will buy, send CDR’s, whatever it takes. Thanks
Did it ever actually rain Friday night? I ended up wetter than I did at the Dead/Dylan show last Thursday, even though I had seats in the covered area. The amphitheater staff didn’t turn the ceiling fans on until about halfway through the show, so it got pretty humid under the awning.
Anyway, the show was fantastic. Great music starting with Bluestring (two great sets in the food court area), then with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and of course the ABB. Just great, great stuff.
I really enjoyed meeting a few of y’all. I was hoping to get to know everybody a little better, but the combination of temporary deafness (a gift from Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe) and the residual effects of a recent meeting with my friend, Bud Green (I could barely feel my legs under my ass!) placed restrictions on the coherence of any conversation that I might have had. I had planned to introduce ol’ Bud to a few of y’all, but some folks just don’t know what to make of him. Truth is, he even offends some. Oh well.
Donna had a blast. She enjoyed meeting and talking with a few of y’all, especially Reed, Patrick and a couple of others whose names I’d remember if I had put actual names (as opposed to web handles) on those stoopid-ass, gay lookin’ name tags! Sorry about that!
Oh, let’s see … oh yeah, the show! There wasn’t a lull moment all night as far as I was concerned. Karl Denson’s band just blows me away every time I see them. The next time I see a “Top 10 Favorite Guitar Player” thread, I’m going to have to remember to put Brian Jordan’s name in there. The guy is just amazing! I’ve already got “Hittin’ the Note”, so I went out Saturday morning and picked up everything that I could find by Karl Denson. We were sitting way off to the stage-left side, from where we could see Susan, Derek and the bambino (Charlie?) watching Karl and company from the wings. Such a Kodak moment! But alas, there are no cameras allowed in the venue.
Okay, the Allman Brothers band. What a set list! This show was made in heaven! The band must be getting better by the week. “Hot ‘Lanta” was the perfect opener. From there, “Statesboro …”, which is usually (often, at least) played as an encore, just lit an extra fuse under the band an audience. This show was better (to me, my opinion) that the Beacon show that I attended. I thought everybody in the band was just in perfect form. At the Beacon, Jaimoe seemed to be in a little discomfort, but Friday night he was just poundin’ away at ‘em! I was seated in an ideal area to appreciate the percussive interplay between Jaimoe, Butch and Marc. “Midnight Rider” has become as much a focal point for the harmony vocals as the guitar playing. Crosby, Stills and Nash eat your hearts out! “Desdemona” was everything (and more) that I had hoped it would be. I really enjoyed seeing Vaylor Trucks up there during “Southbound”. I saw Vaylor sit in at the last Birmingham show. He just keeps on gettin’ mo better!
And “Mountain Jam”! I think the band has played this one at almost every show that I’ve been to, but I just love what they’ve done with it lately! There is indeed a nod to “Blue Sky” in there. Maybe it’s just me, but I see this as a sincere tribute to all that Dickie has meant to the band and the fans through the years. I guess the same could be said of the inclusion of “Elizabeth Reed”.
I have this strange thought, a dream really, that Warren and Eric Clapton where playing cards in a saloon somewhere in a dark corner of Hell. After taking E.C. for all of his cash, Warren made him sign over the deed to “Layla”. Well, maybe it didn’t go down like that, but Warren and the ABB SHOULD own this song. They’re playing it the way it needs to played. I like Eric’s sentimental “living room “ version, but maybe he should stick to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. At least for now.
Does anybody know what the attendance was? I’m not sure that there were as many people as were at the Dead show, but it was a loud crowd! The applause toward the end of the show sounded like a meteor shower on the tin-roof of the amphitheater.
For now, I feel like a child on the day after Christmas. Unless I get to catch them somewhere else, it’s going to be a long, long time until next year.
The Allman Brothers we’re way beyond fantastic, my 21st time to see them was by far the best. They just blew the crowd away to the tune of 3 encores. Derek, and Warren and
Otiel and Gregg we’re all outstanding but the drummers Butch and Jaimoe and Marc’s percussion were beyond outstanding. This one was the best ABB show I’ve ever seen. ps. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl was not played.
thank yoooooou Atlanta!!!
a long 4 hr drive from Gainesville, driving into a beautiful sunset. they say don’t stare into the sun, but I couldn’t take my eyes off of it for about twenty minutes. got to Hi Buy’s around 8:30 and as I’m walking into the venue then bam! Hot Lanta… and so it begins.
Last night was real special for me
the whole band was on fire with every member having their time to shine. Wasted Words was alot of fun. I think things really started cooking around the 4th tune which I thought was Every Hungry Woman (but I could be wrong), when the jamming started gettin’ that real heavy feel. Warren just absolutely dazzled on the Same Thing with the back up horns, man that song just did it for me. He took that old blues standard to places I think even Willie Dixon would a been dazed and confused. Last night Warren showed me where he truly belongs, not jamming with Phil, not even with the Mule but right there next to Greg, Butch, and Derek. and Derek what can I say, he was equally impressive with his slide work on Worried Down With the Blues and Desmedona, I love the jazzy feel. It reminds me of an old Dave Brubeck tune. Lizzy Reed was a suprise it seemed to come out of nowhere . A wave of beauty. Butch and the Boys were really energized in the drum section (like a pit bull on a piece of raw meat)… and major props out to Oteil who offered us a glipse of his genius layering in instrumentals of Georgia on My Mind and Little Martha (shweet). I’d have to say the true highlight for me was the Blue Sky instumental during the Mtn Jam. I really felt that they were making a statement, as if they’ve truly turned a corner with the whole Dickey thing and are at peace with making music they way the Allmans do whether it be a Greg tune or a Dickey tune makes no difference ’cause it’s all Brother’s music. What came after was all gravy, I thought the Boys were just coming out to take a bow and then boom the second shoe fell, LAYLA!!! Wow wasn’t expecting it , but a real treat. Duane woulda been proud of their rendition. I give this show an A++ ,as well as to all the kind folk of Atlanta, making it an extra special night.
last night was my first time seeing the brothers, and it will not be my last. Unbelievable show, I may go as far to say that it is the best concert I have seen by any band, ever. Can’t wait until the tapes come out and I can relive this night again and again.
This concert was bad ass man. It was on my 18th birthday and it couldnt have been spent any better…They closed with Duane and Claptons Layla which was incrediably awesome. If you are debatin whether to go to this concert stop debatin and get your ass to ticketmaster.