HEY another Saturday night.
Everybody get right
here are a few 'fantasy covers':
Run for the roses
street fighting man
join together with the band
come together(sans bobby)
When is the last time Phil covered 'Hide your love away'?
set 2 tonight?
Cream Puff War>
Born Cross Eyed>
E: Viola Lee Blues
ha ha - what is this, the avalon in 1968?
It could be!
It is just a dream. Or a Golden Road encore. Maybe split it into two sets. Lots of jamming, lots of space/feedback, and lots of L ove. Actually it is really incredible that a set list like this possible these days with Phils current song rotation. I also like the Beatles covers. Kinda wish they would bust out 'Rain'. Does anyone know if Jackie has sang either Strawberry Fields or Lucy in the Sky with Phil's band?
I forgot the new potatoe caboose and the caution. Those would be nice somewhere in the dream set/sets.
Soundchecking Easy Wind
I really thought they were going to do Easy Wind and I'm missing tonight. Damn!
"When is the last time Phil covered 'Hide your love away'?"
please lord god i pray phil never does that one again
the only cover of his i cringe over =\
p.s. tonights the night for ESAU!!!!!!!
5:27 PM [taperrob] Nokia Theatre, NYC 11/15/08 Set 1: Viola Lee Blues
Viola Lee Blues
5:43 PM [taperrob] Nokia Theatre, NYC 11/15/08 Set 1: Viola Lee Blues> Bertha
5:56 PM [taperrob] Nokia Theatre, NYC 11/15/08 Set 1: Viola Lee Blues> Bertha, Mississippi Half-Step
6:05 PM [taperrob] Nokia Theatre, NYC 11/15/08 Set 1: Viola Lee Blues> Bertha, Mississippi Half-Step, I'm So Gone
I'm So Gone
6:13 PM [taperrob] Nokia Theatre, NYC 11/15/08 Set 1: Viola Lee Blues> Bertha, Mississippi Half-Step, I'm So Gone, Let It Ride
6:20 PM [taperrob] Nokia Theatre, NYC 11/15/08 Set 1: Viola Lee Blues> Bertha, Mississippi Half-Step, I'm So Gone, Let It Ride, Loose Lucy
6:28 PM [taperrob] Nokia Theatre, NYC 11/15/08 Set 1: Viola Lee Blues> Bertha, Mississippi Half-Step, I'm So Gone, Let It Ride, Loose Lucy, Cosmic Charlie
::::pets the people who dosed 30min to an hour b4 showtime::::
Let it Ride.....Damn, that's cool. Good Tune. I hoped they played it well. It deserves the effort. Onward and upward.
LET IT RIDE damn this sucks i wish i was there been chasin that song since vegoose 2006 and i seen like 35 phil shows since that time... damn i love that song
Nokia Theatre, NYC 11/15/08
Viola Lee Blues>
I'm So Gone
Let It Ride
listen to set 1 here> http://www.live365.com/stations/2012_live
7:17 PM [taperrob] Set 2: Shakedown Street
7:30 PM [taperrob] Set 2: Shakedown Street> Deal
7:40 PM [taperrob] Set 2: Shakedown Street> Deal, Jack Straw
7:47 PM [taperrob] Set 2: Shakedown Street> Deal, Jack Straw...> Loser
7:58 PM [taperrob] Set 2: Shakedown Street> Deal, Jack Straw...> Loser, Cold Black Devil
8:07 PM [taperrob] Set 2: Shakedown Street> Deal, Jack Straw...> Loser, Cold Black Devil, Jam> No More Do I
8:17 PM [taperrob] Set 2: Shakedown Street> Deal, Jack Straw...> Loser, Cold Black Devil, Jam> No More Do I> Jam> Help On The Way
8:20 PM [taperrob] Set 2: Shakedown Street> Deal, Jack Straw...> Loser, Cold Black Devil, Jam> No More Do I> Jam> Help On The Way> Slipknot
esau encore - i call it
nice to see NO MORE DO I in the sets!
>>>>esau encore - i call it
What is with this Essau obsession?
A joke I hope?
