expresssion.
--US Blues seemed appropriate with the list, but was pretty ordinary.
--Heard but didn't see the warfield shows, but in my opinion this one doesnt match any of them. Sorry. Just didn't have that snap crakle pop and perfect flow we crave ...not sure if there was a single swift transisiton, or moment where I was lost and and vulnerable and couldn't imagine what was coming next.
--Somebody has to mention Sco Mule with Herring! The high point of the evening for me. They traded off solos and cuyt the bars in half each time until it was a delirious circle of Jimmy Warren and Danny shredding balls out. Unbelievable musicianship. These guys are at the top of their game.
--Love this venue even more than REd Rocks.SAw my first PLQ shows here and it just seems to be made for them.
I can't beieve what i'm saying but I would have been happy last night with Two Mule sets and one PLQ set.. Maybe tonight will be different. But Warren's band had more energy and was more entertaining than the "Q" last night. Maybe I was just tired from the time change and the painkillers. Either way it was great being at the Fillmore again. Can't wait for tonight!!
Oh - the Sco-Mule?? Best tune of the night - easily!!
Great review tommybell! I really agree with most of what you said. The Mule set was really excellent, a ton of energy, they're new bassist is really tight, not flashy but really lays down some fat lines. Sco-Mule was blazing, Jimmy comes out at the end of an already great set and he and Warren tear it UP! I heard from many that the Mule absolutely blew the roof off up in boulder last night, played forever and just tore it up, can't wait to listen.
I also have listened to the Warfield shows and would say neither PLQ last night was quite up to that level (which is a really hard level to achieve, those Warfield shows were really great).
The first set was kindof a wierd combination, looking at the setlist, the songs chosen were really great choices. The Wheel>Acadian was great to hear, as was Cucamonga, Phil was having a really good time with that. Then came Midnight Train, Alligator, and Casey. I guess what I would say overall is that the song choice was excellent, but the jams just lacked something, no real direction, I think Warren was a bit tired from the Mule Set.
The Second set opened well, with Eyes>No More Do I>King Solomon's Marbles. DEFINITELY a Jimmy night, Warren mostly hung back and played rhythm for these songs, Jimmy playing lead almost the whole time. Warren looked like he was getting ready for his second wind, which he was. He came out with Sunshine and just blew it out, very dark, heavy, powerful, great vocals. Cosmic Charlie and Cryptical were both solid but nothing special. TOO really took it up a notch though, Molo was going insane, so was the crowd, the whole band switched into high-gear for this one, and then when the energy had peaked they took it down a notch into a nice redition of sugaree, I love that song, one of my favorites, great to hear, but was just solid not spectacular. US Blues to close was once again solid and a great choice given the setlist.
Overall, The Mule kicked as&, the first set was good song choices and reditions but lackluster jams, and the second set was for the mostpart very solid with lots of Jimmy, and a nice high energy TOO. Highlights were pretty much the whole Mule set, especially the sco-mule, The Wheel-Acadian in the first set, The Sunshine in thee second set, Warren just on fire, and the high energy TOO near the end of the set.
I'm really looking forward to tonight and tomorrow, I have some really good feelings about what's gonna go down here in Denver.
I was in the very first row as well, 10 feet from Warren, great to be that close, but the sound is definetly better and more well mixed furthur back, I was getting blown out by Jimmy during PLQ.
peace to all,
Well, all I can say is, remember where you park your car!! Here we come from cow country to the "big city". Park the car start walking out...somewhere (looking for fillmore). Long story short, we found our car at 3:30 in the morning. What a hell of a show though. Thanks Phil
>>>>>>but no sandwich the entire show! CAn't remember the last time they didn't juxtapose something! (aspen comes to mind)That was disappointing.
What's wrong with playing the songs the way they were meant to be played once in a while?
PLQ was getting a little too cute there for a while splitting things like Cosmic Charlie IMHO.
I'm just waiting on my PLQ!!!
It all sounds so gooood! I caught the Mule in Atlanta and Birmingham and they are crackling with power and electricity. The band is in deed tight. The songs, IMO all terrestrial and organic, are glowing with mythic imagery full of magic hope for freedom and democratic life everlasting. Each spoken hope ripe in robust protest demanding the promise of freedoms denied returned fully immediately NOW! Where's my Mule? WHERE'S MY MULE?!!!!
I'm just waiting on my Phil...
song s how they were meant to be played?! dude...........
To paraphrase from above posts:
"It all sounds so gooood!
...they are crackling with power and electricity. The band is in deed tight. The songs, IMO all terrestrial and organic, are glowing with mythic imagery full of magic hope for freedom and democratic life everlasting. Each spoken hope ripe in robust protest demanding the promise of freedoms [on-paper only] denied returned fully immediately NOW!"
To prep for the upcoming shows....
"deep cleansing breaths
Because when this train comes to town, it's going to be LIKE NEVER BEFORE."
I agree. And, I agree, that is all well said. I will not bother with analysis of the music, once its played, its gone, like so much of life, all ya gots is now, this moment, this breath. Who we are being and how we are being that is the choice we have, each and every moment anew. This is the miracle we are given.
Yet saying that, describing the artist interaction, and the music and the energy dynamic between the crowd and community of course is nonstop fascination and joy. Thank you all for sharing the love!
