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  posted on 1/12/2012 at 05:29 PM
I am interested in getting others opinions who saw the show in Montgomery last night. My wife and I has some real concern for Gregg through about the first six songs of this set. He seemed almost confused at times, once even saying he was going to introduce the band members and then went into the next song. He missed a queue on Stateboro Blues, missed the lyrics on a few songs, and just generally seemed a bit out of it until he hit his stride on Floating Bridge. The band seemed to notice too. Please know that I am not being disrespectful. It was, and is, genuine concern.

All in all, a great show once he got going. Just a bit of a rocky, and concerning, start. I know he is getting on in age and some of those years were being lived at 100 miles an hour. Just curious as to others thoughts who caught the show.

 
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  posted on 1/12/2012 at 09:46 PM
I was there. Not sure what to think about that. Certainly all true.

I think while Gregg has pretty consistently missed some vocal cues over the years, it's certainly gotten worse the last 2-3. The "let's introduce the band" thing was weird, as I saw the set list beforehand and it was clearly labeled "band intros" 2-3 songs before the set was over/before encore, and I'm sure it's been that way at EVERY show they've done. Perhaps it was some kind of inside joke, but I don't think so and it was awkward.

What scared me to death was him stepping on/off the keyboard riser the 4-5 times he played guitar. I wish he had a little handrail or someone to walk him down - it was only 2 steps but he was just so frail and unsteady looking.

His voice is still strong, and I thought the quality of music/sound/mix was outstanding. That was my second trip to that venue, and while it doesn't have much character, it's a great sounding room.

Friend I went with is pretty good pals with Jerry Jemmott so we got to hang with him for about an hour pre-show. First time I'd met him. He seems to be a sweet, sincere, gentle, kind man. He was very gracious and generous with us. And he's got a helluva musical discography under his belt.

 

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  posted on 1/13/2012 at 08:47 AM
Gregg definitely had a slight case of the ... Greggisms on Wedneday night.

After the opener ("I'm No Angel"), Gregg called the guitarist over to where he sat at the organ. Seemed like they called a set-list audible - going with "Statesboro Blues" (possibly to wake the somewhat sedate crowd up?). Gregg preceded to miss his cue once or twice during that song.

He drew another blank on "Wasted Words" (they ain't wasted if you can't remember 'em! ). At least one other slight fumble somewhere else in the set - but I don't recall at this point. The announcement that band introductions was about to occur - and then didn't, amused several in the audience. He brought 'em back with an outstanding version of "Floating Bridge" from "Low Country Blues". They were eating out of his hand by this point!

There were a couple of other funny moments in the show.

So soon after the University of Alabama's championship game - several of the Bama devout took to yelling out, "ROLL, TIDE!". Apparently, Gregg heard this as, "(been a) long time". He said in return, "yes, it's been a long time!".

Gregg's voice was in fine shape. Forgetting/misplacing lyrics is nothing new for him - or pretty much any artist from the "classic rock" era. It's almost a sport to spot and keep up with these non-sequiters!

Some ... fan sitting up in the back of the mezzanine area screamed for "Dreams" all night long. His annunciation was no better than Gregg's hearing. It sounded like he was yelling "REAM" or "CREAM". Everybody in my area was scratching their heads wondering what he was saying. I was hoping they'd do the song a lot sooner - just to shut the guy up!

Just a word about the Montgomery audience. I'm thinking that a bunch of these folks bought "season tickets" or a package of shows (a la Chastain Park). While there were a lot of hard-core fans in attendence, some appeared to be merely along for the ride. Some knew certain Allman Brothers tunes, but didn't understand that Gregg re-works them for his solo gigs.

All in all, it was a good show by Gregg and his band.

I believe Jaimoe won some fans on this night. His band started playing to a mostly empty hall who seemed to be hungry for the headliner. By the end of the set, Jaimoe's Jassz Band had earned a standing ovation. For me, Junior Mack's belting out of Taj Mahal's, "Leaving Trunk" was the highlight of the night!

Like I said - it was all real, real good!

 

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  posted on 1/13/2012 at 11:19 AM
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I was there. Not sure what to think about that. Certainly all true.

I think while Gregg has pretty consistently missed some vocal cues over the years, it's certainly gotten worse the last 2-3. The "let's introduce the band" thing was weird, as I saw the set list beforehand and it was clearly labeled "band intros" 2-3 songs before the set was over/before encore, and I'm sure it's been that way at EVERY show they've done. Perhaps it was some kind of inside joke, but I don't think so and it was awkward.

What scared me to death was him stepping on/off the keyboard riser the 4-5 times he played guitar. I wish he had a little handrail or someone to walk him down - it was only 2 steps but he was just so frail and unsteady looking.

His voice is still strong, and I thought the quality of music/sound/mix was outstanding. That was my second trip to that venue, and while it doesn't have much character, it's a great sounding room.

Friend I went with is pretty good pals with Jerry Jemmott so we got to hang with him for about an hour pre-show. First time I'd met him. He seems to be a sweet, sincere, gentle, kind man. He was very gracious and generous with us. And he's got a helluva musical discography under his belt.


I think after Gregg and Bruce Katz, I enjoy Jerry's bass playing more than anything else in a GAF show. There are songs he just overwhelms, in a positive way. He's kind of unobtrusive in the back, but for those of you going to shows, I'd make an effort to listen to this guy.

 

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  posted on 1/13/2012 at 06:06 PM
Sorry for the Roll Tides. I could not help it. Saw you and Donna once Rusty but could not get to you. Gregg did miss a few. I enjoyed Jaimoe as well as Gregg. I thought still sounded good. 2 good bands.

 

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