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Author: Subject: Dickey Pics 3/21 and Review- Healing Vibes Needed!

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  posted on 3/22/2009 at 10:05 AM
Dickey is my hero. You can see in his son Duane's eyes that he is his hero too. You can also see the pain in Duane's eyes when Dickey is so sloppy under the influence that he has trouble doing what it is that made him so great.
Last night's show, while thrilling at times, was an absolute trainwreck.

Here's the setlist-


My table was literally against the stage and Dickey was 4 feet from me for the 2 1/2 hour set. When the show started, Dickey came staggering out and uttered some unintelligble words and launched into Les Brers. As much as I wanted to love it, he massacred it.



And so went the night. Dickey's energy ebbed and flowed. When he'd leave the stage, his energy would return when he did.
His nose ran all night and once, he turned his back to us, put his finger to the side of his nose, and cleared his sinuses all over his Marshall.
I'm not saying anything, I'm just saying.....



Duane played very well, despite the fact that he was clearly walking on eggshells. His quick sidelong glances and lip biting told the story. Duane has to have the lightest touch on his guitar of any player I've ever seen. He is so gentle that his fingers barely move.



Pedro Smokes!!
I have never seen a bass player with his abilty. I talked to him after the show. What a gentleman he is, that is greatful to be doing what he is doing.


Andy - what can I say? His solo in "IMOER" was the best of the night. Despite breaking a string on his 335, he wailed!


Dickey teetered on greatness and tottered on sadness. I have had my bout with substance abuse and I felt for him. I had this feeling to bring an AA book along. I don't know why, but it occurred to me to do it. I didn't. I could have handed it to him. I just want to help this guy release himself from his pain.

At the finale, the band launched into "Ramblin Man". Dickey started in the wrong key.
The band kept playing, but Dickey decided it was time to blame his guitar tech. He turned around, and loudly started tuning his guitar. I could see his strobe clearly and it was right on. Growing more frustrated, Dickey was clearly pitching a fit. The band slowly dropped out of the song and all you heard was Dickey smacking his guitar and it's strings. The guitar tech was nervously standing off, holding up another guitar. Dickey walks up to the mic and screams "God, some people, you think you could GET a good f*cking tech". He then points at the the guy, who actually took a bow. I'm guessing this has happened before.

I'll post more pics and no more ill words.
My hope is that everyone here will pray for Dickey. We are all given choices and I am afriad we going to bury this great man soon if he doesn't choose a different road.



 

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  posted on 3/22/2009 at 10:20 AM
Thanks for posting goldtopper. Sending healing vibes Dickey's way....how sad
(((((((((((((Dickey)))))))))))))))

 

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  posted on 3/22/2009 at 10:25 AM
Wow, first time in quite a while I've read about a really bad Dickey show.

I've seen him five times in the last three years and never gotten a clunker show and he's been in good shape at all of them.

Shame he took it out on his tech.

That guy was extremely pleasant to Susan & I last summer when we watched the Lewiston show from the guitar tent on stage.


Can't say enough about Pedro, he's a great guy and an incredible player.

I wonder what they'll say about this show on the bitter site.

 

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  posted on 3/22/2009 at 10:56 AM
Goldtopper,
This sounds like 2 of the last 3 Dickey shows that I've seen, especially the parts about ripping the guitar tech. Actually I think he did this at all 3 shows I've seen. Hope he is able to straighten himself out.

 

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  posted on 3/22/2009 at 10:58 AM
Is it me or does Duane Betts look like Carl Spackler from Caddyshack when he sticks his bottom lip out????

 

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  posted on 3/22/2009 at 11:05 AM
Thanks for the brutally honest review. Sad really. I saw him on the 14th in Cleveland and thought he was very much in control of himself and band. Sounds like he really tied on one for his final gig.

This almost makes me hope he doesn't come to the Beacon. If he is right it will be phenomenal, but if not..... I'm worried about what could happen.

 

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  posted on 3/22/2009 at 11:18 AM
One small review in the GB at the brown site.

Blames technical issues for the problems during the show.

 

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  posted on 3/22/2009 at 11:33 AM
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His nose ran all night and once, he turned his back to us, put his finger to the side of his nose, and cleared his sinuses all over his Marshall.
I'm not saying anything, I'm just saying.....


There is this respiratory flu going round.

I'm just saying ....

 

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  posted on 3/22/2009 at 11:40 AM
I am very sad to read that review as it has been quite some time since one was that bad. It has seemed like he was in good condition and the quality of the shows was very consistent. With rumors swirling about the Beacon, I sure hope that if he does indeed show uo that he comes READY to pay homage to his heritage (for his sake).

