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  posted on 8/2/2012 at 12:08 AM
Alright kids here's the good parts:
First let me say: solid show!

Second: Chastaine Park was "as overcrowded as I have ever seen it!" - Chastaine Park security guard with 4 years of service.
I personally went to three beer tents (and there only a Very Few of them at Chastaine) and they were sold out of beer BEFORE THE ABB TOOK THE STAGE!
The Venue was PACKED!

Why the Allman Brothers Band do NOT play Chastaine Park in Atlanta EVERY YEAR IS BEYOND ME!!!?????

Faaaaar many More people in the venue tonight then in 2008. Far, FAR more people. In 2008, we roamed around in the "lawn seats" and sat wherever we wanted. Not tonight. Almost EVERY seat was taken. The place was PACKED.

Great show// They flubbed the One Way Out opener. Somehow they seemed to miss the slide solo. Which was Derek tonight. Other than that, the rest of the show was great.
PLAY ATLANTA AGAIN!!! Duh.

SHOW HIGHLIGHTS were: Leave My Blues At Home outro solos/jam; Dreams, short, Derek was dialed in to that "loose but tight; can-do-no-wrong" zone. Wish he had taken Dreams all the way as that is his best tune as demonstrated tonight, But, then Warren took the slide half and drew a fine solo out of Dreams. One of his best developed and most descriptive. Excellent Dreams. Short. But a HIGHLIGHT. A tight and engaging moonlit Sky Is Crying came next and it was a Treat! Not what you would normally expect to be a highlight, but it was solid and FUN tonight!

A Jerry Garcia birthday tribute in the form on Franklins Tower came next with Otiel providing a laid-back and perfect non-assuming vocal with the two Moe.. guitarists sitting in.

They should have played MT Jam after Franklins. My only Monday Morning QB comment for the night, but they should have played MT Jam after Franklins. I think they considered it but they went with Liz Reed.

LIz Reed was nice for the intro/begining but Derek and Gregg' contributions were "fun if you were there" but not much more. Warren, however, KILLED it. After fading in, Warren picked his groove and locked in to the Three Drummers and delivered a solo that not only crackled with energy but rode and moved the drummers through and pounding funk-throw-down that proved to be, against the odds of a 20 minute Liz Reed, a highlight of the night if not the tour.

Finally, for the encore, came Whipping Post which, again, Warren drew out a beautiful Allman major chord jam in the vien of MT Jam. Derek killed his solo; the first before Warren's, but, as high energy as Derek was, Warren rode a major scale that surfed the rhythm section as only the best MT Jam groove can. It was one of those straight forward pantatonic major scale solos that made fans out of us in the first place. The minor chord "second half" of the solo was just as much LoosebutTight-swing as Warren's first half. It was a great one to end it in spite of predictable set list.

All in all: a solid show in an otherworldly venue. Leave My Blues at Home, Dreams and Warren's solo on W Post were the highlights.

 
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  posted on 8/2/2012 at 12:16 AM
Set Lists (best I can remember):

One Way Out
Statesboro
DWYNM>
Cross2Beer
That's What Love Will Make You Do (Guest keyboard. Good one)
Hot Lanta
Leave My Blues At Home
Dreams
Sky Is Crying
Franklins (w Moes guitarists)
Liz Reed

E: W Post

I may have left some out...but not many if any.

 

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  posted on 8/2/2012 at 12:30 AM
Born Under A Bad Sign between Leave My Blues At Home and Dreams.


[Edited on 8/2/2012 by earlgonefishn]

 

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  posted on 8/2/2012 at 12:33 AM
Guest keys on That's What Love Will Make You Do was Ike Stubblefield!!!

 

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  posted on 8/2/2012 at 06:41 AM
Soul legend William Bell sat in on Born Under A Bad Sign, just an FYI.

This was definitely a solid show, pretty short by ABB standards but very well played. Gregg came out strong and sounded good on the first few tunes, but he was conspicuously absent on vocals for most of the second half of the show.

I agree that it would have been nice for Derek to do the whole Dreams solo, and he was fantastic on the part he did play. I did like Warren's solo on Dreams more than I usually do, less shrill and screechy than he sometimes is on that tune.

With Born Under A Bad Sign, Sky Is Crying, Franklin's Tower, and That's What Love Will Make You Do in the mix, we got a pretty different setlist than the rest of the tour, which was nice. Frankliin's didn't really gel for me, though, that was the one tune I could have done without.

Overall, not the best ABB show I've seen, and not up to the level of the 2008 Chastain shows, but MUCH better than what I saw and heard of Wanee and the Beacon. This may not be the Allmans at their very best, but this is still a great live band and well worth seeing. Any chance to see Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes play guitar in the same band is something to cherish.

