deadguise wrote:Nice pics! Is that a music stand or a flat screen telepromter up on the stage?
Uhh...actually I've heard it's one in the same!
Shows were great (saw the night before as well, sat a few seats left of the soundboard that night).
The one thing I will say about sitting front row is I didn't think the sound was as good. Couldn't hear Molitz's keys for shit, and oh boy did I get a healthy dose of Larry Campbell all night long. Of course don't take this as a complaint. Well, actually it kind of is, but I wouldn't trade the experience for anything.
Just to see up close how the band interacts with each other was really fun, though I found it was really no different than any other band (sans Phil's secret microphone trick where he can talk into the mic so the rest of the band can hear him but not the audience....that is pretty sweet). Lots of eye contact and ear contact with the members.
THe night before when I could hear Molitz, I was pretty impressed. I wasn't sure how he'd fit in, but he did a mighty fine job, and honestly I could've gone for a little more of him in the mix.
As for Jackie, VERY impressed. Not so much with his guitar playing (he himself has said he's more a rhytmic player), but his singing and presence was really strong.
I'll say this too: I listened to a few of the recodings from earlier in this tour to get an idea of what to expect, and honestly I was a lot dissapointed and almost bummed out I had bought tickets to 2 shows. The recordings DO NOT do this band justice AT ALL. The band sounded great as a unit, the energy was awesome (it IS Boston, after all), and the setlists were well constructed. Very much enjoyed Jackie's tunes, they were fun, upbeat, rocking at points, and the "ballads" were very warm and just felt right. I can definitely see what Phil sees in him. Kid's gonna be good for a long time, I bet. I can sort of see why folks compare him to Dylan or whatever, because he's got that feel to him, the way his songs flow and the messages in them.
If you have the chance to go see this band, do it.
You know why?
It's better than whatever else you'll be doing that night, and it's worth it. And you'll have FUN. SO unless you are the fun police and don't enjoy a good time, go! It's music. It's Dead music (for the most part). I don't think you need another reason.
Play music, expand the mind, inspire...
"We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey" - Japanese poet Kenji Miyazawa