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 Post subject: my Seattle review (and Portland later on)
 Post Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 4:12 am 
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alright, while I'm tired, I'll try and do this right. (Portland will be early/mid Saturday)

setlist:

GOOD MORNING CAPTAIN
NEBAKANEZER
GONE
MAKE GLAD
SEEING THINGS
WHAT IS HOME
APPALOOSA
WISER TIME
I AIN'T HIDING
HOUSTON DON'T DREAM ABOUT ME
STING ME
SOMETIMES SALVATION
JEALOUS AGAIN
BEEN A LONG TIME
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FEATHERS
DON'T DO IT



my history with the Crowes, while covered MANY times before, the 'Cliff's Notes' version is 4 shows in '95, 17 in '96, and the last 4 Furthur's in '97 (or, I taped every show in 2 time zones for the official 3 Snakes tour thru Furthur, plus a good handful in the Central zone)

saw 'em with Audley 5 times, 3 in '98 (and eating tickets to 2 more), and twice with Page in '99 in L.A....then, there was the '06 debacle in Chicago...

a debacle due to:

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yeah, pretty much, had a GREAT time hanging with board peeps, and, oh yeah, some 'guy named Stacey' was playing geetar then.


SO NOW it's 2009, and hypercritical kingboy decided to catch a couple of gigs by this current incantation.

VERY busy bar pre-show across the street, downed a couple of tonic & limes, grabbed the ticky's at will-call, and took 2 Crowes virgins to their first show.

breakdown like this:

8:30 SHARP, they hit the stage...the drums were AMAZING, literally the heaviest I'd heard Steve sound since that '95 Monterey show...they sound a bit thinner on the digital capture, but still incredibly solid

Good Morning Captain - was ok, somewhat sterile...the crowd dug it, but it was just missing 'something'...a bit slower than on the album to these ears, it was passable, but nothing to write home about, there MUST be better versions that have been played >>>
Nebakanezer - yeh, they went right into it, and you could tell when Steve was 'tuning up' what was coming...it almost sounds like a dribbling basketball under the droning pre-riff into the kick-in...strong vox, stronger vibe, kinda like a, oh, I dunno, a fully elastic rubber band that snaps quite well...a bit of sass, a bit of class, and a tasteful solo by Loof...


Gone - ok, finally some meat and potatoes, Chris ditched his Indian Jesus shawl, and the viseral, vibrant stacatto kicked right in...all the notes are right where they belonged, not overplayed, some nice droning by both Dickie and Riff, and Chris was spot on...it was almost like a '96 show again...crowd was diggin' it...


Make Glad - following the "nice to see you tonight, the people of the 'Rainy Day Town'...very happy to see you", this faux-funk 'rocker' kicked in...it was a bit better than OK, you could tell the band digged playing it, and so far, this show was pretty uptempo...not really my cup of tea, the mid song break was interesting, but, with 4 uptempo songs in a row, of course, it was time for a mellow one, that being...


Seeing Things - this was pretty much a full-on treat (think Reese's Klondike Bar, or Strawberry Cheesecake Dibs), the first song of this show where that "wall of sound" that the mid-90's lineup hit 6-10 times per show on a regular basis...while the last song had space to 'breathe', this song was just all over the map in all the right ways...Chris was snarling his way through without effort and sounding plaintive all in the same motion, it was spacey when it should have been, Adam NAILED his keys, da girlz were adding their crayons to the mix...not so much a 'best ever' version, but solid enough to match up with anything from the 90's



What Is Home - ok, this was the most puzzling song of the night...the first two minutes were like throwing up out my asshole, not because Rich's vocals sucked, but because the sound out of the speakers was SO FAR REMOVED from ANYTHING that the Black Crowes have been or ever should be...the first thing that comes to mind is that "sorry is just a sound", and that's what I heard...pure apologies from a Manassas/Bread/America clone...then, a strange thing happened, the break came in, and it morphed into some kind of Euro 60's porn soundtrack where I saw myself on a king size bed with Mona and Charity, a shower curtain covering the mattress, bowls of cold cling peach slices (in their own juice) and strawberries on the endtable, and right when it was time to get to business...it was over.

strange to say the least.



