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  posted on 3/10/2009 at 09:35 AM
First Off, Last night was very entertaining and Moogis is a special offering! I love it.

Taj, Levon etc were very unique.

However, I still feel that ZERO guests is the way to go. Too often, the Beacon guests turn the event into a sing along were the Derek, Warren and Gregg etc are spectators. Yes, they each had a solo here and there, but I;d rather have 4-7 soulfull ABB songs with a Derek solo, or Warren/Gregg vocals and the ABB delivering that unique energy that they have recreated here in the last 8 years. Sorry, it is only b/c I feel so strongly about ABB!

 
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  posted on 3/10/2009 at 10:13 AM
I think it depends on the guest/setlist. I thought the band served as a "backup" for Taj. He's one of my favorites, but he didn't integrate. Not quite as much with Levon. The Weight worked better because the ABB has a history of covering it on their own.

Too much guest, backing the guests rather than the guest playing with the band. "Those are where the problems arise.

 

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  posted on 3/10/2009 at 10:30 AM
I don't consider that a problem at all. I love hearing and seeing guests at the Beacon. It's a once a year event and if the ABB want that musician onstage, I'm down with that. It's not like anyone is sitting in for an entire show. If it makes you mad or sad, go get a beer.

 

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  posted on 3/10/2009 at 10:33 AM
My 2 cents .. and it usually gets me into trouble but here goes

Since the smooth sound I fell in love with is long gone from the band, I don't mind the guests so much. I'm from another generation of ABB so even the current line up of the band really isnt Allman Brothers for me. If Johnny Winter, Levon Helm or Elvin Bishop stop by, I really don't mind. Keeps it interesting.

In 2007

I had 4 nights of Tedeschi, who isnt to my personal taste in music, so I do hear what is being said by the first two posts and everyone is entitled to have their say

 

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  posted on 3/10/2009 at 11:28 AM
Special Guests - my take, if you are there for a single concert then I agree more ABB less guests, but with Moogis, my feeling is, the more the better.

Here is a setlist and photos

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  posted on 3/10/2009 at 11:39 AM
I have to agree with Terri. I'm not saying all the guests are to my liking, however the band just has a great time with them onstage, you can see it on their faces. With all of that energy flowing out how can you not get into it! One of the greatest things about the ABB is that they are willing to share the stage with anyone they feel can compliment them. There is no "it's all about me" attitude. And I love that about them!
 

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  posted on 3/10/2009 at 11:45 AM
I agree with Terri. Hi sister! What's not to like about Taj Mahal and Levon Helm?!! We're talking LEGENDS here! I call it a royal treat!!

 

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  posted on 3/10/2009 at 11:47 AM
I have mixed feelings about guests, and it is because it depends upon the guest/guests. I was not impressed with the show in 2007 with Taj and Sumlin. I did not enjoy the songs they played on and felt Taj was on too long. It did take away from the flow of the show and I did not feel that they were incorporated into the ABB but it was more like Taj with the ABB as his backup band. On the other hand, the Jukes horns and Chuck Leavell added a new dimension to the Brothers tunes and that was very positive. So was Leslie West, Frampton, Gary Rossington, and many others. It depends upon the collection of the guests but I am not opposed to have them sit in.

 

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  posted on 3/10/2009 at 11:53 AM
Musicmann,
that's basically what I was saying above. But, 3 years ago I received a Beacon show and stated that what is best about the run is ala Forest Gump "It's like a box of chocalate; you never know what you're going to get." When Paul McCartney plays, as historic a figure as he is, if you walk in 3 nights in a row at 9:30 you can superimpose the riffs. Each night is different here; just hope when I go Warren doesn't get sick like the last time I went and I basically hear Soul Stew again

 

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  posted on 3/10/2009 at 11:56 AM
My personal opinion is I like the guests that jam.

 

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  posted on 3/10/2009 at 12:17 PM
I think having guests is great. If there is any band out there that can play anybody's music its the ABB's. Bring em on.

 

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  posted on 3/10/2009 at 12:38 PM
I know that levon is a special guest, same with Dickey, even maybe Chuck L. but why would I want to hear Taj Majal sing instead of Gregg? On Statesboro even. Would you ever choose a Taj Mahal concert over gregg Allman one? ("No") I just worry that filling the stage with inferior guests (read: Clapton) is not as high quality a product as when these guys play alone. They are a creative jam band and can hit new heights every time they play the song they played the night before. If they are slowing down, whether it be this year or 5 years from now, I want every bit of them I can get. Only other time to see them is summer tour, if it does happen....which typically doesn't dive as deeply into their song catalogue. Not complaining here. just sayin'......I know we are all lucky to get these shows at all

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  posted on 3/10/2009 at 12:46 PM
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I have to agree with Terri. I'm not saying all the guests are to my liking, however the band just has a great time with them onstage, you can see it on their faces. With all of that energy flowing out how can you not get into it! One of the greatest things about the ABB is that they are willing to share the stage with anyone they feel can compliment them. There is no "it's all about me" attitude. And I love that about them!

I definately agree! I never saw Derek so happy as when Taj was out there dancing and singing. Gregg seemed to be really into it. And how about Jaimoe! It is like the old days when more than one band played on the same stage and sometime during the night they all jammed togather. Thumbs up to having Duane's friends stop in!

