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  posted on 8/28/2013 at 06:49 AM
Was at Meadowbrook last night, sorry did not keep a list, and here are a few quick random observations. Some based on what I had read here yesterday.

First, Stevie Winwood was, in a word, the best opening act I have ever seen, having suffered through hundreds if not thousands over the years. Only one close might be Buddy Guy opening for George Thorogood. Winwood started playing at 6:30 and there were very few people in the place at the time. I was truly feeling very sad and embarrassed for him at this point. Seemed like someone with his history deserved much better. I was in the sixth row and you could just see the dejection on his face. It looked to me like he just put his head down and decided he was going to get thru it. One hour of just stellar jams later they got a very,very long (5 min+) and loud standing ovation that seemed to really affect the band. They stood there and hugged and high fived the whole time in what appeared to be genuine surprise at the results they achieved. Anyone with a bad word about that band is clueless.

This all seemed to set the bar up there because ABB came out as hot as if they had just played for an hour. btw -My first show was MSG 73 for context on my opinions. The Elizabeth Reed in mid set was the most intense I think I have seen. Warren was very animated the whole time, giving lots of directions and signals. More then I had ever seen from anyone in the band. Warren looked like he was pushing them. Gregg did not miss a cue or lyric anywhere in the show. I was less than 30 feet from him and he looked fairly energized and into it. I watched as he came back and sat for the last of the IMER jam and he was as into as the crowd. Derek was his usual other worldly self. Pairing him and Warren is a gift we all need to enjoy as much as possible (we know how fleeting it can be). Whipping Post as the encore was as good as it gets and overall a very, very strong show.

My biggest takeaway is that this band just keeps getting better, much to my amazement. Unfortunately the road does not go on forever, but it sure is cruising good right now.

 

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  posted on 8/28/2013 at 07:41 AM
Great Review
Amazing Show and the best outdoor venue in NE that I have been to so far.
Long Drive back to Boston nut well worth it!
Next Up .... Mansfield

 

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  posted on 8/28/2013 at 07:46 AM
I had a similar experience at Darien Lake. The 6:30 start is just too early for a support act/headliner as good as Steve Winwood. I had to listen to Can't Find my way home from the security line as I was waiting to get in. Not fair to the artist or the fans to start a weeknight show at that hour. Shut the sheds down at 11:30 instead of 11 . At Darien The Brothers took 50 minutes between sets which I find excessive too.
As far as the music goes it sounds like Meadowbrook was similar to Darien Lake. 2 older bands that still kick ass . Stevie's band setup and setlist reminded me of Traffic (only missing a flute) with a little Blind Faith tossed in for good measure . Rainmaker, Light up or Leave me alone, Low Spark, Had to Cry today, Can't find my way home, Dear Mr. Fantasy, Gimme some Lovin . Tremendous set that the crowd once they got settled showed their approval in an enthusiastic way.
How was the crowd at Meadowbrook?

 

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  posted on 8/28/2013 at 07:49 AM
Two great sets, no doubt! Winwood sounded awesome, & Gregg just seemed on fire! Great vocals & I didn't catch any bum notes. Coupla new songs in there, I think. GOOD sized crowd! But WHY, oh WHY, must you saddle us with the "Whipping Post" encore? I had my fingers crossed for "Blue Sky", having seen that played couple times recently. Oh well. Great weather, great performances = good times indeed. Glad I went.
 

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  posted on 8/28/2013 at 08:02 AM
I went to the past 3 prior abb shows at Guilford and 1 way back in 1986 in Hartford CT and never heard whipping post live.

l really should have gone to this one, truck driving is unpredictable as I did not want to buy tiks in advance. I had both Tues and Today (wed) off

I was really itching to hear Winwood play Mr Fantasy. So Did he?

 

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  posted on 8/28/2013 at 08:27 AM
Chomping at the bit for Monday in Atlanta! For my money, they are still the best freaking band on the road! I always leave grinning ear to ear.

 

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  posted on 8/28/2013 at 08:33 AM
I haven't considered hearing a Whippin' Post encore being "saddled" since the days when that was always the encore - and maybe not even then. It's okay thought, your mileage may vary. I wouldn't hold your breath for a Blue Sky encore cause I don't think that's ever happened.

Very sorry to hear that Steve was playing to an almost-empty house. I worked an extra day to get today off so I could drive the three-plus hours to see this combo and I'll I'm going while fighting off the flu!

