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  posted on 5/24/2006 at 09:00 PM
London got a great introduction to the Derek Trucks Band tonight - it was premo dTb! Derek was hot and the rest of the band was right there with him. Most of Clapton’s band was on hand to check out the buzz – their eyes and ears and smiles registering the full impact of his talents. Scattered throughout the packed house were some of London’s finest local musicians as well, who were also very clued in to what this band had to say. The audience was wonderful - so quiet during the soft notes that Derek went on and on and then brought them back up to full wails in breathless, spiraling circles – the crowd going nuts at the climax of the solos.

I really loved Derek’s playing with Clapton last night – I was so very moved…but I also wanted more – I always do with Derek - so seeing this show gave me the full dose that I needed. It also makes me realize how lucky we are to get him in the Allman Brothers and his own band and how the rest of the world is going to get introduced to him via Clapton. What a treat they have in store!

There were times during the lengthy jams at the end of “For My Brother” that you could hear the strong influence of 1960/70 Muscle Shoals – it was R&B by the dTb! Susan Tedeschi Trucks had the crowd in the palms of her hand during “Feel So Bad” and “The Weight.” The call and response of Susan’s voice and Derek’s soulful slide brought the audience to their knees and then to a frenzied peak! It was exhilarating – did I tell you how much fun I had?!

Check out the set list:

Joyful Noise
Volunteer Slavery
I’ll Find My Way
Crow Jane
Sahib Teri
I wish I knew
Blind Crippled & Crazy
Mahjoun/Greensleeves
Let’s Go Get Stoned
All I Do
Leavin Trunk
Up Above My Head
For My Brother
Feel So Bar – With Susan T.

1st Encore
The Weight with Susan T.

2nd encore
The Count came out front to sing the finale and killed it! Not sure of the title. Those swivel hips drove the ladies crazy!

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[Edited on 5/25/2006 by JNB]

 

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  posted on 5/25/2006 at 07:23 AM
Thanks for the report Joe, glad to see Derek's making new friends and fans across the pond. That encore was probably Hook 'n Sling which the Count sings, and then whips the crowd into a frenzy with his sly ( or is it fly ) dance moves.

 

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  posted on 5/25/2006 at 07:26 AM
You are one lucky dog Joe, I wish I could have gone along to carry your bags!!

If the Count was singing on the last song, and pointed out a good looking woman in the crowd, that would have been Hook and Sling...

 

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  posted on 5/25/2006 at 07:58 AM


Derek Trucks, currently on tour with Eric, will play a special one-off gig with The Derek Trucks Band in London. The band's UK debut, the concert takes place on 24 May at Mean Fiddler. Support is The Matt Schofield Trio.

If, like us at Where's Eric!, you have been blown away by the guitar playing of Derek Trucks on this tour, then why not check out the Derek Trucks Band, appearing for one night only at The Mean Fiddler, London on Wednesday 24 May.



Where's Eric! magazine will be featuring an in-depth interview with Derek Trucks in the next issue !


 

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  posted on 5/25/2006 at 08:07 AM
any tapers...?

 

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  posted on 5/25/2006 at 08:59 AM
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any tapers...?



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  posted on 5/25/2006 at 09:05 AM
From an e-mail.....

"Good news:
I taped the London show last night. Source is DPA4061 > custom battery
box > JB3 (DFC, FOB).

Bad news:
Due to a short connection in the left channel this is sadly a mono
recording. Which is a damn shame, as the bits I've spot checked sound
excellent.

So the question is, does anyone know of other tapers that were present?
I don't want to spread an inferior source if something better exists.

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Stu Plummer"

 
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  posted on 5/25/2006 at 09:24 AM
yes, there is another source...have it next week for vining......speaking of>>>>>http://www.foreverfamily.us/g13_org/g13/forums_topic.php?topicid=61

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  posted on 5/25/2006 at 09:48 AM
Boy . . . am I glad it was taped . . . it was one superb show from start to finish. The crowd were great and really interacted well with the band. You could see the band were enjoying the vibe too, Derek was smiling!!! and it is not often you see that!!!