Appaloosa - Chris finally put on his guitar, and, um, well, it was ok, in a spaghetti western kinda way..if I had to take a piss, I would have done so, just to say that I had my dick in my hands when Chris had a guitar in his, like a reverse-phallism, if you will.....if only it had had a happy ending



Wiser Time - HMMMMMMMMMMMM

great intro, great to the 4 minute mark, then, when adam (name not capitalized for a reason) kicked in, this picture:

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INSTANTLY came to mind, along with "My First Xylophone" still in it's box, with the baby in the picture trying to get it out of it's box, MINUS the love...I SERIOUSLY thought they unplugged his keyboard for a couple of minutes, until he "got going"...and 'getting going' consisted of plunking away like a retarded Linus on a 5 key keyboard....HORRIBLE HORRIBLE HORRIBLE (and I had NOT listened to Adam play this song before, seriously...)

too many memories of being soothed by Marc and Ed I guess, but someone REALLY NEEDS TO TELL ADAM HOW TO PLAY HIS PARTS ON THIS SONG.

I'd have beat him if he was a child.

seriously.



I Ain't Hiding - this, simply put, was badass...it seemed as if the crowd didn't recognize it, but girls were rubbing their asses into dudes crotches, and that was hot...who gives a fuck WHAT was coming out of the speakers, if you can make chicks do that to dudes with their clothes still on, then HAT'S OFF TO YOU!!!



Houston Don't Dream About Me - and Neil Armstrong, YOU WERE NEVER ON THE MOON.

nuff said.




Sting Me
Sometimes Salvation
Jealous Again
- the 1-2-3 HIT punch of Kool-Aid, NO complaints here, "Sting Me" was getting it on, "Sometimes Salvation" was Ginsu and Craftsman all in one, and "Jealous Again" had some tasty little fills that even Marc never did...a great run of 3 recognizable songs, no complaints




Been A Long Time - this was, hands-down, the most RIDICULOUS moment of the night.

HOLY FUCKING SHIT!!!!!

a FULL ON WALL OF SOUND that just DIDN'T STOP, I couldn't believe that they were doing so well with this one, absolutely jaw-dropping, full-on, ten-ton-heavy-thing goodness, the ONLY moment of the night that I was like "Marc who?"

except, then...



Feathers - OK, do the Crowes really like me or what?

spot-on performance, from the first opening drumbeat to the last beautiful lick, this was a salve that took away the sting from Oven Mitts fucking up "Wiser Time"...he is forgiven, and did a GREAT job on this.

ONLY question, how can he do such a good job on this yet disgrace "Wiser Time"???

thoughts to ponder




Don't Do It - just a fun romp, so much fun that Chris-Chris broke a string on his acoustic a minute in, and he juss switched to an electric on the fly and kept playing...never seen this one before, and they read my mind in that "a cover SURE WOULD BE nice".


thank God it wasn't "Space Captain".



soooooo, all-in-all, a SOLID 8, not much more, and I have a sneaking disappointment that Portland will not/can not match up to this one...they really did surprise me overall, not saying so to suck up to boa, or Corvus (Steve WAS the monster, the glue, the melted mozzarella), but I was pleasantly surprised, and not due to expectations set to nil.


thank you Crowes, it was a great birthday present! (even if you haven't taught Adam how to put a bow on yet...)

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Ok, 2 things. Your description of What is Home is some of the best shit Ive ever read. Hilarity.

And you couldn't be more spot on about Adam in Wiser Time. He sounded exactly that bad when I saw them play it with him too. They need to do something about that, because until it's "fixed", I don't ever want to hear Wiser Time again.

I'm so glad you had a good time at your birthday show, sweetie!

