WXRT (93.1 FM), Chicago, Illinois
Don't Drink the Water (This Land Is Your Land)
New World Music Theatre, Tinley Park, Illinois
One Sweet World (Instrumental Intro)
Don't Drink the Water
Crash Into Me (Dixie Chicken)
Rhyme & Reason
Long Black Veil
Lie In Our Graves
So Much To Say (Anyone Seen The Bridge) -->
All Along the Watchtower *
* with Warren Haynes of Gov't Mule
This was my first DMB sow ever and I was in awe of the band. I had box seats so I had a close and personal view of the band. I really didn't know what to expect so I thought the show was perfect. Just seeing Carter up close and personal was amazing.
one Sweet World- I called this opener. I twas very sweet. I loved the Acoustic solo by Dave in the beginning it was sweet. I also loved how Carter had the amazing roll at the end of the song.
Don't Drink The Water- This was full of a lot of energy. It had Dave doing a funny dance at the end of the song. I really enjoyed this one.
The Stone- This was a sweet version. I love how Boyd plays that pretty melody at the chorus is sounds so cool. It was very powerful at the end.
#41- This really got the crowd singing along. I can remember everyone putting their hands in the air during the chorus singing along with Dave. It was really cool to hear.
Pig- This was my first time ever hearing this song. I really liked it live. Boyd and Leroi really sounded awesome in this one.
Jimi Thing- This song had Boyd all over the stage. It was packed with intensity from every member of the band. Great version.
Crash- It was really cool to hear this song. It was a classic version with a dixie chicken ending. It was cool how Dave did that at the end.
Long Black Veil- This version was really cool. Very pretty and the crowd seemed to love this one.
Rhyme & Reason- Carter was amazing in this song. I can still remember him at the end of this song reaching for his towel to wipe his fave off because he was so drenched in sweat. Great version and my favorite song of the night.
Lie in Our Graves- This song = Boyd Tinsley!!!! It was sweet the way he was all over the stage. He really gave everything he had to the crowd tonight during this song.
So Much To Say- This was a standard version. I really enjoyed it a lot.
Too Much- I am glad I got to hear this one live. It was so intense and it was a great closer.
Watchtower- I knew he would play this one for the encore. I was really excited to hear Warren Haynes too. He rocked out hardcore.
Overall, it was a great show with a lot of great songs played. I wish they would've played the standard 18 songs, but it was a great first show and I am in awe of the band and especially Carter Beauford.
Although it was a decent show, it was probably one of the worst ones I have seen, due to a combination of things. First of all, they just didn't seem into the show too much tonight. Not until So Much to Say did I notice Dave smile. It just didn't seem to have an energy. And how about sitting in the section where people seem to have to leave every 5 seconds. Oh, and did I mention it was under two hours? I know DMB plays longer than most bands, but under two hours makes the show seem really short. Some highlights/lowlights: OSW would have been nice, had the sound system been working better. I could hardly hear the vocals at all. The intro was nice though. Even STONE and #41, two songs I usually like to hear, seemed flat and uninteresting. PIG was cool though...three shows in a row, but I enjoyed it again. RHYME AND REASON had the extended Carter intro, with Dave slowly strumming behind him. The intro adds quite a bit to the tune. LONG BLACK VEIL is nice, but like I've said before, I'd like to see this 5min taken up with something a little more entertaining. Good ole' SMTS --> ASTB --> TOO MUCH closed the show, which to my amazement, was at around 1:40 long at this point. A longer encore? Nope, but I have to admit WATCHTOWER with Warren Haynes is real nice, by far the most energy they had the whole night. This was also the first time I really noticed people getting into the show...too bad they decided to cut it short and take off before the two hour mark.
