I hope someone passes this on to the sound crew regarding the Gorge sound:
PLEASE turn on the delay towers up on the lawn area BEFORE the band starts playing! Every show I've heard there, the engineer forgets to crank them up until well into the first set or even later. 70% of the audience is up on the lawn and we deserve good volume too. It sounds great up there once the delay stacks are fired up so PLEASE DON'T FORGET
have an extra seat for sale. 50th row center. cost me $60. contact me if interested. peace
I'm still looking for a pair of reserved seats for this show......
Got 'em- thanks Jeffrey!
For ya'll looking for tix..
I have found the sound to be better up off the foor. We usually sit in the grass tier area at the front of the lawn. AMAZING sound, & a MUCH better view to boot. The few times i've had floor seats, or been on the floor GA style, the sound seemed to go right over me. It's of course different for every band(Phish had the sound DIALED in everyhere), but I always tend to gravitate to the front of the grass tiers. This also means you gotta go in early to claim your space...
Tix are still for sale & will most likely be at the venue
See ya'll there!!!!!!!
Weather is looking SWEEEEET
The Gorge (prediction :-)
All That We Are
Music Never Stopped >
Golden Road >
Viola Lee Blues >
Music Never Stopped
Born Cross Eyed >
Help on the Way >
Other One >
He's Gone >
Sugar Magnolia >
Black Muddy River Instrumental >
I'd settle for a New Potater and Joan doing Morning Dew, with Warren sitting in and singing Golden Road after his set with the Allmans that afternoon at the fair.
From today's Seatle P-I:
Friday, September 19, 2003
Gorge gets raucous with ZZ Top, Ted and The Dead
By GENE STOUT
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER POP MUSIC CRITIC
Old dogs, new tricks. Lots of woof.
Several leviathans of the rock world -- each on the road with all-new shows -- are heading to The Gorge this weekend for one of the amphitheater's biggest, bawdiest weekends of the season.
ZZ TOP AND TED NUGENT
WHEN: Saturday night at 7
WHERE: The Gorge Amphitheatre
TICKETS: $39.50, $49.90 and $60.40 at Ticketmaster
WHEN: Sunday night at 7
WHERE: The Gorge Amphitheatre
TICKETS: $56.70 at Ticketmaster
ZZ Top rolls in for a show tomorrow night with rock 'n' roll wildman Ted Nugent. The Dead, on the road with singer Joan Osborne, performs Sunday night.
ZZ Top, the Texas trio known for its belly-brushing beards, outrageous sombreros, growling guitars and hell-raising blues-rock, is on tour with a brand-new album, "Mescalero." Released Sept. 9, the CD is just as raucous and raunchy as previous albums. The group's motto: "Make it loud and it'll be fine."
The mix of sounds includes blues, rock, Texas boogie, zydeco, Tex-Mex and even a hint of country. The band describes the song "Que Lastima," sung entirely in Spanish, as "techno mariachi." There's also a cool version of "Tramp," the R&B classic written by Lowell Fulsom and Jimmy McCracklin and recorded by Otis Redding and Carla Thomas in the late '60s. Some of the more humorous tracks are "Punk Ass Boyfriend," "Buck Nekkid," "Alley-Gator" and "Crunchy."
Opening for tres hombres -- Billy Gibbons, Frank Beard and Dusty Hill -- is politically-incorrect-and lovin'-it Nugent. The Motor City Madman's latest album, "Craveman," gives fans another dose of gonzo hellfire.
In addition to such favorites as "Cat Scratch Fever," "Hey Baby," "Wango Tango" and "Little Miss Dangerous," the nasty Nuge will serve up such new songs as "Rawdogs & Warhogs" (a patriotic, right-leaning screamer featuring the line "I'm American made, American born") and the raunchy "Sexpot" and "Pussywhipped." It's hard to believe this guy runs a camp for kids.
Turning the page to Sunday, The Dead roll into The Gorge with a legion of Deadheads in tow. What a weird weekend this will be, with more beards than a Taliban convention.
Earlier legs of The Dead tour have included Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and Steve Winwood. The lineup at The Gorge features Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, as well as keyboardists Jeff Chimenti and Rob Barraco and lead guitar Jimmy Herring, filling in for the late Jerry Garcia. Adding a female voice to otherwise all-male hippie-rock band is Grammy winner Osborne.
During the four-hour, two-set show, Deadheads can expect old favorites "Fire on the Mountain," "Uncle John's Band" and "Box of Rain," as well as newer songs.
My favorite quote: "...more beards than a Taliban convention."
BRIIIIIIIING ON THE MAAAAAAAASNESSSSSS!!!
Can you just hear these two ripping on Viola?
Wow, that Shoreline set list is BIG..
Any predictions with what songs HAVEN'T been played??
They might play one or two of these.....
St. Stephen>The Eleven
Big River (for Johnny Cash)
Viola Lee Blues
Samson and Delilah
Music Never Stopped
New Speedway Boogie
Let the Good Times Roll
New Potato Caboose
OK, so looking at what they've played, here's my prediction..
