I was down in the 11th row. Awesome show!! I was watching them prepare the stage after Moe & saw Jack Pearson walk in from the back & thought “Oh crap, Warren must not be here.” After the first song I told my wife that maybe it’s not a bad thing he’s not here. If Jack’s only here for a week he’s not gonna take the time to learn all the stuff off Hittin The Note. Don’t get me wrong, I like the cd but I’m kind of tired of all the songs they’ve been playing from that the last few years. What a set list it was. Other than Jack goofing up a bit of Revival it was amazing. I thought it was one of the best times I’ve ever seen them myself. Granted I would like to see Dickey back though. I wonder if it’s because they played in Lansing within the last couple months that they didn’t get the crowd from over there to come over. I didn’t think ticket prices were that outrageous at all.
Yeah I was wondering where the hell the fans were myself! This FAN was definately there I’ve practically lost my voice from singing and screaming at the fans to get up and party and to show the BROTHERS some LOVE. Hell I had fun and I will always enjoy any show the Brothers put on good or bad. They are the best and I’ll always be on that road that goes on forever.
Neg dude. He’s right, it is nice to see some more jazz and stuff like that come out of the ABB. Don’t get me wrong, I love Warren and was kinda dissapointed he wasn’t at the Morton, MN show, but it was really fresh seeing Derek step it up like he did and Jack play with them too. Ron Holloway is an excellent musician. I almost think that Derek and Jack communicate better than Derek and Warren. Either way, it was a nice change I’d have to say.
I think the thing that sets Derek off is his amp tone. I enjoy that whine of his guitar a lot! I think it actually may be kinda boring if Warren and Derek sounded exactly the same, their amp tones seem to fit with their styles.
I think Greenman has been smoking too much green
Having seen the Brothers in Toledo (flat, crowd was not into it at all) and Cleveland (better, but I would not call it Hittin’ the Note)earlier in the summer, I was looking for a better effort from the band. Going on this website right before I left for Pine Knob, I discovered that Warren Haynes would not be there and that Jack Pearson, a damn good former ABB member and awesome slide player would fill in. Ron Halloway also would be added on the saxophone.
I was really looking forward to seeing Jack as his slide was a wonderful addition to the band after Warren chose to leave with Woody. I was not too sure about the brass though.
Jack opened with Statesboro Blues and was off on a great run. Too bad that he did not play more slide though. Ron’s sax really fit in well. The setlist of the recent shows without Warren tend to be more instrumental as there is no one else to sing besides Gregg and he just can not do it. OK, Jack did sing one of his own songs that was really good. We sure do miss Dickey Bett’s vocal contributions (not to mention his guitar)!!
The best reward was that Warren was NOT there. I was never disappointed when he left before and I surely was not disappointed that he was not there last night. The Mule type licks were GONE. Terrific!!!! The feel was a lot more towards jazz and best of all, the sound crew has finally waken up and increased the volume of Derek Trucks in the mix. It was great to see him thrust more in the leadership mold and he stepped it up. Listen, this guy is never going to be as good a leader (or player for that fact) as Duane, but he is all we’ve got (unless Jack wants to tour again! Seeing him step up was really rewarding.
So Derek steps it up a bunch, Jack is there ripping it up, and Ron is there to add even more jazzy sounds. It was jsut a wonderful evening!!!
So where were the fans? The place was empty compared to years past. Is this because it was a Sunday night or because the fans miss Dickey Betts? Or because the ticket prices are so high these days? I don’t know for sure. I do know that the ABB ALWAYS, I mean ALWAYS, do the best shows in the Mid-west in Clarkson, MI. If just a fact that ten years of living in Toledo has confirmed. The Pine Knob shows are just awesome!!
Somedays my friends and acquaintances wonder how I can still be so excited to see this band. From the first show that I went to on May 15, 1971 to present (too many shows to count in too many places), I have never seen a bad show.
Until next year and let’s see what the new year brings!!
The Road does seem to go on forever!!
Here are a couple of fills on the setlist:
5. Don’t Want You No More
12. You Don’t Love Me
Not sure about the song that Jack sang.
I was disappointed that Warren wasn’t there. But Derek and the sax player picked it up a few notches.
I really loved the set, especially since it focused on the old blues tunes.
Agree completely about Derek. His Playling was excellent, but he could improve his tone with a different amp configuration; e.g., more grind like Warren. While I greatly missed Mr. Haynes, I though Jack Pearson did an excellent job of contributing on very short notice. His style was a bit more like old school ABB than we’ve heard in a while. He is clearly an accomplished musician.
Heres the setlist from tonights show with a few holes. Excellent show. I like seeing Derek step up in more of a leadership role in the band. Gregg is singing like never before. Jackie Pearson is really sick, end of story. I feel like a strat doesnt really belong in ABB, but his skill backs it up.
1. Statesboro Blues
2. Aint Wastin Time No More
4. Hot ‘Lanta
5. Not Sure
6. Not My Cross To Bear
7. Blackhearted Woman
8. Not Sure
9. Dont Keep Me Wonderin’
10. People Can You Feel It
12. Not Sure
13. Mountain Jam
E: One Way Out
Please Feel Free to post what I missed.