SCI | 08.09 - 08.12 | Red Rocks

Words by: Tim Dwenger

SCI :: 08.09.07 – 08.12.07 :: Red Rocks Amphitheatre :: Morrison, CO

SCI :: Red Rocks :: 08.12 :: By Jay Scherer
Over the years String Cheese Incident has been about much more than just the music. The feelings of friendship and family that have swirled around the scene have been as much a part of the experience of being at an Incident as the music. The band has worked hard to cultivate these feelings and when the announcement was made last November that Billy Nershi would be leaving String Cheese the feeling that this could be the end of more than just the music was inescapable.

Since SCI was born in the mountains of Colorado and flourished in Boulder, it was fitting that the final run of shows took place in the shadows of Creation Rock at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Red Rocks holds a certain energy and SCI has always been able to tap into it with amazing success. At moments this past weekend the "Barefoot Boys" sounded as good as they have in years. It was as if the fog that had descended into the band's collective consciousness over the past couple years had finally lifted.

SCI :: Red Rocks :: 08.09 :: By Jay Scherer
From the first notes of "Birdland" on Thursday evening through the final exclamation point "Texas" put on their career Sunday, the significance of this run was palpable yet not all consuming. Of course, there were moments of melancholy but overall the feelings of sheer joy and excitement that are synonymous with String Cheese dominated the weekend.

"We're here to have as much fun as humanly possible," said Michael Kang when he and the rest of the band took the stage on Thursday night. Red Rocks was only about two-thirds full, but the locals and out-of-towners in attendance were ready to dance. When the boys kicked off the festivities it was clear that they were playing well and the dancing began. However, the tempo of the show was a bit uneven. They slowed things way down for tracks like "Emma's Dream" and "45th of November" but they really drove home the covers. Kang showcased his electric mandolin prowess by nailing the solos in Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb," which opened the second set, and the Allman Brothers' "Jessica," which closed it out.

SCI :: Red Rocks :: 08.10 :: By John Icabone
The only true disappointment Thursday came when the show wrapped and they hadn't broken out a Jerry Garcia tune in honor of the 12th anniversary of his passing. They nodded to the late Grateful Dead guitarist, saying, "Here's one that Jerry liked to sing," before encoring with "The Way You Do The Things You Do," but it just wasn't the same as a Jerry tune. With songs like "Shakedown Street" and "Eyes of the World" in their arsenal, I was truly surprised that the boys didn't do the old man proud with one of his real chestnuts.

While speculation abounded as to what special guests would flood the stage throughout the weekend, the band decided to keep it mostly a family affair by inviting only Danny Sears (trumpet) and Chris Cuzme (sax) from the Pangea Horns out on Friday night and a special member of the extended SCI family on Sunday. Sears and Cuzme did an exceptional job cranking up the energy on "Howlin' At The Moon," "Black and White" and Stevie Wonder's "I Wish" during Friday's first set.

Bill Nershi - SCI :: 08.10 :: By John Icabone
During set break, the crowd around us was abuzz with the rumor that David Byrne would be making an appearance. While the rumor turned out to be nothing more than a fantasy, SCI did give us the first of two Talking Heads covers for the weekend when they ran through "What A Day That Was" early in the set.

In one of the few melancholy moments of the weekend, the band broke out the recently neglected "Bigger Isn't Better." The song, written way back in the early days of the band, now seems that it may have been a harbinger of things to come. While the track is about the growth of the bands beloved little mountain towns it has taken on new meaning for SCI fans these days. Nershi has cited the band's growth and popularity as one of the reasons for his departure, as he longs to return to the simple days of making music with his friends and not having to support the army of crew and other employees it takes to keep the SCI juggernaut rolling down the road.

Just what it is that keeps me here is hard to say
The answer's not real clear
I guess it casts a spell that's hard to break
Like December's ice on a mountain lake
I tried to get out but I don't have the heart
To leave all my friends and make a new start
'Cause bigger isn't better and money isn't happiness.

Michael Travis - SCI :: 08.10 :: By John Icabone
After "Bigger Isn't Better," the band picked things back up and the party was on again. "Mouna Bowa," "Pretty Polly," "Joyful Sound," "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" and, finally, a huge "Rollover" finished one of the strongest run of songs of the weekend.

Following a short break, the horn section was invited back for the encore, which allowed drummer Michael Travis to fly his freak flag high. The band kicked into a groove and he emerged from the shadows, moonwalking into the spotlight dressed as Michael Jackson. Percussionist Jason Hann had taken over on the drum kit and the crowd erupted when Travis' falsetto rang out with "Lovely is the feelin' now/Fever, temperatures risin' now;" the first lines of Jackson's "Don't Stop 'Till You Get Enough." He tore it up at center stage for the duration of the song before heading back to join Hann as the band segued right into "Search" to close out a very solid evening of music.

SCI :: Red Rocks :: 08.10 :: By Tony Stack
While Thursday and Friday were very strong performances, there was a sense on Saturday that the band was building up to something, that even though they'd reached a "10" they were going to turn it to the proverbial "11." John Dwork of Peak Experience Productions had been spotted running around all weekend but it wasn't until Saturday that his contributions started appearing.

As the band opened the show with "Little Hands," kite-like butterflies appeared in the air around the soundboard and began making their way through the tightly packed crowd. This was only the beginning of the eye and ear candy The Cheese would serve up.

Kyle Hollingsworth - SCI :: 08.11 :: By John Icabone
The band really hit their stride about midway through the first set when keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth took control and led them through a very funky "BAM!" sandwiched between a "Close Your Eyes" that allowed his raspy voice and magic fingers to push the energy up a notch. The crowd sensed something special coming after the one-two punch of "Outside Inside" and "I Know You Rider" closed out the set. We collected ourselves and prepared for what we all suspected would be a memorable experience.

The moment everyone was waiting for came early in the second set when crowd favorite "Rivertrance" reared its beautiful head. As the band dropped into the epic jam, the stage lit up with the familiar green glow of lasers and a massive glow stick war ensued that didn't let up for most of the set. As lasers danced on the massive rock outcroppings that tower above the amphitheatre, the band fed off the crowd frenzy, dishing out one huge crescendo after another.

SCI :: Red Rocks :: 08.11 :: By John Icabone
The sea of grinning faces that had swarmed The Rocks in anticipation of one more evening like this bobbed and boogied for the duration of a set that featured glowing jellyfish dancing onstage, trapeze artists, hula-hoopers and stilt walkers courtesy of Peak Experience.

Even Mother Nature cooperated during this massive set by whipping up a huge lightning storm just southeast of Red Rocks. The sky lit up for nearly an hour but most prominently during "Hotel Window" when audible gasps could be heard from the crowd as the night sky was torn apart by giant bolts of electricity. If they had phoned in the request it couldn't have been more perfectly timed. All the elements fit together like puzzle pieces to create a concert experience that is sure to live on in the memories of all that attended for years to come.

