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  posted on 10/28/2014 at 07:35 PM
The Beacon is buzzing, the web server is groaning from the load, and my cell phone battery is 48%

Hold on, strap yourself in, Lana is hyperventilating, and we are filled with mixed emotions as we contemplate the final ABB show

Just heard a couple hits on the bass drum,..

 

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  posted on 10/30/2014 at 02:17 PM
Yesterday I had the chance to come home and listen to the show I had DVRd. Odd that after 40 some odd shows, my run would end in a man cave, but oh well. My brother was doing likewise, same as we had been following this thread the night before. His road started much earlier than mine, going back to days in Atlanta in the early 70s before I was born. He said he wished, even more than himself, that a departed friend of ours could be there. After hearing the show, I believe he was. I believe they all were.
first of all, wow.
Part of me wishes there had been a soulshine or a Layla as was originally posted somewhere, but as a tribute to the entire career, I think this was their night, and we got to be witnesses to their vision. this was really fitting, including the nods to Dickie even if he wouldn't participate. Layla would have been interesting, because we all know that unforgettable guitar work is Duane's but of course most people associate the song itself with Clapton. Jam IV from that album would have maybe been better, but where would you put it? same with soulshine... I love it. I bought a boat instead of an engagement ring and christened it and proposed to Jenny aboard the Soulshine... but I just don't know where it would have fit in this setlist. there are obviously other people with other favorites, including some featuring Chuck or Susan. But this was the show for the guys who paved the road, the founding members, and those who have made it stay radiant through the last decades, and the fans who understood the historic context of not just the event but everything that proceeded it, including their own mentors King Curtis, Elmore James, Muddy Waters... the history of American music.
It was more intense from Gregg than anybody could have guessed. The power and emotion of Butch and Jaimoe pounded through the walls of my house, while the intricacies of Marc's rhythms provided sparks incinerated by the constant and cerebral drive of Oteil's baseline....
and then there were those guitars. my god the guitar work. not just played for duane, but with him, on his own instruments. We got to hear Derek emulate more on some tracks than I have ever heard before. In some instances we got his take on Dickie's improvisations, in others, on what in the mid 70s were Dickie's take on what each thought Duane would have done with a song. and we got to hear the prodigy we watched grow up find grooves all to his own as well. We got it all.
We got to hear Warren do what only he does, filling the room and the soul with his vocals, his harmonies with Gregg, and his mastery of anything with 6 strings creating what ultimately is what I think Tom Dowd had in mind in those earliest days in Muscle Shoals, and Jacksonville, and Macon. and we got to hear them do their own thing with a freshness that made 45 years seem like 45 seconds. We got it all, and they went out each in their own way, their one way out. god bless them. He already blessed me with them, and a whole life full of family, and friends, and peaches.

[Edited on 10/30/2014 by kypeachcats]

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  posted on 10/30/2014 at 02:04 PM
I'm listening to the stream now - although I felt the same way when I saw the setlist - and I think it's really cool that they did some innovative things during the last show. In some ways it's too bad they couldn't have done more of that earlier, but they'd never done a piece of Little Martha into Mountain Jam that way and I don't think they had transitioned from MJ to Don't Want You No More like that either. I said the same kind of thing about the cover of Politician the other night. Obviously the biggest thing is that they played a very long and reportedly excellent show, but that spirit of mixing things up is also great.

 

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  posted on 10/30/2014 at 11:55 AM
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WOW! Other than the drunk chick talking and losing her phone twice and another guy who felt he needed to sing/scream all the lyrics in my ear, it was a fantastic night.


Sorry dude, didn't know that was you

(I keed I keed)

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  posted on 10/30/2014 at 11:51 AM
WOW! Other than the drunk chick talking and losing her phone twice and another guy who felt he needed to sing/scream all the lyrics in my ear, it was a fantastic night.
 

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  posted on 10/30/2014 at 11:46 AM
I feel fortunate and blessed to have attended the last show of the ABB's legendary career. It was also my first Beacon show, despite having seen the band about 60 times since my first ABB show in '95. Here are my brief, collected thoughts that I have shared in other forums.