The Music Never Stopped >
Golden Road >
Looks Like Rain@ >
Eyes of the World >
Terrapin Station >
Space(with cryptical reprise)>
Viola Lee Blues >
St. Stephen >
New Potatoe Caboose jam >
Viola Lee Blues >
Comes a Time
Sugar Magnolia >
Where Wolves of London (would be nice somewhere)
>> During the four-hour, two-set show, Deadheads can expect old favorites "Fire on the Mountain," "Uncle John's Band" and "Box of Rain," as well as newer songs.
DOH! Who gave the setlist to the news guy??!?!!?!!!!?!?
is there a set list folks????
I know it's old - but I'm kind of surprised that there hasn't been more discussions on this
A rock show shouldn't cost more than an eight of weed, or more than a case of beer
>A rock show shouldn't cost more than an eight of weed, or more than a case of beer<
A case of beer and an 1/8th of weed are not equal, as cost goes.
Depending on what your smoking, a rock show is still the same price as an eighth : )
I mean a case and a bag together
Nothing positive on 1st set...... but
Brown Eyed Women>
Sugaree.... so far
first set: truckin in there somewhere, along with the other one, and loser. ummmm, I can't remember what else...oh yeah, closed with a fire. oooooh, caution and alligator too
set one had TNK, West La, and Mustve Been the Roses in there to boot.....
Truckin'>TNK>Cryptical>Alligator<west>Fire On The Mountain (from Otherones.net)
tommorow never knows
Truckin'>TNK,Cryptical>alligator<west>Fire On The Mountain
Roses before Fire
We just got back to Seattle- super rockin' show- I put it right up there with the BEST Grateful Dead shows I've ever seen- I was truly surprised and all my friends thought it was spectacular too! They reversed sets on us in a way- playing second set first, then first set to end the show- fun! Opening with the meaty tunes and jams and closing with tight rockers. Eyes was great- and Sugaree was fantastic. Joan was great! Not a single bomb from Phil but the mix was solid and crystal clear. There was an amazing jam in the second set somewhere when the "group mind" was just rushing through all hands on deck in a torrent of perfectly choreographed spasms of creative juice- this would be a good show to get the CD's of just to hear that again. Thanks to Jeffrey for the 16th row center seats!
Tomorrow Never Knows>
Caution (do not step on tracks)
Must've Been The Roses
West LA Fade Away
Fire On The Mountain
Brown Eyed Women
Eyes Of The World>
Night Of 1000 Stars>
"Pretty Angel Voice Mini-Space (Joan)" Jam
Standing On The Moon>
Samson & Delilah (started just vox & drums)
Started at 7:20 ended at 11:15, 30 min break.
i'm anxious to see the complete list...
i'm also anxious for the plq shows at the beacon
this december...whoo hoo!
thanks for the list, pinman!
>>..reversed sets on us in a way- playing second set first, then first set to end the show- fun!..<<
Is that not kinda the way things started in Tennessee...??..
wow what a setlist is all I can say...looks like a must have fo' sure...
>>>wow what a setlist is all I can say...
First set solid...second set looks like a dissapointment after what preceded it. No stephen eleven on the west coast....interesting
come on peep Wake Up and Give Us Some reviews!
Gunner, why so impatient? you already have one review to contradict. go ahead and tell the guy who thought it was one of best GD-related shows he's ever seen that he is totally wrong, the show wasn't worth the gas money it took to get there, how you wouldn't drive more than 1/2 hour to see that show even if you had a free ticket, and remind him how no one should even bother to offer up an opinion until you've prefaced the thread with some of your unfailingly correct, bitter diatribe?
This was the only show I saw of the tour. Any thoughts on how it compared to the rest?
beat out shwag.
HOLY CIRCUS HAS COME TO TOWN, BATMAN!!! The energry was beyond ANYTHING I have witnessed in the years since 1995.. SHIT, since 1985!!!! It's impossible to review the energy.. But you could basically SEE the air on stage it was so electric. I just kept thinking what it must be like for Joan to be standiing in the middle of that energy storm... And then be asked to step up to the mike & deliver.. OH AND DELIVER SHE DELIVER TONIGHT..
As for the crowd & venue.... CHILL!! The venue is in a league of it's own & the crowd was your typical N.W./West coast laid back-family affair vibe crowd.
DARK STAR JAM>
(This was basically Dark Star. I can't believe anyone else has commented on that. I seriously thought they were gonna sing a verse. Killer Dark Star Jam!!)
(BIG energy from band & crowd. Jimmy is on Fire. Yipee, I called it)
TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS>
(Very slow trippy intro!! Really caught me off guard.. VERY psychedelic!)
(These transitions were amazing. So fluid. Jimmy was really off the charts. Just blazing.)
( Phil lets it fly!!!! HUge energy. Very bouncy. At this point i'm pinching myself.. Is this really 1st set!?!?!?!?. Everything is jammed out BIG!)