SCI (acoustic) :: Red Rocks :: 08.12 :: By T. Voggesser
Though the energy on Sunday night simply couldn't match the intensity and pandemonium of Saturday's second set, the boys still played their hearts out. Emerging early for a 30 minute acoustic bluegrass set, they played some of the songs that had first drawn them together years ago including "Panama Red," "Hobo Song" and "Stingray."

The second set of three on Sunday evening featured the biggest surprise the boys had up their sleeves, but they bobbed and bounced through nearly 45 minutes of music before revealing it. After listening to SCI pick their way through the blistering "Indian Creek" it was a special treat to see Keller Williams come hopping out of the shadows as SCI played the intro to "Best Feeling," a Williams song that's been a staple in the SCI rotation for years. Keller handled lead vocals and 12-string guitar duties. To the delight of the crowd, the band segued from "Best Feeling" into another Williams original, "Fuel For the Road," before sending him back into the shadows.

Williams with SCI :: 08.12 :: By John Icabone
There are Cheese fans that have been calling for Keller Williams to fill in for Nershi since the announcement was made that he'd be leaving the band. Williams has quite a history with SCI and Breathe is one of the best String Cheese studio albums. Keller grew up under their wing, opening countless shows in the '90s, and today is an established headliner in the scene. In a way, SCI may have been passing the torch on to Keller, but I'm sure that during set break it was more than just a fleeting thought in many minds that a Keller Williams Incident, with or without Nershi, would be a treat in the years to come.

SCI :: Red Rocks :: 08.12 :: By Jay Scherer
"You ready for one more set of Cheese?" bellowed bassist Keith Mosely at the start of the third set. Nershi led the band into "Restless Wind," which served as a time for reflection. Lyrics like "I look back on the past/time gone by so fast" and "I turn back towards my home but I don't feel alone" sent ripples through the crowd and pulled some out of their euphoria, realizing that this was all ending sooner than they had hoped. The band didn't falter during the set, reveling in the music as they ran through relatively new tunes like Hollingsworth's "Rain" and "Piece of Mine" and older tunes like Nershi's "Drifting" and "Rhythm of the Road." As Kang sang, "All we need is a little love to get through this time," at the beginning of the set closing "Shine," the band again seemed to be nodding to the impending end that loomed so close.

SCI :: Red Rocks :: 08.12 :: By Jay Scherer
After they waved goodnight, I'm sure they could feel the love backstage as the crowd begged for more. When they finally emerged for the encore they handed Travis the reigns for a rare, beautiful cover of Pink Floyd's "Fearless," which segued into traditional Bluegrass number "Whiskey Before Breakfast."

What followed was perhaps the most melancholy moment of the weekend, and one that sent chills through the crowd as Kang stepped to the mic and simply said, "I think all we can say is 'Thank You'." The reaction to these words was deafening, and the band stood there soaking it up for an eternity before collecting themselves and launching into a spirited "Good Times Around the Bend." I couldn't think of a more perfect way for this band to end their tenure on the scene. "The Rollercoaster must roll to the bottom before it climbs to the top again," stood out as a very hopeful thought for all the fans who believed they were witnessing the last moments of the last Incident.

SCI :: Red Rocks :: 08.12 :: By T. Voggesser
As Nershi's final riff faded away, the band gathered at the front of the stage for a ceremonial bow. The reality of the moment began to sink in for many, though no one headed for the exits. Hugs were shared and the cheering was overpowering as the audience showered their praise on this band that has given so much to their fans over the years.

As they walked off the stage for what we all thought was the last time, the decibel level rose as we begged for "just one more." After several minutes, movement was detected backstage and The String Cheese Incident lived up to their reputation of delivering the unexpected by returning to the stage and launching into "Texas," one of their most fun loving and beloved tunes.

SCI :: Red Rocks :: 08.12 :: By Jay Scherer
"Texas" is a song that personifies this band in a way that few others in their repertoire do. Its humorous storytelling lyrics, bluegrass influence and monster psychedelic jam touch on many facets of SCI. It has been quite a journey that these men have been on together and this song was a fitting end to this phase of their career.

Throughout this very special weekend it was great to see all that had attracted us to the band live on right through their last performances. New friends were made in lines, in the lots and on the benches as we freely gave of our beer and other necessities, danced all over each other's tarps and took pictures with our costumed comrades. The music raged nearly as intensely as it ever has, and the smiles that flashed between band members gave us all hope that this wouldn't be the last time The String Cheese Incident would bring our tightly knit family together.

SCI :: Red Rocks :: 08.12 :: By Jay Scherer

Setlists

8/9/2007 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO (Thu)
Set 1: Birdland, Just One Story, Love is Like a Train, Emma's Dream > Suntan, Eye Know Why, Solution > Black Clouds
Set 2: Comfortably Numb, Miss Brown's Teahouse > Chameleon > Miss Brown's Teahouse, Water, Round the Wheel, Jessica, Can't Stop Now
Encore: The Way You Do The Things You Do, Smile

8/10/2007 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO (Fri)
Set 1: On the Road, Cedar Laurels, The Remington Ride, Got What He Wanted, Howlin' at the Moon1, Windy Mountain > MLT > I Wish1 > Black and White1
Set 2: Land's End > Glory Chords > What a Day That Was > Bigger Isn't Better > Mouna Bowa, Pretty Polly > Joyful Sound > Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues, Rollover
Encore: Don't Stop Till You Get Enough1 > Search
Guests: 1 with Danny Sears on trumpet and Chris Cuzme on sax from the Tonal Evangalists
Notes: Don't Stop 'Till You Get Enough with Travis on vocals and Jason on drums

8/11/2007 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO (Sat)
Set 1: Little Hands, Dudley's Kitchen, Sometimes a River, Close Your Eyes > Bam! > Close Your Eyes, Betray the Dark, Outside and Inside > I Know You Rider
Set 2: Desert Dawn > Rivertrance > Bend Down Low > Dirk > Drums, It Is What It Is, Hotel Window > This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) > Big Shoes > Desert Dawn
Encore: The Bridge, How Mountain Girls Can Love

8/12/2007 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO (Sun)
Set 1: Lester Had a Coconut1, Long Journey Home1, I've Just Seen a Face1, Walls of Time1, Panama Red1, Hobo Song1, Stingray1
Set 2: One Step Closer > Rhum n' Zouc, Sirens, Come as You Are, Indian Creek, Best Feeling2 > Fuel for the Road2, Way Back Home
Set 3: Restless Wind, Piece of Mine, Looking Glass > Drifting, Rain, Rhythm of the Road > Bumpin' Reel > Shine
Encore: Fearless, Whiskey Before Breakfast, Good Time Round the Bend
Encore 2: Texas
Guests: 2 with Keller Williams
Notes: 1 acoustic

For more coverage of SCI's final run check these links:
07.12 & 07.14 | NYC
07.21 & 07.22 | Berkeley, CA
07.27-07.29 | Horning's Hideout

