Sunday, April 30, 2006

Mr. Opening Act: Trey Anastasio

Wow, what happened to Trey? He's become an opening act these days.

He's opened for the Rolling Stones. And now he's going to be opening up for Tom Petty for eight shows this summer.

Trey and Mike Gordon will be touring with the Russo/Benevento Duo. They'll be opening for Phil and Friends during a three week stint.

And Phish won a Jammy award the other week for Best Archival album for their 1995 NYE show at Madison Square Garden.

We'll see what kind of hijinks Trey will get into at Bonnaroo this year. 48 days??

Friday, April 21, 2006

Phil & Friends w/ Trey

I decided to check out the Phil & Friends snow show with Trey. After downloading all day yesterday, I was able to listen to it this morning.

Here is the setlist again, in case your scroll wheel is busted:

Set 1: Help On The Way> Slipknot!>
Franklin's Tower
*Up On Cripple Creek (Trey & Joan)>
They Love Each Other>
Cold Rain & Snow Jam>
Loose Lucy, *&Buckets Of Rain
All Along The Watchtower

Set 2: St. Stephen>
#What Sin Replaces Love> Jam>
Cryptical Envelopment> Jam>
Dark Star> Jam> The Other One>
Jam> Dark Star> Jam> Eyes>
Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad
Gimme Shelter

E: Wolfman's Brother
$Midnight Hour

(& Dylan song, Trey & Joan sang
#RA tune, Joan sang
$with Danny Clinch on harmonica)

Whole Show With Trey Anastasio
Phil Lesh, Joan Osborne (vocals)
Larry Campbell (guitar, violin, mandolin & more), Rob Barraco (keys)
Jeff Sipe (drums)

Setlist courtesy of my friends TaperRob and Phairone over at the Philzone.

The copy I listened to was the soundboard Phil released for the fans. It was a crisp board with the ambience of a matrix recording. Phil's bass was clear and heavy.

The non-Dead songs are the ones that did it for me this show. "Up on Cripple Creek" was the best song of the night by far. "All Along the Watchtower", "Gimmee Shelter", "Wolfman's Brother" and "Midnight Hour" all were darn good versions.

The jamming, in the second set especially, was really strong. Definitely Trey's strength with this band. This show is worth picking up just for that.

(In the copy I downloaded, there was some minor digi-noise during Eyes and major noise during GDTRFB.)

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Happy 420 Day!


Happy 420 Day, Phil!

I'm at the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas covering the World Poker Tour Championships. That's where I took this photo. There were exactly 420 players remaining (out of the original 606 who entered) with 4:20 left to play in that level when I snapped the photo. Phil Hellmuth is the player who's head appears below the tournament clock.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Keller Williams - 4/8/06 Fillmore Auditorium

This is the review I wrote over on my blog. I was going to edit the ending, but I will just let it be.

Last Saturday Da-Pickl and I went to the Keller Williams show at the Fillmore. Actually, while Keller is cool, the real reason for going was to see Grateful Grass (Jeff Austin from Yonder Mountain String Band, Keith Moseley from String Cheese Incident, and Keller Williams) play bluegrass versions of Dead songs. Here is the setlist:
One More Saturday Night
Mississippi Half Step Uptown Toodeloo
Eyes Of The World >
Resume Man (SCI)
Candyman
Loose Lucy
Black Peter
St. Stephen
Casey Jones
Brown Eyed Women
New Horizons (YMSB)
Bird Song
Crater In The Backyard (KW)
Scarlet Begonias > Fire On The Mountain
The set was on fire. These guys should tour.

A bonus I wasn't expecting was Jerry Joseph & Dave Schools. They opened the show. Here is that setlist:
Suppers Ready, Jacobs Ladder, White Dirt, Henry* > Lick The Tears*, North*

* w/ Keller Williams (percussion)
With just the guitar and bass, you could really hear Schools' riffs. And Jerry Joseph sounded great. His voice reminds me of Jake Schroeder's from Opie Gone Bad.

I only saw a few songs from Keller's set. Da_Pickl had gone outside to puke his guts out, and I stuck it out for about three or four songs. And really, when you hear Mr. one-man-band play a few songs, you have heard them all.

I don't know who is in charge of the Fillmore now (OK, I do know - it's Clear Channel - I meant the manager making all the decisions) but he or she or whoever is ruining the place. For my thousand of readers who have never been to the Fillmore in Denver, I will describe the place.

The Denver Fillmore is an old roller skating rink from the early 1900's. Clear Channel bought the place in the 90's and converted it into a nice concert hall based on the Fillmore in San Francisco (including the purple chandelliers and the apples by the door.) The Denver Fillmore is a much bigger venue, though. The large wood floor down the steps from the entrance. On the right side, as you face the stage, is a large area where all the pictures of bands that have played the Fillmore are displayed. This is also the main area where you could sit down. They had chairs and tables about three deep all along the right side. On the narrower left side there bar stool like chairs along the railing. To get a seat, you had to get to the venue early.

