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  posted on 3/12/2005 at 09:32 PM
Evenin' famABBly! I saw the other thread about last nights show and read a few of the first sentences and just decided to make my own thread of what I saw, heard and experienced.

I went to the show with my favorite traveling buddies, Tracy and Greg. After we got to the city and parked we rounded the corner to find Jim Rehill, a favorite taper of ours, and Chris Trucks. So we hung out there and chatted for awhile, hugs all around. Stood outside the Beacon for a little while just taking in the vibe of excitement, getting ready to go in the theater with no expectations, just to be there and feel the vibe, hear the music and find my Beacon buddies who I never get to see enough. Tracy and I go in the theater, Greg was out hanging with Derek and David Trucks. We were meeting up with Merlin28 for the first time, and the second I met him I could tell that a good friendship that had been started here will continue until the ends of the earth. Another hug too! Making my way around the lobby I of course run into JNB, (add another hug here) who points me out the way to my buddy Willie Howard, he hugs a lot and I lost count now. Chatted with John from HTN who knows me but was trying to think back to when he first met me, we may never figure that out my friend, but I know it was long ago. I head on in with Tracy to find our seats, well not really find because I believe I have the seating chart memorized now. We get to the seats and scope things out and see there are friends all around. Folks you know just from the Beacon, friends from the road of all kinds of shows, taper buddies, and we see a couple of the "usual Truckspects" coming down the aisle. Also saw Keith from TN who I know from shows but I am not sure if I first met him in NY or GA. More hugs all around...
We see Derek sneaking around up on the stage for a minute checking out the setlist right after it was put down. A few minutes of chatting with my concert buddies for the evening about the show the night before, and what could happen at the show tonight, and the Big House show coming up. Lights start to dim, them some go out as everyone starts getting to their seats, then lights out! It's show time!
I am not going to pick apart each song, although I do have comments to share here because the ABB could be up there playing kazoos and I would still have been happy to be there in the crowd with 3 of my best friends, and knowing I was surrounded by many people who I hold near and dear to my heart all in the same theater but in different locations. That was my highlight of the night, just to be there and experience the vibe, and to feel at one with the music.
On to the music...

Every Hungry Woman as the opener go the groove started! Statesboro Blues continued the groove and got folks who were still sitting, up and dancing. Wasted Words was OUTSTANDING. I love that this was brought back and I grew to love the little changes in it, I still love it the old way too so I see it as having the best of both worlds with the two different, but yet the same versions of it. Derek played this excellent! I hung on to every note of the song and remembered when Butch commented on the changes before and said something like this was the new ABB the way they are playing it now. Hiding Place I had not heard before so I was still hanging on to every note, listening intently and listened again today on the live365, I like it, but I feel it is a song that the band will grow more into in the future if they keep it in the rotation. Just my opinion. Midnight Rider even after as many times as I have heard it, it is still a cool song to hear played live, I think of Kim Payne every time I hear it and it brings me to think of him and all the great stories he has told me, so I enjoyed those few moments and had to smile when I heard....and the road goes on forever, because it does. This song also reminds me of Bobo's thread and so I sent out some good wishes to PA while at the show. Egypt is great! It is a song I definitely want to hear again at an outdoor show. Don't Keep Me Wonderin' another favorite song of mine so I loved hearing that one and dancin'! Desdemona I like the solo best on that song, the crowd seemed happy to hear it, as was I, this song is best in the first set and no one was really prepared to hear them play Hoochie Coochie Man next!

At the set break I went out into the lobby and roamed around a little bit, found some more friends, gathered up some more hugs. Chatted with Derek's Mom Debbie and little sister, Lindsey for a few minutes. Made my way over to the big mushroom because this has become my favorite place in the lobby to meet up with folks. Bill Ector and I spent a good part of the intermission there discussing Willie Perkins book among other things. One more hug and time to head back in!

Rain and Delta Blue were beautiful. I like Gregg on the grand piano and I hope the piano stays at the theater shows. It fits in there nicely right before acoustic sets and it was so different to see Gregg on the other side of the stage. These Days left me with no words to speak. Incredible. Old Friend I believe should be played more often, and maybe we can get Derek a stool to sit on while he plays it. Just listening to the simplicity of Derek and Warren on acoustic guitars are moments I love, and I hope they can find the time to rework some other songs or write some new ones for their acoustic duo. They could make a whole CD of just the two of them like that. I knew Old Before My Time was going to be played last night. I even said it in the car on the way there. Trouble No More had me groovin'! Another favorite! Same Thing was smokin!!!! I enjoyed every second of it and got to listen to it again today on the live365! Thank you Taperrob! That was another song in which I looked over at Tracy and she already knew what I was thinking! Derek!
Now I wonder why so many people are sitting down at the beginning of Mountain Jam? Maybe they are not aware what it is just yet but when Derek gets to playing the louder part of the opening riff everybody just gets it and gets up again! I left at the first note of Whippin' Post, but I told Rob (merlin) he could listen to it for me because I had to go report to flyer duty!