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Comments

Sizlunt starstarstarstarstar Fri 8/17/2007 11:42AM
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Sizlunt

Good article. Wanted to say thanks to all the cool people I've met over the years; Caleb, we got our funk on a little bit, needed more crowd but thanks for being one of the coolest people I've ever met at a show. David, hope those earplugs helped with your sleeping, shoot me a line if you are reading this. Jack, would have been cool to meet up again, I'm glad we got to share a few moments. Dallas & Hillary, as always you people are solid as hell and we love you, congrats on your recent news. Sidd, what can I say, you and your crew are some of the best people Heather and I have met in years, can't wait to jam it down in Nevada City. To that crew of people that camped next to us at Horning's this year, was glad to run into you all again, and I hope that guy that fell on one of your faces in the dark didn't do too much damage. Brian, guy dancing next to me in the planter box, you are good people man was glad to kick it with someone who had some real passion for the music at those last two shows. Rasital, didn't get to meet up, but man o man was I glad you were there with me in VIP over NYE, made my night. To anyone I am leaving out, the omission isn't intentional and Heather and I love you all.

Thanks SCI for some of the best years of my life, and thanks for going out on such a high note. You will be missed.

friendlyjohn starstarstarstar Fri 8/17/2007 11:47AM
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SCI went out on a high note.I'm gonna miss this band...thanks for the good times...i first saw these guys at Belmont Inn in portland back in sep 96...they carried us through the late 90's & into the new millenium & beyond.i'm so glad i got to see them at The Greek,Hornings & Red Rocks this summer.LONG LIVE SCI !

twain starstarstarstarstar Fri 8/17/2007 11:50AM
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absolute funkin magic! it's wonderful to be human and ALIVE!

wut? starstarstarstarstar Fri 8/17/2007 11:54AM
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wut?

awesome article....great job Tim......I've had sooo many good times with these guys, it's great to hear they went out with such a bang!

jrallen starstarstarstarstar Fri 8/17/2007 12:45PM
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Great article...you hit the nail on the head. Of the 30 or so Cheese shows I've had the privilege to attend, these blew the rest away. Mother Nature was partying with us, not only during the lightening storm, but also during the only bit of drizzle we had all weekend, which miraculously appeared just as they sang about the "cool Colorado rain" during their kick-ass version of "I Know You Rider"...the spirit of love and togetherness was overwhelming, and I know the boys felt it too. I find it impossible to believe that a group which has the ability to create as much magic and emotion as Cheese can forever walk away from the community they formed...whether it's 1, 10, or 20 years down the road, I cannot help but hope that I will experience another Incident in my lifetime! And hey, I can certainly live with the Keller Williams Incident in the meantime... :)

NickBoeka Fri 8/17/2007 12:48PM
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NickBoeka

What a GREAT freakin' weekend. I can't say anything more than that, except to say that the weekend was so emotional, that I was brough to tears many times on Sunday. The music was some of the best Red Rocks cheese that I had seen since 2003.

Quite frankly, I think that it is a good thing that there was no "speech" at the end of the Red Rocks run, because this definitely leaves the impression that after the band hammers out some specifics and gets back the level of control that they desperately need to restore, that before the end of this decade, the barefoot boys may re-emerge, once again. here's to hooping...i mean...hoping. peace and love to all my brothers and sisters in this family, I miss all of you already!

All Loving Liberal White Guy Fri 8/17/2007 12:50PM
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powernet Fri 8/17/2007 01:05PM
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powernet

word man nick know whats up..... FAMILY

Broesau Fri 8/17/2007 01:15PM
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aquariumdrunk starstarstarstarstar Fri 8/17/2007 01:37PM
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aquariumdrunk

Saturday was stunning! Even as a newb, I'm really going to miss these guys. Once again, I've joined the fun right as it's coming to an end!

Marcsmall Fri 8/17/2007 02:27PM
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Marcsmall

I am torn 50-50 between the opinions of the writer and that of denverguy. I had a very good time at all of these shows, but I do agree that SCI doesn't always give me something to grab ahold of. They seem very aloof at times. I respect them and enjoy about half of their tunes and have never had a bad time at one of their shows. At the same time, I don't know if the reason i enjoy them is because of the Party or the Music. I'd say about 50-50. So many of my very close friends are huge SCI heads, so I have a place in my heart for them. However, I could do without some of the ridiculous costumes and all of the Mollie. Just my $0.02.

All Loving Liberal White Guy starstarstarstarstar Fri 8/17/2007 02:44PM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

TOOTYP,

That is some funny shit. Seriously, I'm laughing like a bastard reading this. NOTE: this is all in good fun, but:

How about this, Dave Matthews fans vs. Disco Biscuits fans. The Bisco fans would have bunk hits of L that half of them are selling at the shows and would reek of patchouli and be all spun out on molly with those same awful keyboard doddles looping over and over again. Their weapon would be constant use of the work "sick" and whatever it is that they steal out of the tents at festivals when nobody is in them. Oh, and they would sharpen the edges of the gas cards that their parents bought them for the trip.

The DMB fans would have giant popped collars with frat greek letter jackets and Teva sandals and would use huge hemp necklaces and hackey sacks to pelt the others with. Kinda reminds me of the greasers vs. the soc's in the Outsiders movie.

diggy Fri 8/17/2007 02:46PM
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Panic fans just can't comprehend the fact that not everyone is a Panic fan.....and some of em' feel REAL strongly about this and like to vocalize it over and over and over and over and over and over again. It's kind of like listening to Panic. The same ol' shit, played over and over and over....well, you get the point. Love that Cheese though. Hope the fellas work it out and bring it back again. That will really irritate the WSP fans.

diggy Fri 8/17/2007 02:54PM
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By the way Garlic PEPSI, that's funny as hell!!!! What a visual!!!

phreemee starstarstarstarstar Fri 8/17/2007 03:01PM
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You're all screwed!!! Quite hatin'. I love the Cheese, and I love THE Panic. Peace..

SCIcane starstarstarstarstar Fri 8/17/2007 03:29PM
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This weekend was absolutely amazing and i will certainly miss the boys. Hopefully sometime in the not too distant future Billy will decide to return, but if not, i will enjoy whatever music they all decide to create.
And by the way, this has nothing to do with panic. i respect marcsmall1's comments because he gave his opinion of the shows. Just go away if you are here just to rip on cheese. The shows were awesome without you there. Oh yea, i also saw almost no mollie this past weekend. Nice change

chicoavenue Fri 8/17/2007 05:03PM
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Good for sci & their fans for their long run. alot of strong ties seem to have come out of that.

i saw the cheese 1st in '96, pre-Kyle, and several times thereafter until ~2000. i personally lost interest & thought it became more about the scene than the music, which was a bit overwhelming. i bring this up not necessarily to be down on the cheese, but to comment on the jamband scene as a whole. it's cool that these bands have got followings , but more & more I see bands pandering to their rabid fans. i think they forget they still have to win over new fans every show. Could they show a bit more professionalism?

