topher44

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topher44 last won the day on October 16 2014

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  • Birthday 07/06/1964

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  • My DSO Shows
    12/6/08, SHEA CENTER, WAYNE, NJ
    5/29/09, WELLMONT THEATER, MONTCLAIR, NJ
    7/18/09, VASA PARK, HACKETTSTOWN, NJ
    11/21/09, MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM, LOWELL, MA
    11/28/09, NOKIA THEATRE, NEW YORK, NY
    5/22/10, WELLMONT THEATER, MONTCLAIR, NJ

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    Hiking, Biking, Enjoying the Great Outdoors. When at home, I get my excercise dancing and singing to the music of the Grateful Dead, DSO, and other bands rarely heard on broadcast radio.

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  1. So sad, and my heart goes out to all who knew and loved him. I never met Matt, but his work has benefited us immensely, and we will surely miss his contributions to the band, and in keeping the DSO train rolling on.
  2. It appears that Nugs.net no longer has any DSO shows available for download. Is this true? I sure hope not! .... Updated at 4:45 pm - Well, it must have just been down for a while, as the DSO shows on Nugs are available again (phew!). Paging Mr. Eaton... when might we expect some of the Spring tour shows to be posted? Thanks!
  3. And now for my take on the second set: After about a 45 minute break, the band returned to the stage, including Skip, and they all looked fresh and eager to play. With Jeff's tuning, it became apparent that we were in for a "China>Rider" to open, and that is exactly what we got! It was so cool to get the "Feeling Groovy" jam between the two songs, like many performed by the GD in 73'-74'. It reminds me a little of the jam during "Dancing in the Streets" on 76'-77' versions, and I just love the variation it brings. After a strong "Rider", the audience erupted in their thanks, which gave me goosebumps. Rob Eaton then brought things down a bit with a well paced "Sailor>Saint". I am usually ambivalent about "Sailor", but Rob gave it a polish that kept my attention, while also allowing my knees and ankles to relax a moment. The "Saint" was fiery, as expected, and once again the crowd roared it's approval after it's conclusion. I was really hoping for a Skip tune next, such as "Pride of Cucamonga", but the "Crazy Fingers" that followed was decently jammed, and fit the bill. Jeff's voice was a little off for the first couple of verses, but got better as the song progressed. A smooth transition to "Drums" left us with Dino and Rob K., who proceeded to amaze with their antics on all sorts of percussive instruments. I normally use this time for a bathroom break, and did tear myself away briefly for that relief, but I returned to be mesmerized by the lengthy adventure that these two incredible drummers took us on, before a gentle glide into "Space". Jeff and Rob B. came back first, followed quickly by the rest of the band, and I loved Jeff's playful licks during this brief jam. I was caught off guard by the intro to "King Solomon's Marbles, which turned out to be another highlight of the show for me. This is one tricky jam, with curve balls and sudden turns that seem very hard to master, yet the band did a fantastic job with it. Rob B. tickled the hell out of his keys, and appeared to be having so much fun. I was happy to look around and see so many of my fellow Star heads also dancing wildly to this offbeat instrumental. Was looking forward to a lengthy Bobby tune, such as "The Other One", but we got "I Need A Miracle" instead, which was actually quite fun, and the crowd loved it. After just a few minutes, the tune faded out, and transitioned into "Stella Blue", which gave "Twist of Fate" a run for highlight of the evening for me. Jeff really poured his heart and soul into this number, and it gave me chills more than once. His leads alternated from soft and gentle to earnest and forceful as necessary, and the harmonies from the others were spot on. Such a sad song, indeed, but also a perfect choice for the late show ballad. The "GDTRFB" that followed was a little unexpected, as I was thinking perhaps, "Good Lovin'", or "Lovelight" would wrap things up nicely. A bit shaky to start, but Jeff worked the audience into a lather, and we responded in kind! A short break, and then we got a "Rainy Day Women" encore. The verses were shared by Rob B., Jeff, Eaton, and Lisa... who practically brought down the house with her emotional, preacher-like vocals! The crowd went nuts when she was finished, and she appeared almost overwhelmed by the response. Once again, the harmonies on this number were superb, and it was a perfect conclusion to a fun night of music at the Cap, which is one of my absolute favorite indoor venues. Beautiful place, with "Garcia's" bar next door, and so much history... Topher
  4. Well, I had my first elective show in quite a while last night and, although it didn't have as many JGB or rarely played tunes as I would have liked, the performance was tight and the band seemed like they were having a lot of fun. Klyph Black from the Zen Tricksters sat in on bass for the 1st set, due to Skip attending his son's graduation. Jeff and Rob B., having been former members of the Tricksters, gave him a warm introduction. "Shakedown" got things off to a powerful start, and Klyph Immediately showed his stuff, dropping some bombs and interacting well with his temporary band mates. Jeff also had a couple of soaring leads, and brought it home for a perfectly timed finish. The crowd showed it's appreciation, and Klyph was beaming from the attention. A strong "Hell in a Bucket" showed Eaton to be in very fine voice, and I found myself dancing with ease, which is often a challenge for me with this tune. A decent "Althea" followed, with some fine licks from Jeff and good slide playing by Eaton. The "Hey Pocky Way" that followed was brimming with energy, with Rob. B. practically dancing on the keys. Next came one of my very favorite Dylan tunes, "Simple Twist of Fate". This was definitely the highlight of the set for me, and perhaps the evening. Jeff's voice was spot on, relaxed, yet forceful when needed, soulful and simply dripping with emotion. The audience quieted down a notch for this song, and I really appreciated that. Hot on the heels of this was another Dylan tune, "Memphis Blues", also crammed with verses, and Rob Eaton did it justice, with nary a missed lyric (I think). The PA system was almost saturated near the end, with Eaton wailing the final "Whoa, Mama"s, yet it never seemed that distorted at all. The "Bird Song" that followed was easily another highlight of the show for me, as Jeff took it to amazing heights, and all band members wrapped tightly around his leads. I somehow predicated it would be followed by "Music Never Stopped", and I proved correct! This version was a monster, and it felt like the roof was going to give way as the volume got so intense, with Klyph treating the crowd to some deep, chest vibrating bass lines. The climax was sounding like a set closer, and indeed it was. All told, only eight songs in the set, which looks very short on paper, but it actually clocked in at about an hour and twenty minutes. Just goes to show you that you can't judge a show merely by looking at its song list! I will review the second set at a later time, but that is all I have time for now... Peace. Topher
  5. Ah... to be transported back to 1980 with the ultimate new wave party dance band! Have seen them twice (1989 and 2013), and both shows were a lot of fun, but I agree that the band was never the same following Ricky's death. Such a gentle, quiet soul, but man could he play that thrashing guitar! Never got to see the Talking Heads, and I could kick myself for that!!! Had a chance to go see them at Merriweather Post Pavilion on what would be their final tour in the Summer of 1983, but I blew it off. Big mistake! Speaking of 1980, if you haven't checked out the Heads show from Rome in that year on Youtube, please do yourself a favor and view it with the volume cranked up as high as possible (without distortion, of course!). Adrian Belew sat in with them, and his guitar licks are incredible!
  6. "Looks like Mississippi got treated to quite the chunky '73." - Indeed, and the lucky folks at the Lyric last night must have been blissfully tired by the end of the long night! "They definitely don't discriminate on what city gets what show. A tiny bar in idaho could get an insane 69 show." - So true, Rude. Some out-of-the-way places get treated to monstrous shows. Would still like to get a review of this one...
  7. Anxious to here any reports regarding last night's show in Mississippi. Having just been in that state visiting friends near Jackson (and coming through the experience unscathed), I am wondering if DSO attracted many heads in Oxford, especially on a Monday night. I have never been to Oxford, but my friends advised me that since that is where "Ole Miss" is located (college town), it would probably be the only place in the state that would agree to host anything related to the GD. After all, the Dead only played in Mississippi once, and that was at an outdoor festival with other bands back in 1980!
  8. May you and your wife find solace in the fact that you were able to let her go by dancing to a such a seminal GD show. Whether or not your mother-in-law would have enjoyed doing the same is irrelevant. You two had the best possible solution to deal with the stress of knowing she was passing, and in an indirect way may have helped that "beautiful bird" soar into a new realm. Peace and calm be with her, and both of you now.
  9. Hey Rob, I just want to thank you for the new uploads to Nugs. I couldn't get to any shows this past Fall, which was a bit depressing for me, so having at least some of them available in audio fomat will make up for that!

