two awesome guitarists! saw the original Allman band half dozen times before motorcycles took their toll, they could jam!
8 responses Add your response
God bless the Allmans ... PND, I am envious I missed the show,
I am a HUGE ABB fan ... too many shows to count and I have seen the Mule enough times to earn the name Horseface. The name was a Mule inspired flash the boys came up with after the Chicago AAB shows some years back. The story goes I wanted Rocking Horse and was willing to scream like a Mule for it. At a song break I broke into a Mule frenzy that some say sent Warren and Derek into a huge exchange of laughter but then again, it might have been the roses (or the brews). Never get away with that at a Neil show
For those ABB fans that missed the DEAD/ABB show at the Gorge a few years back - you missed a classic. It was the tour where Warren covered for Jerry and I tell you, it was a great day to be alive. Tennessee Jed never sounded so good! I was told it was on the anniversary of Duanes contribution to Derek and the Domino's Laya ... Warren ended the show around 1 AM with After Midnight a tribute to Clapton and yes, we got to hear Layla. If you folks have never seen a show in George Washington, please do it! Get a camp site and stay the night nothing can compare. Then there are the Beacon shows, Chicago, Gainesville, Shoreline, and Seattle, Sturgis, Portland and a classic show at the Pualip fair in front of maybe 2000 fans. You would have thought they were performing in front of 100,000 such a great show. I never get tired of seeing them and the last Gorge show was outstanding. I have pictures for anyone interested. The Doobie Brothers warmed up, and that was it own special bit. Like a lot of you younger guys, I have been a live music fan for 30 years and have seen more shows than I can count. All of the most classic and enjoyable memories have been the Grateful Dead, Allmans, and the Mule. I am a jam band fan and always will be.
I wish Greg all the best, from the bottom of my heart and I hope he lives to be 120. If he has to go, Lord please take him after Whipping post. Tough as nails he will probably outlast me and rightly so. I will keep dumping hard earned cash into this hobby, just trying to catch part of the magic I enjoyed at so many ABB shows.
Cheers! And now some Rocking Horse!
With no disrepect to Horseface - The Allman Brothers Band has NOT been the same since Dickey Betts got fired ( okay since Duane and Berry passed on ) I have been following them since the early to mid seventies when my older brother was listening to them - wanted to go to Watkins Glenn with my brother at 16 untill my parents put their feet down....but the '' original sound '' is gone, it lacks that soul that was there. Warren and Derek are great guitarists - they really are - but somehow their style of slide is just too schreeeechy for me. I find myself going ....stop the slide and just play. Dickey and Duane had a smoothness together that was music to my ears. I am lucky to see Dicky's band come through my town at least once a year and I get to hear those old classics Dickey / ABB tunes and my brother and look at each other and give it that ; '' yeaaaah '' this is more like it. Hey, the ABB is still great to see and I have made the pilgramidge to The Beacon Theatre but I find myself passing on them and instead going to see Gregg on this own. It's more fun and with more spontenaity. I got like this with the Grateful Dead.....where I found myself going to see Jerry more on this own as the Dead towards the end where just not all that fun to see anymore. I realize everything changes and these are still great musicians to see - especially in this world now where the only ones that seem to get the the spot light are the entertainers of the world and not the great muscians. That's who I go to see these days. Check out Widespread Panic who even after Charlie Houser's passing ( Jimmy Herring of ABB took his place after a little auditions ) is a great band to see.
You should check out the ABB recordings from the New Orleans jazz fest. You can order them from the jazz fest website. I have one from 2004 that has Chuck Leavel sitting in with them. They play a really tasty version of Jessica and do a great cover of Van morrison's Into the Mystic. The sound quality is excellent.
I too am an early ABB fan. Nothing and I mean nothing compares to At Fillmore East and Eat a Peach. The Allmans were a completely different band up to and including Brothers and Sisters when in my opinon the remnants of the original magic faded away.
Yes the newer iterations of the band are comprised of extremely competent musicians. But the magic is gone. The innovative slide work of Duane, the interplay between he and Dickey, the jazz like subtleties of JJ and Butch and the underpinnings of Greg all propelled by Berry. These guys were innovators, exploring new territory and creating a new genre all at the same time.
No band accomplished what they had in such a short period of time. Duane was the leader and after his loss it was obvious the band was a shadow of its former self after Brothers and Sisters. So I agree with Garebear. I saw them many times in my youth, including Watkins Glen. Even without Duane they out shown both the Dead and Band.
Duane was a genious when it came to slide. He is even credited with coming up with those famous opening licks in Layla.
A good read about Duane and the band is Skydog by Randy Poe.
Never heard 'em with Betts, let alone with Duane. Heard lots of records, however, and many are terrific, especially Fillmore, which I think is as good a live album as has ever been done. And I will even admit that Derek Trucks's got an annoying habit of running his slide back down the neck every phrase or two that sometimes makes me wince; and I'm not a big fan of Warren Haynes's voice for that matter. That said, I've seen the current line-up several times, and they kick ass. If they don't have the original magic, they have some other magic. Every one is a fantastic musician, and they play hard and great together. All substance, no posing. Go hear 'em.
I was at the Gorge last summer, Horseface. You are right, it truly was an amazing show. I'd heard on Sirius that Warren Haynes flew in from the Gov't Mule European Tour just to play.
The Gorge Amplitheatre is always chosen as one of the best outdoor concert venues in the world. I worked the main margarita booth, down by the stage that night for a non-profit group, checking ID's and serving beer/wine/margies. I am always amazed to see so many ID's/passports from Great Britian, South Africa, Australia, Canada, and Norway. Washington State ID's only make up maybe 1/3rd. Especially over the Dave Matthews Band Labor Day concerts.
By the way, did you catch the opening act? The Doobie Brothers were incredibly tight that night, although I was never much of a fan.