CAUTION (do not step on tracks)
(Boom, into Caution. Are you fucking kidding me!?? Joan has her Gypsy Woman Skat. They are have a BLAST on stage. Joan picks on Bobby first & he steps up with a sweet Mojo slide solo!! Goddamn, I haven't seen'm party like this since the mid-80's. Joan then tell's Jimmy to give us some Mojo Hand, and he obliges by turning the entire Gorge on it's face with a jaw dropping guitar meltdown!!!!
MUST'VE BEEN THE ROSES
(Got a bit choked up on this astonishingly beautiful rendition. Never heard it sound better. I'm blown away by thier harmonizing)
WEST LA FADEAWAY
(The band is IN the grooooove. Jimmy's got it down & they lay it down East LA style)
(This is seriously the best verion i've ever heard..Dare I say EVER. I'm just completely blown away)
FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN
( I remind you this is still 1st set. The crowd steped up the energy for this!! Mickey kept it simple & let more of his drummming do the singing. The band RIPS it 1980 funky style!!!)
( Great way to get the crowd up & singing. Straight up rocking version
( This is where I lost it in the energy & didn't come down til drums. They've put alot of the 60's flavor back into this one.. The crowd it right with'm!!!)
EYES OF THE WORLD>
(Eyes through drums is not even near possible to desribe. I'll just say it's the madest, badest, flipped out jamming i've heard from this band. far & away the best jamming & transitions yet)
NIGHT OF 1000 STARS>
(Holy shit, what just happened)
(FInally they get one 1977 style. Jimmy had his gooey, liquid, funky monkey guitar working for this one. Easily the best played Estimated yet. I kept thinking "They finally nailed it." Very 1977 sounding. Slow & funky as HELL!!!)
(seemed a bit short.. I was so into it, it may haved just seemed that way. My first REAL post Dead drums)
"Pretty Angel Voice Mini-Space (Joan)" JAM>
( wow, total wierdness)
STANDING ON THE MOON>
( I was hoping Joan would sing this..but.. Bobby nailed it!! He NAILED EVERYTHING last night!!!!)
( such a beautiful spacey jam. I just kept thinking "Damn, this is just so beautiful)
(I was hoping they would pick the energy up after all the beautiful mellow jamming. This was perfectly played though)
(Joan SHINES!!!.. Full crowd participation.. She did such a great job & sang her brains out!! This song is back to its intended glory)
SAMPSON & DELILAH
(started just vox & drums like the OLD days. HUGE energy!!! My new favorite version)
(as beautiful as it gets people. Jimmy shows his touch)
Overall feeling. This was my first seeing them this year. I have many tapes from summer(6/15,17,20,28,29, 7/4, 8,9,10,11, 31) and this has the biggest energy.. Then again seeing it live vs. tapes might explain that...but... Each song was the best i've heard it played.. They really let it all hang out. It felt like the Jimmy & Bobby show. Joan had two songs to let it rip & I LOVED IT.. I really don't get any of the complaints.. This is a new band, a new day, new time, new place. GET OVER IT!!!! Step aside, cause this band means business.. Jimmy & Bobby really RIPPED the roof off.. Jimmy. Jimmy, Jimmy!
The tightest, leanest, meanest shit i've heard yet.. Liquid transitions & thick heavy grooves.. Get the tapes, NO SHIT!
Finally thought.. JERRY WOULD LOVE THIS SHIT. I can see him gigglin, shaking his head "Yea, man, YEA!!!!"
Oh yea.... The liquid light show was PHENOMINAL!!!!!!!!!
dude, you put a huge smile on my face!! Wonderful energy in YOUR review. You rock!! I felt this way after Joan's Beach.
hey johnny, please don't hold back, did you like the show?
glad you got a good one!
Anyone have song timings for this monster show... Everything was so jammed out, I'm curious on time. I understandably LOST time last night... I'm slowlyoly regaining my footing. My 2 year old wants to goof around & i'm just a noodle today. MUSICALLY DRAIIIIIINED..
Johnny, thanks for a great and INSPIRING review. You deserved a great show, obviously, and it sounds like you got it. Where's Dakota now? hehe
Loved your review, Johnny!!! It's great to read a positive review, after reading all the negative ones of the last two shows!!! I'm goin' get the CD of this show for sure!!! Thanks Man.....
Just got back after a beautiful drive over the Cascade Mountains. Last night blew me away. I saw the first 3 nights of Red Rocks and this show was tighter than any of them. A couple things that have not been mentioned in the previous reviews:
The donor rap, Phil mentioned how he is bummed out that this was the last show of the tour and how, "it just feels so right," and he wishes they could keep going and do a bunch more shows. I couldn't agree more. They have a full tour under their belt and are ripping it to shreads. I thought the old guys would be a little tired after all the hard-core touring they did this summer, but it was just the opposite. Energy through the roof, into outer space, and beyond...
