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Author: Subject: Dickey Betts & Great Southern at the Beacon

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  posted on 7/27/2006 at 07:09 AM
First of all, I am tired of all the bashing that goes on in every thread that mentions DB, so if you don't have something good to say, please say it in another thread.

I am not a direhard Dickey fan, so I went to the show last night with an open mind, to see for myself where the man is at musically. Yeah I have read all the stories of the good, the bad and the ugly shows, but last night's was absolutely phenomenal.

The entire band was hot and tight, and they smoked every number, definitely one of the best live shows I have seen. Anyone that tried to count cigarettes or other foolishness had to be out of their minds, cause they would have missed the point of the night, the performance. It was great to hear Back Where It All Begins, Liz Reed and Blue Sky (with a Franklin's Tower tease for an opener).

From the High falls opener to the Ramblin Man encore the crowd was pumped and on their feet. The only thing missing from Duane was the spotlight, as he was in the dark on stge durinhg a couple of his solos. He certainly has a good career ahead of him.

Pedro was his cool self, especially playing a standup bass with a bow.

I have purposely avoided any comparisons with the Allmans- these are two very different bands, moving in different directions. IMHO they are both great.

And yes, Mr. Betts was at the top of his game- welcome back to the Beacon!! It was clearly an important night for the band, and I for one will remember it. I just hope the show was taped... Somone post a setlist, please!!





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  posted on 7/27/2006 at 07:36 AM
This is good news. I look forward to hearing more about it!

 

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  posted on 7/27/2006 at 07:45 AM
Amazing Show, very tight band. I am too busy/tired to go on about it right now, but it was a great time. I saw no tapers, what is that all about?

 

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  posted on 7/27/2006 at 08:09 AM
Thanks so much for the great review! Pedro with an upright and a bow!! Amazing! I'd love to see that

 

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  posted on 7/27/2006 at 08:27 AM
The beacon people wouldn't allow taping. l bet it was because KWS isn't taper
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  posted on 7/27/2006 at 08:32 AM
Curious on how big a crowd did Dickey draw, hopefully he got a "full house" or a "sell out". Glad to hear he and the band had a great show.
 
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  posted on 7/27/2006 at 08:32 AM
Heeeeeeeheeeeeeeee. Doesn't surprise me a bit. Thank you for your review and I'm glad you enjoyed the show. This is the setlist that greggreg posted on Dickey's site.
High Falls
One Way Out
Havin a Good Time
Blue Sky
Come on in My Kitchen
Seven Turns
IMOER
Get Away
Back Where It All Begins
No One to Run With
Long Time Gone
Jessica > Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Ramblin' Man

 

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  posted on 7/27/2006 at 08:37 AM
Dickey and the band were in the groove last night Nice the see the ole boy rise to the occasion.

 

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  posted on 7/27/2006 at 09:05 AM
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I have purposely avoided any comparisons with the Allmans- these are two very different bands, moving in different directions.


I like that statement and there is a lot of truth to it. The ABB on most nights have no equals as a live band but that doesn't mean Dickey and his band can't be very very good and enjoyable. Very glad to hear it was a great show - thanks for the review! You're right, who care how many cigarettes he smoked etc? I still would like to some variety in his setlists, but hey it's still Dickey and at this point I don't think he's going to mix it up too much anyway. Its funny, but he ALWAYS seemes to play "Blue Sky" as the third or fourth song. It was like that in The ABB and it still has remained there after all these years. Too bad there were no tapers. I heard the upper balcony was pretty empty, was that true?



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  posted on 7/27/2006 at 09:44 AM
I agree,the show last night was great..as was the opener for that matter...i have seen dickey a few times and last night he seemed more focused than he has in the recent past..i saw him at bbking not to long ago and he was all over the place,some songs great some just off...that said dickey does need to expand his repotoire a bit in my opinion..in fact what i love about the allmans these days is how they experiment and bring new songs into their songbook....that said it was a great show last night all around
 

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  posted on 7/27/2006 at 09:46 AM
repertoire...sorry
 

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  posted on 7/27/2006 at 10:11 AM
First off, the band completely smoked and Dickey was revved up. He sang way better than he did his last few years in the ABB, IMO. And his playing was spot-on all night. I was surprised how much he gives up the spotlight and plays rythmn guitar, and how much he effectively and calmly led the band. He saved most of his longest most firey solos for the back end of the show, and they were awesome.

But the thing that really struck me: It really was an emotional night for Dickey and the boys, I think. You know Dickey's pretty stoic, and Duane seems to have inherited that trait too. But you could tell they felt like they had a lot riding on coming into the venerable old Beacon and claiming a piece of the love for themselves, in their own right. And MAN as the night wore on, and they rose to the occasion over and over in such a big way, you could feel the joy and the excitement. By the time they got to Back Where It All Begins, Pedro and the drummers were grinning, everyone was digging in, and it only got better from there. Dickey played and sang like he meant it, and the band leapt up to the heights with him.

There was none of the much-talked-about negative energy or petty stuff, nothing pouring off that stage and flying around the Beacon but great music -- THE REAL DEAL, GOOD ROCKIN' SH!T!!!