You can have one of the 10 or 15 I saw........
i think he's just shadow boxin the apacolypse and wanderin the land
no more do i as well two songs i love that and let it ride i totally should have gone tonight my evening is officially ruined
8:36 PM [taperrob] Set 2: Shakedown Street> Deal, Jack Straw...> Loser, Cold Black Devil, Jam> No More Do I> Jam> Help On The Way> Slipknot> Franklin's tower
8:53 PM [taperrob] Set 2: Shakedown Street> Deal, Jack Straw...> Loser, Cold Black Devil, Jam> No More Do I> Jam> Help On The Way> Slipknot> Franklin's Tower, Donor Rap/Intros, enc: Not Fade Away
wow some good stuff in this setlist. a viola 1st opener and a shakedown 2nd set opener is more than u can ever ask for. throw in some other nice little gems, end it with a help->slip->franklins and u have urself, well u have urself this amazing phil show, ha.
Wow - on paper this looks like one best of the run.
Hope they can pull out another one tomorrow night.
my fourth show of the run and every night has offered something different and satisfying, which is all you can ask for.
viola was a very welcoming opener, i thought theyd do a sandwhich with a bunch of tunes but instead the band went throw some unique jam sequences, one which i thought meandered for a minute or two, but they got the momentum going enough at the end. i think it clocked in around 15 minutes.
bertha was a real keeper, hitting quite a few peaks.
im so gone had a riotous larry and jackie duel and the place was going nuts - have never seen so much enthiusm for a jackie tune.
at one point during the first set between songs, jackie played the opening chords for tmns. phil followed with the bass lines for dark star, laughed, and shook his head as the crowd was getting revved up.
shakedown>deal was enormous too, and larry was tremendous on that slide acoustic setup (apologies if i dont have the exact name down right) on jack straw. barry tore it up on guitar, good to see get off pedal steel for a few minutes.
slipknot was at least 10-15 minutes and went to some really weird and interesting spaces. not a real peak per se but it went on for quite a while, in a good way, that people forgot they were actually playing within slipknot. in fact, i wouldnt be against the setlist reading slip>jam>slip>franklins.
larry on mando for franklins - you gotta hear it, folks! he was shredding that darn instrument.
nfa ended with phil telling everyone to back off their intruments to let the crowd clap and sing. this lasted for a good minute or two. he thanked everyone for that special ending.
and btw, this was the first time all run that phil really really dropped some BOMBS, there were two monster toward the end of the second set.
very good show. there were a few hiccups, as to be expected - saw molo apologize to phil during the second set for something, and the flow of the show was a bit jerky, but what better to spend a saturday night?
You should post a picture of yourself so we can all say a quick thank you when we see you at the shows...
You cant miss Taperrob... he glows in the dark
that was a blast
Help > Slip > Slip > Slip > Frankilins was the highlight.
I am so toasted right now but such a fun time
Nokia Theatre, NYC 11/15/08
Viola Lee Blues>
I'm So Gone
Let It Ride
Cold Black Devil
No More Do I> Jam>
Help On The Way>
Not Fade Away
2nd set added to playlist stream. will be playing after the 1st set now playing finishes.
Really a great show. I am so grateful to be there tonight. Thanks for all the love you bring to New Yawk, PHIL!
He dropped some big ones on us tonight. I didn't know his new bass could bomb like that - spectacular night. It was a stone groove all around. Thank you MR LESH
Wow only two more nights. What are we to do? I am very much looking forward to the next two shows. Any guess's on what they may play? I have to think Unbroken Chain, Wharf Rat, Morning Dew definetly another DS, I know you Rider
Taperrob you are the man!!!!! Thanks!! It is quite amazing the technology we have these days, pretty freakin sweet!!!!!
Both shows I went to I was hanging kinda near the taper section. I wish I knew what you looked like so I could have thanked you personally for taking the time out of your show to provide this kinda stuff, it is greatly appreciated!!!
I got a pic of TaperRob in IOWA!.. lemme see if I can find it.. that IS if he doesnt mind~
looks like another good1!!
THANK YOU TROB, PLAF, NOKIA, NYC, TAPERS, and Al Gore for inventing the internetz!
and for the REVIEWS/REVIEWERS!!
another smoking show
thank you so much taper rob!!!!