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Wow! Thanks for the detailed review. It was serious.

Seeing Things is the one I would love to see again.

Everyday I'm still spinning "Before the Frost."

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That description of What is Home is a terrifying look at the way a mad Alaskan's mind works.

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foxycrowe wrote:
Ok, 2 things. Your description of What is Home is some of the best shit Ive ever read. Hilarity.



shit, and I forgot the "cocoa scented baby oil" part, as THAT'S why the shower curtain was on the mattress.

CURSES!!!

foxycrowe wrote:
And you couldn't be more spot on about Adam in Wiser Time. He sounded exactly that bad when I saw them play it with him too. They need to do something about that, because until it's "fixed", I don't ever want to hear Wiser Time again.

I'm so glad you had a good time at your birthday show, sweetie!



just calling it as seen...I seriously thought they were going into "Thorn" when warming up for "Wiser"...the rest of the song AFTER Adam pooped on it was ok, but damn, those 3 minutes HURT, and hurt BAD, the recording will prove this (gonna try and get it up on dime by tomorrow)



and Goldtop, you left the word 'sober' out of yer analogy.


while Snappy is a good guy, a little bit of occasional honesty would give his writing more credibility...I'd LOVE to see his spin on/the glasses he views Wiser through.

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ok I thought Adam just fucked up Wiser Time in St.Louis...now that I know its everytime played I hate him even more!!!


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Glad you went and enjoyed yourself Steve!
There is no foreseeable cure for what ails Wiser at the moment.
At least we'll always have what's left of our memories...

Cool to hear they brought the ruckus on Been A Long Time.
Trademark riff, cranked up with with some nice heavy jamming.


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goodlawd wrote:
ok I thought Adam just fucked up Wiser Time in St.Louis...now that I know its everytime played I hate him even more!!!


I don't hate Adam, I just miss Ed.

Oh, "Don't Do It" is always a good closer imo.

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That was a pretty entertaining review!

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Wiser Time has morphed into something unappetizing..slow as molasses..Adam's solo makes me want to tune right out on an otherwise epic song..

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this review makes ridiculous amounts of sense to me. I comprehend it well.


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Foist thongs Foist. Great review.

Now onto the Wiser/Em Cee Noodle dilema. The first time I heard Adam give a crack at Wiser was on the Unplugged thing and though clearly not the carbon footprint laid down by the Weird one I thought it wasn't half bad. Now what I've heard as of late perplexes the mind when that shit comes grinding to a abrubt and uncomfortable stop. Seriuosly think back to that first NY gig after the guys got back together when Chris was coaxing Dubrow along to pick up the pace. This is the same damn thing except much worse. Who the he'll knows what these guys are thinking on that?!!!

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it's a horrible version of the song and i've gotten to the point where it could be the song that sends me to the bathroom...that and descending. adam does not suck in his entirety. yes ed is a million times better, there is no question about that but he does ok on much of the rest of the stuff. He is actually good on the stuff that was written once he was part of the band. with that said, i still stick to my belief that descending and wiser time should no longer be played. And if wiser time is in fact their "signature song" they should really FIX THE DAMN THING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Cheers! Great review. Adam I love you this much...CLASSIC


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I'll add to the chorus of 'Adam sucks during Wiser Time'...they opened with it in Buffalo this past summer and me and my friends all had this 'what the fuck is he playing' look on our faces. Horrible.
How was Chris during Seeing Things? I've always liked that tune but rarely live because Chris usually tries being super soulful but just ends up being super annoying.


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Agreed, he hasn't a clue on Wiser and I have never heard him do Decsending. On the other stuff I think he holds his own. Light years behind the Weird One, yes. Any other suggestions who could replace him? Who was the big black keyboard player in the Jerry Garcia Band? Now that guy ripped.


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Nice review, man! Glad you had a birthday to remember.


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What about the Portland review from last night?

The setlist looks superb!

They dropped "I Ain't Hiding."

