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Zipster
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Re: Setlist - Furthur - Columbia, MD - 7/8/12

#172020 2 years ago
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Re: Setlist - Furthur - Columbia, MD - 7/8/12

#172067 2 years ago
Great shot, Zipster, and it was really great meeting you guys at the Mann.
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Re: Setlist - Furthur - Columbia, MD - 7/8/12

#172114 2 years ago
It was great meeting you too Equinox, and Emily, and Mushroom Man and all the other great FFF folks.
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Re: Setlist - Furthur - Columbia, MD - 7/8/12

#172115 2 years ago
Chester, I will be at Bethel and hpe to meet up with more FFF folks there. Zip
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Re: Setlist - Furthur - Columbia, MD - 7/8/12

#172146 2 years ago
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Re: Setlist - Furthur - Columbia, MD - 7/8/12

#172236 2 years ago
It took a hot show from Furthur at the Merriweather Post Pavilion to finally break the heat wave that has been plaguing the Baltimore area (and much of the east coast) over the last two weeks. Late in the first set the band conjured some of that good old Grateful Dead magic, playing back to back ‘rain’ songs, the Bob Weir classic Looks Like Rain and the traditional folk nugget Cold Rain and Snow. The weather gods clearly took note, and just a few hours later the heat receded as a gentle but steady rain began to fall. It was just another example of the mysterious, elusive, unexplainable energy that comes from the Grateful Dead vibe.
The rest of the show may not have had an impact on the weather, but that vibe was strong throughout. An opening “Hell in a Bucket” was a good sign, with Weir focused and vocally strong, ripping through the lyrics with the band rocking hard behind him. Two classic Garcia/Hunter songs followed, Candyman and Althea, and the Althea, with its line ‘this place is getting hot’ had the packed crowd singing (and swaying) along. Cumberland Blues was sandwiched in the middle of the 7 song first set, a tune that has become one of this band’s hottest, with incredible work on the piano by keyboardist Jeff Chimenti. They closed with Cosmic Charlie and its a cappella refrain ‘go on home your mama’s calling you.’ During the line ‘whenever your airplane happens to land’ Phil spread his arms out, tilting back and forth, mimicking an airplane’s wings. The going home part would wait a while, as the second set was just around the corner.
When the band came back on stage, Weir softly began strumming the opening chords to Lost Sailor, and the expected Saint of Circumstance followed. Both well played, with a slight slip here or there during the transition between songs. The jam in Saint was firing on all cylinders, and exploded into the vocal ‘hhhaaa!!’ that marks the peak of the song. Then it was time to get serious, and the core of the show followed. A fabulous Birdsong, Phil leading the way, spacey yet focused jamming, just a complete treat. Next up came a surprise - a fairly early in the set Help on the Way, followed by Slipknot. Those ‘in the know’ were wondering what would come next, expecting an extra song inside the slipknot, and sure enough just as the jam was resolving the band fired into a smoking hot version of the late 70s Lesh/Monk classic Passenger. Do not try this at home, folks! Tight, jams repeatedly reaching new heights, superb organ playing by Chimenti and slide guitar work by JK, spot on vocals. I have seen Furthur do Passenger a number of times, and this was by far the best version I’ve seen - worth the trip, and certainly worth a download.
The denouement of the show followed. A return to Slipknot led into a hot version of Franklin’s Tower - Phil so clearly loves that song. A sweet, subtle, and soulful ‘So Many Roads’ followed, one of my favorite late Garcia/Hunter compositions. JK nails it every time, and listen carefully to his guitar run, transitioning from Chimenti’s gorgeous piano solo into the guitar solo - like the greatest music, it starts from somewhere deep inside and climbs to a moment of communal elation. Bobby wrapped things up with a nicely played Throwing Stones, and although many were expecting a Not Fade Away to close the show, we had to be satisfied with a tasty Sunday sermon, the Samson and Delilah encore.
Overall, just a great night of music and friendship. As always thank to the band, and can’t wait to get to another show!
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