Thank you Dickey!

[Edited on 7/27/2006 by ThePeteMan]

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  posted on 7/27/2006 at 10:24 AM
What was he drinking?

 

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  posted on 7/27/2006 at 10:28 AM
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What was he drinking?


No No No!!!! We're NOT goin' there again!!

 

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  posted on 7/27/2006 at 10:33 AM
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Save it for another day, bro.

 

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  posted on 7/27/2006 at 10:34 AM
Well, what a night! Was good to see many familair faces last night first at Yogi's for the pre game and then at the Beacon. As usual, the bar maids did not dissappoint at Yogi's.LOL!!! But this was a night for music and that what we got at the Beacon.

First, Kenny Wayne is no joke. I was very impressed with his playing. Only caught the last 4 songs or so but he really smoked and got the Beacon ready for what was to come. Closed with a killer Voodoo Child that got the place jumping.

Dickey came on around 10pm or so give or take. I spoke to a few people before the show that I know who work at the beacon and they said Dickey requested an extra hr. on the curfew. That was the first big smile of the evening. This was going to be something special. Opened with High Falls which is not one of my favs but since I have not heard it in awhile it was refreshing to hear.From there they did One Way Out which really stirred the pot and got things going.I have to say, the band was very tight and really having a good time. The has been a lot of talk about Duane being very still and emotionless on stage. Well either that is just not true or Dickey had a talk with him because he was very expressive last night and it was a damn shame that the spotlight for whatever reason never lit him up during any of his solos because he really was great.Not that no spot light bothered him. He just kept plugging away. Andy kicked ass too. I especially liked the reworked back Where it all Begins. Andy and Duane went head to head with the solo and built the crowd into a frenzy before the MAN took over. Pedro is a monster on bass. I was watching him all night and he was just all over that instrument. The 2 drummers really impressed me as well. Loved the drum solo during Liz Reed.
Dickey Betts my friends is alive and well and kicking major ass.he was so good last night, vocally and playing that I just had a grin from ear to ear for the whole show. He stated how good it was to be "back in this place" and the crowd let him know we were glad too. There is nothing like him and his solos just put a major smile on your face as he works that guiatr. I mean these guys were on fire all night. Awesome show. So great to hear Blue Sky again, Seven Turns, Ramblin Man!! I have to say for me, back Where it all Begins was the highlight for me. The band just took that song to another level. Towrd the end of the show, Dickey spoke to the crowd saying what a special night is was for him and the band and how appreciative they were for all of us coming out. The crowd was not a sell out and I was in the orch so I could not see into the balcony but the people that were there made enough noise for the no shows. He went off a little after 12 and I for one was a very satified customer. I have not seen him live in a few yrs. now and I am so glad I saw him at the beacon and I will not miss him when ever he is around. Dickey is back and better then ever. Anyone on the fence to see them, GO!!!!

Thanks Dickey for another great night of beacon memories

 

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  posted on 7/27/2006 at 10:42 AM
Good stuff nypeachhead!! Thank you so much for the review!!

 

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  posted on 7/27/2006 at 10:43 AM
Was Twinkle there? Her "Stormy Monday" and harmonies were a big plus at the Birchmere on June 15.

 

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  posted on 7/27/2006 at 10:47 AM
Call me crazy, I thought someone told me last night she is out of the band. She was not there last night.
 

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  posted on 7/27/2006 at 10:48 AM
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Call me crazy, I thought someone told me last night she is out of the band. She was not there last night.


Wonder what happened?

 

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  posted on 7/27/2006 at 10:51 AM
I'm really glad everyone enjoyed the show ast night. I wish we could get Dickey close to Augusta. I'd go in a heart beat! Thanks everyone for the great reviews!

 

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  posted on 7/27/2006 at 10:52 AM
Dickey's S**T Was on Fire Last Night! After a slightly dissapointing show last year at BB's, I knew he would step it up at the Beacon.Like everyone else said, he seemed very focused and the band seemed to tighter. Mix in the beginning was a bit rough, but got much better. Pretty much same songs as his other shows, but so what? Rythym section was strong and the addition of Andy (??) on third gee-tar was great.He can play the twin leads w/ Dickey that is so much part of his sound. Only complaint would be re: Duane. IMHO could take him or leave him out of GS. Still, I will say Dickey is a good father for letting his kid be on stage

KWS was great as well. Caught most of his show and although he is extremely derivative of SRV, that boy sho' can play..Voodoo x2 was AWESOME. Plus, it's fun to see a young guitar player jumping around on stage!

 

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  posted on 7/27/2006 at 10:53 AM
Was Twinkle there?

Oh yeah.Sadly no Twinkle

 

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  posted on 7/27/2006 at 10:55 AM
Did not get any details other then she was acting "weird" lately.LOL!!

Dont know what that means and I am sure someone more in the know could shed some light.

 

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  posted on 7/27/2006 at 10:57 AM
Glad to hear that everyone that went to the Beacon had a great time !!!!!!!!!!!!


Peace!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
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