ahhhhhhhh, red rocks...the energy, the views, the love...perhaps my favorite outdoor venue...got down a little late went in around 6:45 was in row 28 phil side, nice spot, good sound...
iko iko was a fun opener, nothing spectacular just a warm up to a fun set...greatest story was pretty good, i really wanted to hear this one...they got kind of jumbled up during the jam bob and john went different ways but they ended up saving it for the most part..the jam that found its way to cold rain and snow was very exploratory, and i was loving the tones JK was getting during the solos on it, very clear sound..me and my uncle was really solid bob was displaying confidence on this one, the crowd loving the south colorado and denver references, and jk played one really neat solo way more laid back than usual..ramble on rose was a highlight for me i thought it moved along very nicely, not choppy like some other versions sound..loser was excellent, the entire band was delivering for this one...interesting solo set up, john taking a short one, followed by a short bit from jeff, and back to john wailing it, uncommon from this group for this tune..money for gasoline was nice, and played at a much slower tempo than usual, i was able to see it in a different light and appreciate different aspects of the song..another highlight for me, box of rain..phil was loving it, with the slight vocal flub and all, i think he extended that jam in the middle a few times to make up for it, but i love that as a first set closer...i liiked this set a lot, i loved the song selection, the playing from the band was great and got better with each song..
place was packed to the gills, but moving around the smoking section and restroom really was not a problem during the break..during this time i kept seeing a tech and someone else walk out on stage, 2 people i'd never seen with the furthur crew, but i really didn't pay much attention to it
when the 2nd set started i saw this other person and it was quickly obvious it was chris robinson..i won't lie i wasn't thrilled to see him, i always feel like guests hold back furthur from what they could be doing..the first tune you ain't goin nowhere was a neat way to open up, nice and short, cool groove..during the break i called hard to handle as the 2nd set opener and sure enough it popped out right after, really cool..chris did a great job with vocals and the band hit some nice grooves..two souls in communion was another highlight of the show for me..it is one tune i had never seen furthur play (i think the only other time was on phils 70th bash, with chris)..his vocals were killer, and the boys played the shit out of that song, hitting all the small transitions..it was bliss...cryptical really spun things up for me, i love it, and the other one was pretty good...phil actually didn't hit that intro spot on, bob sounded good, it was a lot shorter than normal, and the segue back to cryptical really completed the circle..wheel was nice, phil dropping some bombs (they sound so good at the rocks) and a funky little jam that sure enough led us to the supplication i thought i heard john going for...it was pretty sweet, although no vocals like the one at best buy in march. i am thinking this could be a hint to a full on lazy>supp by the end of the tour..it was kind of funny how clueless many people were when they dipped into it, i mean, it is all the talk on our "want to hear" lists...death don't have no mercy was great, i thought bob sounded good, he puts an emotion into the song i love, the beginning it seemed to be primarily weirs guitar and it seemed the rest of the band slowly came in..china rider to end the set was the perfect choice, had everyone bouncing around....called the attics encore it sounded so nice there
overall i loved the show i thought the playing was great, and some of the best sound of the tour, phils bass was finally at a level it should be at..seemed drowned a little bit past few shows...crowd energy was not where it needed to be, especially for a sold out crowd, but hey...it's one in ten thousand that come for the show
jeff sounded great all night, awesome at red rocks because you can see everything he is doing from up above.