It's 6AM and I'm still up, high on nothing but great music, companionship, and a bit of brutally powerful diner coffee.
Tonight's (or at this point last night's) show was energetic, often inspired and damn fun!
Both sets opened with nasty sustained-chords, the harbingers of Viola Lee and Shakedown respectively. These songs set the bar for the high energy performances that followed in the 1st and 2nd doses of our nightly Nokia P&F.
Viola Lee is always Phil and Friends at their most primal. It's a churning take-no-prisoners war machine. There was no warming up the crowd. The band threw it down from the get go with all its raw power in the first tune, whipping the crowd around me into a frenzy. I figured it'd be a sandwich or triple deck, but they played it straight through. At 15 minutes it was certainly not the longest P&F Viola and probably wasn't the most inventive or powerful, but it got the blood flowing, the feet moving and the smiles cracking. And every instrument came through clearly, most thankfully Molitz's oft-buried array of ivories.
And a Viola Lee early on in the show seems like Phil guaranteeing the crowd that the show ahead will be good! And Viola barreled in Bertha without loosing steam.
On the way into Bertha, there was a moment of mostly Molo. I had the realization that "I have no idea what's coming next!" and that unpredictability is what makes this band so special!
After Bertha then there was a pause. The breaks between songs have seemed long this run. They're certainly not as long as the noodle/tuning/dead air between songs on many GD live recordings, but the breaks threatened and sometimes undermined the momentum and flow.
Any breaks at this particular show though were worth it because there were no weak songs. "1/2 Step" was a lot of fun with the crowd and Phil doing a sort of accidental round/call and response. The crowd mostly sung the words to the beginning of the chorus the way Garcia did, with words on the 1 and 2 of the bar while Phil sang the same words on the 3 and 4 of the bars. So there was an interesting echo/repeat that mostly worked in a musical sense.
I'm So Gone is one of my favorite Jackie tunes. It fits comfortable alongside the catchy yet "jamable" Hunter/Garcia canon. And the band played it hard with Jackie stepping up to Larry and doing some raw shredding (with an air of competition) during the instrumental break. This got loud cheers from the crowd. Most P&F fans seem to recognize this as a great song even though it's not a GD tune. Overall, though Jackie didn't seem to take many leads during this show. He seemed to stick mostly to rhythm and texture leaving the solos to the skilled fretting of Larry and Barry.
A well-played take of Ryan Adam's Ride It Down followed
Before Loose Lucy, Phil teased the riff to Dark Star. This got a cheer from the crowd, but Molo followed immediately with a few whimsical drum hits as if to say "it was just a joke, kids!" A 1st set stratospheric Dark Star would've been rare and welcome but instead Jackie delivered the earthy goods with Loose Lucy (with no harmonica this time around.) He sang the last verse very low-key with the band all dropping down a few notches before ratcheting it back up for the final chorus.
I really enjoy these dramatic and experimental changes in the songs' dynamics that Maestro Lesh has been orchestrating.
Cosmic Charlie closed out the set with ragged vocals, a propulsive shuffle and Sless's moaning pedal steel riding near the top.
Set two started with a bang with Shakedown. Molitz put some of his space-porn-funk equipment to good use and also engaged in a good but lamentably brief vocal jam on the chorus with the other singers. This vocal jam/round was always a highlight of GD versions. I wished they'd stuck with it longer at this show.
Without flagged, the 'Down became a Deal. Barry's pedal steel: a welcome addition.
Jack Straw was next, featuring Larry sliding up and down the fretboard of an acoustic instrument (a dobro?) This is the same instrument he played during the previous night's Operator. But this time, he was mixed loud and clear. He soloed and added good textures we normally don't get to hear in JS. I love how with this current P&F line-up, the presence of an acoustic instrument in a song doesn't equal "mellowness." Often, the effect is the exact obvious. The acoustic instrument seems to increase the song's intensity. Larry isn't afraid to rip it up, plugged or "unplugged."