P.S. Jaimoe looked very hip in his magenta outfit!

















[Edited on 3/15/2005 by Pam]

 

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  posted on 3/12/2005 at 09:45 PM
Hi Pam - WOW!! How do you remember all that??!! I know, my memory is shot, but now I have your review to help me "remember"

I just wanted to send out a very special thank you to Pam and Greg and Tracy. I had a BLAST meeting you all last night and it was so much fun to be able to experience the show with ya'll. I am very proud to call you my friends. Great fun, great folks and a smokin' show.

I look forward to seeing you all again soon, very soon. Sorry I couldn't stick around for the late-night gig. My personal obligations are pretty stringent and I had to get going. Actually got home late which caused some problems for me, but that's a whole other story. For some reason I am having a terrible time getting into my PM's today. Can't read. Can't send whatever. So I just wanted to let you guys know that I really enjoyed your company. Thank you. I hope ya'll got home safely and had some fun downtown with Col. Bruce. Peace & love, Rob

 

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  posted on 3/13/2005 at 10:23 AM
lol...I remember a lot. All that and I didn't even have a note pad and a pen this time.


Rob we had such a great time too! Looking forward to doing it again on the 22nd! WooooHooooo!!!!

 

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  posted on 3/13/2005 at 10:44 AM
Pam, you seem cool as hell. All this bad Allmans talk is bringing me down. Thanks for all the good thoughts. Are you going on the 15th, 18th, or 19th. Would love to meet you. Lots of smilies. Luke.
 

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  posted on 3/13/2005 at 10:52 AM
Thanks Luke. I will be going again on the 19th and the 22nd! I don't let others opinions make a difference, I see and hear and feel on my own at the shows and always come away with a great show, even if strings break or someone has a glitch in their mic, lyrics get messed up, or whatever, things happen.

Wait until we get the pics up from the other night!

 

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  posted on 3/13/2005 at 11:04 AM
Hey Pam...

Glad you had a great time... I'm green with envy...

I think The Same Thing maybe my fav ABB song for smokin solos....
Great Review... Thanks....

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  posted on 3/13/2005 at 12:00 PM
Good review Pam. Went up on the sight yesterday to get the set lists (memory going in my old age), and was shocked to see all the negativity regarding 3/11. My first ABB show was 4/73 at the Boston Garden, have seen them 15-20 times over the years. If that was a "bad" show, I'll take it. Is there really a "BAD" Statesboro Blues or Trouble No More? Both sounded pretty damn good to me. Also, loved the acoustic set; Rain is one of my favorites, and These Days was excellent. Even the "nit pickers" couldn't deny how good Mountain Jam and Whipping Post were. Granted, the first set had a few flat moments, but pppplease ease up folks.......
 

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  posted on 3/13/2005 at 01:38 PM
Great review, Pam..I'm like you; yes, I go to hear the music, but I also go to take in everything; the sights, sounds, and smells. I go to share the "experience" with old friends, as well as new ones just met. Some shows will always be better than others, but all shows are great..It's all what you make of it; you can go as a critic, or you can go and just have a good time with everyone else that shares your tastes in music, as well as life.. I choose to enjoy each moment of each show..You never know when the whole trip might end.. Jerry, may you be resting in peace.. We miss you..

 

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  posted on 3/13/2005 at 02:32 PM
unclj, you will be included in my next adventure to the Beacon.

Thanks all for reading my review. I just wanted to make sure that the good vibe of Beacon stays out here when so many negativity is being thrown around. Gregg, Jaimoe and Butch have been doing this for 36 years and I am glad they give us this chance to experience this still every year. Derek, Warren, Marc and Oteil are the additons who will help to keep up the future of the ABB. The old brotherhood has been joined by the newer brotherhood which guarantees the ABB road will go on forever.

 

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  posted on 3/13/2005 at 02:57 PM
Great review Pam. I started reading the other review's and didn't have the same experience other's did.

I thought the band sounded great! Awesome to see Derek play an acoustic. I got some nice picture's with the help of Rob and Pam. I'll post them this week. I'm a little slow today.

Rob thanks so much, what a great night we had.

The Same Thing! WOW!

As always nice to the Hittin The Note gang.

Chris Trucks, he cracks me up!!

Jim R nice to see in NYC.

See ya on the 19th

 

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  posted on 3/13/2005 at 10:46 PM
Thanks road buddy!

 

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  posted on 3/14/2005 at 09:19 AM
Hey Pam!