Oh and for those of you who haven't gotten the panic yet, keep listening. There's tons of layers to their music & tho jb's voice can be a bit cryptic, once you get it...ooh, there's just nothing sweeter than the panic live!!

blower starstarstarstarstar Fri 8/17/2007 05:10PM
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Great review, the shows look great. I'm glad they went out on a high note. Solid weekend of music damn!!I wished I got see SCI play shows like that. I have seen them at least 20 times and never got set lists like this.

The first half of the commentators left really inspiring comments that really displayed the power, beauty and community associated with the music we love. Thanks! Then bam!! Denverguy comes in and just shits on the joint and interjects Panic and Jerry into the mix. Why did you have to do that? Of course the insecure SCI fans respond in kind; or I should say unkind. Dude I love Panic, but to shit talk SCI after their farewell performance is lame. Show some respect to your fellow music brothers and sisters. One thing for sure the boys in SCI and WSP, Jerry G. and the DMB do not share your disdain for fellow music fans or other musicians. To Denverguy and Hatfeildsbro, please do not associate yourself with the rest of us. You are truly a disgrace to the Panic and Grateful Dead Community. Go find some other bands to like so that I don't have to be associated with your ilk.

Just to remind you all we are in this together. The musical commuity associated with SCI and WSP are some of the strongest anywhere. Peace to all!

PongmasterPhlash starstarstarstarstar Fri 8/17/2007 05:46PM
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Is it stange that I love SCI shows, Panic shows, Bisco shows, AND Dave Matthews Band Shows??? Come on, what's with all the negativity on JamBase?

This weekend was truly something special in my opinion, and I am not a rabid Cheese fan by any means. I do LOVE the music at Cheese shows, and the community feeling is hard to beat. I think this was a great review.

I really don't know if I've ever been to a show that felt more electric than Saturday's show. The joy, the tunes, the visuals, the lightning, the emotion. Wow - I'm glad I was there.

I'll also be glad to be there when Panic plays 2 nights at the Budweiser Events Center near Fort Collins in October. Hopefully no one gets into a hula hoop/rusty beer can fight.

bluenotez starstarstarstarstar Fri 8/17/2007 06:21PM
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bluenotez

thank you to Blower for keeping it real!

this weekend was epic, one for the books. I will truly miss the music and family of SCI, but am definately looking forward to the influx of lesser known bands who will inevitably step into a more prominent position now that the cheese is on indefinate hiatus.

long live the good vibrations!

torn&treyed Fri 8/17/2007 07:03PM
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The author this article is correct it was more than just cheese, this was about friendship. I had such a good time at all 4 nights, I am reading the people ragging on cheese or whatever and its not even getting to me. The guys went out so classy. Maybe I would have substituted a song or two, but in the end it didn't even matter. Thanks for all the good times. and please guys no more negative stuff against cheese, if you don't like them then you get your wish and they're gone..... ok. Remember this no matter what you say you can never take away 4 of the best nights of my life that capped off a journey that allowed me to make amazing freinds, Strengthen existing freindships and have great experiences that have made me a much better person.

pokycheese starstarstarstarstar Fri 8/17/2007 07:56PM
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pokycheese

Good article. Great call blower-->PLEASE people QUIT HATING. Show a little respect for the Cheese.
This run was ridiculous. The jams were soaring. The boys brought the heat, and the crowd energy was unreal. I was sober the whole time and thought it was great.
THANK YOU Cheese for all of the great memories. From New Years to Hornings to regular tour shows the past years have been superb. Cheese family keep it real and continue to go see live music

Carini83 starstarstarstarstar Sat 8/18/2007 12:21AM
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Carini83

Man good times, i was at the saturday and sunday shows and being a somewhat newcomber i was blown away. i had seen them at 10,000 lakes festival 2006 & 2007 but those shows paled in comparison to what i witnessed at these shows. thanks cheese for good times.

tourfan starstarstarstarstar Sat 8/18/2007 07:01AM
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Excellent review and pics. Thanks for bringing it to the rest of us - that's what a "Concert Review is supposed to do, and this def did that for me. Smooth words. Wish I could of afforded to have been there ...

RothburyWithCheese starstarstarstarstar Sat 8/18/2007 08:09AM
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RothburyWithCheese

I've already voiced my disgust in the past with all things Panic, so i wont saw anymmore. Oh yeah, I almost forgot, their "Cream Puff War" cover was hideous and lame. Now onto a real band. I wish I could have gone to see SCI one last time (with Billy at least). I've seen them 13 times including 9 times between September of 03' and Summer of '04 and they were spectacular. Even on their "bad" nights they are better than 95% of the bands out there, and on their other nights they are THE BEST LIVE BAND SINCE EARLY 80'S DEAD. And I bid you goodnight, goodnight...

O1Roggae Sat 8/18/2007 10:22AM
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O1Roggae

Nershi is the man. And sci is an awesome jamband that will be known for there energy and great performances. Last time i saw sci was in 06 at the Pompano Beach Amphitheatre, and it was a stellar show with an amazing Best Feeling opener. Give these guys the credit they deserve, why rip on a band thats not guna be with us any longer. All u cheese haters need to go check yourself

yemmw Sat 8/18/2007 10:30AM
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yemmw

"Even on their "bad" nights they are better than 95% of the bands out there, and on their other nights they are THE BEST LIVE BAND SINCE EARLY 80'S DEAD."
There's no way I'm gonna let you get away with that. Here are some bands, who "on a bad night," are/were far more creative and talented than SCI in nearly every respect: PHISH, MMW, and The Aquarium Rescue Unit. To say that the Cheese were the best live band since the early 80's Dead is so fucking ignorant. Go to sharefreemusic.com and download 6.11.94. The second set is better than any set SCI EVER played. Ever. And I don't even dislike SCI.

Marcsmall Sat 8/18/2007 10:37AM
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Mason starstarstarstarstar Sat 8/18/2007 10:47AM
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Mason

wow... these were an incredible four days. never have i experienced such intense energy in a crowd, nor such a wide range of powerful emotions. i couldn't keep myself crying during both comfortably numb and fearless. pink floyd was such a huge part of my adolescence, and SCI has had such an enormous impact on my early adulthood, so those two songs really hit home for me. the electric storm on saturday was absolutely fantastic, a beautiful addition to one of the best nights of music and community i have ever experienced. sunday was also out of this world, all the intensity and energy that carried everyone through the weekend (and the past 14 years) seemed to truly reach its climax. when the crowd fell totally silent in the last few jams i knew that i was witnessing something really special. much love to cheese and the wonderful community that has grown around it, i know i am just one of MANY lives that have been touched, peace.