I told Alan Paul after the show that people can stop looking for the "holy grail" night prior to the Filmore East closing show, because this now might be that show. It really was amazing, so fortunate to have been able to see/hear it. Their performance took any of the sadness out of the event for me, because they went out on top, there is nothing left to do. I was kidding with my buddy, Josh, that I went to the show with. "...I think they just ruined me of all future music...they broke music tonight!" It was pure bliss, so proud for them. As Duane said "...jubilation," can't think of a better word than that to describe it. It was inspired and intense from beginning to end. They left nothing on the table. Echoing what Bill Graham said at the Filmore East "...it was not just quantity, but the quality of the music played." It was an amazing show that was a fitting end to the best damn band in the land!

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  posted on 10/29/2014 at 09:30 PM
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Seems like an unreal show; if only for its length and inclusiveness - the great playing on top.

A few quick (if harping) points

1 - Wonder if this is what the original last show in March was slated to be like or if the 7 mos of drama led this to greater heights?

2 - Have to think the people who had tickets to the original final show were correct in carping. I felt the same way when I got tickets to Billy Joel's final play at Shea which became "almost final" and missed McCartney

3 - Having had tickets to the original 45th show I feel a little cheated with last Wed's Ok but not great show.

4 - Monday's show was supposedly great; but should the tickets have been the same price as Tues?

Oh well - I've had a 44 year relationship with these guys; no marriage is perfect



Difference is, the March shows were supposed to be the last ones at the Beacon, NOT the last ABB shows - they still had all the other summer shows planned and rumors were swirling about a grand final tour, MSG dates, etc.
So, I assume the last show at the Beacon run in March was not planned to be much more than a "regular" final night at the Beacon. That said, we're lucky we got to see, and the band got to play, their "real" final run at the Beacon - they're unofficial home. Woulda kinda sucked if their final shows ever were at some random music festival or giant arena.



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right. We got our PeachFest tix in February, before the Beacon run. The Brothers were on the bill. There was never an "official" 45th anniversary show. Warren and Derek's announcement was that they were done at the end of 2014, not the end of March. I would have gladly traded places with you on Wednesday, and so would many people here.

anyway, I'm still psyched about what they did last night and I haven't even heard it yet. I'm soaking up everyone's stories, pics, etc and waiting impatiently for the d/l to be available.

Thanks for all the music
Long live the spirit of Duane Allman.

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  posted on 10/29/2014 at 09:14 PM
"Over the years that weve been doing this, the introductions are usually very short, and this one's going to be short, but a little longer than usual. The last two days, we have had the privilege of working with this particular group, and over the past year or so, weve had them on both coasts a number of times. In all that time, I've never heard the kind of music that this group plays. And last night, we had the good fortune of having them get on stage about 2:30, 3:00 o'clock, and they walked out of here at 7:00 in the morning. And its not just that they played quantity, and for my amateur ears, in all my life, Ive never heard the kind of music that this group plays: the finest contemporary music. Were going to round it off with the best of them all, the Allman Brothers."

 

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  posted on 10/29/2014 at 09:08 PM
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about halfway through the sirius rebroadcast. good lord. i think i might have had a breakdown if i had actually witnessed this in person. man, what bill graham said at the fillmore closing back in june of 1971 was never more appropriate...



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  posted on 10/29/2014 at 09:06 PM
I thought it was a little funny that Jaimoe had on an AIG shirt. Time to look towards investments and retirement.
 

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  posted on 10/29/2014 at 08:55 PM
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Allman Brothers Band
2014-10-28
Beacon Theater
New York, NY


Set 1

Little Martha>
Mt. Jam>
Don't Want You No More>
Not My Cross to Bear>
One Way Out
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
Midnight Rider
High Cost of Low Living
HotLanta
Blue Sky
You Don't Love Me



Set 2

Statesboro Blues
Ain't Wasting Time No More
Black Hearted Woman
The Sky is Crying
Dreams
Don't Keep Me Wonderin'
Liz Reed>JaBuMaOt>LizReed



Set 3

Melissa
Revival
Southbound
Mountain Jam>
Will The Circle Be Unbroken>
Mountain Jam

Encore:
Whippin' Post
Trouble No More





Just some random things to add here. I Little Martha was just a tease right into first part of MJ.