I was running really late and didn't see any of the usual suspects, but I hope they had as much fun as I did

 
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  posted on 8/2/2012 at 07:42 AM
Gregg was 1000X stronger than Wanee 3.5 months ago. He delivered more on Statesboro (after a shaky One Way Out) than Wanee combined.

The 3rd guitarist on Franklins tower with Warren and Al was not from moe. He was never announced but didn't really fit the song. Gregg's organ would have been nice on that one too. William Bell's drummer sat in too I believe on Franklin + the moe percussionist (Al from moe sounded great on FT btw).

I liked Derek's straight playing in a lot of places in particular.

William Bell (Memphis Stax artist) came out to sing Born Under a Bad Sign, which he wrote. He forced Gregg to take an organ solo which was awkward at best. Gregg just didn't have it in him at that moment He also never played one of the signature organ parts in Liz Reed at the end of his solo (I swear Derek looked like might reach over the glass to play it himself!).

Overall a fun night and very good show.

Full house - I'm sure it wasn't an official sellout but seats and lawn were occupied to the back. Nice!

 

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  posted on 8/2/2012 at 09:35 AM
Packed house, Gregg sounded great, Oteil in fine form and really into it, as usual. I feel so much better about Gregg's health since Wanee and the weeks following when he kicked off the book tour. He's really made a remarkable recovery, considering what all he went through in a relatively short period of time. Great seeing so many friends, too many to list, and if I missed seeing any of you, maybe next time?
 

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  posted on 8/2/2012 at 10:11 AM
Not one of the better ABB shows I've seen, but most satisfying nevertheless. To share the experience w/ friends I've made through this site on my home turf was a pleasure.

Very shaky OWO after a frustratingly long break after .moe had me worried. But Gregg did sound good when he was on, and truthfully, I'm there for the guitars and percussion. Great Hotlanta. very good Warren Dreams and solid Liz Reed. These three suit my tastes, so I was pleased setlist-wise.

I will echo Dave that Oteil deserves special mention. I thought he did a great job on Franklin's, and it turns out I was happy they did that. TanDan called it!

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  posted on 8/2/2012 at 10:22 AM
More thoughts on the show - Although I've seen Warren and Derek, I haven't been able to see the band in several years due to scheduling conflicts and the fact that Gregg didn't make it to Wanee when we attended. I was really looking forward to seeing them again and am happy to say they really are a great band that still delivers more than most anyone else out there today.

I met Gregg at his book signing in Atlanta and knew he was still in recovery mode, but after a shaky start on One Way Out, he really did deliver about 80% of the time last night. Obviously not quite back yet and he does need breaks, but pretty solid. Right now, he's kind of like a locomotive that takes a little while to get moving and occasionally needs some more coal thrown into the fire.

Warren and Derek were stellar on a hot, humid night. Enjoyed 3 or 4 ridiculous moments between these two trading licks.

Oteil stepped up on Franklins (although Gregg walked off stage for this one ... guess he still isn't too fond of old Jerry).

Rythym section was corralled in a bit due to the two hour show and curfew @ 11PM.

Chastain was packed, but would you rather see it half empty? It was an ABB show - hot and sticky in Hotlanta - awesome! My crew was able to get beer, water and drinks throughout the show. Eventually the mass clusterf*ck of people coming and going sorted itself out later in the show.

Check out the entire Leave My Blues At Home - http://youtu.be/qxuhWhCVFn8

Set list 8-1-2012 Chastain Park Atlanta, GA

One Way Out
Statesboro Blues
Don't want you no more>It's Not Cross to bear
That's What Love Will Make You Do (with Ike Stubblefield)
Hot Lanta
Leave My Blues At Home - http://youtu.be/qxuhWhCVFn8
Born Under A Bad Sign (with William Bell)
Dreams
The Sky is Crying
Franklins Tower (with Al and Jim from moe. and another guitarist)
In Memory of Elizabeth Reid
E: Whipping Post

The "Good Lord, I feel like I'm dying" lyrics closing out Whipping Post really make you realize how lucky we are to have Gregg on the road this Summer. Wishing him all the best in his ongoing wellness!

 

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  posted on 8/2/2012 at 10:54 AM
After a painful OWO (Gregg was lost), I thought Gregg was rock solid. His stamina is lacking but his vocal range and strength was very good (IMO). Warren and Derek are worth the price of admission (well said Brock!) and were on fire all night. Mr Burbridge was a thumping train and seems to get better every time I see him. This may not be the Brothers at the top of their game but they can still light it up and put goosebumps on my arms! I will take that type of ABB show over 99% of the other stuff being played these days. I was very surprised at the attendanace as it was a full house and it certainly was an ABB crowd. All is right in the world !

 

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  posted on 8/2/2012 at 11:30 AM
Man, I don't know where to start! (Good for me.)