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oldfartatplay starstarstarstar Sat 8/18/2007 11:17AM
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oldfartatplay

very nice article/setlists, wish i could have been there. how about some words on the zoe incident?

camcombs starstarstarstarstar Sat 8/18/2007 11:28AM
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wilson021 starstarstarstarstar Sat 8/18/2007 11:28AM
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wilson021

The best four day run I have ever been too. Sci went out in style, I was very pleased in their performance. See you in the fall Spread.

roundthebend starstarstarstar Sat 8/18/2007 11:48AM
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"When you say the music is abominable, listen to the sound of your own complaint" Alan Watts

I just want to say I'm glad everyone who got to share such wonderful experiences was born, and you can take what these homies have done, and keep shining your light. We can't stop now....It's not just about string cheese...there's just one story man...and the earth the sun the moon and stars meant so much back then....i'd love to see some sci fans at railroad earth shows....its a nice place to be, and those boys and making it in their own way....fun fun summer man! and im sorry that all the haters couldn't down....every moments a chance for transformation :) haha later everybody....new moon, meteorshower, last string cheese = glorious

"And who's the fool who wears the crown
Go down in your own way
And every day is the right day
And as you rise above the fear-lines in his brow
You look down hear the sound of the faces in the crowd.."

roundthebend starstarstarstar Sat 8/18/2007 12:20PM
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"How can the arts lay their hands upon men's heart strings without becoming like the garments of religion in old times?"

"Well Mr. Yeats....this thing called the string cheese incident, their homies railroad earth, and a little brigade known as peak productions...well the funginears are pretty crazy too...and this guy john bell really throws it down nice...they all like the past too, pay their respects, respectively...and if everyone could just get past their ego's for a minute...maybe we'd be more successful...but it's ok...long way to go as they say...long way to go"

FEARLESS

monk3ywr3nch starstarstarstarstar Sat 8/18/2007 12:28PM
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I loved the shows at Red Rocks. What a beautiful place to end a great run. I don't know if any of you went to Camp Zoe, but that was off the hook! There is something about the energy at a mid west show that is uncomparable. The same way with Phish ending out west, people in the west are too clean. There is nothing to do in the mid west other than go to shows and rage. I'll miss Cheese and all the wonderful fans, they are the best crowd of people. Oh yeah, the "Fearless" encore made me cry.

dannymo starstarstarstarstar Sat 8/18/2007 12:59PM
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I'm not a SCI fan but have respect for them and their fans.. While most people are disgusted by remarks left on these threads, I have to say that my fellow Jamband fans are some whitty crazy fuckers and I love you for it! Oh one more thing ...Jambase it's 4 pm on Saturday and you still have Fridays show info up! put down the bong and get to work. You don't work for Superfly sooo work for your money bitches!!

ScIFreak starstarstarstarstar Sat 8/18/2007 03:07PM
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ScIFreak

I would first of all say that this article is truly great.
I have seen Cheese a Handful of times, and everytime I never left dissapointed. I never had a problem with the crowd, and I layed my best dance moves when Cheese played. I wasn't at the shows, but I can imagine how it felt. It's hard to know what other bands to go see now that SCI, has joined Phish and GD on the throne that dictated the scene. Electronica can't beat the bluegrass and I think Bill feels the same way. After I read the news that it was over I told myself I would go to Denver for winter carnivals to experience the magic once again. I felt in love with Cheese and IT's fan. I will miss seeing all these beautiful people that SCI used to bring together. I love you Barefoot Boys and I will be dancing to your side projects until I die.
Thanks for many years of good music, friends and the Best Headies I have ever smoked were at cheese shows.
GOD bless all of them.

Matis starstarstarstarstar Sat 8/18/2007 03:25PM
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Matis

The Enablahs #22 #23 #24 & #25 ragin the rocks. Thanks for all the love. This article captured the collective feel, especially the peak energy saturday night, amazingly well. Great work, Tim. We won't be forgetting this weekend anytime soon.

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vespuchi2 starstarstarstarstar Sat 8/18/2007 11:51PM
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what a great weekend. very magical shows that were just a blast and the review really sums it up well and captures the feelings we all shared.

gmoo Sun 8/19/2007 02:09PM
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gmoo

No more Cheese makes me sad. Plenty of goods times to remember though.

trustme starstarstarstarstar Sun 8/19/2007 02:13PM
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If you take away the details of the comments there seems to be two types of comments. It goes like this. Joe music fan comes in, informed or not, and says something positive about the band in the article. Like "they are the best", or "most talented" or whatever. In that fan's mind it is true. Right or wrong.

Then the informed watchers of the boards must come in drop their ever present knowlegde on the hapless fan about how wrong and dumb they are. Typically taking the time to cut and paste the poor fools words back up, to drive the point home.

The beauty of the second quote is it usually slams the band that the article was about just about as hard as it slams the dumb bastard who dared to enjoy the show or the band. It seems like there is a similar trend here people, and dare I say similar names attached to the board slayings. Just a thought, just an observation.

I know this, the "vibe" at Cheese shows just seemed a little less road weary, or world weary, a little more hopefull than some shows. Maybe it was happier, and unhappy people hate a bunch hoola hoopin, smiling people having way more fun than they "should be"? I mean how dare you dance and laugh and smile at a bunch of sub par musicians? You should leave the show immediatly, fly to a Duo show, MMW show, or some other freakishly talented band's show and smile there! Damnit people, Cheese is not that good, for you to be having this much fun! Come on, let the fan say they were the best, and if you have to take the time disagree, do it nicely!

I say boo to all the board slayers, I say lighten up kids! Those shows were fun! Lets build bridges here people, not walls.

Marcsmall Sun 8/19/2007 03:14PM
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Trustme--Yeah, boooooo...How dare anyone have an opinion.

cuttyfives Sun 8/19/2007 03:48PM
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good article. I feel for those who are loosing their favorie band like I did when Phish ended it.

nobodysjam starstarstarstarstar Sun 8/19/2007 03:55PM
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nobodysjam

Life spans of artists are mostly three act runs, unless short cut by untimely death, so I guess chapter 1 of SCI ends victorious, well bring on the intermission!
When all the dreams of guests and jams have been fullfilled and there's nothing much else to reach for, do our excessivly proud road warriors end up half-full-filled and back in half-filled bars and clubs...is that really next for our heros? I think not.
At the place where disappointment and regret collide, the scab of these wounds will heal with time and from this new common ground there springs forth a new flower, a new intent of purpose-the COMEBACK- that nurturned with new found respect and care can grow into a full blown chapter 2. This trail is soiled turf, still wet with the blood of the broken hearts of brothers and that ultimate recognition of not knowing what you had until it's gone hits hard, but it's no low blow, this is self-inflicted. Regretfully, chapter 2 ends in defeat, you can't go back in time and nothing lasts. But 3, 3 is where the battle is won between reality and expectations, the bigger plan comes into view. Chapter 3 is where just slogging it through pays off, finally, the golden oldie or well placed cover sells 10 times platinum.

