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  posted on 10/4/2012 at 12:15 AM
1. "The Shape I'm In," Warren Haynes
2. "Long Black Veil," Gregg Allman and Warren Haynes
3. "Trouble in Mind," Jorma Kaukonen and Barry Mitterhoff
4. "This Wheel's on Fire," the Midnight Ramble Band (Larry Campbell on vocals)
5. "Little Birds," the Midnight Ramble Band (Amy Helm and Teresa Williams on vocals)
6. "Listening to Levon," Marc Cohn
7. "Move Along Train," Mavis Staples
8. "Life is a Carnival," Allen Toussaint, Jaimoe
9. "When I Paint My Masterpiece," John Prine, Garth Hudson
10. "Anna Lee," Bruce Hornsby
11. "Ain't Got No Home," Jakob Dylan and Rami Jaffee of the Wallflowers
12. "Whispering Pines," Lucinda Williams
13. "Rag Mama Rag," John Hiatt, Mike Gordon
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14. "Baby Don't You Do It," David Bromberg and Joan Osborne
15. "I Shall Be Released," Grace Potter
16. "Tears of Rage," Ray LaMontagne, John Mayer
17. "Rockin' Chair," Dierks Bentley, Jon Randall, Jessi Alexander
18. "Chest Fever," Dierks Bentley, Jon Randall, Jessi Alexander, Garth Hudson
19. "A Train Robbery," Eric Church
20. "Get Up Jake," Eric Church
21. "Tennessee Jed," Larry Campbell, John Mayer
22. "Up on Cripple Creek," Joe Walsh, Robert Randolph
23. "Ophelia," My Morning Jacket
24. "It Makes No Difference," My Morning Jacket
25. "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," Roger Waters with My Morning Jacket
26. "Wide River to Cross," Roger Waters and Amy Helm
27. "The Weight," Ensemble

In general a very nice evening of music,with a blisteringly intense & energetic second set.

General comment--sound sucked big time--lost the nuances of the music as a result...the second set showed some improvement in sound..

Here's a song by song review...i'll use numbers to identify song consistent with above:

1.Great solid start by Warren.Excellent singing & beautiful lead guitar--slide.
2. Gregg made me proud to be a fan of his music.He nailed this.one.Singing was solid & strong and perfect song for him to sing.Warren was great on this too.
3.Jorma was awful and sound effected him,and what was probably a fine mandolin lead by Barry.Perhaps,a small acoustic song was eaen by the cavernous beast of an arena!
4.very good--sound distracted.
5.very very sweet..you could hear Levon's missing voice.
6.Sweet and well performed.
7.Not the best choice of song..she was great,but other songs might have been better.
8.Toussaint and the band were awesome--Jaimoe!!.
9.Couldn't hear Garth at all.Prine was awful--a great talent but didn't know the song and was WAY off key.
10.Bruce didn't know the song and i kept thinking of how Levon did it.Bruce-trainwreck.
11.Jacob and Rami were excellent.Rami played on many other songs and was outstanding.
12.She's a personal favorite..attempted a VERY tough song...missed it by a mile.UGH.
13.A horror show.Wrong song for him..off key,didn't know song...disaster.
14.Joan sang great.REally good song for them.Bromberg played some mean licks!
15.Not to anger folks,but Grace was fine enough through most of the song..not top notch,but better than i thought she'd be...then she began to scream like no one has ever done on this song...a frontal attack on the integrity of the song.
16.Ray did a great job on a tough song to sing.John was excellent.
17.not expecting much and a really nice job was done...also a tough song and i missed Levon on it...but,really nice!
18.GARTH--enough said! But,the rest of the gang was first rate and the band rocked...kudos to LHB with guests like G.E. Smith.Larry was his usual awesome & creative self.
19.Really nice--no idea who he is..still...but very very well done.
20.EXCELLENT--the band killed this...great intensity and improved sound.
21.Johnn Mayer blew my mind..a piercing,quasi Jerry sounding spacey lead,but biting in that bluesy way--he & larry got down...very very cool.THis band is TIGHT,but flexible and nimble in every song.
22.FUN...Joe was intense...he & rObert were very good together and Joe nailed the vocals.
23.Never saw these guys...MAJOR MIND BLOWING sound & unique approach to the music...wow!
24.Never thought i'd tolerate anyone but Rick doing this...but,they,again,uniquely captured the soul and spirit of the song...the inner magic.
25.Roger is a real pro--he was tremendous...very honored to be ABLE TO EXPERIENCE HIM TONITE...A POWERHOUSE...KILLED THIS SONG..BLEW IT OPEN...Morning Jacket again brought their twist to the music..quite enjoyable.
26.Sheer beauty..an honor to Levon..magical
27.very organized for a group of 400 on stage Gregg & warren were featured nicely i believe.

