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Re: Beacon Review - Night 2 - Cooper#145260 1 year, 8 months agoCOOPERS REVIEW NIGHT TWO
Night number 2 from the Beacon
Tonight I found myself in the seats called “the family” seats. Put yourself the first 3 rows of the lower balcony and you will see what I mean.
Golden Road opener was a hot, steamy, fast paced opener – and had the place hopping. Since the pins sold out the first night (only 100) there wasn’t a crazy amount of people at the vending table like night one. When the band hit the stage, most people were in their seats tonight.
Born Cross-Eyed was very strong at first but fizzled by verse 2 – and ended earlier than anyone expected – because of the faint riff of Ramble on Rose – this is always a NYC crowed pleaser because of the “New York City” comment. Bobby almost missed his point 2 times. Something about this night, right at this point, started a buzz in the crowd. Maybe the band started using the lighting affects more both front spots and rear stage lights – but something got turned on. Loser started out strong as can be BUT fizzled for some reason. JK just didn’t want to bring it hear with both power and tone as he has in the past. Jeff C did elevate this song but Loser was not JK’s best effort. Pride of Cucamonga – the once a tour appearance was great. Phil was really into it – and it was the highlight of the first set to this point. Lazy River Road was a very nice version and Reuben and Cerise was AWESOME. JK finally came out hard here. Promise Land was an energetic start but hit its height early.
Second set started with a Truckin> drawing cheers for the NY verses. New Speedway was good but the band seemed a bit nervous. Jeff was looking over a paper that AJ brought out and Phil had been glancing to it too. Confusing – not really if you considered what happen 2 songs later. Next came a ROCKING Cumberland Blues. This solo from Jeff Chimenti brought the largest cheer of the night with the Balcony shaking!!! Phill and bobby trading verses - real cute.....
Nobody thought (other than me cause of my March 30 experience in Oakland) that Bobby was pulling out My Brother Esau as the first BUST out of the tour. Bust OUT? Bust OUT? How about before any acoustic version – the last time this song was played electric was 10/3/1987. That is 14 million two hundred thousand and sixty two shows ago. (Exaggeration but who is counting). I know it has been over 25 years since Bob played this song with a band – and it was EXTREMELY awesome!
Here is the last time it was played:
(Links are broken I had to put a space between the http:// and archive.org for it to be able to post. Just copy and paste the URL and take the space out.)
Long silence after this break out. Bobby is the man! He is just poauring it out – trying so hard and having so much fun. Never seen him like this – ever.
Phil is consistently a bass juggernaut (a metaphorical force regarded as mercilessly destructive and unstoppable). In heaven there will be ONLY one bass player. It will be Mr. Lesh – and thank goodness heavan can wait, so we can enjoy. If you haven’t been to a show live – that’s ok. Get a soundboard and you will be blown away. Phil has become a better bass player with time. Compare 2012 to 2002, 1992, 1982, 1972. Tell me here if you find a better sounding bass from Phil than he does now. You can here it on any Scarlet>Fire. On this night, being the 5th night of the tour – it had to be played right? Has Furthur ever played 6 shows in a row without a Scarlet? Fire is just full of Phil bombs as usual.
Then comes a Bob/Rat Dog favorite Dear Prudence. This seems to be played by Bobby the last several years in NYC. Is it a tribute to John and the fact that he was murdered only 2 blocks from the Beacon in front of his home at the Dakota?
This was a great version when you consider the last 4 songs played! There was a real nice long pause before the verse ‘ Won't you come out to play......’
Then Phil counted off a long Unbroken Chain. This was the music highlight of the night – just went on riving away. Great pace, great sound, great song! What a treat. This went into The Eleven. Another musical masterpiece on this night.
Turn On Your Lovelight ended this phonominal set. It may have had highs and low in energy – but overall it was the set of the tour to be at so far!!!
How about coming out and everyone was expecting a Touch (its due) and Bobby comes to the microphone and says – this next one is for… And is cut off via on stage monitor by Phil and bobby awkwardly walks away from the microphone (you know bobawardly), to start The Weight.. Versus swapped from Phil, Bob and JK. Why Sunshine, Jeff P, and even Jeff Chimenti (deep voice) don’t get their own verses here is still my guess. That would be fun – but oh well. Next tour.
Now for another post I would like to refer to. New York is making it hard for Furthur to return. The reality is – Furthur is having it hard for New York to have them back. Nothing like seeing a 74th Avenue family with their 6 and 9 year old kid try to get to their home by passing a couple of hundred of people looking for a “miracle” in front of the Beacon.
I heard Best Buy Theater (the old Nokia) wont have them back. There were over 30 arrests the first night of the Phil 71st birthday run 2 years ago. The Radio City Music Hall also may not allow them back due to the mess left in that theater.
Does anyone remember what happened in the 90’s? Why must history always repeat itself….
Re: GUYS YOU REALLY HAVE TO STOP PLAYING THE BEACON
#145217 1 hour, 14 minutes ago
FYI - i heard through the grapevine that Furthur was TOLD they will NEVER be allowed back to Radio City. I also heard from a different source that MSG said "NO" more. Being MSG and Beacon is the same management company - my guess is Furthur may be done with NY CITY venues. (BTW - I also called Esau last night(LOL))
This seems eerie familiar to the crap that started going down in the mid90's with the band.
