Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto, Aug. 16
Well, I just got home from the show and I must say I was blown away. This is my first Allman's show, although I've been a fan since I first heard Duane and Dickey compliment each other.
Where to start?
Well, let's throw the negative out there, of which there was very little....
The crowd was pretty lame. I was up in the 300 section and was one of the few people that stood up and (along with my buddy) freaked out for most of the night. The corporate boxes were right in front of us - you can't get any more lame than those suits...
Another thing was not seeing Warren with them, but if he's away because of a family matter I can only wish that things are okay and my positive thoughts go out to him and his family. We'll see ya another time!
Oh, yeah, one more thing the sound was pretty bad at first, but after 4 or 5 songs the sound dude FINALLY dialed it in. Considering the length of an Allman's tune live, that was pretty hard to take. I can't blame him, though since I've rarely seen a show at the Amphitheatre where the sound wasn't crap unless you were either down near the front or dead centre all the way up.
Okay, the rest is mucho positive!...
I was blown away, kids! One of the best shows I've ever seen. I have to go over to the King's X site and change my recent post about "Top 5 live bands you've ever seen" thread. The Allman's get a spot, for sure. But who do I bump? ...
So, no Mr. Haynes, but who should step in but a "guitar tech" named Jack Pearson. Nice playing, Jack. Seriously, this dude is a killer player. Monster! Wow! I'm a pretty accomplished player, myself, but this guy took me by surprise. Jack has some of Dickey's style and a mixture of some others, including Clapton, to my ear, but also his own style and fire in there. Very nice playing!
Ron Holloway on sax. Ho-lee-crap! What a slice of nice! Tasty stuff.
And then there was a sit in by the Stones keyboardist and musical director, whose name completely eludes me at almost 2:00 AM. Man, this cat was smokin' on the keys.
So, altogether a rather different Allman's lineup - I'd love to get a board recording for posterity, if nothing else
As for the show... Well, it was a more "classic" show from what I've heard on cd over the last bunch of years. Don't ask me for a setlist as I am having trouble remembering where I just put down my bag of jerky. Oh, there it is! What was the subject? Hehe... Seriously lots of older stuff, sounding amazing with Jack and Derek pulling out all the stops.
And, hey, what can you say about Derek Trucks? One of the best slide players out there, plus when he doesn't play slide he reminds me of BB. I'd like to see a new G-3 tour with Derek, Eric Johnson, and that Gibbons guy from Zed Zed Top...
Oh, one last thing -
As a guitarist, I know how important a rhythm section is. (Are there other folks out there that have trouble spelling rhythm?
Butch and the boys and bassist (Yep - name eludes me - sorry!) held it all together like 4 pairs of vice grips and at the same time they let it all hang out. Tasty.
Hey, folks, just saying it was a great show. I will never miss another show and next summer I will see some of you at Bonnaroo...
Added: Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Reviewer: Monty Coldcuts