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  posted on 5/13/2004 at 09:20 AM
Since there has been so many non-ABB topics lately I figured I'd start one to get us back on track...

A couple days ago I received a really crisp copy of 3/28/04, the closing night of The Beacon run. This has to be one of the coolest and different ABB shows in their long and accomplished history. If you've heard it you know what I'm talking about - if you haven't, get yourself a copy.

The thing that really stands out is the amazing guest spots from the Jukes Horns, Mike Mattison, Danny Louis and of course the legendary Hubert Sumlin. This show has an almost "Last Waltz" feel to it on a smaller level - meaning this show more than any other in recent memory feels more like a "celebration" than a concert. In fact I believe Robbie Robertson may have used that very word to describe "The Last Waltz" in the movie. The ABB that night was celebrating with 3,000 fans the end of a Beacon run that was simply superb in on every level - from the performances, to the setlists, to the guests, to the energetic audiences. It also was a celebration of the end of their 35th year as a band - remarkable when you really put it in perspective - 35 years! It sounded as if they had been rehearsing for that night for days - especially how well the horns seem to fit right in. I'm sure we have Warren to thank for that. Whether you are a fan of guest appearances at an ABB show or not is really irrelevant because on this particular night - these guests were meant to be there to join in the fun and the atmosphere. The encore of Mountain Jam>Afro Blue>Circle be Unbroken>Mtn Jam is especially sweet and powerful! There were no guests during this 25+ minute Jam at all - just the good old ABB doing what they do best - playing their asses off before their loyal fans who hang on every note thats played. This band, always fun always unpredictable played like they were possessed. This was one show I couldn't make but it would be cool to hear from a few of you who were actually there to give your take on what must of been a really amazing thing to see live...

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  posted on 5/13/2004 at 10:35 AM
wow, thanks for all your input...If this was a Dead Leppard thread there would of been a lot more responses I'm sure...This is a sad day in the neighborhood!
 
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  posted on 5/13/2004 at 10:40 AM
I went to 3/19, 3/20 and 3/27 and have copies including the "talking girl" from 3/18. I remember the shows as 3/19 being the best but now think it was just a more comfortable seat that night since 3/20 really stands out on "tape"(cd). I would love to compare 3/28. feel like doing a BnP for me? It sounds like a great show.

 

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  posted on 5/13/2004 at 10:41 AM
Sorry Eddie, I wasn't there that night. However, I do seem to remember JNB saying it was the best show of the run, possibly the best he's ever seen. Hubert Sumlin seems to have been the highlight of the run for a lot of people. Josh Chasin's review of this show is still up on this site, and it sounds like a scorcher!
 
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  posted on 5/13/2004 at 11:18 AM
I was there on 3/28, It was one of the best ABB shows I’ve seen in a few years. When the horns played the intro to ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’ I was eerily transported to the first time I saw The Last Waltz. That song along with ‘I’ve Been Loving You Too Long' were worth the price of admission alone. Another great highlight was during the opener ‘No One Left to Run With’ they projected clips from Duanne, Woody, Berry and other fallen friends. What a Show!!!! Almost makes me want to go to the Police State known as Jones Beach to see the Brothers.

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Eddie- How can I get my hands on a copy of that show…..?

 

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  posted on 5/13/2004 at 11:21 AM
I was there. And I couldn't stop posting about in the following days. I have been seeing the ABB for about 14 years and this was by far the best show I have ever seen them do. It is possibly one of the best I have seen of any band. I knew when they opened with No One Left to Run With that they were going to blow the roof off the place. Highlights for me were whenever the Jukes were out there. I love the ABB with a horn section, it has such a rock/soul/blues revue type of feel. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down with the horns was amazing. Feel So Bad with about 15 people on the stage including Hubert Sumlin, Susan Tedeschi, Mike Mattison and the Jukes was ROCKING!! The Jukes were dancing around, it was fabulous. Then Samething with Danny Louis on keys and the Jukes on the horns was to die for. You could just tell everyone was having a blast. Into the Mytic with the Jukes stood my hair on end. SOuthbound with Mike Gordon and the Jukes was killer. And then to really blow your mind like Eddie said, they pulled out that Mtn Jam>Afro Blue>WIll the Circle Be Unbroken>Mtn Jam encore. One other highlight, was I've Been Loving You Too Long with the Jukes and Warren belting it out, the place was dead quiet when he started singing, it was too cool. It was like leaving church when I walked out of there.

I live a few blocks away from the Beacon and I walked home in absolute amazement. I was stunned what they pulled off that night.

I am waiting on a copy of this show, I can't wait to hear it again. It was really a special night.

 

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  posted on 5/13/2004 at 11:46 AM
I just listened to this show for the first time last night. What a killer. EddieP, I think you're right, it was a sort of a celebration. However, by no means did it mean the end of the line. My hope is that it was a foreshadowing of the summer tour and more great things to come. Everybody in the band seemed like they were having so much fun at the Beacon, what with all the new challenges/songs to play and, as Butch so eloquently put, the new approach of playing softly with passion. I'm sure most of the guests were Warren's big heart. Hubert Sumlin's appearance doesn't come through on tape, but I'm sure it was a huge deal at the show for those who know who he is. A great show, maybe one for the ages. Of the shows that I've heard, so far 3/19 is the best played, almost every note was perfect, and I think many of the songs could easily be THE definitive version of that song. I was there and the whole place was rockin' with every song they played. But I think 3/28 was probably the best show of the run for sheer energy.
 

