After the short break, we're ready for more.
Okay. Hereís my two cents . . . I think the Ďalbum setsí are over. That would be way too predictable for Phil. I think heís got something else in store for us for the Friday, Saturday, Sunday run . . . . and I canít wait. Weíll see . . . . . .
may i offer a respectful suggestion?
since this part of the board is show reviews, maybe let's keep it show reviews, for the sake of clarity?
it's been hard to find the reviews in these folders amidst the chitchat from the last two shows, and admin will probably just go back and clean up the whole mess anyway. Save a step and move to other stuff?
plus, this is a pretty cool run and only a relative few lucky zoners will be there - lots of folks around the zoneworld will be looking to these folders in the next few days, so maybe let's make it easy to share the love??
I haven't been to anything Dead related since 1995 and I am excited!!! My husband and I are going on Saturday. My husband's first show!! I know on Saturday we will hear One More Saturday Night.
President: you are vetoed. If it is even remotely related to the show, then folks should gab away here. Because of your suggestion I might just go on a 20 message posting splurge in this thread talking about Phil's choice in designer jeans and the hair care products utilized by the band's dynamic guitar duo.
ha ha...not likely you'll get your way muffly. Stick around a bit longer and you'll figure out how things work around here. Zoners are assholes and as such, likely to do the exact opposite of what you want.
I'm so stoked for tonight!
workingmans and american beauty are obviously classics, but they're pretty acoustic and light. I'd like to see either three sets, or do WM/AB in one set and make the second set an epic face-melter
i dont know, whatever they do I'll be there to hear it, can't wait! Is work over yet?
I find that I enjoy most things most when I go into them with no expectations. Enthusiasm? Yes. Guessing and anticipating and plotting? No. Not to put myself atop a Shire, either. Just a lesson learned the hard way over the years. Thankfully, I'm not someone who watches a movie and tries to figure the thing out the entire time, robbing the storyteller of their story. I have other ways of uselessly exercising the mind.
i agree with the "no expectations" thing..
but i am still excited to shake it tonight!!!
finally goingot a show this week and no work tomorrow!!!
see you all there... have fun!~!!
I still think we'll get a Workingman's/Beauty tonight with Sless and Nelson sitting in...Maybe more
i think workingman's/beauty would be sick.
unfortunately i am on the east coast and won't be lucky enough to see this epic run. i hope phil finishes what he starts and i really hope there are no complaints. this is a once in a lifetime event. i think bringing bobby out more would be great. CSN helped inspire the GD on American Beauty, david crosby would be a rare treat as well if that happened. plus jackie and phil have been practicing there acoustic sets in soon. if they keep it up in only the warfield run, they will have to skip a few.
Fri: workingman's dead/american beauty
Sat: wake of the flood/mars hotel
or do you think they'll just keep going in order until it's done? there's still In The Dark/Built To Last, blues for allah, bear's choice, skull & roses, etc., etc., etc., i didn't think they'd touch the live album's in entirety, but they already started it. who knows. whatever they play, it will be a treat. i still don't have tons of faith in campbell, but i will vote Phil for President in Nov.
"I still think we'll get a Workingman's/Beauty tonight with Sless and Nelson sitting in...Maybe more"
grisman's not on tour and he's on beauty for friend o and ripple
> grisman's not on tour and he's on beauty for friend o and ripple
Don't think he's exactly in the circle, or "on the b us" if you will. He only liked Jerry- at least he's not too hot on the Post-Jerry incarnations, from what I've heard. He won't be there.
he is local though so as far as i'm concerned, anything can happen on this run
ummmmm..... BUMP???? showtime????
come on ... somebody post the opener . . .
hasnt started yet just got word,,, i have contact.. my buddy says inside looks really trippy... i will be posting in other stuff ... go there. this is for reviews only...
Looks like Workingman's...The real treat will be "Easy Wind"...Dunno if any of the Dead-Related projects have ever played that one
Dead did it in '05 with warren
nelson sit in.... got to other stuff to chat!
quit yer whining
what up, what day playin?
Any more updates?
Now what day playin?
