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  posted on 7/18/2009 at 08:37 AM
Not totally sure but looking at the set list history it looks like it was in may 2000 in Atlanta
correct me if im wrong.

 
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  posted on 7/18/2009 at 08:46 AM
I think you may be right. It appears that Jimmy Herring didn't come on board till the middle of June, 2000.
 

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  posted on 7/18/2009 at 08:48 AM
I saw Dickey's last ABB show, the set list history is correct it was 5/7/00 in Atlanta at Music Midtown. It was a good but not great show, with some real nice moments. Awesome setlist though.

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  posted on 7/18/2009 at 09:03 AM
I was there. I remember Dickey coming onto the stage and giving me a big smile and hug. There was a palpable tension among the band that day, and as the trainwrecks happened, it just got worse. When that show was over, it was really ugly. This show culminated a spring tour of one bad show after the next. Joe Dan had died in January and Dickey was in a bad state...

 

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  posted on 7/18/2009 at 09:11 AM
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Joe Dan had died in January and Dickey was in a bad state..


Goliath,

I've always wondered how the death of Joe Dan affected Dickey. I know their friendship pre-dates the ABB by quite some time. I also get the impression that Joe Dan was somewhat a "mediator" between the band and Dickey when things got rocky.

 

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  posted on 7/18/2009 at 11:22 AM
I was there. It was a huge crowd at MusicMidtown in front of the stage. Probably 30,000. Some stuff sounded great; Gregg sounded great on Please Call Home. True Gravity was a highlight - Derek really made that his own in 1999 & 2000. They lost some of the crowd with an extended drum/bass break in final 30 minutes of the show (not a great move a general rock festival like that). Being there in a large crowd, I thought it was a good show. No evidence of any major problems from our view. Great energy back to the band from an enthusiastic crowd (until the final 20+ minutes). Started in the daylight and ended well after sunset. Certainly better than the opening night at the Beacon I had seen 2.5 months earlier, which was not a great show.

I've never sought out a copy of 5/7/2000 because I have good memories of it. The tapes of the last couple years (with exceptions) tended not to be that tight (Gregg, Dickey & Marc surely didn't sound like they practiced harmony vocals). Goliath got a whole other view of things from side stage for sure.

 

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  posted on 7/18/2009 at 12:45 PM
I have a recording of this show and they were definitely "on" that night. I don't hear any problems as far as the musicianship goes, and everything sounds alright.

Apparently there was a show a few days prior in Memphis Tennessee (Beale Street Festival) where tensions did spill onto the stage. According to a few memories, Oteil was outwardly upset at something. Who knows what went on backstage.

 

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  posted on 7/18/2009 at 12:52 PM
RyanBelair, Golaith, Hotlantatim, Barry,

How obvious was it that something was about to break? I mean, could you tell that this was dickey's last show? Or did his departure really come out of the blue?

I dont want to rake over old ground, just curious if there were any hints in the performance that night.

 

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  posted on 7/18/2009 at 03:53 PM
Bluenose,

As Tim stated I would say our (Tim and myself) impression would be alot different than that of Goliath as Goliath was watching sidestage and he has access to some of the band and inside info. From where I was watching there was no way you would have know there was anything wrong. The only thing I noted was that although I really enjoyed the setlist the performance was not near the level of where the band was performing at during Sept of '99 when they played some fantastic shows in Birmingham, Atlanta, and Raleigh that I had attended. As I said before the show on 5/7/00 was good, it was not great, it was not the solid performance throughout the show that the ABB normally delivers...meaning there were more low moments than normal but that said there were still plenty of real high moments as well. As Tim mentioned True Gravity and Please Call Home stood out, and even JJ's Alley, not normally one of my favorites, was a highlight.

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  posted on 7/18/2009 at 04:21 PM
I was there, thought the show was great.

Derek signed my "Never trust any band under 30" T-shirt and Dickey signed the shirt 3 months later on 8/27, his wife Donna let me on the tour bus and Dickey was a true gentleman.

 

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  posted on 7/18/2009 at 08:21 PM
I was at the Nashville show--which was Dickey's 'next to last' show with ABB....down on the Riverfront. You could pick up the vibe from the audience...tension was as thick as could be. There were several screwups and missed cues, breaks or bridges during the show. There were several moments that were cool....but overall, you could tell things weren't right. The seating on the bank of the river gave you a view of the back and SIDE stage area and before the show, during the break and at it's end....people huddled in animated conversations. I recall seeing Dickey leaving alone in a white van, yet the others rode together in perhaps one or two vehicles. No interaction with him backstage by the others AT ALL.

Certainly would expect that losing Joe Dan effected Dickey...but also have had a tho't that perhaps Joe Dan was able to 'run interference' for Dickey with the others...they all respected him a great deal. When he was gone....Dickey didn't have that buffer. Just a hunch.....

 

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  posted on 7/18/2009 at 08:57 PM
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I have a recording of this show and they were definitely "on" that night. I don't hear any problems as far as the musicianship goes, and everything sounds alright.

Apparently there was a show a few days prior in Memphis Tennessee (Beale Street Festival) where tensions did spill onto the stage. According to a few memories, Oteil was outwardly upset at something. Who knows what went on backstage.



