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  posted on 2/4/2011 at 07:06 PM
Excluding 69-71 and 73.....What are your favorite years for live shows?
I'm throwing out 1991. Love Dickey and Warren's tone.
Discuss.....

 
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  posted on 2/4/2011 at 07:51 PM
2006-2009

 

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  posted on 2/4/2011 at 08:23 PM
I've been seeing the Gents in all forms since the Round-up in Philly '81, I like the Toler/Betts & Trucks/Haynes line-ups, but nothing was as good as the Betts/Haynes era. I'd nail it down precisely to the Johnny Neal years of '89 to '90 that included Mr.Woody. Those Beacon shows when they'd swap to the acoustic set and Johnny would join in up front on harp.... Wow!!! Chills.

Dangerous Dan & Dickey were like parts and Dickey had to revert to play a lot of the slide, when Warren came in and dominated that role in allowed Dickey to go back to his starting role. Warren and Derek are awesome together, NO DOUBT, but it's not all it was.









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  posted on 2/4/2011 at 08:52 PM
Good question and one that I have two answers for. Outside of the dates excluded above, coming solely from a point of pure excitement, it would be the 1979 Tour. I was still riding on my original ABB and extended family high "live" experiences....(with DB&GS literally saving me in 1977 @ The Roxy in L.A.) Living in Fullerton, Ca. in the late 70's, L.A. was just up the freeway giving me access to a lot of great live music. So when I found out that The ABB were touring again in support of "ER".. I stood in line all morning on the day the Tix went on sale and bought them for the S.D. show as well...I mean, I couldn't have been more excited for a concert day(s) to arrive.
For the power of the music alone?.... Hands down the 1989 Tour. No doubt. Saw that tour 3 times, I mean...bang, bang, bang. The magic was there. One had the feeling standing in the crowd that the bros. were actually out there on that stage.... because of the music again.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klKU6VijRn0

This is from a Video tape that I shared with all here some time ago, it's from very early in the '89 tour... Check this out and give Dickey a listen here....at about the 3:00 mark he hits the note and just takes off......then such a graceful .."hand-off" to Warren.....good stuff

 

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  posted on 2/4/2011 at 08:58 PM
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+1

Of course, I didn't get on the bus until 1999, so I don't have a huge body of work to go by.

 

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  posted on 2/4/2011 at 10:05 PM
Gotta go with 89 reunion. The ABB was BACK and smoking.....Betts and Gregg again, and we were introduced to Warren and Woody

 

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  posted on 2/4/2011 at 11:49 PM
Beacon Theater in March 2009 gets my vote, especially the shows with EC and the one with Stanley Clarke and Robert Randolph- simply incredible jams by master musicians. I also liked the Enlightened Rogues tour as well, especially the "Pegasus" jam with John Belushi- outrageous stuff. I wish they would bring back that song!
 

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  posted on 2/4/2011 at 11:58 PM
Warren & Dickey get my vote '89-'97. great playing, three new albums to draw from, acoustic sets, True Gravity, Nobody Knows, Back Where It All Begins, Allen Woody, the addition of Marc Quinones which I believe adds amazing depth to an already unbelievable backline, some old classics back in the set like Dreams, Revival, Black Hearted Woman...'twas a wonderous time.

 

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  posted on 2/5/2011 at 12:21 AM
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agreed.
In all due respect to Dickey, there seems to be more energy now, at least to my ears.

 

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  posted on 2/5/2011 at 04:25 AM
I've always liked 1996.

 

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  posted on 2/5/2011 at 06:26 AM
Though I have only seen the ABB with Derek & Warren I can't imagine anything gets any better than that.

 

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  posted on 2/5/2011 at 07:08 AM
I would also vote for 1989. The boys were back together and the first Beacon shows in September was the start of this amazing run. The ancipation for the start of these shows were off the hook, everyone was in their seats well before the 8pm start time and the crowd was happy as hell that ABB was back. They played all the faves and I remember Liz Reed kicking off the second set being the jam of the night.

 

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  posted on 2/5/2011 at 08:46 AM
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agreed.
In all due respect to Dickey, there seems to be more energy now, at least to my ears.

And Gregg's voice is stronger in the 2000's than it ever was in the '80's or '90's IMO.

 

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  posted on 2/5/2011 at 08:55 AM
My favorite eras:
1969-71
1989-97
1972-75

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  posted on 2/5/2011 at 10:17 AM
these are the good old days!
 

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  posted on 2/5/2011 at 10:32 AM
69--71
72--75
89-97

 

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  posted on 2/5/2011 at 10:38 AM
I'll go with '89-'97 which is the lineup that introduced me to this magical band live. I also love the current lineup although I would like to see then open up the catalog a little.

 

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  posted on 2/5/2011 at 10:43 AM
This one always makes me grin ear to ear http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXpy2_IsGyg&feature=related
 

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  posted on 2/5/2011 at 12:01 PM
My first ABB show was in 95......so I'm gonna go with 95- present..Great live shows!!!!

 

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  posted on 2/5/2011 at 12:22 PM
If I had not seen one of the Boston 2010 shows I might actually give this some thought.
But 11/18/2010 Boston was a reminder we are living through the best years now!

Enjoy, this will not last forever!


 

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  posted on 2/5/2011 at 12:48 PM
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Gotta go with 89 reunion. The ABB was BACK and smoking.....Betts and Gregg again, and we were introduced to Warren and Woody


Likewise the '79 reunion also -- the ABB was indeed back & smoking, and we were introduced then to Dangerous Dan & Rook

I'll always be partial to the original band -- each lineup since has brought something new and interesting to the table that has kept me as a fan ever since

 

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  posted on 2/5/2011 at 12:50 PM
2000!

The Derek and Jimmy Year. The 9/23/00 Raleigh show has the sickest Les Brers EVER, and if there is one that is sicker, then please let me know!

Not too much talk about this year on this site, but 9/23/00 remains the best show I have. I BP'd the Chicago theater 2001 shows from a fan, and they threw in Raleigh, "because I needed to hear it". And I will be forever grateful to whoever it was!!!

 

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  posted on 2/5/2011 at 01:07 PM
Positively4thStreet: I have to admit. I really liked the UP 2010 shows. I'm really surprised that way more people like the Beacon 2009 better. I think the 2010 shows are the best of the current line up.

Joe the Lurker: I just received 8/27/00. I've been listening to it non stop since Thursday. This really is a very under appreciated version of the Allman's. Not my favorite line up but musically...there was some great things happening with Jimmy.

 

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  posted on 2/5/2011 at 01:51 PM
London 1991. Great year; un-offical music at Helen's Hilton at Wanee.

Looking for Paris 1991 ( Kirk says it is even better!)

I love the ABB now, but life is short...very short...and I miss The Man In The Hat.

While I'm at it, I miss Kirk also......I've gone and depressed myself. That's cool though---I know what once WAS.

 

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  posted on 2/5/2011 at 04:03 PM
My early years 1972-76 were great for me.. so many shows, such great music.. never got to see Duane...so many shows in the New York area back then... Then Ill skip to 89-90... getting back to the real brothers sound saw some great shows..and all thru the 2000,s with the newest line up what a treat only getting better thru the decade.. some great beacon nites nothing like 2009. i agree the 40 th ann run. last years wanee 2010 was awesome, and now getting juiced for Beacon run and wanee again.. I just feel lucky and priviliged to enjoy my favorite band the past ten years having started back in the early 70s........

 

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