Welcome to my town, this is the 1st time the quintet has come down to sunny San Diego, its gonna be a great time for all.
Who's coming down for the show? If your not doing anything all day, I recommend Balboa Park, very beautiful place to hang out.
Phil Lesh & Friends
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe
Bring it on!!
don't you consider del mar as SD?
and wouldn't it be just that much sweeter at star-lite bowl?
i grew up in SD and am a tad jealous of you all, but hope P&F put on a rip-snorter
will be there....I enjoy going to coronado beach and at Balboa park i do recall these rasberry/peach daquiris along with my first taste of lobster burittos. I thought I would hate lobster burittos but they are good.
Heres a note about the venue location. The Open Air Theater is located 'within' San Diego State University (SDSU), and thats where the show will be. Its a nice small ampitheater with good sound, and if that San Diego Sun is gonna be shining we are all looking to have a good treat. Security? dont know, just we careful, this isnt San Francisco, where you can hit the bong just anywhere.
2 more days!!
Who all is coming. I'll be there. I work from 5am till 1pm, Then frisbee golf, then PHIL.
Lord !!!!!! Tell me all about it........you lucky SOB......wish I was their...
the Outdoor Amphitheater is a killer venue. Has hosted some great shows, like Little Feat in 1978. Oh and some guy named Jerry. Hoping that hometown fellow Karl Denson plays with Phil. I am drooling at the thought of a Low Spark. KD did it with Panic so he knows it for sure. Dear Prudence another possibility, but a funky Shakedown would be a thrill as well. Hopefully the fact that Warren sat in with KDTU in NOLA will make the possibility a bit greater. I was bummed last summer when KD did not play with Ratdog here. But hoping it had more to do with he had a chance to go home as they had been out on the road awhile and had a few more shows to go.
The Time has Come!! Have a safe trip to the show everyone, I hope to see you all so we can get down and boogie.
Please let Karl D sit in...please!!!!
To think what Karl D would add to a philzone shakedown st!!!! Oh my!!! Too bad I can't make it down to the show tonight. Will have to wait for tomorrow's show at the greek.
Have fun tonight!!
Well The Rev. and the Game are in town. Getting ready to head to the show. Never seen Denson since he left Lenny Kravitz's band. Can't wait. Lord Herny, we'll be looking for ou there. We're in section AAA, row 7.
Any word on setlist yet?
like a rolling stone
e: patchwork quilt*
* with karl denson
What about set I?
c'mon, somebody give it up. Bird Song?
Somebody must have the first set. C'mon, I'm on the East Coast and need to get to sleep.
China Cat (oujt of control)
Forest of Fineraro
Hard to Handle w/ Denson
The first few songs are in the right order. some stuff is missing, but that is the best we can remember right now - the Rev. lost the list. We'llmost more if we find it.
Just got back, holy holy holy
Heres the correct setlist:
China Cat Sunflower>
Lay of the Sunflower
*Hard to Handle (!!!!)
Rock and Roll Blues (w/ Crazy Fingers tease)>
Like a Rolling Stone>
The Real Thing
*Eyes of the World>
*King Solomons Marbles/Stronger Than Dirt
Not Fade Away>
E: Patchwork Quilt
*with Karl Denson on Sax
THANK YOU PHIL & FRIENDS!
What a wonderful show!! thank you Phil!!
Now some of you may not be too impressed by the setlist, but dont let that fool you, I just realized that this band can play anything they want and turn it into the heavenly manifestation of god. The musical journey that Phil speaks of, its right here, every show!, this is it people! The world is a more beautiful place because of it.
It was a beautiful day here in San Diego, it was Bob Dylans birthday so everyone was feeling eager to see what Phil would play. Arrived to the venue nice and early, walked around in the sunshine, drank a beer, got to talk to Jimmy Herring for a little bit, listen to Rob Barracco give lessons on life and on Pigpens hammond B3. They were hanging out! Rob seemed to be in real high spirits, it was nice hearing him talk about how energetic Phil is nowadays and how bursting with life he is.
I am glad I got to talk to Bodenzord, Rev. Buddy Greene and Fred at the show, all you guys are wonderful people, and dont forget it!
Oh yes, and Huck if you read this, nice buds!
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe opened the show at 6:00, holy shit, these guys rock! As my friend put it, it is like "angry jazz funk." Completely feroucius and out of control. A wonderful band to see open for Phil, they made you groove. Karl Denson is a phenomenal Saxaphone player, he absolutly smokes. They played some excellent music for 1 hour.
