Allman Brothers 40th – Ongoing Beacon Updates

29 Mar

UPDATE

A lot of people still seem to be interested in this subject, so I’m leaving this post up.  It was originally a daily review of each Beacon show, primarily using photos and set lists.  Thus it is in reverse order, last show first.

After watching it all and reflecting on the Allman Brothers 40th, I wrote an article that was published on All About Jazz.  You can read it here.

The Allman Brothers: 40 Years Out

Final Night

Fantastic Ending to a Great Run
Fantastic Ending to a Great Run

Well, my guess about Phil Lesh was correct and I’m so happy that Chuck Leavell did indeed make it back from the timber conference in Idaho to close out the Beacon run – what a terrific surprise!  Chuck totally smoked the place, he was awesome.

The best $125 I've ever spent!  Thanks to everyone @ Moogis!

The best $125 I've ever spent! Thanks to everyone @ Moogis!

On the final night the Moogis folks took us backstage for a tour.

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Warren's guitar

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Stringing Derek's guitar

Tonight we got to see an interview with Jimmy Hall

Tonight we got to see an interview with Jimmy Hall

And they showed us Jimmy back in the day

And they showed us Jimmy back in the day

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Here’s the setlist – thanks to the great work done by the good ole boys at Swampland.

SET LIST  MARCH 28, 2009
Little Martha
Done Somebody Wrong
Trouble No More
Rocking Horse
Walk On Gilded Splinters
Who To Believe
Born Under a Bad Sign (w/ Floyd Miles)
Stormy Monday (w/ Floyd Miles and Chuck Leavell)
Come and Go Blues (w/ Chuck Leavell)
Jessica (w/ Chuck Leavell and Paul Riddle)

SET TWO
Sugaree ( w/ Bob Weir and Phil Lesh)
I Know You Rider ( w/ Bob Weir and Phil Lesh)
Franklin’s Tower ( w/ Bob Weir, Phil Lesh and Chuck Leavell)
Black Hearted Woman > Mountain Jam Tease > Little Martha tease  > Mountain Jam  (w/ Chuck Leavell)

ENCORE
Statesborro Blues

Floyd Miles - Gregg and Duane's friend for 47 years

Floyd Miles - Gregg and Duane's friend for 47 years

Chuck Leavell was magical!

Chuck Leavell was magical!

Jessica with Chuck!

Jessica with Chuck!

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Moogis, geared to musicians and music lovers

They show the hands making magic

They show the hands making magic

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Phil Lesh

Phil Lesh

Safety first

Safety first

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Bob Weir

Bob Weir

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Bob Weir

Derek and Chuck in a heartfelt moment

Derek and Chuck in a heartfelt moment

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Normal end of Statesburo Blues Encore, Derek doesn't want it to end - 1 more!

Close to the end

Close to the end

Final moments

Final moments

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It's Over

It's Over

THANKS FOR 40 YEARS!!!!!!!

THANKS FOR 40 YEARS!!!!!!!

Night 14 – Family Reunion

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 Berry Oakley, Jr.

Berry Oakley, Jr.

Kid Rock

Kid Rock

SET LIST  MARCH 27, 2009
Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More – Derek’s slide was wailin’ – he had a great night.
You Don’t Love Me
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End of The Line

The Sky is Cryin’ (w/ Jimmy Hall)   When I interviewed Chuck Leavell he spoke about recruiting Jimmy Hall to sing on Derek Trucks first demo (produced by Chuck.)  Jimmy is a multi talent – fantastic blues singer, great harp player, and a fine sax player.  He was a highlight last night. In our interview Chuck also mentioned the 40th anniversary celebration.  He said he had been in some discussions and wanted to leave some time in his schedule to take part.  However, this month I came across this AP article:

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) – A Missoula company plans an Idaho conference on use of logs so skinny they’re ordinarily rejected for construction projects.

Scheduled speakers at the Small Log Conference scheduled for March 25-27 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, include Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell, who raises trees in Georgia. Conference planners say they expect timber industry representatives, economic development specialists, equipment dealers and environmental activists.