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talklikedirt wrote:
Nice review, man! Glad you had a birthday to remember.




thanks much, it was a pretty cool time, but Wolfmother was a bit better. (and REALLY looking forward to TCV tonight!)


roman rambler wrote:
What about the Portland review from last night?



sorry man, needed sleep.

here you go:



we'll start with my mundane day turning better pre show:


woke up about 10am, and decided to take the light rail from Beaverton into the city about 2pm...sisterluck24 was Amtrak-ing it down from Vancouver, and my friend Missy's husband got home about noon from Iowa in order for her to be able to come in about 7pm. Got into the city about 3pm, and hit the Ash Street saloon, Ms. Luck arrived at the train station shortly after, and GayWinkie being the gentleman he is, offered to walk her up the street to her accomodations. we had a great time walking and talking, especially about monkeyboy's poor choice to post pics of her on the A2 messageboard in a compromising position with a large bottle of Jack Daniels (VERY photoshoppable, iykwim...), shame on you Craig, SHAME!

ok, so after she got settled in and 'girlied up' (which, for a girl, she was quick and painless in that regard), we walked back down to the Roseland area and hooked her up with a grilled cheese sammy at Dante's, about 2 blocks from the theater...she had some hookups with people in the Roseland, so just after 6 we parted ways, and I bailed back to Ash St. for some crappy chicken strips and them awesome French Fries, then met Missy about 6:30...we were in the venue before 7pm, and there were only 15-20 people in there an hour before showtime...got to meet many board peeps, there was Got Crowe? (John), yankee (Alex), the wheelhouse brothers (Jeff and, shit if I can remember the other), THE GREAT WIGMASTER (Ashley), and at least 2-3 others that aren't coming to mind right now...there was this chick named Jennifer who TOTALLY had the Drew Barrymore thing going on who swore she was old enough to be my mom, until I told her I was 38, that hushed her up quick....the place went from nearly 200 people 7:30 to 2/3-3/4 of the 1400 person capacity by 8pm (there was NO Truth & Salvage, and they were supposed to be on at 8) ok, enough blah blah, on with the show:

PROMPTLY at 8pm, the lights dimmed, and out sauntered the Robinson Bros. and Co...Chris had his hippie shawl again, Rich was classically dressed, Adam looked like a giddy kid running to his keys, Sven and Loofa were flanneled up, Steve had on a t-shirt (I think) and the herd of turtles was off...


intro - my lovely freind Missy had to start off with "looks like a fucking hippie", and then mention something about 'posterity' about 15 seconds in...she's a gem of a person though, and this IS a bootleg recording, so it's all good in the hood when it's people you know, that said;



Good Morning Captain - ok, this version may have been a bit more energetic than 3 nights earlier, but it was a REPEAT opener, which is somewhat disappointing, given their immense repitoire...still, there was a bit more fire under their feet, and it was hard to explain, was it the smaller stage and more intimate setting, was it the energetic crowd, was it being within spitting distance of Rich's shoes?

not sure, but this version is sleazier, sharper, more 'in your face' than the other one, most likely due to mic positioning, you'd like to think that peeps would be quieter that close to the proceedings, but, unfortunately, I was 'asshole magnet' to my left AND right...which becomes more evident not but right after the droning end and the 'tap tap tap' of the cymbals leading into >>>




MY MORNING SONG - part amazement, part "do these guys read my mind" or what? THIS was the needed lubricant to take away any doubts that these guys still have the chops, and what a 16+ minute journey it was...powerful, chest-out strutting, background sing-along gospel and all, not sure what words could do this justice, but I'll try:

0:00 to 3:00 - standard song structure with a powerful delivery, Chris on time and on key, using the mic stand like a walking stick for his grizzled vocal chops, you could hear the pain and see the religion

3:00 to 5:00 - a 'descending crescendo' with delicate finger fluttering and a simple, sinful arpeggio flow, it kind of resembled versions remembered from the past...however, Steve started this double-time hi-hat tip-tap, and...

