There was supposed to be a show tonight but weather concerns put it off to later this week. If not for that, I could state music consumes this weekend. Nonetheless, I saw some really solid performances Friday and Saturday. Dead and Company performed Friday eve at Citi Field. The Tunnel to Towers Foundation's Never Forget Concert Saturday at Jones Beach featured a number of acts; John Fogerty’s inclusion on the bill remained a major reason we selected this show. Explaining attending this over The City is Back Central Park Concert earlier the same day, I explained in my world, Fogerty trumps Springsteen (And as we later learned Boss never got to perform!).
I often state when a performer plays a certain song, often an opening number, that’s all I need to hear. I felt just that when Fogerty and his band opened with my favorite Creedence (Clearwater Revival) tune, “Up Around the Bend.” I could’ve left then and considering all the rain endured before John took the stage (and came later), one could argue that made sense. Perhaps Jason Greenberg can share about the final act. I also particularly enjoyed Jesse Colin Young, Ann Wilson (of Heart) and The Steve Miller Band. Jesse performed but two songs including his signature tune (that he did not write), “Get Together” which Miller sat in on. Fogerty remarked how our nation came together 20 years ago after 9/11 and wished that for America today. The rest of the lineup included Journey, The Chainsmokers, Lee Brice, Wyclef Jean, Gavin DeGraw, Wé McDonald, Flo Rida, Danny Rodriguez, and Jax. The house band featured guitarist G.E. Smith and Paul Shaffer on keys.
When a band performs none of your most fave tunes and you come away satisfied it speaks well of the show. That was certainly the case Friday eve. No “Playing in the Band,” no “Truckin’,” no “Sugar Magnolia,” no “Dire Wolf.” The playing and jamming was sharp and precise and the songs fresh. My daughter remarked she never got to see The Band play “The Weight” but Dead and Company paid the classic its due. The lineup: Bob Weir (guitar/vocals), Bill Kreutzmann (drums), Mickey Hart (drums), John Mayer (guitar/vocals), Oteil Burbridge (bass/vocals), and Jeff Chimenti (keys/vocals). See the entire setlist.
Just as a show inspired last week’s commentary (See No Milk or Sugar.), the spate of shows that remain may give inspiration for upcoming blogs.
Dead and Company setlist:
Big Railroad Blues
They Love Each Other
China Doll (Oteil sings lead)
China Cat Sunflower
Encore: The Weight
Have You Ever Seen the Rain
Bad Moon Rising
Steve Miller set:
I Want to Make the World Turn Around
Keep On Rockin' Me
Love of My Wife (Queen cover)
Dream On (Aerosmith cover)
Jesse Colin Young set:
Get Together (with Steve Miller)
WOW! Dead set looks perfect. Glad it went well and weather Good!
Your last night at Jones was successful in hearing your favorite- Fogerty! My Central Park was frustrating-missing Bruce, Simon, Patti and Costello. Still the atmosphere and opening performers were great!
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