Phil said last year that this is his favorite venue.
Before the encore (one of the two Roseland nites)
Phil said something like: "I haven't played a venue this small in years, thank you for coming out tonight and getting us HIGH."
What more can one say: 1400 seats, general admission, and 21 and over !!!
BADDA BOOM BADDA BING !!!
Phil Did say it was one of the "nicest" venues he has ever played, but of course he was jusy blowing air up our skirts, that place is a HOLE compared to 85 -90% of the venues he playes, and he knows it.
It's only redeeming quality is it'z small size.
21 & over is a mute point because you can only drink in the balcony. whats that about?
Don't get me rong, It's a special thing to see Phil Lesh in the flesh in such a small, intimate venue, and thats why I'll be there with bells on, but after the Hult, I won't be going for "sound quality" thats for sure.
When the roseland is 21 and over, there are open bars on both the balcony and the main floor. It is a hole, but a VERY SMALL HOLE. -PEACE
I came up and saw the Mule at this very small hole. I gotta say it has charm, esp with the bouncing floor. It was all ages, so they had the DMZ splitting up the floor, a bummer. Also there wasn't much of a PA, it was mostly stage equipment, which was turned waaay up. We gave up our rail spot after a set bc it was too loud- is that usual?
You guys are lucky to see them in a small venue- I was just in vegas and it rocked- the size and the performace...
Pokearound, perhaps you are right, but at each of the last half a dozen 21 & over shows I have seen there had no bar on the main floor, had to go upstairs for my adult beverage....we'll seee...
Fingr, there's a nice bar at the back of the main floor...also a sweet place to smoke 'em if you've got 'em right in back of that...
sounds like a wonderful place. wish i was going. its a little far for me. enjoy all who are lucky enough to be going. looking foward to the setlists. love
Set 1: Set 1: Jam> Friend of the Devil> Brown Eyed Women> It Stoned Me, Cumberland Blues, Patchwork Quilt> Cold Rain
Set 1: Jam>Friend of the Devil>Brown Eyed Women>It Stoned Me, Cumberland Blues, Patchwork Quilt> Cold Rain
Set 2: Dancin'>Strawberry Fields>Watchtower>Caution!>Smoke Stack Lightnin'>No More Do I>Unbroken Chain>Sugaree E: Liberty
That Watchtower>Caution>smokestack must has been phreakin unbelieveable!! I cant believe it myself!!
Wow. Too much. From Friend of the Deivl til end of first set, was first rate. Never have I heard F.O.T.D. so jammed out. Heavy.
Stoned Me, Cumberland, Cold Rain>Huge Highlights.
What am I experiencing? (J.Siegel predicted Caution!)
Unbroken was story unto itself. I need to hear this show again. Soon...
Bay Arena up next. -Peace
Friend of the Devil: Phil bombs dropping in quick succession, right from the beginning of the show. This tune featured two new and unique jams.
Brown Eyed Woman: A meaty FOTD jam led into this one. While standard, it shone like the sun!
And It Stoned Me: Warren pegged it, with anguished lyrics and heavy, funky leads.
Cumberland Blues: Jimmy and Warren dueled a bit on an above-average performance.
Patchwork Quilt: Done with the gusto of the album, combined with the unflinching energy of the night.
Cold Rain and Snow: A nice way to end a very good set, with steady Phil leads.
Dancin' In The Streets: The favorites keep rolling out, as the band takes us down memory lane, but adds a few new jams, just for good measure.
Strawberry Fields Forever: While a standard version, the crowd was alive by this point, eagerly accepting this number.
All Along the Watchtower: Getting it ready for Crusader Rabbit at the Frost?
Caution: Complete with lyrics, this number bubbled slowly, as Phil swung the main bass lead to and fro before being sucked in by the sheer power of Jimmy's and Warren's mastery.
Smokestack Lightning: Alas, no vocals, but a welcome interlude.
No More Do I: Why not toss in a new tune, when you're about to do...
Unbroken Chain: One of the prettiest songs ever written, done with an extra serving of jam.
Sugaree: A newly raved up version, with the sound cranked up, as a stellar show winds down.
Liberty: While strong, there was no new ground broken. A nice way to wake up the crowd before the trip home...
It doesn't get any better than last night. It gets as good, but dosen't get any better!
I stand corrected about the bar (gratefully), we even had a waitress comming up in front of the rail where we loomed....
I think Phil must have read my previous post, for he came out for band intros and the first thing he said is "It sure is special being able to play a tight little HOLE like this!
Sound was superb, energy was over the top. I take back everything dispariging I said about this lovely little venue.
By far my favorite place to see Phil!
Have Phun the rest of the time Pholks!
well i missed 2 shows in a row now! I am jonesing!oh yeah I am back in the fold tomorrow!woo who!
be careful when calling the roseland "a hole." as a native portlander, this venue is special to the city, especially for its size and intimacy. granted, aesthetically it lacks soul, but it doesn't get more intimate in seeing a band. this is the closest you can get to phil, similar to the the lewiston, maine show.
thanks for reading my post, peace and see you at alpine valley.
Thanks Larson...nice number of repeats from last year...sorry about that, but it looks like a real tidy show.
I've lived in Portland for two years and agree that the Roseland is basically a "hole". The main problem being bad past energy.(Although Phil has replaced a lot) This place in the late 70's or 80's had a murder inside the venue. An owner/employee disput that ended in the owner hiding the body in the Columbia Gorge area. He stayed free for years until another employee came forward with enough info to convict him. They have new owners now. I LOVE PHIL playing small venues. The Crystal Ballroom is a much better choice. Remember the Dead played there in the sixties. Also they have the bouncing dance floors. I think Phil plays there because of a lasting relationship with the promoters Double Tee. Lastly the Big Easy in Boisie is an amazing new room and the sound at the Hult center in Eugene is the best in the country.