This has now changed since Roger was last there a couple of months ago. Now there are now tables or chairs. The only seating available is now in the newly built VIP section or in the balcony in the far back of the room. I asked one of the staff dudes standing by the entrance to the VIP section why there were no tables and chairs. He said that they sold them all. "They want to make it more like the Fillmore in San Diego." Yes, he said San Diego.

Of course this pisses me off. That was one of the beauties of the place - it was much bigger than the one in San Francisco. That was why they could put the tables and chairs on the side for us old folks who have bad backs. Now the only recourse is to sit WAY in the back on the steps of the balcony, or suck some cock and get VIP seats. Bastards!

(There are other changes I don't like, but I won't go into them here. For an idea what it used to be like, check here.

We also got to see our buddy Jerry and his wife Jen. Da_Pickl had gone out for a smoke, and it suddenly occurred to me that they might be at the show. I gave Jerry a call, and after trying to tell him where I was, he mentioned to me he was in VIP. I turned my head, looked up, and there he was, right above me. They wandered down and shot the shit with us during setbreak. I got a nice hug from Jen (she is such a cutie - how the hell did JERRY get her?)

(If you are a reader who retains information, you may be wondering why I mentioned Jerry and Jen sitting in VIP when I had just mentioned the seats in relation to sucking cock. I am in no way implying that Jerry or Jen had to suck cock to sit up there. Jerry is in the ticket biz, and he knows a lot of people. The guy who invited him to sit there is probably the one who sucked the cock.)

Monday, April 17, 2006

Please Allow Me To Introduce Myself...

I don’t mean to write over Pauly’s WSP post, but he did ask me to be a contributor (more on that in a bit.)

We were just talking about WSP and the Colorado shows last night. WSP is HUGE here in Colorado. Every year they play three shows at Red Rocks and then return later in the tour to play somewhere else in Colorado. This year they are playing Red Rocks 6/23 – 6/25 and then playing Winter Park 7/22 and 7/23. I will be dong my best to attend at least one of those shows (Did I mention that they are HUGE here? It’s really hard to get a ticket. So huge that after Vegoose, they had scheduled two nights at the Fillmore here in Denver. Those tickets sold out in 45 minutes, and they immediately opened up two more nights – which, of course, sold out just as fast.)

I am really bummed that Pauly won’t make it to the shows. I guess I will have to meet the good Doctor some other time.

So by now you must be thinking, “Who the hell are you, Mr. Frankl?” I thought I would answer that question with a faux Q&A:

Q: Who are you?
A: I am FRANKL. Just some dude in Colorado who has similar musical tastes to Dr. Pauly.

Q: Is your name “Frank”?
A: No. Steve is my name, Frankl is my nickname. If you ever are at a show and hear someone yelling “Hey FRANKL”, that is probably me being called. Pauly calls me Frank – which is fine by me.

Q: Why did Pauly pick your dumb ass to write here?
A: Beats me. He doesn’t owe me money or anything. I guess we like the same music and I write above a 3rd grade level.

Q: What are your credentials?
A: I go to a lot of shows here in Colorado. Just about everyone who is anyone who is touring stops in Denver to visit our fine venues. I am lucky to have Red Rocks in my back yard.

Q: That’s it?
A: Yup

Q: Oh come ON!
A: OK. I guess a little history is in order. Due to a life tangent, I missed out on the whole Grateful Dead and Phish thing. Fresh off my second divorce, my friend Da_Pickl talked me into going to Phil and Friends for the 2/9/01 Denver Fillmore show. That was it – one show and I was hooked. I went the next night and had a blast as well. (I actually lost a glove the first night, and my Ray Borque hat the second night. Da_Pickl said the concert gods needed a sacrifice from me. I now concur.)

Q: So you saw a couple of concerts – big deal.
A: Well, it changed my life. I began making friends online and here in Denver. I started traveling and seeing as many Phil shows as I could. I began accumulating music at a rapid rate via B&P and trade. I made a lot of friends all over the country and went and visited them. I am happier than I have ever been.

Q: So where have you seen shows?
A: Well Denver, of course. I’ve seen shows in Boston, CT, Philly (a mini 7 night run there in 2003). I went to the reunion shows in Alpine Valley. I’ve been to the Fabulous Fox is St. Louis (you REALLY should see that place – a trippers dream.) I went to Vegoose last year.

Q: Do you regret not seeing Jerry?
A: Absolutely. When I think about it, it really hurts. My life would have been so different if I got on the bus earlier.

