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  posted on 3/21/2007 at 12:54 PM
Beacon 3/20/2007

The night began in front of the Beacon hotel, meeting up with Ozzypie for my ticket exchange, then on up to House of Chuck (aka Yogi's ) for a few rounds... What a treat to meet the Rat face to face, along with Eileen1, NYPeachhead, dutchoneill, DadOf2 (you were in Row K, BTW, just in case you forget, LOL), and more. My first face to face meeting with a bunch of folks at once from the site, and it confirmed what I suspected: we got a real nice family here!

Sitting in the lower balcony just to Oteil's side of center, the sound was pretty great (Derek could be louder in the mix, IMO, but overall great sound). And the much-maligned suits were not really in effect up in the PeachHead seats! We smoked and danced and except for one minor incodent, the security seemed unchanged from the old days. In fact, the new staff overall seemed like they wanted to make a good impression on us! LOL.

Now, the music. I thought the band seemed loose in a good sense -- frisky and happy to be back together. Warren anfd Gregg both looked well rested, Gregg seemed like he was in way better shape physically and voice-wise than he was on the summer tour (I didn't catch GAF). There was power and clarity in the voice, and his B3 was sitting a little higher than it sometimes does in the mix, sounded great.

I thought the drummers were spectacular -- Marc had overplayed some on the back end of the tour last summer IMO, and that was gone, he was percolating and driving things more subtly, like he did in 2004 and 2005. Jaimoe was as locked in and his fills were as cool as I've ever seen. And Butch just rode hard and with great energy all night. All in all, the three of them were creating a great ensemble pocket, like one six-armed, four-legged master!

Oteil was as filled with pure musicality and joy as always, he's beginning to remind me of like a Stevie Wonder with his infectious sense of pure music.

New wrinkles for this year included having Oteil sit in on the JaBuMa set, on Butch's kit while Butch played awesome improv parts on the tympani (always love to see Uncle Butch up there going off!)... Then Oteil jumped off the drum riser like a kid running downstairs on Christmas morning, and strapped on his bass, locking into some 16th-note, fast variations on "Leave My Blues At Home" with Derek joining in for the fun before the Warren and Gregg reappeared to restate the theme and drive the tune home.

Another new wrinkle was the GAF style "Midnight Rider", which is a great arrangement, opening the 2nd set with Gregg on what looked like a Gibson Southern Jumbo 2000, a big church organ of a guitar; he looked lean and hungry as he fingerpicked the modal rythmn part to the tune, with Warren perfectly complementing on lead. The scaled back arrangement really works for this tune, and the new acoustic osunds way better than the bright Taylor(?) that Gregg was strumming last year on Melissa -- a tune which I always felt didn't work so well with the spare arrangement. Midnight Rider definitely did, it was sending chills -- an old warhorse proudly recast!

Last summer I started thinking that the ABB version of Who's Been Talking was taking a giant step up, and last night's version was one of the highlights of the show for me. The interplay between Warren and Derek on the outro in particular was very cool -- not so much dueling, wailing leads, more like creating a lattice of picking and chording that lent the song ominous depth and beauty.

The big guitar duels came on Hoochie Coochie Man (1st set) and especially Just Before the Bullets Fly in the 2nd set, which got a kind of "Woman Across the River" treatment (trading leads in ever decreasing numbers of measures back and forth until Warren and Derek were playing together as the band exploded around them). That was some great stuff.

Other highlights were a really excellent version of Instrumental Illness (incredible solos and ensemble playing), a very punchy Statesboro (taken at a faster tempo than most of last year, which I like a lot better and which seemed to inspire Warren on to some EXTREMELY firey slide playing)... Stormy Monday of course, Derek's solo leading into the double time organ section was transcendent. And Jessica was cool, a nice candy-colored psychedelic section near the end before the return of the theme...

To put the show in perspective for those who thought it was just mediocre, I brought a buddy who had never seen the Brothers before. He's a musician but is much more into newer bands like Radiohead ... After the Hot'lanta opener, he looked at me and was like "I think I get it now!" And as the night wore on, he was alternating between laughing and picking his jaw up off the floor. He loved it.

And even though I'm a grizzled old veteran... so did I!

 

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  posted on 3/21/2007 at 01:00 PM
Great review, Pete! Thanks!