a great nite.

sad,but beautiful--honored Levon...& rick & Richard too.A truly sincere effort by wonderful musicians.I liked stuff i thought i would not,and disliked some i'd hoped and thought i'd enjoy.The sound was a bitch,but better as the second set rocked out more.Horns were terrific.I need time to absorb.Filming was happening.



[Edited on 10/4/2012 by dadof2]

 
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  posted on 10/4/2012 at 12:36 AM
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  posted on 10/4/2012 at 04:26 AM
Dadof2,

No doubt. The sound sucked big time. Very Very Loud. I lost interest in the show from the start. I stayed through but I couldn't understand how no one who produced the show knew this. Everytime the kick drum got kicked, It sounded like a cannon and thats not what the music is supposed to sound like. The very end, The Weight finished it nice though. Thank you for your post. I needed to support your view on the sound though.

 

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  posted on 10/4/2012 at 05:03 AM
Here's a rather good video of Warren doing The Shape I'm In, he nailed it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKGj1GMWEPI


And here's The Weight, the soun kinda sucks on this one, you can't really hear Mavis, or Gregg, but what are you going to do.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hynZwTdMpYs

 

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  posted on 10/4/2012 at 07:24 AM
Typical star-studded BS.

Grace Potter? Singing "I Shall be Released" which was written by Dylan and sung by Richard Manuel? At a Levon tribute?

Why?

 

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  posted on 10/4/2012 at 08:32 AM
I really enjoyed the show. All those old Band songs are so good, it didn't matter to me if some details were off.

This will be a great DVD if they put it out. Gregg and Warren were great. Gregg seems to be in good shape.

Even the younger country acts and Grace Potter were good. I really didn't see any star trips or big egos, even Roger Waters and stuck to what the night was about. Levon. Loved the Hat story. And was it Eric Church who said " I march to the beat of a different drummer........Levon Helm" That should be on a bumper sticker.

I always thought John Mayer was a tool but as Dadof2 said, his playing was really tasteful and he seemed to just happy to be in the band.

It wasn't perfect but these types of shows never are. Overall really well paced and the sound was subpar but not enough to even come close to hurting the vibe of the show IMO.

I guess My Morning Jacket is one of those bands you need to see live. People have tried to turn me on to their albums and I never liked them but they rocked last night.

And almost forgot......JOE F'N WALSH FOR PRESIDENT !! Make that "Walsh/Randolph 2012 !!" Love RR's energy. Would love to see these 2 team up again.

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  posted on 10/4/2012 at 08:42 AM
Sounds like a mixed bag, but good overall... how was the crowd and the traffic in and out of the venue?

 

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  posted on 10/4/2012 at 08:47 AM
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Typical star-studded BS.

Grace Potter? Singing "I Shall be Released" which was written by Dylan and sung by Richard Manuel? At a Levon tribute?

Why?


Not for nothing, Frank, but that was one of the best songs of the night. She wailed.

I think the biggest tragedy was having Joe Walsh sing Cripple Creek.

