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  posted on 4/26/2008 at 07:34 AM


I thought it might be kind of cool to start a thread with different angle. How about a ticket stub and a tale?


My friend Rusty and I made the drive from my parent's castle in Fullerton up to L.A. to see the Allman Brothers Band on August 7, 1980 at The Greek Theater. I have vague memories of this show, the big one obviously being John Belushi. I remember Gregg saying, "there's this guy backstage that wants to come out and sing"...and John Belushi entered doing cartwheels, wearing a bright Blue Los Angeles Dodgers jacket, Cap and sunglasses. He jumped to his feet, grabbed the mic and the band kicked into "Sweet home Chicago" which Belushi sang to the delight of the crowd.
We had managed to sneak a Bottle of Jack Daniels into the show and were passing it back and forth when a young girl sitting next to us asked if she could have a swag of the bottle. I looked at rusty and then said "sure" and handed her the bottle of jack. She saluted us and proceeded to empty the bottle in a sip that would have impressed just about anyone here. I mean there was at least 5 or 6 shots left in that bottle and she downed it. Very impressive, hard to find fault with a performance like that.
I also remember waking up in the car at sunrise, still parked on the side of the road in the park about a 1/4 mile from the venue.

1. Don't Want You No More
2. It's Not My Cross To Bear
3. Can't Take It With You
4. Blue Sky
5. Need Your Love So Bad
6. Angeline
7. I Got A Right To Be Wrong
8. Mystery Woman
9. Try It One More Time
10. Statesboro Blues
11. From The Madness Of The West
12. One Way Out
13. Jessica
14. Whipping Post
Encore:
15. Pegasus
Sweet Home Chicago
w/John Belushi on vocals
Hey Bartender
w/John Belushi on vocals
16. Midnight Rider
17. In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
18. Ramblin' Man

 

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  posted on 4/26/2008 at 08:37 AM


Neat idea for a thread, BIGV!

Frankenmuth Blues Bash, Frankenmuth, Michigan on September 2 & 3, 2005. Little Milton was supposed to headline Saturday night, but unfortunately he passed just a few weeks earlier. I was thankful that I had the opportunity to see him with the Brothers at the Beacon that March.

On Monday, a few days before the festival, Hurricane Katrina slammed the Gulf Coast. Wolfman Washington was in NOLA when it hit, and no one heard from him for several weeks until he showed up at a rescue center. Nobody knew if he was dead or alive when he was to take the stage at Frankenmuth. Kenny Neal was in the area and his tour bus took a detour to come and play at the show Friday afternoon.

On Friday night Dr. John and his band played the most emotional set I have ever witnessed. No one in the band knew the fate of their relatives back home, or even if they still had homes. I had the chance to talk with John Fohl, the guitarist in the band, at breakfast Saturday morning and for the first time I realized the impact of the storm that had hit earlier in the week. I saw Dr. John again in 2006 and his mood had definitely changed from sadness to being totally pissed off about the government response to Katrina. Saturday night was headlined by an all-star jam honoring Little Milton.

Performance that weekend by Tommy Castro, Bernard Allison, Carl Weathersby, and Larry McCray were all outstanding, but I'll always remember that weekend as my awakening to the devastation caused by Katrina to the musicians and all the people of NOLA and the Gulf Coast.

 

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  posted on 4/27/2008 at 10:15 AM
In early 1991, my dad asked me to accompany him on a business trip to San Francisco, which was my first ever trip there. I was into the Dead at the time(ok, still am), and though I had no idea, my dad found out the Jerry Garcia Band was playing the Warfield Theatre, and took it upon himself to buy me two tickets. My college roommate lived in Walnut Creek at the time, so I invited him to go to the show with me. We went to our first Dead show together at the Fox in '78.

This was to be my one and only time seeing JGB, but there is no place else I'd have rather seen him. Had the chills when Jerry screamed out "San Francisco rain" during Mission in the Rain.

Also on the trip, I made it up to Muir Woods to see the big redwoods, walked through the Haight (sad scene), and went up to Berkeley, where I was able to pull this handbill off a lightpole. A great first visit to SF, mostly because the only time I was miracleized, it was thanks to my dad!

01/31/91 (Thu) Warfield Theatre - San Francisco, CA
Set 1: How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You, Tears of Rage, You Never Can Tell (C'est La Vie), Someday Baby, Mission In The Rain, Dear Prudence, My Sisters And Brothers, Tangled Up In Blue
Set 2: The Way You Do The Things You Do, He Ain't Give You None, Think, Waiting For A Miracle, Lay Down Sally, Evangeline, Struggling Man, Somebody To Love



[Edited on 4/27/2008 by Brock]

 

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