Thread: Reviews of the Beacon Run

Angelemerald - 3/10/2009 at 10:35 PM

Allman Brothers kick off series of anniversary shows at the Beacon

BY Jim Farber
DAILY NEWS MUSIC CRITIC

Tuesday, March 10th 2009, 1:39 PM
Rothenberg for News

Rituals and roots figure big in the world of the Allman Brothers. Never bigger than at their show at the Beacon Theater last night.

The event marked twenty years since the Allmans began spending the better chunk of every March encamped at this storied theater- an event which has become New York's most creative rite of spring.

It also marked the return of the group to the venue, after having to bow out for just one year due to Gregg Allman's liver issues. More, it marked the 40th anniversary of the Allmans' very creation.

If all that wasn't enough, the band chose to dedicate this year's run of 15 shows to their late, lead guitarist, Duane Allman, who perished in a motorcycle crash back in 1971.

Small wonder they opened with "Little Martha," a commemorative, mournful beauty penned by Duane but not released until the first album issued after his death, 1972's "Eat a Peach."

The Duane salute wasn't always so literal. More than half the set drew from material he never played on, and often the band's choices steered clear of his best known stuff.

No "Whipping Post." No "Dreams." No "Revival" - though we did get a take on "Midnight Rider."

Tellingly, the version offered of that last named song was brief, and somewhat perfunctory. In fact, only a few celebrated songs turned up in the night's two and a half hour expanse.

But that had its own pay off, giving the show a freshness and also focusing attention on the essence of The Allmans' musicianship above any single composition. As always, most of the focus fell on the interplay between guitarists Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes.

Both have an acrobatic approach to their instruments, flexing out solos both muscular and fleet. In "Same Thing" Trucks' fingers threatened to crack the very neck of his instrument.

His digits' brute power was rivaled only by their speed. The velocity and aggression of the music counters the group's region of origin. Though quintessentially Southern in their attachment to the blues, The Allmans draw equal inspiration from the manic, and very urban, approach of British psychedelia.

It's Cream transposed to Muscle Shoals. But that contradiction has helped give the music its rare character, and so, helped it endure. To further celebrate the dense nexus of anniversaries and tributes this year's event represents, the shows will feature different guest stars each night.

Boz Scaggs has been confirmed for one. Eric Clapton has been rumored for another. Last night, both Taj Mahal and Levon Helm showed up, playing on three numbers each. Taj sang and blew harp on "Leaving Trunk," "44 Blues," and the Allman-associated "Statesboro Blues."

Helm played drums and vocalized on "Ophelia," "I Shall Be Released" and "The Weight," with some help from Dylan's guitarist Larry Campbell.

As sweet as the Helm numbers may have been, they didn't really mesh with the Allmans' milieu - especially since part of their original role was to eschew the very jam-band flourishes the Southern group fetishizes.

Then again, fans had no shortage of solo derring-do to bask in. The ones in a number like "Blackhearted Woman" came so fast and furious, they threatened to levitate the theater.

Those in "Stormy Monday" rippled with raw feeling.

The group's peak, however, came in "Mountain Jam," which elaborates the Donovan song into an oceanic swell and swoon. As usual, the piece presented The Allmans at both their most abstract and their most forceful.

It's a piece rooted in key parts of rock and blues history, yet, in its evolving form, leaves them open to the future.

jfarber@nydailynews.com

SET LIST:

Little Martha

Don't Want You/Cross to Bear

Guilded Splinters

Same Thing

Instrumental Midnight Rider

Leave My Blues At Home

Leaving Trunk

44 Blues

Statesboro Blues

Intermission

Ophelia

I Shall Be Released

The Weight

Blackhearted Woman

Stormy Monday

Mountain Jam

Encore: Southbound


http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music/2009/03/10/2009-03-10_allman _brothers_kick_off_series_of_anniv-1.html


[Edited on 3/12/2009 by Angelemerald]


Angelemerald - 3/10/2009 at 10:37 PM

I thought I remembered that Warren did the solo in Same Thing. I thought he did a great job with it.

I don't recall Derek playing predominantly on that song, but hey a lot of things were going on so I could have missed it.


johnj - 3/10/2009 at 10:39 PM

i guess this guy never saw the abb before, no whipping post like they do it all the time


dutchoneill - 3/10/2009 at 10:40 PM

When's the last time Larry Campbell played with Dylan? Jeez.


suk0 - 3/10/2009 at 10:43 PM

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I thought I remembered that Warren did the solo in Same Thing. I thought he did a great job with it.

I don't recall Derek playing predominantly on that song, but hey a lot of things were going on so I could have missed it.


