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  posted on 3/14/2009 at 10:21 AM
First show of this year's run for us. We sat in the loge 2nd row near <shrug> Bruce Willis' girlfriend. Which leads in to this show.

The 1st set smoked. The kind of smoked that makes you think the night is young and the 2nd set would blow us away. Not so fast. The Beacon looks great. The Bathrooms are cleaner. The Dolan's security wasn't to bad though I did get a pat down. Didn't smell one ounce of smoke inside the theater all night. Very odd.

Highlights: 1st set only: Best Southband ever with fantastic horn section. Excellent Don't Keep Me Wonderin' and a new jam which had tremendous Derek influence. The jam was the 3rd tune of the night and was a full on all out fusion thing that felt like a 2nd set tune.

Lowlight: Bruce Willis standing on stage, putting a harmonica to his mouth once in awhile and us trying to figure out why we had the bad luck of seeing him BOTH times he's sat in at ABB/Beacon shows.

Lowlight: Boz Scaggs 4th song would have been enough Boz for me. He's talented but 4 songs in the 2nd set is too many. The 2nd set had maybe 2-3 actual ABB song, the rest were covers including common Mule/Van Morrison Into The Mystic which, while nice, at that point of the 2nd set, I was waiting for Greg to break out a Dreams or somthing. Greg didn't sing much at all last night, Warren must have sung 4-5 songs easily. The 2nd set finally did end with a full length encore Whipping Post and when I looked down at my watch at the end, dumbstruck to find the show was over by 11:15! What? 8:30-11:15 with set break on a Friday night let alone the 13th??? What???

Overall: 1st set was a joy, a pleasure, loved every second with the best Southbound ever. 2nd set major let down in both special guests, song selection, show length.

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Beacon Theatre - NYC

Set 1
Midnight Rider
Don't Keep Me Wonderin
Done Somebody Wrong
New Instrumental
Into The Mystic w/The Juke Horns
One Way Out w/Bruce Willis
Smokestack Lightning w/Bruce Willis
Southbound w/The Juke Horns

Set 2
It's Takes A Lot To Laugh (It Takes A Train To Cry) w/Boz Scaggs
Sick and Tired of Fooling Around With You w/Boz Scaggs and The Juke Horns
Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City w/Boz Scaggs and The Juke Horns
Loan Me A Dime w/Boz Scaggs and The Juke Horns
The Same Thing w/The Juke Horns
Wasted Words
No One To Run With

Encore
Whipping Post


[Edited on 3/14/2009 by brucegz]

 

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  posted on 3/14/2009 at 10:29 AM
Hey Bruce,

You might want to move this post to the Beacon Talk forum.

 

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  posted on 3/14/2009 at 10:37 AM
dont know what show you were listening to last night but could not have been the one i was at. Loan me a Dime with Boz Scaggs was a gift from the heavens. Derek and Warren and Oteil were on absolute all cylinders. How could you say no ABB songs, when the went from Same Thing to Wasted Words to Nobody Left to Run With to one of the best Whipping Posts i have ever heard.

People looking at their watches and figuring that they got shorted by 10 minutes of music.

This was an excellent show.

 

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  posted on 3/14/2009 at 10:57 AM
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dont know what show you were listening to last night but could not have been the one i was at. Loan me a Dime with Boz Scaggs was a gift from the heavens. Derek and Warren and Oteil were on absolute all cylinders. How could you say no ABB songs, when the went from Same Thing to Wasted Words to Nobody Left to Run With to one of the best Whipping Posts i have ever heard.

People looking at their watches and figuring that they got shorted by 10 minutes of music.

This was an excellent show.


Fair call on the Nobody Left, that was the 2nd set highlight and closer, great point, it was very strong. The Wasted Words was decent, not a personal favorite. My point about Boz was that 3 songs was too many. I thought it brought the 2nd set down. JMO, YMMV.

 

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  posted on 3/14/2009 at 11:02 AM
Pretty much the rule of thumb has been each guest plays three songs.

Horns were the exception.

Can't get enough of the Jukes when they join the band on stage.

That Southbound could have gone on for another 20 minutes.

 

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  posted on 3/14/2009 at 11:06 AM
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Hey Bruce,

You might want to move this post to the Beacon Talk forum.


Ok thanks. Still getting used to the new format.

 

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  posted on 3/14/2009 at 11:11 AM
Boz actually played for 4 songs...

In my opinion, Lone Me a Dime is up there as song of the run so far...fantastic stuff!