Briefly, this was a good show. Not a great one, but a good one. Pretty mellow. OSW: Nobody guessed it, and it was kind of a supprise, but nice to hear anyways DDTW: Standard. Nothing too exciting here. The Stone: Decent rendition, but a problem with Boyd's amp, I could barely hear him during the song #41: I love this song, and it was a good version. Pig: One of the night's highlights. Always great to hear. Jimi Thing: Once again, pretty standard version, but with a nice ending by Carter Crash Into Me: Although overplayed, this is still a beautiful song. Too bad I couldn't hear it because every 13 year old girl was singing along. The only time I heard Dave was when he did "Dixie Chicken" Rhyme and Reason: Eh. I like this song, but not alot of energy on this one. Long Black Veil: Another highlight. This is a great song, and it grows on you fast. Dave makes it work with his voice very well. LIOG: At last! this was amazing! By far and away the best LIOG I have ever heard. It gave me chills. Boyd was outstanding! SMTS--->ASB--->Too Much: Once again, standard. Decent energy Watchtower: With the lead guitar player from Govt. Mule out there, this was also the best Watchtower I have seen in quite awhile. Dave really got into this one, and it ended and otherwise mellow evening on a rocking high note. This show was a 7 1\2 out of a possible ten. I have high hopes for tomorrow night. See yall there!
This was One Sweet concert! The intro of OSW was GREAT, I really didn't mind DDTW, it got the crowd going a little. The Stone was just awesome, such a great song! I nearly peed my pants during #41, though I was hoping for it to go into Say Goodbye, but Pig was a good treat! I timed a fantastic Jimi Thing, that was 13 mintues. I think people complain too much about Crash, I have more fun when the hole crowd gets into it, luckily I had no "I LOVE DAVE!" girls in my unlively section. I had my moment during Dixie Chicken though, it was hard to hear because a lot of people were just screaming. Rhyme and Reason was great, so great that Roy even took off his glasses, I miss Tim on this one though. Today was the first time hearing Long Black Vial with the entire band, very pretty song, I enjoyed it, my section didn't. Lie In Our Graves was great! Boyd took this one away. SMTS->ASTB->TM was one of the highlights of this short show. They had such energy on these songs. ASTB was soooo incredibly awesome, I can't desribe it, I seriously couldn't stop dancing IT WAS GREAT! Watchtower was very good too, the guitarist from Gov't Mule was a nice addition, but again, I miss Timmy on this one. I don't know when the concert actually started, but it ended at 10:15!! What the *&*# I thought, until I talked to a security gaurd afterwards. She said that the World has a law where bands have to be done by 10 on weekdays and 11 on weekends, if they don't, it's a $15,000 fine, she said we were lucky they went past 10...so I guess my only complain would be, why didn't DMB's tour manager have the concert on a weekend! Oh well, it's hard to complain when I had that much fun.
Second row in Chicago was unbelievable as you could really tell the guys were in to it. Especially when the played JT and every had their own solo. They continued to jam there way through Crash and then to LIOG and that is when Boyd stole the show. All the guys could do was watch and laugh (especially Dave) as he slipped up to the front of the stage and went off. He was all over the place and played and played and played. Just balls to the wall and he took over the concert. They ended with Too Much, it was good the way Dave kind of rapped parts of the song. Liked the intro to RR and also to Too Much. Watchtower for the encore was really great and boy could he wail on the guitar. Encore could have been longer, maybe a tease song before Watchtower, but none-the-less it was the best show I have seen. See you in St. Louis Wednesday!
Well, after spending 2 hours working my way down the Tri-State, I got down to the theatre. While not the best show I've attended, it was certainly one of the better ones, despite the short length (the main show was 2 hours even, then Watchtower). My comments: OSW - Leroi started us off with a nice mellow jam that ended up setting the stage for a good chunk of the show. It's probably one of my favorite ways to open off DMB on an almost fall-like night. DDTW - they really need to do something to change this song up a little - I could have listened to any 1998 recording and heard the exact same thing. The Stone - nothing spectacular. #41 - I think Dave started to lose the crowd a little bit during Stone, but the opening few seconds got us back into things. This is one of those songs that's always good live...they jammed things out for a bit. Pig - don't get me wrong, it's a good song, but I didn't really enjoy it as a live number. Jimi Thing - it's always a crowd-pleaser! , and at the start of Leroi's solo, Stefan brought out a new backing line that I haven't heard before. Whatever it was, it worked...Leroi had probably the best Jimi solo I've heard him play in recent memory. Long Black Veil - first time I've heard it, and I like what I hear...nice slow groove sort of feel...I could almost hear BOWA at a slow tempo in my head. LIOG - If Boyd does a solo like that when I'm 5th row @ Alpine, I'll be stoked...all over the stage, trying to saw his violin in half. Amazing. SMTS/ASTB/TM - Nothing too out of the ordinary here, but Leroi and Stefan were blasing away in ASTB - the louder the better. :) Ok, now for Watchtower - I've never seen Warren play before, but that was damn impressive. Words can't do it justice, so I won't even try.
