Let it shine!
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND IN LA!!!
believe it or not - with many folks comin' up from san diego the nite b4.. just got my tix today - and the greek theater is the finest venue in LA area to see an outdoor event - and we'll be dancin' in the street!!
HELP ON THE WAY ---
can't wait to see the BEST band on the planet..
>greek theater is the finest venue in LA area to see an outdoor event
Well, I'd vote for the Ford Amp., but that's probably dreaming...a bit too cozy for PLQ. Anyway, it's gonna be a blast!
Can't wait for the show this weekend!
I was wondering, does anybody know what time the lots open at the Greek on Saturday? I wanted to show up early for a nice pre-show hike in the hills.
Since it's a public park, it's open early. If you're the hiking type, park at the top, near the observatory, for free!
I emailed the Greek and they said lots will open around 4:00pm; sounds perfect!
Can't wait to be in the wonderful bliss of the philzone at the Greek!
LA haze, west coast green phase,
What would a show be in LA without a Shakedown opener??
10 hours or so hours to go, and I'm JONESING "FOR A REAL GOOD TIME"
yes we need a loose lucy!! Tonights show is gonna rock, the boys are on a roll!!! Have fun everyone, I'll see you there!
Yes, the bag has been There and Back Again. How many more times can it make the trek across the country? Hollywood looks nice from high atop the Renaissance, loving the view of the sign from the room.
anybody got a set list yet?
sitting on top of the world
welcome to the underground
uncle johns band
No more do I (lotsa phil bombs)
Box of rain
night of 1000 stars
Box of Rain
15 minute 2nd set opening jam was beyond sick!!!
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(Wharf Rat tease)
Solid, solid Phil show.
Ok one more Setlist..hehe
Sittin On Top of the World
Uncle Johns Band>
No More Do I>
Box of Rain
jam (themed like 3/30/02) >
The Other One>
first set highlights were smokin' SHAKEDOWN into SITTING ON TOP OF THE WORLD.. as daylight still prevailed.. almost sold out.. 2nd set - full moon rising as the music played the band.. MILLENIUM JAM into THE ELEVEN was supersonic jamming with jimmy herring and warren continuing to shred all the compitition - it was a night of a thousand stars for sure.
this band smokes and captures the true spirt of the "DEAD" - and we can't wait to see more like it!!! These guys are truly "GRATEFUL PHRIENDS"..
LA still rocks.. MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND 2002 - thanks to gary for party favors.
PHIL GAVE IT TO LA, AND HE GAVE IT HARD!
What an amazing show this was!! Every night the bar gets raised even higher, I have never seen them in such tip top form like this. This truly is Epic!
The Greek Theater is probably one of the finest places Los Angeles has to offer, its a beautiful haven of woodland area in the perverbial armpit that is LA. Its nestled in the hills an has a wonderful area for the shakedown street and for everyone to hang out. It was a beautiful day out too, everyone was in high spirits, lots of people listening to good tunes in from their cars, veggie burritos, cold beer, digeereedoooos, hippies dance, babies cry...someone shouts, "I need a ticket." The one great thing about a reserved seating show is that you can go into the venue and sit down 5 minutes before showtime, leaving you to relax and party in the lot, and thats exactly what everyone was doing.
Then at 7:00 it was showtime!