Derek took a monster solo right after Oteil's bass solo. He jumped right in on the attack instead of building a solo from quiet to loud.


filmmajor - 3/10/2009 at 10:44 PM

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When's the last time Larry Campbell played with Dylan? Jeez.


I was just going to say the same thing. This guy doesn't know his music too well. Larry is now a member of Levon's band and Phil Lesh and Friends. He hasn't played with Dylan since 2004.


ThePeteMan - 3/10/2009 at 10:59 PM

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When's the last time Larry Campbell played with Dylan? Jeez.


I was just going to say the same thing. This guy doesn't know his music too well. Larry is now a member of Levon's band and Phil Lesh and Friends. He hasn't played with Dylan since 2004.


Sure, but why should a guy who gets paid to write about music and musicians know anything about, you know, music and musicians...


jimmyjam - 3/10/2009 at 11:24 PM

Sounds like a great set but this is a bad review.


PhotoRon286 - 3/10/2009 at 11:48 PM

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Sounds like a great set but this is a bad review.


Are you kidding?

It was a great review.

He never mentioned Dickey OR Cher.


hankpipes - 3/11/2009 at 01:03 AM

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Sounds like a great set but this is a bad review.


I stopped reading this guys music reviews years ago. He just never seems to have much good to say about anybody. I just got tired of his negativity.


sixty8 - 3/11/2009 at 01:11 PM

That review sums up why I pay zero attention to such reviews.


KenSkiItAll - 3/11/2009 at 01:49 PM

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When's the last time Larry Campbell played with Dylan? Jeez.


I was just going to say the same thing. This guy doesn't know his music too well. Larry is now a member of Levon's band and Phil Lesh and Friends. He hasn't played with Dylan since 2004.


Sure, but why should a guy who gets paid to write about music and musicians know anything about, you know, music and musicians...
For what it's worth Jim Farber's reviews have sucked monkey balls for years. If your not a fave of his odds are you're getting a crappy review. This review , considering the source , is actually a positive one ! ........my idea of a review would be to put it in it's proper context. I'm not going to review what an ABB show is like Vs. what a Metallica show would be like , you review the show for what it's representative of IMO. This guy reviews from his personal perspective only it seems.


BIGV - 3/11/2009 at 02:10 PM

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It's Cream transposed to Muscle Shoals.


Nice


NYCScammer - 3/11/2009 at 02:54 PM

About the review, which I thought was okay but maybe not technically or factually 100% correct. My Mom and Dad used to drill this saying and belief into us when we were young: "If you can't say something nice about someone, don't say anything at all". So here goes. Jim Farber does the best that he can, with his limited abilities.

Be safe, and see you on the 12th,
John

[Edited on 3/11/2009 by NYCScammer]


Rubba - 3/11/2009 at 03:55 PM

Yeah, I always refer to the Daily News for musical guidance. If someone didn't call them about the traffic jam on Bdwy and 74th, they wouldn't have known anything was going on.


Angelemerald - 3/12/2009 at 02:17 AM

Recently Reviewed
Allman Brothers Band
(Beacon Theater; 2,804 seats; $150 top)
By DAVID SPRAGUE
Presented by AEG Live. Opened and reviewed March 9, 2009. Closing March 28.

Band: Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes, Butch Trucks, Derek Trucks, Jaimoe, Oteil
Burbridge, Marc Quinones. Guests: Taj Mahal, Levon Helm, Larry Campbell, Brian
Mitchell.

The Allman Brothers' annual March run at Gotham's Beacon Theater has become
something of a harbinger of spring, bringing with it a palpable sense of
renewal. That vibe has seldom been more vivid than at the first night of this
year's stand, what with the recent revamp of the venue and, more importantly,
Gregg Allman's successful recovery from a bout with hepatitis C.

As a nod to their 40th anniversary, which they're also commemorating this year,
the band announced its intent to pay homage to founder Duane Allman, whose
specter often hovers around them anyway. That was evident from the moment they
took the stage on Monday night before an oversized screen that carried a slide
show dominated by vintage shots of the late guitarist as current axmen Warren
Haynes and Derek Trucks traded riffs on the chestnut "Little Martha."

That sweet interlude soon gave way to a surprisingly fierce, intriguingly dark
batch of standards that underscored the fact that the earliest version of the
ensemble was called the Allman Brothers Blues Band for a very good reason. "Not
My Cross to Bear," cleaved by an insistent, loamy solo by Haynes, segued into a
sinister take on "I Walk on Gilded Splinters" that evoked dueling images of the
storefront church and the shadiest juke joint. That duality was highlighted upon
the appearance of first-set guest Taj Mahal, who alternated between proffering
his usual good-time attitude and channeling the fearsomeness of Howlin' Wolf on
a simmering ".44 Blues."

