Archive for March, 2010

GD Listening: Iowa, Summer of 82′

1982 is an often overlooked year for the Dead, but it was an incredibly solid year for the band. Brent Mydland, who joined the band in 1979, was really settling in and finding his place in the tunes. Jerry’s playing was as strong as ever and his voice was aging beautifully. In his own right, Bobby was gaining steam and really starting to take his rhythm work to another level after some shaky times in the early-mid 70s.

Show Flyer - 8/10/82

To get a sense of how the band was sounding in 82′, give a listen to this wonderful recording of a summer 82′ show at the Iowa City Fieldhouse. The show is rock-solid from front to back, but some highlights include an extended and trippy Feel Like a Stranger opener, a haunting  Friend of the Devil, and a unique pre-drums sequence of Lost Sailor->Saint of Circumstance->Eyes of the World. Unusual for 82′, this stand-alone Eyes (without the common Estimated Prophet precursor) is just top-notch and smoking with exciting and exploratory jamming. Other high points include a seamless Miracle->Bertha 1st set closer, and an always fun China->Rider set 2 opener. Check out the download below, it’s an absolutely sparkling Charlie Miller Matrix mix of the show – a gem for any head’s collection.

The Dead - Summer of 82'

The Grateful Dead
8/10/82
University Of Iowa Fieldhouse
Iowa City, IA

SET 1
Feel Like A Stranger
Friend of the Devil
New Minglewood Blues
Tennessee Jed
Cassidy
It Must Have Been The Roses
On The Road Again ->
BIODTL
Stagger Lee
I Need a Miracle ->
Bertha

SET 2
China Cat Sunflower ->
I Know You Rider
Lost Sailor ->
Saint Of Circumstance ->
Eyes Of The World ->
Drums ->
Space
Iko Iko ->
Truckin’ ->
Stella Blue ->
Sugar Magnolia

ENCORE
It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue ->
Johnny B. Goode

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Stream a few choice tracks from the show here:

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Backwards Down The Number Line: Welcome To Now Turns 1

Today we celebrate the one year anniversary of Welcome To Now! Founded on March 25th, 2009, WTN has been there over the past year along with all you freaks out there, sharing in the groove and digging the wonderful music taking place all across this great land. In honor of this special day, let’s look back at the 10 biggest musical moments of the past year in Jam:

1. PHISH RETURNS

Phish @ Hamtpon - 3/07/09

Phish returned to the stage in 2009, with a more than triumphant year of playing. The reunion began with a historic 3 show run at Hampton Coliseum in March. Things just got better as the year went on for The Phish – the band released a new album, ‘Joy’, and hit the road for a big 2-leg summer tour, Halloween at Festival 8 in Indio, CA, an East Coast fall tour, and New Years in Miami. All in all, 2009 was a great year to be a Phish-head!

Hampton Fluffhead

2. PHIL AND BOBBY GO FURTHUR (JOHN K. LEAVES DSO)

Lesh, Weir, and Kadlecik - Dec. 09'

Phil Lesh and Bob Weir shocked deadheads everywhere in August of 09′ when they announced their newest post-Jerry Dead project: Furthur. Unexpected to all, Phil and Bobby called on John Kadlecik, aka ‘Faux Jerry’, aka ‘The Ghost of Jerry’, DSOs long-time axe-man, to join the band. The new project laid to rest indefinitely both Phil Lesh and Friends and Ratdog, and dealt a major blow to DSO, leaving them without a front man. In the 6 months the band has been together, they’ve played a big coming out 3-show run in Oakland, a brief Northeast December tour, New Year’s run in San Fran, and a smoking Winter tour of the East Coast and Midwest. Coming up in 2010, the band will hit the stage for a Memorial Day Festival and a mini-tour of the Northeast in late June and early July.

