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  posted on 3/28/2009 at 10:02 AM
Free Bird wasn't really written for Duane, right? It was dedicated to him later. I was surprised to hear Butch say that it was written for Duane. I wish they'd revved it up into the guitar anthem it is. That would have been a tribute to the finest guitar player ever. Instead it just seemed odd, at least to me.

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  posted on 3/28/2009 at 10:05 AM
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Free Bird wasn't really written for Duane, right? It was dedicated to him later. I was surprised to hear Butch say that it was written for Duane. I wish they'd revved it up into the guitar anthem it is. That would have been a tribute to the finest guitar player ever. Instead it just seemed odd, at least to me.

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It wasn't a highlight for us. Last night's Les Brers was off the charts. Sky Is Cryin' was incredible, soulful bliss. We actually enjoy Can't You See though there was 1 point where the vocals got stupid, most of it was pretty good, especially the build near the end.

 

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  posted on 3/28/2009 at 10:06 AM
I was expecting Gary Rossington to walk out playing slide on it too.....I heard he was on the guestlist but oh well! Ronnie always said Freebird was dedicated to Duane Allman but yes, the slow part was written before Duane's passing and then they added the extended guitar jam at the end of the song later on.

 

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  posted on 3/28/2009 at 10:13 AM
I thought it was like bad karaoke. I cannot imagine what they were thinking on this one. As you say, even the intro was factually inaccurate.
 

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  posted on 3/28/2009 at 10:18 AM
Thank you for the confirmation. I might have liked it presented accurately and played full tilt.

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  posted on 3/28/2009 at 10:22 AM
freebird could have been the worst song I've ever heard at the beacon....

 

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  posted on 3/28/2009 at 11:07 AM
Every one has a right to their own opinion..and, ya, the song wasn't written 'for' Duane...but LS and Ronnie made no bones about 'dedicating' it to Duane for many, many years...which, frankly, I think is very cool and classy. It's no secret that, in the beginning, the ABB was LS' heroes...w/Duane obviously being the key to that respect.

So, all that said, and the fact that, like it or not, the ABB certainly played it 'their' way.....and, well, for the first time (and shame on me) during this incredible Beacon run...as Gregg was singing a GREAT classic of a song in his way...a song, when I hear it, I always think of Duane Allman...it hit me that this run is dedicated to his BROTHER...not 'just' Duane Allman. And I thought that maybe singing that song w/Gregg's voice as the spotlight was a real nice moment for him...maybe even real tough for him to do.

Obviously, I don't know what he was feeling - I'll never know. But these 15 shows are dedicated to Duane Allman, an icon in music, a hero to many, a one-of-a-kind bandleader, guitarist, and spiritual force. But he was Gregg Allman's brother. And, again, watching the performance really reminded me of that.

So good for them...and good for Gregg for having the balls to play and sing it.

 

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  posted on 3/28/2009 at 11:13 AM
Yes they did play it their way , just as Butch said they were going to do. I thought it was beautiful. Kid Rock also was so much fun . I loved cant you see.
It was a fun hi energy show . Everyone was on their feet having a good time , thats what its all about. Rock On!!!!!


 

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  posted on 3/28/2009 at 11:25 AM
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.it hit me that this run is dedicated to his BROTHER...not 'just' Duane Allman. And I thought that maybe singing that song w/Gregg's voice as the spotlight was a real nice moment for him...maybe even real tough for him to do.

Obviously, I don't know what he was feeling - I'll never know. But these 15 shows are dedicated to Duane Allman, an icon in music, a hero to many, a one-of-a-kind bandleader, guitarist, and spiritual force. But he was Gregg Allman's brother. And, again, watching the performance really reminded me of that.

So good for them...and good for Gregg for having the balls to play and sing it.


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  posted on 3/28/2009 at 11:32 AM
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.it hit me that this run is dedicated to his BROTHER...not 'just' Duane Allman. And I thought that maybe singing that song w/Gregg's voice as the spotlight was a real nice moment for him...maybe even real tough for him to do.

Obviously, I don't know what he was feeling - I'll never know. But these 15 shows are dedicated to Duane Allman, an icon in music, a hero to many, a one-of-a-kind bandleader, guitarist, and spiritual force. But he was Gregg Allman's brother. And, again, watching the performance really reminded me of that.

