I went from New York to Boston and back last night. Why? Because i got front row seat to a private benefit he did. And when I say front row, I mean front row; we were basically on the stage. I couldn't have been more than three feet from the man. I was pretty much sitting in his lap. I was there by special invitation from a couple I know (THANK YOU SALLY AND DOUG), who got my good friend Bryan and I right up in the heart of the action. Bryan's 30th b-day, incidentally.
The sound was incredible; we weren't hearing the PA, just the amps on the stage; it was like being in the band (we couldn't hear Bob's vocals so well because he doesn't have a vocal amp, just the ear-monitors). It's a completely different vibe: the sound is split; there's no two-sided mix, there's just Mark on the left, the the bass stack, drums, bob, Kenny and Jeff: you get the sound coming from where the musicians are. When someone does a fill or some sick line, you hear it straight from them.
They sounded fantastic; the set was Jam>Playin> TNK> Jus' Like Mama Said>Dark Star>Odessa>Dark Star, Fever@ (amazing), Peggy-O@, Silvio/Tequila>Aiko Aiko>Stuff>Sugaree>GDTRFB. E:Ripple
Dark star was very nice, Odessa rocked as usual. Fever is a favorite of mine, ever since Bob & Rob in the early 90s. Aiko was a barn-burner, Sugaree was fabulous, Mark was on fire, the dynamics were really tight.
They had a guest Alto Sax guy, a friend of Kenny's judging by how they were talking and laughing all night. The guy could play! His solo on Aiko was unbelieveable; Bob gave him a big grin afterwards. And Bob doesn't do much grinning.
The show was two full hours, which is a hell of a treat for a tiny benefit with 250 people. We actually missed the end of GDTR: Bryan looked at his watch and we realized that our bus left in 25 mins! We ran out, jumped in a cab and made it to the bus with 3 mins to spare
Who's going to Darien Lake on August 19th? As we all know, Bob loves the Buffalo area and we are ready for him!!
For those that don't know, Darien lake is a great amusement park as well as a terrific place to camp. I know we have A LOT of heads camping for the weekend.
You know they will play Truckin' for the locals. There are rumors of Phil making an appearance.
It's almost sold out, so get your tickets fast.
Sunshine Daydream all!!
I'm on board for the San Diego Keller/Ratdog show.I think it's the last one on the tour.What happened to the LA Greek show...i don't see it on the tour list anymore?
When Bob was last here with Ratdog to play the Fillmore, they were on positive fire. Set in the Native American power spot of the Rocks, the Dog will transcend three dimensions.
We'll be there.
Coming up from Texas......
I've seen Ace and the Dawg 4 times now and I can't wait to see them again this Summer! They will be in my home town (Columbus, OH.) in mid July and I am looking soooo forward to it. If you're going to catch this show but are not familer w/ the area, let me know what you could use help with (parking, food, local hangout) and I'll point you in the right direction.
Other then that, this is my first post on the new site. Love what they've done with it thus far and I look forward to seeing more.
...he said, "There won't be any money, but on your death-bed you will receive total consciousness," so I got that going for me...which is nice.
That seems old, but I don't know; he doesn't look like the 60-year olds i used to know.
It reminds me of a story I heard from Trey about Phil that went something like this: they were at Vegoose last year and the Phil/Trey set started at 12:00 or so. So they get up there and play for three hous and Trey's sweating, the band's pulling hard, everyone's working their butts off, geting tired, trying to keep it fresh and Trey looks over at Phil, and Phil's cool as a cucumber: grinning, hopping around, master of the beat and Trey says to himself: "What the hell? Oh right! He was in the Grateful Dead!"
Well if you think about it, these guys played three hour shows every night for THIRTY YEARS! That's some training, right there. And Bob's what, seven years younger that Phil? I like to think he'll be rocking another ten years.
If B.B. King can still play past 80 (granted he doesn't move a whole lot), well, Bob sure as hell can play past 60! It'd be kinda nice for Ratdog to stay together 20-25 years, no?
In case anyone missed the thread on Ratdog.org or the post on Deadnet central,
I'm compiling a gift for Bobby's 60th from my fellow Weirheads.
It won't cost ya anything but a few moments of your time.
I want ti to remain a surprise for as long as possible but will give out details to interested people-
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The promoters definately couldve done a better job. They were using posters from the year before without even updating the picture to include Robin Sylvester.
There was a pretty hardcore group of fans in the UK & Europe - they were desparate for Ratdog to return in 04. They even tried to organize themselves to get money together for another tour.
Dont suppose anyone out there has some access to young Bob but if there is could they ask if there is any chance of Ratdog playing London or even Amsterdam.?. .........may your dog be with you.........
Tony L, I asked McNally that question a couple of weeks ago in an online forum . . . he said something to the effect ~ that it would be unlikely unless the promotors could prove they'd do a better job this time . . . apparently there were a few unsold tickets . . . all I know is that if there were another Eupean tour I'd be buying tickets and making the trip . . .