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  posted on 10/1/2008 at 03:35 PM
I'm becoming a more open-minded music listener as I get a little older. I try not to judge anything until I've given it a really good listening. I'm not a deadhead in any way. I like some of their stuff and I caught the original line-up on their way out in '94. But I can whole heartedly admit that I've never been one who "gets" the whole Dead thing. I've endured Bobby and Ratdog 4 times this summer. I still have ZERO love for Ratdog. I bought the last Phil CD that featured Warren and Jimmy Herring and I just can't get into it.

Caught the last half of Phil's set at Merriweather last night and was pretty much blown away. They absolutely jammed. Definitely the most I've ever gotten into any Dead-related project. I've always appreciated John Molo's work. He and Phil have a great chemistry. My first time seeing Larry Campbell, Jackie Greene, and steel player (Barry Sless??). Keyboard player was great. Green did a fine job. Campbell was GREAT. The steel player really added something special to the mix, so much so that I don't know if I would have dug it as much if he wasn't there (if that makes any sense).
St. Stephen, Eleven, Other One, Eyes of the World, Sugaree were just really good stuff. (Caught Ratdog's Sugaree in Saratoga and it PALED in comparison to Phil's band). I wish I would have gotten to the show earlier to catch their whole set. And I do believe that I would check out Phil's band in the future even if they weren't playing with my favorite band. Just a really tight group of musicians. I thought their performance was completely on-par with The Brothers last night.
So, in closing, keep an open mind. You never know what you might discover.

[Edited on 10/1/2008 by Mule75]

[Edited on 10/1/2008 by Mule75]

 
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  posted on 10/1/2008 at 03:48 PM
Right on, right on!

Thanks for the good review

 

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  posted on 10/1/2008 at 03:50 PM
I'll keep an open mind.

Leaving for Carolina tomorrow.

Raleigh/Charlotte ... Friday/Saturday.

 

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  posted on 10/1/2008 at 03:58 PM
Phil usually brings his A game. By far my favorite of what is left of the GD

I much rather have seen the ABB with Phil this summer.

 

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  posted on 10/1/2008 at 04:04 PM
I am curious to see Phil actually. I am a huge NON Dead fan, not that I dislike them, they just were not on my radar, at all.

I have seen Ratdog a few times in the past few years and was pleasantly surprised that I sort of liked them.

So, again, curious to hear Phil's band.

 

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  posted on 10/1/2008 at 04:05 PM
You should have been there for the first half!

It was great set

 

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  posted on 10/1/2008 at 04:11 PM
GREAT post! Now THAT'S what I'm talkin' about!

Phil Rules...and Phil with The ABB is a Dream combination of talents.

 

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  posted on 10/1/2008 at 04:12 PM
If you like ratdog,you will love PHIL! Phil is the man! Phil and friends playing 14 nights in N.Y.C. in november. Phil and THE BROTHERS LOVE NEW YORK.november phil march ABB oh yea THE MULE in december! GO east young man go east! this is going to be crazy!
 

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  posted on 10/1/2008 at 05:13 PM
I know somebody is going to get mad at me for saying this, but I really couldn't get into Phil and Friends last night at Merriweather. Now I'll be honest and say I'm not a Philhead, and haven't really been into the Dead since the early '70s, although I've listened to them through the years, and have appreciated the music that they have done, but truth be told, haven't been their "biggest fan". Don't get me wrong, I think this version of Phil and Friends has got some excellent musicians and everybody was playing very well last night. But for some reason the "energy" wasn't there for me with Phil & Friends, and I certainly wanted it to be. Personally, I felt that the sound mix was off. Phil's bass was way up in the mix, and IMHO it "muddy'ed" up the sound for the rest of the band. Quite often I was trying to hear what the other players were doing, but felt their contibutions were somewhat "drowned out" because of the bass heavy mix. The ABB on the other hand, had a great sound mix, and you could hear everybody cleanly and clearly. On top of that the ABB definely came out with their "A" game. Great setlist and great playing.
 

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  posted on 10/1/2008 at 05:47 PM
Right now Phil has this group really clicking, I've seen them a bunch over the past year or so and I'm really looking forward to Nokia in November.

 

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  posted on 10/1/2008 at 05:54 PM
Last night - sound was a bit muddy for both bands from where we were sitting.

At any rate - this group that currently makes up Phil and Friends is not some version of your Father's Grateful Dead.
The phrase that keeps coming to me when i see them is "rock and roll" - tight, high energy, great musicians, great songs....
Heck, earlier in the year they did a cover of Midnight Rider that would do the ABB proud...

 
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  posted on 10/1/2008 at 05:59 PM
"Jerry Garcia, he walks on water man" ...Duane Allman

 

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  posted on 10/1/2008 at 06:10 PM
quote:
"Jerry Garcia, he walks on water man" ...Duane Allman


Good one Aiq...and indeed Jerry most certainly did. Duane knew what many others knew about Jerry...

quote:
I know somebody is going to get mad at me for saying this, but I really couldn't get into Phil and Friends last night at Merriweather. Now I'll be honest and say I'm not a Philhead, and haven't really been into the Dead since the early '70s, although I've listened to them through the years, and have appreciated the music that they have done, but truth be told, haven't been their "biggest fan". Don't get me wrong, I think this version of Phil and Friends has got some excellent musicians and everybody was playing very well last night. But for some reason the "energy" wasn't there for me with Phil & Friends, and I certainly wanted it to be.


Nothing wrong with saying that at all just because you feel a bit differently than the rest of us that posted here. At least you made your point in a nice, courteous and diplomatic manner. THat is a far cry from a couple of folks in another thread the other day who all but crucified The ABB for even playing on the same bill as Phil & Friends. Nice job with your views even if they differ...

 

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  posted on 10/1/2008 at 06:12 PM
Jim is dead on, no pun intended, with his "not your father's grateful dead" statement.
I've seen many of the Phil incarnations, my fav being Warren and Derek in '99
up until last night. These folks bring such a fresh sound to all the dead catalog, but
most of the Phil and Phriends band do. I think Jackie Greene is the catalyst to
the energy and freshness to the classic dead tunes. It doesn't hurt that they
have a killer combination of musicians. It is my first ABB show since '71
that I enjoyed the opening, or co-headliner, act as much or better than the
Bros'. I'm listening to a Sugar-meg Phil show as I type. Its all good. WE are lucky
people.

 
 


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