My seat was right in front of the soundboard so the sound was of course unbelievable!! The venue inside is a great place too, its surrounded by large evergreens and the moon was shining in full between to tree stalks. The band comes out on stage, everyones cheering, wahooo! Phils got a cool t-shirt on! There is a little noodling in the beginning, almost a jam but very lingering. The BAMB! SHAKEDOWN! BOMBS! They just tear into this one, taking no prisoners. Its a very solid version, no slouching here, Warrens rhythym is fast and furious over Jimmys lightning clean leads. Great vocals too, the vocals this tour are outstanding. Shakedown was also what they opened with last summer at the Greek Theater, its a fitting song for LA (though I prefer Left Coast Groovies hehe) The sound was great, however was working on it was doing a fine job. The cleanest I've ever heard the band, and everyones volume was well porpotioned. Phil was nice and LOUD. Shakedown got everyone dancing wildy, everyone around me was booging down, even the guy wearing the suit. The vocal rapping part of the song came up, that was kickass, Barracco, Phil and Warren just jumping off eachothers vocals, "Just gotta poke, just gotta poke, just gotta poke around, just gotta poke around." The song then preceded into Jam town, they were laying great riffs over eachother. The jam is very long and then when you think its about to go into a new song, BAMB! right back into Shakedown. Whew! Thats intense. The do another chorus of Shakedown, wind it up and then bust right into SITTING ON TOP OF THE WORLD. I was exstatic to hear this one again, my buddy was really shooting for this one. Very well done, Barracco took complete control of this one, wonderful keyboard solos and interplay with Jimmy's Cumberland Groove. After Sittin, they stopped. The next song was MIDNIGHT TRAIN, I am real glad they have been playing this song more, its really beautiful and mysterious. I love the Warren vocals, he is such and amazing vocalist. Midnight Train sets in a very LA like groove, this should be a Brent song. The Train was a tip top version, I dont think I've heard better, Warren gave some inspiring solos. Then jammed out a bit, moved quickly, got fast right into the opening of UNCLE JOHNS BAND. Most people didnt even know what it was until Jimmy played the into Jerry riff and then everyone went wild. This is one of the best UJB I have ever heard, a very solid beginning, but what really made this was the Jam out of it. This was truly where the cosmos sequed into the atmosphere, things got tipped out, cruing slowly....into space. We wandered around the universe for a while and then began to pick up speed into a jam which got ferocious, high, high, higher! This was the highlight of the 1st set for me. Wow! The raging inferno hits a peak and then changes abruptly and dissovles into a gewwy jello like substance. It quiets and then Phil brings us right smack into NO MORE DO I. Words cant describe, but I'll tell you it was bliss. Great vocals again, and a super rythym from Phil and Molo. The end jam was fast and dangerous! This wound down too and then went into BOX OF RAIN. Oh the love just filled the entire hall. I was in a state of bliss listening to this version, old deadheads were jumping up and down and everyone was feeling good. Phil sang this incredibly well, with deep sincerity and loving words. Probably the best box I've heard, I enjoyed it very, very much. What a wonderful song selection for the 1st set, you can see how well thought out it was, and how it sets moods and feeling in you rather than playing a song then another one.
Set break: ate a hotdog and got high with Rev. BuddyGreen and Fred
After a 1st set like that you absolutly know your in store for some intense music, and well thats exactly how it turned out. The 2nd set opened with a Themed Jam, it had a distinctive rhythym too it, I thought it was a song at first but then realized it was the same jam they opened the 2nd set with on 3/30/02 at the Warfield. This is one bitchin jam too, and it was Huge! They played the Theme into a freeform jam back intot he Theme Jam. Whoa! Then Phil takes control and send the band flying into a perfect version of CELEBRATION. "celebrate, good times, comon!" This was flawless, impecable vocals, and a monsterous driving force. "Let a fresh wind tear through your soul, swallow your sorrow and deliver you whole." Celebration then moves into a jam (the boys are jamming like nuts tonight!) then oh my god, whats that sound? what are they moving into, holy shit its the Mellenium Jam, you know what that means! Mell jam was raging, they really have perfected this one and did I say it was raging? This energy being harnessed was there for a purpose, it is the creator! It was giving birth to the one thing that makes this music what it is, from the chaos it creates THE ELEVEN !! The beginning is very intense, with notes flayling everywhere, the rhythym is fast, Molo is turning into the machine, Phil is sending us to the Zone, the music is creshendoing up and down, sideways, moving on that freeway of the Eleven, turning time upside down, then Molo signals *tic tic* everyone goes right into the main part of the Eleven. Joy fills the