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  posted on 8/20/2002 at 12:08 AM
In one of his most recent interviews, Butch says that the ABB's show from 06/20/02 in Chicago was probably one of their top 5 concerts of all-time. I've heard Butch put the late show from June 26, 1971 (the legendary Fillmore East closing show) as their best. This is probably hard given all the shows the band has played, but Butch, if you're interested in answering, what would you say are the Top Five (or so) shows in ABB history?

 

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  posted on 8/21/2002 at 05:47 PM
I was at the June 20, 2002 Chicago show and I also just recently received a copy of it. While I'm not a veteran of attending live shows, I'm not surprised if this would be considered a "top 5." I've been (re)listening to that show over the past few weeks, and it is awesome. It opens with Hot 'Lanta, one of my favorites, and just escalates from there. You Don't Love Me was phenomenal, everyone was just cookin'. The first set ended with the Instrumental. I've been listening to that cut over and over and I'm just amazed at the creativity and the pure musicianship the band displays. There is a tease of Norwegian Wood near the end, and, I'm pretty sure, Layla. The Rocking Horse > Mountain Jam combo was simply a tour de force. I am completely convinced there is no other band in the country that can do what the ABB is doing today, can't even come close.

Marley - what was the interview where Butch discussed this show? I'd like to read it.[Edited on 8/21/2002 by mocpe]

 
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  posted on 8/23/2002 at 04:29 PM
I'd like to hear what Butch's top 5 were too - it's one thing for us to make our own decisions based on tapes, or shows we were at etc., but it must be another thing altogether "from the back" so to speak...

I know which 5 I'd chose though :-) (12/31/70, 1/25/72, 7/4/98, 9/23/00, 8/12/01)

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  posted on 8/30/2002 at 03:02 AM
I just downloaded 6-20 and it ain't all that. Not that the musicianship is not stellar, just the show itself. Maybe things were different on-stage.
It is not even the best show with Derek and Warren IMO. I was looking forward to hearing it after all the reviews. It is not a bad show, but it ain't in my top 10, let alone top 5, but, to each his own.

Would Love to hear Warren and Derek tear up a version of Dimples. Maybe Oteil can sing that.
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  posted on 8/30/2002 at 06:41 AM
Slidejules -

I was in the audience for 3 of your 5 shows -- Atlanta, Charlotte & Raleigh!

 

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  posted on 9/28/2002 at 06:43 PM
I'd like to know if Butch, Gregg, Jaimoe, or Dickey actually listen to any of the old shows. Marley & I heard that Jaimoe "likes" the 12/31/73 show at the Cow Palace. Sure it must have been fun.
Hophead....what do you think?
I've heard Gregg talk about listening to the Dreams box set over night and the next thing he knew it was dawn.......
And Butch mentioned about how he noticed the speed of Whipping Post from the American Univ release and realized
that it had slowed down over the years.
And a magazine article mentioning Dickey just finished listening to Ludlow Garage(just proir to it's release).
But do the each have some collection of old shows that they listen to?
I wonder.
PeachNutt [Edited on 9/30/2002 by PeachNutt]

 

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  posted on 9/28/2002 at 08:07 PM
Hey now PeachNutt –

The band has access to every night's soundboard tapes, but I have no idea how often they get listened to or by whom. One clue though … after the Daytona show I overheard Warren as he walked back to the bus, "I want to hear tonight's tape, Kirk – that was an especially good show!"

Based on that anecdote, I would surmise that the current run does get some play on the busses. As for the older shows, I kinda doubt the guys are as obsessive about it as we are …

In general, I expect the best musicians are always interested in getting better at what they do. I record nearly every Donna Hopkins show I attend and she has thanked me many times for giving her copies. She gets into a zone when she's playing a solo and afterward can't even recall what she did – she says that listening to them really helps her improve. It's funny because there have been so many times her playing has given me those infamous transcendental peaks, complete with body rushes and chillbumps – then she finishes her set and asks, "Was that OK?" Yes, Donna, it was …




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  posted on 10/2/2002 at 11:46 AM
I would pay 10 bucks for crisp soundboards released by the band....

 

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  posted on 10/2/2002 at 12:19 PM
I tell ya, for my money, one of the best shows was Charlotte, August 2001. I was there with Goilath, and did we have a time!!! The vibe was great. I understand Phil and Friends were great, too, but I was nodding at that point. Legendary taxi ride afterwards

Also, a show I saw at Chastain Park in summer '90 was great. Warren's solo on "Dreams" was phenomenal, as I re-call.

Daytona was a great show, but the vibe sucked. Security was Nazi-like. A few other things diminished the fun as well.

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  posted on 11/10/2002 at 12:47 PM
Five I can't give you. There is no doubt that my favorite "all time" was the late show the night before the closing of the Fillmore. That Chicago show was right up there. I do not have a list that I could quote giving you my "top 5". There have been so many "religious moments" for me through the years. Many shows have magic moments. 'nuff said. [Edited on 11/10/2002 by Butch Trucks]
 

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  posted on 11/10/2002 at 01:39 PM
Thanks for stopping by, Butch! I'd imagine that leaving the Fillmore East at 7 a.m. would be so exhausting that it's hard to think of how good it was. Is there anything that makes a show good, better or best? That is: when you leave the stage thinking "that was great!" is it the performance, audience, sound, or just a mixture of everything?

 

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