Also, the sound was incredible! Each lyric was as crisp as the September Washigton air. Plus, there was no wind, which helped. But all-in-all it could be the highest quality sound I've ever heard at a show. Totally three-dimensional (Lights were great too!).
Also, I know there are those people who can't stand Bobby out there, but all I have to say is that BOBBY BRINGS IT! Last night he was ON FIRE. He nailed Estimated, Eyes, Cassidy and Standing, to name a few. I think he even got Truckin right. During 'Caution,' Joan put her arm arround Weir and said..."Bobby. I know you are in touch with your feminine side..." I laughed my ass off. Joan's cool.
Also, I've gotta say, the scene at The Gorge is second to none. The vibe was incredibly laid-back, family, west coast. Nobody was too out of controll. Best vibes of the summer...possibly best vibes since Touch of Grey came out??? Very refreshing from seeing Phish on the East Coast this summer (I'm over it). Cracked-out 16 year olds can really bum you out...ya know?
Complaints? No Phil tune and ticket prices (They should try to keep them in the $40's).
All-in-all, there is no sense trying to convince people that the energy is still there. The vibe is BY FAR better than the 90's GD shows. People who are negative about what the boys are doing now are insane.
I wish I could thank each band member personaly for what they are doing. it's so nice that for at least one beautiful night in the great northwest in the year 2003, you can have a 'peaceful sunday night, with the (pretty grateful) dead.'
nothing left to do but smile,smile,smile.
What's up with New years?
I just got back to Portland from the Gorge. My review will not be quite as glowing as some of these, but it won't be close to as unsatisfied-sounding as Gunner's was re: Irvine.
My take: Uneven show. Some ultra-HIGH highs, though. And the lows weren't too bad. And the Gorge in late summer is pretty damn sweet. Ok, I promise a review soon. And some pics in Other Stuff, too.
Just got done reading the setlists and reviews to these 3 rare west coast gigs . . . while both Shoreline sets & The Gorge Set I look darn good (they gave you the coveted 'Gator-Caution I've been jonesing all summer, but damn you paid for it in the 2nd set!), all I can say to you poor west coasters is . . . . .
is . . . .
is . . . .
BWAAAAA HAAA HAAA HAAAA HAAAAAA HAAAAA
Oh, wait, I'm not finished yet . . . .
AAAAAHHHHHHH HAAAAAAAA HAAAAAAAWWWWW!!!!!
WHOOOOOOOO HOOOOOO HAAAAAAA OOOOHHHHHHH UHHHHHH HAAAAAA HAAAAAA HAWWWWWW!!!!!
3 shows out west ALL YEAR (well, OK, the 2500 of you lucky/rich/connected enuff to see the V-Day show got 4) & you get:
No St Stephen - William Tell Bridge - The 11 !?! (the BIGGEST bust-out of the year!)
No Weather Report Suite !?! (the 2nd biggest bust-out of the year)
No Ripple !?! (well, OK, the 3rd biggest bust-out of the year)
Not to mention, a lack of, that is: Viola Lee, Mason's, New Speedway, even Playin' for Chrissake . . . cheez . . . 2 Freakin' Schwagdog songs in the 2nd set . . . and I assumed Bob sang: Loose Lucy, Brown Eyed, and Eyes all 3 in a row - embarrassingly shameless . . .
Uh . . . . oh . . . . yeah . . . .
see you all at the Warfield!
. . . but I'm not concerned, after all, Phil has INTEGRITY . . .
I'll be looking forward to that "Again & Again" in the middle of Terrapin or 'Star - (as it was the last 2 PLQ versions I saw of those songs)
What can I say . . . me bad!
Well, I got to meet Jim Furnish,but I missed meeting any other zoners.I lost service to for my cell in the Gorge so I was technically incommunicado. I got there pretty early and looked for who I could see but all I could see from the zone was Mr. Furnish,nice meeting you Jim!
teh show was much better than I expected but by no means anything close to The Grateful Dead I saw in the 80's and 90's. I had 9th row seats which was one of the only reasons I went, that and to hook up with a few zoners. I enjoyed most of what I saw and would classify it as mildly entertaining. I really like Joan! if it weren't for her I would have been bored silly. The mixup of the setlist was fun. The highlights for me were the Cryptical,Alligator>Caution and the Eyes and the Brokedown. THe lows were the Roses, Night of 1000 cheezy guitars. The rest of the show was ok and I felt the band was pretty tight and the sound was really good from where I sat.
If this band comes back to Washington I will probabally go see them. But to travel for this is out of the question for me.
I had fun but it does not scratch the itches that my soul craves.
the gorge was ragin from a killer lot scene to a beautiful sunset behind the stage. shakedown was going all nite and the dead must have said somethin to gorge security cuz they were mellow and let us party all nite, not like the cheese there last summer where they'd tackle you and wrestle your can of beer from your hand. the boys were rockin like they didnt want tour to end who knows what new years holds . much thanks to jimmy who is trying really hard to keep us heads happy and still not forget who he is . thanks to booby for doing his best on jerry tunes, brokedown and standing were sweet.estimated tore it up, lets hope for a fall tour i like p & f but this is more of the real deal.
