I have over 150 pictures here : www.facebook.com/pages/RCooper-Photography/188465124618668
I have ONE major highlight. Maybe this isnt just the highlight of this RatDog run for me. But need I say, that it could be the very most awesome live performance of Franklins Tower? (would that be blasphemy?)
Well, let me get some cred first. Franklins was played in my first GD show at Alpine '87. I saw 90 more shows with that band. Add a dozen Garcia solo shows, and 3 Bob solo shows to boot. Then after almost 10 years of post Garcia Dead abstinence ('95 Solders was going to be my last of this music ever), I went with a buddy to a RatDog show that happened to be on the same night we were out together. I remembered how much I was a Bobby fan! Did 10 RatDog shows in 3 years - then saw The Dead - 5 times that tour. Finally, came Furthur. I saw them 89 times before I sold the rest of the last tours tickets. I left Berkley with Bobby's Mission In The Rain, mid-second show. Anyways - I saw all Jackie/Bob shows and all Jonathan/Bob shows. Thats what I have done. Back to my comments on Detroits Franklin.
Maybe it was the build up of the entire night. Maybe it was the Help>Slip Stephen > Slip Sandwich... Whatever it was that happened - the Franklins had not 1 or two solos - it had three solos with Kimock on the stand up lap steel and the ceiling just blew off.
Every show was COMPLETELY different in its own awesomeness! The guest appearances were great! Bob was awesome with the crowd (he runs to stage edge on Easy Answers -twice)
I will add more pictures later - and bump this thread. Ratdog rules!