Woohoo! (Just another Lobos fan. But then, I was actually born in East L.A....)
I can't say enough about Ryan coming out to thrill us Monday night. It takes real skill, patience and a love of music to mix in with our crowd and he did so in spectacular fashion. I can easily say that was the best "Wharf Rat" I've ever heard and the "China Cat" and "GDTRFB" were off the hook, as well the other tunes. Thanks Ryan for making the night even more special by playing for us. You're awesome!
My number one and I counted the mics onstage, when we entered the venue and scurried to the front, center right of the stage barricade and grabbed hold of the rail that would be "home" for the next (almost) 6 hours. "No extras, damn!", we stated in unison. We were both so looking forward to seeing Trey again but it appeared as though there would be no special guest this night, our only in the Big Apple for this tour. I'm a fiend for "special guests" and since P + F's 1999, that ALWAYS includes a hope for an appearance by Trey, if not already on the headline. As I bored folks with tales of daze gone by, a roadie appeared with a fresh mic stand, then a monitor! We were in business! Talk swirled of the possibilities as our heads filled with thoughts blissful, near endless jam sessions, when appeared a knarly, pointed and beautiful oak colored guitar. "That's not one of Trey's," No. 1 stated. "I know Trey's stuff and that's not one of his..." Thus began a more spirited round of speculation which now centered on No. 1's sharp observation of the strap. "Could be Derek's or Ryan's but not wide enough for Warren. Definitely has the look of someone built on the lean side," I reasoned, once the detail was pointed out. "Is that Ryan Adams?", I asked as a twiggy, yet younger version bounced around back stage in the role of roadie. No, it was the motorcycle wallet that tweaked my mind in that direction. As I had asked the question, a guy dressed and looking a lot like "Waldo" from the children's books, "Where's Waldo" looked up from his position on the floor of the stage, as he connected some cables and himself asked, "Ryan Adams?" We were bewildered and in typical prankster fashion, EXCITED because we knew this was gonna be fun....
I sure hope someone takes up the tix offer above and sees this band while in NYC, before going back west. I don't know where Phil found Jackie but we're keeping him (Golden Road believes he was created in a lab - personally I don't care, I love him, as well the other members of this band). The only thing tastier than Ryan's birthday cake was the endless jams this band is capable of performing. Jackie Greene was absolutely possessed during most of the first set but on Sugaree, he set a new standard. INCREDIBLE! The show wasn't without it's challenges which included "Operator" in the first set (but was way cool they played it at all) and Ryan's addition to the second set proved that this is all being done before our very eyes and I LOVED IT! Warts and all is how I like my Grateful Dead because to throw everything you have at an audience, to try to totally thrill an audience that has scene "everything" is no easy task and cannot be risk free. That show, on Nov. 5th, was EVERYTHING I've ever wanted from a Rock-N-Roll show. Larry Campbell is one of the coolest guitar players in music history, Molo is a psychedelic monster/god, Molitz works his freaking ass off playing and adding sounds I never knew existed and Phil, I fucking love you man. Thanks again and someone needs to start driving to NYC and take my man up on that tix offer, NOW!
Oh and let me not forget Steve Berlin from Los Lobos. He was incredible on the (Alto - I believe) Sax and keys (Brown Eyed Women). Very nice addition to the first set which I felt was close to perfect.
I have a spare for Thurs. 11/8 one of the group had to bail. Cost is face value and a beer, (we are meeting at a pub down the street from the theatre before the show, you can join us if you want), email me at firstname.lastname@example.org before 12pm on Thurs if you are interested.
Due to some technical difficulties, I haven't finished my post for the NYC, Monday night show. I'll get back and post, ASAP. I'll just tell you all that I had THE BEST TIME OF MY LIFE! Thanks again to Phil, Jackie, John, the Steve's, Larry and the ultimate prankster, Ryan Adams (not necessarily in that order - I wish I could place everyone first). What a great night! I'll get back with some details shortly and I apologize to everyone for the lack of more timely effort.
Oh, and happy birthday, Ryan!
YEAH BABY, YEAH!!!
Thanks Jayare! I'm all over that board when it comes available. Trey is awesome!
"All energy flows according to the whims of the Great Magnet. What a fool I was to defy him."
Just wanted to lend my two cents worth. I caught Phil's show at the Glens Falls Civic Center with Trey Anastasio playing the ENTIRE show. All I can say is WOW!!!!! So much energy in his playing and the dynamic was so spot on! Trey ripped it up and BLEW THE ROOF OFF THE PLACE!!! Everyone was grins from ear to ear! Check the set list, it was off the hook! My personal favorite highlight was the Viola-->Cumberland-->Viola-->Cumberland-->Viola end-->Cumberland end from the 2nd set!!! Made every hair on my body stand on end!! If you are looking for a soundboard to download from this tour, check this one out (when it is available). You truly won't be disappointed!
~Don't lend your hand, to raise no flag, atop no ship of fools!!!~
This was a really good show , the Sugaree in the 1st set with Jackie playing the piano was fantastic and I liked the bluesy feel of Speedway boogie
October 21, 2007
War Memorial at Oncenter
Set 1: Ripple
Spots of Time
Set 2: Golden Road>
The Other One
Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad
Eyes of The World>
New Speedway Boogie>
Fire on The Mountain
E: Donor Rap / Intros
Jersey if you can't get the show at the show after the show
It should be available on the Phil & Friends site on a later date
Grateful Good One Too Much Fun
Days of future past,Days Between
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