You won't find anything in this read that hasn't been already broadcast but I HAD TO put my comments
What a great year it was for the Allman Brothers and Family members!
So I should start where it all began. Once we found out the new lineup this year, with Dickey out and Warren in we knew we had to follow these changes around the country. Without going into the HUGE controversy I considered myself lucky that we would STILL get to see The Allmans and that we would be really lucky to see Dickeys' new creation.
Nobody wins in these kinds stand offs and I am always on the side of more is better so if I get to see ABB AND DBB
AND DTB AND Gov't Mule all tour in the same year it doesn't get any better for me! I love them all, EQUALLY. (how's
that for staying outta the controversy!)
We had never been to The Beacon in NYC before for those legendary spring shows and with Mr Haynes rejoining the
fold I knew that we just HAD TO be there. We booked our flight and travelled for 3 shows from Toronto Canada. Got an
incredible $99 flight from Buffalo and booked into a nice hotel for under a $100 per night that was 2 blocks from The
Beacon. We were set.
Once we got to NYC on March 22 for the 1st of 3 nights we knew were in for good music cause the weather was sure
suckin'(major heavy rain storm....welcome to NYC...forgot to pack your umbrella???YOU IDIOT!!)
We had tickets in hand for all 3 shows...the final shows for the 2001 run(22nd/23rd/24th). A show on the 25th was
added later so in fact we did not close out the tour. We would have stayed for the 25th but the plane was booked and
there were NO refunds/changes. No sense getting greedy....
Upon entering the Beacon the first thing we noticed was how friendly the staff is there, and of course who could miss
the big mushroom in that beautiful lobby. We were amongst friends in this great MECCA of NYC seeing one of our fave
bands. It just doesn't get any better for us. Our seats(peach presale)
were upper balcony first section dead center(1st night). I won't pick apart each show with a song by song review but will
mention some highlights.
March 22nd. Opening night is ALWAYS the best(IMHO). I'm on the constant tour, to see things never seen or heard
before so you won't read me raveing on about how good the standards are, EXCEPT the opening notes of Midnite
Rider(the opening tune). It did give the moment a special meaning, for obvious reasons! Who to Beleive...I found myself
diggin that one and All Night Train was so nice to hear in the setlist again. And of course Rocking Horse, which
absolutely kicked our Canadian asses. Chuck Leavell and Todd Wolfe were the special guests.
March 23rd. 2nd night we were definitely feeling like we were ON TOUR. A little bit of routine in the day made our lives a
little easier today. Friday night always has high energy due to the fact work doesn't happen Saturday morning! Set list
change is necessary to keep the tourheads happy campers. Thank-you! Been Loving You Too Long. OMG!! Never
thought I'd hear that one and very appropriate. Just Before The Bullets Fly I love that song. Loaded Dice and then ALL
those special guests.....Chuck L did a great job, John Popper, Richie Morales and Dick Griffin all go with special
mention. Our seats were lower level close to the stage. The Statesboro encore proved to be was the ultimate jam song!!!
March 24th. Our last night. We met a bunch of "crazy people" in the Beacon that morning(Lana, Paul, Maurice, Marley
and a bunch more who's names have escaped me now...sorry!) Great people, all converging for the common
cause....rock fans rule! Just kiddin on the "crazy" bit..... 3rd night and we were VERY close to the stage. Saturday
night is ALWAYS a big night! New show, different opening song! The way it should be! Feel So Bad was a surprise.
Desdemona was enjoyable and also we got to hear Who To Beleive again which is why we travelled the distance to
NYC. Mega guests again. Larry McCray, Chuck Leavell, John Popper, Jeff Potts. Southbound made the encore slot
AGAIN but, after all, it did prove to be the ULTIMATE jam tune the night before.
Overall the Beacon shows were amazing. Special mention to Molly. Greg was singing and playing great. Warren &
Derek are guitar hereos. Oteil thumped hard and the drum section was a highlite AS ALWAYS. All those special guests
made it that more special. I loved getting 2 sets with a break in between(the way EVERY show should be play out!)
Overall the tour did cost major $$ as we have to pay a 58% exchange rate as Canadians. BUT with all those new songs
we came out WAY ahead.
Looks like we would have to wait for summer to see some more.....