Q: What are your favorite bands?
A: Grateful Dead, Phil and Friends, Yonder Mountain String Band, Widespread Panic, String Cheese Incident, The Who, Gov’t Mule, Allman Bros.

Q: What about Phish? That is what this blog is all about.
A: Well, I was also too late for Phish in their prime. My friend Roger took me to Phish during their last major tour at the Pepsi Center in 2003. They were a bit discombobulated. Roger even thought so. Plus I hate arena shows. I like their sound, but I would say I am not a fan – not enough real exposure. I hope that means Pauly doesn’t revoke my writing privileges.

Q: Just a couple more questions. Do you have a list?
A: Yes. It is at http://db.etree.org/frankl66 All of that list was created since 2001 through trades and B&Ps. I have only been able to download for a month.

Q: And what are you going to do here?
A: I am going to write concert reviews and talk about the music.

Q: Thank you for your time.
A: No, thank YOU, my serious personality.


So what should you expect? I don’t know. I’m not a reviewer. I don’t get into the minutiae of whether the D-string is in tune or not. I don’t review a show song by song. I don’t even know (except Dead related shows) the names of the songs. (Though I will provide a setlist when I can.)

I will point out songs that were strong. I will give a feel of what I am seeing and hearing. I will sit my ass back where I am comfortable – no front row for me (Most of the Denver venues are GA – so I don’t get front row.) I will be the average concert goer.

I am excited about this opportunity. I hope I do well.

I will be back later this week (OK, tomorrow - I am on vacation this week - plenty of time to think) with a Keller Williams review.

Widespread Panic 2006 Summer Tour Dates

Fuck! Fuck! Fuck! I'll be in Las Vegas covering the World Series of Poker and won't have time to see any Panic shows. I'm going to see if I can skipout and see a show at Stateline or the LA shows at the Wiltern.

Here's WSP's upcoming tour dates:
04.21 ALLTEL Pavilion at Walnut Creek, Raleigh, NC
04.22 ALLTEL Pavilion at Walnut Creek, Raleigh, NC
05.08 Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA
05.09 Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA

06.21 Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, MO
06.23 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO
06.24 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO
06.25 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO
06.28 Embarcadero Park, San Diego, CA
06.29 The Wiltern LG, Los Angeles, CA
06.30 The Wiltern LG, Los Angeles, CA
07.01 The Wiltern LG, Los Angeles, CA
07.03 Mont Bleu Resort, Stateline, NV
07.04 Mont Bleu Resort, Stateline, NV
07.05 Mont Bleu Resort, Stateline, NV
07.08 Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA
07.09 Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA
07.11 Cuthbert Ampitheater, Eugene, OR
07.12 Edgefield, Troutdale, OR
07.14 Marymoor Park, Bellevue, WA
07.15 Marymoor Park, Bellevue, WA
07.18 Treasure Valley Speedway, Boise, ID
07.19 Snow King Amphitheatre, Jackson Hole, WY
07.22 Winter Park Resort, Winter Park, CO
07.23 Winter Park Resort, Winter Park, CO
07.26 Nokia Live Grand, Prairie, TX
07.28 Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, TN
07.29 Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, TN
07.30 Fabulous Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO
08.01 The Palace, Louisville, KY
08.02 The Palace, Louisville, KY
08.04 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
08.05 The NTELOS Pavilion Harbor Center, Portsmouth, VA
08.06 The NTELOS Pavilion Harbor Center, Portsmouth, VA
08.08 White River State Park, Indianapolis, IN
08.10 Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
08.11 The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL
08.12 The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL
08.13 The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Festival Express


I caught Festival Express last night. It's a documentary about several of my favorite bands hitting the road in Canada during the summer of 1970 on a train. Janis Joplin, The Band, Buddy Guy, and the Grateful Dead all had gigs booked in large Canadian cities and lots of hijinks took place on the train as it took them from Eastern to Western Canada.

The film has sections of interviews with the musicians spliced together with concert footage and jam sessions from the different cars on the train. Each car had a different type of music playing from bluegrass, jazz, and blues.



At one point, they ran out of booze and had to stop in Saskatoon to pick up more supplies. They had a huge party on the train that night and Bob Weir mentioned that most of them were dosed out. It was great to see younger version of Jerry with all black hair and Pig Pen playing harmonica on New Speedway Boogie.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Mike and Fish to Play Bernie Benefit

Both Mike Gordon and Jon Fishman are slated to play a special benefit for Bernie Sanders who is running for US Senate in Vermont. The gig is set for June 2 at the Higher Ground. Check out Phish.com for more details on this event.

This weekend, Fish is supposed to play at the Third Annual Pangaea Project Benefit Concerts at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR.