Been seeing shows for 25 yrs. -- this one ranks among the best.
The Abbey Rd. medley was a magic moment with several instances of goosebumps...flawlessly executed and expertly played w/ so much heart and soul. I really could not have been any more impressed. Faithful renditions, precise transitions, and inspired playing. I have to point out that the vocal distribution was brilliant.
JK took "You Never Give Me Your $", but Bobby took the "out of college" and "that magic" parts before JK took it back for "one sweet dream" and it was all SO great! Obviously, they could never have done this w/o Jeff P. & Sunshine -- they were sublime throughout.
Bob took some of "Sun King," but it was mostly ensemble...watching Chimenti's face light up as he listened to his bandmates sing the Italian section perfectly was a real delight. In fact, the band members were so visibly excited to tear through this material and were clearly enamored of one another's chops.
Phil sang "Mean Mr. Mustard." I thought Octopus's Garden was perfect for him the other night, but this was even better (big smiles from him as he sang "such a mean old man!; such a dirty old man").
The "Polythene Pam" was a balls-to-the-walls rock and roller led by Mr. Weir. Hands up in the air everywhere, people were screaming with joy, lights flashing -- total liftoff. The energy ebb and flow from song to song was incredible and gave you even more appreciation for this medley and the dynamics btw/ the songs.
Bob kicked ass on "She Came In Through the Bathroom Window" and even hit a falsetto as needed. I have to say that Bobby really shined in the vox dep't during the medley.
JK's "Golden Slumber" was delicate and crystalline -- really soulful with some great growling. JK then carried "Carry That Weight" (with group chorus vox) and "The End" which featured a crushing Russo fill section, then a rollicking JC solo and a sweet call & response/twin lead bit btw. JC and JK.
Hearing this suite of music was so moving, not to mention a full on rave-up at times (Polythene; Bathroom; The End..."love you, love you, love you!"). Throughout it all, you really felt the energy of what The Beatles were all about. Being inside that Abbey Road bubble was the ultimate escapism...and a real barn burner when necessary -- at those moments, I felt like "This is my Cavern show; my Shea Stadium." Pure bliss and an authentic slice of Dead alchemy.
Other highlights included an absolutely tremendous Tenn Jed, a great Corrina jam, and a rollicking Mason's. The song selection in the 2nd set was top-notch. Huge playing on every number right out of the gate w/ Golden Rd., but esp. Scarlet. Built To Last had some hiccups, but made a nice statement for Phil's 71st and this wonderful cannon of music. Truckin' was the exclamation point, and the friggin' monstrous St. Stephen was the cherry on the cake. I don't know what that makes Her Majesty, but it was delectable.
Thank you Furthur, thank you Phil
"One sweet dream came true today, yes it did."
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