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  posted on 9/10/2009 at 01:33 PM
The Allman Brothers Band came to Red Rocks on Saturday night to celebrate their 40th year in music, and in the process proved the members are as vital as they have been at any point in their careers. For close to three hours, the band, led by guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks, put out a massive wall of sound that seemed like porn for fans of the electric guitar.
It’s no slight to former Allman Brothers guitarists Dicky Betts and the late Duane Allman to say that the current incarnation of the band might be its most formidable. Haynes has loaned his talents to many bands, including the Dead, and invariably makes them sound better. I never thought I’d see Haynes overshadowed onstage, yet as brilliant as he was Saturday night, Trucks showed that he is the fire in the Allman Brothers now.
The band has a massive light show, and when they started their opener, “Don’t Want You No More,” the words “dedicated to a brother” appeared on a screen at the center of the stage before slide shows of Duane Allman and then late bassist Allen Woody were shown.
The band really took off on a fierce “Nobody Left to Run With,” with Trucks showcasing fierce slide playing on a long solo. Though Trucks likes to build his solos to fiery crescendos, his playing is defined by a fluidity and emotional depth that ebbs, flows and climbs with stunning emotional ferocity.
Though Gregg Allman is still the lead vocalist, Haynes took many of the vocal duties Saturday, starting with a brilliant “Rocking Horse,” Haynes took a subdued solo that built in its grandeur, then Trucks took over with a jam that seemed to be going into another song entirely before winding back into the second verse. On “Soulshine,” a song Haynes wrote that he does with his band Gov’t Mule, Haynes and Trucks did call and response guitar solos on a long song-ending jam.

Trucks’ wife Susan Tedeschi shared vocals with bassist Oteil Burbridge on a cover of the Derek and the Dominos’ classic “Anyday,” then strapped on a Les Paul and ripped a solo on “Lost Lover Blues,” smiling at Trucks the whole time. Haynes stepped up on vocals again on a cover of Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic,” then fiddler Tim Carbone, from opening act Railroad Earth, joined the band on “Come on into the kitchen.”

Trucks showed himself to be the spiritual heir to Duane on a brilliant “Dreams,” bringing the sold-out crowd to its feet with stunning slide solos and deft blues fills, finding spaces in and around the frame of Haynes dexterous singing guitar tones. The two also showed how they can work together on the set-closing “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed,” playing the main guitar riff in stereo.

it’s not often you can say band is as good or better in the twilight of their career as in their prime, but the Allman Brothers Band keeps bringing it.



 
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  posted on 9/10/2009 at 01:39 PM
WOW !!!!!!

 

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  posted on 9/10/2009 at 01:51 PM
I agree with every word of that review!
 

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  posted on 9/10/2009 at 01:53 PM
Wow, what a great review.

I've listened to the show several times now. Dreams is just sick. Derek took both solos, just sick.

 

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  posted on 9/10/2009 at 01:59 PM
Is this show out for trade yet i keep hearing about this Dreams i have to hear it... ?

 

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  posted on 9/10/2009 at 02:00 PM
I agree with every word of that review.


And I'm writing this in London!!!!!!!!!

ABB,still the best dam band in the land!

 

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  posted on 9/10/2009 at 02:04 PM
They still didn't play Mountain Jam!

 

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  posted on 9/10/2009 at 02:11 PM
heh-heh "Guitar Porn" heh-heh

 

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  posted on 9/10/2009 at 05:41 PM
Love the review!

 

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  posted on 9/10/2009 at 07:55 PM
very well written and thought out review!
 

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  posted on 9/10/2009 at 09:02 PM
Sums up the same way I felt about the Chicago shows. The band is awesome, no ifs ands or buts.

 

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  posted on 9/10/2009 at 09:07 PM
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Is this show out for trade yet i keep hearing about this Dreams i have to hear it... ?


Haven't seen it out for trade yet, but the Instant Live was available after the show.

 

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  posted on 9/10/2009 at 09:26 PM
for those of us who really know this band this is
not a surprising review. still gives me goosebumps though.

 

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  posted on 9/10/2009 at 09:29 PM

 

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  posted on 9/10/2009 at 09:41 PM
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WOW !!!!!!
What Lefty said!!! ( Reading this just gave me chills!)

 

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  posted on 9/10/2009 at 09:56 PM
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Is this show out for trade yet i keep hearing about this Dreams i have to hear it... ?


I saw tapers in the house so hopefully a vine will stat. I have been listening to the IL non-stop since the show and I can definantly say the Dreams>Liz Reed was off the chats ( I was floored at the show but was curious to see how it sounded a few day after the fact ie: clear head)

Also during the jam on Rocking Horse they stated to go into “in a silent way” Unfortunaly it was just a tease (oh how I wish they would have played that!) I hadn’t seen anyone reference this yet so wanted to pass it along

 

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  posted on 9/10/2009 at 11:05 PM
Great review, wish I was there when it happened.
 

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  posted on 9/11/2009 at 02:09 PM
We were up close at RR and thought the show was great. I did read some posts about talking people etc. and agree they can be a pain, but luckily, we were all into the show up front. I'd love a taper's copy if any of my buds get one.

 

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  posted on 9/11/2009 at 02:26 PM
That's how I felt at some of the Beacon shows... and when I went to see dTb ... people just kept talking and talking and making a racket.... Why do that when you have paid to be entertained by great musicians..

Anyway,.... nice review and glad all enjoyed themselves

 

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  posted on 9/11/2009 at 03:52 PM
"It’s no slight to former Allman Brothers guitarists Dicky Betts and the late Duane Allman to say that the current incarnation of the band might be its most formidable. "



couldn't agree more.

 

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couldn't agree more.


I can’t go there, musically it may be close, but you have to factor in the fact that Dickey and Duane created this sound and the music that Warren and Derek play so well. They are great but….Aint nothing like the original its way harder to create something than to interpret something where the ground word has been laid.

 

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couldn't agree more.


I can’t go there, musically it may be close, but you have to factor in the fact that Dickey and Duane created this sound and the music that Warren and Derek play so well. They are great but….Aint nothing like the original its way harder to create something than to interpret something where the ground word has been laid.




I understand where your're coming from....but,IMO,both Warren & Derek create each & every time they pick up a guitar. The ABB songs are not the only ones they they "play so well"...as far as them imterpeting the ABB tunes...I'd say they do that & imbelish as well.

 

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  posted on 9/11/2009 at 10:47 PM
I agree with Hugh.

While Duane & Dickey were innovative, creative, did this FIRST, Warren & Derek do it BETTER.

Just my opinion, I fully expect to be flamed.

Oh well.

 

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  posted on 9/11/2009 at 11:19 PM
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I agree with Hugh.

While Duane & Dickey were innovative, creative, did this FIRST, Warren & Derek do it BETTER.

Just my opinion, I fully expect to be flamed.

Oh well.




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  posted on 9/12/2009 at 07:13 AM
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I agree with Hugh.

While Duane & Dickey were innovative, creative, did this FIRST, Warren & Derek do it BETTER.

Just my opinion, I fully expect to be flamed.

Oh well.


No flaming here brother these are all opinion there is no right or wrong anwser and for the record I love Warren and Derek too. They are the best thing in misuc today IMHO



 

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