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  posted on 3/8/2014 at 02:31 PM
I thought the boys started strong with Derek & Warren on "Old Friend", then "Nobody left to run with", but I thought the show was very average. I'm sorry, and I realize this may not be popular, but I was disappointed.

It could just be me, maybe the hype of a last run is too much. Maybe the whole process of purchasing tickets (Stubhub-$$$) for WAY Upper level (not that there is a bad seat at the Beacon)...Who knows.

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  posted on 3/8/2014 at 02:54 PM
I thought the show was great. Interesting placement of songs, some that aren't played that often, and generally a very solid opening night. Look forward to some really smoking shows for this run...do not miss..enjoy all.
 

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  posted on 3/8/2014 at 02:59 PM
Funny how two people can be at the same show and have totally opposing views. I was on the floor & I thought they blew the doors off it last night. I've been to well over 100 shows and I put this top 5. A lot of energy, the guitars hit every note, voices were right on, percussion/bass right on the mark, as usual. Hell, Greg even stepped around & played the piano. After Elizabeth Reed Jaimoe applauded Warren, you don't see that happen too often. We were groovin' down front, a big sing-along.
 

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  posted on 3/8/2014 at 03:06 PM
Opening nite can have some rough spots.

In 2012 the first song was a "My Favorite Things" cover, which was unrecognizable for about the first 4 minutes. Band appeared to be tuning up, not playing a tune. Had seen DTB do it earlier, and the comparison was not kind to ABB.

Agree that hype can lead to impossible expectations, which then lead to disappointment. I truly believe this run will be historic, and only wish I could be there tonite. Am going the 25th and 26th and can hardly wait.

 

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  posted on 3/8/2014 at 04:17 PM
I don't think it was low quality show, don't get me wrong. Being way up top surely has its drawbacks, but I just thought it wasn't anything special. Greg just sitting there at times for 2 songs...

It's only the first night! I'm sure they will break out at some point. I have tix for 3/22 (again WAY up top)....I may sell them, not sure yet.

 

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  posted on 3/8/2014 at 05:56 PM
So Derek and Warren werent truly special last nite huh? Perhaps you were expecting Stevie Ray and Jimi ?
 

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  posted on 3/8/2014 at 06:18 PM
Upper balcony energy doesn't compare with being closer to the action. For me, it changes a lot.
As for Greg "just sitting there at times for 2 songs"....How long have you been seeing this band live?? Greg does quite a lot of just sitting there. Always has. In some jams, there's not a lot for him to do. No big deal.

 

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  posted on 3/8/2014 at 06:42 PM
Derek and Warren were truly special. The second set, from Gilded Splinters through Whipping Post was a monster stretch of music. I didn't see Jaimoe applaud Warren, probably because my whole section was cheering so wildly. One guy was truly jumping up and down.
 

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  posted on 3/8/2014 at 06:44 PM
saying there isn't a bad seat in the house at the beacon is ridicules, there are plenty of bad seats in the upper balcony, i dont even go unless im orchestra, makes a huge difference. few years ago i swore id never sit up top again
 

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  posted on 3/8/2014 at 07:04 PM
i enjoyed liz reed, reminded me of the Filmore 40th anniv. Warren melted his pick...again!
 

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  posted on 3/8/2014 at 07:27 PM
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saying there isn't a bad seat in the house at the beacon is ridicules, there are plenty of bad seats in the upper balcony, i dont even go unless im orchestra, makes a huge difference. few years ago i swore id never sit up top again


That could be it.

 

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  posted on 3/8/2014 at 08:10 PM
I dont go opening night , and usually not until the second week..
 

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  posted on 3/8/2014 at 10:19 PM
I'm with Bubba on this one.....the show was unbelievable and the energy on the floor was awesome... I've been going to about 3-4 shows a run for many years and this was as good as they get . I also will only
be in orch....that where the magic is....enjoy the run everybody.

 

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  posted on 3/8/2014 at 10:27 PM
Wow...I just don't know what some people need to see/hear from this amazingly talented group of musicians in order to acknowledge that what they just experienced was incredibly special. I've had the joy and pleasure of seeing this band close to 75 times since that first show at Gaelic Park back in July '72 and last night's show was absolutely top notch. I loved the song selection, a cool mix of some rare gems (True Gravity!) and old favorites (great version of AWTNM), played with unbridled passion. Everyone around me in the rear Orchestra was dancing all night long, and the fan reactions I saw after several of Derek and Warren's searing "call & response" style trade-offs during Dreams and Elizabeth Reed, clearly indicated that they had just witnessed musical greatness. While I'm sure there will be moments of even greater musical heights reached between last night and that fateful, final show on the 29th, the show I got to see was one for the ages, at least in the humble opinion of this die-hard fan.
God Bless NY's March Musical Madness and the ABB!

 

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  posted on 3/8/2014 at 11:14 PM
It was a good show start to finish. I think there is an anticipation of miraculous shows given the last run....as well, I thought the anticipation of who might come out may have been distracting. I though they played great. It seemed that at the end whatever they were discussing and waving offstage was kind of...what the heck is going on, maybe changing from set list etc..Warren's guitar tech was scurrying about. Maybe paying too much attention to tidbits here...

Greg was Greg....opening something in a wrapper.....playing a couple of notes etc...missing cues. But he's done that forever.

Top 5...maybe not. Second set was tremendous. Good start,

 

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  posted on 3/9/2014 at 10:16 AM
Maybe it is different experiencing the show on the floor. My experience was similar to Geno, with the whole section celebrating the magic together. Maybe sitting - which is great and necessary for some - means that the energy is a little different and the experience of the show can be more sedate. I know that when I sit upstairs, I decide that the next few shows MUST be on the floor, I love it down there.
 
 


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