Los Angeles, Greek Theater, 5-19
I have been going to the Allman Brothers since August of 1971. I have seen all variations of the band. It wasn't until Warren joined the band that they began to soar once again. When I first saw the band with Warren, and he stepped on stage and played the slide part of "Don't Keep Me Wongerin'", it was then I knew they were back. The dual lead guitar harmonies were incredible, this was the ABB once again.
What I saw last night was a band in disarray. Did they rehearse? I don't think so. Where were the guitar harmonies? I didn't hear any until "Southbound." Where was the vast catalogue of ABB songs. I don't mean the favorites but the deep cuts. I wanted to hear the ABB, what I got was a garage band jam filled with celibrities that didn't interest me. I don't want to hear Greg read the lyrics to Highway 61, I want to hear "Gambler's Roll", or "All Night Train". I don't want to listen to "One lick" Bruce Willis play harmonica, I want to hear soaring guitar harmonies. I want to see two guitar players communicate musically, it didn't happen. They played but they didn't communicate with each other. If the ABB is going to tour then they better be the ABB. Two many guys in this band are focusing their attention elsewhere. They need to dedicate themselves to the legacy of what this band is about or move on and let the legacy stand untarnished.
Added: Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Reviewer: J. D. Culbertson