This will be a short review for a short show, the band took the stage at 8:20 and was off about two hours later. I knew the audience (at least in my section) was going to suck when they had no idea what "One Sweet World" was. It was during the opening band that I discovered that the show at the world was a social event for frats and others who just "had to be there" to here that crash song. Personal highlight once again was the Long Black Veil, but didn't like the idea that it became "beer run time." One last thing, BOYD was I N S A N E during Jimi Thing! The man was sprinting from one side of the stage to the other, while Dave just kept strumming, and laughing. Also, felt kind of cheated with the one song encore, but it was sweet! Dave seemed to go all out, especially at the end of the song "and the wind began to bloooooow" he threw his guitar behind his back and just soaked in the crowd. Ok show, but a TOTAL radio abercrombie audience. Tonight is going to be much better, let's hope.
All I have to say is damn. After getting lost on the way to Tinley, I arrived in the theater just as Dave and the guys were coming on. I got down to my 12th row Warehouse seats just as the Instrumental Intro of OSW was finishing. The band seemed kinda mellow, and they took some songs at a slower tempo. Jimi was one of the highlights of the night, Dave started dancing around on one foot, and he had a kick ass solo. Plus, LBV, this is the first time I've ever heard it live, and it kicks ass!! Lie In Our Graves was another big thrill for me, they took it at a really slow tempo, but Boyd came alive and was all over the place, he was out on the edge of the stage facing the crowd, and then he was facing Carter and Dave smiling the whole way through. But they definetly saved the best for last, when they introduced Warren Haynes, I knew that it was going to be Watchtower. Haynes was a madman, and Dave and the band were going NUTS during the song. This Watchtower reminded me of 2/24/95 Roseland, w/ Trey Anastasio and Popper, it was that good!
An overall average show. I would have liked the crowd to be a little more into it. Dave motioned for us to sing the last line of So Much To Say, but it was like no one but myself knew the lyrics. And I know the radio fans were out. The highlight was Watchtower. WOW!! Best version I've ever heard in the 15 (1 more than Ross) shows I've been to. I hope for some more surprises on the 15th. And on Saturday in Columbus.
Wow the show was amazing. It starrted off a bit slow and I wasn't sure how Dave's rib injury would affect his performance, but it seemed as if it was a limiting factor. Here's the show: OSW- the intro made me first think that it was Lie In Our Graves, but after the intro I knew it was OSW, this took me by suprise, a very slow opener, but good nonetheless Don't Drink The Water- A good song live, but it is played so much that I was glad it was done right away The Stone- Hell ya, great to hear, I love this song and was very glad to hear it #41- big highlight number 1 for me, this is my favorite dave song but it was the first time that I have heard it in concert and the jam at the end was sweet, he didn't do Bela Flecks Sojourn of Arjuna but the instrumental jam was sweet Pig- Great song, loved it, the show had yet to really pick up by this point, but it was so chilled out that I didn't care Jimi Thing- oh yeah, who doesn't like this song? the jimi thing jam was intense with boyd plucking away like a madman, I kid you not this song lasted 20 minutes, by far the best song of the evening, this is when it started to pick up Crash (Dixie Chicken)- was not real happy to hear this after an amazing jimi thing, but it got the rest of the crowd into it, the dixie chicked version is better than the normal version Rhyme and Reason really got the crowd going again, dave was jammin out and it was really the only time he danced all night Long Black Veil- big highlight 2 for me, no one knew what it was, but I was singing and dancin my ass off, me buddy and I were the only people around us who knew what it was Lie In our Graves- very very nice, the jam in the middle was great, right before the part whhere dave sings "I can't believe that we would lie in our graves.." the band stopped for a few seconds making it seem even more dramatic SMTS not my fave song but good version, of course followed by ..Bridge--> Too Much Anyone seen the bridge was a real nice long jam, very energetic Encore Watchtower- I was kinda expecting a #40 tease and was upset not to hear it, but Watchtower was a grat closer, very emotional it seemed like