  10. As always, Rob, thanks for bringing superior quality recordings of these shows to the masses, whenever time allows. It always makes me smile to read your posts!
  11. An amazing little guy, that Joey. I saw him perform at a memorial service last year at the Bronx botanical garden, and he had the crowd absolutely silent. It astounded me how nimble and warm his piano playing was, especially for such a young man. So humble, too.
  12. That is one cool pic, but I'm not sure I like the whole segregated floor thing. While I agree with allowing underage folks in to shows (if that was the intention), wristbands tend to work for most venues, as long as the bar staff is strict. That being said, I sure wish I had made the trip North to one of my favorite states to see this show! Maine in general has a relaxed, friendly vibe, and Portland is an incredibly cool, small city that is really fun to hang out in. Alas, I had to work pretty early Monday morning here in Jersey, and could not bear the 6 hour drive back at night. Always dig '76 re-creations, and I just had a feeling DSO was going to close out their Summer tour with a '76 show. I bet they did it proud!
  13. Could not agree more, Dr. B. At first I thought they might have given a nod to Jerry by closing with something like a Terrapin Suite, Like a Road, or Brokedown Palace, but Hog for You Baby was a fun and unique way to top off a show that was full of surprises. Yes, I believe Jerry would have been smiling and approving of this one. As I mentioned before, I sure hope Rob Eaton chooses this show for an upcoming Nugs release.
  14. Now that's what I call an elective for the ages! Such a variety of songs, almost all from early in the Dead's repertoire. So cool to have a stand alone Scarlet close out the first set. While I generally love Scarlet>Fire's, I am quite partial to the 1976 style Scarlets, which could be so adventurous and mind melting. And a generous dose of Pig tunes to boot! Man, would I have been all smiles at this one, and sorry I missed it. Perhaps Mr. Eaton will see fit to include this show as part of his occasional Nugs releases. We can only hope so!