I figured we had time to get our selves organized and without a Winter Tour perhaps group together great moments from 2001, a scrapbook of tour moments and gatherings. A most stellar year of music for Philzoners, many of us met for the first time and forged these amazing relationships. I figured admin might like to have a retrospective of everyones highlights, especially since this website has been instrumental in bringing so many together.
I will never forget the thundering applause after "I know you Rider" at the Sunrise. also my first Golden Road. So nice to be 100 ft below the waves in the morning and walking on clouds that night leaving the arena. Could not plan a better day then scuba and show.
Then to meet Phil and JC at the blood drive. I am superduper afraid of needles yet PLF (like the hat says) inspired me to "just do it". Truly a heart warming experience. Oh yeah and meeting Phil was neat too.
Weather was great, people were truly hungry for the show. Couldn't ask for anything more. But sure enough out comes the debut of the new tunes. Picked 1000 stars as a winner right out of the gates. (Get the same feeling from "No More Do I")
Hartford!!!! What a tremendous show...the excitement of seeing Bobby and Phil on the same bill was worth it alone, but after seeing the spectical that was Phil & Friends that night completely blew my mind. I've been to about 20 Phil shows since 1999 and I have to say this was the hottest by far...Dear Mr. Fantasy may have been the hottest song I have ever seen any band perform live....as a true Bobby fan I was equally impressed with his version of Mission in the Rain and the very hot Aiko Aiko they performed...I'd like to hear what others thought of this show in comparison to other shows from that tour
2001 i saw 15 phil shows...every single one was high-energy and worth the ticket price especially because of the cool venues. Best show that I saw live was Louisville, Ky. Best venue was The Fox, St. Loius. Best Phil Moment was the Bass Solo fall-tour opening jam. Best bust-out was 4:20 Blues for Allah---i named that tune in like 3 notes. Worst show--didn't happen. Worst venue--its a tie: Columbus, Ohio & The electric factory, Philly(they are similar and suck!!-but still great shows) Best non-show moments: hanging with the band!!! Thanks Mt.St.Molo!!!We appreciates it!!--Ive seen every line-up of Phil & friends--this one is the best--it could only get better. As long as we got Phil to see us through. There was a time when I thought I would never get to hear Phil Lesh sing through a mic and play bass again through big-time equipment and in the pressence of my family--but now I know that without love and the dream it will never come true. Love and respect.
PNF in Disney World. Or close enough. It was a trip to have all the head mingling with the straights and although we didn't get to play in the park before hand like we wanted (SMILE) I was treated that night to my first Keep On Growing.
Candace cast sugar cubes dancing on the ceiling while the boys totally dominated the second set.
Was lucky enough to have an old friend there to share the pre and post show fun.
If you are ever there (like this spring) check out the poster on stage right upstairs hallway to the bathrooms. A SWELL DANCE PARTY INDEED.
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DAR Constitution Hall
Hometown show. Cool little Shakedown Street. Great hall 4th row seats. I remember that was the night we first developed the “NotList” © It was becoming progressively harder to rate the shows by what they played because it was all starting to sound the same…great!!! We needed a way to differentiate between the shows and peel back the wrapper to find the golden Wonka Bar. So we came up with the list of songs we heard but were not played. Hearing the band play two songs at the same time 2 distinct times that night cemented the image of parallel concerts taking place at the same time. Like Bizarro Superman I first felt uneasy and clumsy in this world where everyone moved so fluidly and drifted between the two with out disturbing either. So the “NotList” © was born.
Charlotte - Summer Tour '01 - Two moments...
Unbroken Chain - Phil CAN sing and sing well. My first Unbroken was my last Dead show, Tampa '95. I listened with seriously misty eyes.
She Said, She Said - Warren busted loose and I was definitely hooked.
Thanks Phil, for helping me straighten my priorities out...
There is a tease right after "While My Guitar Gently Weeps". At that moment I got lifted to the ceiling in the loge-I was flying, and then they went into Dark Star...sharing my least favorite show in Camden with a perfect stranger that became a friend. Tons of Steel, in Asbury, at Stabler, with Less Than, Grater than and Carol on New Years Eve. Sharing Hartford, Jones Beach 2001 and Orpheum, 2001 with my baby sister, twenty years younger than I. Stella Blue over the phone this summer. Meeting B, J & K, and receiving all of those incredible hugs. The expression on Rich and Pete's face after the first set at the Beacon. BRIAN FARMER. Jojo!!!