"This Darkness Got To Give
Dear Dead Heads:
This is the way it looks to us from the stage:
Your justly-renowned tolerance and compassion have set you up to be used. At Deer Creek, we watched many of you cheer on and help a thousand fools kick down the fence and break into the show. We can't play music and watch plywood flying around endangering people. The security and police whom those people endangered represent us, work for us -- think of them as us. You can't expect mellow security if you're throwing things at them. The saboteurs who did this can only do it if all Dead Heads allow them to. Your reputation is at stake.
Don't you get it?
Over the past thirty years we've come up with the fewest possible rules to make the difficult act of bringing tons of people together work well -- and a few thousand so-called Dead Heads ignore those simple rules and screw it up for you, us and everybody. We've never before had to cancel a show because of you. Think about it.
If you don't have a ticket, don't come. This is real. This is first a music concert, not a free-for-all party. Secondly, don't vend. Vending attracts people without tickets. Many of the people without tickets have no responsibility or obligation to our scene. They don't give a shit. They act like idiots. They think it's just a party to get as trashed as possible at. We're all supposed to be about higher consciousness, not drunken stupidity.
It's up to you as Dead Heads to educate these people, and to pressure them into acting like Dead Heads instead of maniacs. They can only get away with this crap if you let them. The old slogan is true: If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem.
Want to end the touring life of the Grateful Dead? Allow bottle-throwing gate crashers to keep on thinking they're cool anarchists instead of the creeps they are.
Want to continue it? Listen to the rules, and pressure others to do so. A few more scenes like Sunday night, and we'll quite simply be unable to play. The spirit of the Grateful Dead is at stake, and we'll do what we have to do to protect it. And when you hear somebody say "Fuck you, we'll do what we want," remember something.
That applies to us, too.
Phil, Jerry, Bobby, Mickey, Billy and Vince"Dreams are lies...it's the dreaming that's real!!!!
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Re: Beacon Review - Night 2 - Cooper#145272 1 year, 8 months agoSome of Coopers Pics from 4/10
MORE PICTURES CAN BE SEEN AT....
s1118.photobucket.com/albums/k606/cooper.../Beacon%20Night%202/Dreams are lies...it's the dreaming that's real!!!!
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Re: Beacon Review - Night 2 - Cooper#145326 1 year, 8 months agoas much as a hate saying it I agree with the darkness has got to give there seems to be in the last few years a sketch element that as much ans I try to ignore is there .. I have had the misfortune with a few incidents with some of that element .They want something from you you can see the darkness in their eyes . I am by far the most generous and giving soul but I cant deal with this element at a show specially when I am sooo happy to be there , I dont like how they just appear to be strung completely out and have a look of death on their faces ..I feel bad the come to the shows expecting to get in for free hang in the streets make a mess of the venue and cause polce to have to be attracted .. it is a mayjor yuck in my pinion . I have many folks when they meet us ask are you doing the vibes and we say noo we stopped that about 4 years ago because of the element my husband and I work hard for our money and these trips are mini vacations for us ..needless to say my ever trusting beautiful husband got ripped for 300.00 within the first hour of us being there for bogus party favors .. did not ruin our time but a hard lesson in the con , that person we found out later worked the camping area and left quickly sad ... lets keep the vibe true and positive hopeful belief the darkness has got to give will come true ...iin the meantime my wish is this activity wont hurt us getting more further shows .. peace to you all ......Let It SHIIIINE !!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Beacon Review - Night 2 - Cooper#145375 1 year, 8 months agoCooper,
Thanks for the reviews. i was even at the first 5 shows and still loved reading your reviews. Mostly agreed with you and you filled in some other insights. Ct. and night 2 at the Beacon were highlights for me - - energy plus great setlist both nights!!
Thanks to the band!!! They are playing as good or better than ever. I enjoyed seeing Jeff step out and lead the way.
Have to say I also agree with some of the other thoughts and the repost of the Dead's letter......there is danger brewing when so many forget that its about the music and the good spirit. Both Boston and Ct. left a mighty mess afterwards ! There's no mom's there to pick up after you! Please, for the sake of the music and all the good stuff.....let's make good decisions. Freedom is not necessarily anarchy, freedom carries with it responsibilites!
- Tom Banjo
Re: Beacon Review - Night 2 - Cooper#145377 1 year, 8 months agoTHEY KICKED ME AND MANY MORE HIPPIES OUT LAST NIGHT FOR DOING NOTHING MORE THAN DANCING!!!!!
THERE IS A LOT OF TALK ABOUT IT ON FACEBOOK. WE WERE ROBBED BY THE BEACON. WE WERE NOT SMOKING, DRINKIING, CAUSING TROUBLE, BUMPING OR ANYTHING... WE WERE DANCING!!!
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Re: Beacon Review - Night 2 - Cooper#145462 1 year, 8 months agoPhil has become a better bass player with time. Compare 2012 to 2002, 1992, 1982, 1972. Tell me here if you find a better sounding bass from Phil than he does now.
I'm not sure that I buy into this, but it's all good. See 2/22/73 or 2/28/73. I could point to other shows from the 60's, 70's, 80's 90's and 00'ies. In any event, Phil has been the man for a long time. His playin hasn't gotten any worse over the years, it's just hard for it to get any better.
There are a few other great bass players, though this is a discussion for another time. Time to go eat then see a show. Yipee!