air, everywhere they love is spread like cosmic dust. You get high from the Music! Jimmy goes nuts and I cant even follow his fingers anymore. Molo is jumping up and down in his seat being the most spectacular thing to watch, his energy and will being put out there. The Eleven was fantastic, like always, but it just had this extra touch of Love that Phil was putting out for LA. Eleven Jams out with the Warren solo, *raging* then loses form and evolves into a new fast upbeat jam, with thick Phil notes. GOOD LOVIN comes flying up to the stage and the crowd goes wild, dancing and cheering. The guy next to me is rockin out hard! Anther great version. Good lovin winds down and the band stops. (note the stopping) Everyone needs to take a break, that was intense, but wait its going to get even more intense. Everyone was expecting a song to jump out, but no, the band starts noodling, like a jam, but then it loses form, has nothing to stabalize it self, wait a minute, its SPACE, they just move into tripout phase. Whoa, this is getting weird. Its almost like a meltdown, but it never goes that far, just some very cosmic and feedback like licks, it sets a very mellow and somber mood to it. Then after a bit, they begin to jam slowly and right into the LOW SPARK. yes! theyre playing Low Spark again! I havent heard it in a year and forgot its power. This version was huge, very long and jammed out. I think they played it just to have an excuse to jam more. The thunderous chords in the chorus were fantastic as were Warrens vocals. Praise be to Traffic for this one! Jam, Jam, Jam, Jam, Jam, wow, Jam, Jam, a short peak, then right into CRYPTICAL. Good one, excellent Phil vocals telling the story, cyrpictal was a great thing to hear at this point, cause that just means OTHER ONE!!! and so it came like a bat out of hell, raging and raging like always. This was a pretty long version too, with some heavy jamming in the middle. The beginning worked out very strong and the 1st verse came quick. I was really amazed by Phil vocals on this one. Esspecailly the 2nd verse. Usually they are not too great, cause hes playing so hard at the same time, but tonights were truly perfect. I have only a few times seen Phil sing so well, and so beautifully. After the long jamming in the O1, it got quiet and Warren played a Terrapin riff, then Jimmy picked up on it and answered him back with another Terrapin riff, until it was just a full blown Terrapin tease which lasted for a bit. For a sec I thought they were going to go into it, but that would have been a little too good that late in the show. It quieted down again, than BAMB, right into NIGHT OF 1,000 STARS. Every time you hear this song it just gets a little better! everyone was enjoying this and it is a great set closer, giving up all the energy to the stars. Another fantasmagoric version, so, so, so beautiful.
THANK YOU PHIL & FRIENDS
I would have to say that this show is within my top 5 best Phil shows I've seen. I told some guy that and it made hit night because he couldnt see any other shows this tour. Phil came out and kicked butt! he gave LA something is needs badly, he gave it LOVE. The show was very condusive to mind expansion too if you know what I mean, with drugs or without. I give it 1,000 Stars on Lord Henry's scale of magical intensity. Also of interest is that the Greek Theater in LA has 2 nice big screens on each side of the stage, and half way during the 1st set they tunred them on and Phil and Co were on the big screens! That was great! So cool to see them on the screen, that is rarly done and what a treat, esspecially for those in the back. The screen even tripped out slightly. Seeing Phil up there all big and inspiring, watching his fingers play the bass like it was no thing. Yaowwzeeerss!!
Now its 3am, smoked to much today, hehe, drove to much today, loved just enough.
Thank you for the LOVE,
THANK YOU FOR A REAL GOOD TIME.
great review LordHenry...sounds like a monster show, too...I can't wait to see what they're gonna do out east if they're doing stuff like that out west...holy cow.
THEEEEE OTHERRRRRR ONNNNNNNNNE!!!!
LH - Thanks for the great reviews from the left coast.
Your reviews make us feel like we were there.
PHQ can certainly spread the LOVE!
Still reminising about the "good ole' days", and our dearly departed, but this is as close as you can get...This show smoked, PERIOD....High energy level, killer venue, awesome jams...enough said
Great review! Unless I've lost mine, I'm positive that they did King Solomon's Marbles. Any others hear it?
P.S. This was truly an inspired show.
Great review, Lord Henry. Can't wait for our turn here in the East.
Was really great meeting you in person, Dewit.
Highlights: the SOUND! What's his name--the new guy--has them so dialed in. The clarity of instruments and vocals from almost anywhere in the house, is remarkable. Phil's vocal effects during TOO were highly psychedellic "...skipping thru lilly fields.....!" Low Spark felt like a treat, but what didn't? The setlists, as many of us know, hardly do the show justice....the heat was on! Teasing, as we learned in kindergarten, can be mean, but it can also be fun...hearing those opening notes to Terrapin, where'd it go...?
