Archive for Dead Tour 09′

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:

Download Link ~ Stream Link

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!

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Friday Music News Round-Up

Ahhh, Friday afternoon – a time to relax, turn off, and let your mind surf the interwebs for endless entertainment or lack thereof. If you’re too lazy to see what’s out there, let me help you. Here’s a few noteworthy stories and goings on from the world of Jam today:

1. Warren Haynes: “I am a Jamband whore; and I couldn’t be happier.”

Warren

Warren

Well, he didn’t exactly use those words, but Warren said about as much in a Billboard article out today. The man is having his busiest year to date with big tours going on with The Dead (Spring Tour 2009), The Allman Brothers (Beacon Run and Summer/Fall tour w/ WSP), and his own Gov’t Mule project (touring on and off throughout the year). Warren also talks about the new Gov’t Mule album out soon and the solo disc he recorded this year with George Porter, Jr., Ivan Neville, Ian McLagan, Ron Holloway. Always a rumor monger, let me also point out that Warren says that “he’s confident the Dead is going to do some more”, especially with the group’s 45th anniversary in 2010. You may be a whore Warren, but we love you.

2. Animal Collective sample the Dead’s ‘Unbroken Chain’ in new track

Phil

Phil

News broke today via a Tweet that self-proclaimed Deadheads Animal Collective have been granted the rights to legally sample the Grateful Dead’s classic PhilZone Epic ‘Unbroken Chain’ in a new track the band is working on. You can listen to an unreleased version of the song here (Phil vocal loop comes in near the end).

3. Mike Gordon announces September tour; gets bad haircut

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Mike

Mike announced today via a creepy video that he’ll be taking to the road in September with his solo band featuring shred-tastic Scott Murawski on guitar, Brooklyn drummer Todd Isler, keyboardist Tom Cleary, and percussionist Craig Myers. Let’s just hope he leaves that Joker costume from the video (see right) at home – that thing is down right scary.

4. Phish continue Halloween festival map mystery

The Map - 7/17/09

The Map - 7/17/09

Phish blacked-out more states on their Halloween festival map today (see right). Only 13 states now remain including Texas, Florida, and Nevada. That said, all the real phans know that the festival is still doing down in Indio, CA. Expect the announcment to drop before the band’s upcoming Red Rocks dates and Summer Tour Leg 2, likely this Monday coming up.

The Dead @ Rothbury mp3 download

After a few requests, I took the time to put together an mp3 download of the Dead show from Rothbury last weekend. You can download the show in mp3 format here. Enjoy! For you Torrent heads, you can still pick up the Torrent here.

Rothbury Aerial View

Rothbury Aerial View

For more Rothbury coverage, check out Jambase’s review here, along with tons of great pics from Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, and Day 4.

Also, check out tons of great vids from Rothbury 2009 here.

The Dead @ Rothbury

The Dead ~ 7/04/09 ~ Rothbury Music Festival ~ Rothbury, MI

***MP3 AND TORRENT DOWNLOADS ADDED BELOW***

The Dead @ Rothbury 2009

The Dead @ Rothbury 2009

Set 1:
Sugar Magnolia
Eyes Of The World ->
Estimated Prophet
Loose Lucy
Friend of The Devil
Into The Mystic
Help On The Way ->
Slipknot! ->
Franklin’s Tower ->

Set II
One More Saturday Night
Shakedown Street
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Drums
Space
Viola Lee Blues
Morning Dew
Throwing Stones
Sunshine Daydream

Encore:
US Blues (with Fireworks)
Not Fade Away

DOWNLOAD LINK – MP3

Download Link – Torrent

The Dead @ Rothbury 2009

The Dead @ Rothbury 2009

Post 100!

Not long ago, Welcome To Now was just a twinkle in my eye – 3 months, 100 Posts, and 41,286 views later, we’re still Truckin’ along. Check the archive for tons of goodies that we’ve seen along the way including full coverage from The Dead’s Spring 2009 Tour and the 1st Leg of Phish’s Summer 2009 Tour.

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In celebration of this historic day, enjoy a complete set of quality AUD downloads from EVERY show of Phish’s big reunion tour (thanks DUANE_BASE).

Stay tuned; and Welcome To Now.

The Dead Tour Wrap-Up

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Check out some great coverage from Dead.net for the 09′ tour here. They’ve got fan-submitted pics and videos from every show, setlists, venue historical info, and mini reviews.

Jambase also delivered beautiful  pics from every show of the tour courtesy of photographer Jay Blakesberg.

5/9/09 - L.A Forum

5/9/09 - L.A Forum

This tour definitely had its ups and downs, but it also had that undeniable, unmatched, and undying energy, vibe, and love that is the Grateful Dead community. Aside from the confirmed appearance at Rothbury later this summer, this could be the end of the road for the band after 45 (!) years of touring. It will be interesting to see what develops over the next few years in the Dead world – I’m expecting a few more years of Ratdog touring strong and for Phil to wrap up his touring career in the next 1-2 years. I’ve heard rumors that Phil may be doing his Nokia run this fall, but also heard he had nothing planned for the rest of the year. One thing’s for sure, he won’t go out without a friend-filled, star-studded final run of shows that should be a blast. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for more good things to come, be patient, and remember – all good things in all good time.