 

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  posted on 3/22/2009 at 11:57 AM
Thanks for the pics goldtopper. I'm sorry the show was a bust save for the performances of the other band members.

I'd still like to see him play even though he canceled the last time he was out my way (you still owe me $25 Dickey!). From all the reviews written and talked about, he's the kind of performer you just have to take your chances with.

 

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  posted on 3/22/2009 at 12:12 PM
Saw them on 3/17. The set list was the same. In fact it was written in exactly the same way...looks like they xeroxed it. Dickey played well and seemed to be in control when I saw him, though he did have a bottle of Bud on stage with him. Mike Kach was also throwing some beers down and always had a cigarette going. I'm not saying it's wrong, but it's strikingly different than anything you'd ever see at an ABB show.
 

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  posted on 3/22/2009 at 12:29 PM
I'm sorry to read this. It sounded like this year began really well for him and the band, too. I wish Dickey the very best.

 

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  posted on 3/22/2009 at 12:46 PM
to reiterate, there are some very nasty flu bugs around......
there is only one Dickey Betts.....
All the best to Brother Dickey.........

 

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  posted on 3/22/2009 at 12:48 PM
This is a fairly accurate description of what I have seen with the last 3 DBGS shows I chose to attend, going back to about '05. I have mixed emotions about this type of post, I play guitar because of Duane & Dickey. I have seen the man play at least 50 times. Then again, there are those here that absolutely refuse to believe that something like this could ever happen. It does happen and when it does it is so very, very sad. The man will be playing to almost empty saloons in the near future. Tough love is needed here. And soon.

 

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  posted on 3/22/2009 at 12:55 PM
That is too bad.....When will the day come when Great Southern wont play with him anymore? I love Dickey and all, but Pedro is too good of a musician to have to deal with that crap. I will lose any/all respect I have for Dickey if he shows up at the Beacon and pulls this kind of garbage. No more shows, no defense when people bash him, nothing. If he shows up and smokes, the guitar that is, I will have a new-found respect for him. It all depends on the Beacon. Anyway, this got me thinking, I believe that a new band should form, combining a couple different together:

Devon Allman - guitar, vocals
Duane Betts - guitar
Tony Tyler - guitar, keys
Pedro Arevalo - bass, vocals
Jack Kirkner - keys
Marco Olyzabel? - drums
Duane Trucks - drums

LOL that would be a kickass band, not possible, but would be awesome. Soon enough, hopefully, Duane and Pedro will branch out and we can see how great they really are.

 

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  posted on 3/22/2009 at 01:05 PM
Nothin' like some new "Dick's Picks"


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  posted on 3/22/2009 at 01:09 PM
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Devon Allman - guitar, vocals
Duane Betts - guitar
Tony Tyler - guitar, keys
Pedro Arevalo - bass, vocals
Jack Kirkner - keys
Marco Olyzabel? - drums
Duane Trucks - drums

LOL that would be a kickass band, not possible, but would be awesome. Soon enough, hopefully, Duane and Pedro will branch out and we can see how great they really are.




I like that lineup.

 

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  posted on 3/22/2009 at 01:32 PM
Hey I actually like that Line up and would love to see them together.... mighty nice...


Just a thought on the original topic here....

This is what goldtopper put on top of one of the pictures... If this wasn't a preconceived notion before you even got to the show.... I don't know what is.....


{quote} I have had my bout with substance abuse and I felt for him. I had this feeling to bring an AA book along. I don't know why, but it occurred to me to do it. I didn't. I could have handed it to him. I just want to help this guy release himself from his pain.

 

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His nose ran all night and once, he turned his back to us, put his finger to the side of his nose, and cleared his sinuses all over his Marshall.
I'm not saying anything, I'm just saying.....


There is this respiratory flu going round.

I'm just saying ....


There 'sho is a lotta flu goin' around. Bring Betts some soup when you seem him.

http://www.intellicast.com/Health/Influenza.aspx?location=

 

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  posted on 3/22/2009 at 01:58 PM
saw the current band two years ago, fantastic.

Heard a show from three weeks ago, smokin...

Looking forward to hearing them at the Birchmere next month...

Long live Dickey Betts, author of IMOER, and original Allman Brother.

 

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  posted on 3/22/2009 at 02:12 PM
I've seen Dickey play drunk and not sure why he has to get loaded before some shows. But when he's on which is most of the time these days he's great.