Derek played Soul Serenade in YDLM.

Will the Circle Be Unbroken was full blown with 4 verses, Gregg on the first two and Warren on the final two. Monday it was only an instrumental segment in Les Brers. I am not sure if they have sung all the verses before tonight or if was always just instrumental.

After Liz Reed Gregg said "intermission" kind of mumbling. There was confusion in the crowd. Some people near me in center orch left and did not return, maybe they relocated somewhere else. Some people cheered and clapped like an encore break. Bars were still open, plenty of beers coming in a few minutes after midnight.

Alot of people have said alot of things and I can't add much to it, just a few things here and there. Security was non existent from what I saw. Monday there were occasional ushers checking the orchestra isles. I saw none of that Tuesday. Also, with the show ending at 1:20 something, there must have been only 10 total maybe Beacon staffers in the entire building (most actually looked more like management) that I saw when the lights came on and in the hallway/lobby - sent them all home I guess at some point.

Butch had on a shirt in the first set that said "thanks".

First set I saw alot of smiles on the stage for first few songs from the band. After that they kind of settled into game face mode the rest of the night. The friends and family that I could see in the VIP stage seats, there was alot of emotion and open crying at the end. I got choked up several times on the night with it being the last time I would hear and see so many great songs played by so many great musicians, but also because of what the songs and the time together between the band meant to them. I know none of them, have never met any of them, well I did meet Oteil at a Peach party one time. But it is a connection still, Gregg gave us a heart felt thanks at the end of his words and I felt it from all of them.



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  posted on 10/29/2014 at 06:20 PM
Wow. I see no reason to listen to music ever again. Thank you Allman Brothers Band. This is the first time in a while that I don't already have plans for my next show. But I am sure that what you guys laid out on that stage last night will last me a good long time. I'm so grateful for your talent. Peace & Love.

 

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  posted on 10/29/2014 at 05:37 PM
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Wish I had gone. I did go the night before. I take the Raritan Valley Line in for shows. I can imagine the conflict I would of faced at about midnight. Last train out is 1:00am:

* Do I leave the show early?
* Do I mind sitting in Penn Station for four hours waiting for the first train in the morning?
* Or do I cough up $300 for a NYC hotel room

Wonder if anyone there had that dilemma.


The thought crossed my mind, but my train pulls out of Penn at 3am. If they had still been playing at 2:15 I might have worried. But there was no dilemma. My decision was made. I would have sat around the sterile train station waiting for the next ride home rather than miss any of the show.

 

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  posted on 10/29/2014 at 05:28 PM
Oh and Gregg giddily running in place right before Statesboro Blues at the start of the second set put a smile on my face. Never saw such an extroverted display of enthusiasm like that before from him.
 

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  posted on 10/29/2014 at 05:25 PM
I dont know how I survived work today, but somehow I wound up having MORE energy than expected, considering how little sleep I got. The NY Times review of the show broke it down a little too scientifically for me, but they did capture one thing right: it went from a subdued beginning in the first set to a very emotional and high-intensity night. By the time they got to Gregg's closing remarks, and Butch and Jaimoe's brief remarks, I had chills all over. It was such a powerful experience and no, the audience may not be comprised of spring chickens, but people hung in there. HOWEVER, I dont know how people could honestly leave after the second set. There were large swaths of people in the balcony leaving after the second set was over.

I know you guys like to point out the little flubs and goofs, the only one that stands out to me was in One Way Out after one of the extended drum rolls, Derek and Warren werent ready and got caught flat-footed. They seemed to have a good laugh at it.

 

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  posted on 10/29/2014 at 02:42 PM
Just heard the Siruis re-broadcast. Just amazing. All I can say is God Bless the Allman Brothers Band.
Over and Out.

