The Dead | 04.17 | Albany, NY

Images by: Christopher Bull

The Dead :: 04.17.09 :: Times Union Center :: Albany, NY

The Dead (Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Warren Haynes and Jeff Chimenti) played the fourth show on their Spring Tour last night (Friday April 17, 2009) at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY.

Set I: Casey Jones, Cold Rain & Snow, Minglewood Blues > Into The Mystic, West L.A. Fadeaway, Brown-Eyed Women, Cumberland Blues
Set II: Viola Lee Blues > Sugaree > The Other One, Drums > Space > Comes A Time > Unbroken Chain, Throwing Stones
E: Not Fade Away

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The Dead kick-off a two-night stand in Worcester, MA this evening (4/18). Check back tomorrow for more pics and updates. Complete Dead tour dates available here.

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rastarusty starstarstarstarstar Sat 4/18/2009 02:48PM
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boom shanker Sat 4/18/2009 02:52PM
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boom shanker

nitrous mafia?

TheGreenKynd Sat 4/18/2009 02:55PM
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rastarusty........that actually sounds like a horrible time.

TheGreenKynd Sat 4/18/2009 02:56PM
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Anyway I hope to make it to one of the shows this tour

barstoolrodeo4 Sat 4/18/2009 03:02PM
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"Overally it was great though. a little dissapointed on the music though."

I realize there is something to be said about the crowd, but still, the music is practically everything! I hope the music gets better by the time they come to Denver

jack_straw Sat 4/18/2009 03:09PM
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I think you're all crazy. Space, especially the parts with Jeff sitting in on drums, have been some of the best music played in any of the shows yet. I would love to get stuck in space for over a hour...

shoffer Sat 4/18/2009 03:09PM
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Anyone know if/where this show has been posted on archive?

Jokerman Sat 4/18/2009 03:09PM
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rastarusty, i hear ya about space. it took me down and i never managed to get back to the level i was at during the first set. worst dead, phil, or ratdog show i've ever seen. space just plain sucked and was the entire 2nd set. and yes the wooks were out in full force and brought a lot of negative vibes to the lot. saw a couple fights. i hate wooks.

G.Starr starstarstarstarstar Sat 4/18/2009 03:11PM
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the music was awesome! warren is so much better integrated into the dead right now. when i've seen him with phil and friends or the dead before he brought more of the mule style and it didn't really fit. kinda like "the warren haynes show (featuring phil lesh)". but no more! he was right into the jams and didn't overpower at all. west l.a. fadeaway was ridiculous, as was sugaree (warren's time to shine). as far as the setlist, while it wouldn't be one i would have put together as a dream show, i was surprised and excited to see the directions it went. i really enjoyed the long other one>drums>space, which isn't always my favorite. me and my buddy kept saying "here it comes... morning dew!" or "st. stephen- watch!" so much fun! and like rusty said, we ended up on the floor too, getting our faces melted by nfa!

G.Starr Sat 4/18/2009 03:12PM
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doesn't look like its on archive yet, but all the others are so should be i a day or two

rastarusty Sat 4/18/2009 03:15PM
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i was trying to stay positive. Some people were out of control, most werent. Secrity and the police were very chill. The only people who had cop issues were people you decided to drive after the show that shouldnt have, not smart when there police all over the city waiting.

I mean i still met alot of cool people walking around and down around shakedown. They sounded good, they just over jammed in parts. At the end there jam was building and really gooing somewhere, it had energy, and everyone was goin nuts. i was just hoping for a little more. Still early on.

Its the last tour, i would say its def worth while.

chrisboy1987 starstarstarstarstar Sat 4/18/2009 03:21PM
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this was an amazing show, i dont know see where they're half as bad as everybody else thinks, the boys are all primed and ready to roll. space was dragged out a little long and had most people sitting down but throwing stones picked us all back up, it was cooking. the 1st set was unbelievable. bob was great all night despite numerous tech problems. killer l.a. fadeaway and brown-eyed women

rastarusty Sat 4/18/2009 03:22PM
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Jokerman i didnt see the fights, i hoped that everything stayed mellow. I guess that cant happen these days. I had all this energy when space started, and i tried to keep going and itd be like somethings gonnna happen, but never did. by the time it wnt into somethin i was completely beat and had no energy for anything at the end.

i wonder how far over capacity that place was. I saw people runnin in all night.

watch out for people puking too

Did shakedown get sketchy later at night? We didnt hang around there long after the show ended

luggage starstarstarstarstar Sat 4/18/2009 03:28PM
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great show! great vibes! great people! cumberland was highlight for me...sooooooo much fun!

luggage Sat 4/18/2009 03:33PM
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i def saw a fight on shakedown after the show. it seemed like one wook said something about another wook's wookie girlfriend. hahaha really thats what went down. tons of people broke it up...i just kept my distance... some of those characters are really shady and probably carry knifes or guns.