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By John Petric

Published: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 3:46 PM EDT

He looks like a Confederate soldier, rawboned and hawk-eyed, yet with a slight touch of Charles Manson in him. One tough-looking hombre, in other words.


But ex-Allman Brothers guitarist Dickey Betts embraces the rainbow of American roots music with his Les Paul, pouring out electric truth and beauty with solos oozing laconic grace and emotional intensity. Dickey is a six-string Zen master. He means every jazzy, bluesy, country-tinged note.


The amateurishly pointless jams of Allmans-idolizing jam bands can only approximate those that inspire them. Dickey’s musical posture, on the other hand, was pitch perfect Friday night at the LC Pavilion.


Ah, but why get negative on music that is so positive?


Believe you me, brothers and sisters, there is nothing quite like the full flight of three Southern guitars led by the 65-year-old Betts, who co-founded the Allman Brothers with the late Duane and still-living Gregg in Jacksonville, Fla., in 1969.


Watching the long-haired, bandana-wearing Betts in action is to see workmanlike craftsmanship combined with Michelangelo’s passionate visions. He puts his whole physical and spiritual being into his music, and you’re lifted right along with his climbing, floating, free-falling solos.. His body dips and ducks, his eyes sometimes watching his fret board, other times closed as he concentrates on his breezy vibrato.


Lots of guitar players want to appear heavy, as if they’re orbiting around the sun. With Dickey, it’s obvious he’s the real thing, irrevocably connected to a core with a seething surface and calm depths—or vice versa, depending on the song.


“Blue Sky,” that lazy-day-in-the-country song, had Dickey soloing a honeyed lyricism up and down the neck of his guitar. His low notes rippled a thick wake, like a gator cruising the swamp for a midnight snack.. Working his way up the frets, Dickey would work a tender phrase at the fifth, rework its mellowosity at the eighth and then pour a stinging sweetness with high arcing notes on the 12th fret. Goddam glorious, it was, fit for painting frescoes on the walls of Jericho.


When he got past the 12th fret, his solos became angelic. Not even Carlos Santana or Jeff Beck can bring out the lyrical halo of the guitar’s upper reaches the way Dickey can.


Now all this is pretty damn ironic because he was kicked out of the Allman Brothers for being such a mean drunk. Hey, whaddya gonna do? Picasso loved kids, but he was a bastard toward women. That’s life.


With an excellent slide guitarist playing counterpoint next to him, and his son Duane on his other side on third guitar (and two set-kit drummers just like the ABB), Dickey resurrected the double and triple leads and guitar harmonies he and Duane pioneered so many years ago. Sounded bloody marvelous, particularly the slide dude, who framed a lot of Dickey’s magnificent solos with his continuously moving sheets of chords.


“Ramblin’ Man,” “Hoochie Coochie Man” and, of course, the triumphal masterpiece, “Jessica” were but a few pages taken from the Allmans’ halcyon days. When Dickey hits the middle passage of a long and beautifully composed solo, after the descending cascade of lead guitars finally fall to earth and the rhythm section kicks back in, I get so emotional I can’t believe it.


Dickey Betts on the frets—a true star. When he connects—and he always has with me, even though I’ve been seeing him play since I was 16—his music takes you to a place you can’t get to any other way. Long may you fly, tough guy.



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  posted on 3/22/2009 at 02:20 PM
Thanks Swifty


But Thanks so much for posting that review.. I have tears in my eyes.. and a lump in my throat... John Petric... you got it... you know it .... you feel it..... and writing it your way... Love it

Thank You Dickey Betts ...

 

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  posted on 3/22/2009 at 02:40 PM
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Hey I actually like that Line up and would love to see them together.... mighty nice...


Just a thought on the original topic here....

This is what goldtopper put on top of one of the pictures... If this wasn't a preconceived notion before you even got to the show.... I don't know what is.....


{quote} I have had my bout with substance abuse and I felt for him. I had this feeling to bring an AA book along. I don't know why, but it occurred to me to do it. I didn't. I could have handed it to him. I just want to help this guy release himself from his pain.



Say what you like- you weren't there.
I repeat- listen to the tapes and you'll hear for yourself. I appreciate your devotion to Dickey, but he needs help.
I've seen too many smart ones buried.

 

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  posted on 3/22/2009 at 02:50 PM
You still went to that show with a preconceived idea in your head.. to HELP Dickey.... with out even seeing the show first... you were set and on the ready line for any infraction you could fine.... end of story for me when I read that quote...


 

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