moe. | 01.30.09 & 01.31.09 | Colorado

By: Mark Butler

moe. :: 01.30.09 & 01.31.09 :: Fillmore Auditorium :: Denver, CO

moe. by Dave Jackson
moe. deserves a bonus. A few bucks (billions or trillions, you decide) from the government's bailout plan should suffice. Because unlike the arrogant chaps on Wall Street, this band generates legitimate value, bringing culture (yes, rock n' roll is culture!) to the big cities and the heartland of America. The validity of this was evident after two expansive nights of music at The Fillmore in Denver.

Otherworldly, dark, and dreamy was moe.'s sound the first night. As an artistic piece, the show was not cohesive but there were some five or six mesmerizing moments (as in jam band extended moments) of sheer beauty. "The Pit" made for proper foreshadowing in Set One. Set Two opened with standards ("Brent Black," "YOY" and "George"), and then the band descended hard and heavy with the not-oft-heard "Runaway Overlude." Its martial chorus (The blood, the bayonets, the cold of death, the cannonballs...) rocked the house, mustering the crowd and energetically bringing the band together, arguably for the first time that night. Not an ardent fan of The Police's "Invisible Sun," I nonetheless found guitarist Al Schnier's noodle around it transcendent. Mr. Schnier played with restraint, something I wish he'd do more often, as his work is quite potent in its understated form. "Invisible Sun" segued into the heavy, lugubrious "Opium," a song that doesn't seem to wear thin. It is durable as it is cautionary. From there, the sun rose on the boppy "She." This time, Schnier went off on an original, heroic riff that stopped chatty chicks and dudes mid-sentence.

If night one was Neptunian, night two was Jovian - bright, large and colorful, from the very first note of Chuck Garvey's slide guitar on "Queen of Everything" to the last note of fitting encore "The Road." Difficult for any band to do, both sets were solid, crisp and sustained their arc of intensity. "Not Coming Down" into "Wormwood" in the first set delivered on the celestial ecstasy that moe. fans come to expect from Garvey, who was bending notes on his temperamental Strat. Then, the moe. train took off full steam, blowing through town with a "32 Things" that had folks stomping and going giddy-up; I'm not even a big fan of the song, but it was awesome. Samba-driven "Buster" got the ladies twirling, and a tight, manly "Bearsong" finished an impeccable first set.

Derhak & Schnier by Dave Jackson
A second set anywhere near that first set would be plenty good, but a rested moe., fresh from several months of home cooking and sleeping in their own beds, meant there was more where that came from. Set Two began with a perky, non-indulged "Rebubula," followed by "Crab Eyes" and "Down Boy." Then, the band sent a jolt through the crowd by covering Gov't Mule's "Thorazine Shuffle." Garvey took the vocals and held his own on this freaky-good version, and Rob Derhak, svelt after his time off, was swinging that Allen Woody bassline and grinning large. An old school "Lazarus" finished the second set on a raging high note, with the discordant twin leads, a la the Allman Brothers, just blowing the roof off The Fillmore.

Notable from the guitarist's corner were Garvey's choice of the Strat in the first set (I can't think when Mr. Garvey last coaxed those distinctive, perpetually fresh tones from the instrument that was once his bread and butter) and Schnier's stunning new face as a guitarist. While Schnier's tendency during solos to furiously shred pentatonic and then finish with an intense crescendo of tritones has always drawn frenzy and applause from moe.'s fans, he gave himself the space this weekend to craft solos that possessed beautiful trajectory and explored more uncommon modalities as much as they utilized his already impressive and well honed chops as a rock guitarist.

Which brings us back to the bonus for moe. If the Denver shows are a harbinger of things to come, I think that's where I'd like my share of gov't bailout tax dollars to go. Culture has never felt so good, so timely, so valuable or so medicinal. Time for a bonus for moe.? Seems like a good investment to me.

moe. has a few more dates scheduled soon; details available here.

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Comments

funkis starstarstarstarstar Wed 2/4/2009 12:54PM
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Fuck Yeah! This was such a good weekend, two nights of nothing but throwdowns! Good people amazing music, and in Denver, what more could you ask for right now? Thanks Rob,Al,Chuck,Vinny,and Jim. Truly great 53rd and 54th moe. shows for me! Could have used a little longer revue though, you guys need some new writers jambase, sorry but it's the truth!

tourfan starstarstarstarstar Wed 2/4/2009 01:05PM
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Marc, from one MOERON to another, well done. Thanks for sharing the experience.

insignia starstarstarstarstar Wed 2/4/2009 01:08PM
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albiknow Wed 2/4/2009 01:09PM
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albiknow

yayyyy! moe. is back and bringing it. Atlanta needs you... 3 nights please

thisiswhathappenslarry Wed 2/4/2009 01:31PM
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thisiswhathappenslarry

sounds fantastic! Can't wait for the 13th and 14th in NYC!!!!!

oboyler Wed 2/4/2009 01:37PM
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oboyler

more moe!!!!!!!!

danpfunk starstarstarstar Wed 2/4/2009 01:43PM
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I thought this was a very good review. The author did a good job of describing the sound, and gave full disclosure of their faves. Only complaint is I could have used a little less fluff like the whole Neptunian/Jovian thing. I'm not sure what some of you expect from a review, but I say thanks for the insight into what the band sounds like right now.