G.Starr Sat 4/18/2009 03:36PM
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^yeah i think i saw that too, poor wook got kicked right in the face a few times, rough. drugs make people do crazy things.

throwing stones definitely picked me right up!

marleyman89 Sat 4/18/2009 03:54PM
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Does anyone have this concert on live music archive?i would love to hear it. post back!

Ilikephish531 Sat 4/18/2009 04:43PM
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I love the dead just as much as the next guy, but does anyone else find it a little rediculous that they all have teleprompters now? I mean phil has had his for years, but I just pegged that on him gettin old. now bob and warren as well? arent they supposed to be professionals? anyone here can rip on umphreys and bisco as much as they want to for all I care, but at least they do indeed have their own songs memorized. just comes off a tad lazy...

ScottMedoses starstarstarstarstar Sat 4/18/2009 05:09PM
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Good Job Jambase on getting a show review up within 3 days of the event. (No matter how vauge or brief). I was anticipating waiting up to a week for this one to come out. keep up the good work!

vida421 starstarstarstarstar Sat 4/18/2009 05:19PM
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the prompters...though they may seem lame make for a tighter show.....if they're not constantly touring it's hard to be tight...and seeing as they're charging $100 bucks no matter where you sit, you may what to hear a tight show, no? so i actually think it's a good kept PLF on track, and after seeing one of the last"dead" tours a few years ago, they needed some fine tuning. But i can't bxxxh too bad just hooked up with 1/2 price tickets for hartford...and I'm listening to worcester live on sirius right now...sounds much better than i thought it would.

vida421 Sat 4/18/2009 05:33PM
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well it all sounds good....with one exception...bobby should shut up and let warren sing...he forgets half the lyrics even with the prompter!!!!!!!!

brooklynite84 Sat 4/18/2009 05:56PM
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If I lived back in NY, this would've been the show for me...Damn, this show looks amazing! Even though I'm pissed about tix prices and their recent View appearance, it'd still be great to see the boys again. I mean, Viola Lee Blues (My Personal Fav) and The Other One, everytime they do Upstate, it's always special: "Vernon Downs 2003." They always seem to play the good stuff when I'm not there, but they do play great songs when I am there, so it's a win/lose...just once I want Eyes Of The World, but I always seem to miss it.

billsweeney Sat 4/18/2009 06:12PM
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Warren is the man. If he needs a telepromter to remember all of the Allmans and the Dead and Mule and god knows what covers then I dont think that makes him less professional I think it makes him willing to take chances and isn't that really the spirit of the music

minguslax35 Sat 4/18/2009 06:38PM
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ddavidd Sat 4/18/2009 06:50PM
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rastarusty should change his handle to JohnnySwift420, if that isn't already taken.

What is the deal with Phil's new bass? Looks pretty neat.

minguslax35 Sat 4/18/2009 06:51PM
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^He's been using that for some time, though last night was the first time I saw those LEDs on the neck. very cool

vida421 Sat 4/18/2009 07:58PM
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one more thing...for those of you who don't like space....if you were tripping you would... ; )

rainydayman Sat 4/18/2009 08:22PM
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^^^I'm smiling

Jeff Kash Sun 4/19/2009 06:22AM
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Jeff Kash

Jewey did nothing but complain about "Space". Just goes to show he is not a true hippy.

ChubaChuba starstarstarstarstar Sun 4/19/2009 07:17AM
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The long space was due to problems with Phil's monitor and Bobby's pedals! Either way, it was welcomed from my vantage point!! :-)

torn&treyed Sun 4/19/2009 07:26AM
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who says the prompter is just for words.....

