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  posted on 8/2/2007 at 10:45 AM
Just got it done so I thoght I would post or all to see. Now for a little sleep..........zzz


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Back to reality today after two amazing shows at the Casino Rama theatre in beautiful Orillia Ontario. Based on the fact these two shows were to start the summer run, there is both excitement at the fact and wonder as to how the Bros. will reconnect after a few months away from each other. Well after two incredible nights I can say with confidence that the boys are tight, smiliní and rockiní like they have been playing together everyday.

The venue was great from the perspective of sound quality and layout. Both nights Iíd say around 2500 to 3000 as the upper mezz was closed. Down side to many out there was the no smoke or drink in the theatre and the casino ticket comp thing. Last nights crowd was better noise wise than Tuesday and it really depended on where you were sitting. I stood and both nights rockiní and rolliní along as did many others around the front, which was available to those who made the trek up there. Last night we were second row dead centre (versus 8th row dead centre Tues) and we were oblivious to anything behind us. The party where we were was great! Ya make it what it is as we took care of business prior and had a blast!

Tuesdayís show opened fittingly with Donít Want You No More and Cross to Bear. Start of the tour and right back to the start of it all! It took a couple of tunes to get the ball rolling but once they got it they never looked back. Greg was in great voice and he looked real relaxed and comfortable. Warren was incredible considering he had just gotten back from Asia a day previous. Youíd never know it. Derek, I know I say it every time, but the man continues to just blow my mind. His playing is so intricate, fluid and subtle itís just simply stunning to watch him.

The highlights, IMO were a killer version of When the Sky is Crying and Good Morning Little School Girl. JaBuMa with Oteil sitting in was also very cool. The Bros. finished the night with Jessica and then One Way Out for the encore. We ran into Derek in the casino much later that night and had a great chat with him. He is such a down to earth guy. Itís the second time I have met him in the last couple of years and I am continually impressed with his personality. Of course we couldnít help but offer some suggestions for the Wed night show to which he was quite agreeable mentioning that before the end of the summer they would cover most of the catalog. Great opener for the summer tour!

Last night however, IMO blew away Tuesdayís show. The feel up on stage was one of comfort and fun from what I saw. Opening with Melissa was incredible and after 50 plus shows in the bank I canít ever remember that tune as an opener. I kinda liken it to a real long break versus the ďweíll be back after a short breakĒ. Melissa was the start of the second set! The show was pretty much Derek and Warren cutting heads for the entire evening. The guitar work by both was incredible to watch from where we were and was simply mesmerizing at certain points throughout the show. The entire band was far more laid back and looked to be really enjoying themselves (more relaxed, won a little at the casino, back with your buds for a month could be any or all of the above). Playing Derek and the Dominoís, Why Does Love Have to Be So Sad and then into Franklinís Tower for JGís 65th sung flawlessly by Oteil. Stormy Monday was a huge Gregg highlight, great voice again last night (he was drinking something hot most of the night). A real hair raising point in the show was N1TRW. Great long version of the tune, but the highlight for me was the video behind the stage showing clips of Duane, Berry and Woody while all were jamming away. Hair on end! Liz Reed clocked in at just over 25 minutes with JaBuMa Ot in the middle. Jaimoe and Oteil were standouts and Butch gave his old buddy some big props after they had finished. Revival was the encore and sung by the better part of the crowd at Warrenís urging and simply brought the house down. The boys stayed around after the show and signed a bunch of stuff and chatted a little. This show was a pickiní and grinniní Allman Brothers jam session. Everyone was smilin, they were all chattiní it up throughout the evening and having fun!

IMO, this was ďAn Evening WithĒ in two evenings. Four hours of music, 27 tunes, no repeats including the drum solo which was totally different both nights. The only slight for me was no Whipping Post or Dreams, but it doesnít change my 5 stars on these two masterful performances! Great to see the Bros. back in the saddle and I am already looking forward to Darien later this month. Set lists below. Cheers, KD

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Casino Rama Ė Orillia ON July 31st, 2007

Donít Want You No More
Cross To Bear
Trouble No More
Canít Lose What You Never Had
Good Morning Little School Girl (Warren Vox)
Hot ĎLanta
Old Before My Time
Come and Go Blues
Statesboro Blues
The Sky is Crying (Warren Vox)
Donít Keep Me Wonderiní
Midnight Rider
The Same Thing>JaBuMaOt>The Same Thing
Jessica
Encore:
One Way Out