O1Roggae starstarstarstar Wed 2/4/2009 01:44PM
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O1Roggae

moe. needs to come down south!!!

gmoo Wed 2/4/2009 01:54PM
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gmoo

Moe playing Gov't Mule? Word.

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Wed 2/4/2009 01:58PM
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pornofunk

moe.rons.u.nite

CoreyBauer Wed 2/4/2009 02:35PM
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DrFunkinstein Wed 2/4/2009 02:43PM
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DrFunkinstein

Can't wait for north shore Chicago. Get down

Medo starstarstarstarstar Wed 2/4/2009 02:59PM
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Medo

Yeah, I am going to have to try that Thorazine Shuffle out. Got tired of it one year with too many Mule shows, but love to hear Moe. cover that. Bass it up. RIP Woody

RambleOnShelbyRose Wed 2/4/2009 02:59PM
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Chaloupka star Wed 2/4/2009 03:17PM
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StealUrPhace123 Wed 2/4/2009 03:21PM
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StealUrPhace123

seee yaa in the city Feb. 13th and 14th. Soo fuckin pumpedd

moejoerisin Wed 2/4/2009 03:41PM
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moejoerisin

no photos? at all?

Mark Price former NBA star Wed 2/4/2009 04:27PM
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Mark Price former NBA star

What the fuck is this. I was at these shows, and this was an amazing weekend. The review is way to short, and whats with no pictures? Moe. says last year their going on a break then says OK we'll do 6 winter shows, and the first of them will be in Denver. So Moe. comes off a break and all we get is a few paragraphs, and 2 pics. Bullshit! I was wanting more than this. Also why is their no mention of Tea Leaf Green tearing it up, and getting the crowd raging? Then Cornmeal who made everyone stomp the Fillmore as if an earthquake was going on. Ally the Fiddle player made me have a fuckin hard on the whole show. Is there anything better than a beautiful lady who can play bluegrass fast? UMMMM....NOPE! Well peace, hope everyone got their Phish tickets with no problem...haha

canoftunapudding Wed 2/4/2009 05:02PM
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I thought this was a nice review, especially the second to last paragraph. I wasn't at the show but I think the reviewer told me what happened without boring me to death. And CoreyBauer...you didn't fool your prof into thinking you're smart. He knows you're a dumbass and felt sorry for you.

jonny.klaiber starstarstarstarstar Wed 2/4/2009 06:23PM
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jonny.klaiber

YES! summercamp should be a blast

bubbarock star Wed 2/4/2009 06:45PM
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bubbarock

Wow...jambase...weak fuckin review.

schofizzl Thu 2/5/2009 01:24AM
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schofizzl

summercaaaaaaaamp

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where is marc smalls post?

and where is the set list? :)

mesaxi starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/5/2009 05:34AM
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Great Shows, first night second set was a non-stop Brent Black sandwich.

CoreyBauer Thu 2/5/2009 07:46AM
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lol.... ur funny pudding...

but seriously if you think this review is good... i dunno what to say to you. I re-read it too....just for you... still sucks.

I mean read this....

Notable from the guitarist's corner were Garvey's choice of the Strat in the first set (I can't think when Mr. Garvey last coaxed those distinctive, perpetually fresh tones from the instrument that was once his bread and butter) and Schnier's stunning new face as a guitarist. While Schnier's tendency during solos to furiously shred pentatonic and then finish with an intense crescendo of tritones has always drawn frenzy and applause from moe.'s fans.

What the? that could have been one sentence... with words normal people understand ....

pgroover Thu 2/5/2009 07:58AM
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pgroover

I'm with you CoreyBauer^^^^exactly.

RambleOnShelbyRose Thu 2/5/2009 08:11AM
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RambleOnShelbyRose

^ i think that's a good line, i don't know shit about music but i know that the excerpt you just posted sounds really cool, if i can understand it so can you, and for anyone who knows anything about music then its an added bonus

henahan Thu 2/5/2009 08:13AM
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Corey-

Actually, if you knew anything about music theory, you would probably find this to be a very descriptive sentence. The fact that you are ignorant of the topics that the article refers to does not make it "suck". Is this article Pulitzer Prize worthy? No, probably not. But, it is at least on par with most of the reviews submitted here. Just sayin......