Program's second set is usually home to the band's more exploratory forays, and
this evening was no exception. Levon Helm of the Band took lead vocals on a
warm, winning three-pack of songs highlighted by a burnished "Ophelia" and an
embracing rendition of his own "The Weight." While Helm's presence was certainly
affirming, the band hit its most bracing stride upon his departure, delivering
an appropriately threatening "Stormy Monday" and a head-turning take on its
customary closer "Mountain Jam" that found them dispensing with drums
altogether, opening up heretofore impassible paths.

Members of the band have implied that this may be the beginning of an extended
last hurrah. If so, it's going to be one rousing farewell.

http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117939841.html?categoryid=34&cs=1




Angelemerald - 3/12/2009 at 02:18 AM

Allman Brothers Kick Off Beacon Theatre Run With Levon Helm, Taj Mahal


Last night the Allman Brothers Band kicked off a sold-out run of 15 shows at New
York City's Beacon Theatre by digging deep into their storied catalog and
welcoming the first of what promises to be a steady stream of special guests
(the leading rumors say Eric Clapton, Ron Wood and members of the Dead will make
appearances). The Allmans opened their 176th show at the Beacon since 1989 with
"Little Martha" and from there plowed through a string of sonic chestnuts,
including "Midnight Rider," "Statesboro Blues," "Stormy Monday," "Mountain Jam"
and "Southbound."

The Allmans are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year and the crowd at
the Beacon, which recently underwent a $16 million renovation, was in a
celebratory mood. The band was forced to cancel their 2008 run at the theater
because founding member Gregg Allman was recovering from Hepatitis C.

Taj Mahal played harmonica and sang with the Allman Brothers on "Leaving Trunk"
and sang on "44 Blues" and "Statesboro Blues." Levon Helm opened the second set
by leading the Allmans through the Band's "Ophelia, followed by "I Shall Be
Released" and "The Weight." Helm played his own drum kit and was joined by Levon
Helm Band members Larry Campbell on guitar and vocals, Teresa Williams on vocals
and Brian Mitchell on keyboards. He shared vocal duties with Williams and Warren
Haynes on "I Shall Be Released while Allman and Mahal joined Helm on "The
Weight," with each taking a verse.

If you got shut out on tickets, the band is offering a live Webcast of the
entire run for $125; information is available at their official Website.

After the Beacon run, the Allmans are scheduled to play May 16th in George,
Washington, with the Dead and the Doobie Brothers; May 22 in Valley Center,
California, with the Doobie Brothers; June 5-6th at the Wanee festival, Live
Oak, Florida.; and May 31 at Mountain Jam, Hunter, New York.

Set one:
"Little Martha"
"Don't Want You No More"/"It's Not My Cross To Bear"
"I Walk On Guilded Splinters"
"The Same Thing"
"New Instrumental"
"Midnight Rider"
"Leave My Blues At Home"
"Leaving Trunk" (with Taj Mahal on harmonica and vocals)
"44 Blues" (with Taj Mahal on vocals)
"Statesboro Blues" (with Taj on vocals)

Set Two:
"Ophelia" (with Levon Helm on drums and vocals, Larry Campbell on guitar and
vocals, Teresa Williams on vocals and Brian Mitchell on keyboards)
"I Shall Be Released" (with Levon Helm on drums and vocals, Larry Campbell on
guitar and vocals, Teresa Williams on vocals and Brian Mitchell on keyboards)
"The Weight" (with Levon Helm on drums and vocals, Larry Campbell on guitar and
vocals, Teresa Williams on vocals and Brian Mitchell on keyboards)
"Blackhearted Woman"
"Stormy Monday"
"And It Stoned Me"
"Mountain Jam"

Encore:
"Southbound"

http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2009/03/10/allman-brothers- kick-\
off-beacon-theatre-run-with-levon-helm-taj-mahal/


Angelemerald - 3/12/2009 at 02:20 AM

Allman Brothers Band peakin' at the Beacon
Wed Mar 11, 2009 9:15pm EDT

By Deborah Wilker

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - With an all-ages appeal that plays as deftly to
the classic-rock crowd as it does to young jam fans and blues buffs, the Allman
Brothers Band is still testing itself artistically, all while making lots of
money.

This is accomplished the old-fashioned way: unparalleled musicianship, a new set
list every night and palatable pricing.

