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  posted on 7/22/2013 at 10:06 AM
I have been lucky enough to see The Brothers here in K-town four times:
(9/18/93, 4/28/96, 7/06/97, 9/13/98) and I also have these shows on CD. I guess my favorite would have to be the '98 show because Jack Pearson was really on that night and the acoustic set was great as well. I missed them in '04 and I don't think they've been back here since.

Some great memories:
At the '96 show, me and a buddy of mine were front row, right at the barricade of steel cattle fence they always put around the foot of the stage. I was about 15 feet from Gregg and thought it was so cool to have a "front row" seat for the first time. I'll never do that again! I was DEAF and had ringing ears for about three days after the show!

At the show in '98, this guy near me was so wasted and the show had barely begun. After every song, he would shout "PLAY JUMPIN' JACK FLASH!!!!!!". I kept thinking, this guy is so drunk he either doesn't know the ABB don't play that song, or he thinks he's at a Stones' concert. When they reached the acoustic set, he literally passed out onto the grass and had to be carried out. What a waste of a ticket!

 

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  posted on 7/22/2013 at 10:50 AM
Gosh that brings back memories. It was the free show they did at the Forest Inn here in Jaccksonville. I can't remember the year or if the 1st had been released yet. They had already moved to Macon because I remember they had the Winnebago. Maybe someone with more knowledge will know when they switched from the Econline to Winbag. I'm thinking 1970.

Anyway they played outside all afternoon then took a break and moved it inside. They must have played 6-7 hours total.

A funny side note is when they moved it insiide it was so crowded there were no chairs left to sit in (small place). I was sitting on the floor next to a couple of girls who had chairs. Dickey came over and ask them if he have could have a chair that he was really tired. Both told him no. Anyway Dickey found a chair and played the rest of the night sitting down.

 

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  posted on 7/22/2013 at 11:22 AM
Warren's return to the band for the Beacon 2001 , I caught the last show of the run & Chuck sat in for several songs . As I said to my friend that night , who is a huge Dickey Betts fan , Derek & Warren having each other to play off of is going to take the band to new heights not seen since the days of the original ......... Gotta also add the Jones Beach show from 2004 , I have the IL for that one & I didn't realize it that night , but every time I listen to that show I'm reminded how on fire the band was that night !

 

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  posted on 7/22/2013 at 11:54 AM
Too hard to say. My first show was in 1981 then from 1989 on.

I really enjoyed the years between. Catching Gregg or Dickey or both in small clubs.

 

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  posted on 7/22/2013 at 12:23 PM
I don't have a single best (though if I had attended 3/21/05, I think I would be stating that one!)

Super memorable:

First show, July 1990, Chastain Park - nothing like your first time; I had no idea that they were that good live and the new music stood up to that of the past. True Gravity made an impression on first hearing (had only heard Seven Turns & Good Clean Fun on the radio prior to the show). The harmony vocals on Midnight Rider also made impression - this wasn't your Dad's ABB, but it was something to behold.

Lakewood, July 3, 1994 - On the heals of a great new album with some of the Horde acts as openers. Paul Riddle sat in on drums that night as Jaimoe had a bad back. Just a monster show with Dickey & Warren in fine form. Fireworks after as we walked to the car.

Beacon, March 25, 2001 - Warren back in the band and Chuck Leavell on stage for almost 90 minutes. With Warren & Chuck part of the festivities with Gregg, Butch & Jaimoe, it definitely felt like the Allman Brothers. Jessica with Chuck was one for the ages.

Fox Theatre, Sept 24, 2004 - What a night. Blue Sky was beautiful. Ended on a bang with Layla.

Beacon, March 19, 2009 - Night 1 of the Clapton sit-in at the Beacon. The magic was in the air from the moment we got in line on the sidewalk. The first set ended with Whipping Post. I was floating on air during Why Does Love Have to be So Sad.

 

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  posted on 7/22/2013 at 12:56 PM
May 15, 1979. The Fabulous Forum in L.A.

My 7th brothers show and possibly the one I looked forward to the most. I had not seen them perform since 1975 and had gone 4 years w/o a new record. The FM dial was on fire with excitement for the brothers return, there was a new album, Bonnie B. and local boy Jim Essery was on harp......

Man it rocked, from opening note 'til the last. Awesomeness....

 

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  posted on 7/22/2013 at 01:04 PM
I was too young to appreciate my first ABB show (Berry alive - Duane dead- also my first Grateful Dead show in CT) with the critical ear I have now

Have to say 3/26/09 at the Beacon. Just pedal to the metal intensity. Never saw a band that focused. Not a missed note til the encore. Was at the 2nd Clapton show the week before - it just didn't compare.

 

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  posted on 7/22/2013 at 01:36 PM
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I have been lucky enough to see The Brothers here in K-town four times:


You are assuming that everyone here knows what town "K-town" is. I'm in California and I have no idea what you're talking about.

 

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  posted on 7/22/2013 at 01:59 PM
I can't narrow it down to a show. The best run I ever saw was the Fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta in 2004. Three nights, no repeated songs except for "Dreams" which was played every night with a different guitarist featured on the solo each night.

That's if my memory serves correctly...

 

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  posted on 7/22/2013 at 02:14 PM
can't remember although Macon in 2010 was special

the shed shows in Atlanta mid 90's just smoked

 

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  posted on 7/22/2013 at 02:32 PM
Too many great shows to be able to narrow down to a best show. Just impossible!

 

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  posted on 7/22/2013 at 03:19 PM
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I have been lucky enough to see The Brothers here in K-town four times:


You are assuming that everyone here knows what town "K-town" is. I'm in California and I have no idea what you're talking about.

