Band Name-Phil Lesh and Friends
Phil Lesh- Bass/vocals
John Molo- Drums
Larry Campell- Guitar/fiddle/mandolin
Steve Molitz -Keyboards
Date-Nov. 11th 2007
Venue-Nokia Theatre (Times Square)
City,State-New York City,New York
Grateful Dead fans have most recently found themselves on tour with either guitarist Bob Weir’s “Ratdog” or bass player Phil Lesh’s “Phil Lesh and Friends”. Ratdog recently finished their New England run which left room for deadheads to focus on Phil Lesh’s and Friends 10 day tour at the Nokia Theatre in Times Square in New York City.
In a previous article I talked about unique Nokia’s theatre is so it provided for a wonderful end of the PL&F tour(Oct 31-Nov11th).
I could have gone to any of the 10 days they were performing there but I figured the last one would be the best. PL&F opened with “Golden Road” to a ecstatic crowd in central Manhattan. Balloons fell from the rafters as the party began. They played a couple
more songs such as “Brown Eyed Woman” and “Candyman” before slowing it down with “Bird Song”. This song was written by Jerry Garcia for Janis Joplin. They ended the first set with “Sugaree”. Before leaving the stage Phil announced that the second set would be acoustic to which the sold out crowd cheered in uproar. PL&F returned to the stage to open the second set with “Attics of my Life”. They were joined during this song by Teresa Williams. Teresa has worked with such noteables as Emmylou Harris and Levon Helm.
Phil Lesh played a upright bass and a luminescent jacket on with the
pyramid patches on each shoulder. Also a moon was on his coat pocket. They went on to sing “Till the Morning Comes”. Teresa left the stage and Larry Cambell (former Bob Dylan guitarist)picked up his fiddle for a bluegrassish song called “Jerusalem Ride.”
That was followed by classics “Deep Elem Blues” and “Ripple” which ended the acoustic second set.
Round three (Set 3) started with a toast from a fan who thanked everyone for coming to all the 10 dates and offered a toast. The bar gave out complimentary cider to anyone who asked for this toast. Teresa Williams came back out for just one song known to deadheads as “Peggy-O”. It was just past 11pm at this point and PL&F ripped into songs such as “Cumberland Blues”, “Uncle John’s Band”, and “Cryptical Envelopement”. They then slowed it down a bit with “Dark Star” and “Morning Dew”. The tempo increased significantly as they jammed to “I know you rider” and “the other one” before going back into “Crypitcal Envelopment” and “Dark Star”.
The magnolias were bitter sweet as PL&F brought to crowd alive with “Sugar Magnolia” followed by “Sunshine Daydream”. They got a standing ovation as they left the stage.
The encore was perhaps in good timing for the upcoming conference on the Grateful Dead “Unbroken Chain”. Jackie Green finished the night off with vocals on a fabulous “Brokedown Palace”.
I have no complaints about this show since Phil’s vocals were kept to a minimum. However, I much prefer either Trey Anastasio or better yet Warren Haynes in this band in comparison to the current line up.
Larry Cambell was great as well as Jackie Green but they can’t compare to such legends as Trey and Warren. I’d go see Phil Lesh and Friends again but not without spending money on a good Bob Weir show earlier in the year.