America loves a comeback! Always has, always will.

jackstraw1984 Sun 8/19/2007 04:35PM
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hey marcsmall...are you under the impression that Billy plays a mini guitar, or are you calling the mandolin a "miniature guitar"? Either way, that was a really stupid comment. Why must people talk so much shit about a scene that promotes nothing but happiness, love and celebration? If Billy, Keith, Kyle, Travis, Mike or Jason read these threads I hope that they realize how many lives their music and community have enriched over the last 14 years. Thank you thank you thank you, I can't say it enough. See everyone at the reunion on down the line. Til' then, keep the faith that it'll all work out in time.

Namaste

RothburyWithCheese starstarstarstarstar Sun 8/19/2007 05:49PM
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RothburyWithCheese

Nicely said Jack Straw. and trustme----dont ever compare string cheese to the duo. sci rules, get over it. after the 81 or 82 melkweg shows the dead went down hill fast. before that they were ridiculous and amazing!

Marcsmall Sun 8/19/2007 07:15PM
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Jackstraw--I was referring to Kang's "5 string electric mandolin". Not only does it look like a miniature guitar, it sounds like one too.

torn&treyed Sun 8/19/2007 07:26PM
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I said what I had to say earlier but for refrence its def not tuned like a regular mando, Im pretty sure.

calicheezer starstarstarstarstar Sun 8/19/2007 10:43PM
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calicheezer

No need to compare bands
Seriously , we got our share
Love the way Cheese Evolved over the decade
Grassy Island Latin Jazz Electric rave jam out Rock soul Funk groove
Did I miss any
It was a good time
Hope for the best

Sizlunt starstarstarstarstar Mon 8/20/2007 02:16AM
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Sizlunt

"How dare anyone have an opinion"

Funny words from someone who's sole purpose on just about every comment board is to convince everyone who has a different opinion that their opinion is wrong. I like SCI, I like them better than Phish, and I like them better than Panic; I don't dislike either of those bands, but SCI is my preference. Go ahead and give it your best shot to convince me that what I like is wrong.

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‹^› ‹(•¿•)› ‹^›      {¬¿¬}

I like WSP, and SCI. I have seen sorry shows from both bands.
music it is what it is, that very moment. :)
I will miss having LESS bands to go see, I enjoyed what I could, thanks SCI. peace.

mhc10 Mon 8/20/2007 07:16AM
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Just remember folks that SCI and WSP co-headlined two shows together in Summer 2001. CheeseSpread!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brooklynn starstarstarstarstar Mon 8/20/2007 07:31AM
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Brooklynn

Great article. Saturday night was rocking. I had so much fun. Shook it all night, thanks fellas, i'm sure you'll be back though... oh and the challenge between the disco and dmb fans...now that was funny stuff

cocheese Mon 8/20/2007 08:43AM
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cocheese

you all are a bunch of freaks!

Blakemeister Mon 8/20/2007 10:02AM
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These setlists look pretty great, but as for the Zoe show, if you missed it don't be disappointed. I love the cheese but they played six sets over the weekend that had me sitting in my lawn chair the whole time. It was a damn snoozefest. It really was strange that the single Greyboy Allstars set outshined all three nights of cheese. Hell, the house music playing between sets was better. Let me reiterate that I like the cheese, but after what I saw at Zoe I can understand why they're breaking up.

Marcsmall Mon 8/20/2007 10:36AM
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Blake-- No Doubt. That seems to be a trend at many festivals where SCI plays. In fact, at wakarusa a couple years ago, SCI played a decent set where everyone seemed to be having a relatively nice time. However, when they ended, the PA system started blasting a killer '77 Scarlet->Fire mind blower and I watched the place get down harder than at any point during the SCI set. I mean, kids were kickin up dirt, dreadlocks flying in every direction, and people were howlin. I'm sure that I'm not the only one who recalls this.

phrankscar starstarstarstarstar Mon 8/20/2007 11:20AM
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THERE WILL BE GOOD TIMES AROUND THE BEND

Scarphace Mon 8/20/2007 04:41PM
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Scarphace

Marc-I was at that show. I actually ended up falling asleep during their afternoon/evening set and woke up to what ended up being that recording. That show really didn't have much energy (atleast it didn't do it for me), however the next night they tore it up with a crazy sick late night show. I guess you can't win them all. I can only speak for the Horning's shows but I thought they brought a killer energy to these shows that left me dancing and wanting more. Hoopers with LED lights make me smile!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks and you will be missed.

bigfro Mon 8/20/2007 05:25PM
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SCI was a truly positive experience. I just think Billy wanted to g acoustic and the rest of the band wanted to expand their sound. BIlly wrote some great songs and we'll miss him. I hope we see them regroup with a new guitarist. What is Kang up to?

torn&treyed Mon 8/20/2007 05:31PM
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my thoughts on a reformation are this, no way they would go on as "the stringcheese incident" without billy, possibly, hopefully not, pulling a "The Dead" thing and just going on as "string cheese" What I think is more likely is that A. a hiatus doesn't really get one's mind off of the whole thing because you know you still have to go back into work in essence. So I think this "breakup" is really an open ended hiatus. Hate to bring money into it but these guys didnt make the kind of money that allows you to just screw around fo good. Dont some of them want kids or have kids..... college is expensive. I'd put money on the fact they will be back even before phish

vwphan starstarstarstarstar Mon 8/20/2007 06:37PM
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Bickering over who is better between WSP and SCI is just lame. Two completely different bands. The members of these two bands don't bash each other so why should the fans? I feel fortunate to be at one of the TWO "cheesespread" shows back in 2001 in Kansas City. Great time. Cheese will be back when Billy gets tired of his wife nagging him.

kaiserbun starstarstarstarstar Mon 8/20/2007 08:21PM
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just get off this board if your gonna bash this band. your showing that your an absolute f'in musical moron if you think they aren't talented. that's fine if you don't like them, but stay off here with your bullshit comments about how bad you think they are, these shows were absolutely incredible. sure they aren't as good as phish or the dead were in their prime, but this band was pretty close in the early 2000s. the summer 02 tour it up there with some of the best music i've ever heard. posts like the one denverguy put up are absolutely retarded. i will really miss this band, they could play more styles than any other band i've ever seen. incredible musicinship, good guys, and just always a fun time. i'll never forget the shows in the past where they would come out and hang out with the crowd. we'll miss you guys.

smrtcrb starstarstarstar Mon 8/20/2007 09:33PM
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I'm sure most people have already had their fix of SCI, but here's a link to another great article about the band's departure. It captures the sentimentalities really well: http://www.honesttune.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=511&Itemid=28

Marcsmall Mon 8/20/2007 10:38PM
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kaiserbun--- Funny, I agree with denverguy 100%...I've seen 11 shows at red rocks this summer, and I wouldn't put any of these 4 among the highlights. Still have a Yonder show, 2 STS9 shows, and a Phil and Phriends to go.

fatsean Tue 8/21/2007 12:57AM
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nailed the feeling of the shows...it was an amazing weekend and one not soon to be forgotten...thank you for everything cheese

breadloaf starstarstar Tue 8/21/2007 06:51AM
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Hey, jrallen, I actually experienced the same rain starting during the "cool Colorado rain" line from "Know Your Rider" at Red Rocks way back in the day, except mine was Jerry singing it! It remains for me one of the most incredible moments in a lifetime of seeing live music.