 

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  posted on 3/10/2009 at 12:51 PM
all good...there are 14 more concerts--plenty of time for guests,no guests,evolving setlists,new & old jams...this band got it all,there's plenty of concert time & the members of the ABB,if their grins mean anything, were quite pleased with the guests & with their own playing..& they were GREAT! we are blessed to have this band & these guys & blessed to still have musical treasures amongst us...no complaints here & i love watching & hearing the musicians play what they enjoy & with those they admire..a true pleasure of an evening
 

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  posted on 3/10/2009 at 12:52 PM
Well ac, you are complaining.

There are 15 shows. If Taj sings Statesboro Blues one time, so what? Personally I thought he was great. I have heard Gregg sing it dozens of times. A guest singing it one time will not get a complaint from me. And Claption being inferior? Come on. Is it ok if he sings Layla if/when he appears during the run?

Stop whining and enjoy the shows.

 

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  posted on 3/10/2009 at 12:58 PM
sorry, just how I feel. And, no, unfortunately I am not going to every show so if I had to sit through all the Taj last night.... You are telling me Clapton is better than Derek or Warren? puh-lease. I LOVE the ABB version of Layla, however
 

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  posted on 3/10/2009 at 12:59 PM
Some people are just never happy.......

 

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  posted on 3/10/2009 at 12:59 PM
ac, I think you lose all credibility with the "Clapton inferior" statement..........
 

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  posted on 3/10/2009 at 01:03 PM
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I know that levon is a special guest, same with Dickey, even maybe Chuck L. but why would I want to hear Taj Majal sing instead of Gregg? On Statesboro even. Would you ever choose a Taj Mahal concert over gregg Allman one? ("No") I just worry that filling the stage with inferior guests (read: Clapton) is not as high quality a product as when these guys play alone. They are a creative jam band and can hit new heights every time they play the song they played the night before. If they are slowing down, whether it be this year or 5 years from now, I want every bit of them I can get. Only other time to see them is summer tour, if it does happen....which typically doesn't dive as deeply into their song catalogue. Not complaining here. just sayin'......I know we are all lucky to get these shows at all

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The summer tour is about playing conventional and with setlists heavier on the "hits". The Beacon is all about letting loose, experimentation and honoring the musicians that inspired the band.

Taj Mahal is responsible for the arrangement of Statesboro that the ABB performs. What more of a tribute than to bring him on stage to sing it. I felt the energy that Taj brought to the stage last night electrified the band and the house. I can understand your point- if you don't get to a lot of shows, you wanna hear Gregg sing. But you can't get performances like last night anywhere else but the Beacon, that's what I love about it.

Likewise, the tribute that the ABB paid to Levon by doing HIS arrangement of The Weight, rather than the Aretha/Duane version was out of this world.

I am chomping at the bit, because my first show is not until next Monday.

 

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  posted on 3/10/2009 at 01:04 PM
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but why would I want to hear Taj Majal sing instead of Gregg? On Statesboro even.


In a word, Respect. As Duane said during the Syria Mosque show when he was talking up Taj's opening set, "He's not just a man, he's a lesson in how to live." At least I think that's what he said.

Duane understood that without artists like Taj Mahal and Hubert Sumlin, to name just 2, there would be no Allman Brothers Band as we know it. It was Taj's version of Statesboro with Jesse Ed Davis (who played with the ABB after Duane's death) that inspired Duane to learn how to play slide.

Music, and especially Blues, is a continuum, not a vacuum. The best bands, like the ABB, J. Geils, the Stones, etc. have always understood that and have gone out of their way to honor their influences. It's way to pay it forward and that's what keeps it alive as an art form.

Without bands like the ABB, this music won't survive.

 

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  posted on 3/10/2009 at 01:06 PM
I don't mind the guests at all. Having seen the band in it's many different lineups over the last 39 years I have heard a lot of different versions of many of the songs. To add another different flavor by having a guest perform it is ok with me. Yes some of the guests are not my personal choices but if the band members want to play with him/her all power to them. Keep surprising me.
 

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  posted on 3/10/2009 at 01:06 PM
I don't understand how anyone could have any problem with the guests that the ABB invite to play with them at the Beacon. These shows are as intimate and unique as they come. You get to experience something very special and one of a kind. I'm not saying that they need to have guests, but I think it helps to keep things fresh and exciting for the band. Last night's guests were off the hook IMO and I'm looking forward to many more surprises.

 

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  posted on 3/10/2009 at 01:08 PM
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ac, I think you lose all credibility with the "Clapton inferior" statement..........
LOL - agree!
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Some people are just never happy.......
More agreement!

And Taj on Statesboro Blues is just a no-brainer ... especially since he recorded this before ABB became a band.

 

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  posted on 3/10/2009 at 01:08 PM
Wow, if Eric Clapton is an inferior guest, I can't wait to see who all shows up that make him look inferior.
 

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  posted on 3/10/2009 at 01:10 PM
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I don't understand how anyone could have any problem with the guests that the ABB invite to play with them at the Beacon. These shows are as intimate and unique as they come. You get to experience something very special and one of a kind. I'm not saying that they need to have guests, but I think it helps to keep things fresh and exciting for the band. Last night's guests were off the hook IMO and I'm looking forward to many more surprises.


Except for Vince Esquire and a drunk Taylor Hicks. And personally I think the Juke Horns twirl better than they play... give me Holloway, Collins, or Coltrane any day.

 

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