Well, found my own way home, now it's time to pack it up for Sin City! Thinking tonite is gonna be HUGE--such heat last night in all of the jams, but the venue was over 3 times bigger than The Joint, so tonight WILL BE OVER THE TOP!!!
Jimmy and Warren were dialed in--trading searing licks throughout the night. Not many (any?) down moments. The new tunes are coming into their own, and the crowd seems appreciative.
L.A. local, John Molo, introduced the band prior to Liberty. Umm....what else???
OK, I might be a little loaded or something, but my setlist says "Again and Again" on it. Was I asleep at the wheel?
Hye Gravy! That was something else last night! Sorry I missed you, didnt know what you like, be we were all connected with phil and eachother anyway!
First time I've seen phil with this line-up. WOW is all I can say.
you guys are killing me with such good reviews on the zone i'm not gonna get to see phil until the gathering and it seems so far away. lord henry i hope you keep those reviews comin in from over there on the left coast, us right coasters really appreciate them! sounds like another great show, i hope i can get the tapes before i leave for east coast tour.
Yahoooooooooooooooooo! Phil I can`t wait to see you at HOME !!!!!!!
Berkely Greek here we come!!!!
Lord Henry, my god man, your making nuts. That was a spectacular review, thanks!!!
Was there really a FZ Pygyme Twylyte tease?
Just wanted to add my 2 cents for a review. What a great day in L.A. saturday was. Started the afternoon with some nice hiking around the hills of the greek. Preparty scene was excellent outside the venue; everybody having a great time getting ready for the show.
The show was excellent! I don't know what more I could say that LordHenry has not already said (Great review!) but Phil and the band are kicking serious ass!! The sound was unbelieveable!! Phil coming through loud and clear! Really loud and really clear!! We had great seats up in row C on Warren's side and it was pure joy watching Warren interact with Jimmy and phil turning and nodding at John during some of the changes.
First set was excellent. I feel they played all the new songs wonderfully and all sounded great. Midnight train was great except I felt like Rob wasnt' turned up enough so his solo was lost a bit. Great uncle john's and a fabulous Box of Rain to close the set.
Second set was on fire. The jam to open the set wasn't familiar to me but it was so fierce and so tight that I thought it was some new song. Tearing out of the gates and landing on Celebration! What a version!! Strong, tight..perfect! Warren picks up his slide and it was all over!! At this point of the show I thought that was the tightest jam of the night; absolutely perfect.
Jimmy, who is in the ZONE!, was all over everything. I could watch him play all night and it was amazing how quickly his figures move and where he took the jams.
The Eleven was huge! I was in full groove form for this one and couldn't stop if I tried. The rest of the set was amazing as the band seemed to be getting tighter and tighter all night ending with an amazing 1000 stars. Great song with tons of energy that really shows off warren's voice and the power of the dual guitars. Oh how I love the dual guitars on top of phil's phatty bass lines!!!!!
Phil keeps pushing ahead with the phatty bass and the whole band is playing aggressivily behind him. It really is a thing of beauty to think how complex this music is and how phil just drives the band straight into the madness and they all come out blazing a billiant, bright trail of love!!!
Thank you PHil and Friends for a real good time!! My only complaint is that I don't have another show on my schedule!!! ....maybe Berkeley next weekend.......Enjoy the rest of the summer tour, this band will not disappoint!!!! They are in the ZONE!!!!
Excellent Review LH!!!
Did anyone else catch a few Sorcerer's Apprentice teases during the tuning before the first set? (That would such be a killer break-out!!!) I'd agree with LH that this is probably one of the top 5 PLQ shows I've heard. This was also one of the best crowds I've been around at shows. There were a lot of very cool and friendly and happy folks around where I was sitting (Row C, center behind the SBD). Many thanks for sharing the happiness and positive vibes. The jamming was tighter than I've ever seen. Brought two folks to their first shows over the weekend and they were totally blown away by both the amazing music and the amazing people. This band is on fire! Folks in Oregon better go out and pick up some masks, 'cause Phil's coming to Steal Your Face!
When I close my eyes I can still see Phil playin the otherone on the big screen, and that image shakes me to my very soul.
These bay area shows are gonna be intense!!!!!