I just assumed he was talking about Kalispell, Montana.

I can't say which is the "best" show I've attended, the have all been great. Some are more memorable than others, mostly because of the people I was with or things that happened off the stage. I've never had a bad experience at an ABB show and have never left disappointed. I haven't seen them since March 2009 and probably won't ever again but I have some great memories.

 

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  posted on 7/22/2013 at 03:30 PM
8/9/03-ridiculous Mtn. Jam, Layla encore.
7/31/96 - 40+ min True Gravity.
Strangest show-Greek Theater 2009 w/ horn section and Ziggy Marley sit-in.

 
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  posted on 7/22/2013 at 03:46 PM
Horde Festival in 93 or 94 Warren & Dickey killed it that day!

 

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  posted on 7/22/2013 at 04:22 PM
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I have been lucky enough to see The Brothers here in K-town four times:


You are assuming that everyone here knows what town "K-town" is. I'm in California and I have no idea what you're talking about.


Sorry guys - That's how a lot of us locals refer to Knoxville, Tennessee

 

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  posted on 7/22/2013 at 04:37 PM
the first and only time i saw them

Enlightened Rouges tour Nassau Coliseum in 79.

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  posted on 7/22/2013 at 05:01 PM
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I can't narrow it down to a show. The best run I ever saw was the Fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta in 2004. Three nights, no repeated songs except for "Dreams" which was played every night with a different guitarist featured on the solo each night.

That's if my memory serves correctly...



Yep, your memory is correct. I've seen so many ABB shows I couldn't pick out one. But having seen them over 70 times and I think 25 or so shows at the Beacon, that 3-day run at The Fox was my favorite weekend of concerts. Great environment, great shows, great friends, great times.

Only time I have made it to Macon which was a huge wonderful memory of that trip.

Hope they do it again!

 

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  posted on 7/22/2013 at 05:27 PM
There are two that really stand out in my mind.

9/7/92 was the best Dickey/Warren show I ever saw, although the 1993 and 1994 Lakewood shows are worthy of praise, and I see hotlantatim called out the 94 Lakewood show as one of his favorites. I really liked the acoustic set during this show, Nobody Knows was amazing, they played Jessica>Jam>Revival which was a unique passage of music, and they played a little song called Back Where It All Begins that nobody had heard before.

I also have to praise 10/4/09 as the best Derek/Warren show I've seen or heard, and I've heard literally hundreds of shows by the current lineup. The stars were really aligned for that show, and those versions of Rocking Horse, Revival and No One To Run With are "best ever" worthy. Not to mention a stellar Les Brers in A Minor that might not be "best ever" but was pretty damned good. One of those rare nights where the band doesn't make a mistake, but more than that, a night when that "X factor" was there. Seek it out if you don't have it already.

 
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  posted on 7/22/2013 at 05:33 PM
For the most part I am a lurker here although I have posted at times. First saw them during the reunion tour at the Capitol (78 or so) and have seen them regularly since. But my favorite show has to be the 2nd night that Clapton performed with them at the Beacon during the 40th anniversary run. Absolutely magic that night and it was a pleasure to see them in such a small venue and the music, well incredible. To me nothing else compares.l
 

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  posted on 7/22/2013 at 06:44 PM
Too many to pick a best,but most memorable would be the DB&GS show that turned into an ABB reunion in Central Park on 8-16-78.

 

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  posted on 7/22/2013 at 07:09 PM
3/26 show in 09 and i have seen a ton of shows over the years
 

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  posted on 7/22/2013 at 07:42 PM
Submarine base Groton Ct. August 1991.

 

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  posted on 7/22/2013 at 08:23 PM
I am sure the Clapton Beacon shows will be the best for some but this trip out to Pittsburgh was well worth the drive.

Aug 15, 2007 Post-Gazette Pavilion Burgettstown, Pennsylvania

1. Les Brers In A Minor
2. I Walk On Gilded Splinters
3. Midnight Rider
4. Rocking Horse
5. Desdemona with Kenny Brooks, Sax
6. You Don't Love Me
7. Anyday with Susan Tedeschi, vocals
8. Lost Lover Blues with Susan Tedeschi, vocals & guitar
9. Mountain Jam >
10. JabuMa >
11. >Mountain Jam Reprise

Encore
12. Melissa
13. One Way Out

 

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  posted on 7/22/2013 at 09:34 PM
The best show I've seen out of a little over 40...was, I believe, in Chicago at the Chicago Theatre in 2001. I'm not at home right now or I could confirm that, as I have the poster on my wall. Anyway, if memory serves, they did 2 shows, took a night off, and then did another. I caught the first 2. I believe it was the 2nd one, where they simply TORE the roof off the place. Top to bottom, song for song, band locked-in, perfection (for me at least), if you will. One of the things that stands out to me from that night was that they played 'The Sky is Crying' w/Pinetop...and I believe that was the first time they had played that since I began seeing the live around 1994.

I remember driving home 3 1/2 hours and basically staying up all night b/c I was so fired up about that show. What was really cool was, several years later, during an interview, Butch was asked about any 'special' shows that stuck w/him....and he spent a lot of time describing that exact night...so it wasn't just me.

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  posted on 7/22/2013 at 09:58 PM
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Nassau Coliseum, July 74, my 1st ABB show

or, from my 1st Beacon run
3-08-2013
1st set ending with a strong Hot Lanta > Watchtower
2nd set- Blue Sky, Dreams, 1984>Mtn Jam, WP encore. Gregg's healthy, Derek, Warren, and the band on fire.

 

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