So it doesn’t look likely we’ll see Chuck at the Beacon tonight. UPDATE Chuck made it!!!!
Grits Ain’t Groceries (w/ Jimmy Hall)  GREAT
Keep On Smilin’ (w/ Jimmy Hall)
Soulshine  (w/ Kid Rock and Paul T. Riddle) Kid Rock rocked.
Can’t You See (w/ Kid Rock, Jimmy Hall and Paul T. Riddle)

SET TWO
Free Bird
Nobody Left to Run With
Who’s Been Talking? (w/ Ivan Neville)  Very nicely done!
Midnight Rider (w/ Devon Allan)
One Way Out (w/ Devon Allan, Berry Oakley, Jr., Jimmy Hall)
Les Brers in A Minor (w/ Paul T. Riddle) Warren was full on.

ENCORE
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Southbound (w/ Jimmy Hall, Paul T. Riddle, Berry Oakley, Jr.) Nice ending to a great night.

(Thx to Buffalo @ Swampland for the setlist)

Paul Riddle - original member of the Marshall Tucker Band

Paul Riddle - original member of the Marshall Tucker Band

Jimmy Hall

Jimmy Hall

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Some advice: 1. Don't play in traffic. 2. Don't tug on Superman's cape. 3. Don't play slide if Derek Trucks is on stage. 4. Don't be singin' the blues if Jimmy Hall is on stage.

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Ivan Neville

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Where's Pam when you need her?

Where's Pam when you need her?

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Devon, Jimmy, Berry

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Butch introducing Free Bird

Butch introducing Free Bird

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Night 13 – No Guests

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SET LIST  MARCH 26, 2009
Don’t Want You No More
It’ Ain’t My Cross To Bear
Black Hearted Woman
Trouble No More
Every Hungry Woman
Dreams
Whipping Post

SET TWO
Revival
Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’
Midnight Rider
In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
(I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man
Please Call Home
Leave My Blues at Home

ENCORE
Statesboro Blues

(Thx to Swampland for the setlist!)

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Butch has really been playin' his heart out - doing a great job!

Today Moogis hasn’t had a 1000K stream of this concert concert posted – only 564K stream.  The stream hasn’t been smooth and in sync – so far this is the only problem I’ve had with Moogis – still the best $125 I’ve ever spent!

Night Twelve – ON POINT

Billy Gibbons - GREAT SHOW!!!

Billy Gibbons - GREAT SHOW!!!

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The big finger show

The big finger show

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SET ONE

Hot ‘Lanta

Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More

Rocking Horse (w/ Little Martha and Blue Sky teases)

Trouble No More

Goin’ Down Slow (w/ Bob Margolin and Thom Doucette)  Bob Margolin played for years with Muddy Waters.  Derek spoke about him in our interview done last month.

A Change is Gonna Come (w/ Bob Margolin and Thom Doucette)

Midnight Rider (w/ Sonny Landreth)  I got to see Sonny and Derek touring in the Netherlands a few years back – WOW! about says it all.

Dreams (w/ Sonny Landreth)

Southbound (w/ Sonny Landreth and John Popper)
SET TWO

Jesus Just Left Chicago (w/ Billy Gibbons)  No doubt about it, I don’t think Derek has ever had more fun on stage.  He, Warren and Oteil were lovin’ it!

Stormy Monday (w/ Billy Gibbons)  What seemed to really blow Derek away was how Billy go so much out of so little, he was so cool, so effortless and efficient – lagging behind the beat to great effect – really fun to watch. Billy told the crowd, the Allman Brothers only have two rules:  1. No drinking during gospel songs.  (boos from the crowd) 2. No gospel songs! (cheers!)

Statesboro Blues (w/ Billy Gibbons)  Warren went over to Gregg at the ending of the song and asked for one more – nobody wanted this to end!

Same Thing (w/John Popper)

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ENCORE

One Way Out (w/ Sonny Landreth, Bob Margolin and John Popper)

(Thx again to Swampland for the setlist)

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John Popper & Bob Margolin

John Popper & Bob Margolin

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Night Eleven

Jimmy Herring rips it up!

Jimmy Herring rips it up!

Thom Doucette!

Thom Doucette!

SET LIST MARCH 23, 2009

Don’t Want You No More

It Ain’t My Cross to Bear

Done Somebody Wrong (w/ Thom Doucette)

Can’t Lose What You Never Had

Desdemona (w/ Ron Holloway)

New Instrumental  ?  “Kind of Carlos” –  To each his own, but for me the transition to the power solos takes away from an otherwise beautiful vibe.  I would prefer delicate mood solos based on Mile’s “less is more” principle.

Soul Serenade ( w/ The Kingpins,  Jemmott, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Jimmy Smith, Mike Mattison, Susan Tedeschi)  This is a tribute to King Curtis / Duane Allman – very soulful.

Mempis Soul Stew > Them Changes ( w/ The Kingpins,  Jemmott, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Jimmy Smith, Mike Mattison, Susan Tedeschi)  Some ABB fans might have been disappointed, but music lovers got a real treat – they were smokin’!

One Way Out (w/ Thom Doucette)
SET TWO

Little Martha > Blue Sky Jam  Nice jam

Walk On Guilded Splinters  (w/ Jimmy Herring and John Bell)

It Stoned Me (w/ Jimmy Herring and John Bell)

Can’t Find My Way Home (w/ Jimmy Herring and John Bell)

Leave My Blues at Home

Les Brers in A minor (w/ Jimmy Herring)  AWESOME – Jimmy was humbly giving 4 finger lessons.  WOW!
ENCORE

Statesboro Blues

(Thx to Swampland for the setlist!)

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Night Ten

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Susan Tedeschi (with Derek feelin' it)

Juke Horns are back!

Juke Horns are back!

SET LIST MARCH 21, 2008
Little Martha
One Way Out
Statesborro Blues
Black Hearted Woman
Same Thing  (w/ The Juke Horns)
Soulshine  (w/ The Juke Horns)
Little By Little  (w/ Southside Johnny, Susan Tedeschi, The Juke Horns)
Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright (w/ Susan Tedeschi)
Lost Lover Blues  (w/ Susan Tedeschi)
Stand Back  (w/ Susan Tedeschi, The Juke Horns)

SET TWO
Grandma’s Hands (w/ Bruce Hornsby, Susan Tedeschi, Juke Horns)
In Memory of Elizabeth Reed (w/ Bruce Hornsby)
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (w/ Bruce Hornsby, The Juke Horns)
Jessica (w/ Bruce Hornsby)

ENCORE
Southbound  (w/ Bruce Hornsby, Susan Tedeschi, Juke Horns) (thx to Swampland for the list)

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Number Nine

Eric Clapton - O.M.G. !!!!!

Eric Clapton - O.M.G. !!!!!

No doubt about it, this was a concert people will talk about for decades.  It took 40 years, but it was worth the wait – they were literally “Peakin’ at the Beacon.”  It just doesn’t get better than this, everyone was pumped, the atmosphere was electric, and Eric Clapton was on fire – on Dreams, Stormy Monday, Elizabeth Reed, Why Does Love Got to be so Sad – simply unforgettable.  This concert alone was worth the cost of the Moogis subscription, if you love the Allman Brothers music, don’t miss this, it’s fantastic!

Thanks to Butch Trucks for MOOGIS

Thanks to Butch Trucks for MOOGIS

Clapton’s first night was great, but his return last night took things to a much higher level, he was feelin’ it.  Check out these photos.

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SETLIST MARCH 20, 2009

Little Martha  (O’Teil solo)
Mountain Jam
Trouble No More
Midnight Rider
44 Blues (w/ Danny Louis)
Wasted Words
Gambler’s Roll
Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More > Mountain Jam

SET TWO
Melissa
Leave My Blues at Home
Nobody Left to Run With
Key To The Highway (w/ Eric Clapton)
Stormy Monday  (w/ Eric Clapton)
Dreams  (w/ Eric Clapton)
Little Wing  (w/ Eric Clapton)
In Memory of Elizabeth Reed  (w/ Eric Clapton)

ENCORE
Layla  (w/ Eric Clapton)  (Thx to Swampland for the setlist!)

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Even the little mix ups were great fun!

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Eric bending strings to hit the note, Derek feelin' it and pulling too!

Gregg really stepped up too

Gregg really stepped up too

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Warren was on top of his game last night too

Warren was on top of his game last night too

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Whay Does Love... went much better last night

Why Does Love... went much better last night

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The New York Times, reporting on Eric’s first appearance with the Allman Brothers noted:

Mr. Clapton was impressive, thoroughly himself, on every song. But the best thing about the appearance was his camaraderie with Derek Trucks. During an extended interlude in “Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad,” they improvised a duologue with no extraneous sparks, pushing each other but also yielding, on an equal plane.

Their rapport — forged when Mr. Clapton brought Mr. Trucks on tour a few years ago — was just as deep on “Little Wing,” which occasioned a fiery solo by Mr. Haynes, and “Anyday,” which featured Susan Tedeschi, Mr. Trucks’s wife, on background vocals.

