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  posted on 3/27/2011 at 10:43 PM
I get to usually one show during the Beacon runs, for the past 6 or 7 years, except last year. The shows are always great, but why the need for guests all the time? I went the 24th, and Leslie West, and Greggs band played, and the guy from Further, and it def took away from the show, IMO. I could listen to Derek and Warren trade licks all night long, Manic depression with Oteil singing was great, the drums were great, they don't need guests. I could do without Dylan songs, Dead songs, The Band, guys from steely dan (how do they fit in?) Just give me The Allman Bros. Band, and kick in as many long instrumental jams as you can. Just my two cents.
 
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  posted on 3/28/2011 at 01:15 AM
I forgot about Bill, i'm a big fan, saw him in Miles band in 81. He was great on Soulshine as well. Ah, what do i know anyway!
 

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  posted on 3/28/2011 at 12:29 PM
It adds to the fun and keeps it fresh.

 

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  posted on 3/28/2011 at 12:57 PM
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It adds to the fun and keeps it fresh.


Ditto! It's all good.

 

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  posted on 3/28/2011 at 01:31 PM
guests are an integral part of the beacon run. a great blues jam band and the guests add to the flavor. hearing the same songs played in so many varieties with different instruments, different rifts and vocals and hearing different performers is what makes a 13 nite run successful and keeps many of us attending 4 or 5 different shows.

i love the guests!!!!

 

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  posted on 3/28/2011 at 03:18 PM
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guests are an integral part of the beacon run. a great blues jam band and the guests add to the flavor. hearing the same songs played in so many varieties with different instruments, different rifts and vocals and hearing different performers is what makes a 13 nite run successful and keeps many of us attending 4 or 5 different shows.

i love the guests!!!!

Me too! During the summer tour I prefer a straight ABB show, but at the Beacon the guests always add a great twist. And I'm sure it helps keep the band on their toes during an extended single venue run.

 

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  posted on 3/28/2011 at 09:22 PM
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I get to usually one show during the Beacon runs, for the past 6 or 7 years, except last year. The shows are always great, but why the need for guests all the time? I went the 24th, and Leslie West, and Greggs band played, and the guy from Further, and it def took away from the show, IMO. I could listen to Derek and Warren trade licks all night long, Manic depression with Oteil singing was great, the drums were great, they don't need guests. I could do without Dylan songs, Dead songs, The Band, guys from steely dan (how do they fit in?) Just give me The Allman Bros. Band, and kick in as many long instrumental jams as you can. Just my two cents.


I like guests, but then for me it does always somewhat depend on the whos, hows and whats.

I tend to agree with your feelings on the 3/24 show, with one very big exception, the "What Love Will Make You Do" was fantastic - I would not have had that song any other way. I like the version with Randolph from earlier as well, but the 3/24 was pretty damn good! And then Southbound is taylor made for guests to get a groove on with.

But the guest rotation is a big tradition at the Beacon as everyone knows. Some work better than others and everyone has different tastes for that kind of thing.

 

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  posted on 3/28/2011 at 10:13 PM
I think this all depends on whether you like the guest. Would have loved to have been there for Hubert Sumlin Saturday{glad we got Moogis for that one} but would have been dissappointed with some of the other guests. The band has introduced me to so many great musicians that I wouldn't really complain about any of their choices. I would have never seen Kid Rock(twice), Bernie Williams(twice) and Bruce Willis. Or Johnny Winter(twice!), Susan(ten times?), Levon Helm, Clapton, Billy Gibbons, plus a ton more. Monday and Tuesday shows seem to usually be mellower. Thursday's a little jazzy. Friday and Saturday just great jamming.


We caught four shows(opener and two Saturdays on Moogis and the free MSG Monday night show) and I loved every bit.

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  posted on 3/29/2011 at 12:23 AM
Musicians enjoy having guests. It's another voice to add to the conversation.

If they can hold up their end of the conversation , what's not to like ?

 

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  posted on 3/29/2011 at 03:23 AM
Definitely pro-guests but it would be to good to know in advance who was guesting when.

I would hate the thought of missing one of my heroes guesting by a single night.

