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  posted on 9/4/2013 at 11:09 AM
Top 5, in somewhat no particular order

3/19/05 - Little Milton - Beacon almost exploded
3/20/09 - Eric Clapton - Liz Reed/Stormy Monday give it the edge over first night, imho
August 2013 - Steve Winwood - take your pick of the three shows - lifted them all
3/12/09 - Buddy Guy/Phish - Southbound takes you out of your shoes
7/30/00 - Haynes/Woody - completing the circle

 

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  posted on 9/4/2013 at 11:22 AM
Chuck Leavell at the final 4 Beacon shows of 2001. He played for a good hour most of the nights.
He also sat in at the Lakewood Atlanta show Aug, 5 2001 and was on stage for about 75 minutes.

Besides the Clapton March 19 & 20, 2009 sit-ins, those Leveall ones go down as my favorite.

It was also a treat to see Derek sit-in with the ABB in Atlanta in 1992 and 1993, particularly in light of who has become.

The Little Milton Beacon 2005 call is a great one. He definitely lifted that night!

 

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  posted on 9/4/2013 at 11:45 AM
don't forget Jimmy Herring.
 

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  posted on 9/4/2013 at 11:47 AM
My first thought was also Little Milton in 2005.

I guess Thom Doucette from back in the day doesn't count, right?

I'll add Randy Brecker at the Beacon in 2009.

 

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  posted on 9/4/2013 at 11:47 AM
Clapton, Beacon 2009, just incredible on the Friday night!!

 

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  posted on 9/4/2013 at 12:49 PM
I thought Buddy Guy in 2009 at the Beacon is worth a mention as well. But no one could touch EC as far as guests. I will agree to that. Peter Frampton at the Beacon in 2006 was pretty sweet too.

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  posted on 9/4/2013 at 01:06 PM
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But no one could touch EC as far as guests.




agreed.......

as his appearance brought a higher level of energy to the theatre those two nights....

people were all a buzz out on sidewalk after they had seen him go inside, and lead to an energy i havent felt at a show in a long time.....

when they put his guitar on stage suring the break---people went nuts......and of course when he stepped out----the place erupted....


 

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  posted on 9/4/2013 at 01:18 PM
2003 Raleigh show had Branford Marsalis.
 

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  posted on 9/4/2013 at 01:25 PM
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It was also a treat to see Derek sit-in with the ABB in Atlanta in 1992 and 1993, particularly in light of who has become.


the first time I saw Derek was as a guest with the ABB in the Beacon, and taking your logic, I think it was more special for me than EC (although it was close)

For historical significance, I would rate Ron Holloway's appearance with the King Pins pretty highly as well.

Not so much for the performance as the novelty, I really enjoyed Natalie Cole's sit-in for Whipping Post, at the Hep C Beacon show.

 

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  posted on 9/4/2013 at 01:27 PM
1980. The Greek theater in L.A.

John Belushi.

 

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  posted on 9/4/2013 at 01:29 PM
Good call on Natalie Cole. Would replace 7/30/00 w/N Cole.

 

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  posted on 9/4/2013 at 01:30 PM
Of course Clapton (only seen on Moogis by me) has to be tops.

I really enjoyed Frampton in '07, and Bill Evans this yr, both at the Beacon.

But for sheer hilarity, nothing tops Billy Gibbons in '09, and the entire ABB w/ fake beards, and playing w/ them on!

 

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  posted on 9/4/2013 at 01:32 PM
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1980. The Greek theater in L.A.

John Belushi.



Good grief. It's a wonder anybody made it out alive that night.

 

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  posted on 9/4/2013 at 01:34 PM
This is one of my favorite Beacon shows. Rossington coming out with the Brothers and then Frampton in the second set plus a huge Afro Blue was great.

Another great sit in was the weekend the Stones played Fenway Park. The Stones played Sun & Tues 8/21, 8/23. We listened to the dress rehearsal from the Cask & Flagon sidewalk bar Friday night. Later that night we went over to the 4 Seasons and ran into Chuck. We asked if he would be sitting in with the ABB at Great Woods the next night. He told us that he had to run through some stuff with Jagger and maybe he would make it out. The next night as we entered Great Woods you could see the extra piano set up,we knew he was in fact going to sit in. The piano stuff he did on Desdamona was awesome not to mention Jessica.

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The Allman Brothers Band
Beacon Theatre
New York, New York

Don't Want You No More
It's Not My Cross To Bear
Every Hungry Woman
Who's Been Talking
Midnight Rider w/Devon Allman, guitar & vocals
Good Clean Fun
Instrumental Illness
I Walk On Gilded Splinters
Simple Man w/Gary Rossington, guitar

Set II
Born Under a Bad Sign w/Peter Frampton, guitar
Les Brers In A Minor
Melissa
Key To The Highway
Afro Blue w/Roy Haynes, drums; Jay Collins, sax; Will Calhoun, drums
Dreams
One Way Out
Encore:
Southbound w/Peter Frampton, guitar; Jay Collins, sax; Will Calhoun, drums


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Tweeter Center
Mansfield, Ma.