Furthur NYE 2009 Poster

Furthur NYE 2009 Poster

3. THE DEAD REUNITE FOR TOUR

The Dead - Spring 09'

Months before Furthur, the Core Four reunited for the first time in over 5 years for a one-off Spring Tour across the US. The boys were joined by Warren Haynes on lead guitar and vocals, and Jeff Chimenti of Ratdog on the keys. Check out a few tour highlights below for download!

The Dead 09 Logo

Download Tour Opener – 4/12/09 Greensboro, NC
Download Madison Square Garden, 4/25/09
Download 5/2/09 – Final show at the Spectrum
Download The Dead at Shoreline – 5/10/09

4. BISCO TAKES FANS HIGHER WITH BIG NOKIA NYE RUN

Bisco - Fall Tour 2009

The Disco Biscuits closed out a fantastic year of playing with their second Annual  5 show run at the Nokia Theater in New York City. By all accounts and from personal experience, this string of shows was top-notch and a real exclamation point on the year for the band. Check out choice downloads, videos, and news from 2009 in the Bisco Archive.

Bisco NYE Run 09 Flyer

5. PHISH FESTIVAL 8 & ROLLING STONES MUSICAL COSTUME

Phish - 10/31/09 Set 1

Phish re-launched two traditions on Halloween weekend 2009 with their first festival of Phish 3.0 along with a highly anticipated Halloween musical costume set – The Rolling Stones’ ‘Exile on Main Street’. Breaking new ground, the band also performed an intimate and picturesque acoustic set at Noon on Sunday, with complimentary donuts and coffee for phans. Truly a magical weekend, and it’s now going to be seen like never before in a full length 3D film being released April 30th. Check out this crisp video/audio stream of the Sunday acoustic set here!

6. ABB BACK WITH A VENGEANCE: BEACON, MOUNTAIN JAM, AND MORE

ABB Beacon Marquis 2009

After canceling their annual Beacon run in 2008 due to Greg Allman’s battle with Hepatitis C, the band returned in 2009 with a guest-filled 40th anniversary run at the Beacon Theater. The run included guest stops from a star-studded cast including Clapton, Lesh, Weir, Helm, Scaggs, Anastasio, and McConnell. The band kept trucking in 09′ with spring and summer festival appearances including Wanee and Mountain Jam as well as big summer and fall tours. The band just wrapped up a fantastic 9 show run at the United Palace in New York city, is sounding better than ever, and has more shows plotted for 2010 already. Check out setlist, vids, and a review of the final night at the United Palace here.

Haynes, Trucks, and Clapton - Beacon 2009

7. PHIL LESH CELEBRATES 70TH BIRTHDAY WITH SPECIAL PHRIENDS

Lesh, Robinson, Weir, Greene, and Kadlecik - 3/12/10

On March 12th 2010, Phil Lesh celebrated his 70th birthday (technically 3/14/10) with a big bash at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, CA. The evening featured a fun 3 set format complete with an opening acoustic set and 2 raucous electric sets featuring special guests from throughout Phil’s solo career including John Molo, Chris Robinson, Jackie Greene, and Steve Molitz. Give it a listen here:

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8. PHISH DOES BONNAROO, JAMS WITH BRUCE

Phish at 'Roo 2009 - First Tube

Breaking with long-standing tradition, Phish played their first mainstream festival with 2 separate appearances (an extended late night set and a 2 set show) at 2009’s Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, TN. The band realized a long time dream and provided the festival’s highlight with a big collaboration with Bruce Springstreen, who also headlined the festival in 09′. The boss and the boys treated fans to a fun cover/bust-out of ‘Mustang Sally’, as well as performances of Bruce’s own songs ‘Glory Days’, and ‘Bobby Jean’. To re-live this special moment, check out this smoking video of Glory Days:

9. STRING CHEESE REUNITE FOR BIG ROTHBURY GIG

SCI @ Rothbury 2009

The String Cheese Incident reunited for a special one-off show at 2009’s Rothbury music festival. The band put on a massive spectacle of a show enhanced with massive light and art installations. The show went off with flying colors, so much so that the band has decided to tour further in 2010, with gigs at Red Rocks and beyond already announced and more in the works. To get a taste of the Cheese to come, buy the Soundboard of the Rothbury show here.