Franklin's as an encore...the round trip to DAR with pneumonia. Aron, Tom and Carol always. Caroline and Parker always. Watermnky!!! Smiles, hugs, tears and lots of love.
Facing challenges because the music allows you the freedom to collect the courage.
Hershey!!! and the forever reminder of that on Less Than's sweatshirt. Breaking the record in the house the Allman's built with the most stellar Blue Sky of ALL TIME! The West Side Brewery, the Pacific Coast Brewery, cranes, the Ravens and some of the best friends this world knows.
A certain asshole that shall remain nameless.
BW in Oakland, Camden, Morrison, Roseland, Boston and the Beacon. You are always there right when I need a friend.
louisville walked right in to this beautiful venue,ticket untouched, great show (the NOTS were in full effect, for obvious reasons. at one point in the opening jam i was for sure thinking phil was about to sing broken arrow just before the fitting like a rolling stone(on our own)
p.s. havent seen this one offered much on the board, big shout out for ISO 11/10/01
saw the two hotlantas WOW ,especially the spring ,not that the summer was less inspired or well played(showed the allmans up big time , for what i stuck around for ,anyway ),but ive seen many shows and that spring one was like bam,crypt>jam>she said >st stephen>11>jam>golden road(all personal first) ,i was freakin
then the encore lovelight(so this fat guy walks out on stage and everyone starts booing now im from new york so im used to that, and im thinking tough crowd. so i ask the guy next to me "whos that" and he say col. bruce hampton and im thinking ,OH bruuuuuce
final show of the year was xmas jam ,not as good as the other 3 but with this band and what they bring to the table i have found less people that seem disappointed (granted that was when thousands of people were going to every show year after year and had that huge scene to love even if the dead played a not so grateful show)but im planning on doing some big time research on that theroy
a prayer for the new year
god please allow your schedule for me to see more than the 20 shows i am vowing to see this year cause this band......well afuckin'men
seeing Phil play in a little field with my favorite hiking hill in view behind the stage only 20 minutes from my home in Seattle
here's the view we enjoyed that day (7/4/01)
2001 was the year I came back to the family. When Jerry left us in '95 I didn't listen to the Dead for a year. After that I tried the Other Ones, etc. but nothing did it for me. All seemed lost. Then about half way through this year someone gave me the 4-20-01 PL&F show and listening to it I heard/felt that the spirit was still alive. I saw PL&F in Raleigh and Charlotte this past summer. Unbroken Chain and Stella Blue made me cry. I finished the year with the Xmas Jam. The spirit lives and I'm back on the bus!
Roseland. Single worst fucking venue on the planet when oversold. This was a nightmare after 2 nights at the Electric Factory, (pneumonia still intact), and a very long wait on the boardwalk at Asbury Park. Roseland just sucked. Well, inside the swell of people it got worse. These were hard shows...no doubt, but in a moment from time all of the crap disappeared when those bars of "Good Times, Bad Times" came upon us like a freight train..."I don't care what the neigbors think". What a beautiful thing! Phil and Friends have always been very generous with us New Yorkers; that is our song. We may never hear it again, but twice was good enough.
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Well not much you can say about Philly but the band always plays hard. Totally opened up with a visual of Martha and the Vandellas in full evening gowns and beehives all rocking there hips together. Home of AB. The Sunshine of your love had special meaning for Graterthan and I, as did the Comes A Time. If you have ever been to the electric factory you will understand instantly. We were just fighting our way back from the upstairs bathroom/bar and they broke into Comes A Time. Graterthan turned around I handed my beer to a stranger and we just hugged are way through the song. But the unbelievable thing was after the first few jostles we went untouched for the whole song. Right there in our own little bubble, a million miles away right at the heart of the music with our feet firmly on the ground. To whomever it was that silently directed traffic around us or stood in the way so to divert the stream or to those that just realized what was going on and stepped around Thanks for filling us up.
