Dead & Company Dust Off The Cobwebs For MSG Closer [Videos]

first_imgUPDATE 4/11/20: Tune in tonight as Dead & Company re-broadcasts this show as part of their One More Saturday Night archival webcast series:Dead & Company – Madison Square Garden – 11/14/17 – Full VideoFor the second time in three years, Dead & Company opened a fall tour with a pair of shows at Madison Square Garden. And while that’s a great thing for New York heads, they’re also learning firsthand what Bay Area fans of the Grateful Dead and post-Dead iterations have known for decades: the first show or two after a long layoff will have moments that make a concertgoer feel as if they’re attending a public rehearsal. And while Sunday’s show had its flubs (“Cumberland Blues”), it also had three breakouts (“Greatest Story Ever Told”, “Beat It On Down The Line” and “Werewolves Of London”) and highlights (“Terrapin Station”, “The Other One”) that provided hopes of mid-tour momentum arriving by Tuesday.The band opened with a loose jam for a couple minutes before a noticeably trimmer and smartly bespectacled Bob Weir led the band into “Hell In a Bucket” at the now-standard, relaxed, show-opening tempo. Lead guitarist John Mayer’s first blues-tinged leads served the song’s pace rather nicely, but a verse later his next solo was much more forceful and the band’s energy rose to match it before Bob nailed his signature falsetto on the song’s outro. John then switched to a fat, chunky guitar tone for the weather-appropriate “Cold Rain and Snow” and unleashed an alternatively fluid and staccato solo while bassist Oteil Burbridge’s nimble counterpoint rumbled beneath it; this song has become one of Mayer’s strongest vehicles in the current repertoire.Watch “Hell In A Bucket” below, courtesy of the band:Watch “Cold Rain And Snow” below, courtesy of Sean Roche:Bob then announced he was deviating from the night’s set list, but hopes of another breakout were quickly set aside as “Me And My Uncle” was the call, complete with missed lyrics and an “early-tour” vibe during the instrumental break. As the song ended, John quickly counted in “Brown Eyed Women”, and a first-time listener could easily think Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter had written this song for him to sing–it’s one of the snappiest “hits” in the repertoire and John’s voice and delivery are ideal for its presentation. “Tennessee Jed” continued the now-country-tinged vibe, with Jeff Chimenti’s barrelhouse piano adding rowdy, sawdust-on-the-floor flavor to an already-strong version.After a brief space jam changed the vibe from down-home to way-out, John and Bob faced each other and eased into “Bird Song”. After Bob delivered the first verse, John knocked out a jazzier lead with some nice chording augmented by drummer Bill Kreutzmann’s instinctual rolls, and after John sang the second verse another jam followed, with drummer Mickey Hart making numerous flourishes with his red brushes before returning to the final verse and chorus.While it looked as though it could be the end of the set, Bob instead led the band into an early-tour surprise–the second-ever Dead & Company performance of the King Radio classic “Man Smart, Woman Smarter”, a Weir second-set staple at Grateful Dead shows from 1981 to 1995. Oteil’s falsetto backing vocals were reminiscent of the Neville Brothers’ guest appearances on the song at a few Grateful Dead shows, and Jeff’s Hammond B-3 organ solo recalled late Grateful Dead keyboardist Brent Mydland’s forceful performances of the song, but Chimenti made it his own as the set drew to a close after 67 minutes.Thanks to Matt Frazier, you can watch the video of “Man Smart, Woman Smarter” below:The band retook the stage just after 9:00 pm for the second set, and it was quickly obvious from the tuning that “Help On The Way” was the choice. The song started off normally enough. After John sang the first couple of verses, he tapped his effects board and pulled up the Mutron-pedal-induced tone that Jerry Garcia used for “Fire On The Mountain”, giving the song a completely different flavor before returning to the final verse. By the time “Slipknot” started, John had his full-on guitar face going, and the licks coming out of his guitar to show for it. Over the space of four minutes, John knocked out a solo that was technically brilliant, occasionally dissonant, and always beautiful while sticking to the song’s vibe. Berkeley by way of Berklee, indeed. Meanwhile, Oteil ran off on one of his more-felt-than-heard low-string tangents beautifully complemented all of this, and it was one of the two highlights of the night. After John’s flawless run through the closing transition, “Franklin’s Tower” followed in its usual spot and allowed both band and crowd to just cut loose and rock out for the better part of 10 minutes.Watch “Help On The Way”, courtesy of the band:After a quick stop to recover, Oteil stepped forward to deliver the vocals on “China Doll”, one of the most delicate songs in the repertoire, and one that can gently render an entire arena to reverential near-silence. It’s a welcome development that Oteil now sings several of the most beautiful Garcia-Hunter songs, as it’s nothing short of a genuine passing of the torch to one of Dead & Company’s “younger” members and one that bodes well for the band’s stated long-term plans.Watch “China Doll” below, courtesy of Sean Roche:The momentum continued with a monstrous, 17-minute version of “Estimated Prophet”. The reggae-tinged verses and mid-song solo delivered as always, but this version was set apart by the closing jam, which didn’t stick to the usual plan of just sort of slinking along and whisking its listeners along with it. Instead, this one gradually but steadily built over the space of ten minutes and concluded with John and Oteil facing each other and enthusiastically tearing up their respective fretboards, generating the second of the night’s two high points before giving way to the drummers.The Billy and Mickey show was its usual, eventful self, complete with sampled voices coming from Mickey’s equipment, but there was a short loss of momentum when Mickey’s beam didn’t come through the PA, and the video cameras caught him gently motioning offstage to his tech, who quickly got it working. “Space” was a shorter affair, and it quickly bubbled over into a nice surprise for the New York crowd: a quick detour into John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme: Acknowledgement”, with Bob chanting the lyric before leading the band into “Stella Blue”.Weir nailed the number—his vocal phrasings of “Stella Blue” worked well with the song’s deliberate pace. And for the second straight night, the band decided to swap the “rock out of space” and “Jerry weeper” slots to great effect, though tonight the band seemed to forget they’d decided to do so. A full stop ensued, and after quick onstage conversations to get everyone back on the same page, John led the band the band into a rousing and unexpected “St. Stephen” that ran for nearly 13 minutes. “St. Stephen” gave way to a strong “Not Fade Away”, complete with Billy and Mickey’s tribal drumming and more fiery work on the Hammond B3 from Jeff before the fade-out and the sing-along.Watch “St. Stephen” below, courtesy of Sean Roche:“U.S. Blues “brought the run to a satisfying close just before 11:00 p.m., and all things considered it certainly seemed like the rust that was evident last week at the Bay Area benefit and occasionally on Sunday has largely disappeared.This train is rolling.Watch “U.S. Blues” courtesy of Sean Roche:Setlist: Dead & Company | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY | 11/14/17I: Hell In A Bucket, Cold Rain & Snow, Me & My Uncle, Brown-Eyed Women, Tennessee Jed, Bird Song, Man Smart, Woman SmarterII: Help On The Way > Slipknot > Franklin’s Tower, China Doll, Estimated Prophet > Drums > Space > A Love Supreme > Stella Blue, St. Stephen, Not Fade AwayE: U.S. Blueslast_img read more