SCI at Red Rocks

10. TREY BRINGS BACK CLASSIC TAB

Markelis, Lawton, Anastasio, and Paczkowski

Markelis, Lawton, Anastasio, and Paczkowski

Having brought back the core four of his Classic Tab Band – Russ Lawton, Tony Markelis, Ray Paczkowski, and, of course, Big Red himself – in the Fall of 2008, Anastasio hit the road with a bigger-and-better Classic TAB band a few months ago in the Winter of 2010. For the tour, Trey added to the core four with a 3-piece horn section featuring TAB vets Jeffier Hartswick and Russell Reminton along with new-comer cutie Natalie Cressman. The tour was a massive success and featured some of the most enthused and passionate guitar work from Trey since Phish’s 2009 return. Check out lots of downloads, setslits, vids, and more in the TAB Winter Tour archive, enjoy!

And remember folks, WELCOME TO NOW!

Allman Brothers Light Up The United Palace

The Allman Brothers closed out their 2010 NYC residency at the United Palace last Saturday night, with their ninth and final show in less than 2 weeks at the venue. The show smoked from start to finish, with Warren and Derek dueling back and forth all night, constantly upping the ante. Warren was on fire, as always, providing his more rock-heavy, trademark incendiary playing while Derek’s slide work soared above it all, transcending and taking the band to a higher level.

Warren and Derek - 3/11/10

Setlist wise, the show featured lots of ABB classics like ‘Whipping Post’, ‘Elizabeth Reed’, and ‘Jessica’, mixed up with deep Blues cuts like Freddie King’s ‘Woman Across The River’, Muddy Water’s ‘The Same Thing’ (featuring extended jazz/blues jam), and Blind Willie McTell’s ‘Statesboro Blues’. Allman also played tribute to McTell in the first set by singing Dylan’s deep and haunting song titled after the blues great –  ‘Blind Willie McTell’. The big finale was a 30 minute + sequence of ‘Dreams’, segued into a huge ‘In Memory of Elizabeth Reed’ that featured a cast of guests, drum, bass, scat solos and climactic jamming. All in all, a wonderful to cap to the Allman’s annual run, enjoy setlists and videos below!

Allman, Jaimoe, Quinones, and Haynes

The Allman Brothers Band
March 20, 2010
United Palace
New York, NY

Set One: Don’t Want You No More > It’s Not My Cross To Bear, Statesboro Blues, Stand Back, Woman Across The River, All My Friends, Bag End, Blind Willie McTell, Whipping Post

Set Two: Little Martha > Blue Sky (Instrumental) > Little Martha, No One To Run With, The Same Thing **, Dreams ** > In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed ** > Oteil Scat (Kofi on piano) > JaBuMa > Drums > Oteil Bass solo > In Memory of Elizabeth Reed

Encore: Preaching Blues, You Don’t Love Me ***

* Kofi Burbridge on flute, James van de Bogert on drums
** Bill Evans, saxophone
*** Todd Smallie, bass

Pre-Order the SBD here

Blind Willie McTell:

Blue Sky Jam:

Jam -> Little Martha:

Dreams:

Jay Lane Quits Furthur, Joins Primus

Big news in Deadhead land today: Jay Lane will abandon Furthur after just a short 6 months to re-join Primus (Lane was a founding member). While the news hasn’t been officially announced yet, Phil himself confirmed it on the PhilZone today, stating that:

“Over the past year, both Jill and I have come to know and love Jay for the great guy that he is. At the end of our tour he rode back on Bob’s bus and informed Bob that he had an opportunity to play drums with Primus. He and Bob discussed it, and they decided that the logical time to make the change would be after the birthday show. I only found out about this the day before the show; as their relationship goes back a long way, I told them both then that I support any decision they might make. I will miss Jay’s enthusiasm and ebullience; he’s a great guy to hang and play music with.”