So some jackass comes on here and whines and complains that this forum is for "reviews only" and that we cannot post unless we are actually reviewing the shows...But then nobody actually comes on and posts a review or update
Acoustic - Electric - or both?
Nobody will tell us....This forum is like The Soup Nazi from seinfeld....No Post for you
Box of rain
Friend of the D
(two that were skiped last set)
AMERICAN BEAUTY in order
More to come†
Nelson still up there?
what do you mean "two that were skipped" ? (little slow maybe ?)
>>So some jackass comes on here and whines and complains...
is the plural for jackass; jacki ?
Where is it in the set now?
is the show still going on?
I am just having breakfast
So what is the next show.
Skullfuck and Bears Choice?
europe'72 was released before Bears choice
I'd say just skip up to wake of the flood/live from mars hotel bring out bobby for WRS at least
I want to edge on into some later stuff too .. But maybe thats just me
I could also see them faking the album thing the last night .. Like start off the first few songs then just melt down or fire up or something !
then Europe 72 Saturday OMSN
or Reckoning/Dead Set as it was recorded partially at Warfield
reckoning/dead set would be nice -- Esp the acoustic factor, seems that would be good somewhere
But i cant take this waiting no more Good night!
Good Night, from Sunny Spain
or good morning
Set 1: Workingman's
Set 2: American Beauty (minus encore tunes)
E: Donor Rap, Til the Morning Comes, Truckin
I don't recall what tunes specifically that David Nelson was in on but it felt like 90% of the show. Also the same woman that sang on Wednesday night was back (can't remember her name at this moment) sang on Til the Morning Comes and perhaps another tune.
I'd have to say the meat of the evening for rock-n-roll purposes was New Speedway>Cumberland. I mean, that was just sick.
Anybody got anything else? I surely left out something.
Sweet jeebus I am jealous of the folks that got to this show.
I was at Hot Tuna, which kicked ass, but this must have been something special! Love to hear more in depth reviews when y'all get the chance.
1st set - Workingmans
2nd set - most of American Beauty
enc: Attics and Truckin
tonight's special guest(s): David Nelson and Teresa Williams
The band was rockin from the first notes tonight. A full-tilt boogie.
UJB - vox by JG and band
*High Time - vox by DN
*Dire Wolf - vox by JG
*New Speedway - vox by JG
*Cumberland - vox by band
*Peter - vox by PL
*Easy Wind - vox by JG and DN
Casey Jones - vox by JG
*Box - vox by PL
*FOTD - vox by DN w/LC on fiddle and pedal steel
Sugar Mag - vox by JG
Operator - vox by PL
Candyman - vox by JG
*Ripple - vox by DN w/LC on mandolin
Brokedown - vox by JG w/LC on fiddle
+Till the Morning Comes - vox by TW
+Attics - vox by TW, PL and LC w/LC on guitar and no other instruments
*Truckin - vox by JG and band
It was all good tonight, folks. The first set was absolutely smoking with a hot, snaky Speedway and a sizzling, dizzying Cumberland. Vocals were breathtaking at times with just a few weak spots (Easy Wind). Phil sang as good as I've ever heard him and was impressive on Peter and Operator.
In the second act, the whole set was a grin-inducing treat with a monster Sugar Mag, a tender Brokedown and perhaps the best version ever of Attics. Truckin was the perfect way to send us out the door.
Okay, I'm just waking up here in Boston and am toooooo excited for words, as I prepare to drive into Logan to fly out for tonight and tomorrow's shows..... and where is anyone's review.... details pllllleassse!!!!!!!!! right? Is it still the show going on?
Okay, I guess I must be a little slow (as usual), and took too long typing that message. whoops. Thanks guys. Now I am so so so so so so so excited!!!!!!!! WooooooHoooooooo!!!!!
Is is safe to assume that this run will be released for Free?
Hmm.... the show was not bad... most songs were played adequately, and some great (the highlight being attics), but I just can not get into this line up. I am really hoping that Phil changes the guard after the summer tour. Too rooted in the blues they are.....
please don't hit me... joshua
I feel ya Joshua. I'm not crazy about the Jackie/Larry lineup which is why I didn't get tickets for most of this run, but for me Nelson (or Karan, or Weir for that matter) kicks it into a whole 'nother gear. I'm more excited about the guests this run than I am about the album concept.