Oteil is smokin' all night

What a tribute to Duane

Derek too was fired up

Derek too was fired up

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Butch and Oteil were also on fire last night!!!!

Night Eight

It only took 40 years!

It only took 40 years!

A lot of us hoped it might happen, and it did!  Eric Clapton on stage with the Allman Brothers Band.

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Set 1
1. Little Martha
2. Statesboro Blues
3. Noodlin’ Boogie Intro >Done Somebody Wrong
4. Revival
5. Woman Across The River
6. Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’
7. Whipping Post

Intermission

Set 2
8. Oncoming Traffic (Gregg solo on piano)
9. Come And Go Blues
10. Good Morning Little School Girl w/ Danny Louis, piano
11. Key To The Highway w/ Eric Clapton, guitar & vocals
12. Dreams w/ Eric Clapton, guitar
13. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad w/ Eric Clapton, guitar & vocals
14. Little Wing w/ Eric Clapton, guitar & vocals
15. Anyday w/ Eric Clapton, Susan Tedeschi, vocals
Encore:
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Thanks to Wharfie from Tooboard for the setlist!

Gregg takes the Keys to the Highway

Gregg takes the Keys to the Highway

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It's cool

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Eric connecting with Oteil

Eric connecting with Oteil

Susan helps out on Anyday

Susan helps out on Anyday

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Danny Louis

Danny Louis

From Gregg's solo

From Gregg's solo

Anyone else hoping for Carlos Santana?

Night Seven

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Sheryl Crow

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Tommy Talton

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Scott Boyer

SET LIST MARCH 17, 2009
Don’t Want You No More
It Ain’t My Cross To Bear
Trouble No More
Rocking Horse
Soul Shine > Little Martha Jam
You Don’t Love Me
New Instrumental
Please Be With Me (w/ Tommy Talton, Scott Boyer and Brian Mitchell)
All My Friends   (w/ Tommy Talton, Scott Boyer and Brian Mitchell)
The Got Song   (w/ Tommy Talton, Scott Boyer and Brian Mitchell)

SET TWO
Takes a Lot to Laugh, a Train to Cry (w/Sheryl Crow, Brian Mitchell)
Midnight Rider (w/Sheryl Crow)
Can’t Find My Way Home (w/ Sheryl Crow, Brian Mitchell) Statesborro Blues
Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More
Inst Jam > Hoochie Coochie Man
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (w/ Scott Boyer and Brian Mitchell)
Black Hearted Woman > JaBuMa > Black Hearted Woman >The Other One Jam

ENCORE
One Way Out  (w/ Tommy Talton, Brian Mitchell, James Van DeBogert ) (thx to Swampland for the S.L.)

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Night Six

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Bonnie and Bekka Bramlett with Susan Tedeschi

POWERHOUSE SHOW

John Hammond

John Hammond

SET ONE
Statesborro Blues (Derek on slide)
Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’
Hot ‘Lanta
Who’s Been Talkin’?
Come and Go Blues
Desdemona
So Many Roads, So Many Trains (w/ John Hammond)
Shake for Me (w/ John Hammond)
Cryin For My Baby (w/ John Hammond)

SET TWO
Oncoming Traffic (Gregg w/ Bonnie Bramlett)
Comin’ Home (w/ Bonnie Bramlett and Bekka Bramlett)
Only You Know and I Know (w/ Bonnie Bramlett and Bekka Bramlett)
Come On Into My Kitchen (w/ Bonnie Bramlett and John Hammond)
The Weight (w/ Bonnie Bramlett and Bekka Bramlett and Susan Tedeschi and Bruce Katz)
Nobody Left to Run With
ENCORE
Preachin’ Blues
Jessica (thx to Muledog for the setlists!)

Bekka belts it out!

Bekka belts it out!

Gregg Allman and Bonnie Bramlett

Gregg Allman and Bonnie Bramlett

Jaimoe is back

Jaimoe is back

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Gregg takes a solo as John and the guys watch

Gregg takes a solo as John and the guys watch

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Everybody is love it!

Everybody is lovin' it!

