Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Concert Review: Allman Brothers Band Fall Tour Stops In Connecticut

The Allman Brothers Band is one of the most consistent touring bands in music today. With only three original members still in the band, one could argue that the band is tighter and better than ever with the additions of Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks on guitar. Since the break-up of the Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers Band have been proudly carrying the flag for the jamband community as they visited the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Tuesday evening.

Allman Brothers Band lead singer/pianist Greg Allman looked noticably thinner since his liver transplant surgery earlier this year. His bluesy-style lead vocals were scarce, less than past performances, but his voice was still strong. The band was definitely in jamband mode with Haynes and Trucks trading solos on "Leave My Blues At Home" and on the firey instrumental "Hot 'Lanta". Haynes stepped into the vocal duties on the songs "Who's Been Talkin'" and his signature cover of Van Morrison's "Into The Mystic". But is was his solo and backing vocals during "Revival" that got most of the crowd on their feet dancing.

The band may have seemed lost at times, without a musical direction, but would slowly come together for the set closer "Mountain Jam". The song bookended a cover of Howlin' Wolf's "Smokestack Lighting" featuring some of Haynes' best blues vocals. Bassist Oteil Burbridge, drummers Butch Trucks and Jaimoe along with percussionist Marc Quinones each displayed their talents before bringing the band together to close out the song's 30 minute jam fest.

Fans waited impatiently, hoping that the Allman Brothers Band would return to perform one of their classic live songs to close out the show. They would not be disappointed as they band took the stage for the encore to perform "One Way Out" with the audience helping Greg Allman sing the chorus. It was only fitting that the theater emptied to the sounds of the late Duane Allman's acoustic guitar flowing from the speakers.

As Greg Allman readies a solo album release, let's hope that the Allman Brothers Band will return to carry that flag proudly for the jamband community.

Don't Want You No More
It's Not My Cross To Bear
Leave My Blues At Home
Done Somebody Wrong
Hot 'Lanta
Who's Been Talkin'
I Can't Be Satisfied
Don't Keep Me Wonderin'
Into The Mystic
Mountain Jam>Smokestack Lightning>Bass/Drum Solo>Mountain Jam reprise

Encore: One Way Out

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