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Casino Rama Ė Orillia ON August 1st, 2007

Melissa
Done Somebody Wrong
Leave My Blues at Home
Why Does Love Have To Be So Sad (Derek just cooked here!)
Franklin's Tower (Oteil on Vox)
Who to Believe
You Don't Love Me
Woman Across the River
Stormy Monday
No One to Run With (Video Montage of Duane, Berry, and Woody)
Liz Reed>JaBuMaOt>Liz Reed
Encore:
Revival

 

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  posted on 8/2/2007 at 10:50 AM
Awesome Reviews Kdick. I can't wait to hear these shows. Did you notice any tapers?

 

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  posted on 8/2/2007 at 10:53 AM
They were somewhat vigilant at the doors, but I am sure someone got a rig in bro. I do know for a fact that the Instant Live people were there, so there will be that option for sure!

 

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  posted on 8/2/2007 at 11:32 AM
Sounds like 2 incredible shows.

Interesting first four songs . . .

Donít Want You No More
Cross To Bear
Trouble No More
Canít Lose What You Never Had

 

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  posted on 8/2/2007 at 11:34 AM
Stormy Monday was definitely a highlight.

 

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  posted on 8/2/2007 at 11:36 AM
Oh yea, noticed Oteil has a new Guitar Strap for the Jazz Bass.....very NICE.

 

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  posted on 8/2/2007 at 11:43 AM
thanks for the review

 

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  posted on 8/2/2007 at 11:56 AM
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Sounds like 2 incredible shows.

Interesting first four songs . . .

Donít Want You No More
Cross To Bear
Trouble No More
Canít Lose What You Never Had


Thought the same myself, but they were feeling each other out for the first few and were, in all likelihood rehersing live!

 

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  posted on 8/2/2007 at 06:13 PM
Wednesday Nites show totally rocked, everyone is still buzzin from it.

 

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  posted on 8/2/2007 at 08:58 PM
Great review Ken; taste is personal, but the greatness was so obvious to anyone there that what you said basically parallels the comments I made on the individual threads almost exactly.

I just pre-ordered both shows, plus that Jazz Festival show from May with Chuck Leavell.... I'm psyched!

 

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  posted on 8/2/2007 at 10:16 PM
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I just pre-ordered both shows, plus that Jazz Festival show from May with Chuck Leavell.... I'm psyched


I too did both and the Darien show, because ya know its gonna be good! /What did ya think of the montage in N1TRW?

 

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  posted on 8/2/2007 at 10:29 PM
I didn't notice it ....I spent time with idiots in front of me distracting me...see the standing sitting thread for details..., and the rest of the time I was watching the guitar players fingers...I play as well.

 

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  posted on 8/2/2007 at 10:37 PM
It was an amazing sight watching WH and DT play and I normally key on the drummer - last night was a big guitar show!!!

 

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  posted on 8/2/2007 at 10:48 PM
Derek was DEFINITELY ahead in the early going of the dual...I felt Warren was fatigued from his flight, and he took a mite bit longer in "warming up" to his usual fiery self...but man did he get there! He might have just been laid back, a mood thing, but it seemed like he wasn't really getting off until he got that Les Paul back on for...can't remember which song, I think it was Woman Across the River.

Still, I give Derek the nod on the second night easily, with Warren getting just the slightest...I mean a hair...victory in the first night, when it seemed they were neck and neck.

 

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  posted on 8/2/2007 at 10:58 PM
We're on the same page bud. Not to say one is better, but when they were going back and forth last night is was truly stunning. I liked the fact they were smiling and grinnin while exchanging leads......

 

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What a great kick off to start this years summer tour !! If the last two nights are indicative of what is in store for the rest of the summer, watch out baby...August and Septembers days with the ABB are going to be off the charts !!

