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Review: Phil Lesh and Friends - The Capitol Theatre - Port Chester, NY - Oct 31st, 2013

Just days before Phil Lesh & Friends kicked off their Fall Tour in Port Chester,NY at The Capitol Theater, Phil spoke on a Sirius XM radio interview and said "I'm getting tired after 48 years on the road, after this tour I'm basically off the bus”. With Furthur’s 2014 hiatus already announced, that made the excitement for this tour skyrocket for what may be the last time people see Phil and hear that unique voice that made so many people for so many years.
As Phil walked on stage with his friends being, his son Grahame, Anders Osborne, Luther Dickinson, Jason Crosby, and Tony Leone. Phil & Friends kicked the night off with “Big Railroad Blues” and then Larry Campbell joined the band for the rest of the first set which then led into a rendition of The Band’s “Caledonia Mission”. Next on the list for the boys was “Walking Blues” a Robert Johnson cover. As the song came to an end yet another guest walked on stage, it is Larry Campbell’s wife Teresa Williams, coming in for her vocals as they cover another one of The Band’s songs “The Weight”. Phil then went back to his own songbook with “Brown Eyed Women”. Then the first set came to an end with Van Morrison’s “And It Stoned Me” and “Deal”.  It seemed like the band was ready to put on a rock and roll show, as opposed to a space-bending, time warping set list that worked then but times have changed and Phil and his Friends thought it was time for some rocking good fun.
After a short break the boys came back out and started tuning up. However, Phil was nowhere to be found, He was replaced by a bassist who seemed to be playing Phil's  instrument. They kicked things off without Phil on stage with a strong cover of Bo Diddley’s “Who Do You Love”, which led into “Not Fade Away“. That is when the stand-in drifted off stage and back came Phil. With him back on stage they covered yet another Band song  “We Can Talk” which transitioned into “The Wheel”. Taking no breaks and seemingly having a great time, they went right into “Two Trains Running” a Muddy Waters’ cover. Followed by an amazing rendition of “Scarlet Begonias” > “The Other One”, after about a minute break for everyone to catch their breath. Next up was a smoking cover of Neil Young’s “Cortez The Killer” which led right into “Fire On The Mountain” to end off a strong second set. Phil came back out for his donor rap and then the band came back out to join him, After tuning up they went into the classic “Long Black Veil”. To end the show,  the boys finished with another Band song “Chest Fever”. All the guests throughout the night then came back on stage to take a deserved bow and for Phil another look at where some of the greatest Grateful Dead shows ever took place, 
It seems Phil is determined to keep going and harking back to the great Levon Helm, whose songs got plenty of airtime, maybe he’ll ramble through the Cap again.
Words: Tyler White
Edited: Greg Heffelfinger

Phil & Friends 10/31/13 Halloween Capitol Port Chester NY
Set I
Big Railroad Blues *
Caledonia Mission *
Walkin’ Blues *
The Weight* #
Brown Eyed Women *
And It Stoned Me *
Deal #
Set II
Who Do You Love >
Not Fade Away
We Can Talk >
The Wheel>
Two Trains Running
Scarlet Begonias >
The Other One
Rollin’ and Tumblin’
Cortez The Killer >
Fire On The Mountain
Donor Rap
E:Long Black Veil #
Chest Fever

*Larry Campbell
# Teresa Williams

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