5:00 to 10:00 - Rich let'r go with a simple razor-sharp funk groove that locked in place for a solid minute, then it started to expand with color, Adam adding keys in the background, and Luther answering Rich's call with brisk solos back and forth, making it difficult to focus on one instrument...halfway through this segment, it was Luther's turn to shine, and shine he damn well did, back from Luther's fluid tone to Rich's Saw-zall, this part was full on 'nasty boogie woogie' sans vocals...dipshit screamers ruined the last 20 seconds of this segment, then on to the...

10:00 to 16:30 - this is the "sunrise", and oh-how-it-did shine...to hear this song properly for the first time with the ladies added an entirely different vibe to an already powerful Lamborghini...no other real way to put it, other than it was a borderline religious experience with Reverend Robinson, or the exact opposite of Bibles upside the head from Stryper (old-school metal fans will remember the non-Christian 'Yellow And Black Attack' from 20 years ago, what kind of Jesus freak assaults you with the good word from onstage?)

oh yeah, the Drew Barrymore chick FAINTED, not sure if due to the weed or what, but that was pretty funny, will have to post her pic later.



Girl From A Pawnshop - having watched the setlist structure for this leg, it was obvious another catalog gem was coming, and thank goodness it was from the "holy trilogy"...if MMS was the sermon, then this was the homily (and what kind of service has the homily THIS early?), another brute push through a gentle, soothing classic ode...Adam did what he was supposed to when he was supposed to, Chris sounded like he just had his heart broken yesterday...and the funny part to these ears and eyes, Luther had this song TWICE as busy as Marc ever did, but yet it didn't sound rushed at all...especially as he slowed down for the crescendos...throw in the ladies coloring the background with full on beatific fills behind Luther's wailing, and it sent chills from head to toe. kinda like a Dilly Bar with Neopolitan in the middle (sorry for all the ice cream references, as I rarely eat the crap, but you all know how kids like ice cream), bottom line is I didn't want this song to end, and it went on for a full minute longer if not more than the studio version.



Make Glad - repeat #2 from the new album out of 2, and, again, for reasons unknown, this one had more vim, vigor and vitality than 3 nights earlier, perhaps the band realized this and wanted to rectify the crime. Sassy, gyrating, and pulsing like the Little Engine That Could, this was a vehicle for Rich's nimble fingers, and he didn't disappoint, just listen to his jagged tone at the verse break, and how Luther responds...Luther does sound a bit thin on this song, but you can still hear what he's trying to say quite clearly, this, again, may have been due to positioning...at this point, we hear retarded greyhair in the right channel for the first time, not only screaming "OH YAY" when sliding his baby Jesus buttplug in and out of his ass, but clucking like a gay crow when his desired movement was achieved.



for the record, at this point, Steve has been hardly mentioned and Sven not at all, please don't take this as either a slight or taking them for granted, it's just that they do their job so well, that at times I gloss over them...there are a few moments they truly shined later on, TRUST ME.


4 songs in, and 35 minutes elapsed...what next?



Roll Old Jeremiah - this one was puzzling at first, and was not recognized at all. a rollicking, jangly, countrified romp, it started off all Hee-Hawish and ended with my dropped jaw (for more reasons than one)...3 minutes in it went from a Burrito Brothers b-side to Adam ditching his organ for this ragtime piano jaunt that reminded me of the dueling piano players in Beale Street bars on a Friday night, except Adam was like France in the French Revolution, dueling with himself in a virtual keyboard masturbation...kinda like "what's better than roses on your piano...tulips on your organ" kind of thing, and Luther picked up right where Adam left off...first up, then down, then all-the-fuck-around, this song EASILY exceeded BALT from Seattle as THE surprise, and right when you thought it was going to break the 10 minute mark, it jumped off the cliff into the ocean like an ass-fucked lemming to>>>