Great to see you there Joe . . . hope you enjoy the rest of your time over on this side of the pond

 

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  posted on 5/25/2006 at 10:14 AM
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  posted on 5/25/2006 at 11:17 AM
Sahib Teri Bandi & For My Brother are two of the best live performances i will probably ever witness. Absolutely superb, and i know of one other taper who was there, but not sure yet of the quality of his recording. Ifit's any good it'll go up on Etree.

And was DJ Wheely in the Pillars early doors as well? Definitely has a radio voice.

 

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  posted on 5/25/2006 at 11:19 AM


He sure was!! hehe!

 

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  posted on 5/28/2006 at 01:41 PM
Sounds like a great show. Can't wait to hear a copy.

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  posted on 5/30/2006 at 07:41 AM
Hey everybody, I’ve been a busy bee this past week and so have not had much time to get on here and say hello . . . hope you’ve all been ok

Anyway, now I’m back from my week of musical extravaganza so I’ll tell you a bit about it . . .

First of all let me thank all of you who I met last week for pre-show bevvies . . . look forward to the next time

Last Tuesday was the first of my 3 gigs in 6 days . . . EC at the Royal Albert Hall



I don’t know if any of you have been fortunate enough to visit England and see a show at the Royal Albert Hall, but Royal is definitely appropriate adjective because it is one of the most Majestic of venues you could imagine . . . and despite it’s size it still maintains an atmosphere every bit as electric as the Beacon



Robert Cray opened with a nice set of half a dozen songs, I’m sorry to say that I am not familiar enough with his work to name them, but suffice it to say the soulful blues that he is renowned for was delivered note perfect, the balance of the set was spot on, and this normally reticent of performers played to the crowd and got us all in the mood for what was about to follow.

We waited amidst the buzz of anticipation until Chris Stainton tinkled the ivories to signal the intro to “Pretending” . . . and then the band and audience as one burst into life and went on a tour of the blues EC style, performed to the highest degree of professional musicianship that you could wish to witness. You’ve all seen the set lists, so I’m not going to bore you with a song by song account, all I will say is that the highlights were many and the criticisms few.

EC was on top of his game, playing as well as I have heard him play for many a year. Whether this was because he was being spurred on by the young pretender I can’t say, but he was obviously enjoying playing his music alongside someone with Derek’s talent. Also, despite the fact that this was Eric’s show, he gave room for Derek to express himself throughout, and although we know Derek is capable of much more, the role he played within the band here mirrored that of Duane with the Dominoes all those years ago, and the respect both musicians had for each other was obvious, just as it had been with Eric and Duane.

I don’t want to labour the Derek / Duane analogy, it has been obviously overstated already, but for me Derek’s slide intricacies were the crème de la crème of the performance, and when he played “I Am Yours” note for note as Duane had on the Layla album, the emotion was so intense that I could not stop the tears that came to my eyes.

If this show comes near you, be sure to go and see it . . . and if it doesn’t come near you, get on the road and go and see it . . . this tour may not come by again!!!

I slept well that night, but then awoke with fresh anticipation in my heart, for hot on the heels of the euphoria of Tuesday at the RAH came the dTb at the Mean Fiddler on Wednesday, where they introduced themselves to an exuberant and enthusiastic English crowd, so obviously eager for them to finally visit our shores. I hope the dTb felt suitably welcomed, perhaps Joe Bell will let us know how the band felt about the gig in the next issue of the HTN magazine? As an aside, I had the pleasure of bumping into Joe Bell on the stairs, and he was certainly enjoying his trip over here. I also had the privilege to meet Masahiko, who flew over from Japan with his wife for the dTb and EC gigs, what a lovely couple they are.

I have to admit that I don’t listen to the dTb very often, I don’t know why, but I tend to listen to the ABB and Mule much more, but after seeing them perform live that is going to change I am sure!!! The sound was near perfect, certainly as good as I’ve heard at the “London Dungeon” that is known as the Mean Fiddler, it was an intimate affair akin to a seedy Jazz Club which made for a brilliant atmosphere that the band really seemed to pick up on. Todd Smallie should be renamed Smiley, because the ear to ear grin did not leave his face all night, and yes, I have finally seen it, DEREK SMILED!!! . . . and on more than one occasion. Set list (I hope you’ve read because I don’t intend to list it here) was varied and an excellent mix for the first UK gig that was played with consummate precision, with Derek stretching out and showing the English “newbies” what he can do, topped off with Susan coming on for a couple of numbers at the end. I sincerely hope the band enjoyed it as much as I did and can’t wait for them to come back.