Loser was next and seemed really low key, perhaps to a fault. It seemed like the band was giving Larry spaces to solo, but Larry didn't fill the space with much. He played minimal licks that seemed to leave a hole in the music. Jackie's vocal lead was adequate but not overly powerful. If I had to choose, I'd call this song the show's low point.
Jackie's "Cold Black Devil" came next and it seemed even funkier and dirtier sounding than the already great Halloween version. This got me and the rest of the dancers dancing! Iy featured some stop/start playing towards the end. The whole band would fake out the crowd with a pause only to bust back into the song after a few seconds. Then, after this unexpected stop/start funk, the band kicked into an old school Viola-style accelerondo, going faster and faster before tumbling back into the song's melody to bring it to a close.
Then a noodle turned into a jam and became "No More Do I." I hadn't even considered them playing this song. It crept up on me. I heard the opening riff and I thought "I know this, but what is it!?" It all came back to me with the first line. This was a welcome surprise for me.
The outro jam fell abruptly into Help on the Way that heated up the crowd further.
The transition to Slipknot! brought with it a true Phil Bomb that shook the walls and my chest. The middle of Slipknot was the highlight of the show for me. Phil motioned for a key change and in unison the band seem to go from minor to major.
The sonic atmosphere became lighter and more airy. This passage was certainly not cut from the same rope as the dark tension of Slipknot!. So I agree with some other reviewers that the setlist should go Slip>jam>Slip. This jam had some real melodic moments and an overall jazzy fusion feel.
The band nailed the transition to Franklin's. Molo's mini-solos got to highlight different sections of his "weaponry." He fired shots of toms, cymbals and cowbells.
Frankiin's was as good as we've come to expect with the Friends. And the song was taken to some new places because Larry switched to mandolin for it. Again, acoustic does NOT equal mellow on this run. And Larry ripped it up. On this tune's solos and on pretty much every solo he took during this show, it was fun to watch his facial features--- they suggested intense concentration and transcendent trance-like joy!
The encore, Not Fade Away, brought us to lights up with a heavy tom intro and 16th note guitar flurries. Like I said about this song when I saw them play it over the summer, this line-up's version has a good, primal GD '71 feel to it. I wish the crowd's chant and handclap at the end lasted longer, but we all carried it for a few go rounds. Too bad I was standing next to the loudest most tone deaf, most rhythmically challenged Deadhead in the joint. But that's a small complaint at a very good show.
It was good to meet LordHenry before the show and to see CatchABigOne and Jillluvslife again! And as always, it was fun watching the Deafhead leaders do what can best be described as "interpretive dance," turning the music into beautiful fluid motions that lifted my spirits even though I could hear just fine!
I'm back on Tuesday. I'm starting to get a bit sad knowing the end is coming soon. But I feel lucky I've been able to catch 6 shows so far and my gut is telling me this highly enjoyable Nokia run is gonna go out with a bang!
Great review Sebastian, and Steve! I really can't add much to these finely, detailed elaborations, so I'll make some brief comments:
--I timed Viola at 17 minutes. What an opener! Some sick dueling going around the horn, and some nice brief spacey segments.
--It seemed that whenever a song was dragging, Larry would save the thing was an amazing solo, e.g. Half Step, Deal, Loser (but overall a bit of a drag), Let it Ride (harmonies were ragged, but glad to hear this fine tune.)
--Both Jackie songs were great! I'm so gone's jamming was ferocious.
--Amazing Shakedown. I timed it at 15 min. There was a killer Phil solo in it.
--that *was* a dobro by Larry in Jack Straw. Killer standup solo by Barry.
--No more do I is such a nice song, but it wasn't working for me last night. The Q did it better to my memory.
--Help Slip was crunching. There was (as mentioned twice!) a distinct key shift at the 13 minute mark... I was thinking Rider... but then blasted back into the top of Slipknow with bombs galore! 19 minutes total on my clock.
--Franklins sounded cool with the mandolin playing, but for me it was the worst song of the night. Phil's garbling could have only been saved by nasty Larry solos, and that was happening on the mandolin. I was glad when he croaked his last verse last night. Painful to my ears.
--Jackie started NFA with just his maraccas, and the band ripped it apart. An unleashing of energy... one of the show highlights!