I suppose that it suits the ABB to maintain a degree of mystery for ticket sales purposes.


 

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  posted on 3/29/2011 at 07:34 AM
The Beacon shows are all about family and friends for both the band and the audience. You know what you are getting when going to a Beacon show, most like it.

 

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  posted on 3/29/2011 at 08:06 AM
Some good points made already, but keep in mind the number of people who go to multiple Beacon shows. If you're going to see the ABB 7 times in the same building, the guests help give it some needed variety. At this point, people expect the guests, they expect the very diverse setlists, and that's why they buy tickets to multiple shows.

I agree that a lot of the results depend on what you think of the guest. As a former New Orleans resident and NOLA music fanatic, I was delighted to see the 3/26 show turn into the Dr. John Revue for a couple of songs, but somebody else might not have enjoyed it.

 
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  posted on 3/29/2011 at 08:39 AM
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Some good points made already, but keep in mind the number of people who go to multiple Beacon shows. If you're going to see the ABB 7 times in the same building, the guests help give it some needed variety. At this point, people expect the guests, they expect the very diverse setlists, and that's why they buy tickets to multiple shows.

I agree that a lot of the results depend on what you think of the guest. As a former New Orleans resident and NOLA music fanatic, I was delighted to see the 3/26 show turn into the Dr. John Revue for a couple of songs, but somebody else might not have enjoyed it.


Dr. John was backed by the band. To me, the guests are best when they and the band become one. That happened with Bill Evans, Randy Brecker and Jon Scofield. It may simply be that Jazz musicians are better equipped to go with the flow.

 

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  posted on 3/30/2011 at 10:25 PM
I can see where if you were going to multiple shows, looking forward to different guests must mix things up in a good way. And it def depends on seeing a guest who you either like or adds something special to the mix. I def agree that the jazz players seem to fit in the best. Derek toured with Carlos Santana, i would Love to see him sit in. Black magic woman with the brothers three drummers!
 

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  posted on 3/30/2011 at 11:02 PM
There are times they've overdone it with the guests, but in general they shake things up, the can make each performance unique, and it's also a cool way to take advantage of all the musical activity in the city.

 

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  posted on 4/11/2011 at 03:11 PM
For the most part, I love the guests. I have been lucky enough over the past few runs to get great guests too. I was lucky enough to see one of the nights with Clapton two years ago, and then this year caught Donald Fagan. It was totally random on my part too, as I bought tickets months in advance with no knowledge of guests.
 

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  posted on 4/11/2011 at 05:51 PM
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For the most part, I love the guests. I have been lucky enough over the past few runs to get great guests too. I was lucky enough to see one of the nights with Clapton two years ago, and then this year caught Donald Fagan. It was totally random on my part too, as I bought tickets months in advance with no knowledge of guests.


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  posted on 4/16/2011 at 08:28 PM
i'm pretty sure i would still go see the brothers if i knew kidrock and bruce willis would be sitting in in advance. 90% of the show is still top notch. it's all good these days - not to mention.. i've seen alot of guests that add ALOT to the show!! Clapton and Hornsby in 09, Bill Evans in 10, Tedeschi/Scofield in 11... dear god i paid FACE for all of that???
 

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  posted on 4/18/2011 at 07:39 AM
never been to a beacon show, but have seen lots of guest with the abb and agree with most of what has been said here. I was disappointed at the guests last year at the fri Wanee show, just becouse it seemed to be people from WSP. while I enjoy them with abb, they just toured together and had sat it with each other a lot..there were so many others who could have made for interesting guest there who didn't sit it (Chuck leavell, Hot Tuna's guys, Dr. John,etc). There was a guest on probably half the tunes, all from WSP except Luther Dickenson, I think. It was still good, just hoping they would have mixed it up differentlt. Sat. was 1 song with Johnny Winter and more WSP sit ins, again they were lots of others there. But that is just my opinion
 

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  posted on 4/18/2011 at 07:39 AM
oops, sorry

[Edited on 4/18/2011 by BNAKED]

 

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  posted on 4/18/2011 at 02:10 PM
There are guests because the band is friends with them and they enjoy having players sit in with them. I'm guessing that it is probably as simple as that.
 
 


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