First of all, the weather was absolutely perfect. Nothing but sunshine, but not too hot, either. Warm and nice while in the sun and cool and comfortable with a nice breeze while in the shade. The scene was small and very mellow. Minimal to zero hassles, just a lot of good folks hanging out, listening to tunes, and partying on a perfect sunny day in the high desert country of eastern Washington.
I scored a ticket in the lot for 50 bones - 11th row, section A....pretty schweet. We got inside just as the sun was setting and the band took the stage.
Jam - Nice little warm up jam with some dark undertones to it.
Truckin' - A fair version. Seemed like too big of a song for the band to open with as they still hadn't warmed up completely. In a hugely surprising turn of events, Bobby flubbed some of the lyrics. The tension build-up before the big release part of the jam was just so-so. Then they did it again, and the slam part was better this time, but it was almost like they were surprised when they did slam it the second time as there was no major energy build, more of a mellow one with Jimmy playing floaty notes and whatnot.
Tomorrow Never Knows - I liked this. It was very unusual and spacey. Joan was doing a middle-eastern sounding chanting when it got slow and psychedelic in the jam which was really cool.
Cryptical Envelopment - Always great to hear this one, although I don't know about Phil's vocals. I wouldl ove to hear Rob sing this one. Maybe this weekend (or does Phil sing the PLQ version, too?). I thought the jamming was good, but not great, but Jimmy definitely shined with some fluid and speedy riffs.
Loser - (Loser was played here, not second to last as listed on setlist page). This was very nice. Ace flubbed the lyrics at the start trying to start the lyrics, singing "If I had an Ace for every" then stumbled and recovered. Nice Ace mix-up, Ace....you Loser! hehe But the rest of this version was so nice. Jimmy played a melodic solo ala Jerry coming close to playing the actual song melody...only deviating slightly. Then he added some of his own quick Jimmy style runs, too. A nice nod to Garcia while keeping it fresh and in hos own style, too. Barraco had some nice soloing here, too. Very well done!
Alligator/Caution - Great to hear this dusty old reptile emerge from the sewer. The Alligator lyrics were a bit uneven because Joan and Phil try to sing it together, but have slightly different inflections so it was a tiny bit disjointed. I think this made the version of this tune somewhat tentative or apprehensive. But by the jam things started to cook, until the band was really working together and wailing. It seemed like they were now starting to lose themselves in the music and just let it happen. Things got mellow and there was a strong "Sunshine of Your Love" tease before they headed into Caution. Then Joan rapping it out was excellent. She was strutting all ove r the stage, both sides and front and center. She told Bobby that, as an artist, he is definitely in touch with his feminine side to which he kind of shrugged and threw his hand up in the air and looked embarassed...classic....before erupting into a slide guitar mini-jam fury. Then she asked the ladies to check out Jumpin' Jimmy Herring and his "mojo hand" and he answered with a nice solo of his own very much in his own jazzy/heavy southern jam/lots of notes style foregoing his more Jerry-like sound for the moment.
Must've Been the Roses - It was fine, I guess. In my section there was a whole 'lotta sitting and joint smoking going on...which was great. Joan sung well and it was a heady experience...not my fav song selection, but I needed to puff at that point anyway.
West LA Fadeaway - Bob and Joan both handle the vocals and they sounded pretty good. I was pleasantly surprised by the ferocity with which they ripped into this tune. The slam part of the chorus ("west la fadeaway.....BOOOM, BOOOM...west la fadeaway.....Boom, BOOM") was sick, especially the second time through with Phil slamming big bombs to punctuate.
Fire - The music was awesome. A nice quick tempo made it very danceable and it's a great little melody. Then Mickey sings and it's awful. Then Mickey stops and the bouncy little melody kicks in and it's like "this is great!" Then Mickey sings again and it's like, "OH God, please kill me now." Then the jam came it was excellent. Mickey shouldn't sing this song. It's a pretty melodic tune, not something to be barked out. I guess it's his tune and he'll perform it the way he wants to, but I'd love to hear Joan sing this one. Barraco stopped playing and walked to the rear corner of the stage and was "air-conducting" while Jimmy and the band tore it up in the jam. He eventually got worked up enough to go back and sit down and play some more near the end of the tune.
++++++SET BREAK++++++ - Hit the food court and scarfed down a six dollar braut. I was dying of starvation.
(I stayed in the rear of the section with some friends and did pay a bit less atenttion this set, but I thought this set merited less attention or I would have went back up to the 11th row).
Loose Lucy - Fine. I wanted my Stephen>Eleven with William Tell bridge, though. Grrrrr.
Brown Eyed Women - Love this song and was happy to hear it. Not too clear on specifics as we were partying it up, but I remember it being pretty darn solid, while not mind-blowing.