 

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  posted on 10/4/2012 at 09:28 AM
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Typical star-studded BS.

Grace Potter? Singing "I Shall be Released" which was written by Dylan and sung by Richard Manuel? At a Levon tribute?

Why?


Not for nothing, Frank, but that was one of the best songs of the night. She wailed.

I think the biggest tragedy was having Joe Walsh sing Cripple Creek.




Different strokes for different folks


Grace was out of her league...no point my rehashing my disdain for her work...but her screaming at the end if the song took a barely noticeable performance and cheapened it and the song itself....all a matter of taste!

Whereas I thought Walsh was fun and a good song for him.....

 

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  posted on 10/4/2012 at 09:29 AM
Sound was mediocre most of the evening. I love when Gregg leaves his own sweet spot and tries something fresh. Last night was one of those nights.
I settled for the cheap seats and it was a mistake. No video screen definitely impacted the show .
Through it all the importance of why we were there was the most important thing for me. The impact of Levon and The Band will be there forever.

 

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  posted on 10/4/2012 at 09:31 AM
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Sounds like a mixed bag, but good overall... how was the crowd and the traffic in and out of the venue?


Crowd around me was older and well behaved...no drunks,screamers and only 2 girls next to me texting all night....easy to ignore,but weird that someone wold buy tix and never look up,too absorbed in heir own self absorption and tech obsession!

Traffic was typical for this venue...best to be patient...which we were....but no big deal.....

 

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  posted on 10/4/2012 at 09:39 AM
great show from start to finish....
Jaimoe sat in on either the 2nd or 3rd song and nobody
introduced him which pissed me off a bit but there was so much
going on, what ya gonna do.....good choice for Gregg to do
Long Black Veil..

 

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  posted on 10/4/2012 at 10:10 AM
How full was it? Seemed beter suited to sa smaller venue. I sadly had to attend high school back to school night or I wold have been there...

Thanks for the review...

 

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  posted on 10/4/2012 at 10:46 AM
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How full was it? Seemed beter suited to sa smaller venue. I sadly had to attend high school back to school night or I wold have been there...

Thanks for the review...



The place seemed quite full...they didn't sell the seats behind stage/obstructed view seats....

 

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  posted on 10/4/2012 at 11:49 AM
Here are photos from the night:

http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/_6asmriYqRo/Love+For+Levon+Benefit+Concert/t 8dgW84TUIt

 

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  posted on 10/4/2012 at 12:28 PM
If the sound was mediocre in person how would that affect the recordings if this were to be released? Any way looks like a great show

 

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  posted on 10/4/2012 at 12:32 PM
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Here are photos from the night:

http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/_6asmriYqRo/Love+For+Levon+Benefit+Concert/t 8dgW84TUIt

Great pictures Bee.....

 

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  posted on 10/4/2012 at 12:45 PM
Glad the show was good although I knew the sound would suck in that hell hole of a venue. Worst venue I have ever heard live music at. They should have had it at MSG! I would have went to that! Thanks for the review Effie!

 

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  posted on 10/4/2012 at 01:01 PM
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If the sound was mediocre in person how would that affect the recordings if this were to be released? Any way looks like a great show



I may be wrong but if the DVD is made from a soundboard master then I'd assume the DVD would be better Han live.

I do recall my grateful dead shows from Izod on tape usually sounded as good as being there...yup the sound is that bad.

You gotta give them credit for "adjusting" it best they could for the 2nd half of he concert.

 

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  posted on 10/4/2012 at 01:46 PM
I'm glad I went. It was an interesting collection of musicians for a more than worthy cause.

That said, nothing about the show blew my mind (especially the playing of John Mayer).

Warren did a great job as always. Long Black Veil was a great choice for Gregg and he did a fine job with it. The Ramble Band is great and Larry Campbell and Amy Helm are especially wonderful. I always enjoy Mavis Staples and Allen Toussaint is a genius and always worth seeing. I thought Prine was great, but he can do no wrong in my eyes.