CoreyBauer Thu 2/5/2009 08:31AM
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if its on par with most of the reviews.... then most of the reviews suck... (which thinking about it.. then have lately)

no I know nothing about music theory (even though I have taken a few classes).. and neither does 95% of the general public.

So to the 95% of the people that read this.. it sucked...the other 5% theorists .. i guess it was a great review. Actually I feel jealous of you 5% . Cus if I were you... then I wouldn't be wasted my time thinking how much this review sucked... and be doing more productive things

AND PS its not Mr. garvey , Mr Schnier, and Mr. derhak... its Chuck Al and rob

CircleLimit starstarstar Thu 2/5/2009 09:06AM
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CircleLimit

Not much of a moe fan but I went to the Saturday night show with some die hards. We all had a great time and the things that typically frustrate me about moe were pushed to the background by the more enjoyable components of their sound. My friends (the moe fans) thought it was an awesome show. Cornmeal was a great opener and I really enjoyed the images on the back screen (not over the top).

moephishH2O starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/5/2009 09:13AM
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moephishH2O

Man, what a great time in Denver! Both nights were solid (although I miss their light show). Looking forward to the West Coast run!

southfork starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/5/2009 09:42AM
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Hey maybe you can "understand" this. I'm going to NYC on the 14th to see moe. And I'm excited to hear from Mr. Butler that moe. is sounding as good as ever. You really never know what'll happen to a band after an extended time away from the stage. 6 months may not be all that extended, but for moe. it is. I got the impression from the 2 Colorado shows review that they are back rested refreshed and better. I'm interested to see the new light show. In fact the big news for me this week was that Bonnaroo added moe. to the lineup. That'll be show # 120something by then and it should be as sick as anything else at that fiesta gigante.

nickrbk Thu 2/5/2009 09:52AM
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nickrbk

Moe rocks! cant wait for Chit Town. were is the after party at?

Littleo starstarstarstar Thu 2/5/2009 10:01AM
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I enjoyed this review. Usually when I see a review that is real long, I don't read it. I would like to hear a little about the opening band and a setlist. In this case the writer may not have seen the opener or have the complete setlist. Welcome Back moe.!!

johnnyblaze36 Thu 2/5/2009 10:13AM
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Maybe the worst part is that the pics aren't even from the Fillmore as evidenced by the sticks and stones backdrop in the first pic. Secondly they did not open the second set with that nasty Reboob. It was Armageddon Jig. I hate to be a dick but this review is pretty weak sauce. Also, if that first night was not "cohesive" I'd love to know what is. Last but not least, rob. was very "svelte". The shows were beyond epic and this band kicks ass like no other.

D-Line Thu 2/5/2009 10:45AM
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..wait this reviewer doesnt like invisible sun by the police? and then, he doesnt like 32 things either? and no review of the opening bands? i mean whats the point? was he even there or did he watch it on iclips or something and wirte a review....damn

D-Line Thu 2/5/2009 10:46AM
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and the whole "moe needs a bail out bonus" is just fucking stupid, common

johnnyblaze36 Thu 2/5/2009 11:04AM
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One more thing I forgot to address that completely takes the cake:

"Went to moe on the 30th and then to North Miss Allstars on the 31st. The NMA show was SO much better it wasn't even funny - really felt like I wasted my money on the moe show."

You don't even deserve the privilege of listening to music. Surely you are doing a bit.

milltownMOERON Thu 2/5/2009 11:49AM
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It might be a bad review, but it is nice to hear some news.It really would have been nice to see a set list but what can you do? got tickets they came out and ever since then theres been hardly any new news past the festie anouncments. The bad review still gets me psyched and hopefully by the time they get to the chicago they are on top of their game. and really like Nickrbak sasid wheres the after party? we have 11people coming and 5 rooms at the howard johnson but thats a train ride from the riviera so anyone out there please let me know.

milltownMOERON Thu 2/5/2009 11:53AM
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Oh yeah summer camp should be amazing as well moe, umphreys keller dso ect, cant wait hope to see moe of you soon

Dj3452 Thu 2/5/2009 12:06PM
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Dj3452

I must say I liked Moe. back in the day, but does anyone else find them a little cheesy once you start listening to a lot of other music?

Jeff Kash Thu 2/5/2009 12:36PM
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Jeff Kash

sounds good except for moe.

