Whatever the current version of Furthur is up to, discuss it here!
and safe travels!
Thanks for the report Ted. I am leaving early tomorrow on the long journey to Portland. I'll let you know how it goes. Come and say hi if you see someone with something to do with badgers on his t-shirt. That'll likely be me.
Redrocks rocked and rolled for 3 nights this past weekend. I really liked the 2nd set from Saturday, with the Unbroken Chain coming out of St. Stephen, then returning to Dark Star. The musicians are playing well together: Phil looks great!
Take the first letter from each of the Sunday songs, up to He's Gone, and see what phrase you spell out!
What nuggets will break out in Seattle and Troutdale?
Looking forward to reading more reports and evaluations from Hal, Johnman and CB up in the Pacific Northwest!
09/23/12 (Sun) Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, CO
Set 1: Samson & Delilah, Tennessee Jed, Easy Wind, Alabama Getaway, Loose Lucy, You Win Again (1), Operator (2), Uncle John's Band
Set 2: Reuben & Cherise > Feel Like A Stranger, Alligator > Cumberland Blues, Eyes of the World (3) > He's Gone > Viola Lee Blues > Caution > Viola Lee Blues > Black Peter > Viola Lee Blues E: Brokedown Palace
09/22/12 (Sat) Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, CO
Set 1: Here Comes the Sun, Cassidy, Scarlet Begonias > Good Lovin', Peaceful Valley (1), Mountain Song > So Many Roads > Sugar Magnolia
Set 2: Playing in the Band > No More Do I > China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider, Dark Star > St. Stephen > Unbroken Chain > Dark Star > Fire on the Mountain E: Morning Dew > Playing in the Band (reprise)
09/21/12 (Fri) Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, CO
Set 1: Help on the Way > Slipknot! > The Golden Road (to Unlimited Devotion) > Mexicali Blues > Mama Tried, Althea, Let It Ride > Mason's Children
Set 2: Weather Report Suite Prelude > WRS Part I > Let It Grow > Dear Mr. Fantasy > Hey Jude Reprise > The Other One > Shakedown Street > Standing on the Moon > The Wheel > Slipknot! > Franklin's Tower E: U.S. Blues
(I should have posted this here instead of the other thread)
"There is a difference...
Between being an ape or a clone and playing a song the way it is supposed to be played. The problem here is that this is "jam-band" genre. So that means not only that the lead guitar has to go off on his own tangent, he needs to do that in synch with other band members.
So I guess you have to give JK credit for being able to do those two things well. I suppose it really is too much to ask Phil & Bob to keep the tempos up. Why would I be saddened by that? It's like asking your dog not to grow old. They do and they slow down. When you're not that old yet and still have the energy and memory it's just discordant.
So I am ready to blame me rather than anybody else for not being satisfied with Furthur. (Boy, that was a long process!)"
Anyway, I'm bitching way too much lately. Think I'll stop now.
Weird comment fluffanutter ... Quite a contrast from your comment a month earlier.
Furthur has had only very minor personnel change over it's almost three year history. I have come to the conclusion that Phil & Bob, as musical artists, can choose to play their music however they wish. They don't have to do the thing that made Grateful Dead shows a great ride. I do wonder what a musician like Neil Young would have to say about their music at present.
I enjoyed the last Furthur show I went to. But, I sure didn't dance. I felt like I had just eaten Chinese food. An hour later I was hungry again -- but not for more Chinese food.
It's cool, all in perspective now. I had a great time with it for a couple of years and now I'm through. Let other people enjoy it. If they can...
I see the Cary show is taking a beating. First set was ok. I liked Doin' that Rag. I liked the 2nd set better with the jams. Not much Phil- 2 songs. Midnight Hour was the 2nd set highlight. John does a very good job - John has a better vibe than Warren or Jimmy. His guitar tone at times has a 1973/74 Wolf tone. Bobby played the Strat the whole 2nd set. Not a good sign. Hope he's not returning to that awful 80s'-90's solid body guitar tone. Hope he plays the semi-hollow body Gibson more. Shakedown was mediocre, not much there compared to another show I went to. Instead of GD songs, hope Furthur inserts more obscure or original songs to give Furthur a life of its own- Mountain Song, Muli Gully, Colors of the Rain, Money for gasoline (ratdog)...etc.. Wish they would throw more of those in the setlist. Love Colors of the Rain
I've seen them a few times over the years and i got the idea that they are more of a revolving door than a disposable band. It may just be the times and order of the shows i've seen but i got the idea that it's who is free, who's in the country / in town, who does what is happening that particular go-around.
The things that pop into your head at times: listening to Bob sing this one in Cary last week, my first thought was a common lament for me -- wishing that I'd had a chance to see Pigpen just once.
But as Bobby was singing the "I'm a schoolboy too" lines, I started laughing, as the idea that ANYONE is going to mistake Weir for a schoolboy nowadays is just plain comical. I mentioned it to the guy standing next to me, who said, "Well, maybe like a non-traditional college student, ya think?"
So we both riffed back to the song: "Tell your momma and your papa, I'm a non-traditional schoolboy too." Smile, smile, smile...
And if the show proved nothing else to me: Jeff Chimenti is on fire, and my oh my do those harmony vox sound absolutely lush! UJB, Here Comes Sunshine, vocally have never sounded better to me...a case of the band more than living up to the source material.
I saw them at Simpsonville last year and at Wanee this year. Those shows were great. Caught the Cary show and it was a little weak overall. Of course there were some good sparks but on the whole it was a bit flat. Everyone seemed tired.