I know I'm a year late on the RF comments, but I WHOLEHEARTEDLY DISAGREE with him not "catching fire". I sat front row in Camden, NJ in 2000 and he was ASTOUNDING. FAR less busy than Herring and/or Haynes. WAY less "in your face" the entire song. I LOVE both Herring & Haynes, but they just dueled the entire time...it got insanely boring for me after 2 songs. Great players, but 2 hours of masturbation without the BREATH....letting the air OUT of the balloon....the QUIET moments....that's what I loved about the GD. RF had that going ON w/ P&F, I thought. Plus his tone was not that same tone that Herring AND Haynes AND several other hot players have. They all have a VERY similar tone...Robben's is all his own.
I'll never forget at the end of the show, Phil introduces the band and lastly says, "THE MASTER, Robben Ford." He OWNED that night and I thought he brought way more to the table than either Jimmy OR Warren, creatively speaking.
Just my humble opinion...
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