ClaysTribe starstarstar Thu 2/5/2009 12:50PM
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ClaysTribe

DJ3452

yes, thats is exactly how a feel sometimes about this band. maybe to immature for themselves now???

im not quite sure

CoreyBauer Thu 2/5/2009 01:15PM
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i dunno about cheesy ... but they jam the shit outta songs... jamming that is second to none.

unless you're talking about string cheese cheesey. Then yes ... both bands jam harder than anyone in the game....

Moe began the scene for me....John anser ford in LA 2000 . (get this show on archive if you have not heard... i've been to 40-50 moe shows.... still the best.. by far .. -willy waldman on brass-... chills just thinking about it)...

having seen almost every band out there .. i can tell you that i still like moe. better than anyone else out there playing today.

until phish starts that is.... lol

Chaloupka Thu 2/5/2009 01:42PM
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Chaloupka

Dj3452,

Absolutely. So what if they're good at jamming? None of that matters if the songwriting sucks to begin with.

okalrightic Thu 2/5/2009 02:23PM
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all you haters are morons, moe. is the shit and always has been. I can't wait for Baltimore and summercamp...much love to my fellow moe.rons

lame review.

DrFunkinstein Thu 2/5/2009 02:36PM
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DrFunkinstein

i like moe.

In a Big Country Thu 2/5/2009 02:41PM
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In a Big Country

dont fuck with CHUCK

funkvibes Thu 2/5/2009 03:00PM
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i wish they wouldnt play anything from sticks and stones then they would be in the running for best band out there

southfork starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/5/2009 04:58PM
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hey DJ3420 moe. isn't cheesey you're cheesing. Zed Naught Z could become a staple instrumental in years to come. Some of Sticks and Stones, meh. Try this.....6-10 beers a few left handed cigaretts, go to a moe. show, repeat.....Good times.

MOE.DOWN X should be a dooooooozy.

bluefbrew Thu 2/5/2009 07:55PM
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What with all the hating on moe. for real! This is a moe. review, back the fuck off you just don't understand, how amazing they truly are.

Wild Turkey star Thu 2/5/2009 08:06PM
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Wild Turkey

late post, gotta work after a moe.holiday. well, bad review. the sound friday was terrible, new lights or lack there of were nauseating. the crowd was uncharacteristically rude for denver (16+ show) and the whole mess started at 6:00 in the evening for the kiddies. LAME! im not sure the reviewer was even there, sounds like he listened to the show monday (thanks Chuck Miller great recordings). saturday was however incredible. red rocks please.

albiknow Thu 2/5/2009 08:09PM
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albiknow

Chuck is SATAN!!

fluffhead182 starstarstar Thu 2/5/2009 09:10PM
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fluffhead182

can't wait for Chi-town...holla

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Schnier's stunning new face as a guitarist.

New face? did he get a facelift? that sentence makes no sense to me.

DAMONCORY starstarstarstarstar Fri 2/6/2009 11:02AM
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DAMONCORY

We are coming over for the 2 Riverside / Chicago shows. Can someone please recommend a good: hotel / bar / restaurant in the neighborhood?? Thanks!

DrFunkinstein Fri 2/6/2009 12:22PM
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DrFunkinstein

eat at Al's beef. get a Italian beef, dipped of course. i'll see you there. daaaa bearsssss

bigworld Fri 2/6/2009 01:25PM
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bigworld

cant wait for NYC...loved the covered in rain jam in the TGoRM opener friday! time ed time ed time ed WoahhhooOooo TIME ED! TIME ED!

tribalglitch star Sat 2/7/2009 08:52AM
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fantastic show.... terrible article... im so sick of the onesidedness

mooneystar Fri 2/13/2009 11:47AM
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mooneystar

Dj3452 -

Would you expand on your comment? I'm just curious about why someone would think them "cheesy." I think moe. continues to light it up. It's like a rock and roll rave every time. Amazing musicians - Chuck and Al are bar none.

I liked moe. a ton years and years ago, and since then i've really gotten into many other kinds of music (lots of psychedelic alt rock like Flaming Lips, Super Furry Animals and tons more Clash and Bowie), but I can still go back to a moe. show and have a great time. They are true musicians. Actually, they are really the only "jam band" i like, i suppose (whatever that term even means, and if you want to categorize them as such)

cookiesthepirate Tue 3/3/2009 07:51PM
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moe. is absolutely the best band out there for the jam side of things. their improvisation or jamming or whatever you wanna call it is routinely the best out there right now, and is better than most of anything I've ever heard. Now, I love moe. and that being said, their songwriting is a tad on the weak side sometimes. That's just the way it is folks, they're still a flippin great band for sure, I'd see them over most anybody any day.... can't wait for scamp!