 

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  posted on 3/21/2007 at 01:02 PM
Pete--great meeting you too....found the seats---check out the beacon security thread for a laugh related to those seats & theone in front

 

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  posted on 3/21/2007 at 01:02 PM
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Midnight Rider definitely did, it was sending chills -- an old warhorse proudly recast!





Aren't old warhorses usually put down and turned into glue?

 

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  posted on 3/21/2007 at 01:04 PM
Pete thanks for the review!

 

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  posted on 3/21/2007 at 01:06 PM
>>more like creating a lattice of picking and chording that lent the song ominous depth and beauty. >>

Those are some beautiful words Peteman (all of them but especially those). Thanks.

 

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  posted on 3/21/2007 at 01:07 PM
Hey Pete, great meeting you bro! Will see you again 3/31. I think you are right in front or behind me for that one

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  posted on 3/21/2007 at 01:08 PM

Thanks for the review Pete - Any night with the Brothers at the Beacon is a good night!
I can't wait till Friday night!! Sounds like Oteil is having a ball already.

Bring it on!
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  posted on 3/21/2007 at 01:09 PM
THANKS PETE!

see you next saturday!

 

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  posted on 3/21/2007 at 01:12 PM
Right on point Pete, good review.
Nice meeting you as well, even if Eileen kept thinking I was you for the first 1/2 hour I talked to her. So, I had that going for me.

I saw a bunch of grins form the band last night, so they were having some fun, which is good for us.
I think Oteil really had a great night, as he usually does. I thought he really brought the funk on Before the Bullets Fly, he was really having a good time.

Looking forward to my next thre shows and seeing ya'll again.

 

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  posted on 3/21/2007 at 01:17 PM
Just a couple of quick questions. Is the B&W picture from last nights show? If so, it appears that Derek is now using a new/larger Fender head and cabinet. Any "gear heads" last night notice any new amps/guitars (besides Gregg's new acoutic) being used?
 
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  posted on 3/21/2007 at 01:42 PM
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Midnight Rider definitely did, it was sending chills -- an old warhorse proudly recast!





Aren't old warhorses usually put down and turned into glue?


Yeah, that's why I'm always looking over my shoulder... LOL.

 

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  posted on 3/21/2007 at 01:48 PM
Would anyone here like to hear a full band version of Melissa with some organ and at a pace closer to the original song? That might be a nice change.

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Would anyone here like to hear a full band version of Melissa with some organ and at a pace closer to the original song? That might be a nice change.



Omitting it entirely wouldn't be so bad either .

 

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  posted on 3/21/2007 at 01:55 PM
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Would anyone here like to hear a full band version of Melissa with some organ and at a pace closer to the original song? That might be a nice change.

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If they're gonna play it, then that's the way to go, IMO.

Or they could just do Les Brers instead!!! LOL!

 

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  posted on 3/21/2007 at 02:03 PM
Great review! Thanks for the details

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Oteil was as filled with pure musicality and joy as always, he's beginning to remind me of like a Stevie Wonder with his infectious sense of pure music.

Amen to that!

 

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  posted on 3/21/2007 at 02:05 PM
Thanks for the review, Pete. This has me more psyched for tomorrow.
 

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No...Derek has been center stage for a while now.

 

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  posted on 3/21/2007 at 02:08 PM
Great review Pete ... look forward to meeting you next week

 

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No...Derek has been center stage for a while now.


I think it was after the Mansfield (Great Woods) in 2005. I saw that show and remember Derek next to Gregg because that is where my seats were. Next time they played he and Warren had switched. I just liked the pic.

 

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Did somebody say Les Brers?

 

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  posted on 3/21/2007 at 02:16 PM
Good review Pete. I wish I had gotten to meet you but we got there just before show time. A great start to the run. Looking forward to my other three shows.

Pete

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  posted on 3/21/2007 at 02:24 PM
Excellent review Pete!...Now we're talkin' and feeling the love and the vibe.

13 whole shows to go! Yeah, I think we are defintely gonna see some musical magic over the next 2 weeks.

 

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  posted on 3/21/2007 at 02:51 PM
Great review Pete and great meeting you last night!! It was a real blast from the past, you know what I mean

 

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Would anyone here like to hear a full band version of Melissa with some organ and at a pace closer to the original song? That might be a nice change.



Omitting it entirely wouldn't be so bad either .


Well we know they are going to do it so why not change it up like Midnight Rider?

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