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  posted on 5/13/2004 at 11:57 AM
Eddie,

3/28 was without a doubt, the best concert I have ever seen. The energy and happiness on the stage was so amazing to watch. The unspoken communication between musicians was unbelievable. Southbound was insane. In fact, the whole second set was more like a seemless musical odyssey than a part of a concert. I know that sounds corny, but it's true. The vibe on the floor was the best I've ever experienced. It really was like a celebration. I also got the sense that the band was saying thanks for such a great Beacon run by putting on a mind blowing concert. Like, "you guys have been great, now watch this!"

I bumped into Joe Bell on the way out and I said to him that I thought it was the best ABB show I'd ever seen. He said it very may well have been the best he's seen as well. Pretty profound when you consider how many shows that guy's seen!!

I case I haven't made my point yet, the show absolutely kicked ass!!

 

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  posted on 5/13/2004 at 12:51 PM
I think Joe's show count is up around 230-240, just to give Brendan's remarks some context When I was at the Beacon I met a taper (name escapes me) who has seen EVERY BEACON SHOW the Allman Brothers have ever played!! That's probably close to 200 right there.

And some people think I'm crazy because I've seen them about 30 times

 
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  posted on 5/13/2004 at 01:13 PM
Only 30 Rob? What a slacker!

 

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  posted on 5/13/2004 at 01:17 PM
Hey, don't dis 30! (I'm at 33 so far.) I have this one on disc, but I haven't heard it yet because I got so many other shows at the same time and I'm always curious to hear the ones I was at. But I'll give it a spin later. I'm sure it's great.

 

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  posted on 5/13/2004 at 03:46 PM
Hey Eddie! I was at this show, and there's no question, it was THE BEST ever. I saw 4 on this run and as great as all of them were for different reasons, this one over all had the most energy. I never thought they'd be able to top 3/19 with that amazing WDLGTBSS/ Franklin's Tower with one of my favorite people, Rob Barraco! I don't know how much I can add to what was said already, but here goes.
When we got to the theater and my son saw how close we were, he was "afraid" we'd have to stand the whole time. Once the show started everyone was up on their feet, and he never said another word about it!
The energy was amazing, you could feel the electrcity in the air, and I think the Jukes Horns had a lot to do with that. They gave the show a festive feel for sure. Kicking off with No One To Run With was a great start and things just went uphill from there! Who's Been Talkin', one of my faves, into 44 Blues with Hubert Sumlin was a treat, great player. Seeing him and Derek on stage together, smiling at each other was priceless. Just when I thought it couldn't get any better, I got kicked in the head with Feel So Bad. My son was so impressed with Danny Louis on this one,(as was I) it was his first time seeing him. Gotta get this boy to a Mule show! All those great people on stage with the band, like a party. And then Into The Mystic, just too beautiful!
Well that would have been enough for anyone, but not for our guys! The Mountain Jam> Afro blue encore, just sent us all over the edge.
Then outside the theater, after the show, we met Danny, SusanT, Warren, Derek, Butch and Gregg. What a great bunch of people, what a night!

 

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  posted on 5/13/2004 at 03:59 PM
I'll listen to the whole thing later, but I'm starting with the Hubert Sumlin tracks right now. Very cool stuff, and you have to like Warren's intro as well.

 

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  posted on 5/13/2004 at 04:01 PM
Hey, thank you Barb!

It really did seem like a special night to me and thats why I brought the subject up. Even on disc the special feeling of that evening shines through loud and clear... I really feel the word "celebration" fits in this case. I mean how many bands can celebrate a 35 year history in that fashion? Not many - maybe not any! The ABB - nuthin like 'em.

Say hi to Bob for me Barb...that crazy youngster!

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  posted on 5/13/2004 at 04:10 PM
That's it Eddie. A celebration indeed! I've never experienced anything like it. If any one can top it, it's themselves. LOL. I'll tell the "youngster" you say HI!


And just because the 3/28 show was so great, I'll freebie one and BnP 3. Post here and PM me for info. Everyone needs this show!

 

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  posted on 5/13/2004 at 04:20 PM
I cannot resists this offer...

I'll leave the freebie but that B&P #1..

Thanks Barb... I have your address... Disks are on the way...

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  posted on 5/13/2004 at 04:24 PM
Does anyone else remember who was at the show on I think it was .44 Blues, in addition to Hubert Sumlin, there was also a gentleman over by Oteil playing the washboard. WHo was that?
 

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  posted on 5/13/2004 at 04:26 PM
Hey By the way, "Feel So Bad" from that night will NEVER be played that well again - its that good! Maybe "Into The Mystic" as well...just beautiful...


Derek and Hubert Sumlin from 3/28/04...oh baby!



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  posted on 5/13/2004 at 04:55 PM
I'll take the freebie if I'm not too late, Barb

 

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  posted on 5/13/2004 at 05:50 PM
The 28th show is prolly my most listen to show of the run besides the 20th.
I just wish now that i went

 

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  posted on 5/13/2004 at 06:01 PM
Number #3?
 

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  posted on 5/13/2004 at 06:03 PM
Oops #2 b&p
 

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  posted on 5/13/2004 at 06:13 PM
Barb , I think the #2 BnP spot was kipped so I'll take it. Pm on the way thanks Don

 

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  posted on 5/13/2004 at 06:59 PM
If you want to hear another Feel So Bad that is great, get the ABB set from One for Woody, Jimmy Herring and Warren on the guitars, no Derek that night, but Little Milton singing on it is very good. However, I have to agree the Feel So Bad from 3/28 was just ridiculous, so glad I was there to witness that. It's one of my favorite tunes, as is Into the Mytic.
 

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  posted on 5/13/2004 at 07:32 PM
Is Hubert Sumlin playing Derek's Washburn?

 

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