Eyes>Jam - Very sweet. The jamming was a little too brief for me personally, but still some interesting jams. A nice upbeat version that was perky and bouncy.
1000 Stars>Jam - OK. Me thinking, "This isn't St. Stephen>The Eleven, Viola Lee, WRS, New Speedway, Mason's Children, or Morning Dew! Grrrrrrr." I like Joan's vocals on this song.
Estimated>Jam - Here we go! An absolutely sick version of this tune. Bobby just nailing it with his more spaced out verses. Slinky and psychedelic and that jam before drums got weird, twisted, and dark. Tasteful cries, but not all out wailing. Loved this version.
Drums>Space - Awesome! Billy lead the first section just sitting up there flying away with jazzy rolls and tom fills. He played and played and we watched in awe. Then Mickey started back at the beam and weird sounding stuff. Suddenly drums was basically a percussive space with all sorts of loud and freaky noised coming out of the speakers. Space was short but sweet with Joan vocalizing.
Standing on the Moon - A mellow tune and there was no moon in the sky. How could we be standing on it then? Played nicely, but I didn't want to get all mellowed out after mellowing out for 30 minutes during drums/space.
Cassidy - A great, rock-solid version with some solid jams and really strong vocals. Bobby sounded excellent on the vocals all night really. Very strong and confident. But again, not the song selection my loins burned for.
Sugaree - See description of Cassidy above. Not my preferred choice to close a show, for fuck's sake.
Encore #1: Samson and Delilah - Yeah!! I was hoping we'd hear this one on a beautiful Sunday night at the outdoor church of Gorge in eastern Warshington. The percussion and vocal only intro and first verse or two is definitely different. I was missing the wailing lead guitar intro line in a big way. But then the entire band kicked into it after the first verses and it just slammed. Ok, here's the power Samson! And it was powerful. They ripped it full force, but I guess it could've been longer.
Enc #2: Brokedown Palace - So sweet. Perched high above the Columbia river in the Gorge, it seemed just perfect. I'm getting goosebumps now just typing about it. I'll admit that I may have shed a tear for Jerry and the sheer beauty of the time and setting of this one. If anything helped to save the second set, it was the encores. Well, the Estimated was sweet, too.
So yeah, good show, but not a INCREDIBLE show, imo. Some really great peak moments, but not sustained sickness with sick song selection to back it up.
(This is seriously the best verion i've ever heard..Dare I say EVER. I'm just completely blown away)
BWA HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA HAAAAAAAAAA
HA HA HA HA
now that is funny, I havent even heard the Loser from the gorge but I know FOR SURE it doesnt even touch Cornell or Dead Set's Loser. Sorry
Gone are the days
we stopped to decide
where we would go,
we just ride...... - R Hunter -
waaay too much Bobby not enough Phil, the idea of Rat Dog on steroids came to mind at the show.
Just got back. The gorge is an awesome venue, made to order for dead heads. I did not see any east coast shows to compare but I was at Red Rocks and saw some last fall. This show topped them all. The band gets better every time I go.
I might agree that the first set was somewhat uneven however, the second set was the most cohesive effort to date. Perfect transition without exessive noodling. This was a show for the head; those who hafta dance all the time probably didnt like it. I dug it. Spent the first set in reserved, went up on the grass for the second. The lights were so awesome at times I forgot there were people playing.
Joan belongs in the band. Her Roses is tops! I also have to point out that I like Bob singing Standing on the moon, very sincere "Id rather be with you". Even if the moon wasnt out, many of us were staning on it anyway. Hearing "listen to the river sing sweet songs to rock my soul" as the final strains could not have been more appropriate.
I went, heard some of my favorite tunes, awesome venue, great crowd, lots of love and respect, and again, the second set was a head trip beginning to end.
Mission acomplished!!!!!!! Hooray... when are the next dates?
OK here is my review:
Jam> Truckin> wow! the Gorge is sick as we walk down the grass hill to our seats with the sun setting. sensory overload as the mushies kick in and we get to our seats. Best seats I've ever had and the music totally swoops me up woo hoo!
Tomorrow Never Knows> sweeping soundscape of
psychadelia, cool but kind of boring
Cryptical Envelopment> sweetness, that one riff and then Phil, what more could a man ask for?
Alligator> disjointed and somewhat lacking, dare i say. cool jams throuhgout but the singing sucked.
Caution (Do Not Step On The Tracks) awesome build up after the Alligator. Almost like climbing stairs with the bass and guitars. Joans strutting and 'out in front' persona was waaaaaaaaay too much. Sorry to say but she wasn't seductive or any of that shit, i noticed her ass is a little big too.
Must've Been The Roses sorry to say but too much Joan at this point. Beautiful Herring solo though.
West LA Fade Away Infectious groove to say the least. love this song and Joans harmony behing Bobby was just right! Awesome build ups and then Wham you know that part. I was hit hard by this part of the jam. sweeeet
Loser 2 Bobby songs in a row, well played but getting a little sick of Weir.