I didn't see any mention of Warren playing with Winwood or Winwood playing with the ABB. Didn't that happen???

 

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  posted on 8/28/2013 at 08:42 AM
Terrific review, surf2B. I always appreciate perspective on how the vibe impacts the band and vice versa.

I agree that this band keeps improving and suppose you don't accomplish the things in life like these guys have without having a burning competitive nature inside of you.

 

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  posted on 8/28/2013 at 08:54 AM
Darien Lake encores were: Blue Sky and Southbound. One of the nice features about a Brother show is that the encores are unpredictable.

 

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  posted on 8/28/2013 at 08:58 AM
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.... I wouldn't hold your breath for a Blue Sky encore cause I don't think that's ever happened.
Pay attention Frim it happened within the last week. Was also one of the encores at the 73 show at Winterland that was recently released with B&S

 

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  posted on 8/28/2013 at 09:00 AM
Thanks for the review. Still hoping to hear of a Winwood sit-in on this tour. Makes absolutely no sense for it not to happen.
 

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  posted on 8/28/2013 at 10:05 AM
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I went to the past 3 prior abb shows at Guilford and 1 way back in 1986 in Hartford CT and never heard whipping post live.

l really should have gone to this one, truck driving is unpredictable as I did not want to buy tiks in advance. I had both Tues and Today (wed) off

I was really itching to hear Winwood play Mr Fantasy. So Did he?


You bet he did Mr. Fantasy. I forgot how good of a guitar player he is. The guy next to me filmed it and noticed that it was just over 12 minutes. Winwood smoked that guitar. He could have stood right in with Warren and Derek and not missed a note. He was freakin incredible. Never saw a better rendition anywhere.

ABB were very hot. This show was not mailed in. Liz Reed rendition was smokin.
Great show, great crowd, great time.

Place was not filled when Winwood started. It is a work night and 6:30 imho is about 30-45 minutes too early. Place filled in soon enough and they got plenty of love from the crowd and you could see the band's faces light up. Sax player was the best I ever saw. Crazy good...actually they all were crazy good. Amazing talents giving it their all. Heavy good vibes.

 

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  posted on 8/28/2013 at 10:34 AM
No disrespect. It has been tabulated on-line here somewhere how many times they have closed with that song in the Boston market over the years. I used to love it, but now it's the cue to "try to beat the onslaught of traffic". It sounded great from the parking lot, but I would've CAMPED to hear some "Nobody Knows" or "End of the Line". (I was thrilled with "No One to Run With"!)

I hope Winwood did not leave Gilford with a bad taste in his mouth. His playing & his band was awesome, & yes, the start time was stupid. My friend got out of work @ 4:30 & we missed a good chunk of his set by the time we got there, but "Light Up" & "Fantasy" were smokin.

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I haven't considered hearing a Whippin' Post encore being "saddled" since the days when that was always the encore - and maybe not even then. It's okay thought, your mileage may vary.

 

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  posted on 8/28/2013 at 11:54 AM
Same response at Darien and it was a Friday night. We got in just as he was starting and the crowd was light. As all have said though he did kill it and by the end of the set the place was rocking much to the delight of the band. I dont think he is sitting in because hes probabaly in bed by the time the Brothers would be ready for him in that he starts do early - lol

 

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  posted on 8/28/2013 at 11:58 AM
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Was at Meadowbrook last night, sorry did not keep a list, and here are a few quick random observations. Some based on what I had read here yesterday.

First, Stevie Winwood was, in a word, the best opening act I have ever seen, having suffered through hundreds if not thousands over the years. Only one close might be Buddy Guy opening for George Thorogood. Winwood started playing at 6:30 and there were very few people in the place at the time. I was truly feeling very sad and embarrassed for him at this point. Seemed like someone with his history deserved much better. I was in the sixth row and you could just see the dejection on his face. It looked to me like he just put his head down and decided he was going to get thru it. One hour of just stellar jams later they got a very,very long (5 min+) and loud standing ovation that seemed to really affect the band. They stood there and hugged and high fived the whole time in what appeared to be genuine surprise at the results they achieved. Anyone with a bad word about that band is clueless.