Re: my comments on Roseland, that'd be the Crystal Ballroom I saw the Mule at... Oops. No wonder you Oregonians hate us Californians....
Departed Seattle area about 3:30 in the afternoon. Back home by 4 bells--Thursday's Seattle Times waiting on the doorstep. Thanks to Mickey D, Kelso WA for the caffeine. Round trip just under 400 miles. Everyone thought we were crazy to drive so far in the middle of the night. It seems Phil forgot to consult me when he made the schedule. Had they asked, not only would I have begged for a Seattle show, I would have offered to be the promoter! In any case, the Portland show rated about a 19 on a scale of 1 to 10, so the trip was well worth it. It didn't matter what we wore just as long as we were there. MVP shared by all members of the band. Beautiful interplay and lead swapping between Rob, Jimmy, and Warren. Molo was a madman behind the wheel. And Phil.....Thanks, boys. It doesn't get any better than this. The bottle was dusty but the liquor was clean.
Did anyone catch what phil said to the crowd after the conclusion of Cold Rain and Snow ?
He said "Thanks a lot. That was a lot of fun for me too." My sentiments exactly! That first set smoked from page 1! The FOTD jam was a really unexpected & groovy opener. I thought the sound mix last night was superior, too. grinning for hours. almost every tune had legs.
excellent evening to cap the Oregon run. why didn't i take two days off from work though... screen fuzzy.... bass in ears...... ;)
have a great tour y'all!
That was a good show alright. I just want to put in a word for the Roseland over the Crystal. The Roseland is a dump, kinda, but I have a lot more fun there than I do at the Crystal. The sound at the Crystal is pretty mediocre except in the center of the dance floor, which is crowded and super bouncy - fun if you want to pogo-dance all night, but otherwise kind of a drag I think. I know I am in the minority but I think the Crystal is a very overrated venue.
The Roseland is great for Phil and I hope he keeps playing there. Plus, Jerry played there at least a few times if not more, the friends we go with saw him there in the 80s.
I was especially impressed by Warren last night. Usually I am more of a Jimmy fan but that was a hot night for Warren. Phil continues thundering madly, his tone is superb and his playing fast and strong, and Molo is just incredible.
Has anyone seen my freakin' marbles?
The highlight in the show for me was the Cumberland. It had a very interesting jam after the dueling guitars(thought i was watching a tennis match)and the verse that followed. I agree the place was a "nice tight sweaty little hole" and I loved it. From where I was standing though all I could see was the Band
I agree with kingsolomon, -- the Crystal has some serious shortcomings. It looks great, but that's about it. Now if they could dress the Roseland up a little, we'd have the best of both worlds. BTW, $4 pints of Full Sail IPA is a great deal any day. I expected to be paying at least $5.
For me, the show went to another level in the second set because they finally turned Phil up. It makes all the difference. There were a few moments when Phil really started to lay down the law, and I got that wobbly feeling that I remember from shows in the distant past. You know, when Phil goes on those funky deep runs and you start bending your knees and wiggling down lower so that you can hear more bass? While I have my qualms with the current lineup, it was a real treat to hear Phil rip it up so exuberantly. Thanks, Phil!
I was treated to another great show by Phil Lesh & Friends on Wed. 5/29/02 @ The Roseland Theater in Portland. They started with a very Dead-like psychedelic jam into a peppy Friend Of The Devil. With Warren Haynes on guitar you get a little Allman Brothers flavor with his riffs. The band went off into a Rider-type jam & back into Friend then going into a funk jam. The musical journey took us south of the border with an Hispanic jam leading into a rockin' Brown-Eyed Women.
The journey took us either to Ireland or Humboldt County with a great cover of Van Morrison's & It Stoned Me. Phil took us next to West VA with a rockin' Cumberland Blues. They did a nice fade-out during Cumberland & got really soft then built it back up, & then they went into a jazzy jam.
Warren sang a new song next titled Patchwork Quilt. The journey then took us to the Pacific Northwest with a song everyone in this region can relate to: Cold Rain & Snow. It started out really softly but got really loud by the end to close the first set. The crowd was roaring & Phil said they'd actually be back to do a second set. It was a great Cold Rain, but I thought RatDog did an even better version here two months earlier which had everyone singing along loudly.
The second set started with a jam which led the journey to Chicago, New Orleans, Detroit, Philadelphia, Balt. & D.C. now with a rippin' Dancin' In The Streets which got everyone dancin'. Phil then took us into space drifting into my first Strawberry Fields Forever. Wow! Warren went into a slide jam then a jazzy-funk jam then a GDTRFB fake into a Santana-styled Watchtower.
The Friends came out of Watchtower with a deuling guitar Caution Jam into a spacy Smokestack Jam. A rockin' jam led into No More Do I which went into an awesome Unbroken Chain. It got crazy @ the back of the floor with a small mosh pit breaking out during Unbroken Chain. I would say the crowd was in a frenzy, but that was not the intention of the song! Phil & Friends closed the set with a great Sugaree. Liberty was the encore with some more of Warren's Allman flair. It was a great journey Phil!
I tried to get Phil's autograph after the show, but his van didn't stop- he did wave though!
Keep On Truckin',
hey phil thanks for agreat show it was nice to hear unbroken chain ihope you get back here soon .