However, having seen RatDog here in Des Moines, which was like an amazing burst of energy and fun after that 60 minutes II hack job of a doc-u-drama, and then hearing about the phil & friends set from fri. night at the philmore: whoa-sa! its like sucha issuance of positive energy and light, telling the full story, speaking the truth.
Perhaps to tell about another event happening around the week of the Dead 60 min. piece, and the start of Mule and Phil's tour: tonight I watched the end of the Demorcatic party's Jefferson Jackson Dinner in Vets Aud., also in Des Moines ironically after Veterans day on Monday, on CSPAN: Democracy is renewing itself. The dinner was emceed by Hilary Clinton, and showcased all 8 remaining candidates for Democratic caucus.
Believe absolutely, as millions do, that this day, this week, this year and every year our blessed history of a race before, another tyrant is falling from his highly marketed and funded grace.
Gov. Bush and his wacko thieves will be returned to Wacko Waco, TX. America you see is not New Texas. The tidal wave approaching shore is the pendulum swinging back, harder now that we've had tumbleweed bush to wake the sleeping giant of the American public. No amount of disinformation and new marketing products introduced "this holiday season" can cloud the truth: people are united in cause to create a better future than the silly and comedic present reality we're in.
It is clear our nation's Hail to the Thief "leadership" has already won in insisting on the invasions of afghanistan and iraq. You know the system is sick and lost its way when an entire class of people can now profit from destroying other people. When the first missle was fired, many people, a select few people like bush represent, got richer.
They had already won with the first shot fired, it doesn't matter if we rebuild iraq, they're already profitting; we've seen this in many engagements over the 200 year bloody misery of american history, we'll see it again, with our money, unless we do not, and speak up.
Then like second the sequel to the bad action movie trilogy that America has become since the coup de ta of 2000's presidential election rigging, now we've got 'Iraq III Brittle Bumble: The Next Crusade of the Apolcolyptic Christians' who bought their terms in Babylon, DC.
I believe Phil's setlist is one as mentioned above of hope and encouragement, vision and committment to keep on truckin'. That the abortive nature of the 60 min. II crap wackjob was just the tip of the iceberg, certainly not the whole truth. Just like the time warner history channel is not real history nor is any mainstream media TV/radio/print-outlet the full news, you've got to look at all sides of any given issue, including indy media on the Internet, then decide.
2004 and its elections represent a correction of errors made. It is clear the time to engage the 50% of the voting population that does not vote, is now. Encourage whoever you know, regardless of party, everyone you meet, to vote with their heart and experience. Vote your truth, speak your truth.
My point: it matters not which party you vote for.
Just Vote. Speak your experience. Don't stand idly by and notice the danger, yet do nothing.
Education, social services, labor solidarity, civil liberties, and using our military not for imperialistic crusades but for protection only are all important, for example. corruptorations paying more than 7% of taxes nationally when proportionally the profit vastly more, is another example.
corrupt-orations and cronies died with 9/11. and you can see it in the utter desperation and laugh out loud comedy that has become our romaneseque popular culture, as portrayed by the major media. this is but one possible reason why i no longer read the paper, listen to npr, or watch any tv. they hype is to keep you attentive only. eastern spirituality and biblic references might call them all grand illusions.
Many are waking to find that you are the eyes of the world: invest in your future and vote, engage society and help it heal in your community, even if it means helping your elderly neighbor or donating and food/clothes/time to the homeless shelter. "Giving and receiving, are the same" as A Course in Miracles says.
a fraction of this and more is the serving others through the truth, that phil and friends, govt. mule, and ratdog and so many others exemplify each and every night. they live their lives as examples, happy to relax people back into their holy or wholey selves. everyone has this possibility of fulfillment. the rising tide lifts all boats...as does a tidal wave. thank you above for sharing your truth. "as it is above, so shall it be below" that is only natural.
*and the Jimmy-Warren repartee has all kinds of mischievous sexy energy swirling.... *
I totally agree. Also liked the juxtaposition of Warren's bowling shirt with Jimmy's gas station attendant shirt. How's that for deep NOT
Waiting for Bill to get home for real analysis of tonight's show.
>>Just Vote. Speak your experience. Don't stand idly by and notice the danger, yet do nothing.
good point, just the wrong discussion thread for it..
i want to read about show reviews here.......
Overall, I agree with the posts above about Friday's show. Good, not great, but still lots of fun.
Hard to believe it wasn't mentioned, however, that Warren is absolutely the hardest working man in Rock n' roll. Late nite at the Chris Robinson show at a little club called Cervantes, the show seems to end at 2am. Then they come back on the mic and say to stick around because they will be back up for another set in 15 or so minutes. Five minutes later and the band is back on stage with Warren for a 45 minute ripping set. Forgot the names of everything they played (Sing me back home, Underneath the Apple Tree, Circle Round the Sun) but suffice it to say it was awesome. Only about 300 or so left in the joint at that point. Warren didn't seem to want it to end.
A funny point, in the last tune, he looked at his index finger as though it was hurting him and I am thinking, it should hurt, you just treated us to 5+ hours of music Warren. As one in our party said on the way home, Warren provided the appetizer, entree AND dessert!!
Was wondering if anyone went to see New Earth Mudd..
Guess Warren did..!!..HA..
Dear Again and Again,
Thanks for your succinct synopsis of Friday's evening! I AGREE COMPLETELY, the Jam that The Mule did with Jimmy was MESMERIZING and I had to go looking for my jaw after they stopped! MAJOR Musicians there and truly an inspiring performance!