Last night's show at The Greek in L.A. was superb. Explosive form the moment of initial stage presense all throughout the first song: "Shakedown". Jackie Green was in top form, as was Mr. Cambell. Molo was a dynamo. Phil was beyond stunning, as he gently led his band mates across a vast array of tunes with a vengence. I can only give this show a 5 on Setlist.com, but if there's a scale that goes to 100, then that's what it gets! It also seemed that the National Guard of Los Angeles' Greek Theatre has relaxed it's "sit the fuck down & put out that smoke, OR ELSE" policy. That's a big factor in the experience. I think Phil & Friends felt it too. What a special night... Where's the tape? I can only hope that Ratdog will half as good a night next month there.
Happy Birthday, Phil. Thank you! I can't wait to see you again.
"Since you've all been such good boys and girls, I would like to take everybody in this entire audience out for milk and cookies. There are buses outside. Everybody follow me."
I love you man. Been seeing you play since early 71. By the way, that night at the Fillmore in April 1971 when TC came out as a guest was the best show of the hundreds I've seen. Obviously, there were MANY wonderful magical shows, but that one show, was my personal favorite. Do you remember me, 12th row center? just kidding...but I remember that night like it was yesterday, down to what the Joshua Light show was doing. Did you know when you did Box of Rain that night (which is not captured on any recording I've seen/heard), the light show was of a Box Of Rain flying around fields, pastures, lakes, and beautiful settings? wow....
While I'm at it, most of the fans here wouldn't know this, but during a stint at the Nassau Colusium in Long Island back in 73, I believe, the entire dead, except for Jerry, were at Radio City Music Hall in Manhatten to see Pink Floyd perform Dark Side of the Moon. The seat at the end was open, and feeling one with the cosmos, I politely asked Keith if any one was sitting there, to which he replied "no", so I sat down. I complimented Keith on his piano lick on Playing in the Bank on ACE's album, which just came out the summer prior, and he really appreciated the comments, and we had a great talk. Half way through the show, the dead left and I said to Keith "where you guys going", to which he replied, "to have some fun". lol Great moment in Rock N' Roll. Who am I to argue, so I said see you tomorrow at the show, and enjoyed the remainder of the show with a huge grin ear to ear.
Fast forward to Springfield MA in 1977. You guys are leaving the show and outside I spot you getting in a car, and ask, "where you headed" to which you replied "gonna go eat meat" hahahahaha... must of been a Bear influenced remark......a. c k... speaking of Bear.. some months ago while at the Fillmore here in San Francisco, I was at an acoustic Hot Tuna show and ran in to Bear himself. Blew me away. I was at the area selling CD's at the break, and suggested a live airplace fillmore CD to a person on line, and Bear overheard me and said he was there. Further conversation with Bear led to him telling me he used to work on the sound for the dead, so I asked him his name, and when he said Bear, I nearly fell on my face. I just said Owsley, gave him a huge hug, to which he reciprocated, and we had an awesome chat. I read in the pink section of the SF Chronicle that Sunday that Bear was in town for a short time and delayed his trip back to Austrilia, or New Zealand, can't recall, but one of the places down under.
My Jerry encounters would follow in later years, but I'll save that for another post.
Sorry, got side tracked.
I am not a fan of Jackie Greene at all. As a guitarist, I appreciate his abilities, but his style is a turn off; perhaps too much of a dylan knock off; not sure exactly what it is that turns me off. I've enjoyed all the players that have joined you. This is the first I've not liked enough, to actually leave a show early; at the last Greek Theatre show.
Any way, I hope the fans here don't flame me for simply being honest.
Much hugs & love.
A fan for life and beyond. -EW
I was lucky enough too catch the show in st louis and was totally blown away tee hee. I was lucky enough to be in bean blossom when jerry was learnin. Him and Jackie make me sick, I've been playin 50 years and still can't play a lick. please don't forget us out in the sticks
older and slower, but still havin fun. watchin the rivers roll on and on. missin all those who've gone on before. I'll wait to hear the jam, when I go through that door. yet I imagine the possibilities as I go through my chores. let the 4 winds blow
Take care everyone.
I hope Phil keeps these friends for another summer tour :) Really enjoyed each show I saw with this band.
"The bus came by and I got on, that's when it all began.."
Casey Jones....beautiful acoustic
Phil spoke about politics....his family will be in Nevada next month to back Obama!!!
~bent my ear to hear...closed my eyes to see~
I missed this! I can't believe I missed this! Did anyone listen in?
"If the forms of this world die, which is more real, the me that dies or the me that's infinite? Can I trust my habitual mind, or do I need to learn to look beneath those things?"
Howdy folks...wow things have changed since the last time I was here :-) It seems a lot slower and dustier than a couple years back...
Anyways, I am here in my not quite desperate yet search for any ticket to the Phil shows in Portland...I missed the mail order since I don't check it nearly as regularly these days and it sold out nearly immediately so by 1pm of the onsale day they were all gone...
That said if anyone has a single extra or more I'd be extremely happy to take it off your hands!