breadloaf starstarstar Tue 8/21/2007 06:51AM
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Sorry, I meant "Know YOU rider."

greenreba86 starstarstarstarstar Tue 8/21/2007 08:25AM
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Great Article, set list looks f-ing amazing and I have heard only great things about the experience.. Wish you guys woulda done a review on Camp Zoe, which was my last incident, but great reviews on the rest of their tour stops anyway. SCI is responsible for so many wonderful memories and joyful experiences in my life and the lives of so many others. They will be missed. You people bashing them suck, don't bring your negativity around here!!! LONG LIVE SCI!!!

torn&treyed Tue 8/21/2007 12:45PM
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I like widespread alot,I never really got into them with houser either because I just wasnt into them then or because I didnt really like his very specific way of playing guitar. Either way I love them now..... but lets say for a second I was gonna bash them I would prob say something along the lines of... they are a straight ahead jam rock band where a large portion of the songs sounds the same, the jams dont go out very far making widespread kind of one dimensional maybe one and a half dimensions. They repeat stuff so much its like if you went on tour you would hear love tractor 20 times. Also some people might not love J.B's voice so your kinda stuck since he sings everything for the most part. And they're fan particularlly in the south are loud drunk annoying and ready to fight at the drop of a hat......

If I was going to bash them but I'm not.... Ha
If I was gonna bash them

Ula Tue 8/21/2007 03:28PM
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Ula

WSP Cliché:

Driving Song > ? > Driving Song

RothburyWithCheese starstarstarstarstar Wed 8/22/2007 07:05AM
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RothburyWithCheese

We love you Cheese!!!!!!!

pheelalrights starstarstarstarstar Wed 8/22/2007 08:25AM
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Don't any of you encounter assholes in your daily lives? This board is a reflection of daily life now. That's sad. It's also depressing that Jerry's dead, Trey is the real addict, and SCI are done. What's even more melancholy is that the scene that we all enjoyed immensely has been in decline since the early 90s. I joined it in the late 80s when there was still love and trust among us. Sorry to say, that day is gone, particularly with SCI done. For the naysayers, please examine what it is in your own lives that makes you so unhappy and fix it before you post again.
Oh BTW, the article was well written. Have seen SCI a few times including at Red Rocks, a very nice bunch of folks overall in that crowd.
Pranaam.

JakeCinningerisgod Wed 8/22/2007 08:35AM
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all 4 nights were fun, some better than others, but they did a real good job of putting together real solid last 4 shows that show the diversity of this band, anyone who says the cheese insnt orginal is crazy, they have some many sounds musically, im not sayin they r the best but the r for sure orginal and a great live act. I had a fucking blast, plus first time to colorado and obviously red rocks, both great places.

RuffScott Wed 8/22/2007 07:35PM
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Saw all 4 shows. The boys had it going on. The sprinkle during I know you rider was classic. Red Rocks is really a special place.

I couldn't agree more with Pheelalright's comment about the scene going down hill since early 90's. The crowd inside the venue was a blast. It seems a lot of idiots crowd the parking lot to take advantage of the scene. I saw two dudes rolling around in the dirt beating the shit out of each other. What could they possibly be angry about at an SCI show? This is Disneyland to true SCI fans. Oh yeah I also saw a guy that looked like one of the cavemen from a Geico commercial cut in front of a bunch of ladies at the porta potty. Smooth move bro.

I will really mis hearing this music in person, live. The 15 minute Texas was a real capper.

pheelalrights starstarstarstarstar Thu 8/23/2007 10:07AM
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pheelalrights

GF yourself? Hum? Thank you for making my point.

pheelalrights starstarstarstarstar Thu 8/23/2007 10:12AM
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Don't get me started on the those who stay in the parking lot and 'get in' when they can or all those waiting for a miracle. The cleanest scenes I've seen are those where there is no admintance to the parking lot without tix. Deer Creek did that in 93-94 can't remember which year, in '95 they didn't and look what occured. Just guessing, RuffScott, were you climbing the hill when I got maced after paying to get in, like I always did.

pheelalrights starstarstarstarstar Thu 8/23/2007 12:23PM
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Just got done doing yoga and reflecting. My energy was off, and it has to do with the insults I was slinging I think, so here goes.

RuffScott. I am sorry if I offended you. I should not have implied that you were less than anything. You are a human and should be treated with respect regardless of where you’re at in life. My apologies. I hope your chi flows freely and positively soon.

Pranaam.
Oh yeah, and to prove how useless responding in kind (not the right kind, I mean anger with anger) is, look at my spelling and lack of proper grammar. That shows how stupid anger makes you. Peace, and grace to you all.

Dwizard Thu 8/23/2007 11:36PM
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While I can give SCI props for being talented musically and give their fans thanks for being kinf folk I can't say I'll miss them. I've been seeing them since '96 off and on. It was the first Hornings in '00 that blew it for me. the music was lousy, the set break spiritual mumbo jumbo was kindergartenish, and insulting to anyone truly spiritual and most kids there were so freaked out on molly they thought they'd witnessed god. I've been back several times since but I was never able to get overr Nershi's ego. The little old man has this quite way of saying "I'm the man" when in reality he'd still be strumming his instrument on his own porch in Nederrland if he hadn't found the other guys. He's a cheap hack with no true sense of spirit or the scene. It's almost as if he's the cocky little 15 year old at his first show. Enough about him though. I thank SCI most for introducing me to Kyle, Travis, and Kang. These three know how to jam and really give the sense that's what they came for. I would really enjoy seeing them reunite minus Nershi. I have found memories of the shows and people I've meet along the way but am offended that they called it quites almost a year ago and are still throwing down. It all seemed to much like Ozzy and his final tour in '92. It's an old trick, tell everyone there are only so many shows left and you'll be able to raise prices and sellout more easily. This to smelled of Nershi. To all of you out there ready to bash me get over it. I have a right to my opinion and a right to voice it. That's what discussions are. Two people speaking peacfully in order to create a better understanding. If all these boards were was a way for only the people talking about how much they love something nothing is accomplished. The problem comes when the ignorant become defensive and fight instead of discuss. I personnaly love Lotus best these days but if someone else out there wants to say they suck or Mike's a dick then fine, that's their opinion and they are entilted to it. I think your all a bit off if you can't tolerate people with differnet opinions. To call someone names because they say your band sucks says more about you than it does about them. Finally to everryone who has lost a band to break ups I feel for you, I know it's never been the same since Jerry for me and never will be, if Nershi is that guy for you then I hope you can find enjoyment in whatever he does next. Lots of babble I know, but it's late and I had to finally get these thoughts out. Remember "take it if you need it if you don't just pass it on!"

worldbefree starstarstarstar Fri 8/24/2007 06:49AM
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worldbefree

