Umphrey’s McGee – Auditorium Theater – Chicago, IL
Set 1: [email protected] > [email protected], Wizard Burial Ground, Morning Song, Alex’s House^ > Rocker pt. II^, 40’s Theme*
Set 2: Made to Measure$^, Great American^* > Eleanor Rigby^* > Great American^*, Bright Lights*, Ocean Billy, Der Bluten Kat^ > “Jimmy Stewart” > Der Bluten Kat
^ – w/ Josh Redman on saxophone
* – w/ Stanley Jordan on guitar
$ – First Time Played
The Skinny: Umphrey’s opened the show with a rare Sweetness that featured guitarists Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinninger on acoustic guitars and segued into oldie-but-goodie August. Longtime UM friend sax star Josh Redman joined the band towards the end of the first set and for most of the second set and encore including the debut of Made to Measure from Mantis. Guitarist Stanley Jordan came out for the final song of the first set, 40’s Theme, and for a Great American sandwich that had a tasty Eleanor Rigby filling.
Umphrey’s Debuts Made to Measure
Jackie Greene, RatDog, Phil, Bobby and Jay plus Phil and Friends – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium – San Francisco, CA
Jackie Setlist: Hollywood, Cell Block #9, The Rusty Nail, Uphill Mountain, Gone Wanderin’, So Hard To Find My Way, The Lord Mistreats Me, I Don’t Live In A Dream, I’m So Gone, Mexican Girl
RatDog Setlist: Jam> Shakedown Street> Easy Answers> She Belongs To Me> Money For Gasoline, Lazy River Road> Jack Straw> She Says> Liberty, @Friend Of The Devil, @The Weight, Two Djinn> Stuff> Dear Prudence> Touch Of Grey
Phil, Bobby and Jay Setlist: Peggy-O, Black Throated Wind, Dark Star(instrumental only, played thru end of what is verse 1)> Easy To Slip
Bobby acoustic and all vocals
(at end of set, Bobby says, “work in progress”)
Phil Lesh and Friends (Lesh, Greene, Molo, Molitz, Sless) Setlist: Bertha, Direwolf, Birdsong> Althea, New Speedway Boogie> Jam> Lady With A Fan> Terrapin Station> Jam> China Cat Sunflower> Born Cross-Eyed>
St Stephen> Satisfaction, Donor Rap/Intros
Encore: Viola Lee Blues
The Skinny: Deadheads at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium sure got their monies worth last night with four sets of music. Phil busted out a rare cover of the Stones’ Satisfaction to close his set before ending the marathon with Viola Lee.
The Disco Biscuits – Nokia Theatre – NYC, NY
Set I: Morph Dusseldorf, Triumph> And The Ladies Were The Rest Of The Night1> Run Like Hell2> Confrontation3
Set II: M.E.M.P.H.I.S.> Spacebirdmatingcall> Basis For A Day> Cyclone> Basis For A Day
Encore: King Of The World
2 middle section only
3 ending only
The Skinny: The Biscuits returned to the Nokia after a night off with a setlist full of old classics.
Widespread Panic – Pepsi Center – Denver, CO [via PanicStream]
Set 1: Fishwater, Walkin > Wonderin’, You Should Be Glad, Blight > Climb To Safety, Gimme > Lil Kin > Action Man (64 mins)
Set 2 : B of D > Time Zones > Genesis, Flicker > Pigeons* > Maggot Brain > Other One Jam > Drums > JAM > Maggot Brain > Pigeons, Christmas Katie > Radio Child > Imitation Leather Shoes (113 mins)
Encore: Tickle The Truth Into Submission > Cream Puff War (13 mins)
The Skinny: Widespread Panic kicked off their first New Year’s run outside of Georgia with a scorcher that featured a nearly two-hour long second set. Pigeons > Maggot Brain > Other One Jam > Drums > JAM > Maggot Brain > Pigeons is the stuff legends are made of.
A few Mule notes:
* One of the sickest versions of “Time to Confess” the band has ever played. The boot’s worth locating for that alone. The stretch from “Like Flies” through “Confess” mioght be the most intense Mule I heard in 2008
* Red Clay was long, proud and invigorating, but the hottest jazz-rock at Hammerstein last night was during “Kind of Bird”
* Kind of a basic Mule to close things out–loud and rocking as always, but the energy level at that point in the show demanded something a bit more intense and less predictable
* Dumpstaphunk blew shit up during its opening set: really funky, really got the place jumping. Warren joined them for Sympathy for the Devil and Danny sat in a few songs earlier (with Ivan on git.)
Looks like it was a fun night all over the country.