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Night Five

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Randy Brecker

Dreams

(come true at the Beacon)

Set 1
Little Martha
Ain’t Waistin’ Time No More
Walk On Guilded Splinters
Rocking Horse
Gambler’s Roll
Revival
Woman Across The River
Dreams w/Randy Brecker and Lenny White

Set 2
Melissa (Gregg on acoustic guitar)
Lovelight w/ Robert Randolph and unknown drummer
One Way Out w/ Robert Randolph and unknown drummer
In A Silent Way w/ Randy Brecker
In Memory of Elizabeth Reed> w/Randy Brecker and Lenny White
Drums> (Butch/Marc/Lenny White)
Bass Jam> w/ Stanley
In Memory of Elizabeth Reed w/ Stanley Clark

Encore
Mountain Jam>
Dazed & Confused>
Mountain Jam  (setlist thx to tooboarders.net)

The band had its groove on tonight!  Gregg’s vocals were strong again and everybody was fired up.  Robert Randolph, Randy Brecker, Lenny White, and Stanley Clarke were a wonderful surprise.  Randy Brecker on Dreams and Liz Reed WOW!

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Night Four

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Boz Scaggs – Loan Me a Dime

SETLIST

Set 1
Midnight Rider
Don’t Keep Me Wonderin
Slow jam flowing into Done Somebody Wrong
New Instrumental
Into The Mystic w/The Juke Horns
One Way Out w/Bruce Willis
Smokestack Lightning w/Bruce Willis
Southbound w/The Juke Horns

Set 2
It’s Takes A Lot To Laugh (It Takes A Train To Cry) w/Boz Scaggs
Sick and Tired of Fooling Around With You w/Boz Scaggs and The Juke Horns
Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City w/Boz Scaggs and The Juke Horns
Loan Me A Dime w/Boz Scaggs and The Juke Horns
The Same Thing w/The Juke Horns
Wasted Words
No One To Run With

Encore
Whipping Post (thx to tooboarders.net)

duaneOpened with a tribute to Duane.  Gregg started off strong and had a nice variation on Done Somebody Wrong, perhaps it’s just me, but he seemed to begin dipping once they got to One Way Out.  The Duke Horns were a great addition, fans of Conan O’Brien will recognize La Bamba and Mark Pender from the Max Weinberg Seven.  Derek seemed to really enjoy the horns.

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Mark Pender & Derek

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The Juke Horns made “Loan Me a Dime” magical!

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Third Night

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Little Martha (Warren & Derek)
Trouble No More – Gregg muffed some lyrics and missed some cues tonight, but his voice was excellent!  DT- slide
Leave My Blues At Home – excellent, nice back & forth with Derek and Warren
Who’s Been Talking

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Black Hearted Woman – Powerful!
Can’t Lose What You Never Had – Stong vocal, trouble with lyrics.  Nice playing from Oteil.

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The Sky Is Crying (w/ Buddy Guy G & 2nd. Vocal) Some nice back and forth between Warren and Buddy.  Derek’s solo had a hint of his Queen of Spades solo from the Clapton tour.

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You Don’t Love Me (w/ Buddy Guy)

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Southbound (w/ Buddy Guy, Trey Anastasio & Page McConnell) Buddy was at his best on this one.

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I Know You Rider (w/ Trey & Page)
In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed (w/ Trey & Page)  Trey was feelin’ it.

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Tasteful solo by Page


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Statesboro Blues  – Warren & Derek both on slide (Blues is Alright) chant.

(thx. to Smattermonnat for posting the setlist)

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Second Night

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First things first, respect to Gregg Allman.  His vocals tonight were strong again, seriously, he sounded great, even on Melissa.  After missing last year’s run due to illness and given that this is a 40th anniversary dedicated to Duane, Gregg really seems to have prepared himself.  A very pleasant surprise.

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Derek’s magic shirt was on display – actually this may be a super-guitar-hero costume, because he was absolutely on top of his game last night.  GREAT  He came to play, what a performance.

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1. Ain’t Wastin’ Time  –  Strong vocal by Gregg!
2. Done Somebody Wrong – Warren on slide – very hot guitar solo by Derek
3. Hot ‘Lanta – Derek first solo after Gregg, smoked it.
4. And It Stoned Me – Warren on vocal
5. Stand Back – Another strong vocal by Gregg, Derek had a monster solo (I think I heard the crowd roar)
6. Revival – Warren had a nice tip of the hat to Lennon’s Norwegian Wood
7. Red House w/Johnny Winter, guitar & vocals – Johnny gets a B just for showing up as frail as he is.
8. You Don’t Love Me w/Johnny Winter, guitar – Derek tapped Johnny on the shoulder to take a solo.