Phil set 1~~~~~~~
The band comes out to a small roaring crowd, its just starting to get dark out, the moon is what looked to be full, right out in the open in front of the band and then Phil starts noodling with the bass and the rest of the band comes in slowly finding the melody, the groove, and working their magic. Its amazing how they can just start a jam off like that, working off eachother and creating this music from scratch like that. Stunning!! The opening is jam finds is groove and then goes head on soaring, this was definatly one of my fav. opener jams, it had all the necessary elements to enchant your imagination and bring you into the zone. The jam starts giving the melody of the next song and they bust into China Cat very strongly, with Warren sounding very powerful on his heavy wa/wa. It was great hearing China Cat, I was lookin forward to this one. Jimmy comes and lays down a solid lead, Rob pulls out the lyrics nicely and pretty much flawlessly, lsd anyone? Then China Cat takes off like it always does, it soars!! They jam out of China a little bit then move into Cosmic Charlie. I really like the Phil versions of this song nowadays, the vocal harmony is stunning, esspecailly the end "go on home your mamas callin you." Cosmic charlie was as good as any other version, very nicely played. There was a break and then Lay of the Sunflower, wow, beautifully told and sung. I was amazed by Warrens vocals tonight, he sounded better than ever. Very sweet version indeed, need I say flawless again? Sunflower ended and then the crew started setting up another mike and amp, oh oh, its for Karl Denson. I cant tell you enough how bitchin it was to see a saxaphone playing with PLQ, esspecailly with Karl Denson on it. The groove is set down to what becomes Hard to Handle. Now this was the highlight of the 1st set for me, it was raging! The sax had some good solos but its contribution to the overall intensity of the music sent me over the edge. I cant believe all the sheer energy that is created on stage. Hard to Handle has got to heard on the tapes to really be understood, IMO I enjoyed it more than NYE, though I love you and your beautiful voice Susan Trucks. H2H ended and then Rock & Roll blues came out. This was a tight version, with primo Phil vocals...spicy! In the middle somewhere there was an awe inpiring Crazy Fingers tease, where Phil was just playing the melody over and over. I was in a dreamlike state watching him do that. Rock Blues jammed out a bit and went into a decent Passenger, a little rough around the edges and a bit short, but it still packs that glorius punch*, with Nothing to Hide!
Setbreak was great! nuff said.
The band comes back on stage and now the crowd is really cheering them on. Its funny to see old heads who havent been to a show since their Dead years get totally blown away by the Quintet. The first notes are played, it seems like they were going into a jam but there is too much of a melody going on. And then it hits you like a ton of bricks...Like a Rolling Stone. The Phil vocals people, I cant stress how good they were, impecable! Wonderul and heartfelt, the poetic spirt of Dylan was with us all here. Very nice jam out of it winds down into The Real Thing. Thats when we figured out that Bob Dylan was the real thing! Too funny, solid version, great Warren tune, super vocals, a medal of honor indeed. That ends and then Eyes of the World, (((((((smokin))))))), the beginning started softly with tight rhythym from Phil and Molo. Then suddenly the roadies are on stage and setting up the mic and amp agian. Oh oh! its Karl Denson again! and hes wearing a leather jacket, badass! I remember the Dead, I remember Branford Marsalis, I remember Eyes. This is too good, into what really becomes too good for Eyes. They reach the peak of all that which radiates from life. (((((((((energy)))))))))) The first verse is sung and then jam! Karl Denson gets the 1st solo and blows the entire aud away with his strenght and speed of playing, he solos for quite a while too, he built and reached 2 or 3 huge peaks and this was just 6 minutes into it. Then more vocals, Warren solos, I really enjoyed that part, Warren was busting out the Eyes licks, then Barracco had a solo and then Jimmy sent it into hyperdrive, they band just let go and let the currents take them away, lucky for us we went with them. Jam>>>things started to slow down a bit, more tight jamming, it quiets, then Phil points to Molo, and he starts right into the drum beginning of King Solomons. "Oh my, they are playing King Solomons Marlbes." Molo took us and the band right in, he was the Lion King leading the way. Now what phreaked me out was that Karl Denson was still on stage. I was amazed, he can hang with the best, on the most complicated songs and he tore it up! Jimmy did he usual riffs, just perfect too, the King Solomons started jamming. Thats odd it usually doesnt really do that, but they did, and Karl took one of the single most amazing solos I have ever heard. Its unbelievable that one can play Solomons on the sax so well. This version is truly outstanding. When that ended, Karl saluted Phil and left the stage. Then the band jumps into a heart rendering version of the Wheel>NFA>Wheel. This was like a box of chocolates, only filled with Joy! and happieness! and Love! Great sandwich song choice, very unique and unexpected. NFA and Wheel are great complimentary songs. NFA was raging and got the whole place boogiein down, I was dancing like a nut too. They went back into the Wheel with the "Small wheel" part. Wheel winded out down and out of its ashes emerged a powerful Sugaree. For anyone whose hear Phils versions you know what type of power this song has, and this had it all and then some, as it was the set closer. Pretty long version, huge peaks going on through out it, fantastic warren and jimmy solos, this one just went on fire. Warrens vocals were outstanding, it felt like the sugaree was all on him, with the entire stage dark except for the spotlight on Warren. Truly an emotional experience. Patchwork Quilt was the perfect encore for the show of summer fun and joy. Ahhhhhhhh....
Also of note, Warren introduced the band before the encore, Phil had a very short donor rap and then Rob introduced Warren. Whoa, that was weird!!
Phil & Friends told us a tale, one of imagination, homecomings, love, music, poetry, life and then some more love. The vibe was pure bliss, not really an intense psychedelic show but one of..well, the happiness that we can create with eachother.
