Greg Cohoon (drmellow) wrote,
Greg Cohoon
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Allman Brothers Band concerts

A few weeks ago, yarbiedoll and I had a weekend full of Allman Brothers Band goodness. It started when I cut out of work a little early on Friday (Oct 1) and we drove over to Raleigh to catch their show. We got there early enough to catch the tail end of the very opening act, which wasn't very impressive. We settled into our seats in plenty of time to catch Lynyrd Skynyrd, who was opening for the Brothers. I was very much decidedly unimpressed. It was really more like a heavily scripted Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band, and a bad tribute band at that. Oh, well, I got to yell "Play Freebird" and have a band actually play it, so that was something.

During the break, we went out to get some refreshments and yarbiedoll got a call on my cell phone informing her that she won the contest for upgraded seats that we signed up for when we got in the pavilion. That was pretty cool, and it was nice to enjoy the show up closer. They played a lot of great songs, including Blue Sky, which they rarely play now. They encored with my favorite Allman Brothers Band song, Whipping Post.

After the show, we headed over to The Lincoln Theatre to catch the Scrapomatic and The Yonrico Scott Band show. It was a great show (and thanks to my taper buddy Mark, I've got a soundboard copy to enjoy). We were hoping that Derek Trucks would show up, since he was playing with the Allman Brothers Band across town earlier that night. When we got to The Lincoln Theatre, we were very encouraged, because Derek's amp was set up (complete with his little Buddha). It turns out that Derek never showed up, but it was OK, because the show was great in its own right. After the show, Yonrico came out and shook everybody's hand and thanked them for coming out. It's a shame that the crowd was so sparse, because both Scrapomatic and The Yonrico Scott Band are really great. I also talked with Mike and Paul from Scrapomatic for a bit and picked up a copy of their CD. We listened to the CD several times the next day. It's good, but I really enjoy their live sound better than their studio work.

Finally, we went to yarbiedoll's parents' house (in Raleigh) and crashed, as it was getting close to three in the morning.

On Saturday, October 2, we got up and messed around a little bit, including meeting up with eagle243 and Mrs. Eagle, to pass along the computer equipment I was giving away. After lunch, we headed out to Charlotte so we'd be there in time to meet beeler and reba_quate and beeler's parents, who were joining us for the Charlotte show. We met up with them later than we had planned, but it was still in plenty of time to get to the show. We drove on over to the pavilion and had a great time at the show. Our seats were in the lawn this time, and it rained a little bit at the beginning, but it wasn't too bad. For the show itself, it was dry. Once again, Skynyrd sounded like a bad tribute band. Even worse, their show was exactly the same as the night before, except they said "Charlotte" instead of "Raleigh-Durham." It's always a bad sign when the band says "Raleigh-Durham" -- that means they only care about what airport they flew into. The Brothers, on the other hand, did another great show. A few songs were the same, but they also gave us some other songs to enjoy as well. For example, they did a great version of In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed. Once again, they encored with Whipping Post, which I enjoyed greatly.

One of the things that I really didn't like about the joint Skynyrd / ABB show as that the ABB set needed to shortened by about 30 minutes so that they wouldn't go over their alloted time. Essentially, that meant that they didn't play Mountain Jam at either of the shows. That's a shame, 'cause I really enjoy them jamming out on that. To compensate, I've been listening to audience copies of their shows from their run at the Beacon earlier this year.

At both the shows this year, I picked up a couple of copies of the Instant Live CDs of the show. I kept one of each show for myself and sold the other on eBay, which made me enough profit to cover our ticket cost for one of the shows. That was pretty cool.
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