What can you say? Solid show, by a seasoned band.
I'll catch this band again.
Audience filled in slowly. They defintively had thunder, as you expect from a GD member. Bob and Mark Karan have become a strong force in the past few years.
Warren Haynes was hot,but clean. Vocals up front were weak, since they had no side fill monitors. You had to be back farther to hear the main PA.
7/10/2008 Center for the Performing Arts, San Jose, CA
Set 1 - Govt Mule w/Ratdog Members
Soulshine Reprise with Bob Weir & Jeff Chimenti
Death Don't Have No Mercy with Bob Weir, Mark Karan, Jeff Chimenti & Kenny Brooks
32/20 Blues->with Mark Karan, Jeff Chimenti, Kenny Brooks
Fiyo On The Bayou-> with Mark Karan, Jeff Chimenti, Kenny Brooks & Bob Weir
32/20 Blues Reprise Tease** with Mark Karan, Jeff Chimenti, Kenny Brooks & Bob Weir
Set 2 Ratdog w/ Warren Haynes
Casey Jones, Easy to Slip > Dark Star* > Odessa*, Dark Star Jam* > All Along the Watchtower*, Catfish John@*, A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall@*, Money For Gasoline* > Shakedown Street*#, Stuff*^ > Morning Dew*#&, Throwing Stones*
E: Franklin's Tower#&
#- with Warren Haynes (guitar/vocals),
That's a great RD set, glad you had a good time!
7/9 and 7/10 were both strong performances
I will admit that the dog right now is much better than I remember- esp when Warren is sweetly tearing it up with them
It was way cool when the entire crew - management and road crew and band took a bow together - as the tour had ended
Warrens guitar tech "Farmer" is the best I have ever seen - so on top of it and gentle / unobtrusive at the same time - He is the man
it is sad when he takes the chicken down though - I really wanted a little wing warren style
I have to admit it, the show was GOOD.
And the CPA is a great psychedelic venue, with it's all circles design and excellent acoustics.
Shit, now I have to consider going to Ratdog the next time they play locally. It was so much easier when I was absolutely convinced I didn't like them!
(Phil's band still blows them away, if for no other reason than because PHIL LESH is in his band, and also because Jay Lane still does nothing for me.)
I think Jay Lane is a pretty solid drummer. Saw the tour in Vegas. Its like the band take sthe music 10 feet off the ground and keeps it there. I was impressed how much better Ratdog was then I expected, as they have been pretty crappy the last couple of times I saw them. The Mule laid on a sweet set and always delivers.