 

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  posted on 10/29/2014 at 02:40 PM
That was great
Even in replay

 

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  posted on 10/29/2014 at 02:16 PM
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Seems like an unreal show; if only for its length and inclusiveness - the great playing on top.

A few quick (if harping) points

1 - Wonder if this is what the original last show in March was slated to be like or if the 7 mos of drama led this to greater heights?

2 - Have to think the people who had tickets to the original final show were correct in carping. I felt the same way when I got tickets to Billy Joel's final play at Shea which became "almost final" and missed McCartney

3 - Having had tickets to the original 45th show I feel a little cheated with last Wed's Ok but not great show.

4 - Monday's show was supposedly great; but should the tickets have been the same price as Tues?

Oh well - I've had a 44 year relationship with these guys; no marriage is perfect



Difference is, the March shows were supposed to be the last ones at the Beacon, NOT the last ABB shows - they still had all the other summer shows planned and rumors were swirling about a grand final tour, MSG dates, etc.
So, I assume the last show at the Beacon run in March was not planned to be much more than a "regular" final night at the Beacon. That said, we're lucky we got to see, and the band got to play, their "real" final run at the Beacon - they're unofficial home. Woulda kinda sucked if their final shows ever were at some random music festival or giant arena.

 

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  posted on 10/29/2014 at 02:04 PM
about halfway through the sirius rebroadcast. good lord. i think i might have had a breakdown if i had actually witnessed this in person. man, what bill graham said at the fillmore closing back in june of 1971 was never more appropriate...

 

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  posted on 10/29/2014 at 01:47 PM
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That sounds like a hell of a plan and I hope you were able to pull it off!!!


LOL sorry, I wasn't so clear - I live in NYC and split for home right after grabbing some food for the train. I was just laying out how waiting for the 1st train home Wed morning could be done (having done it oh so many times before, growing up in the 'burbs around NYC)


Oh. Next time I'll just hang out at your place then!

 

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  posted on 10/29/2014 at 12:53 PM
Seems like an unreal show; if only for its length and inclusiveness - the great playing on top.

A few quick (if harping) points

1 - Wonder if this is what the original last show in March was slated to be like or if the 7 mos of drama led this to greater heights?

2 - Have to think the people who had tickets to the original final show were correct in carping. I felt the same way when I got tickets to Billy Joel's final play at Shea which became "almost final" and missed McCartney

3 - Having had tickets to the original 45th show I feel a little cheated with last Wed's Ok but not great show.

4 - Monday's show was supposedly great; but should the tickets have been the same price as Tues?

Oh well - I've had a 44 year relationship with these guys; no marriage is perfect

 

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  posted on 10/29/2014 at 12:05 PM
Listening to the show on Sirius right now High Cost of Living as I type this. I envy all of you who were there to witness this but am also happy you got the chance to see the finish.

More reviews from the NYC papers, oddly nothing in the NY Post

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music/concert-review-allman-brothe rs-play-unforgettable-final-concert-article-1.1991443

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/30/arts/music/the-allman-brothers-band-plays -final-concert-at-the-beacon-theater.html?_r=0

and a nice one from Rolling Stone

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/live-reviews/the-allman-brothers-band-tak e-a-final-bow-at-epic-beacon-theatre-show-20141029

 

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  posted on 10/29/2014 at 12:04 PM
Set 1: 8:52-10:09

Set 2: 10:43-12:09

Set 3 + Encore: 12:18-1:26

(231 min = 3:51 hours)?

WOW!

 

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  posted on 10/29/2014 at 11:44 AM
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That sounds like a hell of a plan and I hope you were able to pull it off!!!


LOL sorry, I wasn't so clear - I live in NYC and split for home right after grabbing some food for the train. I was just laying out how waiting for the 1st train home Wed morning could be done (having done it oh so many times before, growing up in the 'burbs around NYC)

 

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  posted on 10/29/2014 at 11:34 AM
Yes, this thread has been great. Pre ordered the CDs of last night, over my first cup of coffee this morning.
 
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