His only weakness is that he can sometimes get lazy and float the same scales rather than engage his ears and mind. I realize it's a lot to ask to not pull out your stand-by tricks when you're a little dull that night or that moment.
Lots a good comments here-- I was thoroughly expecting flames from some haters. Anyway...regarding Herring you are spot on on the above. Here I go again...its part of the reason I think the Q was way overrated. I know he's an excellent guitarist but at many Q shows it seemed his contribution was to hit the same notes over and over then hit the pedal for woowoowowo sound. To clarify the Q to me was Like Dave Kingman (I'm sure some old timers remember him)..he wou;d strike out 4 times then hit a MONSTROUS home run. In the later category 7-21-01 Hartford ( show with Ratdog)-- I think Jimmy deferred to Warren way to much--- I like Warren too-- a cas eof being seperate is greater than the sum.
Shit I digress. Regarding the 98 other ones... DM its a shame you must have caught a weak show. Weir, Lesh, Hart, Hornsby, Kimock, Karan, Molo.......that is an insane lineup. As DM touched on the wound of Jerrys passing was still open. Without doing full blown reviews this was the first time many long time heads got to hear St Stephen , the Eleven and others live. To me it was a giant healing process.
As far as what shows I did we started with 7-3-98 Camden. Indescribeable..all I can say is everything that brings on the X factor was in play---Philly crowd (with NY & DC representing) in all its electric fury. Kimock and Karan meshed perfectly, Kimock in particular ( no suprise) blew the roof off ( if it had one LOL) . The Live Dead sequence in set 2 St Stephen >Eleven >Lovelight was otherwordly . Donna was even there for Wang Dan Doodle, Playin and the Cassidy encore. As far as I know its the first time Donna appeared with Bob & Phil since her departure from the GD. Phil kicks in with the only Other Ones Like a Rolliin Stone too.
07/03/98 (Fri) Furthur Festival @ Blockbuster-Sony Music Entertainment Centre - Camden, NJ
Set 1: Jam, Jack Straw, Like a Rolling Stone > Wang Dang Doodle (1), Rainbow's Cadillac, Lost Sailor > Saint of Circumstance, Playing in the Band (1) > Banyan Tree > Drums > Jam > Playing in the Band Jam > Uncle John's Band, St. Stephen > The Eleven > Lovelight, E: Cassidy
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7-4-98- Long ass drive to Saratoga with mass traffic. Another really strong show but not quite up to the night before. The opening US Blues for the 4th was well played BUT um Phil tried to sing it ..you wanna cringe listen to it. Scarlet>Fire smokin really good LL Rain.... I'm doing this off the top of my head may add comments when I go look at the lists.
7-9-98 Star Lake - This was the "jerry tribute show" not offically but all those in attendance agreed. The first Bob/Phil ( and Mickey) Shakedown since Jerry passed..... ( Ratdog had played it I believe once). Insane. over the top greatness. Long version into a dripping Playin..psychedlia madness. Shakedown>playin nearly 30 minutes to open. Then the OO debut of Ramble on Rose ( I had forgotten this was the debut). Only one other show did I ever see the massive waterworks that went down on this one (ratdog tower Knockin just after jerry passed) .. but the fact that this was a much more massive crowd and outside and it wasn't dark out yet.... people were bawling but when they hit the Take you to the leader of the band line... there wasn't a dry eye in the house
..some people just losing it.. ( tears were flowing for this poster too) ... then they ease us into Mickeys Jerry tribute song "Down the Road again" man this show was HEAVY. Then 1/2 step..spine tingling.. then to wrap up the salute Its all over now Baby Blue... more waterworks.....then it was back to earth... they also did an UJB "he's come to take his children home" that really brought the Jerry vibe back.... lastly as so many times before.... a barn burning Sugar Mag to wrap things up. This is one where the tapes are superb..but if you were there it was MUCH MUCH more.