Awesome show. OSW was a great opener, a little slow at first but then picked up, I love the instrumental intro. DDTW was a given and was okay. Then all hell broke loose, at least for me. They fired off The Stone, it's been a while and I loved it. #41, first time for me, I had been waiting so long, same with Pig, I nearly lost it when they started that. And then Jimi Thing was incredible as always. Crash made all the radio fans next to me happy, and Dixie Chicken was a nice touch. R&R was good and Long Black Veil is a sweet song. LIOG was awesome, Boyd ripped it up and was all over the stage. SMTS-->ASTB-->Too Much makes it 3 in a row, but was still good. Watchtower was unbelievable, WOW!, Warren Haynes did an outstanding job. Much to my dismay, a bunch of idiots that where in the lawn started booing after Watchtower, I guess they wanted more, but I don't know how it could have ended any better. This show blew my mind.
Highlights and lowlights, if you will. The band is having a fucking blast on stage during this tour. It is great to see and hear the chemistry. The fans were great for night number one in Chicago: no one ever sat down. They were treated to an evening of radio hits, and for this I am not complaining. I really wanted to hear Best, and they played it the next night when I was back at home with my three kids, such is life. I really pulled for One Sweet Opener, and was given that gift. Dave broke one off for Rhyme and Reason. A true treat. Boyd twirled his helicopter dred during Lie In and the crowd ate that up. Carter popped a huge bubble with his gum after an amazing solo at the end of #41. Stefan beat the stick for Anyone Seen the Bridge which was another gift. The lowlight was the parking nightmare that always follows a show at the World. Always take a cooler, some fat ones and snacks if you see a show at that venue. Or you'll be sorry. Love on.
Great show overall I thought 1 or 2 more songs would have been good but I was completely satisfied. Here are my highlights...... OSW-good opener really sounded good DDTW-very cool I liked that they cut out everything but the drums when Dave was saying" dont drink the water" I thought that was cool, but probably one of the best songs that night., Stone-I was really hoping for this one and I was pumped when I heard that intro guitar part really a sweet song me and my girl really loved it had some great jamming between boyd and dave. Jimi thing- a really good song I love that opening guitar part, everybody jammed on this one really enjoyed it didnt want it to end. LIOG-Probably the best song all night Boyd went apeshit he was going all over the stage and burned that violin up. Dave was dancing pretty hard and his vocals were great. SMTS-I really liked it Dave really made the whole song with some classic mumbling a really cool song AATW- my favorite the whole night the whole place was fuckin rocking Dave was screaming his lungs out so was the crowd. Warren Haynes was really great on the guitar(slide)not as good as Timmy but I thought he was great. Dave was so pumped he was going crazy after the song, so was everyone else. Hell of a show got one onb the 6/22 cant wait, later.
Definitely a radio song setlist tonight. The highlights of the show were definitely the Watchtower encore with Warren Haynes and Lie In Our Graves. Jimi Thing was about a 15 minute version with Dave and the boys just jamming. Two songs I did not expect to hear were Pig and Rhyme. He hasn't played them all that much recently. Although he had played Rhyme on this tour quite a bit. Great versions on both. Boyd went nuts during LIOG as per usual. OSW was a good opener, but hardly anybody in the venue knew the song.
I'm sorry to say this but this show was weak. There was no energy coming from the band and the crowd wasn't into it. People sat down during many of the shows which got me very upset. The show was so short I couldn't believe. I had great seats due to the Warehouse but that didn't help out this night. Although anything DMB does is exceptional and I like the show, the band was so far away from their potential greatness. I'm looking forward to tomorrow night's show because I know what these guys can and will do.