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The show was a lot of fun last night. Very comfortable in the Masonic Hall. Could have fit another 100 people in there. It was great standing less than 10 feet from Phil and Bobby. The band sounds good, but I could tell they were rehearsals. If you go into these gigs expecting a polished show, you are setting yourself up for dissapointment. The intimacy is what makes these shows so cool. You can see the band working things out. Sound was good up front but I actually thought it sounded better in the back. More balance, and I could hear John a little better. Song selection was nice. Tempos seemed a bit slower than usual for Furthur. Crowd was very mellow. There was no pushing and shoving going on. Good vibe. If you don't make it to one of these, you shouldn't feel like you arre missing out on something epic, just intimate. It's a cool chance to get a behind the scenes look at how they work things out. Thanks for a real good time.
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Someone posted in the other thread that there were back up singers? Is that true?
Yes, there were two female singers. They looked like the same two that were with Bob, Phil & Jackie at the Philharmonia thing last week.
I would also say that I thought Weir's guitar playing was really good, and I'm a very tough grader on his playing, and I didn't think he controled or held back any of the jams; the music had a nice flow to it.
I also must say that I have never been a Jay Lane fan at all, but again I thought his playing was very good, as I thought about the Oakland shows.
In this group he doesn't have to be the anchor and front line rhythmic source. Russo is setting the beat & groove here, and doing it damn well. Lane just plays off of that, and it's working very well IMO.
Missed last night's show, but went this evening and was tickled pink.
The show was absolutely spectacular. Incredible energy from the band. Bobby was in fine form, really playing and singing well, and Phil was grooving and grinning like a little kid. It was much more of an ensemble than I expected, egos didn't get in the way of the music. John K - aka Fake Jerry as he's fondly called on the zone was allowed to shine, and he had some outrageous leads.
The opener Playin was played well, but the show really got cooking when they tore into Bertha. The Mississippi Half Step was flying, and Bobby rocked the joint with Promised Land. The place started to heat up for the Other One - literally. Got steamy in there. Unbroken Chain gave the crowd a chance to catch it's collective breath, until they started jamming and taking the song way out there. Fall back to earth for the start of Let it Grow, and then rise , and rise some more. Everyone was grooving to Golden Road, which was one of the best versions I've heard. But nothing tops the Viola Lee to end the show. Oh sweet mama, the Deep Elem encore rocked and was just the thing to send us all blissfully on our way out the door...
This was a special night. Thanks ya'll
Thanks Nancy, Nice review.