Allman Brothers Band-Live At the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, MA, 2003
Why was my summer so special? Could it be that I went to Gillette Stadium to see the New England Patriots' "Training Camp '03?" Was it the fact that my 5-week summer school session at Cotting School went oh, so totally well? Was it the fact that the team I was on, on my very merry last day of school, therby marking my first year at Cotting School COMPLETED, beat the other team 4-1? Well, it was all that, AND the first time I went to the Tweeter Center to see the legendary Allman Brothers Band for the first time!
It all started on that very bright July the 13th day, when my family (Except my sister), my friends, Kathy and Charlie and I, went to the Tweeter to see the boys, and all their reigning glory. When we got to the Tweeter parking lot, we had a little dinner before venturing into the masses of super-hyperactive Allman fans. And MAN, the place was packed! When we went into the stage area, we thought the show had started, but alas, it wasn't......It was the opening act, Susan Tedeschi and her band. She was okay, but I was seriously anxious for the real show to start!
After Tedeschi and the band left the stage, I was ready to have some fun when the guys came out. I was curious of what they'd open with. When the lights went down, I was ready to go into overdrive. Then, I heard the most noticable guitar intro.......The Allman Brothers Band opened up with the Derek and the Dominoes tune, Layla! With Warren Haynes doing awesome vocals, the double drum scheme going into action, and the crowd on its toes, the place got cookin'. It was so good, I jumped outta my seat, and began to groove!
Other honorable mentions were played amazingly that night. Gregg Allman sung the stuffing out of songs like Ain't Waistin' Time No More, Desdemona, and Firing Line, to name a few. Oteil Burbridge coated most of the songs with glossy bass solos that sounded too good to turn down. Derek Trucks literally won the crowd over with his spectacular slide guitar playing, it's a good thing Gregg and the guys picked him up! Really!
The other part I'll note was the great, great and GREAT (Did I mention great?) drum solo during Instrumental Illness, Butch Trucks, Jaimoe, and Marc Quinones wrung every beat out of the extensive solo. Every drum beat, hit of the cymbals, the whole nine yards, beauty, beauty, and more beauty! After about 15 minutes, Gregg, Warren Haynes, Derek and Oteil returned. They took a bow, but came back later to introduce the bass-line of bass-lines.....The one where you'd be tied to the Whipping Post! After it ended, the stage, and bleachers emptied, I came out, AMAZED! And that's:
Added: Wednesday, November 26, 2003
Reviewer: Tom Lydon