GOOD FUCKING FRIDAY - OK, who the fuck taught Rich to play like this??? the tone on his guitar was absolutely dirty rice, with lots of black pepper, melted butter chives AND bacon bits...think of Rich's tone as Uli John Roth on the LIVE version of "Polar Nights" melded with "The Four Horsemen" rhythm guitar on a ballad, with fucking Luther stitching it all together with his searing leads putting grill marks on this medium-rare charcoal-grilled flat iron steak. Chris kicked in with his off-key harmonica (more on that later). again, dipshit greyhair felt compelled to run his yap just like he did in the middle of ROJ, but fortunately yer little taper friend didn't take his old, stinky, greasy bait.



CHRISISM
"Thank ya. Looks really...ah...??? in here...that's the first time that a, a D harmonica hasn't worked, so....so, a, as far as I know, you just........those bumper stickers must be true, you kept Portland weird...you might be simplifying things a little bit...Friday night's for simple things, you know..."
CHRISISM



Another Roadside Tragedy - ok, at this point the show got ridiculous, this was TOTALLY left-field, and a full on smorgasbord of insane proportions. if GMC was sassy, then this was classy and brassy...kind of like falling down a wishing well onto a bed of pillows and kind bud, how it went from a chaotic, tuneful tailspin into a blooming onion with face-melting proficiency at the 3 minute mark, it simply needs to be heard how it takes you from point A to point B, as words really can't describe it, or, think of a bumblebee smacking into a cascading waterfall at 90, then turning off the Discovery channel, only to turn it back on and seeing a completely different show without having changed the channel.

also, this song was only at the 7ish minute mark from versions I remember, this one here is right near the 10m mark, OR, right when you think the old version should end, here comes Adam and Sven doing what Luther and Ed were doing earlier, a George Clinton-esque funktastic end to what was already a spectacular journey...the last 3 minutes need to be heard, or fuck it, this song is an entirely new monster with this lineup.

nuff said.

on to cd#2...



A Train Makes A Lonely Sound - ok, this was one of my least favorite off of the new slab, due to it's total RIP OFF of the "By Your Side/If It Ever Stops Raining" song structure...it's like, if you're going to rip off yourself, at least pick a better song to appropriate from, and stay away from the state-laced (i.e. Tennessee) lyricism...Adam did a fine job tinkling the ivories, Rich's tone cuts right through, Luther drapes it with some effective soloing, but this song, while not tired, has been heard a million times before, and could easily have been swapped out for something more memorable.



Greenhorn - while the above tune isn't bad, this one was even worse...opening with Chris making sounds the dentist tells you to make, guitar licks that would maybe make Mr. Greenjeans half-erect (pun intended) and then Chris singing about "salty seas", this is a nursery rhyme for children you want to not go to sleep and grow up with deep-seated emotional scars and resentments. a complete waste of over 8 minutes, this song TOTALLY reminds me of "The Final Cut" by Floyd, and what happened when the band quit writing songs and let Roger take over the 'duties'. self-indulgent Luther noodling doesn't even save this one from the "what the FUCK" thought process, and pretty much everyone other than 'dipshit left' (screamer to my left) agreed with me, just listen to the crowd, more of them sound like they're clapping due to it being over vs. appreciation.

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!


She Gave Good Sunflower - alright, back to the basics, and a nice, throbbing, bass-line treat is served up. there is really nothing to make this version stand out explicitly, but Rich's tone is pretty darned snaky, as this song slinks through its motions. when it gets to 'solo-central', Luther does not disappoint, double-timing (or so it seems) Marc's solo parts, but not so busy that you'd think that Yngwie sat it for a guest-spot. a very-good-but-not-exceptional version, UNTIL Chris gets to the "we ALL make mistakes bay-beee", the delivery on his part here was a bit different, more pained or bluesy, or even sincere, at least to a point...then the song goes off on it's "moonlight thru blacklight prism-ish" tangents, only to pull back to the central focal point at the exact right time...kind of reminds you of the controlled yet unbridled chaos of 10+ years past, the 2nd half it so much busier than the first half, kinda like a dyslexic version of "Rocket Queen" substituting Chris's soul for Axl's snot...if you know what I mean...