I had a really different feeling headed to this show. Melancholy. A little bit blue. Felt that I was making my final trip to see the Allman Brothers Band. Was uncomfortable about Gregg's situation, and some of the stuff that our friends here are dealing with.

This was my 2nd trip to Chastain, and both times I've sat right in front of the sound crew.
(Thanks Tim!) Perfect spot. I had a couple of .moe live shows, and was interested.
VERY impressed with these guys, and I would highly recommend to Brothers fans.
They didn't sing too much, weren't too "country" of "folksy" like a lot of the modern Jam scene. Highly, highly talented, plenty of improv. Would make a great double-billing with the old Derek Trucks Band, imho.

I would say that Gregg is somewhere north of 90% back, with my standard of measure being the Huntsville show from 2010. He's still a little slow here and there, but I though he gained confidence as the show went on. And by slow, I mean both vocally and on the B-3. I tried to focus on what he was doing underneath, and I thought he was almost all the way back there. He seems to be focusing well, but the aftermath of all the anesthesia and other stuff is probably holding him back a little. Anyway, the band has adapted to where he is, and can keep everything on the tracks.

The band seemed tight early. Maybe they were worried about how Gregg would do....
I don't know. I think William Bell loosened up everybody. Personally, I though it was a good thing when he made Gregg take an impromptu solo. Gregg gave him a "deer in the headlights" look, then got down to business. The inner bluesman took over. And it's still in there too. I think Gregg went into reaction mode, played spontaneously. And I think it was good therapy for him. He can still do this. If he can just get the cobwebs to clear.

The high/low point for me was Liz Reed. The song was SMOKIN'--as usual these days.
And it was great to see former Highly Kind drummer Duane Trucks take over Jaimoe's kit.
He was in huge grin mode the whole way. The low was when Gregg couldn't find his way out of the organ solo. It was a very muggy night, and maybe it was taking a toll.

Very inspirational to see a couple of our guys off the IR list to make the climb up the hill at Chastain, make it for the show. Tandan and Kyler. Got to meet DanB and Peachnote for the first time, and a few others. And now, I think there's a real chance that we'll all get to do this again one day. And that makes me really happy today.

A final thought.....My wish for the band is that they would back off for now. Give Gregg maybe a month to finish healing, then maybe 2 weeks of intense practice, where the band holes up somewhere together. Put on a new face. Climb back to the very top of the hill. People coming out to see .moe, or Santana, or the Brothers for the first time need to see Duane Allman's band in it's full glory.

Speaking of which, there was no Little Martha at the end last night. I found this very eerie. Don't know what's up with that. Anybody?

I thought coming back about how different I felt than the ride over. Just totally joyous coming back. This music can do that for your soul. This music, and this group of people.



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  posted on 8/2/2012 at 11:31 AM
I'm so happy to see that Ike and William joined the Brothers!

 

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  posted on 8/2/2012 at 01:37 PM
Does anyone know who the drummer was that played on Born Under a Bad Sign and one other tune? I'm not referring to Duane Trucks who Played later. This was an older black man.
 

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  posted on 8/2/2012 at 02:39 PM
One Way Out - like two guys building the same house at the same time, only one of 'em is holding the plans upside down! How many times have they played this tune?

Great to see Ike Stubblefield up there giving Gregory a needed respite. Personally, I thought it was Ike that gave the band a jump-start.

Much has already been said about guest, William Bell (not the mayor of Birmingham!) cueing Gregg for an organ solo. If he'd read Not My Cross to Bear, he'd have known Gregg isn't really a soloist!

Very nice rendition of Dreams! Liz Reed and Whippin' Post were also solid. After the encore, I felt like the fans were tired and gave up. Sitting down close, it looked like several members were getting ready for a second encore, but the fans just kind of fizzled in the heat. There was no playing of "Little Martha" over the PA at the end.

Great to see so many folks from this site! I apologize profusely - especially to Big Dave and Bluedad (and to Mitzi) for not being around for the "family photo". The hotel room was a callin'!

 

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  posted on 8/2/2012 at 02:42 PM
No Little Martha because they played until about 30 seconds before curfew. Can't broadcast recorded music at 11pm either. I thought Warren rushed the end of his WP solo to make curfew.

I read the comments about a full amphitheater as positive. We are pleased to see the masses out supporting a true American classic act.

My neighbor is a big Panic fan and sees the Brothers when they come to Atlanta, so this would be his first show since 2008. I will be interested to get his take. I had warned him Gregg wasn't at 100%, but there were certain songs when GA sounded like it was 1992 or 2003 all over again.

 

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  posted on 8/2/2012 at 03:07 PM
It was a great night. The crowd around me loved every minute of the show. I heard they set a record for beer sales last night. Wish they were doing it again tonight!
 

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  posted on 8/2/2012 at 04:38 PM
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No Little Martha because they played until about 30 seconds before curfew. Can't broadcast recorded music at 11pm either. I thought Warren rushed the end of his WP solo to make curfew.


And i too thought it strange, however I lookded at my watch and it read 10:59, which was perfect. and I understand there are some incredible fines levied for every minute a concert goes past the curfew at Chastain.....

 

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  posted on 8/2/2012 at 04:47 PM
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Not one of the better ABB shows I've seen, but most satisfying nevertheless. To share the experience w/ friends I've made through this site on my home turf was a pleasure.

Very shaky OWO after a frustratingly long break after .moe had me worried. But Gregg did sound good when he was on, and truthfully, I'm there for the guitars and percussion. Great Hotlanta. very good Warren Dreams and solid Liz Reed. These three suit my tastes, so I was pleased setlist-wise.

I will echo Dave that Oteil deserves special mention. I thought he did a great job on Franklin's, and it turns out I was happy they did that. TanDan called it!



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  posted on 8/2/2012 at 04:59 PM
Some people prefer cupcakes, I for one care less for them...

[Edited on 8/2/2012 by sheep]

 

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  posted on 8/2/2012 at 05:05 PM
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That Pillsbury Doughboy ain't got doodley squat on da' Muffin Man! by gawd!

Some people prefer cupcakes...


Either way it don't make em bad...

 

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  posted on 8/2/2012 at 06:06 PM
A few more thoughts....

--My brother and I enjoyed hanging in the parking lot with some University of Alabama students who had driven from Tuscaloosa. One guy in particular, never got his name, had just recently gotten into the whole jam scene and he was just ON FIRE with excitement about everyone from the Allmans to Widespread Panic to Phish. I enjoyed his enthusiasm, even if he made me feel very, very old

--Born Under A Bad Sign had a really good jam about midway through where the band broke it down to nothing and then just spontaneously combusted. With the exception of Gregg's awkward solo that others have mentioned, that whole song was a lot of fun.

--The intro to The Sky Is Crying, with Warren and Derek trading bluesy licks back and forth, was worth the price of admission. At one point I thought they were going into Come On In My Kitchen--they could have gone into just about any blues tune at that point. So much blues sounds formulaic to me, blues by numbers if you will, but a soulful performance like this really shows you how deep the blues can be.

--Gregg's organ solo in Liz Reed was indeed a trainwreck, and possibly his weakest moment all night--I was still settling in for One Way Out and missed the problems on that song that others have mentioned. We often joke about Gregg playing the same exact solo from Fillmore East note for note during Liz Reed, but I'd take that all day over that awkward fumbling around. Eventually Warren just kind of stepped in and took his solo, because it was obvious that Gregg wasn't going to hit the re-entry lick.

--Having said that, it was pretty impressive to me how the band pulled together after Gregg's solo and turned the second half of Liz Reed into a groove machine. Derek was playing some of the best rhythm guitar I've ever heard him play, really pushing the music along, and just when you thought Warren had topped out he would reach another gear. Really good stuff!

--This was the shortest ABB show I've ever seen. By my watch, they started at 9:54 and Whipping Post ended at 10:59. That is just barely over 2 hours, and with the long gaps between several songs, it was probably about 2 hours of actual music. Not only was it short on the clock, it "felt" a song or two short of what I expect from an ABB show. I really enjoyed what I did hear, but it just didn't quite feel like a "complete" Allman Brothers show.

--Chastain has an ironclad 11 PM curfew and there was never going to be a second encore. Just be glad they finished Whipping Post before they pulled the plug, because they would have.

--In closing, let me echo Buppalo's sentiments. I had a lot of misgivings about this show, and was half-tempted to let Wanee 2011 be my last ABB concert. However, even if there were some off moments, still better than 99% of the bands out there, and I'm so glad I went.

 
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  posted on 8/2/2012 at 07:34 PM
We got lucky with the weather. We got about an inch of rain Tuesday night. Last night was pretty comfortable. Tonight we've had about 2-3 inches of rain plus thunder and lightening. The bands would not have even gone on stage tonight the way it is right now.

 

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  posted on 8/2/2012 at 07:46 PM
When Booker T and William Bell co-wrote 'Born Under A Bad Sign', I wonder if they had Booker T's childhood home in mind? The address is 666...

I thought Warren made Butch work for his money last night on a few songs. Man, to still be able to hit the skins like that at a time most folks are retired!

[Edited on 8/3/2012 by TanDan]

 

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  posted on 8/2/2012 at 08:49 PM
still smiling from last night will post more tomorrow

 

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  posted on 8/2/2012 at 11:01 PM
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Well post about this.....

 

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