What do you think of our Church now EASTIES???
Well folks it was an Epic evening at churh tonight. First set was timless and almost perfect EASILY the best set of music I have seen in along time. don't know if it is because of what it was but what it was was amazing..... Words could never do justice to what that band did to Workingmans Dead tonight.And equally as amazing was the performane of American beauty. It was also jaw dropping good.............
you guys are kidding right. that there was the closest thing to GRATEFUL DEAD MUSIC yet to grace a stage since Jerry left us........
I like this band, better than any Phil band since the early Phil and friends, MUCH better than the the Haynes-Herring band
Bob is you the lad from Brighton ?!
Everybody's entitled to their opinion but jeez it's getting tiresome reading whining e-mails about not liking this band. It sounds very sad and naive to be constantly in want of music that's "out there" or "more psychadelic". If you can't appreciate this band, I'm not sure what you're looking for. Frankly, I think you're looking for something that doesn't exist in reality, a former moment or a faded memory. You know what is reality? Phil is playing a run of shows at the Warfield wherein he is playing the Grateful Dead catalogue album by album. Shit, that sounds like a nice bit of reality. Again, you're entitled to your opinion and you have every right to express your feelings here but it just gets tiresome to read and makes me feel sad for you. So if that's what you want, then by all means keep posting on how you miss Jimmy or whatever. Another option would be to stop it, let others enjoy the moment without a buzzkill, and go out and find that thing you seem to be seeking.
Easy Wind was played before and this same lineup will go out in fall.
Barring something unexpected, the next time you can expect a lineup change would be 2009.
it's too bad those who condemn the current line-up don't seem to care how much phil likes it...
As someone who has been listening to the Dead & offshoots for 41 years, I have to say that this run of shows is one of the most moving I've ever heard. Many a modern day drone band would give their eye teeth to conjure up the atmosphere that was achieved on "What's Become...".
Incidentally, I think I'm at least the 3rd UK/European contributor to this (hi Bob Witcher) - when are P&F going to repay us by coming over here? I saw Ratdog here in my home city of Newcastle a few years back (not to mention the Dead in 72). If Bob can do it, why can't Phil??
Barring something unexpected, the next time you can expect a lineup change would be 2009.<<
Good, because I'd like to see them at the Nokia.
From the tapes, it sounds to me like they've stepped it up and are dialed in more than they were in the fall.
One thing I've noticed is that the transitions from song to song seem more organic and flow more seamlessly than before.
Not that I wouldn't mind a special guest or two.
I actually did not mind there being no guests the shows I went to at the Nokia in the fall, because I thought that the band was still gelling and that guests would throw them off a bit.
I don't think they've got that problem now, from hearing the recent tapes.
~~it,s one in 10,000 that come for the show~~
well said Grady.
i can't wait for the Summer Tour and a whole bunch of Nokia Theatre shows in Nov.
Someday all the complainers/whiners will have nothing to complain/whine about,then they will be jonesin for one more show to complain or whine about.
Enjoy the moment that is all we have.
Myself i can't wait until tonight to see what weirdness they will send our way, be it Wake of the Flood/Mars Hotel, or whatever they choose.
be happy that Phil has chose to play at all, someday we will look back on this it will all seem so trival.
peace&love to all, see you at the show.
The show was amazing.
Attics was one of the best vocals I've ever heard in my life (I'm 57 and have been going to see live music since I was 11). Right behind it was Brokedown Palace.
Props to Molo. The guy amazes me more and more every time I see him. Frankly, I think he's the best drummer in the business today and runs circles around either Hart or Kreutzman (or both combined).
Wish I was going tonight but I'll be there on Sunday.
I asked an usher friend of mine who said they were told there was going to be a party for the Warfield staff AFTER the show on Sunday night. Don't shoot the messenger but it sounds like the "they're going to play until 4:30 in the morning" rumor is just that.