Fire On The Mountain awesome wah wah to start it all off. Phil's lines are just so sweet and this made it all worth the 3 hour drive here. Really getting down and then Mickey sings, look at my wife and we just shake our heads and laugh. Mickey stops jams begin and I'm off in that place that only phil and the rythm devils can take me. SO AWESOME. Row 10 front row center and I'm in heaven!!!!!!
Loose Lucy like west la, you gotta love that groove but you gotta get sick of Weir singing all the songs.
Brown Eyed Women Jesus Christ another Weir song!! Don't like Bobby singing this at all!! Let Rob sing for Fuck's Sake!! Jimmy did give me goose bumps though with some great guitar work! Thank you Mr. Herring!!
Eyes Of The World> Jam> Cosmic musical soup that came together just perfectly in certain parts. What can you say except Phil is amazing and an inspiration.
Night Of 1000 Stars> Jam> Phil out front to begin with a couple small bombs. Thought this killed the momentum and was really quite weak. Like Warren singing this much better than Joan!!
Estimated Prophet> Siiiiiiiiiick!!! Best post Jerry Estimated I've heard to date. Who else can play this kind of shit except the Boys! Fuck yeah this rocked with its slinky psychadelic funk. Wah Wah my brain away, I enjoyed Bobbies singing also.
Jam> Drums> a little too much noodling; kind of bored me
"Pretty Angel Voice Mini-Space (Joan)" Jam > sitting down puffing, not paying attention
Standing On The Moon> the last song I wanted to hear at this point. Total momentum killer, where the fuck is my Viola??? Message to Bobby: I don't like the way you sing this song, you're starting to bug me!!
Jam> Cassidy gotta love Cassidy but another Bobby toon and I was Bobby'd out by this point. Was praying for Unbroken or Tom Thumbs or anything by Phil for that manner but alas nothing from Phil.
Sugaree Is is just me or does it seem like they play this at almost every show? Joans got a great voice but acts like a slut up on stage. I was jaded because I wanted my PHIL but still none and Joan was bugging me with her out in front style.
E: Samson & Delilah loved the energy and everything about this song, awesome to say the least!!
Brokedown Palace Another Bobby led song, give me a fuck'n break!!! Beautiful as ever but the bottom line is that Bob on an emotional and spiritual level does not do much for me and that pretty much summarizes my opinion of the show.
So what ya were looking for was a glorified Phil & Friends???
I thought Phil ROCKED on bass.. I could hear him dancing all over the music.. Bobby did have most vocals.. I'm surprised they don't have Rob singing at all.. Did ya really want Phil singing more!?
Gunner, of course it ain't close to a sweet '77 Loser.. But i'm sick and tired of living & comparing EVERYTHING to music they made DECADES ago. The Grateful Dead do not exist, done, poof, NADA!! LETS GET OVER IT!!!! Look forward. "WAAA- WAAA, They didn't play this or that like Jerry did this or that night...! I'm slowly beginning to give a fucking rats ass how Jerry did ANYTHING!! He's fucking dead. I got the tapes....NEXT!!! To compare music today with how someone else played it decades ago is beyond ridiculous. I got my rocks off at the Gorge.. Didn't compare jack squat with jack squat. Just listened to the music laid before me.. and by god before I knew it, I WAS BUGGIN' OUT!! Dancin' like a fool & losing all time & space.
People, ya gotta shed your skin.. or stay in your living room & beat off to your tapes... It's like your shackled to Jerry's ghost... that's too bad.. NEXT!!!!
Tell us how you really feel. Hehe.
Very, very well put. I got my rocks off at Red Rocks.
Some of my fave musicians playing some of my fave songs...what's not to like.
Drooling over some mystical shows coming up in Nov in Denver's Fillmore.
>>now that is funny, I havent even heard the Loser from the gorge but I know FOR SURE it doesnt even touch Cornell or Dead Set's Loser. Sorry
how do you know gunner???? were you at the show???
I'll answer it for him: Loser sung by Bobby sucks!
>>> Hit the food court and scarfed down a six dollar braut. I was dying of starvation.
Bratwurst, the reason I'm glad I'm not jewish.
>>> I also have to point out that I like Bob singing Standing on the moon, very sincere "Id rather be with you".
Man, and I thought I was done laughing last night . . .
BWAAAHAAAHAAAAA HAAAA HAAA OOOOHHHH HAAA OOWWWW OOOOOHHHH HWAAAAA HAAAAA OOOOOHHHH HAAAA AAAHHHH!
OHHHH HAAA HAAAA HAAAAA OHHH WA HAAAWWWW HAAA HAAAA OHHH MAN MY BELLY ACHES!!!!!
You west coasters just slay me. And yer so - um - SINCERE about it.
Sorta like the Who's in Whoooville in "The Grinch Who Stole X-Mas" - even w/o yer William Tell's, ya still have a COSMIC time, man!
>>> I'll answer it for him: Loser sung by Bobby sucks!