Oh yeah can’t remember your name but hope you got that guys pack back to him and thanks for the invite to the birthday party back at the hotel. I will look for you next year.
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Much fun at the blood drive. We had already donated so we couldn’t again but met with Jill and talked about her boys. Met Not-from-Maine-Joe and Manny (who I am now seeing at every show…you go young jedi)
The show was really part one for me being that all the oddities and thoughts I had that night were solved or made clear the next night at Asbury.
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Convention Hall Asbury Park, NJ
Ahhh Asbury. This was a much bigger night than I ever expected or even realized at the time. After discussing at length I firmly believe that I sat on that windy boardwalk not 10ft from Dewit and never knew it. Also met new friend Christian and had the great pleasure of meeting Phanatic (which turned out to be fortuitous indeed).
The show the show….what can you say. The most colorful and day-glo lightshow I have ever seen. Not the subtle muted stage wash that is so familiar and tasteful. This was full on saturation. Really cool room, Great great sound, Reminded me of an old dance hall (without ever seeing on but it still made me feel that way), And the playing. Oh the playing. That was my first EPIC Phil show. That was the first one for me that really could stand up and challenge all takers. We got eyes to open. The low spark, Man that Tons of Steel whew and I am not even going to mention the Viola Lee sandwich. The best part was watching the throngs of people walk out during the encore and then having it turn into this huge huge Rider.
Thanks for the soundboard, guys.
Holding hands and sneaking a joint on the bleachers behind the stage at Hershey. 7.29.01. A fifties time warp. Phil as he looked upon the boys which such paternal pride-Derek, Jimmy and Warren, Rob and Molo just kicking it up. Most memorable, the way Jimmy leads into Brown Eyed Woman, like we might never hear it again. I think that was the last time his dad ever saw him perform. He done good that night...met Less Than and Grater Than that night. Fortuitous...that is what Hershey became...fortuitous. Spent the morning driving there, met TC in the lot...exchanged gifts...didn't see him til 12.30.01. Wow, talk about a long strange trip. Oh, the Keep on Growing...the messages become clearer the farther you "take a step back".
frantically running around the house trying to get things organized for the louisville show, 11-10-01 ... was still waiting on the much talked about Liberty T-shirt ... and wah-lah!> Overnight, none-the-less, by Dewit in the mail - right before show-time that night! whew! fun, fun, fun ... Dewit, can't thank you enough for caring so much to have the shirt delivered so fast so that I'd be all smiles during the show! the Phil-zone rocks!!! ... and I cannot forget my introduction to the all the traders during the 2001 year by the Great Maudib! hope you're doing fine~
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Roseland Ballroom New York City, NY
Getting goosed with George, seeing the line stretch around the block. Hooking up my new friend Not-From-Maine-Joe and his crew. I’m sure they had a time. Getting confirmation that anything can happen, I mean anything. And watching Rob Barraco lay bricks for the rest of the band.
Going from the little movie theater that was playing the END OF THE ROAD and driving up town to go the show. Talk about contrast. And getting the call that my new friend Christian was blowing off his plans and was rushing up to take advantage of my extra. Good Guy.
Twangfan wrote: 2001 was the year I came back to the family.
Same thing happened to me to. For the last three years of the Dead I spent most of my holidays and money to go on tour for three weeks. Tampa 95 was the last one for me. First time I saw the dead was in 1990 in Frankfurt (my hometown then) during the not so famous last European tour. After 1998 I stopped trading tapes and lost contact to the (then pretty big) trading community in Germany.
Finally in 2001 it happened again. Words cannot express how I was delighted after I saw three P&F shows during summer 2001. As I had not heard a single note of this band before (no tapes) I was standing at SPAC wondering how it might sound. It took a little while to get used to the completely different sound and approach to music (compared to what I was used to from the Dead). As Mason's started in the second set I couldn't stop smiling any longer.
Finger Lakes was fantastic. The venue and the surrounding landscape were a delight for sb. who was used to go to stadium shows. H2H, UJB and Cryp>Comes a time fit perfectly to the surroundings.
07/26/01 Jones Beach was by far the highlight for me. Tapes confirmed this without any doubt! Only the tapes from Hartford match this most wonderful show. Sitting on the beach before the show was just the icing on the cake.