In response to whether or not Lane would be replaced Lesh said that both him and Bob feel it is best to continue on with Joe Russo solo on drums at this time. More to come as this story develops and formal announcements are made.

PHISH SUMMER TOUR 2010 ANNOUNCED!

Dates are LIVE at Phish.com!

Phish at MPP Summer 09'

PHISH SUMMER TOUR 2010 LEG 1
06/11 – Toyota Park, Chicago, IL
06/12 – Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
06/13 – Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey, PA
06/15 – nTelos Pavilion, Portsmouth, VA
06/17 – Comcast Theatre, Hartford, CT
06/18 – Comcast Theatre, Hartford, CT
06/19 – Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
06/20 – Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
06/22 – Comcast Center, Mansfield, MA
06/24 – Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
06/25 – Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
06/26 – Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
06/27 – Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
06/29 – CMAC Performing Arts Center, Canandaigua, NY
07/01 – Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek, Raleigh, NC
07/02 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
07/03 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, Alpharetta, GA
07/04 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, Alpharetta, GA

Phish at Jones Beach Summer 09'

PHISH SUMMER TOUR 2010 LEG 2

08/05 – The Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA
08/06 – The Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA
08/07 – The Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA
08/09 – Telluride Town Park, Telluride, CO
08/10 – Telluride Town Park, Telluride, CO
08/12 – Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville, IN
08/13 – Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville, IN
08/14 – Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI
08/15 – Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI
08/17 – Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre, Wantagh, NY
08/18 – Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre, Wantagh, NY

Phil’s 70th Birthday Bash

Furthur closed out their big Winter 2010 Tour with Phil Lesh’s 70th birthday celebration in the boys’ home town of San Francisco this Friday, March 12th. The event, billed as “Furthur and Phriends” featured some special guests and a fun acoustic/electric show format. The first set was a laid back Acoustic set with Chris Robinson, Jackie Greene and Steve Molitz all guesting.

Greene, Molo, and John K.

The second set is where things started to heat up with Greene and Robinson fueling a rock-heavy set that included a ‘New Minglewood Blues’, ‘New Speedway Boggie’, ‘Hard To Handle, ‘Viola Lee’, and ‘Caution’.

Robinson, Weir, and Greene

As if that wasn’t enough the band returned to set 3 with a parade and balloon drop and old school Phil n’ Friends style set with big-hitters ‘St. Stephen’, ‘Other One’, ‘Elevator’ (Molitz/Particle song), and of course both ‘Unbroken Chain’ and ‘Franklin’s Tower’ sung triumphantly by Phil. Enjoy setlist, pics, vids, and downloads below!

Balloon Drop

Furthur and Friends
3/12/2010
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
San Francisco, CA

Set 1 (Acoustic with Chris Robinson, Jackie Greene, and Steve Molitz)
Ripple (BW),
Lazy River Road (JK)
Fennario (Peggy-O) (CR)
Two Souls in Communion (CR)
Brokedown Palace (JG)
A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (BW)
They Love Each Other (CR)
Mountains of the Moon (PL)
Attics of My Life (All)

Set 2 (With Greene and Robinson)
Scarlet Begonias (JG)
Minglewood Blues (BW)
Easy Wind (CR)>
New Speedway Boogie (JG)
Viola Lee Blues (All)>
High Time (CR)>
Caution Jam>
Viola Lee Blues (All)>
Hard To Handle (CR),
Viola Lee Blues (All)>
Like A Rolling Stone (CR)>
Sugaree (CR)

Set 3 (With, Greene, Robinson, and Molitz; John Molo plays in place of Jane Lane)
Not Fade Away Jam (with Float Parade) ->
Happy Birthday Phil ->
Balloon drop ->
Not Fade Away Jam ->
Meltdown / Balloon Pop ->
Playing in the Band (BW) ->
Other One Jam ->
St. Stephen (All) ->
Other One (BW) ->
Elevator ->
Unbroken Chain (PL)
Comes a Time (CR) ->
Cream Puff War (CR) ->
Franklin’s Tower (PL)

Encore
Johnny B. Goode (BW)

Give it a listen!