This all seemed to set the bar up there because ABB came out as hot as if they had just played for an hour. btw -My first show was MSG 73 for context on my opinions. The Elizabeth Reed in mid set was the most intense I think I have seen. Warren was very animated the whole time, giving lots of directions and signals. More then I had ever seen from anyone in the band. Warren looked like he was pushing them. Gregg did not miss a cue or lyric anywhere in the show. I was less than 30 feet from him and he looked fairly energized and into it. I watched as he came back and sat for the last of the IMER jam and he was as into as the crowd. Derek was his usual other worldly self. Pairing him and Warren is a gift we all need to enjoy as much as possible (we know how fleeting it can be). Whipping Post as the encore was as good as it gets and overall a very, very strong show.

My biggest takeaway is that this band just keeps getting better, much to my amazement. Unfortunately the road does not go on forever, but it sure is cruising good right now.



I made it to the parking lot at 6:45, so I missed the first few songs from Steve Winwood, but from what I heard as I was walking into the venue and what I saw & heard when I got to my seat, you are spot-on in your review of the show.
I last saw Steve Winwood during the 1994 Traffic reunion tour, and he and his band sounded fantastic last night.
The Allman Brothers hit the stage like they were on fire (smokin' hot, right out of the box!)
I was hoping to see some jamming between Steve & The Allman Brothers at some point during the show (didn't happen, unfortunately) but the concert was still wonderful!

Here is the set list (as close as I can recall, anyway.)...


Steve Winwood -

Can't Find My Way Home
Had to Cry Today
Low Spark of High Heeled Boys
Light Up or Leave Me Alone
Higher Love
Dear Mr. Fantasy
Gimme Some Lovin'


The Allman Brothers Band -

Hot 'Lanta
Statesboro Blues
Don't Keep Me Wonderin'
Midnight Rider
Worried Down With the Blues
Leave My Blues at Home
Trouble No More
Dusk Till Dawn
One Way Out
Drums
One Way Out
In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
Feel Like Breakin' Up Somebody's Home
No One Left To Run With
Whipping Post

 

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  posted on 8/28/2013 at 12:29 PM
Boy what I woukd have given to hear s memory of liz eeed or whipping post the other night.
 

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  posted on 8/28/2013 at 12:51 PM
The lack of sit-ins between Windwood and anyone in the ABB is very disappointing to hear. When I saw Winwood open for Petty a few years ago, Steve played for 65-70 minutes with his band and then came back out in the middle of the Heartbreakers set to do Can't Find My Way Home + Gimme Me Some Lovin. It was killer to see Winwood and Campbell each soloing on Can't Find My Way Home.

Winwood's set was great and then his sit-in later put the whole show over the top.

And the Brothers having him start so early doesn't seem so fair. It would seem that the ABB could set up in 30 minutes and let him at least start 20-30 minutes later. I'd still be happy to see both bands and wish we had Winwood in Atlanta, though I'm also interested in seeing GPN.

 

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  posted on 8/28/2013 at 01:23 PM
All this talk about Winwood just sealed the deal for me to go see him at The Fillmore in Silver Springs. He is playing much larger venues this tour, including Phillips in Atlanta. I've not been to the Fillmore but it appears to be a pretty small club and great venue to see a legend like Winwood. I've seen him many times, including two nights on the pier in NYC in the early 80's and with Clapton and opening for the Grateful Dead w/Traffic. But this will be by far the smallest venue in which I've seen him perform.

 

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  posted on 8/28/2013 at 01:27 PM
Just goes to show you. Last week I hit 2 shows, the crowd was BEGGING for WP, didn't get it, many were disappointed.

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Two great sets, no doubt! Winwood sounded awesome, & Gregg just seemed on fire! Great vocals & I didn't catch any bum notes. Coupla new songs in there, I think. GOOD sized crowd! But WHY, oh WHY, must you saddle us with the "Whipping Post" encore? I had my fingers crossed for "Blue Sky", having seen that played couple times recently. Oh well. Great weather, great performances = good times indeed. Glad I went.

 

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  posted on 8/28/2013 at 02:12 PM
One man's Whipping Post is another man's Southbound! Not sure what that really means, but I will take whatever they feel like throwing out there to wrap a show as long as there is no ABB twerking involved!

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Just goes to show you. Last week I hit 2 shows, the crowd was BEGGING for WP, didn't get it, many were disappointed.

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Two great sets, no doubt! Winwood sounded awesome, & Gregg just seemed on fire! Great vocals & I didn't catch any bum notes. Coupla new songs in there, I think. GOOD sized crowd! But WHY, oh WHY, must you saddle us with the "Whipping Post" encore? I had my fingers crossed for "Blue Sky", having seen that played couple times recently. Oh well. Great weather, great performances = good times indeed. Glad I went.

 

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