We shall see.
Hey itleft - Let's get the line right. It's "someday we'll look back at this and it will all seem funny".
Give Springsteen his props.
My faith was re-confirmed last night. For me Wednesday's Aoxomoxoa first set was not worthy and I actually left at the set break. Partly my personal mood going in and partly my least favorite album.
Workingman's Dead, however, is one my favorites and the band delivered on so many levels. The first notes of UJB relieved all of the tension in the room and a huge wave of joy spread over the theater. There is a real liberation in actually knowing the set list...you could focus more on the music and jams without wondering what's next. Dave Nelson was the expected guest and really delivered on the sound and execution of this album. High Time was the best since Jerry did it and Dire Wolf was very sweet releif. NSWB>Cumberland was so solid and jammed, probably the best singular musical passage ever (for me, at least). Again, knowing that Cumberland was coming made the transition jam very joyful. Black Peter was forgotten by me, as I anticipated Easy Wind. EW was the one rough spot, especially on vocals, and I kept thinking that this song should be in the rotation and could become an absolute scortcher, especially with Jackie singing. Very hard and fast. Casey Jones, again, was a moment of joy and release.
Won't say much about American Beauty, somewhat of a personal letdown with the string of 'down' songs. All played with nicely and especially in Brokedown, very touching, but not the same impact. Till The Morning Comes with Teresa was really special and a great touch. Truckin' eh...
I can't wait until tonight, whatever it may bring, but don't expect the same strong emotions on my part. Maybe it will touch your button as hard as last night did for me.
- Phil inserted the lost verse of Friend of the Devil, seemingly rewriting the history book.
- Steve Molitz was way up in the mix and had a much bigger part of the music than in any of the other shows I've seen.
- Jackie and Dave Nelson seemed to be locked in together musically; very touching.
Whitman Mayo wrote: If you can't appreciate this band, I'm not sure what you're looking for.
Amen, brother. I've seen almost all of the various "friend" configurations over the last decade and each have had their strengths and weaknesses. This current line-up is no different. Most importantly, they are getting better and better every time I see them, IMHO.
As to the varying degree that other folks find this band pleasing to the ear, I can't help but suspect that individual expectations explain a lot of the difference in opinion. Humans crave continuity. It helps us connect the dots in life. But Phil, bless him, likes to shake it up and to mix it up, continuity be damned. That approach tends to tweak the noses of anyone who goes into a show with expectations already set.
Let it go, people. Let it flow, wild and free. Let the music wash over you. It can cleanse your soul, if you open yourself to it. Each show is a gift.
Count yourself among the grateful. Let your bitterness go (and stop clinging to your guns and religion). Sorry, couldn't help myself.
Peace, love, and sweet, sweet music!
trival, trival, snivel, snivel, drivle, drivle.
I wasn't quoting the Boss, didn't mean to step on any toes.
Tight and Red Hot! Jackie is bring'n it hard. The vocals throughout last night were the best I've heard in years. There were plenty of moments I found myself frozen in place to best absorb the tender sounds as were delivered in Attics. Stunning!
Set break seemed a little long. That is about all could find to bitch about.
Highlights for me were High Time, New Speedway in the first set. Second set was Candy Man and Til the Morning Comes. This was absolutely the classic Dead sound. Nelson was a perfect compliment for these sets and slotted himself seemlessly into just the right spot.
It was a good old fashion barn burner. They're having fun and sounding GREAT!
The band did a fine job on Workingman's last night, David Nelson was great to see. Phil called him an old member of the Dead family. He played with Jerry in bluegrass bands in Palo Alto in the early 60's, way before the Dead. He's a link to another era, live on stage, in person. Consider him one of the lost member of the Grateful Dead. He was intertwined with the Dead at the time of these two albums, and his band New Riders toured with the Dead in that era. My buddy tells me that "Cumberland" was originally written for New Riders, but I can't confirm that, so take that as a rumor until fully confirmed. Whatever, he sounded perfect for that song.
