Bobby and the Uumpa Lumpa Band stopped bye last night for a snooze, lot's of alcohol, and a paycheck. So slow and boring the crowd was asleep by the 5th song. Bob had guests, Derek Trucks, Susan, and Warren, but really didn't let them play in Bobby's sand box. The crowning moment was the appearance with ABB. Bob swayed to booze, couldn't find the guitar around his neck, and then barely was able to stagger off stage. EMBARRASSING
I hear nothing wrong with that Bobby Weir. Nothing out of the ordinary since I first saw Ratdog in ...say 98 Raliegh .. call me cheesey but Bobby Ace sang his voice box out on Looks like rain.. I down loaded this show just to hear the embarassment ,,, he ain't gonna be around forever . Listen to Karen's solo on LLR , St. Steven tease for all that would listen . Let Bobby do it the way he wants to do it . Warren is absorbing it all . 20th Annual X-mas Jam . THE DEAD.
Sorry, sport . That was a GREAT RD show. EVERYONE around me was AWAKE and ROCKIN'!! "Morning Dew" was transcendent!
Well, I was there, 2nd row, just left of center. Bobby's set indeed struck a languid tempo for many tunes and his guests were clearly aware that old Bobby was struggling a bit. He seemed stoned and out of breath and his singing was not strong. Susan Tedeschi sang very subdued parts to match Bobby's weak delivery. I note this because of BW's typically strong delivery.
But Bobby came around to deliver two huge tunes that really rocked the joint: "A Hard Rain..." and Morning Dew -- both clearly 'message' songs appropos of the election's importance.
On the other hand, the ABB rocked pretty hard on a set of old standards, little or no recent material, but played it loose by having many of the RD's players out for some fun.
The most notable was the communicative, upbeat mood exhibited by Greg Allman. He was beaming all night and animated -- I wonder if he is now much better (fighting Hep C) and whether past years he was suffering and tired.
Actually, best of all was the ABB crowd -- the most "family friendly" folks spent the day on the east stairs and many friendships were renewed and new ones forged.
Nick and Jason: contact me, I want that rain jacket back! And Joel and Tony -- you made my day/night!
Ya heard it here first folks ... X-MAS JAM 2OTH ...THE DEAD !
ratdog was awful. threw up in my mouth repeatadly
wow. that's some strong opinion there Brie.
Thought RatDog was pretty good that night -- spent the show on the stairs with more room to dance. LLR was good, Bertha nice, remember feeling really good during the first few songs too (altho I can in for the end of slipknot). Nice crowd, biggest lot with lots of fun heads (went to next night and STS9 both nights this week out at Red Rocks - lot for RD/ABB was the best IMO friendly, good food -- burrito, great weather, etc)
My first time seeing ABB -- went into venue space actual seats -- fucking awesome! so bouncy with all those drums/percussion, great Franklin's tower with Bobby and some RD boys, overall a great night -- I said it a few times that night I could wake up I could go to sleep, I could talk I could dance, the music could start it could stop, no matter what it's all good!!