By ANDREW McCOLLUM BRASFIELD
Warren Haynes shined brightly with Phil Lesh & Friends and Willie Nelson & Family, with Hot Tuna opening up, on Saturday, July 28, 2001, at the Tweeter Center on the Waterfront, in Camden, New Jersey.
Phil Lesh sat in with Hot Tuna on “I Know You Rider,” the last song of their set, causing the audience to show how vocal and enthusiastic they would be for the headliners.
Willie Nelson opened his set with “Whiskey River,” which he revisited about 20 songs later, followed by “Good Hearted Woman.”
Jackie King, Nelson’s electric guitarist in his touring band for the last 3 years, was 13-years-old when he first played with Willie in Texas. The two simply gathered at a mutual friends house and played, accoding to King.
Other songs that made the audience roar where: “Me And Bobby McGee;” “Georgia On My Mind;” and “Mama Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys.” Lesh sat in on the tune “Milk Cow Blues.”
“He has wrote some great words, he is a great writer,” King said. He considers themselves “very close friends, we have a great respect for each aother as artists.”
King grew up playing jazz, listening to artists such as Hank Garin and Wes Montgomery. He now plays Heritage Guitars.
King cowrote the song “Great Divide” with Willie, which is be the title cut on Nelson’s new album, available in certain stores and on the internet.
Phil Lesh and Warren Haynes and company opened their first set with a 10 minute jam, then moved into the Gratefull Dead’s “Wheel.”
But the crowd lost their sanity when the band played with Haynes singing Jimi Hendrix’s “All Along The Watchtower.”
Haynes sang and played the song with full force – and a solid spirit.
A Dark Star riff was next for five minutes, with Willie coming back on for the songs “Oh Atlanta” and “Going Down The Road Feelin’ Bad.”
The second set started on a blue, or somber tone, with a 10 minute jam and the friends moving into Traffic’s “Mr. Fantasty,” with Haynes again on lead vocals and singing ‘up.’
After another song, Lesh and the band started off into “Dark Star,” a rare tune by the Dead sung by the late Jerry Garcia. And again, for a third time, after another Lesh song plus “So Many Roads,” the friends revisited da Star.
Haynes guitar work resembled that of the past Dead leader.
It is fair to say that the audience, some wearing tie-dye t-shirts, was in awe of the Dead triple tribute.
But the band burned off the blue mood, causing many people who were in their seats and nearly asleep, to jump up and dance when they broke into “Shakedown Street.” Again, Haynes was on lead vocals and sounded strong.