I thought Eric Church was fine, but you can tell he's an up and coming Nashville singer. He was doing a lot of fist pumping and finger pointing throughout his tunes. Was really surprised, and disappointed, they gave the country guys 2 songs each.

I had never seen MMJ live. I've had friends try to turn me on to their stuff as well and I was never moved by anything I've heard. They did a couple of great covers. I don't usually care for Jim James' voice, but he nailed Ophelia and Makes no Difference. It was also interesting to see Roger Waters outside of his element. He did a fine job.

As for "headliner" John Mayer. Glad he didn't sing anything. His playing was very competent, but nothing impressive.

Izod sound wasn't great, but I've heard worse. The upper levels weren't close to full. I would say the place was 2/3 sold.

Overall a good night. They were definitely professionally filming the event, but there were some trainwrecky moments that I don't know if they'd be able to edit out. I thought The Weight was a mess. But if they release it, I'd buy it.

 

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  posted on 10/4/2012 at 02:41 PM

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music-arts/love-levon-tribute-draw s-rock-royalty-article-1.1174972

NY Daily News review.

Some good stuff in this one also:

http://www.nj.com/entertainment/music/index.ssf/2012/10/love_for_levon_levo n_helm_trib.html

 

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This show was gorgeous, I'm a NJ music guy so I've seen many a show @ the Arena (Brendan Byrne, Continental, Izod, Etc). The sound is hollow in spots and not the optimum acoustics for the Ol' Gal, but I'll take her over dated cavernous vibe over any outdoor venue. I was on the floor and the sound was thunderous during the rockers and adequate during the softer numbers.

It was a classic night of Love For Levon. There were some lulls but they were either deeper cuts or unfamiliarity with either the artist or song. It seemed like some folks use nights like these to tie in with old friends or be there because it's a special event. There were pockets of people yapping/yelling conversations to each other in some special spots (rude & untimely).

The majority of the night the floor stood and on scattered numbers folks either sat or 1/2 sat (on up position chair). At each songs end no matter the number the crowd rose to a standing ovation.

Having Loved Levon myself for decades I was familiar with most numbers excluding the Listening to Levon song. Which was a fitting addition, it had a Walking To Memphis feel, but the lyrics were fitting and beautiful.

Whispering Pines was sung so sweetly, Total pro job, while the crowd was not completely enamored it was nice. Eric Church's version of A Train Robbery was outstanding and it seemed to temper the vibe, but hearing Levon's voice echo over the top of it was fulfilling. Those last two Americana musical treasure CD's Dirt Farmer & Electric were well represented. I saw the semi trashing of Anna Lee, good God WHY? The slight feedback that momentarily plagued the last portion of the song was the only flaw (there might've been a slight pause on the vocal re-entry, not sure?), but I absolutely adore the simplistic beauty of the original and I can't imagine a more beautiful cover of it. It was one of the very special moments of the night. It well represented that Musical Americana that Levon so illuminated in his music.

I saw my man Red up on stage doing some of the guitar tech work I had hoped for a Rich Robinson appearance knowing he loved Levon and did a great version of Rockin' Chair. When Dierks Bentley & company did their own nice rendition of it the crowd also hit that semi deflating slide. I attribute it to some of the prior mentions. There were only a few such moments, but all were special in their own way. I loved Mavis's choice, it was great for her. She was the one to pull that song off. To hear that plum from Levon's treasure trove was nice!