Thank You for a Real Good Time!
Thank you... for a great review... :-)
Thakns..I uh..cut and pasted that review at DNC~ Phil and Friends Folder..they'll appreciate it.
all you lucky dogs in So Cal! great review LH! hope you can hook us up with the review from the Greek tonite?! Man i wish I was on the West Coast for some of the Fun!
Thanks Lord great review.......
thankyou so much lord henry for that oh so magical review. i feel like i w lmost there. can't wait to see all of you at alpine valley!1111
Damn LH, Nice review. Everything you said is right on the money!
Great crowd last night. Everyone was kind, and everyone was lovin it. No lot scene so to speak. all the lots were spread out kind of like berkely. But we found a nice little spot with a few people and were able to safely down some beers before the show.
We had great seats in the orchestra level, but it seemed like everyone else did too. the place was only half full. It's nice to be up front where you can see all the facial expressions and interplay between band members. Rob really ripped it up last night. I hope it translates well on tape. Karl D was a nice addition. And he laid down some great work. I think he took it a little too far a few times, and Phil had to step up to the plate to let him know what was up. I would say all the band members were *on* last night. And each took their oppurtunity to shine. Did I mention Rob?
There was no taper section. Most of the mic's were set up in the middle at the top in the very back. This theater is pretty steep. I saw a few other mic stands scattered here and there, and a few FOB. I wonder wich ones will sound the best.
I need to recover my energy so I can dance again tonite. See you at the Greek!
well the above review was pretty right on. The only thing I would expand upon is KARL DENSON is the MVP of the musical world. He makes ANY band he sits in better, when you can say that about even PLQ that is saying something. During some of Karl's solos the band especially Jimmy Herring were just looking over in amazement, and when it all came together at the end of Marbles it was if KD had been with the band for years. The Hard To handle was indeed stellar, almost as fine,almost, as the Phil Zone version. The Eyes for me was better than the Branford Eyes. It would be stunning what a whole tour with KD would be like.
Shoot, I may never go to another live concert again, I have been to the mountaintop, and the gatekeeper was Karl.
Wonderful review Lord Henry. Thanks. Fred and Rev., will call later. There be some serious mileage on them there buds, huh? SF-NOLA-Atlanta-San Diego!!!! Shit, they are on tour, no? So glad you all had a good time.
Lord Henry RULES!!!!! Excellent review, that's what I'm talking about!!!!!!!!
Karl D. is THE MAN!!!!! This is huge...
can't wait to hear this one.
The Eyes was the highlight of the show for me. They changed their style a little for this song and they were featuring soloists with the rest of the band just comping, not so much the collaborative jamming that they usually do. Karl got a nice long solo and really went for it, it was really hot. Then Warren, Rob, and Jimmy each had nice long solo spots, although I thought Karl started stepping on Jimmy in his solo, but, if anything, it was just exuberance, because that Eyes was smokin'. The King Solomon's Marbles after was pretty great too. Starting off the second set, Phil gave a nice treatment to Like a Rolling Stone, very gentle and mellow.
Overall, a good show at a cool theater. It was about half empty, and I think it's only 1500 seats or something. Sound got weird during Lay of the Sunflower but it cleared up after that. Show was louder than usual for Phil.
I can not remember exactly when but last night they played Forest of finerio...
Dew-that bag has traveled a great distance in its lifetime after we got it at the warfield so i would say that baggy is about 5,000 miles away from earning medalian status with delta lol as for what is inside will try to have a little piece of it left to share it with someone at the greek next weekend.But times are getting tough and it may not make it home .....
Everyone say a prayer for this infamous bag. It's sitting here now looking out its hotel window at the Hollywood sign, and its getting pretty thin. Needs a good refilling tonight as it stumbles into the Greek. Would be a shame to give out so close to silver medallion.
Praying for the bag. have fun, boys...as if I needed to suggest that to you. be well and safe.
That bag now needs a screen name...
The Bag (Doin' That Bag)
"everywhere I go....
the people all know....
everybody's doin that
(nice harmonies, indeed, hipsters, tripsters, real cool chicks, sir...yes indeeed!)
A well played show, but not great- there seemed to be a missing connection with the crowd- (It would sure show up in Vegas...) Karl D was a highlight, as was like a Rolling stone- a big improvement from 99-00 when they seemed to do it more.
Harsh cops- busted up the lot scene before it had a chance to happen, then wrote tickets for deadheads drinking beer out side
Hey John! missed you at the 1st run of shows, I hope to see ya in berkeley, I'll be in the front of one of the lines so be sure to say HI!
I missed you too! I should be out in line at Berkeley as well. Did you make Phoenix?
everyone is doing thaaaaat baaag.....the bag lives and will be out west! Fred is hating it because the bag will see its 12th,13th,14th shows passing a certain game
listening to it again right now and loving it
Quit bragging...T..if 05-24-02 was my first PLQ show would you burn it for me..??..
Gideon kicked me down a couple shows..
I am geting ready to send out some BNP mailers..
I might have somethin to trade..
How's the leg..??..
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