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Umphrey's McGee Rocks the House in Virginia on the 19th Anniversary of the Band's First Show. Grateful Music Writer and Photographer Neil Peek was there to capture the festivities.
Umphrey's McGee can throw a PARTY! At The National (@thenationalva) on Saturday night was no exception. It was a birthday party of sorts, the celebration of 19 years of shows. The crowd was excited to be a part of this anniversary of Umphrey’s first show on January 21, 1998 in South Bend, Indiana. There is no recording of this first show but there is no doubt it was Umphrey’s we know but maybe a few less lights.
Friday night was a roof raising 2-set show that left many wondering what Saturday would bring. The word was out after the show thatthe bar had been raised, “Umph is playing one of the best sets I've ever heard from them”, left many scurrying for tickets for Saturday’s SOLD OUT show.
Umphrey’s opened Saturday’s show with the hard pounding “Conduit”, a taste to get things primed for this epic night. Moving through the rest of the set to close with a classic “Live and Let Die” by Paul McCartney & Wings. This was an amazing closer to an amazing set on Saturday night but left the fans wondering what could they bring for the second set of their 19th year.
The second set brought many Umphrey’s crowd pleasers, new and old, “JaJunk”, 2001 debuted,“The Fussy Dutchman” debuted in 1999 and not often heard “Wine, Women, and Song” that was finished off by a “JaJunk” finish to close the show.
What encore would Umphrey’s finish the Saturday show with? No other than “Phil’s farm”, an original that was introduced that night 19 years ago.
This show was one of the best and important nights for Ump fans. It was very apparent from the minute the doors of The National opened; the excitement and energy was constant all night. The crowd was in unison with the band every step of the way.
The fans Encored the night with their “THANK YOU” to Umphrey’s McGee. A Classic!
Set 1: Conduit > Walletsworth, Nemo, Prowler > Wife Soup, Speak Up > Live and Let Die
Set 2: The Crooked One > Make It Right, The Linear > Educated Guess, JaJunk > Mail Package, The Fussy Dutchman, Women Wine and Song > JaJunk
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…
BONNAROO 2016: More than 100 arrested, cited in first few hours.
Same as it Ever Was..... The Tennessean is already reporting over 100 arrests and Bonnaroo has barely begun. That stat was given around 2 p.m yesterday after a few hours of the festival. It is not clear if they count the kids they arrest just driving there. "The arrests, Knott said many were made overnight, included disorderly conducts and illegal possession of controlled substances including harder drugs like LSD and Molly." "Law enforcement overseeing the 15th annual Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tenn. said Thursday that they've cited and arrested more than 100 people less than one day into the event."Last year they only made 75 arrests the whole festival. This year seems to be a different story as they eclipsed last year's arrests in a few hours. When asked about medical emergencies Knott was quoted,"We've been lucky we haven't had any so far, but we are on guard becau…