Sting Me - just for my buddy Woah Mule, by request, just to give him one more prick in his bloated ass, just as he likes it. could anything be said about this song that hasn't been said before? a slight disappointment that they even repeated this from the previous show, as SO MANY other songs could have gotten the job done. oh well, the crowd got down, so be it.



Soul Singing - a tight, concise, bright and brisk version of this sing-sing-singalong, a lil' fuzzy on the edges, a lil' meaty in the middle, the crowd REALLY knew this one well, kinda glad it wasn't jammed out...the girls gave it the sugar on top, and it was over before it started.


Been A Long Time - YAY , REPEAT NUMBER FOUR. :sarcastic fuck-all winkie smilie here: the Seattle version topped this one both in intensity and swagger, this one was plenty good, but there was nothing that made it stand out, the same jam, the same harmonics, the same same same....4 repeats 13 songs into the show, however, that meant that this WASN'T the last tune of the main set...that honor goes to...



Wounded Bird - well, this blatant Oasis ripoff was/is my favorite tune on the criminally overrated (yes, you read that right) "Warpaint", and I didn't even recognize it at first. that shows you how awesome it isn't. still, it had a cool demeanor to its delivery, especially how Luther would spin into oblivion after each 'set your mind to flyyyyyyyy'. A straightforward, solidly played version, there was great anticipation for the encore...


encore break: HEAR EXCITED FANS SHARE THEIR INNERMOST THOUGHTS!!!

HEAR SCREAMING DIPSHITS MAKE THEIR APPRECIATION KNOWN!!!



Oh Josephine - wow, way to suck all of the helium out of the ballsack there guys...no wonder the recorder went tits and fucked up the last 2 songs (yes, they're on the card, not from the transfer)...the first few minutes are full-on Lunesta, however, Luther DID wail away on the solo to the point of somewhat salvaging this POOR choice for an encore...this is a "once every fifty shows" kind of a song, and, unfortunately, Hawaii was up...oh well, what to do?


Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere - a fine ending to a mostly stellar show, too bad that the recorder didn't recover for this smooth-sailing rendition of Neil's classic "tale of woe"...Chris-Chris donned his cowboy hat, and let Rich take over vox for the finale...at least the recording flaws aren't as pronounced on this song, and it is faithful both in rendition and tradition.



so, there you have it, the play-by-play from the Alaskan Assholian...post show was filled with fun with two cool chicks at Voodoo Donuts, Ash Street Saloon, then nachos at the Dixie Tavern, which, well, um, hopefully the pictures came out; we'll leave it at that.


as for the 'change of heart', it's just weird looking back and realizing that, at age 38, what blew me away at age 24 isn't necessarily the same as age 38, or, while the tension that Marc provided then made GREAT music, it doesn't mean that the tensionless expressions from the band now with Luther are any less valid, it's kind of like being used to Visa or Mastercard, yeah, they pay the bills and are most accepted, but AmEx and Discover, while nowher near as popular, get the job done too.


and it pays to Discover.


would I go follow this band, today, to 8 different states, over 6000 miles, in a 2 week period???


HELL NO!


would I go to 8 different shows if they were all within a 5 hour drive???


most likely.


would I quit my job to do so?


it'd depend on the job, as usually, when one door closes, another one opens.



again, it pays to discover.



good day.

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I miss Ed.


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Overall, which night was better?

Seattle or Portland which city (fans) seemed to be the home of the real Black Crowe fan
such as yourself?

Appreciate the perspective.


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http://www.dimeadozen.org/torrents-deta ... ?id=277631

since the Black Crowes love me, I love you...you're welcome in advance.

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from Portland (didn't take any Seattle ones)

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Thanks for sharing the picks GWS. Those are some grubby fuckers there.


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