The playing was straightforward, for me it wasn't deep, but then again it could have been where I was standing, behind some very tall guys, squished into a corner, and the sound was muddied. I was on the 2nd tier of the floor, just to the left of the stairway. Plus, all the drunk idiots shouting in my ear was kind of a buzzkill. It take a lot of concentration to enjoy music when some guy is pissed off about the conch shells.
Some personal highlights:
Easy Wind, tight and forceful, Molo was leaning on the downbeat, giving it an extra muscle. Some people mention that vocals were not very good, but I couldn't hear well enough to tell.
Operator- fun to hear, never heard it live before.
Brokedown was beautiful, "fare thee well, fare thee well", a sendoff to the Warfield.
Till the Morning Comes- very nicely done, another rarity.
Attics- just 3 singers and Larry accompanied with soothing notes, very nicely done.
Does anyone know who was mixing the show? It wasn't Derek Featherstone this time, some older guy instead. Derek mixed on the Digidesign desk, but last night the guy went old-school analog, using one of the Gamble consoles that Ultrasound keeps working. It could have even been the one Healy used with the Dead, but only one or two people even know the answer to that one. Those boards have millions of miles on them, they're all well over 20 years old.
I snuck up to the balcony during "Brokedown", and the sound was perfect up there. Nice job, Sound Guy!
Peace Out. y'all.
"it's getting tiresome reading whining e-mails about not liking this band"
good thing we live in America where we are ALLOWED to speak our minds despite whether others want to listen or not
show was better last night than either of the 2 previous shows - David Nelson made a huge difference - that guy sure knows how to bend the strings on a guitar - fun to see him pull Larry and Jackie to a better music place
and he can sing
As was stated at the beginning of this thread, and now re-affirmed and made crystal clear, EXPECTATIONS and "WHAT'S NEXT? WHAT'S NEXT??" are the demons to this great, glorious music. Honestly, I'm surprised by how many people have exposed that they try to anticipate the next song or where the night is going. Different personalities, I guess. Raise your ears to Phil and the band and accept their offering as it comes...in a stream of consciousness. As Phil recently said in the Boulder radio station interview "live in the moment" rather than being consumed with the past and what is coming next.
MLH (COLORADORAIN) YOUR A JOKE...... relax.. deep breath... no post for you!!!!!!!! whats your deal????? sorry just tryin to keep a little order to the topics..... my bad i guess im still a newbie too!!! but colorado rain..... go see a a show bro... you need it .. i was just at greek l.a. so im a little amped up..... RELAX
Walker wrote: I was on the 2nd tier of the floor, just to the left of the stairway... squished into a corner, and the sound was muddied... but then again it could have been where I was standing, behind some very tall guys.
Dude, I was on the 2nd tier of the floor, center section, just to the right of the stairway. I heard those bozos behind you, too. Which leads me to my one and only gripe about these shows.
Just as we're seeing here in this thread, there have been folks at these shows who don't seem to be phans. On Wed, the crowd murmur was so loud during Rosemary and the Baby that I couldn't hear the vocals, and I was in the pit, dead center! I understand that we all have a different mindset when we collect at these shows, but why piss all over the music *while it's being played*? Have some courtesy at the show and feel welcome to vent in places like this forum afterward. But please, shut the f#@k up when the band is playing!
Oh yeah, it really wouldn't hurt to take a shower between shows. You know who you are...
THANK YOU to anyone who was ssshhhhing people to be quiet during the beginning of the softer songs like "Brokedown Palace," & "Attics of my Life." Most folks showed respect during these special songs, but there were always those who would just not STFU.
Thanks to all those who respect the music and the people around you.
Better than I expected, given that the one show I'm seeing of this run is the one with the albums I was least interested in seeing.
Brilliant move bringing David Nelson in for these tunes -- great presence, great singing, great guitar -- especially sweet to see him solo on Box, since it was he (not Jerry) who played the solo on the original album cut. I only got to see one High Time with Jerry, in 1990 -- this version, sung by David, was actually much better played than that one.
Jackie was a bit unconvincing in his vocals on some of the tunes, especially Candyman, during which I actually found myself yawning, but really nailed Brokedown, doing it in a sort of breathy voice that really worked, at least for me.