Enjoyed your review and getting more excited by the minute about going to my first show at the Beacon on the 17th! Wish we could hook up, but it's great to know there are good people like yourself out there! Have a Peachful Day!

 

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  posted on 3/14/2005 at 10:21 AM
Thanks Pam! I agree with your positive review of the show. I think people's expectations are all set for uptempo music all night and the low key solid musicianship is lost on them. We loved the show. How could we not..we had the corner of row AA in front of Gregg

One comment....why so many public pukers? A girl puked in row CC in the first set and left...a guy puked at my feet under the chandelier in the lobby at intermission. Another guy puked in the second set....who are these people LOL

Back to the show. I loved Rain, Desdemona, Same Thing with Marc Ford, Mountain Jam and Whipping Post mostly! How can anyone complain about a show with MJ and WP ..hello? Complain much?

Anyway..I have been a worshipper of Derek's playing for a couple of years now but Warren stole back the throne during Whipping Post on 3/11! He ripped that sucker up!! just kidding about the throne..I love both of their playing ...

 

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  posted on 3/14/2005 at 01:09 PM
I am happy to say I did not see or find any public pukers the other night. lol...

 

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  posted on 3/14/2005 at 06:55 PM
Didn't think it was as strong a show as Thursday, but it still kicked serious butt. Saturday was IMHOthe best of the my three nights. These guys just get better and better. I loved all three shows. To everyone going tonight or any of the other nights, you're in for a treat.

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I am happy to say I did not see or find any public pukers the other night. lol...


Hmmmm....pretty cool band name.."Public Pukers"...

 

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Pam, you seem cool as hell. All this bad Allmans talk is bringing me down. Thanks for all the good thoughts. Are you going on the 15th, 18th, or 19th. Would love to meet you. Lots of smilies. Luke.


I think I missed all that bad Allman talk, thankfully. But somewhere I did hear someone state that they weren't crazy about the acoustic set. I agree with Pam, there is something so beautiful in the musicianship of that moment of these shows and it's a shame it gets lost. I have to admit, although I never had anything against them, I was never too crazy about the acoustic sets in 90's, but only because here in Chicago, they used to play The World Music Theatre and big places like that. I could never hear it too clearly with everyone talking and making noise. Also, back then, other than "Melissa", it was usually pretty much acoustic blues. Similar to what was happening in the electric sets. However, "Delta Blue", "These Days", these are simply beautiful acoustic moments that cannot be replicated the same with the whole band (that's not to say if the whole band played it wouldn't be just as awesome), but what I mean is that as much as I love the load, dancable, intense electric moments, which is what I go for, mixing in the acoustic piano & acoustic songs, with such a different element, just makes the whole show go full circle. And it breaks up the constant jamming (not that there is an issue with that), but I'm all about versatility... Just my 2 cents

 

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  posted on 3/14/2005 at 07:56 PM
There are so many public pukers because they get so gassed they can't handle themselves. I love those people, they get so banged out and they are going nuts for the first two songs and then they are puking on themselves.

A few years ago, I went to see Blue Floyd at the Wetlands and I believe Alex Orbison was playing drums at the time. One kid was so banged out he passed out and had to be carried out of the place. Alex got on the mic after the show and said very sarcasticly, "The guy that passed out, that's what it's all about!"

 

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  posted on 3/15/2005 at 08:25 AM
Thanks for the review Pam!

I'm glad that the band is still taking chances and changing things up enough to cause controversy Not everybody likes the acoustic sets, and not everyone is going to like hearing "Egypt" or "These Days" instead of their favorite Allman Brothers classic, but I'm glad the band is moving forward and not worrying about those who might complain.

Of course, they could always stop growing as artists and play a nice, safe greatest hits set every night, but I don't think most of us want that! I wish I could be at the Beacon with you, but I am SO glad to hear about the new songs and I hope everbody has a great run!

 
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  posted on 3/15/2005 at 05:17 PM
Added a few pics from that night....

 

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Hmmmm....pretty cool band name.."Public Pukers"...
Hey lefty, how about "Ralphie Boy?"

 

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  posted on 3/15/2005 at 05:20 PM
Unbelievable pix, I wish everyone could see them but you're all OFFLINE, LOL

 

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  posted on 3/15/2005 at 05:22 PM
I'm not offline, I'm in stealth mode.

 

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  posted on 3/15/2005 at 05:28 PM
Nice PIX!... I have yet to see one photo with Gregg sitting at the grand piano...

Are there any out there?

[Edited on 3/15/2005 by EddieP]

 
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  posted on 3/15/2005 at 05:30 PM
Oh my goodness-gracious!

Pam! How'd you get those pics? They're so clear!

Fantastic review BTW!

(One question though....I was looking at the picture of Warren, and I noticed Butch was on his side....Did he and Jaimoe swap sides or something, or am I just going crazy?)

 

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