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toddamo
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Re: RCMH 3/27/11

#5964 3 years ago
Wow...what an amazing, surprising night of music at Radio City on Sunday. I've pretty much
checked out with this band as I have certain personnel issues, but boy am I glad that I went last night!
Here are some observations. These are just some scattered opinions. Many of yours will be different...

Being a huge Elvis Costello fan, this was a dream come true evening for me.
One of my favorite singers on the planet, singing some of my favorite songs on
the planet with some of my favorite musicians. A colliding of beautiful worlds!

Ok...Joe Russo is a freaking MONSTER. Speaking of personal favorites...
this guy has played in groups with musicians from three of my favorite bands.
(GD, Phish, Disco Biscuits) He's the Warren Haynes of the drums. A whore and strumpet!
And man...he OWNS this band. Russo puts an avant-jazz-punk spin on this music.
I've never heard someone be so disrespectful (I mean that in a good way) to these tunes. (Maybe Ryan Adams?)
He's so aggressive, so different. He's constantly creating. He's got a Keith Moon thing
at times with his very fast tom cracks. Of course Bob & Phil wanna play with this guy.
What a kick in the ass! (Joe Russo = A+)

The Ship>Roses>Ship segment was absolutely stunning. There's a solo
acoustic version of Elvis doing this that's been going around for years.
Last night was even better than that one. His voice was HUGE on the
Roses chorus. Goosebumps! And as has been said...the segue back
into Ship was gorgeous. Also, Costello's acoustic guitar was very
present in the mix and sounded fantastic. This guy's a fan. He knows
the tunes. He was thrilled to be on stage singing these songs.

Cassidy was a bit of a let down after this. I didn't feel like
the jam built any momentum. Ripple with Diana Krall was very nice...
especially when her husband sang the choruses. Definitely the highlight
for me from this set was the Jed through Ship segment. The place was electrified!

Sunrise...Sunrise! Wow. What a beautiful surprise. Theresa Williams
sounded stunning. I was reminded of what a beautiful song that really is.
The band sounded great. Really nice.

The Stephen had tremendous energy with Russo powering the whole thing.
What's become of the baby was a long, psychedelic freakout with Lesh and
Theresa Williams trading crazy vocals. I loved it.

I'm gonna say the highlight of the 2nd set was Unbroken Chain. Russo
pounded the heck out of it. There were some legitimately nice jam segments.
And for once...on the outro jam...John K. dropped the Garcia mannerisms.

You see what I'm coming to here? I know there's lots of opinions on this
and I'll keep it short and sweet. Having a guy in the guitar slot that apes
Garcia's tone, phrasing, etc...is just plain weird. We've all got those
recordings if we want to hear that...or we could go see DSO play.
God bless 'em all...but, I'll never understand that decision.

I've always loved Days Between. I never thought the Dead really figured out how to pull it off.
I think this band's version sounds fantastic. The choruses really build up and get intense.
Russo pounds away. Bobby yells like a crazy person. Beautiful...

The Fever was very cool with Diana, Bobby and then Elvis taking verses.
The Attics sounded beautiful. You've got to hear this...beautiful!
Huge harmonies. What a way to end the show...

So that's it...Opinions, opinions, opinions. I will not soon forget this show.
It really was something special.
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sandee823
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Ohh mama, aint it good to be alive

Re: RCMH 3/27/11

#5985 3 years ago
Ohh mama, aint it good to be alive!
This family has opened my eyes to so much in the world. For that, I am and will remain forever grateful.
My freedoms in the fire, i want to take me higher....free my soul
staggerleem
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Re: RCMH 3/27/11

#6268 3 years ago
What's Become of the Baby!!?? Seriously? Why? WHY??!!

20 minutes of my life that I'll never have back - at least they played a good, long encore to attempt to return that time to us.
More like "What's Become of the MUSIC"!.

The rest of the show was EXCELLENT, of course. I was a bit surprised to hear Theresa Williams do Sunrise, especially since on the way to the show, I was listening to Donna Jean, who was at the Sirius Studios in NYC with her new band, doing the Talk Show on the GD channel.
Now I don't know, but I've been told, if the horse won't pull, you gotta carry the load.
I don't know whose back's that strong. Maybe find out before too long.
Schwartz
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Re: RCMH 3/27/11

#6496 3 years ago
i actually said "self indulgent" - it was a little over the top for me (the what's become of the baby) - it was almost like a performance art piece - they did it with effects lighting, the entire stage totally dark, with just white lights shining down on phil and theresa williams, who were screaming out these crazy vocals, and the lights made them look ghostly - just so weird! if they want to do it for 5 minutes, so fine, but this went on for close to 15 -

my sense is most of that stuff comes from phil - he seems determined to literally play everything the dead ever did and to do it live - my basic feeling about it is i can't really complain, after all the great music that i've experienced from those guys, phil certainly deserves a listen from me, and i'll try anything once -

now - the rest of the show -
it did have that vibe that you get with guest appearances - it is great, and great fun with some hot music, but not exactly a pure furthur show -
the first set was wild with a smokin' samson to open, then a very hot chest fever sung and led by larry campbell, who can flat out wail on the guitar - it was fun to watch john deferring to campbell, who would go back and encourage JK to play a lead -
the rest of the set was so much fun - just great tunes, and a dance fest, with elvis costello leading the band through tennessee jed, friend of the devil, and then a very beautiful and well played ship of fools > roses > ship of fools - by this time diana kroll was on stage playing piano, theresa williams singing, larry campbell had switched to fiddle, and wrapping it all up with a great sing along ripple - great set! so glad i was able to see it (they did throw a nice cassidy in there just before the ripple - one true furthur tune)
set II - first of all, they played, including the 3 encores, for 2.5 hours (that is just set 2) - it was the longest show i have ever seen, and i've seen some long dead shows back in the day.
open with a surprise throwing stones, and just like with the samson to open set 1 they were hot immediately - then one of the highlights of the night for me- a flat out beautiful drop dead gorgeous version of sunrise, with theresa william singing - it was worth the price of admission - i loved it
we had a sense they would do a stephen, and in a sold out radio city music hall it rocked, even if it was slightly sloppy at a couple of points - the philly stephen we saw was tighter - then the what's become of the baby - i do feel like it drained a lot of energy out of the building, and it took them a bit to get it ramped back up -
but from there, the rest of the show rocked - top quality versions of the eleven (here is a youtube link for video: ) - great sing along uncle john's w larry campbell on fiddle - another highlight for me, the unbroken chain - then a powerful wheel (the vocals shine on that song!) - and finally into a great DEW, which we expected - (one thing with all the guests - JK really took a back seat - the dew was the first thing he sang solo all evening) - just thunderous crashing jam at the end, and we knew the sugar mag was sure to follow - also rocked the house!

then the encores - they start to quietly play, and it sure sounds an awful lot like days between - sure enough - what a crazy encore choice - but extremely well played, and remains one of my late garcia/hunter favorites - then all the guests came back out, including elvis, and they go into a loose and somewhat disorganized version of fever, with diana kroll, elvis, and bobby all taking verses
we knew they wouldn't end on that, and sure enough they wrapped it all up with a gorgeous version of attics of my life - just beautiful, with soaring vocals that raised the roof -
i can't wait to listen back to the show - if you look at the sequence after the "baby", it is one great tune after the other, and all well played - band having a great time -
wish i was going to binghamton tonight - it will rock, and be a "furthur roots" show - they've played some great ones in my hometown over the years -
watch out for a spectacular scarlet fire!
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