I love it when they open with DWYNM/NMCTB, it's familiar, it's real, they go hand in hand. I didn't really like when they split the two up for a couple shows but that's just me...it was like Bert without Ernie, it didn't seem right. I was happy happy to hear them back together, the songs...not Bert and Ernie (even though I'm sure they're fine too) Another Burt was cool but that's for later...lol. I don't usually remember the guitar solos and particulars of same but Warren had a killer solo in Good Morning Little Schoolgirl...blew me away !! Gregg had me in crocodile tears during Old Before My Time, it was so heartfelt with his voice absolutely crisp and vibrant. The count off is usually a sign for Statesboro and sure enough we were turning our lamps down low....Derek's slide was incredible, I don't know how he does it but he gets better every time and there is absolutely nothing wrong with a little SRV at an ABB show is there ? The whole set list for Tuesdays show was killer....I especillay loved how they did Same Thing into Jessica. After the drums and Oteil taking back his spot at the bass from the drums, I thought they were going to go back into a bit of the Same Thing but as Derek and Warren strapped back on, they went into Jessica. I about jumped out of my flip flops. And there's nothing better than a One Way Out encore, IMHO as Gregg growls "might be your man.....I dooooonnnn't knnnoooowww" damn, I wish I could go back in time.

Wednesdays show was stellar. Gregg opening with Melissa on acoustic guitar...could it get much better ? Yes baby it can and it did !! Done Somebody Wrong and Leave My Blues were excellent and the on stage comraderie was a sight to behold. I swear Marc can make anyone smile...he's something else. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad was great and Franklin's Tower !!!! now I got a story there...but that's for later too and it was so fitting for the day of Jerry's arrival on this ol' planet. Stormy Monday I thought was over the freakin' top...even though I thought there seemed to be a small vocal bobble at the end of the first verse (time and tapes will tell) Gregg's voice in this, once again was just UNREAL !! Sitting further back this night I was able to watch the side screens and I tell ya, he sang that with such heart and passion, it was surreal (and my hubby will testify, SM is not usually my favourite song). The video footage during NOLTRW was very bittersweet. Pretty much the same footage that many of us have seen over the years but no matter how many times you do see it...it's emotional. Like I said bittersweet cause there's not much in this world that can instantaneously create a lump in my throat, tearing up like a baby over what we've lost and yet somehow at the same time there I am grinning like a damn fool, thankful for what they've given us and moreso for what we still have, I'm doing it again now folks, sheesh. And you know the footage of Woody on the couch during an interview, then next shot of him thumping that bass like a mad man, if that in itself don't make you cry...you gots no heart !!! IMOER, was astounding with a 20-ish minute drum quad...lol. Jaimoe was doing his thing and you could hear a pin drop in the place, it was so light yet it filled your ears..it was delicious !! Butch slipped over to the tympanies(and I still don't know how Butch doesn't get his arms all twisted up together playing them tympanies like he does) with Oteil taking over Butch's kit and again Marc waaay up top, being the ever loving crazy man (I feel sorry for his cymbals). And the encore for tonight being Revival was fitting personally. Warren clapping and getting crowd participation maxed out was the cherry on top of it all.

The first night I stood, well danced all night in front with a bunch of dare I say, kids...more than half my age and younger. But it being opening night, in Canada, the ABB...there was no way in H-E-double hockey sticks I was going to be sitting. If I had to choose which show I liked..I'd have to go with Tuesday night. Don't know why, maybe the dancing I don't know also drums was longer Wednesday and I have come to appreciate those ALOT but to me, if they cut it a bit maybe we could have gotten a song or two more. But you know what ? If comparing a 15 song to a 12 song show is the worst I can find in the last two nights....life is pretty damn skippy from where I'm sitting.

And of course what's music without family right ?!?! Band, roadies and brothers and sisters from another mother. It was great to see Kim (ladymule on this site) and her hubby Sandy, who btw is an exceptional singer and guitar player. We also were blessed with Jack and his sister Fran...siblings at an ABB concert is a special thing. A couple of friends from our rez here also made a surprise visit. And Duey...duey, duey, duey...everybody knows Duey !!!!!!! heehee.

I like sharing some of our experiences and don't want to appear to be boastful but we did have a great time and it's not just the music or the band and crew that make the music or the family and friends we encounter on the road, it's the mix of all of the above that make those experiences that will slowly turn into magical, smile splattering memories. You can't have one without the other...so to bring this all full circle I'd like to share some of our non-music times, well okay...there was music in these times too.

