amyjared wrote:I know I'm going to get raked over the coals for this one, but here goes:
I am stoked Warren's playing with the boys and only hope he brings more of his kick-ass playing to raise the level for them, since I think they were coasting on their past. I LOVED Jerry, but the fact is I saw him as the one person holding the band back for the '80's-'90's. All the interviews I read said that it was Jerry who wouldn't work on new songs, break out the old classics, etc. He was still playing well on most nights, but it sure would have been nice to hear St. Stephen, The Eleven, Mountains of the Moon, Cosmic Charlie, etc. in other words, many of the songs they did AFTER he passed away in one incarnation or another.
There is alot of truth in that.
Regarding old songs, it was like pulling teeth with Jerry for Phil to get Unbroken chain live.
Listen to mixes with the "keys are too high" that is covering for Jerry.
Also you hear the boys all following Jerry's lead on songs they used to approach as a team:
- longer breaks between versus, some timing changes, different structure/arrangement, etc.
However he was the glue that held it together and was the magic for many....