Free The Dead (Phil, Bobby, & Warren)
Acoustic show - 5:00pm (1st of 3 NYC Shows today)
Angel Orensanz, New York, NY
Mon. March 30, 2009
Pride of Cucamonga
Lazy River Road
thanx 2 rob 4 the above...
Thanks, and I look forward to reading the reviews!!
This should be a great litmus test for the upcoming tour!
WOW! Phil leads the way here - THE PRIDE!! Long may it grow free and wild in the sunshine...
while it was indeed sweet to see the dead in this venue, the show itself had plenty of rough spots, imo.
first off, in the opening dire wolf, weir totally blew the first verse. a bunch of people from the audience started singing it though until he caught on to the lyrics. a bunch of people around me seemed to think this was great, classic bob weir, i suppose, but to me it was just amateur.
bird song was definitely long and spaced out. i was digging where the jam was going for sure. i was, however, really beginning to think this tour (meaning the whole damn month long run) was going to suck. bobby just couldn't keep focused. right before the end of the jam, when they go into the 'don't cry now' part, bob was so spaced out that phil pretty much had to wave in front of his face to make him realize the change was coming. i felt embarrassed for him...
cumberland was nice a peppy. they were playing very quietly though and it angered me to no end that these two tools behind me were singing along behind me louder than the band. and trying to hit the high harmonies no less!!
pride was next and i was of course glad to hear that. it was weird though the way that phil was singing. he was trying to sing softly and it made his voice have a much different timbre than usual.
lazy river was sweet. i liked the way that they all switched off verses. i found that to be a nice touch.
what can be said about casey jones, always fun to hear, right?
ripple encore was great, albeit an obvious encore to the show.
on thing that i can't help but comment on is the dick who yelled, and i mean yelled, WE MISS JERRY, after, i believe it was dire wolf. without a second pause phil says in a rather snide tone, 'what? you think we dont?'
while this show was definitely an experience, i couldn't help wondering as i left, how bad bobby might fuck up the other two of the night. my mind also began dreading what might be two more shows of undesirable deadheads surrounding me.
fortunately, i was quickly proven wrong on both counts.
ros' recap of the angel orensanz is pretty on point. i would like to add however, the lack of generosity and the sheer selfishness of many who upon arriving at the last minute decided it was ok rush to the front to block the front seated row, all of whom had arrived early and patiently waited to enjoy the show. it is not a deadheads god given right to step over and in front of other deadheads and be rude. i'm tall enough that it would take bill walton to block my view, but that isnt the point. what ever happened to consideration for others? you want a good seat, get there early. just selfish and rude. learn some manners and civility.
listening to this right now...man is it me or is bob gettin worse? how many lines can you flub in one show it seems the audience knows the songs better then he does...seriously what gives? i could totally do without bob in the dead if they ever decided toi go that route but bobby's a lil beeyatch