Dwizrd, speaking of opinions, I totally disagree with yours. What exactly do you think you're "accomplishing" by ripping on Nershi on an SCI thread? You seriously believe people like RuffScott and marcsmall are engaged in "speaking peacefully in order to create a better understanding". Give me a break, if that were the case why are all their posts negative? If you think you're enlightening those of us with inferior musical tastes, well that's just sad. SCI was a great band, and as many have pointed out their crowd is one of the kindest I've ever been around. It's true Cheese have had slumps and released some mediocre material; you could say that about almost any artist that has a 10+ year career. You know you can always IGNORE a thread for an artist you don't like. I'm chagrined that they added a Bright Eyes thread--complete crap in my opinion, but I simply DIDN"T READ the thread. I don't have such a high self opinion that I want to straighten out their sadly misguided fans with my ultimate knowledge of music by ripping on them on that thread. By the way Big Summer Classic raged, and I didn't see many people sitting in lawn chairs.

torn&treyed Fri 8/24/2007 08:42AM
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yea dwizard you presume that becasuse you viewed a particular hornings to be whatever because you just weren't feeling it means that you know everything about SCI and where its members would be had the band no gotten together. BTW what are next weeks lotton numbers while your at it.

People remember that everything is relative, Sometimes just because you didnt have a good time somewhere doesnt mean it sucked and vice versa. Just because you don't like a band means they are good and vice versa. Lots of people like marilyn manson and hardcore music is that stuff good, in my oppinion no its all crap, but to those kids its god's or in their case satan's gift to the sonic.

On a seperate note no widespread fans jumped down my throat for my previous post.... hmmmm looks like they can dish it out plenty but can't take it.

tomweights Fri 8/24/2007 10:02AM
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hey Josh- learn how to spell and learn the basic fundimentals of the english language. You sound like a fucking retard. I mean honestly, are you 12 years old? You have the reading level of a 5th grader. As for Panic, I will be seeing them 8 times this fall. When are you seeing SCI next ? HAHAHA. The jokes on you pal. Have fun going to see moe. and the disco biscuits or whatever band your molli-rittled brain likes. You are a pathetic loser. SCI is no more so you can put your costumes and your hoolahoops back in your closet. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA ...........I win you lose..........and you know it!

Dwizard Fri 8/24/2007 10:30AM
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Josh and befree, did I ever defend anyone else on the thread? Did I ever insult and SCI fan or say their opinion doesn't matter? No! I simply voiced my opinion in a calm manner. I gave props for the things and people I felt deserved them and I spoke strongly about my dislikes. As for the Horning show, the music was crap. It was riddled with mistakes and the sound was awfull. I simply said the kids were too messed up to realize as this is often the case. I admitt there have been times when I don't catch the groove of a good show but this was not the case. The band simply bombed and the crowd was to drugged up to notice. On the whole the best thing I can say about SCI is they have a very kind and loyal fan base and Kyle, Travis, and Kang were discovered because of SCI. I still think Nershi is a hack and nothing anyone can say will change my opinion. Oh, yea no one brought that up so perhaps you all agree? Face it kids there will always be someone talking shit and ya just have to live with it. Trying to fight them here is a waste of your time. Perhaps if everyone was as open minded as they claim they could accept anothers opinion and not get all worked up. fact is we all love music all our favrorite groups have played together at one point and until you all can learn to discuss things like adults and resonable folk nothing will change. Who cares who's best? How about we all just becomme greatful any of these acts got together and rejoice that some day soon another mind blowing act will form and we'll all get to discuss that in the future.

worldbefree Fri 8/24/2007 10:54AM
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worldbefree

Dwiz, didn't mean my comments as an attack on you. Perhaps I misunderstood that you were defending the tools who come on here and say "band x" sucks licks and blows, which is hardly meaningful dialogue. Indeed you seem like a reasonable, intelligent person, but there's plenty of haters on Jambase who I wouldn't say that about. To be honest if compelled to pick a least favorite member of SCI it would be Nershi(hated 1 Step Closer), but I still doubt anyone anywhere has stopped listening to a band because some bored, restless souls ripped them on a message board. Maybe you could start a thread about a band you love? (Or is that even possible on the new Jambase now?)Tomweights-- you need to tighten up your "fundimentals". Or maybe look up the defintion of irony?

torn&treyed Fri 8/24/2007 11:24AM
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yup hacks win flat picking contests all the time

torn&treyed Sat 8/25/2007 01:18PM
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Hey Tom I don't check my spelling because I don't care, jokes on you; all my favorite jamband artists save jerry are alive....... you lose. Have fun seeing love tractor and space wrangler 8 times. At least I when they come back I'll get to see cheese in their original lineup. Oh well herring is so much better than houser ever was anyway

christmas_18 starstarstarstar Sun 8/26/2007 12:56AM
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First of all, cheese dindt have to play a cover for jerry. It wouldv'e been nice but it was their last shows. And yeah keller was good but this guy should not be jacking off to him. Were talking cheese here. Although I still enjoyed the article, I am slightly drunk. I give it a four.

SplinteredSunlight starstarstarstarstar Sun 8/26/2007 09:39PM
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Well, shit... wish I could have been there, but Horning's was a fond farewell for me. Way to go everybody who was there. Partied your ASSES OFF for the rest of us who couldn't make it. Sounds like it was EPIC!! Reading this article gave me chills, especially the description of lightning during the show. I lived in Boulder for a while and saw many shows at Red Rocks most of which were accompanied by a mind-blowing lightning storm. Incredible experience indeed. Everyone who attended was very fortunate and blessed to be there. This was my feeling the whole weekend at Hornings'. At the end of that weekend I really felt the same fondness for these guys that I have for the Grateful Dead. Just seeing all the hard work and love that went into making it such a memorable event shows how much everyones' hearts are into it. They do it for the love of music, for the love of Family, for the love of the PARTY!! What a great party it's been. Everything has it's era. Thank you for a real good time!

ers7 starstarstarstarstar Tue 8/28/2007 09:51PM
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^^^^^Well Said, I felt nothing but love all 4 nights of red rocks, and hornings as well...I have met so many nice people in this community over the years, Thanks Cheese and thanks Cheesers!! One Love!

RothburyWithCheese starstarstarstarstar Fri 8/31/2007 04:06PM
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RothburyWithCheese

KWI!!!! KWI!!!! KWI!!!

Coconut Phil starstarstarstarstar Thu 9/6/2007 02:05AM
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Coconut Phil

I would have loved to see these shows at RR. Great coverage. I did download all the shows. To bad this great band is moving on. I guess it is better to go out as planned, and not due to some one dieing or quitting. They leave behind a ton of music for us. Best of luck SCI.

Coconut Phil. SC. 9/6/07

volcan00 Thu 9/6/2007 09:53AM
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So whens the reunion tour, im ready for that, any thoughts?

petemora starstarstar Wed 10/10/2007 11:02AM
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Yes, they will be called "The We Don't Want Have to Get Real Jobs Incident".