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  posted on 10/28/2013 at 04:48 PM
For those that have seen Gregg on his current tour and the reports that he is feeling better, singing stronger and "hittin' the note", that is an understatement. What I witnessed last night in Hershey, PA was nothing short of astonishing. As I have seen Gregg the last 6 years, or so, struggling with his health issues and still getting up on stage to perform I wonder what I am going to see when I attend an ABB or solo show. A few years ago at Wanee I had to leave the show, it was very painful to hear him try to belt out a tune. He was giving it his all but you could tell he was hurting. Last night in a beautiful, gothic, ornate venue, The Hershey Theatre, Gregg sounded like what I never thought he could, or would, ever sound like. And.... for me this is a big "and", he is finally shaking up his set list. I hope someone post the set list, far more ABB tunes and Low Country Blues songs as well. The addition of Marc Q on percussion is really a big deal to his sound.
A few of my friends that love Gregg, and have good musical taste, have described Gregg's solo shows over past few years as "laconic", and I would not totally disagree with that observation.
Now, he is anything but.... I hope Gregg's health continues to improve. If you want to see a re-invigorated R & R veteran catch a Gregg show near you, soon!

 
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  posted on 10/28/2013 at 05:44 PM
I saw him the night before in Atlantic City and it was incredibly powerful. It was only about 90 minutes though. How long was your show?

I don't recall the order but he played

Statesboro Blues
I'm No Angel
Just Before The Bullets Fly
Can't Be Satisfied (GA on guitar)
Floating Bridge (GA on guitar)
Ain't Wastin' Time No More (GA on guitar)
Midnight Rider (GA on guitar)
Queen of Hearts
One Way Out (GA on guitar)
Melissa (GA on guitar)
Love Like Kerosene (GA on guitar)
Hot 'Lanta
Whipping Post (GA on guitar)

There may have been one more. I got the feeling we got a short show because of the casino. At the time the tickets went on sale it was the only East Coast show within driving distance of Scranton, PA, then Hershey comes up then Stroudsburg which I wish I was going to since it's only 45 minutes away instead of 3 hours. But damn it was a good show. He has such good musicians with him and adding Marc Quinones was a stroke of genius. I admire Gregg sticking with his buddy Floyd Miles and including him in his band but Marc is an amazing percussionist. I hope Floyd's knee/leg gets better but I hope Gregg keeps Marc around for a while too.

[Edited on 10/28/2013 by jfk2112]

 

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  posted on 10/28/2013 at 05:58 PM
The Hershey show was two full hours. You are correct, the casino show times are normally limited.

 

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  posted on 10/28/2013 at 06:06 PM
I figured as much. I hope some recordings pop up.

I think the casino wanted them out by 10pm. There was what can only be described as a Brute Squad armed with heavier-than-normal-looking floor scrapers lined up and ready to prod people along if they weren't back on the gaming floor blowing money by 10:01. Even the Merch table was breaking down before people were all out. I really wish all the dates were announced at the same time. I still enjoyed it though.

 

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  posted on 10/28/2013 at 07:25 PM
Gregg was amazing last night. Being in chocolate town made the boys and the music that much sweeter. They sounded great in the Hershey Theater. From the traditional songs we know and love (Whipping Post, Sweet Melissa, I'm no Angel) to I Found a Love that he just recently added to the set list. Gregg was strong. He was on organ and guitar about equally. Sax and flute were much appreciated. If you have not seen Gregg recently and can get to Conn, Vermont, or New Hampshire, run to get a ticket!
 
 


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