Given the crime nature of the songs, I wonder if Phil had read about the Shootup at the Waldorf Astoria Corrall. There was a brazen jewelry heisst around 6pm right off the lobby... bullets flying... guests diving. I read it on my iPhone while waiting for the show to start.
Excellent show! Tonight will be even better!
It was definitely Help>Jam>Slipknot>Franklin's. There was a very long while there where we were not sure if there would be an actual slipknot or even a Franklin's. Very nice....
a great saturday night dance party concert.....high energy,cohesive playing,excellent guitar solos,phil and molo being phil and molo(anything better?).... for those who wish to thank taperrob, he's the one taper sitting on the floor with the laptop....and he does know how much we appreciate him.....
Great second set last night, slipknot really devolved. I was hoping it would go into
It really was open to question what they would go into. I thought I heard lovelite there for a second, I was also hoping for a Dew, Franklins almost seemed disappointingly standard at that point. Sound was fantastic, I can't wait to hear some of the 24 bit recordings from the Nokia, the sound in that place can't be beat.
I agree that Franklin's was a bit of a let down at that point. That was the perfect opportunity to do something way different and cool....like a Dew.
However,I always have a great time at these babies....thank God for my brother J.
i dont understand the franklins disappointment, i thought it was very solid - i've just given phil permission to sing, i dont care if it aint the greatest voice, at least he's alive and doin it still
so, when i just dont even think about phils voice, i find myself loving that franklins - is there anything better than a franklins tower to end a second set?
yes - a franklins encore
i dont think people were disappointed in the franklins performance, as larry was just shredding the mando, just that it was a missed opportunity after coming out of that uber-spacey slipknot to do something new and unexpected.
of course, then youd have people complaining that they didnt do franklins - goes to show, you can never satisfy everybody.
Well i have to say that this was the sharpest,
best performance ive seen by these guys of the few shows ive been at the nokia.
The best sounding versions of these songs played so far. Ripping throughout and a great ending.
Shakedown> Deal > Jack Straw blew the place up.
A super duper Help SLIPNOT BOOM Franklins Tower !
It was mostly flawless and really a perfect stellar performance.
It sounded like a great dick's picks CD from the 70's.
The sound was loud all around and they were playing at peak performance level,
and the crowd was dialed in and jumping off the floor. My fav so far, just an excellent show.
The first set was very strong. Second set was mind blowing and a great fade away encore.
They brought it last night and delivered the package !
Grubby, you JUST gave phil permission to sing 'Franklins'? You must be kidding. Phil's voice is awesome and if you are just now figuring this out I wonder if you think the way bobby butchers Jerry's lyrics are better?! I love the way Phil sings Scarlet and Fire. I wish he still sang Help on the way like he did last fall and in 1999. In my opinion he is the only voice to really hear when it comes to todays take on the important Jerry/Grateful Dead songs. Dont get me wrong, tennessee jed, ramble on rose, loser, doin that rag, bertha, etc. can be sung by Jackie or Larry or bob for that matter, but when it comes to Eyes of the World, Morning Dew, Birdsong, Terrapin, Rosemary, Black Peter, mts of moon, etc. leave the vocals to Phil, thank you very much. I do understand that he won't take on the vocals of Stella Blue or So many roads which I think is very wise(although I wish he would sing 'china doll' like he did back in '98).
try dissin Phil's vocals somewhere else, this IS the PHILZONE.
i wasnt dissin phil's voice - i was standing against the person who said phil's singing was ruining franklins
as for bobby's voice, after hearing jackie sing the truckin during this nokia run, i think jackie is a better bobby than bobby is these days, odd as that may sound
I agree. Lets hear him sing 'estimated'. Have they done that one?
Incredible show - Everybody was playin in the heart of gold band last night.
>>>>> I was standing next to the loudest most tone deaf, most rhythmically challenged Deadhead in the joint
That'd be me. Sorry. Very nice review - accurate.
Thank you Phil - and you all - FOR A REAL GOOD TIME!!!
might as well, Phil
<<and btw, this was the first time all run that phil really really dropped some BOMBS,
I was in the speaker room, right up against the speaker and the bomb coming out of slip into Franklins LITERALLY knocked me back. My left ear is STILL ringing.
