JERRY & SCHOOLS: ALMOST ACOUSTIC

Words by: Phil Santala :: Images by Susan J. Weiand

Jerry Joseph & Dave Schools :: 04.08.06 :: The Fillmore Auditorium :: Denver, CO


Jerry Joseph & Dave Schools :: 04.07
On April 8th, Jerry Joseph and Dave Schools brought their Almost Acoustic road show to The Fillmore Auditorium, and the original lineup for Stockholm Syndrome did not disappoint. While the show was not as long as other Almost Acoustic events, the setlist and performances were both amazing. Jerry was his usual, emotionally-draining self. His onstage antics definitely seem to be reminiscent of a guy who's up there desperately trying to get it all out. And at times, Dave Schools' smile seemed to light up the stage, while his bass bombs shook the floor.


Dave Schools :: 04.07
"Supper's Ready," "Jacob's Ladder," and "White Dirt" did a good job of moving the show along and calling the faithful in from outside the sold-out Fillmore. Though it was during "Henry" that things really started to get rowdy. For this tune, they brought out Keller Williams to play a drum while the song was performed to the beat and tempo of the Grateful Dead's "He's Gone." Jerry and Dave have played various versions of "He's Gone" in the past, but never have the Lyrics to "Henry" been dropped over the top. It slowed the song down just a little bit, but the energy remained high.


Jerry Joseph & Dave Schools :: 04.07
"Henry" jammed right along and segued into "Lick the Tears," for which Keller remained onstage and the tempo picked up. The Fillmore was getting packed now, and it was time for Jerry, Dave, and Keller to close out the Almost Acoustic set. The Jerry Joseph anthem "North" brought out the big guns to close the show. Jerry was both pounding on his head and dancing around the stage while Dave was grinning and ripping away on his base. All the while the song was drifting into a deep jam reminiscent of "Entering A Black Hole Backwards." The bass solo was pure Dave - heavy bombs and long riffs. The crowd was left screaming and clapping for more, but the show had to go on.

At times in life it seems like things go by too fast. The Almost Acoustic set could have been longer, sure, but shouldn't those in attendance be happy they were there at all? Stockholm Syndrome's lineup has changed over the years, but the sound at the Fillmore was the same rich and deep sound that started it all back in Europe 2003. If you're a Jerry Joseph fan and didn't get a chance to attend these shows, do yourself a favor and pick them up. They're a great chance to hear Jerry finally having some fun.

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Comments

Marcsmall Sun 4/23/2006 09:38AM
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Marcsmall

Keller Williams ruined this show....JJ and DS was Ok, nothing to write home about, the second set with Mosely, Austin, and KW was completely cheesed out by KW's destrustion of previous beautiful Grateful Dead Songs, Keith and Jeff were awesome, but KW made Jerry turn in his grave.....After hearing Keller start set 3 with awful dance beat samples, I left......Keller is the most overated performer out there and offers nothing but gimmicks.

clarkeart starstarstarstarstar Sun 4/23/2006 10:22AM
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clarkeart

i caught the show in ATL-it rocked!!!Like to see another tour by these cats-(Stockholm Syndrome Reunion would be sweet)nice review and pics

osmanc Sun 4/23/2006 06:37PM
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marcsmall1, I couldn't agree more. I picked up a copy of the "grateful grass" set with keller, mosely and austin and was almost sick to my stomach. Keller completely ruined wonderful, amazing dead songs and completely overtook the other two with his gimmicky fast strumming and horrible singing. That is all I have to say.

stickyickynugget starstarstarstarstar Mon 4/24/2006 09:48AM
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you guys are harsh! keller fucking rips it! keller is one of the Dead's biggest fans and he takes their music and interprets it for himself which is what many artists do!

cart starstarstar Mon 4/24/2006 10:56AM
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cart

"Keller completely ruined wonderful, amazing dead songs and completely overtook the other two with his gimmicky fast strumming and horrible singing. That is all I have to say."

It's called Bluegrass. Grateful Dead songs done in Bluegrass style. Oh by the way, it was a Keller Williams show and everyone else was just simply gravy.

The show was fun as hell, confirmed!!!!

dannymo starstarstarstarstar Fri 4/28/2006 07:19PM
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Man i love David he is such a soulful cat!! Nice story and photos

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"Keller Williams ruined the show"
WHY DONT YOU STAY AT HOME THEN!!!!! I agree with stickyicky, I wasnt there, but its true Keller followed the dead around before he started out on his own. He is the biggest fan of the dead of any of us,and his interpretation of Loser on the new disc GRASS, is great and totally doesnt irk me as a dead fan.
SO>> Mark Small I suppose his rendition of another brick in the wall sucks too??? You are crazy man, Peace Yall...

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oh crap I almost forgot... Jerry Joseph is a kick ass writer, and Dave is a stand alone bassist, just like Phil.
Oh.. Jerrys rhythmic solos are super good too!! rock on fellas, I love u guys!!! peace yall!!!!

freekfreely star Wed 5/3/2006 04:59PM
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Jerry Joseph completely ruined the show, with his incessent whining and "alas poor me" lyrics. Put on your shoes roll your pant legs down and learn another chord or two. What no mention of the rest of the night this was a Keller Williams headlining gig you know, Jerry and Schools simply opened it. I really think that they should have played thier own show at the Gothic or somewhere , then tickets would have been easier to come by. Jerry Joseph may have completely ruined the show, but Schools is pure joy!

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Freekfreely. Jerrys Writing is built on angst, pain, hardships, drama, dreams, and disaster. if you dont like it, then dont go to the shows. some of the best music in the world is built on heartfelt wrenching experiences, and for jerry, if he cant draw on that, then he is out of his element. now that you understand this concept maybe you wont bleat to the world how much u hated a show.