Excellent pedal steel from Larry on both High Time and Dire Wolf, and his fuzzy guitar on Attics was also nice. And he and Theresa really nailed Till the Morning Comes, which was my persoal fave of the evening.
Too bad (in some ways, though not in others, if you know what I mean) that Robert Hunter wasn't there for at least a song or two -- those two records were real lyrical peaks for the band, even if not the most head-meltingly psychedelic music.
And one thing I really really appreciated: during the quiet tunes from American Beauty, the audience actually shut up and listened; for once the chattering idiots who so often ruin shows in the Bay Area were not out in force. Thank you for staying home, or passing out, or whatever it is you did this time....
I apologize to any and all if my frustration with the guy with conch shell killed your buzz. I do respond positively to requests to shut up if people make it known. It was in between the music, not during, but I again apologize if this was unwelcome.
That being said, is there anyone out there as frustrated as I am with the guy blowing on the conch shell in between every song? I have heard that guy blowing on that thing at shows for years now and it drives me crazy. Why don't we all just bring in a horn insturment of our choice and blow away?
I don't know if anyone noticed but at one point towards the end of the show Phil was blowing into his hands mocking the conch guy.
Amazing. Just amazing.
My first in-person Phil show, and what a way to lose my virginity.
Two more nights...bring it on.
Only complaint, the balcony was hotter than hell. Hot day in SF.
Right on with the chatty bay area fans, thanks for keeping a lid on it folks !
The sound was truly sweet, for walkerchewgum .........it was Quake from ultrasound who did an outstanding job, nice touch with the equipment authenticity to the era too !
Teresa Williams (Larry Campbell's wife) who sang like an angel on till the morning comes and the soulful attic's brought a tear to my eye, very powerful her and Larry together. This material really shows off Larry's versatility as a musician on guitar, pedal, violin and mandolin, each time I see him I am more impressed at how strong yet gentle and subtle his playing is. I hope that he is always one of the "friends"
Thank you David Nelson and Phil & Friends !!!!!
listening to all previous P&F incarnations has been fun and rewarding - my personal fave is 10/20/00 LA which I think is perfect in every way... that being said, as I was listening to the 5/14 show last night I was actually moved to get up and boogie in my living room which hasn't happened in a longggg time... props to phil & co for bringing it again!
To me, playing songs like Dupree's, Rag, & Cosmic Charlie breath new life into what have become standard sets that feature stale (albeit strong) versions of Sugaree's, Altheas, and Not Fade Aways
>>>This material really shows off Larry's versatility as a musician on guitar, pedal, violin and mandolin, each time I see him I am more impressed at how strong yet gentle and subtle his playing is. I hope that he is always one of the "friends"
Agreed on Larry's performance last night, I would still like to see him take more risks when its his turn, too reserved during solo time. >>always one: I'm thinking he is out come Fall '08, just because its time, maybe for Jackie too...just IMO
yes it is the lad from Brighton, who is probably older than you
Some of the Wooks and trustafarians are pretty funky, but so is life on the street.
And personally I could give a shit what they play, as long as the MUSIC never stops. although I am hoping for Terrapin on Sunday...
Reckoning/Dead Set for Sunday...now wouldn't I be GRATEFUL for that miracle! Whoooohoooo, what a run of shows!!! Tears every night...thanks guys!!!
so sad people cant act appropriately at shows...i have developed a skill of tuning in what i want to hear, and blocking out the rest...doesn't always work however, and i usually move, but with seats you cant, i prefer GA for this reason......someone should smash the conch shell too...
Hi Bob, Hows life in Andalucia or wherever the hell you are ?! 3 UK Deadheads on one thread - some kind of record ?! Thought I was the only one here.
Still waiting to hear 2nd set timings - surely that's gotta be a very short main 2nd set ?? Glad people who want to embrace the moment are coming out of the woodwork :-)
>>>>>>it just gets tiresome to read and makes me feel sad for you. So if that's what you want, then by all means keep posting on how you miss Jimmy or whatever. Another option would be to stop it, let others enjoy the moment without a buzzkill, and go out and >>>>find that thing you seem to be seeking.