And i LOVE it.
That was TOO MUCH FUN!!! May possibly be the hardest I have EVER danced!!!! Ever.
Great fucking show.
Great fucking night.
LONG LIVE PHIL LESH!!!!
Due to the Sacred taper rob I have listened to a lot of the run and was only in physical form there for last eve and I must say it was
Pretty friggn good
Dancing folks and one armed drunk guy yelling at security about the the economy as the band played grooves and songs of yore
Barry had the best lead of the night for sure when he ripped that shit up.Can't remember what song but It was like a players moment.The other bucks were not riding the wave and he had a honkering....
Blasted some sharp notes n got the crowd response and phil' head turn n blam. 3 min or so of chirping tone
Phil's half step vocal thing was outta sight- really had me listening and got something out of that tune that I never heard before and will ever effect the way I play it. I raise my gin n tonic to the Phil for pointing it out to me. Such Americana this GD music
Larry played well and was a real provider of the backbone with the Molo - Solid performance
Sure this band has no Guitar hero but all can drive the ship round turns and deep valleys and come out of the otherside with some trails behind them
Kudos to Particle man. Was tuned into his sound all night int he back corner. Hittn' the beat n dugout free on money(No casH) I was harvest boy
A great night - Cheers to all involved
I hope I never hear No More Do I ever again. That song sucked the life out of me. I thought the Saturday show was really good, but definately had its dragging points. The 15 minute slipknot lost me, Phil should have done another song instead of wasting our time with that jam.
<<<The 15 minute slipknot lost me, Phil should have done another song instead of wasting our time with that jam.
lol. funny how people's experience/perception can be so radically different.
should have been a 30 min slipknot complete with a 15 minute phil solo
After 5 shows I'm thinking the second set Saturday was as good a set as I saw this run. (Hard to really rate them in some order). Pue 100% full steam ahead from start to finish. The Shakedown jam set the tone for me and is was a frenzied dance festival from there on in. The Loser was pure meltdown material. Jackie nailed the vocals and the leads were sweet sweetness. The Deal then the Jack Straw were taken to out of this world heights. Help>JAM>Slip>Franks...WHOA!!! Very unique wandering psychadelic jam in to a monstrous Sliknot>Franklins that just would not quit!. A 1977-esque NFA was the perfect encore in my mind! This set was all Grateful Phil! To me No more Do I is somewhat a hokey tune on their CD but I kinda like it and definitely got the feeling that Phil was totally in to doing an original song and the band was ON BOARD.
" as for bobby's voice, after hearing jackie sing the truckin during this nokia run, i think jackie is a better bobby than bobby is these days, odd as that may sound".
Doesn't sound odd at all. No question that Jackie brings way more to the table these days than Weir does. Too much crack going on in the Ratdog band scene. Weir cannot elevate a crowd to anywhere near what Phil's band is doing. In fact, just the opposite. Just my $.02.
Peace all! It is very sad to see this incredible Philathon coming to an end. What a long strange trip it's been....
This show was all about the long psychedelic SLIPKNOT!!!!! This was the best of the weekend run.
>>That was TOO MUCH FUN!!! May possibly be the hardest I have EVER danced!!!! Ever.<<
I can vouch, Peglette danced HARD!
And man oh man, year that Slipknot melted into some very unusual territory, it almost had to be re-assembled by the resolve of Franklin's.
I think you are on to something with Bob's band, starkdar. I have wondered what was up with Bobby's playing, missed lyrics, pathetic self absorbsion for many years now. In 2004, I first suspected that something was off with Weir(with the Dead), he was definately the weakest link. In fact in his own band, I believe he might be the weakest link, these days. I hope your thoughts on his band arent true, and obviously wish him well..either way. I just know that Phil has went through some serious issues of his own since jerry and is much older than Bob but clearly brings much more to the table, musically. In fact, I cringe at the possiblilty of Ratdog ringing in the New year if the "coin flip" decides this. Here is to ratdog playing first(after JG opens)new years eve, and Phil n friends playing second. Then an allstar jam post nye countdown.