The Dead @ Penn State

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The Dead @ Penn State

Postby jonarobb » Tue Oct 14, 2008 2:36 am

listen to the show here:

http://www.wklitz.com/



truckin>
us blues
help on the way>
slipknot>
franklins tower
playin' in the band>
dark star> (both verses)
saint stephen>
unbroken chain
the other one> (both verses)
throwing stones>
playin' in the band (reprise)

touch of gray
not fade away


Got back to NYC at 5 am and it was just off the charts. In any post Jerry configuration of any of the members, this was the sickest thing I've heard in years.

It was quite clearly the Bob Weir and Phil Lesh show. For you Weir tone lovers, Bobby drove this ship tonight with one guitar, the sunburst 335, and he was just unbelievable.

kreutzmann and hart were completely on point. kreutzmann did most of the kit work while hart concentrated solely on percussion. it was a very stripped down stage rig and the whole rhythm section reeked in tone and feel of the late 60's.

the amount of jamming and stretching out was stunning.

warren just laid back in the pocket as well as the piano player.

of the several sick highlights was the "lady finger" bridge in Saint Stephen. it was just Weir doing some of most exquisite chordal work I've ever heard out of him...

Can't say enough enough about Weir. The whole night he was turned around facing Phil, Billy, and Mickey. For most of the sick jams like in Slipknot, Playin, Unbroken, they all gathered in tight around the center of the stage. At some points it looked like a bunch of kids who just realized how good they sounded.

They took Slipknot into the ionosphere. Again, Weir with the heavy phase ala blues for allah. He was pushing them into some way outside chord structure and everyone just followed him into the wormhole.

Kudos to Warren for not killing it. He was the consumate sideman. He added where he could but I have to emphasize he really scaled it down.

Chimenti had a full set up on keys. Grand Piano, Hammond, the whole nine. Very cool player. Tasty break on the middle section of unbroken chain....


Last edit and side note: The Bryce Jordan Center is a drag. Security and the cops were pulling peeps left and right for smoking. And a slew of folks got arrested for trying to sneak onto the floor.
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Postby G'Dad » Tue Oct 14, 2008 3:23 am

Thanks for this!!

Woke up a couple of times last night and thought 'christ, they're on stage as I sleep'- weired

logged on early to get reports - thanks again!!
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Postby heavynylon » Tue Oct 14, 2008 6:12 am

Wow! Sounds like a great show.

I have a personal rule of separation of music and politics. But this was the first show where I really felt tempted to break my own rule and fly up there. But I stayed true to my own priciples.

I'm hoping that after this political season is over, they'll do a few more shows. Looks like a great setlist and I'm glad to hear they've got that 60s sound back.
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Postby Laytonco » Tue Oct 14, 2008 6:26 am

Thanks for a GREAT start to the day!
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Postby weirimpressed » Tue Oct 14, 2008 8:55 am

Ahah

I found the reviews, sounds like a rockin show, Ill have to listen to it in Economics 3000 later :cool:
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Postby RETURN » Tue Oct 14, 2008 9:28 am

Man I can't wait to go home a listen to this.

Thanks for the link.
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Postby Tennessee Jedi » Tue Oct 14, 2008 11:22 am

Does anyone know who is singing " Franklins Tower " ?
Nice jam on the end of Slipknot.
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Postby wisedyes » Tue Oct 14, 2008 11:34 am

Thanks so much for posting this! I sooooo wish I had been there. Loved the "Touch of Grey" reference that Obama threw in during his speil - shows he actually did a bit of homework.

The energy of this show is pretty high, I have to say - and Phil is just phreaking off the hook the whole time.

C'mon, everyone say it with me - tour, tour , tour.....
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Postby strumminsix » Tue Oct 14, 2008 12:14 pm

wisedyes wrote:Thanks so much for posting this! I sooooo wish I had been there. Loved the "Touch of Grey" reference that Obama threw in during his speil - shows he actually did a bit of homework.

The energy of this show is pretty high, I have to say - and Phil is just phreaking off the hook the whole time.

C'mon, everyone say it with me - tour, tour , tour.....


Obama is a Touch-Head :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby st stephen » Tue Oct 14, 2008 12:29 pm

phil sang franklins...
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Postby CaptainTrips » Tue Oct 14, 2008 12:29 pm

First half is up on the archive already too! Im listening from there. Bobby sounds great so far!

http://www.archive.org/details/dfo2008- ... k41.flac16
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Postby Tennessee Jedi » Tue Oct 14, 2008 12:33 pm

phil sang franklins...

Thanks - couldn't tell;vocals sound weird.
maybe the archive will sound better

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Postby wisedyes » Tue Oct 14, 2008 12:42 pm

I'm okay with Obama being a Touch-head, the last time a US president paid much attention to the Dead was when Reagan had the lot crawling with the DEA.

Obabam will owe us one! :cool:
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Postby CaptainTrips » Tue Oct 14, 2008 1:24 pm

Tennessee Jedi wrote:
phil sang franklins...

Thanks - couldn't tell;vocals sound weird.
maybe the archive will sound better

:smile:

Actually from what I could tell the link from the OP is a little better than the archive copy I have linked.
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Postby causebass » Tue Oct 14, 2008 6:13 pm

all the boys in theCAUSE took the trip to Happy Valley...Pappy and I had a good time jamming in the lot with guitar and mando, then saw our buddy from Fungus jamming with a friend in the next row of cars, the four of us did some fine tunes to the delight of heads hanging near us...what a fine day and sick night of music....
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