I'll be the first to admit that this is an unlikely grouping, but let me just say, if this tour is coming through your town, do not miss it.
I was never that much of a Led Zep fan, and while Plant probably has the best power pipes since Freddie Mercury passed on, I always sort of had him in the bombastic self-parody category, sort of like David Lee Roth with a good voice. But somewhat to my surprise, he and Alison Krauss have very good chemistry and their harmonies are to die for. They were really lovely, all the more so because the poor girl was freezing at the Greek ("I thought when we booked this tour it was going to be SUMMER..." she said plaintively as the fog swirled around the pit). And as for T Bone, he's a musical god in my world anyway, and in a frock coat yet. Swoon.
So, check it out. I'm off to buy the album! And apparently they're happy enough with how things are going that they're going to make another one.
The GR(OO)TUD Golden Performance award for 2008 goes to (drum roll, please)... Dark Star Orchestra's Thursday night's festival opening show. INCREDIBLE show that included the best version of "Alligator" I've ever heard.
The "Bone Bruising" performance award went to My Morning Jacket for their 4 + hour set that included a collaboration with Metallica's Kirk Hammett and a show long rain that varied between downpour and lite drizzle.
The "Heart of Gold, Super Hero" award went to Robert Randolph for, not only a great Sunday (early afternoon) show, complete with a collaboration from T-Bone Burnett, but also his very special critique of Kayne West's "situation" and subsequent "Glow in the Dark" show, which yanked the plug on Phil's late night show that was shaping up to be an epic performance, under near perfect weather conditions, at a mere 3 am. Oh well, I was in Heaven up to that point.
Pearle Jam was awesome as well Metallica, Chris Rock, The Raconteurs, B.B. King, Jack Johnson. And Widespread Panic's closing performance was the best since The Dead closed in 2003 and included Robert Randolph for two songs, in the second set (Soul Machine was off the hook) that were incredible.
Wow, it was an awesome festival and I'm home now dealing with the "back to reality" blues but thought I'd stop in with a quick report. Thanks to the grate company I had all weekend, including my son, Evan. Take care everyone!
"You know what the trouble about real life is? There's no danger music."
zappa - glasgow appollo 1977 & 1979
the who, little feat, the outlaws alex harvey - celtic park glasgow - 1976
neil young - secc glasgow - 1993
captain beefheart - green's playhouse glasgow - 1972
mallard - reading festival - 1976
eric clapton - glasgow apollo - 1977
blue oyster cult - the ferry glasgow - 2004
jethro tull - green's playhouse glasgow - 1974
nektar - glasgow city halls - 1973
king crimson - green,s playhouse glasgow - 1970 1971 1972
yes - greens playhouse glasgow - 1970 1971
rolling stones - glasgow apollo opening night - 1974
todd rundgren - glasgow apollo - 1977
country joe mcdonald - strathclyde uni glasgow - 1976
lynyrd skynyrd - glasgow apollo - 1974
weather report - glasgow apollo - 1977
retun to forever - glasgow city halls - 1973
nils lofgren & tom petty - glasgow apollo - 1976
and many others too many to mention but unfortunatly missed the grateful dead in edinburgh
If you are looking for some local unsigned talent while you are waiting for the boys to play, check these guys out! You will not be disappointed. They play at Presidio Yacht Club in Sausalito, Friday, June 6 and Saturday June 24. Get a preview at: www.myspace.com/acommonvision
go out and buy the DVD for Festival Express (the tour about which "Might As Well" was written). Un-believable.
There are probably others, but do not miss this. That is all.
Any videos and/or audio tracks
of them playing together or a tour of them
together? I just got my friend interested
in the Grateful Dead.
Thanks so much.
"And if you go no one may follow,
That path is for your steps alone..."
Pink Floyd - 1973 - International Amphitheater, Chicago, IL. They were scary. Careful With That Axe Eugene floored the place, it just scared everybody to death. Dark Side of the Moon with quad speakers, there was sound coming from all four corners. A giant mirror ball, too. I was just a puppy, this show left an indelible impression on my young mind. I saw them a few times after that while Waters was still with them, but nothing else came close to this show.
Robert Hunter, Mississippi Nights, St. Louis, MO. Late 1979 or early 1980. It was twenty below outside, and very warm inside. Not very many people, it was like a private show. We all got very drunk. I remember stumbling up to Hunter and telling him that he is a "true troubadour" or something like that. I was trashed, but he was gracious, said thanks, and shook my hand. I remember the FOTD was real sweet.
The Dead Kennedys, COD's, Chicago, early to mid 1980's. My friend wore a shirt that said "Old Wave." This was the first time that I saw stage diving. This show was like a buzzsaw attack, not really our kind of music, but it was like being at some crazy European soccer game or something like that, except everybody would apologize if they ran into you in the melee. Good sweaty fun. Jello kept ranting on and on between songs while the guitar player filled the air with power chords.
Best shows other than the Dead (dates are ?):
Zappa (Uptown Theater 81)
Frank & Jerry show (U of IC Pavillion 84)
Telluride Bluegrass Festival (87 & 89)
Albert Collins (front row - Park West 92)
CSNY (Tampa 05)
Pink Floyd (Mile High 94?)
Roger Waters (Tampa 07 & Denver 08)
Allman Bro's (4th row Red Rocks 90)
Santana (2nd row - Poplar Creek 81)
Jorma and Hunter - (Cubby Hole? - 84?)
There's more but I can't remember them all!
Went to see Splintered Sunlight again last night at the World Cafe' live upstairs. A very cool venue and of coarse Splintered rocked the house!! So much fun!!! My feets are sore from dancin til 2am!!
Happy Mommy Day!!
They are from Michigan and did a whirlwind tour of the west. I think almost everyone there had been gifted a free ticket. The venue gave out many. Met hey bob and Chief Book Dog from here and their partners at the show. Greensky Bluegrass has shows on archive.net and a Website. I am on my 3rd or 4th childhold with all the joy from the jam bands that are around now and yes so much of it goes back to GOGD.
If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.