 

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  posted on 3/14/2009 at 11:59 AM
I was at Thursday's show which for me, was the best of the 4 so far. I loved Loan Me a Dime last night. Awesome! That said, I am glad I was at Thursdays show. See u 3/21
 

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  posted on 3/14/2009 at 01:06 PM
I agree about the 2nd set, bruce. I still thought it was an excellent show, but while both sets had the same energy, the 2nd set was about 1 song too much Boz and inexplicably repeated the 2 closing numbers from Tuesday's 2nd set. "Same Thing", "Whipping Post" and particularly "Southbound" smoked, though, and I kind of liked Bruce Willis on "Smokestack Lightning". You can't not like Bruce, but I know how frustrating it can be, with all of the amazing guests they invite, to happen to get a repeat. Luck of the draw, I guess.

 

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  posted on 3/14/2009 at 01:33 PM
OMG!!! Amazing!!!
The show last night was off the boards! Really love what the Juke Horns add (and they are so fun to watch!). Boz with the Bros on Loan Me a Dime and Bobby Blue Bland's Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City ... it just doesn't get much better than this (I had tears). The horns on Southbound - played already this run but totally different and wonderful last night. Gregg sounding wonderful, Derek and Warren - there are no words. My new best friend is Moogis!!! 5 more sleeps till the live thang!

 

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  posted on 3/14/2009 at 01:38 PM
Bruce Willis must be some kind of joke. Look, he's a famous actor; if he were not, is he really talented enough to be standing onstage with The Allman Brothers? Reminds me of in the 90's when Dickey had his buddy Don Johnson come out for a couple of tunes here in the Bay area. As for Boz, well, hard for me to believe I would not have dug every second he was onstage. He's a Bay area dude, and I've seen him enough times to know how GREAT he really is. I only hope he sits in at The Fox in Oakland.

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  posted on 3/14/2009 at 01:45 PM
Rob - Boz was great last night. They nailed it on Loan Me a Dime. Many smiles all around among the artists on stage and it was apparent they were all digging it, too. Boz stopped and gave Warren a kiss on his way out. Me - I was in heaven.

 

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Bruce Willis must be some kind of joke. Look, he's a famous actor; if he were not, is he really talented enough to be standing onstage with The Allman Brothers? Reminds me of in the 70's when Dickey had his buddy Don Johnson come out for a couple of tunes here in the Bay area. As for Boz, well, hard for me to believe I would not have dug every second he was onstage. He's a Bay area dude, and I've seen him enough times to know how GREAT he really is. I only hope he sits in at The Fox in Oakland.


Bruce was fine onstage, he wasn't trying to steal the spot light (he wasn't up there to sing). If anything he looked a little sheepish and reverential and he isn't a bad harp player. The Boz set was nice but ate up too much of the 2nd set in my opinion. But then I've never been a fan, I always thought he was kind of cheezy and sounds like a muppet.

 

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  posted on 3/14/2009 at 01:57 PM
I had to work last night and I'm just now catching the show. IMO another great one, all the way around.
Unless I get called into work later, I'll be in the chat room having fun again this evening

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Pretty much the rule of thumb has been each guest plays three songs.

Horns were the exception.

Can't get enough of the Jukes when they join the band on stage.

That Southbound could have gone on for another 20 minutes.



Southbound was off the charts good two nights in a row to close the first set. Each version was completely different in style but both smoked!!!

 

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  posted on 3/14/2009 at 03:02 PM
I thought Warren was gonna blow the roof off the Beacon with his guitar work in the new instrumental. Just blistering!!!

 

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  posted on 3/14/2009 at 03:49 PM
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First show of this year's run for us. We sat in the loge 2nd row near <shrug> Bruce Willis' girlfriend. Which leads in to this show.

The 1st set smoked. The kind of smoked that makes you think the night is young and the 2nd set would blow us away. Not so fast. The Beacon looks great. The Bathrooms are cleaner. The Dolan's security wasn't to bad though I did get a pat down. Didn't smell one ounce of smoke inside the theater all night. Very odd.

Highlights: 1st set only: Best Southband ever with fantastic horn section. Excellent Don't Keep Me Wonderin' and a new jam which had tremendous Derek influence. The jam was the 3rd tune of the night and was a full on all out fusion thing that felt like a 2nd set tune.

Lowlight: Bruce Willis standing on stage, putting a harmonica to his mouth once in awhile and us trying to figure out why we had the bad luck of seeing him BOTH times he's sat in at ABB/Beacon shows.

