The Dead played their 7th show of their spring tour this past Tuesday in Buffalo. I wasn’t able to make it as my son was born in the wee hours on 4/21. My friends said it was great show although the first set was a little too slow for some of their tastes. One of our nurses at the hospital went to the show. When we saw her the next day she said it was an amazing show and entire section was dancing even in the narrow aisles of the 300 level at HSBC Arena.
Here’s excerpt from The Buffalo News about the show:
Opening with â€œPromised Land,â€ and proceeding through a first set that was unusually centered on songs with no segues, The Dead tore it up, running without a pause through a Jerry Garcia classic, â€œThey Love Each Other,â€ then letting Weir hold the microphone through â€œMama Tried.â€
That the set featured a healthy portion of blues tunes suited guitarist Warren Haynes well. He took expansive solos during Bobby Womackâ€™s â€œItâ€™s All Over Now,â€ and urging everyone assembled heaven-ward with his solo during the jazz-based â€œStella Blue.â€
Set two commenced with a confident “Playing In the Band,” which evolved into an outstanding modal jam that was experimental in nature, blending elements of avant garde and jazz-based improv. Haynes and Weir were in their element here, complementing each other and weaving intricate lines. Weir was playing a Gibson 335 throughout the set, and his tone was crisp and gloriously compressed. His rhythm figures leapt out of the mix and lent an intricate polyrhymic quality to the proceedings. As ever, Weir’s choice of chord voicings avoided the obvious and lent harmonic density to the music….
Check out The Buffalo News for the full review.
TheDeadBlog made a google maps set for the Buffalo show, outlining bars, parking, shakedown locations, etc. You can check that out HERE
Many thanks to Chris LaPorte for uploading an excellent recording of the show.
To grab the MP3’s click HERE
For the lossless files head over to The Archive.
Photos by Jake Blakesberg