Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Kind reviews for last night!
From Deadnet-
Robbie F - 07:36am Apr 26, 2005 PDT (#17284 of 17337)
"Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not beauty. Beauty is not love. Love is not music. Music is the best." - the girl from the bus

Had a beautiful 4th row center position last night. Band was firing on all cylinders right out of the gate with a powerful Stranger. Youngblood even stomped (a nice save - I thought we were heading into Josephine). I just love what Kenny was doing on Baritone sax throughout the night - sounded like he was channeling Phil for quite a bit of it. Baritone is one of the most underused instruments in Rock and Kenny is laying the groundwork for a resurgence. On the tunes that Jer used to sing, it occurred to me that Bob's basically now letting the crown sing the Jerry part of the vocals, and he still sounds like Bobby always sounded singing along with JG.

The slower pace to Odessa made for one of the finest, chunkiest versions I've heard of that rocker, and Lucky Enough led to some truly fascinating jam spaces. Highlight of the show was a "Bobs seeing the angels" trippy-as-they-come Estimated Prophet > Other One in set 2, and absolutely perfect renditions of Sugar Mag and Ripple closed the night.

No lyrical gaffs or trainwrecks all night. Nothing but inspiration. Just exactly like a Swiss watch, as they say :~)
gratefulspike - 10:45am Apr 26, 2005 PDT (#73 of 79)

Big River was smokin. The saxaphone makes all the difference. Bob also adjusted the cadence of the song with a big emphasis on "I'm gonna sit right here until I die". I was transported back to 1987 and it really seemed like a dead show. This is the first post-jerry show for me that really captured IT. I've seen Ratdog, Phil etc, Other Ones, Dead many times...but this iteration of ratdog in this venue did it. Buy the CD. The place was rockin, people dancin, no one sitting. When we all sang ripple it felt like I was in church - that's how small the place was.
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