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Birthday Parade:

Playin’ In The Band:

Assorted Clips:

Scarlet Begonias:

Phish in Telluride Approved

The final of a series of legal and legislative hurdles was overcome today as local officials gave the final stamp of approval to AEG’s request to hold a pair of Phish shows in the Town Park in Telluride, CO on August 9th and 10th. As part of the negotiations, the town was able to guarantee 1,500 of 9,000 tickets for locals. While this has many phish fans up in arms, there will be no shortage of demand for tickets and scalpers, especially local Coloradoan, are sure to make out big on the event. Rumor has it that tickets will only be available in the form of 2 day passes to limit the overall number of Phish-heads coming to town.

Telluride Town Park

Telluride Town Park

This news makes the Leg 2 Summer Tour dates that were posted here and elsewhere seem less likely. There has also been talk of Phish headlining The Mile High Music Festival, taking place August 14th and 15th in Denver shortly after the proposed Telluride dates. This would likely mean no Red Rocks shows in 2010 and a West Coast tour in early August surrounding these dates. That said, the Leg 1 Dates rumored here remain likely and an announcement seems imminent in the coming weeks.

Telluride 88'

Turn On Your Lovelight… And Leave It On

Ronald “Pigpen” McKernan, founding member and original leader of The Grateful Dead, died 37 years ago to the day on March 8th, 1973. Pigpen died at the young age of 27, due to the debilitating effects of Biliary Cirrhosis. Pig was the original bandleader, main vocalist, and persona of the band – growling out blues, jug, and rock tunes like nobody else could. To celebrate his life and amazing contributions to the Dead community, enjoy the following “best of Pig” mix – 3 discs full of choice Pigpen cuts, with all tracks tagged, good quality, and even album artwork taboot!

THE BEST OF PIGPEN (1966-1972)

DISC 1
1. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl (5-14-70)
2. Operator (9-18-70)
3. Smokestack Lightning (2-19-71)
4. Easy Wind (9-20-70)
5. In The Midnight Hour (2-14-68)
6. It’s A Man’s World (4-12-70)
7. Pig’s Kiss
8. Alligator (1-22-68)

DOWNLOAD DISC 1 HERE

DISC 2
1. She’s Mine (5-15-70)
2. Katie Mae (5-15-70)
3. Next Time You See Me (9-20-70)
4. Hard To Handle (4-21-71)
5. Good Lovin’ > (4-17-71)
6. Drums > (4-17-71)
7. Good Lovin’ (4-17-71)
8. Ain’t It Crazy (The Rub) (electric) (4-5-71)
9. I’m A Hog For You (4-6-71)
10. Big Boss Man (7-16-66)
11. I’m A King Bee (2-24-71)
12. Pain In My Heart (7-16-66)
13. Ain’t It Crazy (The Rub) (acoustic) (11-6-70)

DOWNLOAD DISC 2 HERE

DISC 3
1. Turn On Your Lovelight (9-19-70)
2. Mr. Charlie (12-6-71)
3. Chinatown Shuffle (5-13-72)
4. It Hurts Me Too (5-11-72)
5. The Stranger (Two Souls In Communion) (3-23-72)
6. Good Lovin’ > (4-14-72)
7. Caution > Who Do You Love > Caution (4-14-72)
8. Good Lovin’ (4-14-72)
9. Big Boy Pete (?)
10. Searchin¡ (8-29-69)

DOWNLOAD DISC 3 HERE

Thanks to Jeff Cook for putting this wondeful compliation together!