Actually the Loser at Vernon Downs NY in Leg 1 was EPIC - but ONLY thanx to Jimmy & Willie - after Bob horribly flubbed all the verses, they went off on the wildest Loser solo I've ever heard, yes, including epic '77 versions!
What, only east coast shows can rock Sideshow? Have you even heard this show yet?
You east coasters can be such buzz kills sometimes. Have some tact my good man.
Folks like "Sideshow" are why I moved to the West Coast 15 years ago!
I had a blast at the Gorge show, thought the music was wonderful, had all of my expectations exceeded, and am still enjoying a nice, warm afterglow.
PS- I like the who's and don't mind being compared to little Cindy Loo Who one bit
Sideshow- I suggest you call an AM talk-radio station right now and get it out of your system- you really are stompin' all over good vibes from a show you weren't even at.
Why, oh why, didn't I go to the Gorge??????
anyone have any who hash?
Some sweet pics from the Dead site!!
Can't wait to hear this show again!!!!
` thinking about it...didn't Loser come out of Cryptical??? I think I remember being specifically in awe of that "Whoa, Loser out of Cryptical".. How come all the set lists say Loser out of West LA??
Can someone help me here.
Am I wrong!?!
In my memory, Loser did come out of Cryptical.
I remember thinking, "Hmmm... Cryptical Loser."
Great show IMO. Awesome time was had by all with me and around me. After the first set, it was nothing but little cherries on top. Never thought I'd see so much Anthem of the Sun in the FIRST SET!!
Phil's bass and Jimmy's guitar were just ripping through the September air. Some of the best sound I've ever heard. The clarity of Phil's bass during tunes like Fire was almost too much.
My buddy and I got "upgraded" from 52nd to 22nd row, right between Bob and Jimmy. When they scanned our tickets, they sent us back to the box office where they bumped us up 30 rows! Turns out they were using the 52 area for hearing-impaired folks with a sign language interpreter. Glad we could help!
Yeah- Loser was out of Cryp... I pieced the list together at 3 in the morning when I saw no one had posted yet- I did not know they would copy it for the "official" philzone list!
alright, this is my first time on this message board and im quite saddened by all the east coast/west coast bs. being only 22, this summer was the first time i had a chance to see the dead. the two shows i saw were bonnaroo and the gorge and both were absolutely incredible. i find it so difficult to understand anybody who would actually waste their time with such negative attitudes. the bonnaroo show changed my life and the ways in which i think about things. so in an effort to bring that experience to others i convinced about fifteen of my friends here at whitman college in walla walla, wa to head to the gorge. some of us dosed up and some didn't but every single one of us had a wonderful time and it was truly rewarding to be the one responsible for these people's happiness (well, i guess the band had something to do with it too). anyhow, please stop the meaningless banter, esspecially if you weren't even at the show, and just love the music...high points at the gorge for me were fire, sugaree, estimated, brokedown.
Right on bro
Interesting setlist note- the official Dead site has it the same order I gave it... now I don't know ?!
Anyway- I am SO looking forward to New Years again!
loser was indeed after cryptical.
Now I admit that I didn't read all of the posts from these three nights, but is anyone else a little surprised that there was no "Big River" for Mr. Cash.
Very surprised.. No Johnny tribute or Zevon tribute..
Then again, no St. Stephen or Terrapin.... Hee-Hee
I thought Big River was a "given" for the Gorge, with the Big River winding behind the stage and all..
EPIC show regardless!!!
The Jam before Truckin' was basically a Dark Star jam.. Melody and all..
Ya'll heard that too, right!?!
Yeah, the lack of Big River was a bit disappointing. It's one of my favorite "Country Dead" tunes. Brokedown sure was sweet, wasn't it?
I thought the whole show was very well played. It was my first post-Jerry show, and I was nervous/curious about how "the scene" has evolved. It was so very chill, good vibes, and the music was fantastic! I hope Phil & Friends to come up to the NW soon.
If The Dead tour again next summer, how about 3 nights at the Gorge?
The jam before trucking sounded to me like a love supreme jam. Phil was hitting the bass line to it for about 8-12 bars solid.
There was a touch of Love Supreme, but it was basically a regurge of the '90's darkstar/birdsong jams. The Smoke On The Water tease later on was fun.
After listening to the sbds i believe this is definitley the show. I'm convinced that Joan should stick with the band. She can HANG with the boys. Tommorrow Never Knows was so crazy i cant stop repeating it in my cd player,whenthe West La FadeAway, it was definitley a freaky rendition of the song. End the first set with fire because it would of took a whole pail of water to cool me down. Then the second set was an exploration to a distant galaxy; because the view of the skies that night was soo beautiful that i was left in awe. They played a crazy eyes>night of a thousand stars>estimated prophet>MELTDOWN JAM>drums>space that left me wondering where I actually was. All I know is that this band is really something special and they are definitely a "Heart of gold band."
still haven't heard set 2
Having now listened and digested, I gotta update my previous report. The first set was not "uneven". Check the jam coming out of Truckin'.