Dave Matthews Band Scores Record 7th Straight #1 Album Debut With ‘Come Tomorrow’

first_imgOn Friday, June 8th, Dave Matthews Band officially released their ninth studio record, Come Tomorrow. Now, after the initial week’s numbers have been tabulated, Billboard has indicated that Dave Matthews Band’s new album has debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart, marking the band’s 7th #1 album. The new June 23rd-dated chart (where Dave Matthews Band debuts at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard‘s websites tomorrow, June 19th.As Billboard notes, “The set, which was released on June 8 via Bama Rags/RCA Records, earned 292,000 equivalent album units in the week ending June 14, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 285,000 were in traditional album sales.”The new album’s big opening-week numbers are significant for surpassing numerous records and previous high-water marks. According to Billboard, Come Tomorrow marks Dave Matthews Band’s seventh straight studio album (dating back to 1998’s Before These Crowded Streets) to debut at the top spot, making them the only group that has ever achieved that feat. Come Tomorrow‘s opening week sales also mark the highest numbers for any rock album since Coldplay‘s Ghost Stories debuted at #1 more than four years ago. Come Tomorrow‘s big numbers also mark the most successful overall week for any group act since One Direction‘s late-2015 album, Made in the A.M. In addition to its historically significant numbers, Come Tomorrow earned the fourth-largest overall sales week of 2018.The Billboard 200 measures music consumption across multiple platforms, including traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). For a full breakdown of the criteria used, head here.According to the album’s announcement, the 14-track collection of tunes was created in studios across the United States and with several different producers, including John Alagia, Mark Batson, Rob Cavallo, and Rob Evans. The album, which was crafted in between tours, also features artwork from Béatrice Coron, “who creates narrative allegories in silhouette to render archetypal stories.” Listen to the album below:Dave Matthews Band – Come Tomorrow – Full Album[H/T Billboard]last_img read more

Eguma Demands Self-belief from Rivers Utd

first_imgTechnical Manager of Rivers United FC, Stanley Eguma has said that Wikki Tourists will beat his charges unless they play with belief in this weekend’s big game in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).Rivers United has only amassed seven points on their travels all season and has failed to score in its last nine games on the road.Eguma knows his charges must produce a big performance against a powerful Wikki side almost peerless at home.“I cannot predict the outcome of matches before they are played. I rather work towards (getting a positive result from) the game. “I recall that when we got our first away win of the season (against Warri Wolves in Warri on May 8), no one expected it.“I can’t predict what will happen in Bauchi.“I agree that Wikki Tourists is a good side but it is possible that they can fall in Bauchi and that is what we are plotting for.“We have had a week to prepare for the game and we will go to Bauchi to give a good account of ourselves because we know the importance of that game.“We know what that game will do for our title ambitions so we are not going there for (tourism).“The fans should know that Rivers United will be giving her best in that game and who knows, we may be coming back with a win,” Eguma noted yesterday.Rivers United is currently in first place on the NPFL standings with 56 points from 33 matches.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Rep Hoitenga testifies in support of right to carry legislation

first_img16May Rep Hoitenga testifies in support of ‘right to carry’ legislation State Rep. Michele Hoitenga speaks before the House Judiciary Committee in support of her legislation to enable upstanding citizens to carry concealed pistols without obtaining a government-issued permit.State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, today testified before the House Judiciary Committee in support of her legislation to enable law-abiding citizens to carry concealed pistols without obtaining a government-issued permit.Hoitenga said the legislation is a step toward reforming Michigan firearm laws to stop Michigan residents from being punished for exercising their Second Amendment right to bear arms.“It is legal in the state of Michigan for people to openly carry firearms without any training, classes, fees or state bureaucracy. It only becomes illegal when a person puts on a coat because the gun then becomes concealed,” Hoitenga said. “One millimeter of clothing makes a difference between a criminal act and a legal act.“My question is: Why are upstanding citizens paying expensive fees for courses and permits to exercise their constitutional right to bear arms? We know criminals are not paying fees, taking classes and waiting for approval to come in the mail.”The four-bill package is sponsored by Hoitenga and Reps. Triston Cole of Mancelona, Sue Allor of Wolverine and Pamela Hornberger of Chesterfield Township.Hoitenga said people would still have to pass a background check when purchasing a handgun, and anyone currently prohibited from carrying a firearm will not legally be able to carry a concealed firearm if these bills are enacted.In addition, the state would continue issuing concealed carry permits; this legislation simply eliminates the requirement to obtain a license to carry in Michigan. The current permitting structure will remain in place to allow Michigan CPL holders to continue to carry in states that recognize Michigan’s permit. A CPL will also continue to allow people to carry openly in certain restricted zones.“I am an advocate for education, and this legislation does not eliminate background checks, gun-free zones or CPL classes for those who choose to take the course,” Hoitenga said. “It simply gives law-abiding citizens a choice.”House Bills 4416-19 remain under consideration by the House Judiciary Committee.### Categories: Hoitenga Newslast_img read more