Eat a peach y'all, they're in season and so is the Allman Brother's Band as the peach wagon rolls through the bay area with three tasty performances at the Warfield Theatre. Each night revealing a fresh new variety of peachy keen Allman Brothers delights. The first night was a bit laid back, but held the potential for full blown twirling whirling action figures. The show was surprisingly half empty which led me to believe that the band was holding out on the best peaches to encourage some return business for the next two days at the market. The night was not uneventful to say the least as Derek Trucks stepped on to the stage with confidence and quiet reserve at the same time wearing the biggest shoes I ever saw on a youngster. Derek must be about twenty five or so and he is replacing legendary Allman Brothers guitarist Dicky Betts and is doing a fair job at it. The opener was "Midnight Rider" and from the minute Greg Allman picked up the second verse taking the lead from Warren Haynes there was no doubt the Allman Brothers Band was in town and the roof was coming down.
They moved right on to "Stand Back," a tune that tells a tale of love gone bad with no anecdote, a familiar theme in rock and roll. This song is always a heavy tune laid down in true Greg Allman fashion with soulful vocal prowess that left the crowd drooling over the appetizers and on the edge of their feet waiting for the next peach. Greg greeted the crowd and introduced the next number as one of his new songs. The set list from the stage reads it as "Desdemona" and that was followed by "Woman Across River" "Old Before My Time," and "Come and Go Blues." The night was young and there was plenty of time for them to pick up the pace, but I had the sinking feeling that it was going to be a holding out kind of night. Don't get me wrong I loved the new songs and listening to Greg Allman do his stuff. Deep down inside I had the wanton desire to be tied to the whipping post and that was just not happening on that night. They closed the first set out with a smoking "Soulshine" and an alright but not particularly stirring "Hoochie Coochie Man."
The Allman Brothers are notorious for their long-haired mushroom eating beer drinking everything smoking fans from all walks of life and all points of the globe and that is one of the grooviest things about an Allman Brothers show. The psychedelic lightshow with kaleidoscoping rainbow breathing mushrooms projected on the screen behind the stage encouraging all to enjoy the show to it fullest potential. The vibe was great and the music was sounding good and the people there were stoked. A sold out show here at this venue can be so stiflingly suffocating that it lets me really appreciate nights like this one. The second set was a little livelier than the first, but the mood had been set and we were not going to be seeing any Blue Sky on this night. The set list went "Don't Want No More/Cross To Bear" (the Cross To Bear was phenomenal) "Firing Line" "Trouble No More," and "Dreams." There was a spectacular "Before the Bullets Fly," sung by Warren Haynes that just epitomized the southern rock and roll song. The night went into overdrive at this point as Haynes and Trucks volleyed off of each other for a lengthy but not endless "Mountain Jam." The show was over and I had no doubt in my mind that I was NOT going to see that beautiful girl Melissa. My music starved soul was crying for tickets to the next two nights of shows. There was indeed going to be an encore, but I knew it held not the contentment I was wishing for. I was so right as the first chords of "Revival" came driving out of the amps and monitors. This song was the only song that left me missing Dicky Betts on the lead, the rest of the concert Derek Trucks sounded great. He is a very young ramblin' man and has a lifetime to get it just right. Thanks for reading and we'll see ya at the shows.
COUNTING CROWS DEF LEPPARD CHER THE OTHER ONES AEROSMITH TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS PAUL McCARTNEY SANTANA SHERYL CROW TESLA JAY-Z AND 311 OZZFEST 2000 OZZFEST 2001 OZZFEST 2002 DAVID BOWIE AND MOBY AT AREA2 THE WHO JACKSON
PAPA ROACH, P.O.D.,CYPRESS HILL, & ROB ZOMBIE MORNING SPRING RAIN FESTIVAL JUNE 2002 THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND MIDNIGHT OIL MT. AIRE 2002 BIG HEAD TODD CROSBY, STILLS, NASH AND YOUNG BUSH AND DEFAULT INCUBUS BLUES TRAVELER LINKIN PARK IN
BRYAN ADAMS AT THE FILLMORE LINKIN PARK & P.O.D. CROSBY, STILLS, AND NASH STRING CHEESE INCIDENT
FUEL & SALIVA AEROSMITH 2002 STEVIE NICKS THE
AEROSMITH 2001 BLINK 182 THE STRINGCHEESE INCIDENT OZZFEST 2001 BAD COMPANY LINKIN PARK OZZFEST 2000 MARILYN
MEGADETH TED NUGENT
NEW YEAR'S EVE 2000-2001
THIRD EYE BLINDSUMMER
YES THE FURTHUR FESTIVAL 2000 THE B.B. KING
THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT JOE WALSH
CROSBY, STILLS, NASH, AND YOUNGREUNION TOUR 2000 NYE
WITH THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT
MILLENIUM TOUR 2000
ZZ TOP & LYNYRD SKYNYRD TOM PETTY
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