Hello all! This is my first show review, so I hope that makes sense. Walked into the show just as the opening notes of the jam came out of the speakers. Was in my seat for the opening notes of Shakedown.
Shakedown was very enjoyable. They opened the LA show with this last year, and this version was tighter than last years. Good jam that led back into one last chorus and then charged into>>
Sittin on Top was one of the songs that I really wanted to hear. It was pretty quick, but very well played with Phil teasing the Cumberland bassline during one of the solos.
Midnight train was solid. Not my favorite song, but it has really good jazz chord changes and it led into a really good jam. This jam, if memory serves my correctly, contained an intense but short other one jam that was a hint of things to come later.
Uncle John's was segued into from the previous jam, and not many people realized the P&F begining with the calypso flair, but when jimmy came in with the familiar riff, the place went nuts. The jam was really excellent, the reason that this band is really the best live music on the market right now.
No More Do I was a little hard to recognize, but once I realized what it was, I was able to enjoy this song as much as anything else in the first set. I think that the new material is much better at a show than on tape, but all of the new stuff is still awesome. I really loved this song last night. Good version than led into...
Box was very sentimental and well played, the perfect way to end this solid set.
Opened with a rad jam that had a riff that I guess was based around Pygmie Twilight. This jam was one of the better set opening jams that I have heard.>>
Celebration is a great addition to the repitoire; positive lyrics, good vocals, good music-left me with a huge smile on my face
The ensuring jam is where things started to get really hot, with phil on the big screen getting really excited about a certain bassline...
The Eleven smoked. Phil's bass was really loud, as it had been all night, and it sounded so much like it from 71-74, it was uncanny. His bass playing really reached a whole 'nother level during this song and ensuing jam that led to ...
Good Lovin was enjoyable and positive. It had everyone singing and dancing to this familiar song. The jam reminded me a whole lot of the dead's pigpen stuff, obviously. I think it was during this song that Warren broke a string and started doing this really high chord that was supremely funky and had everyone going wild, but it could have been another jam. This song ended and all I could think about was how tight and together they had been during that song cycle. Truly awesome playing.
The jam that followed this started out of nowhere and was very cool;spacey, but still together. It flowed into...
Low Spark, which I had never heard until then. This song gets a lot of lipsevice, and I can see why. The verses were not really danceable, but the chorus was very nice and the Warren handled the vocals with conviction. It got jammed out for a while, then came...
Cryptical, which was awesome to hear live. Phil's vocals were perfect for the song, and it got jammed out at the end and led to the inevitable...
Other One was really amazing the band was moving like a freight train, and after one of the verses, Phil dropped into this really jazzy walking bass line that colored the jam. This peaks went up and down with astounding results, and eventually led to the Terrapin teases that got me thinking that this was too good to be true. They eventually subsided, however, and the jam made its way into...
Night Of 1000 stars was a surprise since it had been played just 2 nights before, but I love this song and it was a very well played version with some hot Herring and Haynes action.
Liberty closed the night on a dreamy and uplifting note, not that musically spectacular, but fun and by no means lacking.
This show was simply one of the best nights of music that I have ever attended, if not the best. The players were so hooked up it was awe inspiring. I left feeling that the jams were kind of short, but I soon realized that they were just so fresh that they seemed like the blink of an eye. Thank you Quintet for an awesome night of Music!
nice review Lord Henry !look for me every show at set break
see ya at the Greek bro
any celebrity spotting at the Greek show?
>>any celebrity spotting at the Greek show?
Ok now, I heard someone say Mel Gibson was there, and I also heard someone else say that Charlie Sheen was there and looking for some Coke. I'll believe it!
I was backstage and did not see Mel Gibson or Charlie Sheen. Also had comp seats from band, and no celebs were anywhere to be seen around me. Maybe they knew better than to put Sheen anywhere near me.
Oh yeah - 11, 11, 11, 11, 11, 11, 11, 11, 11, 11, 11 !!!!!!!!!!!
This was probably my least favorite of these three killer shows over the weekend, but I can't recall anything that rocked harder than The 11.
This was my 2nd show ever!!!!!
Yes I am that young musically. LOL
But it rocked, I talked to a taper, Greg Tully"Tully", and he hocked me up with the show, a few weeks after it was played, it blew my mind!!!