The Dead and the Brothers X2 – The Gorge – 5/16/09

The Dead have teamed up with the Allman Brothers Band and the Doobie Brothers for the last stop of their spring tour at the beautiful Gorge Amphitheater in Quincy, WA today. The Doobie Brothers kicked things off around 330 PM EST, to be followed by the Allman Brothers and the Dead, of course.

NOTE: DEAD GORGE DOWNLOAD ADDED BELOW 5/18

The Doobie Brothers - 5/16/09

The Doobie Brothers - 5/16/09

Doobie Brothers Setlist:
Take Me In Your Arms
Jesus Is Just Alright
Dangerous
Rockin’ Down The Highway
Nobody
Back To The Chateau
Guy Allison piano solo>
Takin’ To The Streets
Don’t Start Me Talkin’
Little Bitty Pretty One
Black Water
Long Train Runnin’

Encore:
China Grove
Without You
Listen To The Music

The Allman Brothers Band Setlist:
Mountain Jam,
Trouble No More,
Leave My Blues At Home,
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl,
Statesboro Blues,
Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More,
Orfeo>
Midnight Rider
Who’s Been Talking
Black Hearted Woman
In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed

Greg Allman - 5/16/09

Greg Allman - 5/16/09

The Dead Setlist:
Set I:
Music Never Stopped
Loose Lucy
Crazy Fingers >
Jam >
Dark Star >
Dire Wolf
Tom Thumb’s Blues
Into The Mystic
Women are Smarter

Set II:
Passenger >
Hell In A Bucket
Althea
Eyes of the World >
Drums >
Space >
Days Between >
Dark Star >
One More Saturday Night

Encore:
Box of Rain

Dead Download part 1

Dead Download part 2

Dead Download part 3

Dead Stream

The Gorge - 5/16/09

The Gorge - 5/16/09

The Dead – 5/14/09 – Mountain View, CA

The Dead ~ 5/14/09 ~ Shoreline Amphitheater ~ Mountain View, CA

U.S. Blues - 5/14/09

U.S. Blues - 5/14/09

Set 1:
Jack Straw
U.S Blues>
Mason’s Children
Ship of Fools
Friend of the Devil>
Standing on the Moon>
Lady With a Fan>
Terrapin Station>
Standing on the Moon

Set 2:
Estimated Prophet >
New Potato Caboose >
Born Cross-Eyed >
Dear Mr. Fantasy >
Drums (with Fire Dancers) >
Space >
Morning Dew >
China Cat Sunflower >
I Know You Rider

Encore:
Scarlet Begonias >
Fire on the Mountain
Deal

Download link (torrent)

Download link (mp3s)

Vids of Estimated, Dear Mr. Fantasy, and Rider:

And some pics:

Bobbbyy! - 5/14/09

Bobbbyy! - 5/14/09

Fire Dancers - 5/14/09

Fire Dancers - 5/14/09

SYF Lights - 5/14/09

SYF Lights - 5/14/09

Steal Your Face/Shoreline

Steal Your Face/Shoreline

Phil, Bobby, and Warren – 5/11/09 – KFOG Studios

Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, and Warren Haynes (acoustic)
5/11/09 – KFOG Studios – San Francisco, CA

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Cassidy
Deep Elem Blues
Glory Road
Friend Of The Devil
Lazy River Road
I Know You Rider

Videos of Cassidy, Deep Elem, and Friend of the Devil:

The Dead – “Cassidy” from KFOG on Vimeo.

The Dead – “Deep Elum Blues” from KFOG on Vimeo.

The Dead – “Friend of the Devil” from KFOG on Vimeo.

The Dead – 5/10/09 – Mountain View, CA

The Dead ~ 5/10/09 ~ Shoreline ~ Mountain View, CA

Hangin' pre-show - 5/10

Hangin' pre-show - 5/10

Set 1: Help on the Way > Slipknot! > Franklin’s Tower, Good Lovin’, Cassidy, Bird Song > Uncle John’s Band

Set 2: Unbroken Chain> The Other One > Drums > Space > Sugaree, Gimme Shelter > Sugar Magnolia

Encore: St. Stephen > The Eleven > Touch of Grey

Download Link

"Hey y'all" - 5/10

"Hey y'all" - 5/10

Chimenti's 'O' face - 5/10

Chimenti's 'O' face - 5/10

Billy's tripped out kit - 5/10

Billy's tripped out kit - 5/10

The Dead also got a fire-dancing troupe to join in during the drums sequence. Mickey and Billy are clearly lovin’ it – I can only imagine witnessing this first hand. For those of us not in attendance, enjoy this vid:

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