The slower acoustic numbers were necessary plums too. All of "The Band" vocalists were well represented. Surprisingly for one of these tribute shows. All should have been included, Band songs by Richard & Rick were always accentuated with Levon's howls and instrumentals can be found somewhere in those tunes and are part of his musical legacy. I heard the Levon info tidbit about Jorma's Trouble In Mind, that & Cohn's tunes were the closest to unfittings, but each song had it's place in last night's agenda. John Prine, John Hiatt, Jakob Dylan, & Gregg Allman all gave sweet performances of must have acoustics songs for this night, they had to in order for it to be be complete. Get Up Jake was better received than A Train Robbery and was a droppable poppish deeper cut gem to some (me inc.), but still enjoyable. Wide River To Cross was heartfelt gem to me but uninspiring to others. Grace Potter's emotional vocal outpouring on her version of I Shall Be Released was nice, but too unidirectional for me. She sang it well and played a nice organ solo rocking as well as she could in her interpretation of it, but it would have been better served as part of a 2 song full cast encore. It was nice, but underwhelming for me. The night had it's own ebb and flow.

It was funny to see some reviews put up with different feelings about each ones value. I again want to emphasize that on a whole this was one incredible and beautifully fitting tribute to Mr. Helm. It was so nice to see the love for Levon displayed by the artists. Special night to share the room with all those individuals.

The highlights for me that I haven't zestfully already mentioned would be Joe Walsh & Robert Randolph, WOW IT was amazing to hear/see that frolicing drunken serenade "James Ganged" up (so to speak), Perfect for Joe. The musical stringed wizardry by both Joe & Robert was chest expanding joy! My Morning Jacket was also a high energy kick to both sides of my head. The vocals of Levon & Rick were greatly portrayed. I can unquestionably make that same proud statement of Richard's vocals when Warren sang a graceful version to open this night with The Shape I'm In.

Mr. Campbell said they've renamed the band The Midnight Ramble Band now in honor of Mr. Helm's legacy. Over the last few years Brian & Larry have handled the vocal duties, Larry's past versions of Chest Fever jumps out at me and it's always been a stellar cover of it, but man what a version last night!, when Dierks & company played that and Garth laid his soul in that the extended musical intro. It was probably a finest version of it to have graced a stage. I was so Glad Mr. Hudson was able to shine as he deserves his due also for some of those fine tracks played last night.

Tennessee Jed was great as mentioned with John Mayer (who I also have lumped into that Dave Matthews college preppy rock category) was great. He can shine at times, it is of his choosing to play whats in his head, it just doesn;t appeal to me, but kudos for last night's input. Baby Don't You Do It was a powerful dose of love as was Mr Troussant's version of Life Is A Carnival, I know I'm praising the vocals again, but he was just so beautifully dead on it was just awesome. I saw elated that all the performers stayed late I know schedules sometimes dictate the times you have to split, but what a great showing for that last version of The Weight. It wasn't completely smooth with Roger coming in too early post leads (& who was doing them leads? with everybody out front I couldn't see who was throwing down the jams there? possibly GE Smith), also due to the massive showing and attempt to include all we got a couple run thru's of the Crazy Chester verse. Still great closer.

I hope a nice quality DVD/CD offering of this comes to light and the proceeds keep Levon's dream alive. I bypassed the 1/2 priced knock-off T-shirts in the parking lot to spend it at the merch stands inside. I hope they made and will make enough to keep the Levon property forever a landmark and in centuries to come there'll be them ol sign's George Washington slept here and eternally see one hanging in Woodstock... Levon slept here. There was no better place to be on this planet than in the Arena last night!

Love & Prayers to all involved. To Levon, Richard, & Rick, Rest In Peace Gentlemen, Rest In Peace!



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  posted on 10/4/2012 at 03:47 PM
Here's a bunch of videos all together for you from the Love for Levon concert.

http://coolalbumreview.com/?p=24298

 

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  posted on 10/4/2012 at 05:30 PM
Here's Gregg doing Long Black Veil .. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROZa56G7GC0

 

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  posted on 10/4/2012 at 05:46 PM
Here's a pic of Gregg & Warren from the full ensemble closing tune The Weight.



Thanx for posting the other pic's and videos, Great stuff!

 
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