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10. Les Brers In A Minor – Hate to repeat myself, but Derek killed on his solo.
11. Come and Go Blues – Nice solo from Warren
12. Melissa – Strong vocal & nice job by Warren
13. Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’ w/David Hidalgo, guitar & vocals & Cesar Rosas, guitar – Liked David’s vocal & playing.  Again Derek took control at the end and was just on fire.

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14. Good Morning Little School Girl w/David Hidalgo, guitar & Cesar Rosas, guitar – Vocal by Warren.  My request, they write new lyrics, maybe “Good mornin’ Cafeteria Lady”

15. Wasted Words – Hot solo by Derek.
16. Nobody Left To Run With – Nice solo by Warren
Encore:
17. “Walk Don’t Run” tease >Noodlin’ >Jam >One Way Out w/David Hidalgo, guitar & Cesar Rosas, guitar (thanks to electric-duane for posting this set list and saving me some work)

Opening Night

Screen captures from the Allman Brothers first night of their 2009 Beacon Run.

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Gregg Allman – had a great opening night.

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Warren Haynes –  Always on his game.

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Special Guest Taj Mahal !!!

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Derek Trucks – Steppin’ it up on the opening night.

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Night One – March 9th 2009

Opened with Derek and Warren playing “Little Martha” (on E. guitars) with photos of Duane on the big screen behind them.

1. Don’t Want You No More

2. Not My Cross to Bear

3. Walk on Gilded Splinters  (Derek playing Les Paul)

4. ? New Instrumental – I haven’t heard it before.  Has a bit of a Miles Davis “cool jazz”  vibe and a bit of Les Brers too.  The softer portions were quite beautiful.  Warren took it back to a “Same Thing” feel with his solo – impressive as always, but didn’t seem to fit (of course if you ask 100 fans you’ll get 100 opinions.)  But very nice.

5. Midnight Rider – Gregg’s vocal was strong (actually Gregg’s vocals were strong throughout.)

6. Leave My Blues at Home – hot as ever.

7. Leavin’ Trunk.  Special Guest Taj Mahal.  He sang & played harp.  Taj was a real highlight, his unaffected honest vocals were spot on and fun.

8. 44 Blues – again Taj smoked the vocal.

9. Statesboro Blues – Taj did an unorthodox vocal that really changed things up.

10. Ophelia.  Specail Guest Levon Helm.

11. I shall be released (?) again with Levon Helm

12. The Weight.  Levon Helm.  Gregg also sang and Taj came out and nailed it yet again.  Nice solo from Derek.

13. Black Hearted Woman.  Nice touch from Warren with a tip of the hat to Hendrix with Purple Haze.

14. Stormy Monday.  I thought this was a highlight, Gregg’s vocal and solo were spot on, Derek slide solo was excellent and Warren was on fire too.

15. Mt. Jam.  Rather interesting, Derek had some great moments that took one back to the origianl Eat A Peach version at times.  He and Warren did seem to play over each other a bit more than I’ve ever noticed before (on several songs) but especially on Mountain Jam.  Big plus, no marathon drum solo.

16. Encore.  Southbound.  After Stormy Monday my next favorite of the night.

The video quality on Moogis was excellent.  If you can afford the $125, do yourself a favor and don’t miss this!

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8 Responses to “Allman Brothers 40th – Ongoing Beacon Updates”

  1. Rob Deg Blog March 10, 2009 at 4:48 pm #

    great review, thanks for the photos. I’m headed to the March 27th show…stoked for ABB!

  2. Sheila March 21, 2009 at 7:16 pm #

    All I can say is HOT DAMN! Skydog has got to be grinning ear to ear watchin this stuff from above!

    Thanks Butch for Moogis, the musical event of my life! I would never get to see the Beacon run any other way!

  3. Patti March 23, 2009 at 2:30 pm #

    Alan:
    Love the pix of Bruce the other night — can you be in touch with Bruce’s office?
    Thanks!

  4. antonio elton alencar April 15, 2009 at 10:09 pm #

    gostaria de saber se este encontro de ALLMAN BROTHERS,ERICK CLAPTON e WARREN HANEIS, foi gravado e esta a venda o CD ou DVD.OBRIGADO.

  5. littledebbieoatmealcookie November 27, 2009 at 11:55 am #

    Paul Riddle deserves a lot more credit than he GETS; thanks for the recent photograph;

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