I was at the Beale St. show and thought they were the best I'd heard them since Duane. Dickey and Derek were improvising harmony lines throughout the songs, not just at the rehearsed spots. I thought it had all come together for them with the arrival of Derek. He made them closest to the original line up they ever had. As Dickey sang "Nobody Knows" in his white cowboy hat, playing a white Strat I thought to myself "the king of Southern Rock".

 

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  posted on 7/18/2009 at 09:49 PM
I was there, and thought it was great!

Then again, I think they are ALL great!

 

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  posted on 7/19/2009 at 08:37 AM
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As Dickey sang "Nobody Knows" in his white cowboy hat, playing a white Strat I thought to myself "the king of Southern Rock".



Dickey sang it?

 

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  posted on 7/19/2009 at 08:46 AM
Dickey is a class act, Joe Dan was a very dear friend and I know he felt the pain of his loss. On top of all else, it must have been very difficult to focus on the music.....have to walk a mile in that man's shoes to know the truth.

 

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  posted on 7/19/2009 at 09:13 AM
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As Dickey sang "Nobody Knows" in his white cowboy hat, playing a white Strat I thought to myself "the king of Southern Rock".



Dickey sang it?


Wasn't there but I'm sure he did. Don't remember exactly when it happened but he took over the vocals from Gregg on that one.

 

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  posted on 7/19/2009 at 12:51 PM
I was there, WAY back in the crowd & having a pretty good time there! I wasn't real into the set when they started, but I got a better view as the evening went on and was very into it towards the end, particularly the drum portion, which has been a highlight for me ever since I started following the band again in 1996. It seemed like an epic show from my perspective since the stage was huge and so was the crowd and I got the feeling SOMETHING was going to happen and I better pay attention--I would not have predicted it would be Dickey's last show, but it just seemed like something was going on with the band and the energy was different and unique. There are a number of shows that stick out in my mind for one reason or another & that's certainly one of them.

By the way, I was lucky enough to get on the stage one year in Raleigh (thanks, Libby!) and it was just unforgettable to be that close and feel what that was like!

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  posted on 7/19/2009 at 01:16 PM
I didn't see his last show with the ABB,but I did see his first one out of the ABB.
It was great!

 

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  posted on 7/19/2009 at 03:08 PM
I saw the show and sought out the tapes years later as I wanted to confirm that I hadn't heard poor playing from any members. I believe Dickey plays a solo out of key for a few bars on "End of the Line" and Gregg's voice was a little rough throughout, but it was an enjoyable show to listen to after the fact. The setlist was outstanding.
 
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  posted on 7/20/2009 at 10:23 AM
I was there....I thought the show was quite good, one of the better ones I had seen since they reformed in 1989. What I remember is Derek and Otiel standing very close to Dickey, lots of eye contact. And more driving the bus by them. True Gravity was the highlight.
 
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  posted on 7/20/2009 at 12:35 PM
Wasn't there but I was given a recording by a friend not from this site that's labeled 'Dickeys last show with ABB' and it's a good one. Will be pulling that one oiut today.

 

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  posted on 7/20/2009 at 12:40 PM
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I was at the Nashville show--which was Dickey's 'next to last' show with ABB....down on the Riverfront. You could pick up the vibe from the audience...tension was as thick as could be. There were several screwups and missed cues, breaks or bridges during the show. There were several moments that were cool....but overall, you could tell things weren't right. The seating on the bank of the river gave you a view of the back and SIDE stage area and before the show, during the break and at it's end....people huddled in animated conversations. I recall seeing Dickey leaving alone in a white van, yet the others rode together in perhaps one or two vehicles. No interaction with him backstage by the others AT ALL.

Certainly would expect that losing Joe Dan effected Dickey...but also have had a tho't that perhaps Joe Dan was able to 'run interference' for Dickey with the others...they all respected him a great deal. When he was gone....Dickey didn't have that buffer. Just a hunch.....


I'm almost certain I was there too . However , I didn't feel as if the atmosphere in the crowd was negative in any way . The reason I say I'm almost certain is because I don't remember exactly which tour it was . The one thing that stands out in my mind for some reason is that 3/4 or so through the show , Betts introduced a guy as "An Alabama boy" named Sean something . DT signed my ticket stub off to the side of the stage also .

Before the ABB took the stage , they were preceded by some very forgettable acts . One being an ABBA tribute band , and another was fronted by a chick who wanted everyone to know how hard-core she was by showering the crowd with constant profanity , and showing her ass (literally) frequently .

 

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  posted on 7/20/2009 at 02:35 PM
I'm glad others have reported that the tapes of the last show with Dickey sound good. Don't know that I'll ever seek it out because I enjoy my memory of that night.

4/29/00 is the infamous show that got talked about a lot, not the Beale Street Fest show as I recall. I think New Orleans, or parts of it, was another one where the band was not at its finest. Then again, fans liking something and the band being happy with the same performance (and each other!) are two much different things.

 

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  posted on 7/20/2009 at 02:46 PM
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Then again, fans liking something and the band being happy with the same performance (and each other!) are two much different things


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  posted on 7/20/2009 at 05:41 PM
Went back to see if I could find any reviews of this show. Rolling Stone said it was the best attended show of the entire festival; 3 day attendance was 270,000 so I don't doubt the crowd was at least 30k for the Brothers (and maybe 10-15K more). Prior to the Piedmont Park show in 2007, it was the largest crowd I had ever been a part of for an ABB concert.

 

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