I just got back from the Beacon! I stopped in to Fairway, and bought and ate a Peach for Peace!

I had a 2nd row seat, all the way at the end, in front of the speakers, on Otiel’s side of the stage. Lucky me, I had great ear plugs. The sound was the best I’ve ever heard. You could hear every musician’s part – the keyboards, the rhythm guitar, each of the drummers, and even all of Gregg’s vocals, and the lyrics too!

They opened with Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’, then Hot ‘Lanta. I lost track, but the first set ended with Statesboro Blues.

The 2nd set ended with “Patchwork Quilt”>”Instrumental Illness”. The encore was “One Way Out.”

The best song of the night for me was “44”, or whatever the correct title is. Other songs played: Stand Back, Every Hungry Woman, the new Wasted Words, with Gregg on organ, End Of The Line, Maydell, Firing Line, Done Somebody Wrong, Midnight Rider, No One To Run With Anymore, Worried Down With The Blues… I can’t think of any more songs, but there may be some.

The drummers should really get a lot more credit than they do – I think even I would sound good with them behind me.

I now have seen Gregg Allman in the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and 00’s – 4 Decades! I have never seen him smile before (I’ve also never been in the 2nd row before), but he smiled a whole lot, especially at Derek.

Someone should tell Otiel that he’s the bass player, not a lead guitarist. He also plays in his bare feet. Gregg wore glasses occasionally. Jaimo sat at the foot of the stage during the intermission and threw t-shirts into the crowd. Warren has a guitar tech that looks a lot like him. Who were all those people sitting on stage?

I was hoping to hear Layla, but too bad, they didn’t play it.

That’s it from the Upper West Side!

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