Ok, but it seems to me that having a review thread where only positive reviews are allowed or accepted would be quite pointless. Believe me, I want to love this lineup, but I do not... I merely like them. In any case, I think people like myself posting my opinions could be helpful to others who have similar taste to me. It can help them know what to expect and thus how to 'prepare' for a show. While I am glad I went last night, I think it would have been a waste of good L.
I am glad you enjoyed the show though. Good music is some of the best stuff in life.
take care... Joshua
There's nothing to "expect" or "prepare for". Just accept the great offering THIS band has to give. I don't say that out of frustration or irritation, either. There's a difference between constructive criticism [that can be helpful to everyone] and living in the past and judging this moment right now by things that are gone and aren't coming back. Doesn't that at all seem senseless?
I was a little disappointed with David Nelson in this show. I think his singing was splendid, but it seemed to me that his playing was quite off. It's odd to me that nobody else has noted that: maybe I was just mishearing?
It seemed like he cut off the High Time before the rest of the band wanted to finish. He played a solo towards the end of the Cumberland where his fretboard hand seemed off by a fret or two, with predictable results. Several of his solos seemed off-beat (not in the eccentric way, but rather in the missing-the-beat way). He was notably disturbed by his own playing, he and Phil had a number of "fix-it" interactions on stage, and you could plainly see him apologizing to Phil about it at the end of Truckin' ("bad", he mouthed, pointing at himself).
It was still a great show, lots of excellent playing by the band itself. Hard not to enjoy it immensely, despite the various challenges. I feel very lucky to have been able to attend....
For one night, even though they were playing Grateful Dead albums, Phil & Friends sounded like a band all their own.
It was brilliant and totally unique (unless he keeps doing this on tour).
I must say that I have also not been a big fan of this group, but they are really playing as a band right now, and that is what is best in ANY band. These guys are working together and playing a style that they are creating, not copying.
It keeps getting better.
(And Phil Lesh is playing the bass as well as he ever has. Absolutely amazing, all the time.)
Had a great time Friday night. For me highlights were Speedway > Cumberland, FOTD > Sugar Mag, Brokedown, and imo an unreal Attics.
Agree that Dave Nelson's singing was very good but playing - not so.
The rest of the band was tight. I really like this lineup and the way they play together.
I agree with Lance, they really are playing as a band, and I think David Nelson was the best guest yet, since he actually played on both of those albums in 1970. New Speedway/Cumberland Blues I thought the roof was going to blow off of The Warfield! I love how they sing this darkness got to give, it reminds me of the current war in Iraq or anywhere else, and I hope the darkness ends before someone blows up the world. I sold my extra to my friend Dennis, and he and I went to our first Warfield show on 3/29/83. We weren't sitting together, but he told me had a great time, and he was blown away at how small the theater was. I kind of ran out of energy by the second set, maybe it is because I danced my ass off during the first set! I dig David Nelson, he played some sweet guitar Friday night, and he fits in really well with the rest of Phil's band, having played with them before, in 1999 at Warfield and 2005 at Bimbo's. I feel the shows are just getting better every night, and I am sad this era is ending, but I am going to go and enjoy each and every note, and as mentioned earlier about expectations, if I have no expectations in a particular situation or going to see a particular artist, then I am never let down. The sets have been kind of short, but conservfe your energy for Sunday, it is going to be a late one! That Attics was beautiful last night, Teresa has such a great voice, and Larry is so versatile as a musician. Those morons talking the whole show finally shut up during Brokedown Palace. I know it is a party, and I can't control what people are going to do, but I didn't pay $60 to listen to you talk to your friends. These people actually talk over the music is what upsets me, and they are standing in the aisles in the balcony where they are not even supposed to be, you would think they could show a little respect, just talk between songs. They usually go away after awhile though. I realized at this show that the songs are not necesarrily Bobby or Jerry tunes, but Grateful Dead tunes, and I dig how Phil interprets them, GOD BLESS YOU PHIL!!!!!!!!! Love, BruceEdwardWeber(eddieboy)!