The band pulled into the Beacon Theater on Monday for a sold-out 15-show run --
its own annual March madness, which it has been doing for the better part of 20
seasons at the storied venue.

With last year's stand canceled because of Gregg Allman's poor health at the
time and this year's gigs marking the 40th anniversary of the band's formation
(complete with tribute to late founder Duane Allman), these shows appear to be
carrying extra energy and poignancy.

The first two nights -- the band's 176th and 177th Beacon shows -- saw the guys
all over the musical map, with Levon Helm dropping by Monday with his entire
band for "The Weight" and "I Shall Be Released." Bluesman Taj Mahal lent his
formidable harmonica and vocals to "Leaving Trunk" and "Statesboro Blues," among
others. Members of Los Lobos added some blistering improvisation Tuesday,
particularly on the off-the-rails encore "One Way Out." B.B. King and Eric
Clapton are rumored to be dropping in as the run progresses.

Not that the Allman Brothers need any help. Purists were distraught when
co-founder Dickey Betts was released from his contract nine years ago. But lead
guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks continue to elevate each other and
reinvent the band in ways that few musical acts have ever accomplished.

While Gregg Allman remains the paternal figure and commercial frontman, Haynes
and 29-year-old prodigy Trucks (nephew of Allmans co-founder/drummer Butch
Trucks) drive the engine.

There is a graceful interplay among the three leaders that is indeed unique --
as when Allman initially takes charge of classics like "Wasted Words" but then
quietly signals Haynes and Trucks to move on and create another of their
mind-bending duels. All are meticulous caretakers of the band's legacy, but none
is beyond mixing it up with psychedelic flourishes, including feedback on the
gospel-rooted classic "Revival."

Allman was at his best on Tuesday's aching opener "Ain't Wastin' Time No More."
He stepped out (tentatively) from behind his Hammond B3 organ just once, taking
center stage with his acoustic guitar for "Melissa," a charming confection he
wrote more than four decades ago that Haynes has for years been resculpting as a
free-form electric ride.

All the men appeared to be genuinely moved during the Tuesday set-closer "No One
to Run With," a mild 1994 hit penned by Betts that took on added pain as the big
screen showed grainy footage of Duane Allman and the late Allmans and Gov't Mule
bassist Allen Woody. Haynes could not keep himself from turning around to face
the images -- as if to be performing in unison with both.

The shows also included such songs as "Midnight Rider," "Blackhearted Woman,"
"Mountain Jam," "Stormy Monday," "And It Stoned Me" and "Little Martha." Fans
will have to wait for "Whipping Post," "Jessica," "Blue Sky," "Desdemona" and
the rest.

All 15 Beacon concerts will be streamed at Moogis.com until September.

http://www.reuters.com/article/musicNews/idUSTRE52B08120090312


Marley - 3/12/2009 at 02:34 AM

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That sweet interlude soon gave way to a surprisingly fierce, intriguingly dark
batch of standards that underscored the fact that the earliest version of the
ensemble was called the Allman Brothers Blues Band for a very good reason.

This is a very good point about the band's roots. It'd be even better if it were true. But at least the reviews are positive. The Times ran a piece on Opening Day about the Beacon pilgrims, including one guy who's been to every ABB show there.


ThePeteMan - 3/12/2009 at 02:44 AM

Thanks Angela for putting these all in one place.


jcb - 3/12/2009 at 02:54 AM

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As sweet as the Helm numbers may have been, they didn't really mesh with the Allmans' milieu - especially since part of their original role was to eschew the very jam-band flourishes the Southern group fetishizes.


Say WHAT???


JimSheridan - 3/12/2009 at 12:10 PM

Was it Teresa Williams or Lucinda Williams who sat in?


Mudflapgirl - 3/12/2009 at 12:24 PM

quote:
All the men appeared to be genuinely moved during the Tuesday set-closer "No One to Run With," a mild 1994 hit penned by Betts that took on added pain as the big
screen showed grainy footage of Duane Allman and the late Allmans and Gov't Mule
bassist Allen Woody. Haynes could not keep himself from turning around to face
the images
-- as if to be performing in unison with both.



Awww...Warren.....


TerriB - 3/12/2009 at 01:14 PM

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Was it Teresa Williams or Lucinda Williams who sat in?


Theresa. Lucinda's on the road with her own tour. I saw her on Friday night in Philly where she kicked a double s. I'd love to see her sit in with the ABB at the Beacon, tho.


lolasdeb - 3/12/2009 at 01:22 PM

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Was it Teresa Williams or Lucinda Williams who sat in?
Teresa Williams - Larry Campbell's wife.

Thanks for putting these together, Angela!


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