And so to the final of my three concerts in six days . . . last night I got the icing on the cake with a virtuoso performance by Dave Gilmour at the Royal Albert Hall. The first set started off with "Breath > Time > Breath (reprise)", then Gilmour announced that they were going to perform the whole of the new album "On An Island". The band then all went off stage before coming back on again to start playing as if it was the start of the gig. They were filming the show for a DVD release later in the year, so I suspect that the double start was to use the "Breath etc" as a sound check with the audience in the auditorium. Either way, I did not mind because we got an extended show with every track that they had been playing at the various gigs throughout the tour to date.

The show started at 7-40 and did not finish until 10-45, although there was a half hour intermission in the middle, Dave Crosby & Graham Nash were there as “backing vocalists” (what a show off!!!) on a few of the tracks, and they also came back on during the encore for an excellent "Cost of Freedom" 3 part harmony vocal with Gilmour. Then to wrap the night up, David Bowie came on stage to do the vocals to "Arnold Lane" and the final number "Comfortably Numb" where he took the Roger Waters parts. Boy I hope there was a stealth taper at that show!!!

OK . . . that’s it . . . all done . . . now I have nothing planned until November when Robben Ford comes over . . .

 

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  posted on 5/30/2006 at 01:49 PM
From the (London) Times:

The Derek Trucks Band
David Sinclair at Mean Fiddler, WC2

*** (out of 5)

If ever a man was born to be a guitar hero it was surely Derek Trucks from Jacksonville, Florida. The nephew of Butch Trucks, of the Allman Brothers Band, he was named after Derek and the Dominos, the alias adopted by Eric Clapton during his Layla period. Just 11 years old when he first played on stage with the Allmans, Trucks has since been recognised as one of the greatest slide guitarists of the modern rock era. Recently, in a cosmic completing of the circle, he has found himself playing in Clapton’s band. And on a night off from Clapton’s residency at the Albert Hall, Trucks performed his first British gig with his own band in the rather less salubrious environs of the Mean Fiddler.
With his long, corn-blond hair gathered in a ponytail, Trucks, now aged 26, demonstrated his command of an extraordinary range of musical idioms — blues, jazz, Eastern classical music and Southern rock — with a quiet, rather self-absorbed authority. Surrounded by a dedicated team of musicians in denim jeans and loose-fitting work-shirts, he led from behind, leaving his drummer, Yonrico Scott, to make the occasional brief announcement between songs.

Concentrating in the main on material from his new, fifth album, Songlines, Trucks steered the band in a deceptively smooth arc from an old Skip James blues tune, Crow Jane, to the sublime Middle Eastern scales of Sahib Teri Bandi/Maki Madni, a pair of devotional themes written by the late Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Best of all was his adaptation of Greensleeves, an unlikely song to provide the springboard for a stretch of blazing, jazz-rock improvisations from both Trucks and the pianist Kofi Burbridge.

The uncompromising brilliance of the musicianship was undermined by a lack of presentational vigour. It was the kind of show that would have benefited from being staged in a jazz club or a seated concert hall, rather than a standing-room-only rock venue. But a guest appearance by the blues singer and guitarist Susan Tedeschi (Trucks’s wife), gave a tremendous boost at the end. Having demonstrated some serious guitar chops of her own, she sang a superb, Aretha Franklin-style version of The Weight that raised the spirits high.



 

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  posted on 5/30/2006 at 01:54 PM
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Well, he almost gets it.

 

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  posted on 6/26/2006 at 07:38 AM
Has the Mean Fiddler show been available anywhere ?

I know there were tapers, but nothing seems to have surfaced, or have i missed it someplace ?

[Edited on 6/26/2006 by claretkid]

 

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  posted on 6/26/2006 at 09:12 AM
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Has the Mean Fiddler show been available anywhere ?

I know there were tapers, but nothing seems to have surfaced, or have i missed it someplace ?

[Edited on 6/26/2006 by claretkid]


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I hope they will re-offer as well.


 
 


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