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Phish Starts their 2016 Halloween Run on a Good Note and their Destiny is Unbound leading Up to the Big Night.
After a couple of weird shows following triumphant runs in Nashville and Atlanta, Phish comes ready to play in Vegas.
Phish starts their four night run at MGM Arena in high fashion. They played the exact opposite of what is to be expected. Our trip will not be short, unlike Page's sample states, from the opening set of the first night, it looks like we are in for a good run. The band is locked in and listening to each other. With the surprise bust out of "Beauty of My Dreams" and "Dogs Stole Things" to the uber-rare "Destiny Unbound" preceding a rare-ish "When the Circus Comes to Town" the band seems to want to make a statement to all the people who slagged off Texas and decided to skip the first couple of nights of the run. Word on the ground at the MGM was this afternoon, extras are plentiful and anyone that really wants to get in can.Those that put in the effort got a rare first set "Steam" and a really tight, well-played first set, concluding with "Walls of the Cave".
The second set kicked off with the Phish rarity, "Crimes of the Mind" off the Dude of Life's album of the same name. They last played this in 2009 and normally play it with the Dude but the last few times they have busted it out have been Dude-less and according to Phish.net "invokes the memory of such acts as T. Rex and Mott the Hoople". Teases for the Halloween album? Both of those artists were part of the glam-rock scene personified by David Bowie. It was followed quickly by an extended "Golden Age" whose Brooklyn-funk led into an extra long dark and exploratory jam that resolved into "Simple" that let the crowd explode. Trey and company rode the tension and resolution that makes each of their jams unique and makes the venue feel like its' about to achieve liftoff. Even if the venue happens to be an outdoor amphitheater. It's a Phish thing. I have to say that having bebop back in the band is an amazing feeling. They started fall tour on a shaky note but has gone mostly nowhere but up since Dick's. Listening to this fall tour has reminded me that Phish are still the best at what they do and even though they've been playing together for thirty three years, they still love playing together and it shows. The "Light" came pouring out of a very short "Simple" but the second set pushed the energy up from the first set and led to a monster jam that went off the reservation for sure. Chris Kuroda makes sure to add another element to the stew during this jam when Trey was making whale calls and the band was deciding what to play.
The deep "Light" jam went pretty far out and came back home to "Twenty Years Later" that they took for a spin and led to the Meters-esque, "Blaze On" in a fourth quarter spot. Ending with a "Squirming Coil" and a double"Bouncin'", "Bold as Love"(possible Halloweent hint) encore, night one bounced into the books as a win for sure.
This weekend is going to hold some big surprises. I'm blown away that they played "Destiny Unbound and "Crimes of the Mind" in the same show. The first show of the run has set the bar high and the band is not giving any indications that they can't exceed those expectations. This weekend is going to be a great run of Phish shows and I can't wait to hear the arguments over which one of the four was the best. Excluding the Halloween set of course."Just ask the Axis"
This show was webcast via Live Phish. Trey teased San-Ho-Zay during No Men In No Man's Land and Sand in Golden Age. Dogs Stole Things was played for the first time since 06-17-2012 (182 shows). Beauty of My Dreams was played for the first time since 12-31-2010 (227 shows). Crimes of the Mind was played for the first time since 11-29-2009(283 shows). thanks to Phish.net
Amazon Announces the cast for their Upcoming Grateful Dead T.V. Show.
This was my April Fool's Joke!
Amazon just released the cast members that will play the Grateful Dead band members in their upcoming show about the band's life. I am not an acting coach but I must admit there are more than a few head scratchers. Before we announce the cast, one odd moment actually delayed the production team from casting the respective roles of the show. When executive producer and GD member Bobby Weir insisted on playing Jerry Garcia. The uncomfortable week of dealing with this unrealistic request came to an end when Bill Walton pointed out to Bobby that he has in fact been playing that role already since Jerry untimely death in 1995. One thing Bob was adamant about was picking the actor to play him. He insisted on 80's child star Corey Feldman, Bobby was quoted of saying "Just watch "Dream a Little Dream" 1 threw 6 if you think he does not have the chee…
Some As#hole Screamed "Free Bird" at a Recent Bob Dylan Show. The only actual news is Bob obliged and played a note-perfect rendition of the dueling guitar solo in Lynyrd Skynyrd's Rock Anthem. Watch!
Bob Dylan has never met a cover he did not like. He has incorporated countless tunes by many artists in his live shows since the early sixties. Ironically, the Never Ending Tour is supporting Dylan's latest release Fallen Angels which is his second installment of Frank Sinatra classics. I have had the pleasure of seeing Dylan live well over a hundred shows and witnessed him cover everybody from The Grateful Dead to Warren Zevon and all genres in-between. But I never thought I would hear the Great One cover " Free Bird". Of course, some asshole yelled to hear it or be funny. Hell, maybe he was trying to impress a date and had a low I.Q. Whatever the reason he yelled it, is less fascinating than why Dylan played it. I think he finally got sick of hearing song…
Bob Weir fronted an all star band last night in a private backyard. Watch the entire show and get the 411
Last night in Mill Valley, California a slew of talent gathered in a private backyard for a benefit show for Heroes Rock. Their one goal is to help our nations veterans. Bob Weir starts the show out solo, before he is joined by Steve Kimock, Oteil Burbridge, and plenty of other musicians. Thanks to Deadheadland you can watch the entire show. Kevin Video (Captured by Deadheadland Films) SetlistHeroes Rock Benefit House Concert – Mill Valley, CAWith Bob Weir, Steve Kimock, Eric Krasno, Leslie Mendelson, Nicki Bluhm, John Morgan Kimock, and Oteil Burbridge.Set: Walkin’ Blues (Bob Weir solo), Blue Mountain (BW solo), Easy to Slip (with Steve Kimock), Only A River (with SK, Otiel Burbridge & John Morgan Kimock), Happy Birthday (sung to Steve Parish), Friend of the Devil (w. SK, Leslie Mendelson & Niki Bluhm), Deep Elem Blues (w. SK, OB, JMK, LM & NB), Blue Bayou (w. SK, OB…