Upon arrival at the hotel and after I did the tuck and roll from the truck cause I was too excited to wait for Lynn to come to a complete stop, the bellhops brought our luggage and gear into the lobby. Anybody that knows me, knows Karen does not pack lightly. So here I was suitcase, cooler(s), beer, chairs, ipod stuffs and more stuff, waiting for Lynn to return from parking the truck..and who should come walking over and say "Karen, now how did I know I'd see you here" with a big hug and kiss...it was Burt, our Burt not the other Bert. Lynn walks in and Burt say's "yup, the Bomberrys are here". It might be small and miniscule in the grand scheme of things for some but it sure was a special way for us to begin our musical journey for the next two days.

Couple other notable band/member moments were riding elevators with Jamie, one of the hardest drum techs going. And Oteil and Derek yelling BigSix as we got out of the elevator, that was cute I must admit. Kirk walking across the stage after the first show to chat with us. Warren AND Gregg hangiing in the lobby for a few minutes. Marc admiring the waterfalls in the lobby while Derek was getting flash-bulb eyed (remember flash bulbs, boy I am old) and signing stuff. Jaimoe and Brian Farmer hanging with us after the first night while Sandy sang and played guitar. Exploring the rez and who should we see as we're walking across the parking lot of one of the local shops....Oteil !! He's crusing the rez with duey. They pull up and Oteil jumps out of the car and it was total bliss at that point. And not sure if it was already in the setlist or maybe just wishful thinking but I mentioned to Oteil that is was Jerry's birthday that day and it would be nice to hear Franklin's Tower, to which he replied "listen to her...trying to tell me what to play *laughs* then says, I'll see what I can do." Dreaming ? maybe but it made me feel good.

We left today, laughing and giggling like highschool kids on their first date, arrived home to waiting-happy-to-see-us kids who couldn't wait to see what concert t's we bought them and knowing that we get to do it all again next week, the week after that, and so on and so on...we plan on at least 8 more shows in this run, so watch out, I could be back with more stories.

Yup...life is pretty damn skippy and alas it's time to grow up and be an adult, until the next show anyway.

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  posted on 8/3/2007 at 07:35 AM
Great review Karen. Couldn't agree with ya more. It was a great couple of days!
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  posted on 8/3/2007 at 08:58 AM
Damn! Reading all these reviews this slow Friday morning at work is making me reconsidering attending the SPAC show in Saratoga Sunday night.....Sounds like the brothers are already firing on all cylinders
 

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  posted on 8/3/2007 at 08:59 AM
Hey Karren, Right on.....it was so great meeting yeas. Being able to spend the day with Oteil was truely special. He only has admiration for yeas and the respect he as for you's really shows. It made his day seeing yeas at the http://www.ramashop.com/indexframes.html .

All I can say is that we had an awesome day. We wer at one of the offices in Rama when we all told Oteil that they must play our "National Anthem"......"Stormy Monday" , LOL it was so cool to see his reaction when he and Derrick found this out. We ended up in front row center that night at the show and all we can say is how incredible everyone played.

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  posted on 8/3/2007 at 09:48 AM
Thanks for the great reviews. I'm seeing them tonight in Meadowbrooke!!!
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  posted on 8/3/2007 at 11:33 AM
Great shows! We went both nights.

Tuesday was wonderful and relaxed like a family reunion. Seems as though the band was really listening to each other and enjoying what nuances each added since they last played together. We were grooving up near the stage, and met a very friendly space invader who was quite comfortable with full body contact.

But Wednesday blew me away! I donít know if they had a fight or it was the fresh Ontario air, but they were steaming, the guitar solos and seamless duals between Derek & Warren, the most excellent drums, Oteil doing Franklinís tower, Greg with his vocals at his best. Seated up in sec H, the sound was AMAZING and the screen at the side of the stage allowed you to see lots of fingering detail you canít otherwise see while belly up to the stage. I donít think I can expand much more than what the other folks have posted, but I do hope there are recordings.

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  posted on 8/3/2007 at 12:58 PM
Yea, must have been that Ontario Air......on the Rez. I totally agree with you.....they were on fire that nite.

There was definitely a good vibe all around.

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  posted on 8/4/2007 at 06:28 PM
Enjoy the tour everyone

 

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  posted on 8/4/2007 at 08:00 PM
thanks for the great reviews!
 

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  posted on 8/10/2007 at 10:11 AM
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