Lowlight: Boz Scaggs 4th song would have been enough Boz for me. He's talented but 4 songs in the 2nd set is too many. The 2nd set had maybe 2-3 actual ABB song, the rest were covers including common Mule/Van Morrison Into The Mystic which, while nice, at that point of the 2nd set, I was waiting for Greg to break out a Dreams or somthing. Greg didn't sing much at all last night, Warren must have sung 4-5 songs easily. The 2nd set finally did end with a full length encore Whipping Post and when I looked down at my watch at the end, dumbstruck to find the show was over by 11:15! What? 8:30-11:15 with set break on a Friday night let alone the 13th??? What???

Overall: 1st set was a joy, a pleasure, loved every second with the best Southbound ever. 2nd set major let down in both special guests, song selection, show length.

See ya in 2 weeks!

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3-13-09
Beacon Theatre - NYC

Set 1
Midnight Rider
Don't Keep Me Wonderin
Done Somebody Wrong
New Instrumental
Into The Mystic w/The Juke Horns
One Way Out w/Bruce Willis
Smokestack Lightning w/Bruce Willis
Southbound w/The Juke Horns

Set 2
It's Takes A Lot To Laugh (It Takes A Train To Cry) w/Boz Scaggs
Sick and Tired of Fooling Around With You w/Boz Scaggs and The Juke Horns
Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City w/Boz Scaggs and The Juke Horns
Loan Me A Dime w/Boz Scaggs and The Juke Horns
The Same Thing w/The Juke Horns
Wasted Words
No One To Run With

Encore
Whipping Post


[Edited on 3/14/2009 by brucegz]


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  posted on 3/14/2009 at 07:14 PM
I have to disagree: most of the first set was average and I liked the second set better. The highlights of both sets were amazing, though: an excellent Don't Keep Me Wondering, the new instrumental, which had some twists and turns that weren't quite like any other Allman Brothers song (and I hope the dTb tries it, too - it reminded me just a little of Hey Driver, What City?), a very nice Into the Mystic. Boz Scaggs' mini-set was cool and Loan Me a Dime was amazing. This is one song I wish had never gone away and I'm very glad I was there when it came back. The show took off from there. The horns punched up The Same Thing, as they usually do, and I liked Oteil's bass solo into some horn jamming and a very dirty solo from Derek. (Wasted Words may not have been the best song in the next spot- I think Come and Go Blues would have been better.) After that was probably the best No One to Run With I've head. Derek's solo was measured but ecstatic and I still really like the outro jam with Warren.

Whipping Post was the best song of the night and Derek's solo was near indescribable. I always love what he does on Whipping Post, but this was one for the ages and I'm looking forward to hearing it again.

Are we really back? I think we are!

As an aside... I'm glad people liked Bruce Willis, but honestly, I'm not nominating him for the harp hall of fame any time soon. He blew a note in One Way Out REALLY badly - it was excruciating - and was okay on Smokestack Lightning, but nothing to write home about. I'd have preferred Thom Doucette or John Popper, who may not be for everybody but can definitely play.

 

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  posted on 3/14/2009 at 08:28 PM
I'm going to add one more thing, Jaimoe seems to really be laying back nowadays. He's had off & on nights over the past few years in terms of stepping out a bit but last night he was just tapping away while Butch, like always, was pounding it hard and doing it all. Never seen the Jasssss band, wonder what he's like in that. I've seen him on occassional ABB nights when he puts a bunch of groovy fills in and around but last night he just held steady and quiet. Maybe just a quiet night for J.

 

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  posted on 3/14/2009 at 08:36 PM
Speaking of, bruce, who were the guys that sat in for Jaimoe on "Same Thing" and "Southbound"? The "Same Thing" guest drummer was pretty damned good.

 

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Speaking of, bruce, who were the guys that sat in for Jaimoe on "Same Thing" and "Southbound"? The "Same Thing" guest drummer was pretty damned good.


Don't know but I agree, he was damn'd good. Same Thing is far from a favorite but as I said earlier, that was the hottest Southbound I've seen live. Similar feeling to the Nobody Left... but I've seen a couple blistering NLTRWA.

 

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  posted on 3/15/2009 at 09:38 PM
It was my 1st show of the run. l really enjoyed the 2nd set!! l also audio recorded it for the rail @ the loge. PM me if anyone wants a copy.
 
 


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