Furthur Does Colorado

Furthur christened the new 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, CO this weekend with a pair of shows that offered big setlists and inspired playing. The band is wrapping up their winter tour and is really starting to click, gaining confidence with each show. The big finale of the tour awaits – Phil Lesh’s 70th Birthday celebration featuring ‘Furthur and Friends’ at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, CA on March 12th.

John K. - 3/05/10

Furthur ~ 3/06/10 ~ First Bank Center ~ Broomfield, CO

Set 1
After Midnight
Next Time You See Me
Till the Morning Comes
Cumberland Blues ->
Good Lovin’
Magnolia Mountain
Ripple
Sugaree

Set 2
The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion) ->
Bird Song ->
Alligator ->
Dark Star ->
Time ->
Dark Star ->
Morning Dew ->
Let It Grow ->
In The Midnight Hour ->
Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad ->
And We Bid You Goodnight

Encore
Samson And Delilah
Uncle John’s Band

Stream Link
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Bobby - 3/05/10

Furthur ~ 3/05/10 ~ First Bank Center ~ Broomfield, CO

Set 1
Viola Lee Blues ->
I Need a Miracle
Mason’s Children ->
Bertha
Brown-Eyed Women
Looks Like Rain
Estimated Prophet
Terrapin Station

Set 2
The Music Never Stopped ->
The Wheel ->
Unbroken Chain
Shakedown Street ->
King Solomon’s Marbles
Black Peter ->
Truckin’ ->
Viola Lee Blues ->
Sugar Magnolia

Encore
Revolution

Stream Link
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Phil - 3/05/10

Til’ The Morning Comes (3/06/10):

Golden Road (3/06/10):

Time (3/06/10):

Morning Dew (3/06/10):

Shakedown Street (3/05/10):

Truckin’ (3/05/10):

Estimated Prophet (3/05/10):

Mike Gordon Band Tour Kick-off

Mike is back on the road with his solo outfit, featuring Scott Murawski on guitar, Craig Myers on percussion, Tom Cleary on keyboards and Todd Isler on Drums. The band kicked off a brief Northeast tour this weekend with a Friday night tour opener at Revolution Hall in Troy, NY and a Saturday night stop at Toad’s Place in New Haven. By all account, the band is really gelling, the shows have been rocking, and Mike has been jumping up and down and getting down, not just the standard head-bob action.

3/05/10

The tour runs through next Sunday with stops in Philly, Baltimore, Northampton and more. Full tour dates and ticket info is over at Mike’s official site. Also, be sure to check out a new track the band released from its tour rehearsals as well as a Rolling Stone article on Gordon… Check out setlists, pics, and downloads below.

3/06/10

3/06/10

Mike Gordon Band ~ 3/06/10 ~Toad’s Place ~ New Haven, CT

Set 1: Andelmans’ Yard, Cities, What Things Seem*, When The Cactus Is In Bloom*, Sound, Things That Make You Go Hmm, Nobody’s Home, Suskind Hotel

Set 2: Voices, Makisupa Policeman, Midnight At The Oasis, Willow Tree, Fire From A Stick, Sugar Shack, Time (The Revelator) > Jaded

Encore: Swamp Music

* – With Danny Barnes on Banjo

***Downloads coming asap***

3/05/10

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Mike Gordon Band ~ 3/05/10 ~ Revolution Hall ~ Troy, NY

Set 1: Another Door, Spiral, Walls of Time, Andelmans’ Yard, Crumblin’ Bones, Middle of the Road, Can’t Stand Still, River Niger > Traveled Too Far

Set 2: Fire From A Stick*, Rhymes, Only A Dream, Ain’t Love Funny > Kryermaten > Radar Blip, Meat, Dig Further Down

Encore: Sugar Shack

* – Debut

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3/05/10

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