So good for them...and good for Gregg for having the balls to play and sing it.


Well said.


Well said indeed. An element many have forgotten this year is that Duane was Gregg's brother. This has to be emotional for Gregg at times. All the backseat driving, and Monday morning quarterbacking looses sight of this. It was a special moment, made even better when they played straight into No One Left to Run With.

 

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  posted on 3/28/2009 at 11:42 AM
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this run is dedicated to his BROTHER...not 'just' Duane Allman. And I thought that maybe singing that song w/Gregg's voice as the spotlight was a real nice moment for him...maybe even real tough for him to do.


Well said, and the whole point. Les Brers was marvelous too, but this was the homage. At first I thought it was Tears in Heaven, of all things. I agree I have no idea what's in his mind but sometimes you have to step out of who you've become to be who you ARE. This was brother to brother, and frankly, it could have been as raw anything from the uncertain steps of 1968 or 1969 when they would have had faith but could never have known what they would be building.

Gregg has earned it, and I was actually honored to hear it. And by severing the extended jam, they absolutely hammered it home. It was the words, and the voice, that mattered.

That was a cry from the heart, as brilliant as these guys are. I think it was tough for Butch to introduce, and as for Gregg -- what better thing to do, on the exact 40 year anniversary, than sing a song of love to his lost brother? And revitalize the band to be as fresh as at its birth? And how ridiculous is that that a 25 year old gone 38 years seems just as alive today as the day he left?

I've been to two shows and hooked on Moogis. I'm just grateful for every note of this run. It's as new as it is old. Unique.

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  posted on 3/28/2009 at 11:49 AM
Free Bird is obviously about breaking up with someone. The should play Grey Ghost. Well, maybe not. I love that song, but maybe not.

 

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  posted on 3/28/2009 at 12:33 PM
Regarding Freebird, the story has it, that it was a girlfriend of Allen Collins who said to him "If I leave here tomorrow, would you still remember me" when Van Zandt heard the it, it set the wheels in motion for them to write it.
 

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  posted on 3/28/2009 at 12:38 PM
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Regarding Freebird, the story has it, that it was a girlfriend of Allen Collins who said to him "If I leave here tomorrow, would you still remember me" when Van Zandt heard the it, it set the wheels in motion for them to write it.


And the long outro was a break for Ronnie Van Zandt's voice. That's why they play the same licks for like an hour.

 

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  posted on 3/28/2009 at 12:39 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YVfkNQtHEc

Thanks LL.

 

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  posted on 3/28/2009 at 12:56 PM
I guess all in all ...kinda cool . Thanks for the vid. Glad I saw it. Now for some reall ABB music.

 

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  posted on 3/28/2009 at 01:00 PM
I thought it was just ok. I didnt feel anything special after hearing it last night on Moogis. Seemed a little drab, bland and unimspired to me.

 

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  posted on 3/28/2009 at 01:09 PM
Didn't Gregg say thursday night " Come back for tomorrow nights show if you wanna hear some more mistakes." ?

 

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  posted on 3/28/2009 at 01:11 PM
I think Gregg is not always comfortable singing brand new songs to which he is not that familiar with. I doubt it will become a regular thing. To me the two songs besides Little Martha that remind me the most of Duane and are the most emotional are Melissa and Ain't Wasting Time No More. Melissa in particular makes me think of Duane the way Banks ofthe Deep End makes me think of the loss of Woody.

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  posted on 3/28/2009 at 01:30 PM
I thought it was a very cool rendition of the song.

 

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  posted on 3/28/2009 at 02:36 PM
I thought it was lovely done in the short format and a nice tribute to brother Duane (although Butch got the facts wrong when introducing it)

 

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  posted on 3/28/2009 at 03:37 PM
Why not ditch the vocal part and just do the Guitar part....with Warren and Derek it would have been better than the LS version

 

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  posted on 3/28/2009 at 03:40 PM
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I thought it was lovely done in the short format and a nice tribute to brother Duane (although Butch got the facts wrong when introducing it)

That's right.

 

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  posted on 3/28/2009 at 03:41 PM
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freebird could have been the worst song I've ever heard at the beacon....


#2 "Can't You See" w/Kid Rock on Vocals

 

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  posted on 3/28/2009 at 03:43 PM
the ABB really played Freebird last night?

 

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