Colonel Forbin Sun 4/19/2009 07:43AM
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nobodysjam starstarstarstarstar Sun 4/19/2009 08:00AM
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I figured out Bobby's deal, not long ago, maybe it was the Other Ones with Hornsby (maybe it was 80 NYC, slow Friend!) but he discovered that playing the same "non-jammed out" songs after like 20, 30, (45!) years the same old way every single time was just plain boring, so he stole a page from Dylan-PLAY IT AS A BLUES! Slow it waaaay down. The problem is unless carefully practiced as a blues, it can cause the band to train wreck with missed cues and the perception of forgotten lyrics.

boonville Sun 4/19/2009 08:07AM
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nothing like getting one mailed in for 150 bucks. i see a wook i kill a wook!

chux7487 Sun 4/19/2009 09:09AM
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ok whoever wanted to bet me on the 8 shows no change of clothes thing might be right.... i know im losing steam on this thing but dude same clothes for bobby as from greensboro!!!! awesome looking set i envy people at this show brown eyed women not fade away throwing stones (the arista years) that looks awesome not so much on the 10 foot projectile vomit though

monolith942 Sun 4/19/2009 10:40AM
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the lighting rig in that first picture is unbelievable... i hope they can cram it onto the Rothbury main stage.

chrisinwv Sun 4/19/2009 11:04AM
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Obama is best friends with the teleprompter, and The Dead is in love with Obama. They probably borrowed Lord Barack's leftover screens after his recent America Apologizes Tour of Europe.

tpgi649 Sun 4/19/2009 11:04AM
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yea that first pic is rediculous...pretty sick setlist as well.

Booze Sun 4/19/2009 11:35AM
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Complaining about teleprompters! These guys are in their 60's and have a over 150 songs in the rotation for this tour. I bet all the complainers never even saw Jerry. This show was hot, Sugaree>Other One was ridiculous, the energy was through the roof, definitely not mailed in, Haters get a clue and stay away.

traverj Sun 4/19/2009 11:53AM
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It would be nice if these setlists specified who sang the songs (e.g. Warren, Bob, or Phil)?

traverj starstarstarstar Sun 4/19/2009 11:58AM
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It would be nice if the setlists included who sang the songs??

Irongirl starstarstarstar Sun 4/19/2009 01:01PM
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I wrote my personal review of the Albany show over on the music blog I contribute to Come waste some time with us

for TraverJ. Warren sang Into the Mystic its a Van Morrison Song. He also sang Sugaree. I think they traded verses on a few songs West LA FadeAway and Cold Rain and Snow I think. Phil of course did Viola Lee Blues and Unbroken Chain. Bobby on Minglewood and Throwin Stones and NFA.

Somewhere I saw a worcester song posted as Jelly roll blues and a poster asking is that a new song?. No, name of song is Duprees Diamond Blues. David Aron was streaming last nights worcester show over on his site. Sounded pretty good from what I heard.

pizzagirl420 Sun 4/19/2009 03:46PM
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The show was by far hands down the best on the tour yet!

Fratagonia starstarstarstar Sun 4/19/2009 06:19PM
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I'm with the guys achin' for a listen of this. That second set looks like it comes out tha gate real nice like. Looking forward to it's addition on archive. Daniel Kopp's been putting out some great recordings of the tour. They're much appreciated.

FatChance Mon 4/20/2009 08:48AM
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$100 for that?? looks so mediocre at best from the setlist. only 6-7 songs each set with a long space?? doesn't look like a good value or good show to me.

mouse potato Mon 4/20/2009 09:33AM
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mouse potato

this show had it's moments but their was entirely way to much space in the songs and between the songs. Could have used some more energy..awesome lot scene though. Mafia was charging 10 a balloon...don't support them!!!

BMA777 Mon 4/20/2009 02:06PM
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West LA-Browan Eyed Women. and Sugaree-The Other One were easily worth the price of admission. Warren was unbelieveable on Sugaree (soloing and vocally) Energy was fantastic at that point.

Lighting rig wasnt too impressive imo.

BMA777 Mon 4/20/2009 02:09PM
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the floor was packed. not many empty seats in the upper level by the time the 2nd set started but the floor was jammed.

BMA777 Mon 4/20/2009 02:17PM
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ok wasnt gonna do it, but I cant help myself...Bobby sucks. sorry.

Bitched about his set up, singing sucked, any moment where the jam fell off it was his wailing that did it. Look at the Worcester review for pics of warren giving him the "what the hell is he doing now" look. That pretty much sums it all up. all night Warren had to salvage Bobby's crap.

rastarusty Mon 4/20/2009 09:36PM
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alot of people were saying anyone who didnt like the space was tripping hard enough. It was spac in general, it was the length and lack of anything to it.If they had kept the energy through the whole who it would have been alot better. the end really started get hot, people were goin nuts on the floor.

If space was shorter they could have fit in a least a few more songs. You could have still had half hour space. im suprised noones dance off a balcony yet.