Last but not least I have to thank the people who helped me out with tapes and cds (most of all Bu…).
Reading the reviews on Philzone was and is a pleasure.
Fillmore, Feb. 9&10. They never shut up in Denver, they don't hear the music. Since we don't have a choice, and we have flown out there to see the shows, you put up. Moll, it was great to spend time with you. Shoot up to Copper and get some runs in on Saturday, Christy's, Adobo, the whole kit and kaboodle. Instant smile, 45 degrees, fresh snow, major sun, and Phil at night. It is very very hard to beat that. To the Chris L. from Boulder, for a newbie, you kicked butt, and it was a great weekend. Not bad shows either, the bands evolvement was becoming evident. The sound was changing. Everything tweaked in such a subtle but different way. Derek and Susan Tedeschi there too.
Cuaght 8 phil bombers this year (3 sum., 3fall, 2 NYE)
New Years was a blast, great to see all "The Boys" together again, all I wanted was that NFA out of Midnight, thank you.
However, I am sticking with my vote from this summer, Set II, Hartford CT, 7-21-01
Dont like the Meadows or Hartford, but it didn't matter.
Jam>Mr. Fantasy>St. Stephen>Eyes>St Stephen>Help>Slip>Eleven>Slip>Franklins E. Built to Last
After this set I hit the ATM, turned the car west and headed for Toga, called in for a sick day, IT WAS BACK!
Helping my friend, Who I went to my first dead show with, (I am now thirty five,) sneak down to the tenth row (Thanks Ruby!) from way back in the corner of the top of the shed in Hartford Meadows.
Then proceeding to catch one sick show.....
Saving seats for friends in section 421. Friends never showed. But met a lot of really great dnc'ers and got way the f-k down.
Saving seats for what seemed like forever for friends at the kaiser. (I got in line just after noon.) My partying friends, one who was in a cast, were so late, the lights were down but somehow I spotted them across the hall, running to greet them as they were talking with a brother named Mike who was directing them over to my seat. Then proceeding to party way down.
Preface: In preparation for these shows I attended the Live chat each previous night to get a feel for the set lists of the tour and see about comments from the zoners in attendance and hooked up with this Dewit person and FrankL and promised to send back the shows on the fly real-time via two way pager. Little did I know how much that meeting would change things for me down the road.
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aka Great Woods
Picked up these next three shows after hearing the about the SWEETWATER bust out. Hand to check em out and no Ratdog shows for the venues I already mailed for…Well if I am doing one I might as well do the whole weekend.
I left to drive 8 hours to Boston area and somewhere in early Connecticut I felt a ghost pass over me that left me with chills. It was 2 in the morning and there was light traffic on I-95 and this black pickup with Virginia plates and 4 or 5 dead stickers passed me. It had been 6 years since I felt that feeling. To be in the middle of nowhere coming from the middle of nowhere heading to the middle of nowhere and be passed by essentially a nobody and then realize that nobody is a somebody and that somebody is heading to the same somewhere as you for the same reason and is on the same trip as you. Not to mention that I am from Maryland and this cat was from Virginia it made it hit all the more close to home. It was a good omen for a tour to start with.
Hooked up with my best friend who moved to Martha’s and we took in the weekend. Show was good but I was just trying to ease into the scene with out to many ripples. Never guess who was parked next to me after the show. It’s Not-from-Maine-JOE!!!!! Right on right on.
Convince my buddy to do Hartford and catch a bus back to wood’s hole and he is on the bus!!!!
HEY LESSTHAN E-MAIL ME!!! OKEYDOKEY!!!! GOT SOME STUFF I WANT TO TALK WITH YOU ABOUT
>Fillmore, Feb. 9&10. They never shut up in Denver, they don't hear the music.
Well on this we'll just have to agree to disagree.
The 10th was one of my personal favorites for the year.
I know you loved Red Rocks this summer too!
7/7/01 was epic, not just the show itself but the phreaking thunder storm that rolled right into, over us and then past. Standing on the moon with St. Stephen.
I just wish I had a picture of Jimmy, with the rain pouring down and the lightning striking all around, just blowing a wisp of hair back from his face and never missing a lick!