Revival
Every Hungry Woman
You Don't Love Me
Who's Been Talking
No One To Run With
Dsdemona w/Chuck Leavell, keyboards
Woman Across The River
Soulshine
Egypt
Melissa
Dreams w/Chuck Leavell, keyboards
Leave My Blues at Home
Jessica w/Chuck Leavell, keyboards
Encore:
Southbound w/Chuck Leavell, keyboards


 

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  posted on 9/4/2013 at 02:02 PM
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For historical significance, I would rate Ron Holloway's appearance with the King Pins pretty highly as well.

I absolutely agree. Almost named that one myself.

 

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  posted on 9/4/2013 at 02:12 PM
I'd like a show with only the core ABB musicians, no guests. I think the last time I saw that was in the distant days of Dickey Betts

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  posted on 9/4/2013 at 02:26 PM
Bill Ector at Wanee..

 

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  posted on 9/4/2013 at 03:55 PM
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Agree with the 3/11 show. I was there and loved the way Rossington colsed the first set, and Frampton opened the second set. and I think it was right around Roy Haynes' 80th birthday.

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  posted on 9/4/2013 at 04:28 PM
Tough not to agree with the Clapton shows in 09 and while I was not there I do have the 3/20/09 show and love Liz Reed from a pure guitar standpoint. If you enjoy sax then you might just take the 3/20/10 United Palace Theater Liz Reed version with Bill Evans as tops. Perhaps the best ABB show I have ever experienced.

Other recent exceptional guests appearances
3/17/12 Beacon - Randall Bramblett (sax) Geoff Achison (guitar) on Thats what love will make you do.
3/17/12 Beacon - Bruce Katz on The Sky Is Crying

 

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  posted on 9/4/2013 at 05:44 PM
Bill Evans on Spanish Key from the Beacon a few years back leaps to mind. John Scofield wasn't too shabby either.

I'm not as big on the Clapton shows as some, but they are indeed damn good.

I liked a lot of the sit-ins between Santana and the Allmans last year, but the best stuff occurred during Santana sets, so I guess that doesn't really count.

 
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  posted on 9/4/2013 at 05:52 PM
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Bill Evans on Spanish Key from the Beacon a few years back leaps to mind. John Scofield wasn't too shabby either.

I'm not as big on the Clapton shows as some, but they are indeed damn good.

I liked a lot of the sit-ins between Santana and the Allmans last year, but the best stuff occurred during Santana sets, so I guess that doesn't really count.


I agree with you re: the guests. I was at that Clapton show; it was great but it didn't push the envelope. I love the fusion guests (saw Evans a few times; was at the Sco show; missed Clarke/Brecker in 2009 and Brecker since) When those guys sit in the ABB becomes the worlds greatest Jazz/Fusion group - going forward from IMOER which is my all time favorite song and is essentially Jazz Fusion at its finest. The same goes for the King Pins set mentioned previously. The ABB turned into a funk band. I love it when they are pushed like that.

 

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  posted on 9/4/2013 at 06:05 PM
Stanley Clarke was great in 09 with Lenny White on the drums.
 

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  posted on 9/4/2013 at 07:22 PM
Always love the Jimmy Herring and Chuck Leavell sit-ins. I must say that sit-ins by either of those two is about as good as it gets. And I can definitely appreciate the historical significance of the Clapton sit-ins at the Beacon, and those were great performances too. A couple random ones that stick out in my mind are Bela Fleck on Liz Reed at the Beacon several years ago (2002-04 time frame??), and Rev. Jeff Mosier at the Fox in Atlanta in 1998 sitting in during the acoustic set on Going Down the Road Feelin Bad. I'm not even a huge banjo freak or anything, but both those were great.

What about Vassar? I know he and Dickey had played together, but did he ever sit in with the ABB?

 

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  posted on 9/4/2013 at 08:29 PM
3/16/2010 - United Palace Theater - James Blood Ulmer sat in for one song, I Asked For Water. I loved that.

 

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  posted on 9/4/2013 at 10:30 PM
Ted Pewitt, bass, One Way Out, Wanee 6/5/09.......

Ted is my oldest closest bestest friend since 3rd grade......he got to be friends w Oteil while Oteil was living in Bham.......went to Wanee, and Oteil said "want to sit it?"

While Ted is, again, my oldest closest bestest friend, he's not a professional musician, just a regular dude who plays a little bass guitar.........and SAT IN WITH THE FREAKING ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND!!!

 
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